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September 21, 2019

Sep 21 13:29

Watch Tulsi Gabbard Wipe The Floor With A Well-Known War Hawk

Let's face it: despite one notable exception at Fox, Tucker Carlson, the conservative network remains stacked with war hawk pundits — especially when it comes to Washington's longtime arch-villain Iran. Almost two decades after 9/11, and after the rise of ISIS — both long documented to have had the hidden hand of Saudi state Wahhabism behind them — the US hawks still insist Tehran is the real global threat while "Riyadh is our friend".

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GOD BLESS THIS WOMAN!!!

Sep 21 12:41

U.S. Orders 2 Universities to Recast Tone on Israel

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

So now, the US Department of Education has the power to dictate curricula in higher education?!?

Forgive me,but I am gob-smacked by this "development" in US higher education, and have to wonder why De Vos chose these particular schools.

Sep 21 12:25

HomeWorld NewsPakistani PM Khan hints at nuking India in ‘surrender-or-death’ scenario

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned of “consequences” if nuclear-armed Pakistan ends up losing a conventional war to its nuclear-armed rival and neighbor India.
Asked in an Al Jazeera interview to set the record straight on whether Pakistan would hit India with nuclear weapons in case of a large-scale conflict, Khan began with the disclaimer that he would never be the one to attack.

“Pakistan would never start a war, and I am clear: I am a pacifist. I am anti-war,” he said.

However, the prime minister quickly added that when two nuclear-armed states “fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war.” And while he described it as “unthinkable,” his next hint sent a clear message about what Pakistan may do if it’s losing a conventional war against India.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Khan, a word, please: all Christians, Muslims, and Jews are Collectively, universally characterized as,"People of the Book", meaning we have origin stories; prophecies; and with some prophecies fulfilled.

I would like to politely suggest to you, that even talking about using nuclear weapons over India's treatment of Kashmir, puts Pakistan on a short list for "regime change", and quickly.

IT is of the highest, most critical matter, that Pakistan and India begin talks again, in earnest, because the horrific scenarios such an attack will create, will most likely create a world war, in a heartbeat.

I am asking you to do something which is very difficult (not to mention, politically dangerous), to do; to engender an understanding between your country and India, that Kashmir will have a solid opportunity to create its own future, through a transparent, and responsible referendum process, and decide if it will be independent; stay with India; or ask to join Pakistan.

I strongly believe that this will ratched down the tensions here, and create a more peaceful opportunity for trade, cultural exchanges, and education (down the road), for all the people of Kashmir; India; and Pakistan.

Sep 21 12:03

Saudi Arabia executes 134 people including six kids as brutal crucifixions spike

More than 134 people have been brutally executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, including six who were just kids when they were arrested.

A massive spike in crucifixions and beheadings has seen the slain tortured and slaughtered by brutal methods, according to a human rights organisation.

In a report presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC revealed a further 24 people are at “imminent risk” of execution.

They include three children, prominent political opponents of the crown prince, clerics, and human rights campaigners.

An event hosted by The Death Penalty Project highlighted the “illegal and arbitrary executions” in Saudi Arabia as well as human rights abuses for both detainees and their families.

Experts said these abuses have been "exacerbated by the systematic torture of detainees and grossly unfair trials culminating in death sentences".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are days when I almost feel sorry for those add/communication/crisis management teams, having to yet again justify the unjustifiable; and here is a list of the "best of Saudi Arabia's PR firms who are currently working in Saudi Arabia.

List: best Saudi Arabia's PR firms

I am sure that all these companies make zigableems of dollars, doing what they do; but I have to wonder about the human, and moral, costs of what they do, greatly.



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Sep 21 11:40

 LIZ CHENEY AND THE DAUGHTERS OF CREATIVE DESTRUCTION

It is rather bizarre Liz Cheney, the daughter of Dick Cheney, would cofound Keep America Safe (now defunct) with a neocon talking head, Bill Kristol. The forever war outfit was funded by Mel Sembler, an Israel-first real estate tycoon who is a good friend of Bibi Netanyahu.
Cheney has absolutely no interest in keeping America safe. She is calling for an immediate attack on Iran.

From The Hill:

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on Wednesday the U.S. should consider a “proportional military response” against Iran, among other potential actions, over its suspected involvement in drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil supply.

Liz Cheney calls for "proportional military" response against Iran https://t.co/4bmxqLnXK0 pic.twitter.com/ubQXGg1SsL

— The Hill (@thehill) September 18, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really wonder if she understands anything approximating the scale of horror such a war would create; but what is scarier to me, here, is that she self-identifies as a woman who believes that mass murder... is a really good thing, if you have the absolutely "right" people to target.

Sep 21 07:32

PLASTIC APOCALYPSE: ALARMING LEVELS OF PLASTIC FOUND IN CHILDREN

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

In the last several months we have been one of the first to cover the plastic apocalypse.

New studies are being published that detail high levels of dangerous microplastics had been detected in some of the most remote regions of the world. Another study warned microplastics are turning up in human stool. Now there are new reports that show high levels of microplastics have been found in blood and urine samples of children.

The study, conducted by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute, found an alarming 97% of blood and urine samples from 2,500 children tested between 2014 and 2017 had traces of microplastics.

Der Spiegel, the German weekly magazine, published the findings over the weekend, which were part of a national study focused on "human biomonitoring" of 3 to 17-year-olds, found traces of 11 out of 15 plastic ingredients in the collected samples.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting what he speaks about, in those campaign rallies, but there is also a profound silence on some very, critically, important issues.

So it would make an even bet, that the heads of these companies would want him to win in 2016: and here is why:

The following article comes Google.com:

"Plastics are derived from natural, organic materials such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of compounds and needs to be processed before it can be used. The production of plastics begins with the distillation of crude oil in an oil refinery."

So folks, there you have it......

I hope that, at least, some of those who participated in the study, will be able to mount a class-action lawsuit against those chemical makers who are causing this kind of pain and risk to children and infants.

Sep 21 06:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REACHES DEAL TO SEND ASYLUM SEEKERS TO EL SALVADOR

SOURCE: TEXASTRIBUNE.ORG
The Trump administration has reached an accord that could allow the United States to turn away asylum seekers at the U.S. border and send them to El Salvador to seek refuge, pushing migrants into one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The deal between the two governments is the latest in a series of policies aimed at creating new layers of deterrents to the influx of migrants applying for protection on U.S. soil.

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is scheduled to announce the deal Friday afternoon, according to administration officials with knowledge of the agreement. McAleenan traveled to El Salvador to hash out the accord last month with president Nayib Bukele. News of the accord was first reported by the Associated Press.

Sep 21 06:35

PROTESTS BREAK OUT AGAINST SISI IN TAHRIR SQUARE AND ACROSS EGYPT

SOURCE: MIDDLEEASTEYE.NET
Egyptian activists have held protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the largest demonstrations since the former army general tightened his grip on the country.

Crowds gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the site of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, on Friday night and early on Saturday, calling for an end to Sisi's rule.

"The people want to topple the regime," shouted demonstrators in Tahrir Square, according to a video posted on Twitter, echoing the chants of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

Footage showing anti-Sisi demonstrations in other cities including Alexandria, Suez, Gharbiya and Mahala, Mansoura and Damietta, continued to surface online into the early hours of Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another Middle Eastern Dictator the US funds handsomely.

Now, my question is, what happens when it appears that Sisi is ready for a political fall?!? Will President Trump send in troops and missiles to keep holding him up?!?

Just because a dictator is brutally befficient, is no guarantee that any country can consistently be stable; just ask the people of Iran what happened, after the deposition of the Shah


Sep 21 06:28

THE FBI TRIED TO GET A SECURE PHONE COMPANY TO CREATE A BACKDOOR IN ITS ENCRYPTED NETWORK

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Not a great week for the FBI, encryption-wise. The same week it was revealed the FBI's encrypted communications system was cracked by the Russians, a report by Joseph Cox of Motherboard details the agency's failure to punch a hole in a phone company's encrypted network.

The phone company targeted by the feds was Phantom Secure, a device maker with a business model that revolved almost exclusively around making secure phones for criminals. Apparently the supplier of choice for the Sinaloa drug cartel, Phantom Secure had been under investigation for years when its owner was arrested in 2018.

These efforts were apparently made after the arrest of the head of the company, with the FBI pitching a major sentence reduction if Phantom Secure CEO Vincent Ramos built the agency a backdoor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me see if I have the story straight here; the FBI, in 2019, was so completely reduced in their encoding and cryptography capabilities, that they wound up begging an inmate, Vincent Ramos, before his trial, and was promised a substantial cut in prison time, if he gave up the "back door" for Phantom Secure, which is used primarily by criminals?!?

Sorry: I am having a forehead to palm moment, with velocity, upon reading this.

Sep 21 03:52

US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack on oil industry

The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

The US defense secretary, Mark Esper, told Pentagon reporters this is a first step to beef up security and he would not rule out additional moves down the road. General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said more details about the deployment will be determined in the coming days, but it would not involve thousands of US troops.

Other officials said the US deployment would probably be in the hundreds and the defensive equipment heading to the Middle East would probably include Patriot missile batteries and possibly enhanced radars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping - and praying - that these deployed personnel, are not going to wind up as "sacrificial lambs" from the next wave of attacks against Saudi Arabia; that would, indeed, give President Trump, his Israeli and domestic neocons, the absolute "bloody shirt" required with which to guarantee a US attack against Iran.

September 20, 2019

Sep 20 15:13

Do NOT update your iPhone software! Apple releases iOS 13 operating system that can still expose your contact details without the need for a passcode, FaceID or TouchID - despite being warned weeks ago

The bug was revealed by private cybersecurity expert Jose Rodriguez who alerted the technology giant that he had found a 'password bypass' in July.

In a YouTube video he shows how when someone is receiving an incoming call it's possible to navigate through the messaging system to coax the phone into automatically suggesting contacts from inside the phone.

He initially worked with Apple to fix the fault, but decided to expose it when he feared that it would not be stamped out before the software update was launched, according to CNN.

Once in possession of someone's device, the Canary Islands-based tech enthusiast could sidestep the phone's security - such as facial ID - and access the contacts database.

Sep 20 15:05

Video: Yellow Vests not ‘corporate approved’ like climate protests – Galloway


Sep 20 13:38

Trump will meet Ukrainian leader at UN next week amid uproar over 'partisan' whistle-blower's claim POTUS tried to pressure foreign leader into prosecuting Joe Biden's son for corruption using military aid as leverage

Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine's president to prosecute Joe Biden's son for corruption, using military aid as leverage.

The president appeared to reveal information about a whistle-blower, attacking the person as 'highly partisan,' but then said he doesn't know who it is
The inspector general for the intelligence committee determined the matter was 'urgent' when he was notified of it.

Trump's acting director of national intelligence is resisting calls by Democrats to hand over the information, as statutes generally call for,
in credible cases.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted during CNN interview that he asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's dealings there when he was vice-president.

Sep 20 13:18

The History of the Second Amendment

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"Get your hands off my God damn guns!"
In this episode of Political Juice, Juice Boi gives a historical rundown on the writing and reasoning behind the second amendment as written in our Constitution.
We also unravel some contemporary myths about the second amendment and get to the truth of it all.
Philosophy, history, textual analysis, and terrible art, what more could you want?
Grab that juice and let's get this going!

Sep 20 11:39

Home Depot And Lowe's Accused Of Scanning Millions Of Customers Faces

Home Depot's "You Can Do It. We Can Help" slogan should really say, "We Can Do It. We Can Help Big Brother." And Lowe's "Do It Right For Less. Start At Lowe's" slogan should say, "Doing It Right And Identifying Every Customer, Starts At Lowe's."

According to the Cook County Record, two recent class action lawsuits accuse Home Depot and Lowe's of secretly using facial recognition to identify customers as soon as they enter their stores.

On Sept. 4, 2019, a group of plaintiffs simultaneously filed virtually identical class action complaints in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago against Lowe’s and in federal court in Atlanta against Home Depot, accusing the retailers of violating the Illinois state law by “surreptitiously” scanning customers’ faces as they moved about the chains’ stores.

According to the Lowe's lawsuit, home improvement stores are secretly using facial recognition to identify everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DANG, I really used to love to shop, occasionally, in both stores; unfortunately, it appears that I won't be visiting either, unless they promise to change this policy, and have safeguards in place to prevent this from happening in the future.


Sep 20 11:36

These 15 Incredible Photos Show The Remnants Of The Trillion-Dollar Afghan War

More than a year ago, the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) looked on as the white flag of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was rolled up, marking the end of America's "13-year combat mission of peacekeeping and reconstruction in Afghanistan."

Sep 20 11:35

"Suspiciously Well Placed": First Images Of Crippling Damage To Giant Khurais Oil Field Revealed

Much of the attention concerning the crippling damage to Saudi Aramco facilities struck in last week's aerial attack ultimately blamed on "Iranian sponsorship" by US and Saudi officials has focused on Abqaiq processing plant, but on Friday the first on the ground images from the kingdom's giant Khurais oil field — the country's second largest — have been revealed, showing scorched infrastructure, ruptured pipelines, and "a mess of oil melted to asphalt, twisted and charred metal grates" according to an on site Bloomberg report.

And yet Aramco has remained insistent that the field will return to pre-attack output levels this month, after the company reported losing half its daily output in the aftermath of the early Saturday attacks, impacting a whopping 5% of total global supply.

Per Bloomberg, Khurais has a capacity of 1.45 million barrels a day, processing all oil on site; however the attack took out four 300-foot towers essential to the production process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, an inside job by aided and abetted by dissident Saudis, or a false flag by Israel, for which the Houthi took the credit?!?

This almost doesn't matter, because if there are more strikes, my sense is that they will be done over highly civilian-occupied targets, insuring that Saudi Arabia has its own "bloody shirt to wave"; in the end, the US and Saudi Arabia, will continue to blame the attacks against Iran, because that will be the "justification" for the US and Saudi Arabia attacking Iran.

Sep 20 11:15

Pentagon to Present Trump, Aides With a ‘Range’ of Iran Military Options

Though President Trump has downplayed the idea of war with Iran over the past couple of days, the actual decision is to be made at a high-profile meeting, either Thursday or Friday depending according to reports.

Trump will be joined by a number of national security officials and other aides, and will be presented with a wide array of options by the Pentagon. Options are said to range from full-scale war to a simple cyberattack.

Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was very clear about the Pentagon not pushing any specific agenda on this matter, saying the response would be purely a “political judgement.”

Among Trump’s officials, Pompeo is seen as the one pushing hardest for a military response. He’s been in Saudi Arabia meeting with officials there, and probably will come back all the more hawkish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The overnights of the last polls on this issue, showed that only 13% of Americans believed that an attack against Iran was the right thing to do.

Of course, these attacks happened at around 4 AM in the morning, when most probably the least amount of personnel were tending to these buildings; but were I a betting person, I would not bet against another Houthi attack, or an Israeli false flag.

At that point, the presstitutes will definitely be using the banner "This is the Saudi's Pearl Harbor moment!!!!!"

I sincerely hope that the American people, who have been at war over 20 years, with nothing terribly substantial having been won for them, will continue to be skeptical and demand the facts.

Because logic and facts are the only things which may, with enough energy applied to them, be the only things holding this country back from initiating a Third World War.

Sep 20 10:56

Saudi-led coalition strikes Yemen’s Hodeidah in wake of refinery attacks claimed by Houthis

The Saudi-led coalition has launched a new military operation north of Hodeidah, the crucial port city where nearly all of Yemen’s scarce food and other supplies are delivered, against what it called “legitimate military targets,” state-run Ekhbariya TV reported on Friday.

The coalition put out a call to civilians to keep clear of the operation’s targets, even though it is unclear how much of the Yemeni population – 80 percent of which are in various states of humanitarian crisis after more than five years of bombardment – would watch Saudi television to know what sites to stay away from.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Saudi Arabia (with US assistance) is continuing to bomb infants; children; women; and the fragile medical elderly in Yemen.

Were I Saudi, American or UAE intel person, I would take the Houthis at their word, when they talk about future strikes; but this time, unlike the other strikes, done on the 14th, I think you can count strikes against Saudi Arabia to include non-coms as well, just as have the Saudi/US strikes killed non-coms during Saudi/US strikes against Yemen.

I hope like hell that I am wrong on this; because one more strike, particularly involving civilians, will give Tel Aviv, and the Hawks in DC the "propaganda ammo" they need, causing them to close ranks, and demand that Trump strike Iran, to "protect" the Saudi Arabia oil infrastructure, and destroy Iran's oil infrastructure.

We have a couple of other articles I am going to link to, from "whatdoesitmean.com", which I think are significant here:

Saudis unveil "e vidence", that attacks were unquestionably sponsored by Iran, as the show drone missile debris

NO PROOF Tehran launched oil plant attack, but still expects the USA to do its dirty work for them.


Sep 20 10:39

On the ground, feeling the pulse of Protest Hong Kong

What’s going on deep down in Hong Kong? For a former resident with deep cultural and emotional ties to the Fragrant Harbor, it’s quite hard to take it all in just within the framework of cold geopolitical logic. Master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai once said that when he came up with the idea for Happy Together, he decided to shoot the story of his characters in Buenos Aires because that was as far away from Hong Kong as possible.
I started my journey in my former ‘hood, Sai Ying Pun, where I lived in a studio in an average, slim, ultra-crowded Cantonese tower (I was the only foreigner) across the street from the beautiful, art deco St Louis school and not far from Hong Kong University. Although only a 20-minute walk over the hills to Central – the business and political heart of the city – Sai Ying Pun is mostly middle class with a few working-class pockets, only recently marching towards gentrification after a local MTR – subway – station was launched.

Sep 20 10:28

Assad issues general amnesty - now the Syrians can return

Use a translator.

BY MARCEL DETTMER ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2019INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Largely unnoticed by the Western media, the Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty for crimes committed prior to that date on September 14, 2019. The "Decree No. 20" is part of a series of previous pardon - as it had been in the autumn of last year, an amnesty for deserters and conscientious objectors - is new, however, that the decision also concerns the civilian area. The aim is to make it easier, especially for Syrian refugees, to return to the largely peaceful country.

Sep 20 10:24

New World Order in Meltdown, But Russia Stronger Than Ever

by Jon Hellevig for The Saker Blog

Last week was full of portentous events. Only somebody who has not been awake for the last few years will fail to realize how these at first sight unconnected events are part of the same matrix. There was the ever louder talk in mainstream media about an approaching global recession, inverted yield curves and the negative yields, which tell us that the Western financial system is basically in coma and kept alive only by generous IV injections of central bank liquidity. By now it has dawned on people that the central bankers acting as central planners in a command economy and printing money (aka quantitative easing) to fuel asset bubbles are about to wipe off the last vestiges of what used to be a market economy.

Then we saw Trump taking new twitter swipes at China in his on-and-off “great trade deal” and the stock markets moving like a roller coaster in reaction to each new twitter salvo.

Sep 20 10:21

1 Killed, 5 Injured in Columbia Heights Shooting; 1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Northeast DC Shooting

Police are looking for a light-colored Nissan sedan with two males who appeared to have assault rifles.


Sep 20 10:14

Pesticides or random coincidence? Mystery lingers over NEW CASES of babies born with hand and arm defects in Europe

Pesticides or random coincidence? Mystery lingers over NEW CASES of babies born with hand and arm defects in Europe.

Authorities are at a loss to explain why several babies born in a west German province have similar hand deformities. One hospital, where three such cases were seen, described the baffling phenomenon as “striking.”
With “no nationwide registry” to keep track of deformities, the St. Mary’s Hospital in Gelsenkirchen, near Dortmund, has admitted it is difficult to accurately monitor the situation or establish any kind of pattern.

Three babies were born at the hospital with undeveloped palms and fingers on one hand, between June and September this year. RT has twice contacted both the city administration of Gelsenkirchen and St Mary’s Hospital seeking more information on the situation, but has received no response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has to be addressed by the highest level of forensic research, for this anomalies; if the ultrasounds keep indicating that baby and mom are doing brilliantly, why does this keep happening in Europe?!?

Sep 20 10:11

This Top Trump Challenger Got Smacked With News He Was Dreading the Most

The Democratic presidential primary is a virtual free for all at this point.

With dozens of candidates in the field still, the race is anyone’s game.

And with the first states in the primary calendar just around the corner, things are heating up to a fever pitch.

It’s no surprise then to see campaigns are pouring their resources into the critical early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

A win in either of these states could catapult someone onto the national stage, while a big loss in either state could also lead to the end of several candidate’s campaigns.

And no one is risking more in the early state of New Hampshire than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The most radical socialist in the Democratic primary field to date, Sanders thinks he has New Hampshire in the bag, and his strong showing in Iowa against Hillary Clinton in 2016 means his campaign is optimistic about his chances there as well.

Sep 20 10:10

The Truth About Fed’s Interest Rate Cut

Sep 20 10:08

Adam Schiff Threatens To Sue Trump Administration Over Mystery Whistleblower Complaint

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff threatened Thursday to sue the Trump administration over an intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint, which the director of national intelligence has refused to provide to Congress.

“I would imagine if it comes down that we have to go to court to get this, that we will have a very good case to seek a temporary restraining order … or some form of relief because the inspector general has said this can not wait,” Schiff told reporters after members of the committee met privately with Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson.

“This is not a situation where we can afford to go through weeks or months of litigation in this court or that court. There’s an urgency here that I think the courts will recognize. I hope that’s not necessary,” Schiff said after the three-hour meeting.

The details of the complaint remain a mystery.



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Sep 20 10:08

Journalists in Chinese state media to be tested on loyalty to President Xi Jinping

About 10,000 reporters and editors in Beijing are expected to take ‘pilot tests’ next month using Xuexi Qiangguo mobile app.

Nationwide exams – with sections on Xi’s political thinking and Marxism – will be held later and press cards will only be issued to those who pass

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do not believe, for one millisecond, that a number of powerful, corporate/politician-centric people here in the US, are not salivating, to have this same kind of "litmus test" done, to validate that everyone who calls themselves a "reporter" is completely on board with their country's leadership, even if that leadership is doing some things which will ultimately hurt that country, and greatly "injure" its economy.

I would like to politely suggest to China's President, that the citizens of the Unhinged, surveilled, State of Amerika, have a name for this kind of behaviour from alleged journalists/bloggers; this... is called "brown=nosing", and I am absolutely confident that you won't need a translator, or Chinese/English dictionary for a translation
on this, with your fine command of English.

We are often told, that truth is the first casualty of war; but before that war, truth becomes the first casualty of dictatorships, like the one you are ultimately preparing for your successor.

And I will guarantee you one thing, President Xi Jinping; when all the news comes from one dedicated source, if it is in paper format, your people will ultimately use it for wrapping fish, because they understand that the State's propaganda... and the reality of their lives, are light-years apart.

If their "sole source propaganda" comes as "readable, downloadable" from their computers, there will be systems developed, covertly, which will completely render the hard-drive unusable, so that nothing,ultimately, is saved, including, of course, blacklisted news, and party propaganda, so no one can be politically, or actually crucified, for telling the truth as they see it.

The future of your country seems to be getting slowly shaped, by something I would characterize as an "harmonic dissonance" between China's leadership and China's people; and Sir, this new decree of yours is profoundly disappointing.

Sep 20 10:07

Mammoth gets first snow of the season after a very short summer

Lows on Thursday night were forecast for the mid-20s, another sign that as fall begins on Monday, winter in the Sierra will be close behind. Mammoth Mountain lifts will begin to spin Nov. 9, likely with mostly machine-produced snow, courtesy of the cooler nights.

Sep 20 10:06

The Triumph Of Candidate Trump's Foreign Policy: Backing Off 'Disastrous War' With Iran

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday shot back at Pompeo's Wednesday remarks from Jeddah characterizing the Aramco attacks as an "act of war" by Iran. FM Javad Zarif warned of "all-out war" if the US or Saudis attack Tehran in response. “We won’t blink to defend our territory,” Zarif told CNN.

Though the White House is said to be weighing "options" — including "substantially increased" sanctions which Trump announced this week, the consensus is the administration is cautiously walking back from a war footing. As the WSJ reports:

The White House is pushing to build an international coalition to exert pressure on Iran through the United Nations as its chief response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities, an approach consistent with President Trump’s aversion to military intervention, but also reflecting limits on his retaliatory options.

Sep 20 10:05

North America’s Bird Population Is Collapsing – Nearly 3 Billion Birds Have Been Wiped Out Since 1970

All around us, our world is literally in a state of collapse, but most people don’t seem to care. I spend much of my time writing about the inevitable collapse of our economic and financial systems, but they are only one part of the story. These days, millions upon millions of us are spending countless hours in this “virtual world” that we have created, and that is preventing many of us from understanding what is really going on in “the real world”. Where I live, I can literally keep the doors wide open for hours without worrying about bugs coming in, because insect populations are disappearing at a pace that is frightening. They are calling it “the insect apocalypse”, and some scientists are warning that they could all be gone in 100 years. And this dramatic decline in the insect population is one of the main reasons why North America’s bird population is collapsing.


Sep 20 10:04

Boris's high stakes plan: PM to DEFY EU's deadline with '10 intensive days' to get Brexit

On Wednesday, European officials agreed to another extension to Article 50 should the UK put forward a proposal by the end of September. Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne after a meeting with Emmanuel Macron warned if the UK does not come up with alternative plans, then any hope of securing a Brexit deal would be “over”.

However, in defiance of those warnings, No 10 has insisted that the proposals will not be published on the EU’s timeline.

A spokesman for No 10 told The Sun that there was no cause to publish proposals at this time until “the EU is clear that it will engage constructively on them as a replacement for the backstop”.

Sep 20 09:43

Federal Court Rules Cops Can Steal Your Stuff and it Does NOT Violate the Constitution

By Jack Burns

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling which declared police can constitutionally steal your possessions. Called “civil asset forfeiture,” the police are under no obligation to give the property back to you. Instead, police departments will steal your stuff, hold it in storage (accruing fees in most cases), and then sell your stuff to the highest bidder.

Police have no qualms about stealing your property, especially after you’ve been arrested for a crime. Even though every citizen is supposedly innocent until proven guilty, police will routinely confiscate, cash, guns, and real property from those who’ve been charged with a crime, even property from other members of a family living under the same roof. After all, it is difficult to prove ownership without a receipt. More sinister, however, is the fact that you need not even be accused of a crime for police to steal your stuff...

Sep 20 09:42

Putin Calls for Unbiased Investigation of Saudi Aramco Attacks in Talks With Crown Prince

Saudi Aramco's oil refinery was severely crippled in an attack on 14 September, which has been claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement. Despite this, the US has claimed it has evidence that it was in fact Iran that was behind the incident, something which the country has vehemently denied.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has during talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman called for an unbiased investigation to be carried out into the recent attack on Saudi oil facilities on 14 September, the president's press service reported.

"The issue of the attack on Saudi oil refineries has been discussed [during talks]. Vladimir Putin expressed his concern with regard to the situation and has called for conducting a thorough and unbiased investigation of the incident", the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin's call for an "unimpeded, unbiased investigation" into these attacks was a stroke of absolute brilliance; such an investigation will need to be carried out through a time framework which, in the most forensically correct manner, will require that the individuals doing this work, will have all the time necessary, to come to a reasonable, fact-centric conclusion.

I sincerely hope that President Putin's proposal will be put into action; and President Trump, please feel just the tiniest bit of gratitude for what Putin has done for you, with this request/challenge; this can buy you time to make sure that Saudi Arabia is actually protected by American weaponry (which it was NOT, when the attacks hit)

What Putin is urging here, is a "way out", potentially, for the US and Iran to work out their differences on a number of issues.

But sadly, there are way too many, in the Bowels of Power, internationally, who would love to see this cascade into a world war, featuring Israel, the US, and Saudi Arabia on one side of the conflict, and Russia, China, and Iran, on the other.

I sure hope to hell that I am wrong on this, and that logic, and lucidity can triumph, and "win the day"; but whoever did this wants a war now, and this may just accelerate their plans for more ever-more-vicious targeting of Saudi oil infrastructure; the Saudi military; and Saudi civilians.


Sep 20 09:37

State Dept. Docs Reveal Efforts by Obama State Department to Undermine Pres. Trump! | Tom Fitton

Sep 20 09:26

‘Plumbing of the U.S. Financial System’ Under Pressure; NY Fed Providing Massive Liquidity and Potentially Permanent Repo and QE

The ‘plumbing of the U.S. financial system’ is under pressure as liquidity dries up forcing New York Federal Reserve to provide massive liquidity and potentially they may be forced to move to permanent repo operations and renewed quantitative easing or QE

? The New York Fed appears to be set to do another $75 billion overnight repo operation today. It follows massive liquidity injections of the same size yesterday and on Wednesday, and $53.2 billion on Tuesday.

? The Fed is preparing a ‘temporary’ liquidity injection for a fourth straight day and there are concerns that increased signs of severe stress in the funding markets in the U.S. may force the Fed to permanently increase their reserves by electronically creating dollars in order to buy more U.S. Treasurys

Sep 20 09:26

‘NYT’ gives Netanyahu platform to race-bait Palestinian parties as ‘terrorists’ — without letting them respond

Right at the beginning of the New York Times‘s big article yesterday on the Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given space to race-bait the group of Palestinian political parties in the campaign. Netanyahu said:

There won’t be, there can’t be a government that relies on the anti-Zionist Arab parties, parties that deny Israel’s very existence as a Jewish and democratic state. . . Parties that glorify and praise bloodthirsty terrorists who murder our soldiers, our citizens and our children. That simply cannot be.

When Donald Trump tells racist lies, the New York Times calls him out on it. Not here. It wasn’t until the 34th paragraph that the paper even quoted Palestinian leader Ayman Odeh — and it didn’t let Odeh counter the dishonest allegation that he “glorifies bloodthirsty terrorists.”

Sep 20 09:23

Netanyahu in on the plank

“Netanyahu, however, refuses to acknowledge that his time is up. His failure to form a new government after the April 9 election was strike one; his shock decision to call a new election rather than allow Gantz a chance to form a government was strike two; and his disappointing performance in Tuesday’s ballot, which saw Likud lose almost a quarter of its strength and the right relinquish its absolute majority, was strike three”

Sep 20 09:23

Washington Shooting Leaves 1 Person Dead, 5 Others Injured – Police

There is a Metropolitan Police Department presence on the scene of the shooting at 14th St. and Columbia Road in Northwest with DC Fire and EMS with DC Fire and EMS saying there are multiple victims, local WJLA-TV reported.

"Six individuals in the 1300 block of Columbia Road sustained gunshot wounds. One of those individuals has been pronounced deceased. The other five remaining individuals have been transported to the area hospitals with various gunshot wounds, ranging from non-critical to critical", local police commander Stuart Emerman said at a press briefing.

Several media previously reported citing the police that at least six people have been wounded in the incident.

?There has been no information yet on the gunner. Police said that the homicide unit has been called at the scene, according to Fox 5.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, prayers for the deceased; the wounded, and their families and friends.

But what I want to know is, was the shooter getting on, or getting off of some kind of psychiatric, antidepressive medication, perhaps SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Uptake Reinhibitors), right before this horrific incident happened?!?

It is a known fact that certain psychiatric medications can cause episodes of violent self-harm, or violent behaviour toward others.

We know this about District of Columbia Gun Laws, and a check at google.com reveals the following: 'Summary of District of Columbia Gun Laws
Metropolitan Police. All firearms must be registered, and this process acts as a permit to purchase. Individuals cannot possess ammunition without a valid registration of a firearm. ... You must be at least 21 years old to get a concealed carry permit in D.C.Aug 13, 2019'

And I have to think; one person with their head on straight, who was at the scene, and had a concealed carry permit, might have well stopped this person, cold, in their tracks.

DAMN!!

So please, if you are a family with kids, and mom and/or dad, has had psychiatric medications recommended for your kids (or by Doctor or NP, or a school mental health specialist), before you commit to doing this, please read the following, and make the decision for your kid and yourself, to look at the following website:

www.ssristories.org: Antidepressant Nightmares

Anti-depressant drugs are very much the vogue these days; but please, have a very clear understanding of the downsides here.

I'm not a physician, but one thing you may want to do (even if you have to pay out of pocket), is have a nutritional evaluation of your child done, before you commit to having them start on these meds.

And one place - which I always suggest to friends who have had not great diagnoses of whatever they are dealing with - is any Adventist Hospital and Clinic to which you happen to be close.

Their medical facilities are always rated very highly, and because the 7th Day Adventists are ovolactovegetarians, their statistics are incredibly good, for not getting things like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure; heart issues; etc... Food can have an incredible effect on both mood, and concentration.

I'm just saying; knowledge is power; please remember this.


Sep 20 09:23

The Execution of LaVoy Finicum: Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal lawsuit related to the shooting of rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum has been dismissed.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court of Oregon by Ryan Payne, Shawna Cox and others who were associated with the Bundy family’s 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

They claimed that FBI agents, Oregon State Police and other officials violated their civil rights by using excessive force and “ambushing” them on the day Finicum was shot and killed.

Chief District Court Judge Michael Mosman dismissed all counts in the lawsuit Friday, saying “It’s time to put a fork in this case.”

Sep 20 09:22

North Korea welcomes 'new method' from U.S. in nuclear talks

North Korea has welcomed President Donald Trump's suggestion of a "new method" in Washington's nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang and praised the president's decision to fire the hawkish former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Those talks have been stalled for months by disagreements over trade-offs between sanctions relief and disarmament steps. In May North Korea said it wouldn't resume talks while the U.S. insisted on what it called unilateral disarmament.

In a statement released by state media, North Korean diplomat Kim Myong Gil, who will be leading planned working-level talks with Washington, said welcomed that relations would be conducted "from a more practical point of view" now that Bolton had gone.

Sep 20 09:21

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 20, 2019: RUSSIA GAVE SYRIA ‘GREEN LIGHT’ TO USE S-300

On September 19, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the town of Aqraba, south of Damascus. Pro-government sources claim that the intercepted UAV was likely operated by Israel.

On August 25, two Hezbollah members were killed by Israeli strikes in the same area. These strikes and the incident with Israeli drones in Beirut led to a local escalation between Hezbollah and the Israeli military at the Lebanese-Israeli contact line on September 1. Since then and until September 19, the situation around Damascus and in southern Lebanon have remained relatively calm.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated militant coalition Wa Harid al-Muminin announced that its forces had shelled positions of the Syrian Army near the area of al-Mashari’a. In a separate development, Idlib militants shelled the Abu al-Duhur humanitarian corridor with mortars in an attempt to prevent civilians from leaving the militant-held area.


Sep 20 09:16

NBC HAS CONFESSIONS ON THE ENVIROMENT. COULD NOT RESIST POSTING THE LINK & SOME ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS COMMENTS!

NBC link for your perusal “Climate Confessions”project

If it’s too small to read, go to link, or use your “Zoom” to blow it up! Some of these confessions are obviously meant to be sincere and serious, and others are so hilarious my sides still ache!

Sep 20 09:15

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference that authorities have confirmed at least one case of polio in a 3-year-old girl in southern Lanao del Sur province and detected the polio virus in sewage in Manila and in waterways in the southern Davao region. Those findings are enough to declare an outbreak of the crippling disease in a previously polio-free country like the Philippines, he said.

Sep 20 09:14

Mass Shooting IN DC, 6 Victims Reported

Gunfire erupted on the streets of Washington, D.C., on Thursday night and at least several people were shot, local media reported.

Reuters could not immediately reach police to confirm the reports.

Local TV station FOX-5 reported, citing police, that six people were shot in the incident.

ABC affiliate WJLA-TV posted images on Twitter of ambulances carrying victims from the scene and said that there had been a “massive” police response at the intersection of 14th and Columbia streets north of the city’s downtown.

Sep 20 09:14

‘Storm Area 51’-inspired events draw big crowds to small Nevada towns, military fears rush

Thumping techno music on Thursday night kicked off the festivals scheduled through Sunday in Rachel and Hiko, the pair of desert towns closest to Area 51.

Daniel Martinez danced along to the music in his wolf “spirit hood” and matching faux fur jacket. The 31-year-old drove more than six hours to Rachel from Pomona, California to take part of the out-of-this-world festivities.



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Sep 20 08:42

Bill De Blasio Drops From 2020 Presidential Race — President Trump Responds To “Biggest Story In Years” In Epic Trump Style

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped from the 2020 presidential race on Friday.

Sep 20 08:42

VIDEO: CNN’s Savidge Goes To Democratic Stronghold In Minnesota Finds Everyone Is Voting For Trump

CNN’s Martin Savidge traveled to the iron range area of Minnesota this week. The Iron Range near Lake Superior is traditionally a Democratic stronghold. Not anymore. Miners and working families are voting for Trump.

Sep 20 08:41

video --- Woman Confronts Rep. Beto O’Rourke Over His Anti-Gun Policies: ‘Hell No You’re Not’ Taking My Gun



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Sep 20 08:31

Trump Fights Back, Sues Manhattan DA over Tax Records Subpoenas

President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow announced Thursday that the president has filed a lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance over a subpoena Vance’s office had issued seeking Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns for the past eight years, according to The Independent.

Sep 20 08:30

Watch Lewandowski Mercilessly Mock Eric 'Nuke American Gun Owners' Swalwell at Impeachment Hearing

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went after Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell during Tuesday’s impeachment inquiry.

Sep 20 08:17

104 Arrested In Massive Central Ohio Trafficking, Online Child Sex Sting

More than 100 people have been arrested in a massive human trafficking and internet sex sting.
Among those charged - a medical doctor and a church youth director.

Sep 20 08:16

Facebook Worker Dies After Jumping Off Building At Company Headquarters

A Facebook employee died after jumping off the fourth floor of a building at the social network's Menlo Park, California, headquarters in an apparent suicide, the company said Thursday.

Sep 20 07:44

Possible cancer cure discovered. Hopefully he doesn't "commit suicide" soon

and it's all for nothing just like many past cases of people with cures either disappearing or dying

Sep 20 07:21

Israeli army raids Palestinian NGO’s office, a direct attack on human rights

Israeli occupation forces raided today, Thursday, 19 September 2019 at around 2:00am the office of Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association.

The Israeli forces stole five laptops, memory cards, three laptop memories, one laptop card, several books and additionally searching through the belongings of the office.

This is the third incident where the Israeli soldiers have raided the office, the first was in 2002 and the second incident was in 2012.

Sep 20 07:21

Israel: democracy or apartheid state?

I was inspired to write this article in light of recent political events in Britain. For some time there has been an Anti-Semitism in the Labour party ‘scandal’ which has intensified in recent months after Labour’s strong showing at the last General election under Jeremy Corbyn. There have been near-daily press reports accusing Jeremy Corbyn of Anti-Semitism, and he has put under a level of pressure that we have rarely seen in British Politics.

The Labour NEC (National Executive Committee) was asked to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of Anti-Semitism in full in-order to demonstrate action on the matter. Last week the NEC bowed to the pressure and did precisely that. The IHRA code offers a definition of Anti-Semitism and 11 examples of what constitutes Anti-Semitism. Many legal experts including the very author of the text have raised serious reservations about the code arguing, amongst other things, that it limits freedom of speech.

Sep 20 07:20

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 September 2019)

Palestinian Woman killed at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, claiming she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 78 civilians injured, including 34 children, a woman and a journalist.

During 82 incursions into the West Bank: 49 civilians arrested, including 8 children and 2 women.

2 limited incursions and 7 shooting incidents reported in the border area, east of the Gaza Strip.

5 water wells destroyed and 250 olive trees and 120 forest trees levelled in northern Jordan Valley; a house, agricultural rooms and a street demolished in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem.

Sep 20 07:19

Army Cuts Off Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village

Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday, closed the water pipes which supply Palestinian residents in the village of Bardale, in the northern Jordan Valley, east of the occupied West Bank.

Member of Bardala village council, Dirar Sawafta, said that Israeli forces stormed the village in the early morning and closed a number of pipes which supply the area, without mentioning any reasons.

Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency further notes that this is not the first time Israeli forces have closed the pipes.

Last July, Israeli settlers seized a number of wells in the village, banning Palestinian shepherds from tending their live stocks.

Sep 20 07:18

Colt Announces End Of AR-15 Production For Civilian Market

The Associated Press reports that famous American gun maker Colt is suspending production of the popular AR-15 and possibly other assault style rifles for the civilian market.

The monumental announcement Thursday could likely ripple across the industry after a summer of multiple tragic mass killings, as well as almost yearly school shootings, many involving assault weapons such as the AR-15 along with high capacity magazines.

But amid a raging national debate in the wake of deadly shootings, the decision appears fundamentally market-driven, given a company statement cited lack of public demand and excess market capacity.

Sep 20 07:17

Court Shoots Down Cop's Assertion That Driving Without Breaking Any Laws Is 'Suspicious'

because drug traffickers have been seen breathing, then breathing is an indicia of drug trafficking. Because they normally have two hands, then having two hands is an indicia of drug smuggling. Silly — maybe, but one can wonder if that is the direction we are heading. Whether it be driving a clean vehicle, or looking at a peace officer, or looking away from a peace officer, or a young person driving a newer vehicle, or someone driving in a car with meal wrappers, or someone driving carefully, or driving on an interstate, most anything can be considered as indicia of drug trafficking to law enforcement personnel.

Sep 20 07:15

Can Trump Still Avoid War with Iran?

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

“All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and come to a consensus — and that should be bipartisan,” says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch of Idaho.

When Lindsey Graham said the White House had shown “weakness” and urged retaliatory strikes for what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls Iran’s “act of war,” the president backhanded his golfing buddy:

“It’s very easy to attack, but if you ask Lindsey … ask him how did going into the Middle East … work out. And how did Iraq work out?”

Sep 20 07:14

This Game-Changing Endorsement Proved That Kavanaugh’s Accuser Is a Huge Liar

This game-changing endorsement proved that Kavanaugh’s accuser is a huge liar.

Christine Blasey Ford’s story had more holes in it than a piece of Swiss cheese.

Democrats who were trying to use her to block Kavanaugh’s appointment and blacken his character had to go with the message that women should always be believed on principle.

That is a horribly sexist argument.

Christine Blasey Ford had every motivation to make a false accusation.

Sep 20 07:13

Israelis Have Shown Netanyahu the Door. Can He Inflict More Damage Before He Exits?

Only a government of the far-right – one entirely beholden to Netanyahu – could be relied on to pass legislation guaranteeing him immunity from a legal process due to begin next month. Without it, he is likely to be indicted on multiple charges of fraud and breach of trust.

So desperate was Netanyahu to avoid that fate, according to reports published in the Israeli media on election day, that he was only a hair’s breadth away from launching a war on Gaza last week as a way to postpone the election.

Israel’s chief law officer, attorney general Avichai Mendelblit, stepped in to halt the attack when he discovered the security cabinet had approved it only after Netanyahu concealed the army command’s major reservations.

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