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August 17, 2018

Aug 17 10:46

NATO Repeats The Great Mistake Of The Warsaw Pact

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

Aug 17 10:46

From Boston To Ferguson To Charlottesville: The Evolution Of A Police State Lockdown

Five years ago, the city of Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion.

Four years ago, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was locked down, with government officials deploying a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd, smoke bombs and tear gas to quell citizen unrest over a police shooting of a young, unarmed black man.

Three years ago, the city of Baltimore was put under a military-enforced lockdown after civil unrest over police brutality erupted into rioting. More than 1,500 national guard troops were deployed while residents were ordered to stay inside their homes and put under a 10 pm curfew.

Aug 17 10:45

Pentagon Whistleblower Demoted After Exposing Millions Paid To FBI Spy Halper, Clinton Crony

A Pentagon whistleblower was stripped of his security clearance and demoted after complaining about questionable government contracts with both FBI informant spy Stefan Halper and a company headed by Chelsea Clinton's "best friend" for whom then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arranged meetings, reports the Washington Times.

Aug 17 10:44

America, The Punitive

There has been a dramatic shift in how the United States government carries out its business internationally. Admittedly, Washington has had a tendency to employ force to get what it has wanted ever since 9/11, but it also sometimes recognized that other countries had legitimate interests and accepted there was a place for diplomacy to resolve issues short of armed conflict. The Bush Administration reluctance to broaden its engagement in the Middle East after it recognized that it had blundered with Iraq followed by Obama’s relaxation of tensions with Cuba and his negotiation of a nuclear agreement with Iran demonstrated that sanity sometimes prevailed in the West Wing.



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Aug 17 10:43

Shocking Report Details How CIA Hubris Exposed Agents In China, Resulting In 30 Executions

A bombshell new report in Foreign Policy reveals that up to 30 CIA agents and assets working in China were identified and executed by Chinese counterintelligence over a two year period after the CIA's encrypted communications system was infiltrated.

The report is based on former and current unnamed CIA officials who were part of the program, which established a network of spies across China. The in-country spies communicated with their CIA handlers via an online system capable of being logged into from any laptop or computer.

But when starting in late 2010 Chinese authorities began to sweep up the network of spies for interrogation and eventual execution, the CIA was "shellshocked" in the words of one former official, and for eight years a joint FBI-NSA-CIA investigation has sought answers as to what went wrong in what is widely considered "one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades".

Aug 17 10:37

BREAKING: More classified Clinton emails uncovered by Judicial Watch lawsuit!

Judicial Watch Uncovers Five More Clinton Emails Containing Classified Material on Her Unsecure, Non-‘State.gov’ Email System

The Comey-Strzok-Lynch Clinton email “matter” was a sham, so it is urgent that Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order a new criminal investigation.

Aug 17 10:35

Bill Cooper Warned about Deep State 20 YEARS AGO

Aug 17 10:35

Pope Lectured Trump On Family Separation, But Silent On Priest Child Molestation Report

There was no mention of the fact the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops received $176 million in federal contracts for refugee resettlement in 2015 and 2016 alone.

Pope Francis had nothing to say about the allegations some 300 "predator priests" sexually abused more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania since 1947.



Aug 17 10:30

Facebook's failure in Myanmar is the work of a blundering toddler

When Facebook invited journalists for a phone briefing on Tuesday evening to talk about its progress in tackling hate speech in Myanmar, it seemed like a proactive, well-intentioned move from a company that is typically fighting PR fires on several fronts.

But the publication of a bombshell Reuters investigation on Wednesday morning suggested otherwise: the press briefing was an ass-covering exercise.

This is the latest in a series of strategic mishaps as the social network blunders its way through the world like a giant, uncoordinated toddler that repeatedly soils its diaper and then wonders where the stench is coming from. It enters markets with wide-eyed innocence and a mission to “build [and monetise] communities”, but ends up tripping over democracies and landing in a pile of ethnic cleansing. Oopsie!

Aug 17 10:29

Rep. Jordan: FBI texts about Obama raise lots of concerns

Aug 17 10:28

You won't believe this judge's response to a veteran receiving a parking ticket!

Aug 17 10:22

Steve Bannon Trailer: 'Trump @ War'



Aug 17 10:21

Jim Jordan on deposing George Toscas in FISA abuse probe

Aug 17 10:20

CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’

Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as “bigots” — which, according to the network’s editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

To legitimize political violence, Cuomo said, “All punches are not equal morally… Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it, because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimized hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out.”

This is a dramatic turning point for the far left. Not only is CNN offering moral cover for those who engage in political violence, but — thanks to the ever-widening definition of “hate” — CNN is also calling for the left’s political opponents to be “stamped out.”

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Sorry Chris; I missed that. I was watching Spongebob Squarepants! :)

Aug 17 10:19

Far-Left Anarchist Extremists Take Credit For Bombing Italian Populist Party Office

Italian far left extremists have taken credit for the bombing of an office of the populist Lega party, with police finding and disarming a second explosive device.

The office, located in the city of Treviso near Venice, was targetted by a rudimentary explosive device on Sunday which did some damage to the door at the entrance of the building but failed to harm anyone, Corriere Della Sera reports.

A second bomb was found at the scene by authorities following the first explosion. The second device is believed to have been intended as the main explosion, the first being used to attract authorities and others into the area to be harmed by a second blast containing nails and other metal fragments.

In reaction to the bombing, Lega leader and current Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini commented, “They try to stop us, but violent delinquents do not scare us. Let’s go forward, stronger than before.”

Aug 17 10:18

Soros Foundations to Withdraw From Hungary By End of August

The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in May that it was leaving Hungary, citing what it called the “repressive” policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“There are still some colleagues working here in the office, but we will have closed for good by 31 August,” the OSF spokesman in Budapest Daniel Makonnen told AFP.



Aug 17 10:17

State Dept Names ‘Special Representative for Iran’

With so much effort already being expended on trying to sell the rest of the world on the Trump Administration’s anti-Iran positions, the State Department announced on Thursday that it is appointing Brian Hook as the special representative for Iran.

Hook is one of the top policy advisers within the State Department, and before the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal he had been advising the administration to work on getting addendum to the nuclear deal as opposed to withdrawing.

The new position will head the Iran Action Group, and will be intended to coordinate all anti-Iran actions taken by the US State Department worldwide. That’s already a substantial number of actions, but the creation of this new group and new position suggests that the amount of effort dedicated this will be growing.

Aug 17 10:17

Rand Paul talks Russia trip, Brennan security clearance

Aug 17 10:14

Native Hawaiians see a silver lining to destruction caused by recent volcanic eruptions

By many metrics, what is happening on Hawaii island can be considered a natural disaster. But native Hawaiians I spoke to view this period not as one of pure destruction, but rather the logical continuation of their islands’ geological evolution — a time of deep cultural and personal reflection and realignment.

“The word we use is ‘inevitable,’” cultural ambassador, community organizer and former Miss Hawaii Desiree Moana Cruz said in reference to how best to describe Kilauea’s latest lava flow. “Not tragedy, not disaster. I certainly feel compassion for the people who have lost their homes — they’re my friends, family and also strangers. But again, we all know this is where we live. We — and I mean native Hawaiians — say, ‘Have you seen the pele?’ Pele is the Hawaiian word for lava in all its manifestations, passed down through ancient chants and dances.”

Aug 17 10:11

Austrian Populist Interior Minister: Criminalise Sharia Law Advocacy

Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Interior Minister Herbert Kickl has floated the idea of charging radical Islamic adherents if they advocate for Sharia law over the constitutional law of Austria.
The populist Interior Minister laid out the proposal as part of a programme to fight against the spread of radical Islamic extremism in Austria, Kronen Zeitung reports.

“Those who want to pass the Sharia law over the Austrian laws and want to bring upon us a theocracy in place of our democracy belong in court!” Kickl, who has been long known for his fierce firebrand rhetoric, said.

The move also follows campaign promises made by FPÖ leader and current Vice-Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache who vowed to ban Islamism in January of last year arguing it was, “antagonistic to women, antiliberal and corresponds to a fascist worldview.”



Aug 17 10:10

'Surprise Guest' Putin Ruffles Feathers With Plan to Attend Euroskeptic Austrian FM Wedding

From security arrangements to choice of present to geopolitical implications, Western media is fascinated (and alarmed) by Vladimir Putin's decision to drop in on the wedding of Karin Kneissl – and some have demanded she resign.

Above all else, it appears that in almost two decades as an international political figure, this is the first time the Russian president has publicized his intention to go to a wedding party, much less one abroad. His long-time press secretary Dmitry Peskov insisted that Putin has visited foreign private events previously, but when pressed by reporters, struggled to recall a specific occasion.

Aug 17 10:09

France 2 Goes Overboard With Institutional Putinophobia

On the face of it, it appears almost comical: Putin here, Putin there, Putin behind rigged polls, behind syringes that go astray, behind adulterated vaccines, solar flares, air pollution, global warming, scammed bank accounts, manipulated elections, Femen who commit suicide, economies that climb, economies that collapse … the list goes on, marching into wacko-land.

In short, Putin the bogeyman. Putin the Bad, with a capital B.

In Europe, in the Western world and particularly in our country, “putinophobia” has become institutional. If you want to be counted among the good people and beautiful people, it is imperative to sacrifice to it. All or nothing. The Zeitgeist is not into subtle nuance.

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Aug 17 10:05

German far-right supporters shout 'GET LOST' at Angela Merkel while she visits Dresden as they protest her 2015 decision to welcome refugees from Muslim countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told far-right protesters she would act to deport rejected asylum seekers quicker after a mob gathered to protest her immigration policies in Dresden today.

Hundreds of far-right protesters chanted 'Merkel must go!' as they called on the German Chancellor to resign.

The protest against Merkel was organised by the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement. Supporters held up messages including one reading: 'Girls die, Mrs Merkel' and another saying 'Merkel is acting unconstitutionally, Merkel must leave'.

Aug 17 10:04

Philip May profiting from wife’s military policies

Enter stage right our Prime Minister’s husband, Philip John May. May is a banker and pension fund expert. He is a senior executive at Capital Group, a US investment company that controls $1.4 trillion in assets.

Capital Group’s portfolio includes JP Morgan Chase, ($7bn) Philip Morris International ($9bn), McDonald’s ($5bn) and significant investments in Amazon and Starbucks. Selling books, coffee, burgers and fags is not a crime, although some of these companies’ tax avoidance scams might be.

Since 2009, Capital Group has declared a turnover of £467 million, but declared losses of £125 million. Despite what might be considered a colossal business failure, in the same period Mr May and other Capital Group directors have pocketed £43million in salaries, pensions and other benefits.

Even the Daily Mail has said, ‘It’s very odd a business can pay substantial amounts to directors while not turning a profit.’



Aug 17 10:03

Germany On Verge Of Signing New MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR Missile Defence System Contract | World | News

The German Defence Ministry, led by Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, called on Lockheed Martin Corp and Europe’s MBDA to develop final proposals for the next generation of missile defence systems in order to replace the country’s current MIM-104 Patriot models.

The move was hailed as a vital step towards the official signing of the contract, which is currently slated for 2019.

A spokesman for the German Ministry of Defence, said: “This is another step forward towards a final contract in 2019.”

Roland Kuntze, spokesman for MDBA, added: “This is a significant milestone toward achieving a contract award.

Aug 17 10:02

Dangerous 'forever chemicals' have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates — here's what to know about PFAS

In the US, consumers usually assume that the water coming out of our taps has been thoroughly tested and is safe to drink.

But residents in more than 30 communities around the country have found out that's not the case.

In states including Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina, local water systems have been contaminated with toxic chemicals called PFAS, which stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

This class of artificial lab-grown chemicals doesn't break down in the environment, and instead remains intact in water, air, and bodies for thousands of years, according to the Associated Press. For that reason, they've become known as "forever chemicals."

Aug 17 10:01

Whistleblower makes shocking IRS, insider trading allegations

A whistleblower made this shocking allegation to me last week: the IRS was tipping off members of Congress to corporate takeovers so the elected officials could profit from insider trading.

My snitch also charged that higher-level employees of the IRS also used that information to enrich themselves.

This may sound crazy but remember: Up until a few years ago members of Congress were allowed to trade stock based on information they got while performing their public duties.

It wasn’t until 2012, during President Obama’s tenure, that the practice was banned.

But the difference between what had been going on legally until 2012 and what my whistleblower is contending is enormous.

Aug 17 10:00

Twitter Promptly Suspends Tesla Whistleblower Following Tweets About His Former Employer

Earlier tonight, Tripp took to his personal Twitter and began posting photos that he claims help back up some of the assertions that Tesla has denied. “Are you ready,” he asked his followers and proceeded to upload photos of what he claimed to be improperly handled cooling tubes, proof of damaged battery cells being reworked and installed in cars that were sold, and graphics about a high volume of scrap waste. Tripp made many other allegations but what might be his most jaw-dropping disclosure was a listing of Teslas that he claims were sold with “punctured / dented / damaged” batteries.

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So, according to Twitter, you need permission to be a whistle-blower from the party you are blowing the whistle on!



Owl 1
Aug 17 09:58

Brennan Goes Nuclear After Losing Security Clearance, Pens Furious Screed In NYT

Trump revoked Brennan's clearance for what he called "unfounded and outrageous allegations" against his administration, while also announcing that the White House is evaluating whether to strip clearances from other former top officials.

Trump later told the Wall Street Journal his decision was connected to the ongoing federal probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegedly collusion by his presidential campaign.

“I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham,” Trump said in an interview with the newspaper on Wednesday. “And these people led it.”

“It’s something that had to be done,” Trump added. -Reuters

Writing in the New York Times, Brennan - who led the CIA under President Obama, called Trump's denials of collusion with Russia "Hogwash," and vowed not to be silenced.

Aug 17 09:57

Levin: Trump should pull more security clearances

Aug 17 09:54

'Proving Trump Right': Twitter Abuzz Over Media Campaign Targeting US President

Several hundred outlets have decided to conduct coordinated attacks aimed at US President Donald Trump over his accusations that some US media report "fake news" and cite "nonexistent" anonymous sources.

On August 16, some 343 media outlets agreed to join a Boston Globe campaign aimed at publishing editorials denouncing what the media have called a "dirty war against the free press" allegedly organized by US President Donald Trump. The Globe claims that the current administration's policy is an organized "assault on the press" and is trying to portray it as the "enemy of the people."

Aug 17 09:53

Laura Ingraham: The media vs. Trump



Aug 17 09:51

Gaza’s lifeline is the sea

Aug 17 09:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 17, 2018: 5TH ASSAULT CORPS WILL PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING BATTLE FOR IDLIB

On August 16, militant groups operating in western Syria declared the villages of Banes, Birnah, al-Ottomania, Hwair al-Eis, Tell Bajir, Judiydah, Zummar and Jizrea in southwestern Aleppo part of a “military zone” and ordered civilians to leave the area within 48 hours.

Additionally, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkistan Islamic party had sent reinforcements to southwestern Aleppo.

Local sources link these developments to the ongoing preparations of militant groups to fend off a possible advance of the Syrian Arab Army on their areas in western Syria.

Meanwhile, four units of the Russian-backed 5th Assault Corps – the Assad Shield, the Mahardah Forces, the ISIS Hunters and the Ba’ath battalions – were deployed in the northern countryside of Hama. Earlier, at least four convoys of the Tiger Forces, including battle tanks and artillery pieces, arrived in the same area.

Aug 17 09:50

California doctor on probation for giving vaccine exemption to child who had an adverse reaction to vaccines

Noted vaccine rights physician Dr. Bob Sears threatened with loss of license and receives almost three years of probation – after issuing exemption from vaccines

On June 27, 2018, the Medical Board of California ordered 35 months of probation for Orange County pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, a leading voice in the vaccine rights community.

The complaint revolved around a note Dr. Sears had written exempting a 2-year-old from all childhood vaccinations.

Aug 17 09:49

Two French rivers disappear underground in large cracks and sinkholes: The Doubs River (Franche-Comté) and the Risle (Normandy)

The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.



Aug 17 09:48

North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit

Aug 17 09:47

South Korea Proposes Broader Cooperation With North

S outh Korea President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday offered a bold vision for economic cooperation with North Korea, including joint economic zones along the countries’ border and a linked rail network—provided that the North takes real steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons.

“We must overcome division for our survival and prosperity,” Moon said in a speech marking National Liberation Day, which marks the end of Japan’s colonial rule over a then-unified Korea with the Allied victory in World War II, Yonhap reported.

“Even though political unification is still far away, building a single economic community first by settling peace and freely traveling back and forth between the two Koreas will become genuine liberation for us,” Moon said.

Aug 17 09:47

The Ron Paul Liberty Report: Alex Jones, FDR, Partisanship, And More...



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Aug 17 09:46

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Aug 17 09:40

‘Illegal Rubber-Stamp’ Of Keystone XL Stalled As Federal Court Orders Full Review

Rejecting what critics have called the “illegal rubber-stamp” of the Keystone XL pipeline, a federal court in Great Falls, Montana has sided with opponents of the project and mandated a full...

Aug 17 09:36

How The Hell Did A Teenager Hack Apple’s Secured Servers?



Aug 17 09:35

A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. School employees showered him with theirs.

(CNN)The chemotherapy dripped through a catheter in his chest. Cancer patient Robert Goodman had burned through his paid sick days while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Aug 17 09:34

Trump Wants Jeff Sessions to Arrest Omarosa

It looks like President Trump is fed up with all the Omarosa leaking. And why shouldn’t he be?

Omarosa has not only spread nasty rumors about an impending divorce between Trump and First Lady Melania, but she’s also gone after Trump’s own family, trying to paint them as fools and frauds.

Any sane man would be sick of someone like that. The fact that President Trump is president makes it all the worse, because not only does Trump look bad in these leaks, but the country does as well.

The Trump campaign is already suing Omarosa for violating a non-disclosure agreement.

Aug 17 09:32

The first evidence for LIFE on earth has been identified in Australian fossils that contain tiny bacteria dating back 3.4 billion years, experts claim

Tiny fossilised bacteria dating back 3.4 billion years could be the first evidence of life on Earth, say scientists.
The microscopic remnants provide experts the opportunity to see at what the world looked like when it was barely one billion yeas old.

Aug 17 09:24

The Three-headed Monster

The faction that used to be the Democratic party can be described with some precision these days as a three-headed monster driving the nation toward danger, darkness, and incoherence. Anyone interested in defending what remains of the sane center of American politics take heed:

The first head is the one infected with the toxic shock of losing the 2016 election. The illness took hold during the campaign that year when the bureaucracy under President Obama sent its lymphocytes and microphages in the “intel community” — especially the leadership of the FBI — to attack the perceived disease that the election of Donald Trump represented. The “doctors” of this Deep State diagnosed the condition as “Russian collusion.” An overdue second opinion by doctors outside the Deep State adduced later that the malady was actually an auto-immune disease.



Aug 17 09:23

‘Too Big to Fail’: RussiaGate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism.

Aug 17 09:22

CALIFORNIA IS ABOUT PASS A LAW ALLOWING ILLEGAL ALIENS TO SIT ON GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Aug 17 09:21

“Printing Money” and Cocaine

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. The addictive behaviors of drug addicts are similar to the actions of a modern “Keynesian” economy addicted to “money printing” by central banks and fractional reserve banking.

Aug 17 09:20

Canada Bans Bee-Killing Neonics While US Moves Backward

While Canadians are celebrating Canada's recognition of "the overwhelming body of scientific evidence on neonics and phasing out these dangerous pesticides,” there is a catch. The U.S. meanwhile has...


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Aug 17 09:14

A US trade war with Turkey over a little known pastor? Don't believe a word of it

Erdogan’s real crimes are buying the Russian S-400 missile system for Turkey, refusing to accept US support for America’s Kurdish YPG allies and allowing Islamist fighters to pour over Turkey’s border into Syria along with a load of weapons, mortars and missiles

Aug 17 09:13

Baghdad grapples with ‘curse’ of US sanctions on Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has raised the level of uncertainty over how Iraq will handle long-expected US sanctions on Iran.

In the span of less than a week, Abadi went from pledging to abide by the sanctions the day after they were imposed, to backtracking on his statement.

“I said yes, we will abide … but abide when it comes to dollar transactions,” Abadi told reporters Monday. The confusion for Iraqi citizens and political parties is even greater for the Central Bank of Iraq.

“Dealing in dollars with Iran has been banned for a very long time,” the bank’s director general of financial operations, Mahmoud Dagher, told the media. “Neither the bank nor the banking system deals with Iran in dollars when it comes to foreign trade.”

Iran is not only a neighbor to Iraq, with a land border of more than 1,000 kilometers. It dominates the Iraqi market and political scene.

Aug 17 09:13

Erdogan Claims CIA, Mossad Planning to Rescue US Pastor Andrew Brunson

Turkey's president claims the CIA and Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, are planning a rescue mission of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkey's president Recep Erdogan reportedly told A-Haber TV, a channel owned by Erdogan's son-in-law, that members of the CIA and Mossad are staying in houses and apartments near Mr. Brunson's home.



Aug 17 09:05

You Probably Wont See this MSM Reporter Back on C-span Any Time Soon

Washington Times' Cheryl Chumley on Political News of the Day

cspan host tries and tries to push this lady back in to the media box, Unsuccessfully

CALLER TOPICS INCLUDE ALEX JONES + SETH RICH/ASSANGE



Aug 17 08:47

Recapping $TSLA's past 24 hours:

Aug 17 08:41

Mozilla/Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

Remember the day you found out Google was steeped in pure evil? So you sought out a different browser to escape the evil overlords that run Chrome.

Many of us sought out Firefox from Mozilla, an organization with a strong history supporting free speech and open access to information.



Taboola
Aug 17 08:35

Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his parade

President Trump on Friday blamed local Washington, D.C., lawmakers for ballooning costs that forced the cancellation of his planned military parade.

Aug 17 08:27

SYRIA - PENTAGON PLANTS HIGH ISIS NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION

The U.S. aim in Syria is still 'regime change'. The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants to stay in the country even after the Islamic State vanished. A little propaganda trick is now used to create a justification for its continuing occupation. The report by the UN Security Council's Sanctions Monitoring Team on ISIS, in parts discussed here, includes a number that smells of bullshit and manipulation

Aug 17 08:22

Trump move to loosen U.S. use of cyberweapons prompts intrigue

Intellihub commentary: What does the Trump Administration have planned?

The Trump administration’s move to loosen rules of engagement for U.S. cyberattacks has prompted questions about how the military will carry out offensive digital strikes, and whether hostilities with foreign adversaries will rapidly escalate.

Aug 17 08:19

CNN Español uses photo of pro-government rally in report about protest against Nicaraguan president

CNN’s Spanish-language site used an easily-identifiable photograph of a pro-government rally in a report detailing a protest against Nicaragua's president, sparking accusations of propaganda peddling and sloppy journalism.

Aug 17 08:17

CEO compensation surges dramatically while average workers get no significant pay raise – report

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute shows that top managers are getting higher compensation every year, while their employees’ salaries barely change.

“In 2017 the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the US received $18.9 million in compensation, a 17.6 percent increase over 2016. The typical worker’s compensation remained flat, rising a mere 0.3 percent,” the report said.

“The 2017 CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of 312-to-1 was far greater than the 20-to-1 ratio in 1965 and more than five times greater than the 58-to-1 ratio in 1989.”

Aug 17 08:16

Homeless & migrant workers ‘exploited’ to clean up Fukushima radiation, UN warns

UN human rights experts have slammed the Japanese government for the alleged exploitation of “tens of thousands” of workers, as well as migrants and the homeless, said to be cleaning up the mangled Fukushima nuclear plant.

In a three-way joint statement, released Thursday via the United Nations, the human rights experts detailed their deep concern over the “possible exploitation by deception regarding the risks of exposure to radiation, possible coercion into accepting hazardous working conditions because of economic hardships, and the adequacy of training and protective measures” following the 2011 disaster."

Aug 17 07:59

RECOVERY SUMMER, THE UN-IRONIC EDITION

Aug 17 07:58

Italy earthquake video: Fears for Mount Vesuvius VOLCANIC ERUPTION after Naples SHAKEN

ITALY has been struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hotspot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt.

Aug 17 07:41

The lovely folks at Sussex Friends of Israel might not want this to go viral

The ‘Sussex Friends of Israel’ Twitter account is full of bile against Jeremy Corbyn. You have to scroll a long way down its Twitter feed as of this moment to find a tweet that isn’t directly about the Labour leader – and even then, it looks indirectly about him.

The politics of its comments are not hard to discern and it seems to consider being a friend of Israel amounts to a single issue at the moment – yet it seems to consider itself a serious source of comment.

So this video of a founder member being abusive to four people innocuously leafleting outside a shop five or so years ago is something they probably don’t want to see widely shared:

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Aug 17 07:28

Retail sales, Housing starts, Philly Fed

Aug 17 07:28

Trump's military parade is estimated to cost $92 million - $80 million more than earlier estimate

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(*postponed is the word they're using , still , isn't it a pity , with so much to parade ?)

Aug 17 07:08

Retired Navy Admiral Asks Trump To Revoke His Clearance, Too!

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Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

>>>

(*he made his statement to The WAPost )

Aug 17 06:58

Mysterious X-37B military space plane nears one year in orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the program’s fifth flight.

Aug 17 06:50

Has YOUR Twitter account been affected? Social media site continues to cull users in a bid to clean up the platform

Twitter has started banning a huge amount of accounts, with many users taking to the site to bemoan the loss of hundreds of followers in a single day.

The cull started yesterday and had such an impact on numbers that the 'Twitterverse' was swept with the hashtag #TwitterPurge.

The firm is ruthlessly removing accounts, with those who have been previously suspended or banned most likely to see their account deactivated.

Aug 17 06:50

As Costs Rise, Pentagon Postpones Parade

(*as costs rise , or as the humiliations keep rolling in from abroad , that we're not supposed to be talking about ?)

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