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Oct 23 14:31

The Honduran criminals are being raced towards the US border on flat-bad trucks, just in time for the midterms. Time to call in some drone strikes!

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina have agreed to assist the invaders…..

“Labeled “The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage,” it is an officially-sanctioned, coordinated effort on the part of Mexico and the nations of Central America to invade the United States.”

“The agreement provides a network of border checkpoints through which an internal Mexican travel document will be issued, which is valid for a period of 72 hours. That document, known as a Regional Visitor’s Card, will provide temporary legal status to those in Mexico illegally for the sole purpose of invading the United States.”

Trump is treating the invasion as a threat to National Security and NOT a humanitarian crisis, which the Dems are pushing a federal judge to stop the regular military from being deployed.

Oct 23 14:30

Declaration of War by Mexico & Guatemala, Trump Urged to Enact "War Powers Act"

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina have agreed to assist the invaders…..

“Labeled “The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage,” it is an officially-sanctioned, coordinated effort on the part of Mexico and the nations of Central America to invade the United States.”

“The agreement provides a network of border checkpoints through which an internal Mexican travel document will be issued, which is valid for a period of 72 hours. That document, known as a Regional Visitor’s Card, will provide temporary legal status to those in Mexico illegally for the sole purpose of invading the United States.”

Trump is treating the invasion as a threat to National Security and NOT a humanitarian crisis, which the Dems are pushing a federal judge to stop the regular military from being deployed.

Oct 23 14:28

Ned Schmidt – Stock Market is Broken

Oct 23 14:20

A 14-year-long oil spill in Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in US history

An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.

Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor offshore spill is threatening to overtake BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.

Oct 23 14:19

Salty waters on Mars could host Earth-like life

Mars is an unlikely place for life as we know it to thrive. The surface is bombarded by DNA-damaging radiation. Water has only been confirmed on the frigid landscape in the form of ice and hydrated minerals. And there's barely even a wisp of oxygen in its paltry atmosphere.

But the case for life on the red planet just got a little stronger with a new study that suggests salty waters thought to potentially exist near the surface could hold enough dissolved oxygen to support familiar forms of microbial life. In some special cases, there would even be enough of the element to harbor basic oxygen-loving animals like sponges.



Oct 23 14:04

Why It Might Be A Very Cold Winter In The Mid-Atlantic Region



Oct 23 13:57

FLASHBACK - Lawyer: FBI Trained Hal Turner As An "Agent Provocateur"

Internet blogger Harold "Hal" Turner's attorney said today that Turner's background as an FBI informant will be a key part of his defense to charges that he incited violence against two state legislators and a state ethics official.

Superior Court Judge David P. Gold on Tuesday authorized Michael A. Orozco, a New Jersey attorney, to represent Turner. Turner did not appear again in court Tuesday because he remains in federal custody without bail in Chicago, where he is accused of threatening three federal judges.

In asking Gold to allow Orozco to represent Turner, Turner's Connecticut lawyer, Matthew R. Potter, said Orozco has a long-term legal relationship with Turner, plans to bring a complicated First Amendment defense and is familiar with Turner's background as an FBI informant.

That role as an informant for the FBI is a key part of the defense, Orozco said outside court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this the reason Hal put out that bogus story?

Oct 23 13:30

Michael Moore Actually Believes This A-list Actor Could Defeat Trump In 2020

Moore’s most recent film about President Trump, Fahrenheit 11/9, was a complete dud

Now he just says things that are preposterous by nature.

Moore believes that “beloved Americans” such as actor Tom Hanks or even former First Lady Michelle Obama would defeat Trump in 2020.

In an interview on Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan show, Moore said, “Democrats need to run a beloved American, someone people want to vote for. I’ve said for years that Oprah should run. I’ve asked Tom Hanks twice to run.”

Tom Hanks would probably never do that.

The A-list actor is considered “America’s Dad” but he probably has no desire to actually run.



Oct 23 12:59

Gold, Pot, Caravan, and Trump. Michael Rivero - October 22, 2018

Oct 23 12:58

Measles Alert

On October 18, the Jewish Forward reported six cases of measles among Orthodox Jewish children under the age of four in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also noted were 11 cases of measles in Orthodox Jewish enclaves in Rockland County, New York.

This follows a larger outbreak in 2013 in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, itself the third or fourth measles problem in the community since 2007, and following closely on the heels of a mumps outbreak that affected more than 3,000 people. In 2013 alone New York City spent $395,000 and more than 10,000 personnel hours to respond to the measles outbreak and keep it contained. Serious measles outbreaks have also recently affected the Orthodox communities in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles.

Apparently, Orthodox communities vaccinate their children at lower rates than the general public. A study in London found lower rates of vaccination And recurrent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases suggest sub-optimal coverage.

Oct 23 12:57

Saudi Arabia clinches $50bn in deals at ‘Davos in the desert’ forum despite Khashoggi crisis

The death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul hasn’t hindered the kingdom in signing $50 billion worth of contracts at an investment conference in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The deals were signed in oil, gas, infrastructure, and other sectors at the Saudi international business forum, dubbed the ‘Davos in the desert’. Companies involved in the deals include Total, Hyundai, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and others.



Oct 23 12:54

Brothers Face $450,000 in Fines for Cutting Trees on Their Own Property Without Asking Gov’t First

In the land of the free, you must ask permission from government before you modify your own property. If you do not first ask for permission and pay them, you can face heavy fines and, or imprisonment. Two brothers in Michigan are learning this the hard way after they cut down trees on their own property. Now the state is telling them to pay up—a half million dollars.

Gary and Matt Percy have been told by their local rulers that because they failed to obtain the proper permit before cutting down 1,400 trees—on their own property—that they now owe $225-$450 per tree.

The brothers own a 16-acre plot of land that they cleared in preparation for planting a Christmas tree farm, according to their attorney Michael J. Pattwell. But they didn’t ask the government for permission first, so now they must pay up.

Oct 23 12:53

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

Paul Craig Roberts

It has taken the US military/security complex 31 years to get rid of President Reagan’s last nuclear disarmament achievement—the INF Treaty that President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev achieved in 1987.

Oct 23 12:53

Tom Fitton Calls on Trump to Launch Criminal Investigation ‘Americans Likely Involved in Financing and Organizing Migrant Caravan’

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said Tuesday his team’s reporting from Guatemala indicates Americans are likely involved.

Fitton called on the President to launch a criminal investigation into who is financing and organizing the caravan of mostly military-aged males.

The fake news media claims impoverished women and children are walking thousands of miles from Honduras to the United States in search of a better life.

The reality is the majority of the ‘caravan’ is military-aged virile males; the women and children are being used as media props and human shields.

Trucks are actually giving the migrants rides towards the border to help them reach the U.S. just in time for the midterms.

Oct 23 12:46

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops to Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

31 countries are involved, 29 NATO members and Finland and Sweden. They will overall be sending 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 150 warplanes and 65 ships. Starting Thursday, the exercise will last a month.

And while officials insist it’s not strictly along the Russian border, Russian military officials say it is close enough, and clearly targeted at growing Russian interests in the Arctic Circle, as warmer temperatures open up new route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF EVER, in its history, this country needed a Department of Peace, to determine how peaceful, hard won negotiations could win the day, rather than through war, it needs such a department right NOW!!



Oct 23 12:41

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

Some terrible foreign policy ideas seem to have eternal life. One example is the proposal to expand NATO yet again by offering membership to Georgia and Ukraine. That campaign has gone on for more than a decade and is a significant factor in the West’s deteriorating relations with Russia.

Despite the intra-Alliance resistance to the Bush administration’s campaign to offer MAPs to Kiev and Tbilisi, though, the outcome of the Bucharest summit was not a total defeat for U.S. ambitions. The summit’s final declaration stated that “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.” There was no timetable but the ultimate outcome seemed clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pushing NATO into a war with Russia, and particularly at this juncture in history, is a terrible, terrible mistake.

Unfortunately for the US, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that the US will not do it.



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Oct 23 12:34

UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the conflict in Yemen has left 8.4 million people dependent on emergency food assistance and 75 percent of its 22 million people requiring some form of aid.

Mark Lowcock warns in an analysis obtained Monday night by The Associated Press that humanitarian officials "estimate that 3.5 million to 4 million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead."

The analysis, which is to be the subject of a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, says 3 million Yemenis are malnourished, including 1.1 million pregnant women "and more than 400,000 severely acutely malnourished children."

In a worst case scenario, Lowcock warns that if current trends continue, food needs could increase "by as much as 62 percent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Martin Lowcock, a word, please.

Because the Saudis and their US allies have blockaded Yemeni ports, the aid you describe will never be allowed to be delivered; that's just the first hard reality here.

You have to understand; from the Saudi perspective, the more Yemeni children assassinated; malnourished, and water-sickened who die under this siege, the happier the House of Saud is with this death and destruction: that is the second hard reality with which you will have to deal.

And all the above, coupled with your grievances, makes the UN look impotent to do anything to stop the carnage in Yemen. There is no international "muscle" in this organisation which can make the aid delivery happen. And here's what this looks like from the Yemeni perspective:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs

Images: starving Yemeni kids, dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US-enabled port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure plus a possibly weaponized version of the pathogen added to Yemeni water system

Folks, I know that there has been a great deal of attention placed on the assassination of Khashoggi recently. But where were the US politicians when these horrific war crimes against the Yemeni people were, and are continuing to be, perpetrated?!?

They have been no where; and why?!? Because our country's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, believes that the bomb sales this country has done, plus other weapons of war we have sold the Saudis are "good for business."

Economically, of course, he is quite right; people don't want to buy GMO-laced food, or products that break down one day after the product warranty expires, which is pretty much all we have to offer; except for the bombs and bullets we make reasonably well (next to those of China and Russia, of course), and supply them to the highest bidders.

I wish I did not live in a country whose government commits war crimes with impunity, and I wish, by making people aware enough of these war crimes, some peaceful, and reasonable change in the status of how this government does business, and with whom, might happen.

But that is going to take a national movement, which represents us all, for real change to invigorate a national dialogue which is way above party skirmishes; I sincerely hope that this can be accomplished.

Oct 23 11:58

Google does not fall under news aggregators bill, says regulatorMore:http://tass.com/economy/1027256

Google is not covered by the draft law intending to limit foreign participation in news aggregators, Deputy Head of the Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin told TASS on Monday.

"Traffic at the time of considering the issue regarding its inclusion into the register of news aggregators was insufficient," Subbotin said. "It is not included into the register of news aggregators now," he noted.

Google "is not covered" at present by the submitted draft law in case it is approved, Subbotin added.

Authors of the draft law say in the explanatory note that "restrictions are offered for the purpose of preventing the threat to public order in Russia and creating thereby comfortable conditions for development of the civil society." Provisions of the bill stipulate a six-month term to bring constituent documents of companies in compliance with new rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Google's Russian attorneys got around this one.

Oct 23 11:48

TEXAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS FACILITY PANTEX ACTIVATES EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM BECAUSE OF 'UNEXPECTED EVENT'

A nuclear weapons plant in Texas called in an emergency response team on Tuesday to deal with an "unexpected event," reported local outlet KAMR/KCIT.



Oct 23 11:44

SA Lays Out Plans To Use Facial Recognition For Domestic Flights

The TSA has released its roadmap to use biometrics technology in the coming years. The Verge reports:

Customs and Border Protection has been using facial recognition to screen non-U.S. residents on international flights since 2015, a project that was expedited by the Trump administration. Last year, the U.S. government laid out its plans to start expanding the screening tools to U.S. citizens, which would require them to undergo facial scans when they leave the country through a system called the Biometric Pathway. Today's news lays out how the TSA will adopt the same technology, partnering with CBP on biometrics for international travelers, expanding security operations to TSA Precheck members, and eventually, using facial recognition to verify domestic travelers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just peachy, TSA; now, instead of having to be at the airport 3 hours earlier than your actual departure or arrival, travelers will need to factor in another 2 hours, if the systems go down or misbehave in any way.

Oct 23 11:40

Silence on Yemen carnage shows US, Europe hypocrisy: Hezbollah official

A top official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the awkward silence of the United States and Europe on the ongoing Saudi-led massacres in Yemen definitively proves their hypocrisy, stating that Washington is being paid huge sums of money by the Riyadh regime to cover up its crimes.

“Saudi Arabia can buy US President Donald Trump, the US Congress, the Security Council and major powers with its petrodollars, but cannot win the support of defenseless and honorable Yemeni nation or Hezbollah’s silence. That is why they tend to punish the Lebanese resistance movement through placing it on terrorist lists and adopting economic sanctions against it,” Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s executive council, said on Sunday.

Oct 23 11:39

Saudis reportedly scrap coverup plan because Khashoggi 'body double' wore the wrong shoes

An alleged Saudi Arabian plot to cover up the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi went awry after a suspected Khashoggi "body double" wore the wrong shoes, a diplomat familiar with the matter told The Washington Post, according to an article published Monday.

The report came shortly after CNN published footage that appeared to show a man exiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2 wearing a fake beard and glasses, as well as the pants, shirt and jacket that Khashoggi was seen wearing when he entered the building earlier in the day.

"It was a flawed body double, so it never became an official part of the Saudi government's narrative," the diplomat told the Post.

Oct 23 11:39

U.S. MEDIA REFUSES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC WHEN ITS COMMENTATORS AND PUNDITS ARE PAID FOREIGN AGENTS

Unbelievably – Rothkopf has the audacity to criticize Trump for having “repeatedly shown great fondness for foreign leaders—even despots and known murderers, human rights abusers and criminals”, while Rothkopf himself is literally a paid agent working to disseminating propaganda for one of the most repressive regimes on the planet, one that does much of the Saudis’ dirty work for it in Washington. And the fact that the Daily Beast makes no disclosure of any of this is what makes this practice – having paid lobbyists and consultants for foreign regimes and corporations masquerade as objective and neutral analysts of the news – such a massive journalistic scandal and fraud.

– From today’s Intercept article: MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing, but perfectly predictable for the corporate presstitutes.



Oct 23 11:38

Cholera epidemic in Yemen now affects 1 million people

The war-torn country is experiencing the worst cholera epidemic the world has seen in a decade according to the Red Cross. Yet cholera is not the only problem Yemenis face, they also lack food, water, medicine and fuel.

Oct 23 11:38

Khashoggi murder has set back US-Israel effort to confront Iran

The uproar over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2 is obviously the biggest story in the world right now and though Israel is maintaining a strategic silence so as not to hurt its new ally, responses to the outrage in the U.S. are not all ideological, or ascribable to the Israel lobby.

The thrust of American mainstream commentary on the case appears to be: the murder is too much to swallow, but Saudi Arabia is too valuable an ally to lose, given the US-Israeli-Saudi alliance against Iran and the Saudi role of imposing a possible “deal” on the Palestinians. So Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman needs to get out of the way.

Israel is already a big loser in the fallout from the murder, as it is throwing shade on Israel’s rightwing friends, including Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Mideast negotiator and counterpart of bin Salman.

Oct 23 11:37

Judicial Watch and Daily Caller News Foundation Sue DOJ for Comey Memos of Conversations with Obama, Clinton, Schumer …

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation announced today their Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against U.S. Department of Justice for memoranda written by fired FBI Director James Comey about conversations with Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Nancy Pelosi, and Senator John McCain (Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00967)).

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation also sued the U.S. Department of State for records of communications between former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and his associates at Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00968)).

Oct 23 11:36

Bayer Stock Crashes After Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge; Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability

Bayer greedily bought and swallowed the 'poison pill' of Monsanto without considering it's true liability. Now their headache is taking on epic proportions...

Growing uncertainty about whether San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos would rule in favor or against Bayer’s appeal of the Monsanto Cancer Verdict were resolved Tuesday morning as the judge upheld the jury’s decision that the glyphosate-based weedkiller (aka Roundup) sold by Monsanto caused a California man’s terminal cancer and that Monsanto intentionally hid its dangers.



Oct 23 11:36

Fox News Reporter: Caravan Includes Migrants from India, Bangladesh, And Africa

How in the world did a caravan of migrants that began with 200-or-so individuals grow to over 7,000 individuals in such a short amount of time? If you thought there were other forces at work organizing the caravan, you might not be as crazy as you’d think. Fox News’ Sara Carter has been following the caravan, and it’s not just Hondurans and other Latin American citizens making the march towards America. “Guatemalan intelligence discovered people from India, Bangladesh, Africa had also joined in with the caravan -I bumped into a number of young MS 13 gang members,” Carter wrote.

Oct 23 11:35

MICROPLASTICS DETECTED IN HUMAN STOOL SAMPLES FOR FIRST TIME

Humanity has created more than 9 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, when large-scale production of the material first took off. Of that total, a staggering 76 percent has gone to waste. These days, plastics are found in most table salt, marine life and the deepest parts of the ocean. So it any surprise that they have made it into our bodies, too?

A small study has detected microplastics in human excrement for the first time, raising larger questions about how the tiny particles can affect our health.

Plastic particles were found in all the stool samples of eight participants from Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the UK and Austria, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria found. On average, 20 microplastic particles per 10g of stool were detected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is officially horrible.

As consumers, we need to demand better packaging for our food, that doesn't have the option of potentially killing us off when we eat the food inside!!

Oct 23 11:35

Caravan Invaders Loading into Trucks!

Oct 23 11:31

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE MAILED TO LIBERAL PHILANTHROPIST GEORGE SOROS' NEW YORK HOME

An explosive device was found at the Westchester County, New York, home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros on Monday afternoon.

In a statement to NPR, the Bedford Police Department said an employee of the house found a suspicious package in the mailbox. They opened it, revealing what "appeared to be an explosive device." The employee placed the package in a nearby wooded area and alerted authorities.

State and federal authorities responded to the scene in Katonah, a hamlet in the town of Bedford. A bomb squad was able to safely detonate the device, The New York Times reports.

After authorities were contacted, an "extensive investigation" involving the Bedford Police Department, the Westchester County Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the FBI, commenced.

The case has been handed over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force Division of the FBI, the Bedford Police Department says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if Soros himself ordered a fake bomb planted in his mail box, to garner some sympathy and encouragement for his "open borders" support, seeing just how well that has gone in Europe, and also seeing the United States under threat of a well-planned and nearly executed invasion, scheduled to hit the US just about at mid-terms here in the US:

George Soros advocates for open borders

What you need to know about the dangerous globalist, George Soros

The Enemy of Nationalists: George Soros and his liberal campaigns



Oct 23 11:22

KHASHOGGI’S BODY PARTS FOUND IN GARDEN OF SAUDI CONSUL GENERAL’S HOME – SKY NEWS SOURCE

Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources, who added that he had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”
The sources’ claim echoes a statement by Do?u Perinçek, leader of the left-wing Vatan party on Monday night. Perinçek told Turkish television that Khashoggi’s “body parts” had been recovered from a well in the Saudi consul’s garden, and added that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would explain the findings later on Tuesday.

The news comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains, after the Saudi government admitted Khashoggi had been murdered, albeit in a “fist fight” with officials inside the consulate in Istanbul.

"Jamal Khashoggi's body parts have been discovered" - Sources have told @AlexCrawfordSky "grisly details" about how Jamal Khashoggi's body parts were discovered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is certainly not beyond Saudi Arabian royalty to plan such an event (they kill women and children routinely in Yemen, and think not a thing of it), why has the Turkish government not circulated the pictures which would authenticate this alleged find?!?

So, Turkish government, where, please, is the actual evidence this happened?!?

Because without it, your collective credibility is in tatters, if this is some sort of attempt at making the optics of this alleged assassination look even worse than they already are.

Oct 23 11:19

NEW STUDY SHOWS 25% OF MILLENNIALS SAY THEY HAVE PTSD FROM THE 2016 ELECTION

Researchers surveyed Arizona State University students around the time of President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, and some had stress scores on par with that of school shooting witnesses' seven-month follow-ups.

Oct 23 11:14

Israel threatens to cut water to Jordan

Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel threatened on Monday to cut off water to Jordan in response to King Abdullah's decision to cancel a land-annexing article in its peace deal with Tel Aviv.

Mr Ariel said in an interview with Israel's Channel 1 that water supplies to Amman would be reduced from four to two days a week if Jordan terminates the agreement of the 1994 peace treaty that allows the Israeli government and farmers to use Jordanian lands of Baqura and Ghamr near their shared border.

On Sunday, Jordan's King Abdullah II announced his decision and said that “Baqoura and Ghamr are Jordanian lands and will remain Jordanian and we will exercise full sovereignty over our territory".


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Oct 23 11:14

20 demonstrators injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza: medics

At least 20 Palestinian demonstrators were wounded on Monday afternoon in clashes with Israeli soldiers in northwest Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, medics in Gaza said.

Ashraf al Qedra, health ministry spokesman told reporters that 20 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli soldiers' gunfire.

Every Monday, hundreds of Palestinians join a weekly demonstration in northwest Gaza Strip, on the maritime border with Israel, and clash with the soldiers who are stationed there.

The activity is organized every Monday by the high commission of the marches of return and breaking the Israeli blockade. It calls for ending 12 years of Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Oct 23 11:13

State prosecutors admit losing original video of anti-Arab ‘hate wedding’

State prosecutors admitted Monday to losing the original video of a 2015 wedding in which Jewish right-wing extremists celebrated the murder of an 18-month-old Palestinian baby.

The stunning revelation was made during a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court hearing for several Jewish suspects accused of hate and racist incitement over their actions at the wedding, which had been caught on video.

The blunder came to light as part of the defense council’s examination of the admissibility of evidence. Court documents showed that the flash drive containing the video of the wedding was no longer with the rest of the evidence, leading prosecutors to admit it had been lost.

Oct 23 11:12

JUDGE UPHOLDS LANDMARK MONSANTO VERDICT, BUT SLASHES PUNITIVE DAMAGES BY $211 MILLION

A judge in California on Monday upheld a landmark verdict in a case brought by a terminal cancer patient who successfully argued his illness resulted from his exposure to Monsanto's weedkiller RoundUp, but slashed the damages the agrochemical giant was originally required to pay from $289 million down to just $78 million and said she would order a retrial if former groundskeeper Dewayne "Lee" Johnson rejects the payout.

"The evidence presented to this jury was, quite frankly, overwhelming... We are happy the jury's voice was acknowledged by the Court, even if slightly muted."
—Johnson's team

Jurors had come forward to demand that San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos respect their historic verdict, issued in August. The judge had been considering a request for a retrial from Monsanto, but decided (pdf) instead to cut the punitive damages from $250 to $39 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder the terms and conditions under which Judge
Bolanos made that big reduction in the judgement.

For a company like the former Monsanto, $39 million is only a slap on the wrist.

And also, please note that no one in the Monsanto group will spend any jail time; how, please, is this humanly possible, when it has been known for years that glyphosate is a carcinogen?

Monsanto only tested rats with Glyphosate-raised corn for only 90 days, because it knew that it was after the 90 day cycle, the damage to the rat's systems would start appearing.

They got Dr. Seralini's research, proving that the chemical had negative consequences after 90 days, redacted from a highly respected scientific journal, and, Dr. Seralini had to go back to court for the damages this act caused his professional reputation.

He won his case, and got the article on this damage republished.

Republished study: long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

Oct 23 11:12

Palestinian vehicles vandalized in West Bank hate crime

Tires slashed, Hebrew slogans and Stars of David daubed on cars and minibuses in the village of Marda



Oct 23 11:12

Hawaii Civics 101: What's A ConCon?

Oct 23 11:09

Paid Protest Firm "Crowds On Demand" Sued In $23 Million Extortion Plot

"Paid protesters are real," writes the Los Angeles Times, after a lawsuit filed by a Czech investor against a business rival spotlighted the seedy, and very real business of people hired to express fake outrage, support, and everything in between.

According to a lawsuit filed by investor Zdenek Bakala, Prague-based investment manager Pavol Krupa hired Beverly hills company Crowds on Demand (COD) to stage a protest near Bakala's home in Hilton Head, SC.

In the Bakala case, Crowds on Demand is accused of spreading misinformation through a website, putting on protests and organizing a phone and email campaign targeting several U.S. institutions with ties to Bakala, who got an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and had an estimated net worth topping $1 billion earlier this decade, according to Forbes. -LA Times

Crowds on Demand provides pop-up "protests, rallies, flash mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts," according to its website.

Oct 23 11:09

Honduras's paid caravan 'refugees' exposed as frauds by Venezuela's real refugees

To hear the left and its complicit press tell it, the great 4,000-strong caravan of Hondurans snaking through through Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the U.S. to claim asylum, are just desperate refugees, traveling in a group to ensure their safety. That was how the New York Times wrote it up.

Well, no.

Turns out they're being paid, in money, standing in line for their paychecks. A video posted by Rep. Matt Gaetz and highlighted on DC Whispers shows the process:

Oct 23 11:08

Whoa: New NBC/WSJ Poll Shows Trump's Approval Bouncing to All-Time High

Let's begin with the good news for President Trump and the GOP in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll -- and there's a fair amount of it, too. Before you get too bullish over any of these data points, however, bear in mind that the survey also underscores some of the Republican Party's ongoing challenges. That said, some of these results don't seem to presage the sort of blue tsunami many liberals have been dreaming of for months.

Oct 23 10:58

Photo Emerges Of Georgia's Dem Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

"A photo emerged on Monday night that showed Stacey Abrams, Georgia's Democratic candidate for governor, burning the state's flag during a protest at Georgia's Capitol in 1992 while she was a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta.

"Ms. Abrams’s role in the protest, which took place around the end of her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta, has begun to emerge on social media on the eve of her first debate Tuesday with her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp," The New York Times reported. "Mr. Kemp and his allies have sought to portray her as 'too extreme for Georgia.'"

The photo of Abrams burning Georgia's state flag "appeared in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June 1992" and showed Abrams "standing with students burning the Georgia state flag at the state Capitol."

Abrams' campaign released a statement on Monday addressing her flag burning, noting that Georgia's flag at the time partially incorporated the Confederate battle flag.

Oct 23 10:56

Tiny Cubesat Snaps Photo of Mars for 1st Time Ever

A tiny Mars-approaching spacecraft has snapped a photo of its target, marking the first time that a cubesat has ever captured an image of the Red Planet.

One of NASA's two briefcase-size Mars Cube One (MarCO) cubesats acquired the image on Oct. 2, when it was about 8 million miles (12.8 million kilometers) from the Red Planet, agency officials said.

The MarCO twins — officially known as MarCO-A and MarCO-B, but nicknamed "Eve" and "Wall-E," respectively, after characters in the 2008 Pixar film "Wall-E" — launched with NASA's InSight Mars lander in early May. The main goal of the MarCO mission is to prove that cubesats, whose operations to date have been restricted to Earth orbit, can indeed make the long trek to the Red Planet. Their success could help pave the way for much greater activity in deep space by small, low-cost spacecraft, mission team members have said.

Oct 23 10:53

Thanks, Common Core: ACT Scores for Class of 2018 Worst in Decades

The creators of the ACT test announced on Wednesday that scores for the class of 2018 are the worst reported in decades. Math scores, in fact, are in freefall among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates, falling to their lowest mark in 14 years, according to The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, the ACT’s annual report.

The report includes ACT test results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"The percentage of ACT-tested graduates who met or surpassed the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in math—suggesting they are ready to succeed in a first-year college algebra class—fell to its lowest level since 2004," the report declared, with only 40 percent of 2018 graduates meeting the benchmark, "down from a high of 46% in 2012."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless, and until, Common Core is thrown out of the window, and replaced by a system which encourages math, critical thinking, and mastery of difficult subjects, our kids will continue to fail in real life.

Looking at these numbers, were I a parent with a kid in school, and seeing those numbers, I would pull my kid out of that failing school so quickly that the Principal would be spinning in their chair.

Failed education, unless it is replaced and repaired by extraordinary methods, translates into failed life skills for most kids. That is why parents have to be involved and committed, to make sure their kids are getting the best education possible.



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Oct 23 10:40

World War 3: Taiwan stokes tensions with China as it prepares to deploy F-16 jets

TAIWAN has taken delivery of the first of a fleet of revamped F-16 Viper jets in a move certain to raise tensions with China after the US sent two warships through a narrow strait which separates the country from mainland China

Oct 23 10:39

Ex-Clinton adviser Philippe Reines says it’s OK to confront Republicans in public

Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. (AP)

Philippe Reines, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton, has shrugged off a raft of incidents involving confrontations between protesters and Republican officials, calling them a “made-up problem.”

“It is the First Amendment,” Reines said on MSNBC Sunday morning. “People are doing this because there is no other opportunity or no other oversight. The Republican Congress has basically pledged fealty to Donald Trump. People are doing these things because it’s all that’s left.”

Oct 23 10:38

CBD oil: Cannabis oil study shows “significant” improvement in Crohn’s disease symptoms

CBD oil is an oil made from cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and has recently been hailed for having various health benefits, such as for the treatment of epilepsy.

In a recent study, CBD oil was found to “significantly” improve the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and the quality of life of sufferers of the disease, but contrary to previous medical thinking, has no effect on gut inflammation.

Oct 23 10:37

Russia set to expand military power to Africa with echoes of Cold War

VLADIMIR Putin is ready to send additional military advisers to the war-torn Central African Republic as he seeks to extend his sphere of influence outside Eurasia.

Oct 23 10:23

The Screens – Why We’re So Crazy and Miserable All the Time

We are surrounded by screens full of voices that are always lying to us, and experts wonder why we’re so crazy and miserable all the time.

Oct 23 10:10

Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Oct 23 10:01

Japan Plans To Dump A Million Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean

In a move that has sparked outrage, the Japanese government is reportedly planning to release 1.09 million tons of water from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean despite...

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