Jan 23 02:09

Trump Successfully Erodes Russia-Turkey Axis in Syria

Graham used to be the best buddy of late Sen. John McCain (an inveterate Russophobe) and a maverick who broke party stereotypes and was among the loudest Republican critics of the president, but today he’s perceived as a leading Trump ally.

Most certainly, Graham undertook the mission to Ankara on behalf of Trump. The Turks understood this and he was well received by President Recep Erdogan. He also had meetings with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan. Only last week, Turks had cold-shouldered US National Security Advisor John Bolton. (Erdogan refused to receive Bolton.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syria seems to be still much in play, and it appears that there is still a great deal which will have to be done to get and keep things stable here.

Jan 23 02:03

The Neocon Dream for Everlasting Hegemony Has Turned America Into a Nightmare 

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

Jan 23 02:03

The Neocon Dream for Everlasting Hegemony Has Turned America Into a Nightmare 

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

Jan 23 01:59


The government shutdown, now in its 32nd day and being the longest ever in U.S. history, has caused massive media coverage on Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees and their fate due to the shutdown. This is precisely because the TSA could bring the country to a virtual standstill, and thus has more power than most to end the shutdown by pressure.

Over this holiday weekend, sick call-ins for TSA employees not getting paid during the shutdown hit 10 percent,suggesting that the problem could spiral out of hand, despite the Agency’s insistence to the contrary.

There’s plenty of reason for the public sympathy with the TSA, despite the grueling process they put travelers through at the airport. Still, you won’t find this same level of human interest stories about judges, lawyers or other federal workers affected by shutdown.

Part of the reason may be the fact that TSA employees are the worst paid, or maybe because the agency exists because of the 9/11 attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful that neither Mike nor I have to travel anywhere at the moment; I have heard that it has been chaos.

Jan 23 01:55


Venezuela’s government said on Monday it had suppressed a military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

Some two dozen officers attacked a National Guard outpost in the Caracas neighborhood of Cotiza, a kilometer (0.6 mile) from the presidential Miraflores palace, where they met “firm resistance,” the government said. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at about 3 a.m. (0700 GMT).

Protesters later burned trash and a car outside the outpost, where the 25 officers were arrested, in a sign of growing tensions following Maduro’s inauguration to a second term that governments around the world have called illegitimate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here is, how long will Maduro's military stay committed, if they are suddenly seeing massive decline to their quality of life as well?!

Jan 23 01:52


Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran’s Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation’s air defenses around Damascus airport.

Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging Soviet designs, the sort Syria has traditionally favored for targeting incoming Israeli missiles.

The Syrian systems had some success, too, with Russia reporting that the Syrians had successfully intercepted more than 30 Israeli missiles during the attack. Conspicuously absent from the engagement, however, were the Russian S-300 systems recently provided to Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am holding my breath, waiting to see how Russia's President Putin, ultimate responds to this.

Jan 22 21:15

Convicted by Fingerprint: A 1910 Murder Trial Makes History

On September 19, 1910, Thomas Jennings, who had just gotten out of jail six weeks earlier, entered the Chicago home of Clarence Hiller, intent on robbing the place. But Hiller’s wife awoke and screamed, alerting her husband to the intruder. A fight ensued and shots were fired. Hiller lay dead and Jennings fled the scene. But he left behind one important clue that would eventually lead to his murder conviction…a fingerprint. Jennings’ trial was the first one in the United States in which a fingerprint, a new technology, was used as evidence. Let’s look at the trial and the history of fingerprinting.

Jan 22 21:12

Zoot Suits: The History and Controversy of the Flashy Men’s Attire

For several decades, the zoot suit was a flashy, jazzy style trend for men. The popular suit wasn’t trendy with all segments of the population. In fact, it was the preferred men’s suit for minority groups such as African-Americans, Latinos, and Italian Americans, who wore the high-waisted, baggy trousers and wide-lapelled suit coats as a way to identify them as members of these groups. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about the history of zoot suits

Jan 22 21:09

Four Unusually Dramatic Disasters of the Past

What do you remember about Hurricane Katrina? Most everyone, at least in the United States, remembers Katrina, one of the deadliest unforeseen weather events in history on August 29, 2005. No one expected it to become the nightmare storm that it became --- one of the deadliest in the United States. Over 1800 people lost their lives not only from the hurricane itself but also from the rising floodwaters that happened afterwards. There were literally millions of people who became homeless across the Gulf Coast including New Orleans.

Jan 22 16:55

CEO: POTUS Trump’s tariffs like ‘gun to the head’ of China, forcing Beijing to negotiate or suffer MASSIVE recession and unrest

The CEO of a U.S.-based global investment firm said Tuesday that POTUS Donald Trump’s tariff regime against China is having the desired effect of both slowing Beijing’s economy while “holding a gun to the head” of a county that is used to enormous economic growth.

On Monday, the Chinese government announced in response to its slowest economic growth since 1990 that it was willing to spend as much as $1 trillion to close the yawning trade deficit with the United States, something that provides the Trump administration with a huge amount of new leverage with which to win concessions with Beijing over the imbalance, Fox Business reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What worries me is how fast trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

One stupid mistake, one critical oversight....and things can get nasty very quickly.

Jan 22 16:51

The McAfee 2020 Campaign is, as of this day, in exile. I am being charged with using Crypto Cuttencies in criminal acts against the U. S. Government. More videos coming shortly. Stay tuned.

Jan 22 16:50

Dow Tumbles 450 Points, All Major US Indices Break Key Technical Support

Dow futures down 450 points accelerating on US-China trade talks headlines...

The question is - will they close below? Or will a well-timed quote from Trump or Mnuchin about how well things are going spark another buying panic for the algos?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope the futures bounce back, at least to some degree.

I am really seeing a bear market starting to rise here.

Jan 22 16:13

(NZ) Female tradies pay gap: 'It's not that bad'

*read the last line.*
A survey of New Zealand's blue collar workers that revealed a 20 per cent gender pay-gap for female tradies - almost twice that of the overall workforce – has been been rubbished by the organisation that represents women in construction.

Recruitment firm One Staff surveyed 10,000 workers in the industrial, trade, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality and commercial service sectors. It found women to be under-represented and paid less in nearly all industries within the report.

Worst off where female tradies who, according to the survey, were on average earning 20 per cent (or $5 an hour) less than the overall median rate of $25 per hour.

According to StatsNZ the average gender pay gap in New Zealand across all sectors is 11.8 per cent.

But Jenny Parker, president of the National Association of Women in Construction (Niwac) said her members denied the gap was so large.

Jan 22 16:08

SJW BS as Usual : Food Cart Lady At Women’s March DENIES Service To Man… Because He’s A Man

Tolerance at its finest. You won’t see this one in the mainstream media because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Jan 22 15:59

Global Inequality Explodes: 26 Ultra-Wealthy Billionaires Now Have As Much Money As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People

Every year global wealth just keeps becoming more and more concentrated, and it makes you wonder how all of this will eventually end. You can only push people down for so long before they finally explode.

Jan 22 15:36

Fire The Fed?

As the US economy falls into another Federal Reserve-caused economic downturn, support for auditing the Fed will grow among Americans of all political ideologies. Congress and the president can and must come together to tear down the wall of secrecy around the central bank. Auditing the Fed is the first step in changing the monetary policy that has created a debt-and-bubble-based economy; facilitated the rise of the welfare-warfare state; and burdened Americans with a hidden, constantly increasing, and regressive inflation tax.

Jan 22 15:31

Big Brother Digital License Plates Coming To A State Near You

George Orwell could never have dreamed of a world where license plates became a tool for more government surveillance.

Jan 22 14:59

Polish Legislator Invites ‘Wrongfully Accused’ MAGA Boys to Address Parliament

A Polish lawmaker has issued an invitation to students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky to address the Polish Parliament after they were falsely accused of mocking Native Americans following the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

“Dear Covington Catholic students, I’d like to invite you to the Polish Parliament. After watching this video, I am now standing up for these wrongfully accused young men and all of you!,” wrote Dominik Tarczy?ski, Conservative member of the Polish Parliament, and newly elected Vice President of the European Conservatives in Council of Europe, in a Jan. 20 Twitter post.

“You are very welcome to come and speak out what You believe in,” he added.

Jan 22 13:13

HE LIED: Native American Activist Nathan Phillips Never Served in Vietnam — But Raised Money By Saying He Did

The Washington Post has had to issue yet another retraction after falsely claiming that far-left Native American activist Nathan Phillips served in the Vietnam War. He didn’t — but this lie was previously used to help raise money for a documentary about his life.

Jan 22 12:27

Scott Adams Apologizes for Saying Toddlers Are Not as Wise as Adults, and Other Nonsense, with Coffee.

Kamala’s campaign, the packaging process begins
MLK Day and huge portions of the population were being racist
Toddlers should be able to vote and participate in national decisions
My apology for originally thinking otherwise
Brazilian related troll key to spread of the Covington video
RPOS (AOC) isn’t dumb…believe she is at your political peril
How did she win her election?
Why are we all talking about her all the time?
You can’t ignore a master persuader…like RPOS
CNN hasn’t noticed President Trump talked us out of nuclear war
Per CNN, NK played us and we are in a worse position
What’s best for the poor, is best for the country and world

Comments at:

Jan 22 11:20

Shar Yaqataz Banyamyan facebook video

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Its nearly a 2 hr video. It clearly shows the group known as Black Hebrew Israelites(BHI) taunting the Covington High School students trying to get a reaction. At 1 hour and 11 mins into the video, the tribe member march in and get in to the faces of the children.

Jan 22 11:10


Mike Adams discusses a variety of breaking news stories, including a statement from the Common Sense Show that addresses the possibility of an air traffic control false flag that would be used to further blame President Trump for negative, undesirable impacts of the government shutdown.

The globalists could easily blow up an airplane or airport and blame it on “Trump’s shutdown” and simultaneously push the narrative that the TSA actually protects America.

Jan 22 11:06

SNL Writer Offers Blowj*bs in Exchange for Someone Punching a Covington Catholic Student in the Face

A contributing writer for Saturday Night Live has offered her followers a blowjob if they physically assault one of the kids from Covington Catholic High School.

Despite the media narrative being widely debunked — and the proof that the kids were well-behaved while adults hurled racial slurs and insults at them — “comedian” Sarah Beattie has opted to solicit violence in exchange for sex acts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how Sarah's parents felt when they saw that!

Jan 22 11:05

Twitter Allows ‘Verified’ Calls for Violence Against Conservative High School Kids

Twitter has spent years assuring the public that it will crack down on trolling, harassment, and violent threats. It’s also pledged to tackle “misinformation” and “unhealthy conversation,” using these loaded terms as excuses to ban a wide range of anti-progressive dissidents from the platform.

But when innocent conservative high school kids are flooded with violent threats, targeted harassment and doxing on the basis of media-promoted misinformation, Jack Dorsey and his staff seem to do nothing — it even briefly promoted the smears.

Over the past 48 hours, an angry mob of Twitter users — many of them with blue checkmarks next to their name, signaling endorsement of their messages by the company — have flooded the platform with disgusting abuse, violent threats, and calls to harass innocent students of the Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.

Jan 22 11:03

Women’s March-er Boasts About Multiple Abortions: ‘I Don’t Give a F**k!’

In a profanity-laced exchange with a pro-life activist captured by Breitbart News on Saturday, a young woman attending the far-left Women’s March in Washington, D.C. was seen boasting about the number of abortions she had.
“My body, my choice!” the young woman, donning a pink pussyhat synonymous with the Women’s March, is seen shouting at the activist at the start of the video. “It is my body until they cut the umbilical cord, motherfucker!”

“Stop talking about women’s reproductive rights when you’ve got a dick!” she says. “You’re a man. You don’t get to comment about me having a fucking baby!” she then tells the pro-life activist.

Jan 22 10:59

U.S. Government Issues Security Alert After Attacks on Mexican Border City Cops

The United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, issued a security alert following a series of coordinated attacks against police officers in that city and for Ciudad De Chihuahua. Gunmen carried out the attacks on January 17.

The security alert states, “Authorities believe that members of organized criminal groups are carrying out these attacks, which are expected to continue.” The alert issued on January 18 also advises, “U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid police stations and other law enforcement facilities in both cities to the extent possible until further notice.”

The attacks on Thursday are believed to be retaliation for the seizure of 22 kilograms (48 pounds) of methamphetamine by the municipal police. An alignment forged by “La Línea” and “Los Mexicles” carried out the retaliatory attacks, according to the Ciudad Juárez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvídrez.

Jan 22 10:31

When Democracy Fails to Deliver

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible … make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

In 2016, the U.S. and Britain were both witness to peaceful revolutions.

The British voted 52-48 to sever ties to the European Union, restore their full sovereignty, declare independence and go their own way in the world. Trade and immigration policy would henceforth be decided by a parliament elected by the people, not by bureaucrats in Brussels.

“Brexit” it was called. And British defiance stunned global elites.

Two and a half years later, Britain is still inside the EU, and no one seems to know when or whether the divorce will take place — a victory of London and European elites over the expressed will of the British people.

Jan 22 10:09

Pence Urges Venezuelans To Rise Up Against "Dictator" Maduro After Failed Military Revolt

launched by 27 low-ranking officers and their subsequent arrests in the Cotiza neighborhood of Caracas, which sparked overnight protests and sporadic clashes with police after opposition leader Juan Guaido made a broad appeal to the military in a speech, urging them to demand Maduro step down. Guaido and other opposition leaders in the National Assembly have declared Wednesday a nation-wide protest day seeking to topple the regime — itself a historic date commemorating the end of Venezuela's military dictatorship in 1958.

On Tuesday US Vice President Mike Pence urged the Venezuelan people to "make your voices heard" in follow-up to Guaido's risky appeal, which appears a continuation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments throwing the United States' full weight behind Venezuela's opposition seeking to depose President Nicolás Maduro, which he made over a week ago while in the Middle East after Maduro was sworn in to a widely contested six-year second term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Vice President, a word, please; much of the population is starving, sir; and US sanctions have not helped the people of Venezuela very much either.

I am praying (literally) for a peaceful demonstration, but understand that very possibly....the US already likely has some "players in the game" who will do their best to create a pitched, violent battle with the military and police, in images that will be on the net, and floating around the world, to document Venezuela's fall into chaos.

But they will not see the "unseen hand" of the devastation created by US sanctions, and what it has meant to both its working people, and its oil business in particular.

Jan 22 10:03

Are YOU guilty of committing the cardinal sins of air travel? Former international flight attendant reveals the eight worst things passengers do on board

Whether you're hoping to win a much coveted upgrade or simply make your plane journey a little more pleasant, making friends with the cabin crew can be the key.

Jan 22 10:02

Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting.

Jan 22 10:00

What is a man? A response to Gillette

Jan 22 09:44

What do you think of this bizarre ad from PETA?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you imagine someone doing a commercial equally disrespecting of women? The corporate media and the left would be in a rage!

Jan 22 09:42

Dr. Jerome Corsi Amends Complaint Against Mueller to Include Jeff Bezos and His Washington Post

Today, Larry Klayman, counsel for Dr. Jerome Corsi, announced that he has filed an Amended Complaint on his client's behalf against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Department of Justice and its FBI, intel agencies, Jeff Bezos, the owner and CEO of The Washington Post ("WaPo"), Bezos's WaPo reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia, all of whom are alleged to have acted and continue to act in concert to coerce, extort and blackmail Dr. Corsi into providing false testimony under oath to the Special Counsel with the design to indict and/or remove President Donald J. Trump from his duly elected office.

Jan 22 09:38

Tijuana: 17 Murders in 28 Hours

Tijuana: 17 Murders in 28 Hours -- 153 in January

Jan 22 09:36

Trump accuses the FBI of relying on 'illegal' means to spy on campaign adviser after report reveals 'unusual' steps the bureau took to obtain a warrant

President Trump accused the FBI on Tuesday of relying on 'illegal' methods to obtain evidence to spy on campaign adviser Carter Page.

A Fox News report revealed the that 'unusual steps' were taken in the process to the secure the FISA warrant that the FBI used to spy on Page in the Russian collusion and election meddling investigation.

The report was based on closed-door testimony that former top FBI attorney James Baker provided to Congress, in which he said he was personally involved in the application process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes I think this government couldn't possibly be more crooked, they surprise me yet again!!

This is so appallingly awful, that I do not know where to begin.

This is "gotcha!/win, no matter what it takes!" politics, writ large.

Anyone involved with the cobbling together of this warrant, must have had their consciences surgically removed before joining the US government.

Jan 22 09:25

A gun-loving Trump supporter with an 'obsession' for missing children cases: Details emerge of the man who 'admits molesting a child' and is now being investigated by cops over 2017 murders of two teens in Indiana

A man arrested on suspicion of molesting minors and who members of the public believe looks like a suspect in the murder of two girls in Indiana, has been revealed as a gun-loving Trump supporter who appears fascinated by missing children cases.

Jan 22 09:25

Chilling moment man throws newborn twins into a litter bin before calmly walking away

A pair of newborn twins have been found in a dumpster after being abandoned by a man in central China.
Chilling footage shows the man carrying the babies in two tied-up shopping bags and lingering near a litter bin in Xi'an, Shaanxi province on Friday afternoon. Several minutes later, he was seen throwing the bags into the bin before calmly walking away.

Jan 22 09:22

Native American "Harassed" By MAGA Kids has a history of appearing in the press claiming to be a victim of anti-Native racism

Native American "Harassed" By MAGA Kids is raising money with the help of a major big-money left-wing operation

Native American "Harassed" By MAGA Kids Exposed As Outrage-Culture Grifter

Jan 22 09:20


One of the reasons identify theft is considered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to be the crime of the century is because of the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service makes growing demands for information about people’s businesses and private lives every day. There is no such thing as personal privacy these days. That the IRS sends citizens a so-called “Privacy Act Notice” in all its mailings is a farce. The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any other federal, state or local government agency claiming an interest, including foreign governments.

A river of data

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with data is, without a real capability to sort and identify what your "data streams" pull in, you become awash with data which makes no sense, and cannot be intelligently, interpreted.

Jan 22 09:04

Catholic Priest Slams March for Life as ‘Repulsive and Futile’

A prominent American priest has dissed the Washington March for Life as “repulsive and futile,” denouncing the pro-life event as “basically a gathering for many right-wing anti-abortion hardliners.”

Franciscan friar Father Daniel Horan, a pro-LGBT priest and professor who will be speaking at the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, took to Twitter this weekend to bash the March for Life and condemn without trial a group of white Catholic high school boys as “racists” for supposedly “taunting” a Native American man beating a drum.

Father Horan was one of the many voices from the Catholic Left who joined the mainstream media lynching of students from Covington Catholic High School this weekend, rashly judging them as racists without bothering to ascertain what actually happened, simply because some of the boys were wearing MAGA hats.

Jan 22 09:03

Journalist on Police Reports after Bombing in Derry: 'Not Clear Who New IRA Are'

In the wake of a car bomb, police claim 'New IRA' could be behind the incident in Derry. With four arrests made there is little information about the motivation of the terrorists.

Jan 22 08:42

Kunstler: America's "All Is Lost" Moment Looms

As in this age of Hollywood sequels and prequels, America prefers to recycle old ideas rather than entertain new ones, so you can see exactly how the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be a replay of the Great Depression, with Roosevelt-to-rescue! — only this time it’ll be with somebody in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt as chief executive. Donald Trump, of course, being the designated bag-holder for all the financial blunders of the past decade, gets to be Herbert Hoover. As was the case in the original, economic depression will segue into war, with maybe not such a happy ending for us as World War Two was.

Jan 22 08:34

Hunt for digger driver who ploughed 2.5-ton machine into Travelodge in 'row over £600 unpaid bill' then fled - as GoFundMe page to fund 'legend' labourer's legal bill hits £765

Police are hunting a digger drive who ploughed his 2.5-ton machine into a Travelodge in a row over an alleged £600 unpaid bill then fled scene of devastation on foot.
Footage shows the orange digger smashing into the half-completed hotel at Liverpool Innovation Park on Edge Lane shortly before 3pm yesterday.
After getting up the steps leading to the entrance, the digger tears through the entrance and white parts of the doorway can be seen falling to the ground.

Jan 22 08:25

Tennis star is booed from the court after swearing at the umpire in Spanish and throwing his bag across the court over a tiebreaker call during marathon five-hour loss

This is the moment Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta spectacularly blew up at the chair umpire as he crashed out of the Australian Open after an epic five-hour clash with Kei Nishikori.
A furious Carreno Busta lost it as he went down in a five-set thriller with the Japanese star on Monday night, stopping only briefly to hug his opponent before slamming his bag on to the court and abusing umpire Thomas Sweeney.

Jan 22 08:23

'I've done NOTHING wrong': Moment 'drunk' easyJet passenger brands air steward a 'boring c***' during furious meltdown before cheers break out as she's forced off plane

Shocking footage shows a drunk easyJet passenger launching a foul-mouthed rant at cabin crew after a flight was forced to divert when she became abusive.
The drunk woman, from Blackpool, Lancashire, is filmed on a mobile phone branding an air steward a 'boring c***' and shouting: 'I've done f*****g nothing wrong.'
Witnesses said the woman started becoming abusive in mid-air on the flight from Manchester to Agadir, Morocco.

Jan 22 08:17

With Trump Out, Davos Chief Eyes Fixing World Architecture

Trump canceled the U.S. delegation's trip to Davos this year amid the partial government shutdown.

"He would have been an interesting discussion partner," Schwab said. "But of course, we have understanding: We see government stand still."

Now, the WEF chief is focusing on reshaping the "global architecture" that has split populists and globalists and left many people feeling left out. That could be a tall order as trade forecasts predict slowdown and economic growth has eased, in part after Trump tax cuts doped-up the economy and markets last year.

Jan 22 08:08

'Why do you beat us with the things we are proud of?': Piers Morgan blasts campaigner who says WWII bombers committed a 'war crime' in fiery debate about memorial vandals

A controversial academic today risked to wrath of Britain's veterans and their families after calling the RAF airmen who bombed Nazi Germany war criminals.
Dr Kehinde Andrews, a professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, said the decision to build tributes like the Bomber Command Memorial desecrated with white paint yesterday was like 'justifying terrorism'.

Jan 22 08:08

Benefits Street star Fungi who 'can't work because he drinks every day' says universal credit is 'worst thing in the world' after his monthly payments are cut by more than half

One of the stars of hit TV documentary Benefits Street has dubbed Universal Credit 'the worst thing in the world' after his monthly payments were cut by more than half.
James Clarke - known by the nickname Fungi - said the phased introduction of the all-in-one benefit was causing 'hell' for him and others experiencing hard times.

Jan 22 07:40

Black high school student told she was 'too dark' to perform with dance team and that her 'skin clashed' with the costumes is suing school district for discrimination

A black student is suing a school district for discrimination claiming she was told her skin was 'too dark' to perform with the dance team.
Camille Sturdivant alleges she was barred from taking part in performances at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Kansas City because her skin 'clashed' with the costumes.

Jan 22 07:39

'Art kept me sane': America's longest-serving inmate to win exoneration, 73, who wrongly spent 45 YEARS in prison is now selling the masterpieces he created behind bars as he struggles to live off $589 a month in food stamps and social security

Richard Phillips said he didn't mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison.
He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing jazz.

Jan 22 07:00

Tucker: MAGA hat-wearing students smeared by media - Viral video of interaction

5 fn seconds set off this madness

Jan 22 06:19

Reports: 600-Plus Ebola Cases in D.R. Congo ‘Expected to Double’

The more than 600 people confirmed to have contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could “double,” in what is already the largest outbreak in that country’s history and the second deadliest ever recorded, the director of a non-governmental organization (NGO) reportedly predicted over the weekend.

Health officials in the DRC recorded six cases daily from October to December across all affected areas and the number is increasing, Jean-Philippe Marcoux, the director of the NGO Mercy Corps in the DRC, reportedly revealed.

“Now it’s doubling – it’s very possible that it can double again,” he explained, the Guardian reported Friday. “If we don’t significantly increase the resources, it will keep increasing. It will spread progressively to other health areas, and it will be there for a long time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really bad news, not just for the people in the DRC, but people living in the whole of Africa, and beyond.

This is a nasty one to get one's hands around, in terms of arresting the spread of the disease.

Jan 22 06:18

Limbaugh: NRO Pushed Covington Hoax to Win ‘Approval of the Mainstream Media’

When we see a picture of a teenager who’s white wearing a Trump hat, a “Make America Great Again” hat, and he’s standing there smiling while some aging Indian leftist activist is beating a war drum, what do we do?

We immediately condemn the kid, without even thinking! Without even learning anything, without even taking a few minutes to understand what happened! Instead of using our instincts! “Okay, we got a left-wing Indian activist there. We’ve got the media jumping all over it.” The red flags should have gone up immediately, and everybody on our side should have called ’em out for what this was! But instead, we had people on the right condemning the kids.

Jan 22 06:01

President Trump Begins Tweeting about the Covington Catholic Hoax

"Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good - maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!" ~ President Donald Trump

Jan 22 05:55

40 UK ministers could resign over no-deal Brexit: Report

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that no less than 40 of her ministers could resign if she denies them the right to vote for a plan that would block a no-deal exit from the European Union (EU) later this year, a new report suggests.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has informed May and other government officials that the possible exodus could take place unless the ministers are allowed to support an amendment in the House of Commons that extend the duration of the Article 50 of EU’s Lisbon Treaty beyond the original March 29 deadline for Brexit.

If approved, the new plan prevents May from proceeding with her previous threats of a no-deal divorce, which analysts say would have unpredictable ramifications.

Tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and former Tory ministers Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles, the new amendment would come up for debate and vote on January 29.

Rudd has asked May to allow a free vote on the bill to prevent a mass walkout from 10 Downing Street.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was really not what the people of Great Britain signed off on, with the original Brexit vote; May has just not been able to deliver here,

Jan 22 05:50

Russia cuts foreign debt to decade low while boosting national reserves

Russia’s external debt has fallen by $64.4 billion or 12.4 percent from the beginning of last year, amounting to $453.7 billion as of January 1, 2019 – the lowest level since April 2009, according to Central Bank of Russia data.
All institutional sectors dropped their debts last year, the Central Bank of Russia announced on Monday, adding that other sectors contributed “the most to the country’s external debt contraction,” reducing their indebtedness by $32.3 billion.

The foreign debt has been dropping since mid-2014, when it reached its peak of around $733 billion in the wake US and EU sanctions. Since then, Russia managed to reduce debt by nearly $280 billion to reach the ten year minimum. In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, the external debt was reportedly reduced by more than $16 billion or some 3.5 percent.

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This.. is what a an intelligently managed country wants to see happen.

Jan 22 05:33

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president wrote. He later expanded on that sentiment in a video message, posted on Twitter. “Our boys, our young men and women, are coming home now,” Trump noted. “We won.”

But a recent attack on U.S. forces in Syria, carried out by a suicide bomber which ISIS claimed was operating on its behalf, has led to an outpouring of criticism of Trump’s precipitous decision. “ISIS has claimed credit for killing American troops in Syria today,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted in the aftermath of the attack. “If true, it is a tragic reminder that ISIS not been defeated and is transforming into a dangerous insurgency. This is no time to retreat from the fight against ISIS. Will only embolden & strengthen them.”

Jan 22 05:28

Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

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Years ago, I would have felt very comfortable driving from Southern California down to Tijuana, or Ensenadas, but those days are over. The country has devolved into a narco-state, where the drug gangs run with impunity, and can pretty much get away with anything they feel like doing....including murder.

Jan 22 05:25

Zimbabwe court says internet shutdown illegal as more civilians detained

Zimbabwe’s government exceeded its mandate in ordering an internet blackout during civilian protests last week, a court ruled on Monday, as authorities pressed on with rounding up opposition figures blamed for the unrest.

In his interim ruling, High Court Judge Owen Tagu told mobile operators to immediately and unconditionally resume full services. The biggest, Econet Wireless, compiled with the order late on Monday, it said in a message to subscribers.

The sporadic blackout began on Tuesday following the start of protests against a rise in fuel prices that turned violent.

With evidence growing that the country is slipping back into authoritarian rule, critics of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government had accused it of shutting off the internet to prevent a security clampdown being broadcast to the world.

Mnangagwa was due back in Zimbabwe late on Monday after cutting short a foreign trip.

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It looks like it is only a matter of time before the current government of Zimbabwe cannot hold this country together.

Jan 22 05:21

NATO, Russian ambassadors to meet Friday

NATO and Russian ambassadors will meet in Brussels Friday, the Western military alliance said, with discussions likely to focus on the standoff over Ukraine and on nuclear weapons.

This would be the ninth such NATO-Russia Council since the start of 2016.

"Following consultations with Russia, we have agreed to hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at ambassadorial level on Jan. 25, 2019 at NATO headquarters in Brussels," a NATO official said Monday.

NATO has criticized Russia over its seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in November. A court in Moscow ruled last week that 24 Ukrainian sailors seized off the coast of Crimea should be kept in pre-trial detention until April.

Russia has meanwhile warned that a new U.S. missile defense strategy would unleash a dangerous arms race in space and amount to a relaunch of the Cold War-era "Star Wars" program.

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With so much ill will and animosity between NATO, the US government, and Russia, it will be a miracle if anything of substance is achieved at all in this Brussels meeting.

But let's hope something positive can come out of this.

Jan 22 05:16

Venezuela's top court declares parliament leadership illegitmate

Venezuela's Supreme Court declared the leadership of the opposition-controlled National Assembly illegitimate and its decisions "void" Monday after it repudiated the presidency of Nicolas Maduro.

The latest escalation in the power struggle between Maduro and the new president of the assembly, Juan Guaido, came on the same day as a brief military uprising in Caracas and amid opposition calls for mass protests on Wednesday.

Supreme Court president Juan Jose Mendoza read a statement to the press declaring that the legislature "does not have a legitimate board of directors."

He charged that it was "usurping its authority, and therefore all its decisions are void."

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There is an economic crisis; a military crisis, and a judicial crisis haunting Venezuela right now; the perfect trifecta.

One wonders how much can be endured by the Venezuelan people, until something snaps.