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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 23 11:03

Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris Want to Give Terrorists the Right to Vote

All they have to do is avoid going completely insane. That’s all it will take to emerge from a Democrat primary of roughly 20 candidates, each with their own oddity and far-left capitulation to the base that makes them seem unhinged to the average voter. Playing it straight would help.

But they can’t even do it for one night.

During Monday night’s town hall event on CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders defended the right for felons to vote, including Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

His colleague in the Senate, Kamala Harris, followed it up by saying “we should have that conversation” about allowing the Boston Marathon bomber to vote from prison.

Tsarnaev and his brother killed four people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured 280 others.

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Apr 23 10:54

Bob Woodward tells VERY interesting story about the dossier...

Interesting clip from Bob Woodward -- John Brennan is exposed…

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Apr 23 10:54

Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates

Muhammad Khodhr, Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News Channel reporter in Syria wrote to almayadeen.net commenting on the pressing issue of the shortages in Syria. Mr. Khdhr’s article is in Arabic and we tried to translate it to our best to English.

The current crisis started on Saturday, April 6th, which the government attributes to the impact of US sanctions on the Syrian economy. Oil Minister Ali Ghanem said during a tour of the gas stations that the material was available at stations in an effort to reassure consumers who have just got out of a severe shortage in gas which stretched throughout the winter months and effectively ended with the start of the spring.

Apr 23 10:47

Iraq 'will be deprived of power' if it cuts Iran gas imports

raq's electricity minister said on Monday that the country will be "deprived of power" if the US decides to end its sanction waivers that has allowed Baghdad to purchase Iranian energy such as gas and electricity.

The US has granted eight countries a six-month exemption allowing them buy Iranian hydrocarbon products despite Washington's embargo, which took effect in November, but Washington announced the end of the waiver on Monday.

Iraq has received separate extensions to continue importing Iranian gas since the imposition of the economic embargo.

Baghdad was granted an extra 90-day waiver in March and it remains unclear whether it will be extended once again.

“If this stops then we will be deprived of 4,000 megawatts of electricity,” Musab Al Mudaris, spokesman for the Iraqi ministry of electricity, said on Monday.

The waiver stipulates that the countries must take steps to reduce Iranian purchases and move towards ending imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government wants to attempt to get Iraq to stop buying Iran's oil?!?

How, really, are they going to do this?!? Re-invade Iraq, with an Iraq2.0, "golden cut" invasion?!?

Apr 23 10:41

Russia’s Hostile Outreach of Friendship

The mainstream media never ceases to remind us that Russia is an adversary of the United States … or an opponent … an enemy … a rival … an adversary … or, my favorite, a “regional hegemon.”

Imagine: Russia trying to establish business relations with the United States. Even worse, coming up with a plan of “reconciliation” between the two countries?

Well, certainly one thing could be worse, from the standpoint of the media and the U.S. national-security establishment. That would be Russians who were trying to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. After all, on the campaign trail Trump was also saying that he intended to establish a friendly and harmonious relation with Russia while Clinton was embracing the opposite position. In the eyes of the mainstream press and the Washington, D.C., establishment, the fact that Russia preferred the presidential candidate who favored normalizing relations shows why Russia poses such a grave threat to “national security.”

Apr 23 10:37

US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say

The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combating the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats.

The German mission hopes the resolution will be adopted at a special UN security council session on Tuesday on sexual violence in conflict.

But the draft resolution has already been stripped of one of its most important elements, the establishment of a formal mechanism to monitor and report atrocities, because of opposition from the US, Russia and China, which opposed creating a new monitoring body.

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I am completely gob-smacked by this; rape as a weapon of war, has always been recognized as a criminal act; apparently, the White House doesn't see it this way.

Apr 23 10:32

US Delivering Excavation Equipment to Syria’s Kurdish YPG

In a move that is likely to rile up NATO member Turkey, the US has made a huge delivery of equipment to the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey considers terrorists, and have long threatened to invade.

200 trucks crossed into Syria’s Deir Ezzor from neighboring Iraq. This is not a military shipment. Rather, it is building material and construction equipment intended to allow for reconstruction after the defeat of ISIS.

That’s the US version at least, but the inclusion of substantial excavation equipment is fueling concern, particularly in Turkey, that this is going to be used for mass tunnel digging across Syria, in anticipation of the Turkish invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The issue of timing here, is critical.

This delivery of construction equipment to the Kurds, signals that the US is favorable to trying to bring about an independent Kurdistan, and Turkey is going to become totally ballistic if this happens.

So let's take the scenario to the next step; If Kurds start attacking Turkish troops, who are NATO allies, as are our troops, what is the US government's position be?!?

This comes to us today, through the courtesy of the US's Department of "You can't make this stuff up!"

Why are the military and civilian leadership of this country, never able think something through to the end of its most logical scenarios?!?

Apr 23 10:16

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer nothing but the same – hyper-military interventionism and the quest for global hegemony – in the charade of choice each election cycle. The question, as 2020 approaches, is whether we can expect more of the same from the Democratic and Republican candidates for president. Of course, the use of this label, emperor, will undoubtedly make many a reader squirm and/or dismiss this piece.

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That will only start to change, when the US government does a complete resurrection of the Draft, which I figure may be coming forward either this year, or next.

And remember; this time, the Pentagon won't just becoming for your sons; they will be coming for your daughters as well.

Apr 23 10:11

As French US envoy calls Israel ‘apartheid state,’ Trump’s Palestine deal looks all but doomed

US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” aimed at resolving the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine, looks dead in the water, as speculation continues that the plan will be far more favorable to Israel.
Gérard Araud, France’s outgoing envoy to the US, dubbed Israel an “apartheid state” in a farewell interview with the Atlantic magazine on Friday and suggested that the secret plan is “very close to what the Israelis want” and 99 percent “doomed to fail.”

Still, Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, are exerting “immense pressure” on the Palestinians to accept Trump’s deal, a senior Fatah official told Iran’s Press TV on Monday. Those countries are “using all means, including political and financial blackmail” to force Palestinians into agreeing with the deal “despite all the dangers it poses to the Palestinian cause.”

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Unfortunately, Aurad has this nailed perfectly; and no amount of money can possibly get the Palestinians to voluntarily give up what is left... of their homeland.

Apr 23 10:05

Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time

Volodymyr Zelensky’s victory in Sunday’s Ukrainian Presidential election marks the moment when the Western populist wave comes to the post-Soviet space.
It also serves as a complete rejection of the divisive, ethno-nationalist policies pursued by his opponent, Petro Poroshenko, over the past five years.

Like US President Donald Trump and Italy’s Beppe Grillo, Zelensky has leveraged a major television profile for political gain, but he’s pulled it off on an inclusive platform in his campaigning, contrasting with the discordant rhetoric of his opponent.

Now, Ukraine faces an unusual situation. It has replaced an ideologically fanatical President with a complete unknown quantity. One who lacks any parliamentary power-base and must wait six months for elections to the legislature, the Rada.

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President Trump is going to have to bend over backwards,because of what President Obama, Victoria Nuland, et al, did, with their "canonization" of Poroshenko.

I hope that Trump will meet with Volodymyr Zelensky, and soon, to try to ratchet down the tensions between Russia and Ukraine; that would be a wonderful thing to see happen.

Of course, after having done this once, the US MIGHT think about another "Maidan Spring" to topple Zelensky; but should that happen, by now, the people of Ukraine are going to get so furious, that any usurper will be shown the door, with the door securely bolted behind him.

And I have to wish this guy good luck; he... is going to need it.

Apr 23 09:51

He was a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. But his biggest story is how God saved him from homelessness and abuse.

Douglas MacKinnon has had a fascinating life and career. A writer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a onetime Pentagon official, and an author and columnist, MacKinnon's career has been robust and impactful — but it's his faith journey that has perhaps been the most transformative and uplifting.

Apr 23 09:50

Students want Yale to disarm campus police and donate to Black Lives Matter in response to shooting

Students at Yale University are petitioning for the disarmament of campus police after officers shot and injured a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle police believed to have been connected to an attempted armed robbery, according to Campus Reform.

Apr 23 09:35

'Simply inexcusable': Mom sentenced after running over son, 9, while trying to shake him loose of car door handle in school parking lot

A mother heard her sentence in a Michigan courtroom Thursday after an incident last December in which she used her car to shake loose her 9-year-old son's grip on the door handle in a school parking lot and then ran over him, fracturing his skull and breaking multiple bones, WZZM-TV reported.

Apr 23 09:35

'Absolutely pathetic': Teacher allegedly blasts second-grader's 'sad' math drill — and a petition is calling for her firing

A Pennsylvania teacher allegedly wrote on a second-grade student's quiz that it was "absolutely pathetic" and "sad" that the student finished only 13 subtraction problems in three minutes, Fox News reported — and now a petition sporting nearly 17,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon is calling for the teacher's firing.

Apr 23 09:35

No more waivers: The United States will try to force Iranian oil exports to zero

In tightening sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration moved on Monday to isolate Tehran economically and undercut its power across the Middle East. But the clampdown has complicated relations with China at a particularly sensitive moment.

The decision to stop five of Iran’s biggest customers from buying its oil was an audacious strike at Tehran’s lifeline — one million barrels of oil exports daily, fully half of which go to China. The order was also aimed at India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, all countries that trade robustly with the United States.

All are also partners with the United States on major security and diplomatic issues that do not involve Iran.

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So, let me get this straight; Is President Trump is attempting to use some kind of "economic force against China", so that it yields on purchasing Iran's oil?!?

Good luck with that, Mr. President!! And BTW, I was just wondering; what do you up your sleeve, in order to be able to do this?!?

And BTW, could your timing of this threat come at a worse possible time during the US/China economic negotiations?!?

I think not.

And also against the countries of India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, which have been buying from American vendors?!?

Sir, forgive me, but this bites, BIG-TIME!!

So, sir, what are you prepared to do, particularly if China doesn't want to budge against your embargo of Iranian oil?!?

Are you seriously looking at, having US sailors "board foreign ships", to see if they are carrying any Iranian oil?!?

Sir, in case no one among your "advisors" has happened to mention it, the interdiction of a foreign ship in international waters, is very close to creating to a declaration of war against that country.

Perhaps a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia or China may be more to your liking.

But when President Bush lied about Iraq having alleged "weapons of mass destruction", (which, of course, he didn't, but that was the lie upon which which he staked the invasion and occupation of Iraq.) was the moment where I lost all faith in what any American governing bodies were saying, including the Executive; Judicial; Pentagon; and its Surveillance.

So what are we looking at here, Mr. President, a nuclear war against China, and Russia?!? Don't laugh; Paul Craig Roberts warned us a couple of years ago, that plans actually exist to make this happen.

This guy is one of the most sober-sided writer/reporter on the US political scene, and is quite credible.

Paul Craig Roberts: US plans exist to nuke Russia and China

War, even when the biggest US weaponry makers believe, and experience has proven them right, that their "donations" to various covert and overt political causes, makes them "bullet-proof" in terms of any governmental prosecution against them, for shoddy, outdated merchandise which does not behave as advertised?!?

Sir, I give you... the Lockheed-Martin F-35s, which is still a hot mess
technically:

August 2018: The Pentagon is Down-Playing Serious Problems with the F-35, watchdog says

January 2019: Stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Still has some serious Problems

March 2019: F-35 FAR FROM READY TO FACE CURRENT OR FUTURE THREATS

From January, 2019:F-35 Logistics System resulting in Lost Missions

February, 2019: F-35 Fighter Jets will only be able to fly one quarter of expected life, due to Structural Issues

None of this information is confidential, having been previously published, both in print, and on-line. And please look them up for yourself; I am not telling anything that people already don't know, if they have been following the "process" of the evolution of the F-35.

Mr. President, you really need to think about this, as critically as you are able; because right now, in Spring of 2019, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to make such a war conclude with a good outcome for this country.

So, as someone who cares about this country deeply, I am asking you: please, President Trump, don't look at a war against both China and Russia; the US may not fare too well, if this is, in fact, the plan.

And here is another little "caveat" to the above:

China Won't Find Lost F-35 stealth Fighter,

The article, Mr. President, continues to state: "The U.S. and Japanese militaries are dismissing the possibility that China will find Japan’s missing F-35A Lightning II aircraft before their own search parties.

“The Japanese have the lead there, and we’re working very collaboratively with them," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Friday. "And we’ve got a capability if what they have doesn’t prove to be sufficient.”

When asked whether he was concerned China could get to the crash site first, Shanahan said: “No, I’m not.”

Somehow, I have a really hard time believing that last bit.

Apr 23 09:23

The Origin of Trolls

We may think we know a lot about trolls from that Dreamworks movie with Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, simply called Trolls, or from the band of helpful matchmakers in Disney’s Frozen, but the real Norwegian legends about trolls paint them in a different light. These trolls are big, stupid, enjoy eating humans, and they certainly don’t sing and dance. Let’s look at the origin of trolls.

Apr 23 09:22

You Can Now Buy Speakers For Your Vagina

For $150, you can purchase your very own “Babypod”, a small speaker that can be plugged into any music-playing device of your choice and inserted into the vagina to gently play your favorite tunes into the womb. It also features earphones that hang out of the vagina so mothers and fathers can listen along too.

Apr 23 09:21

Special Delivery: Why Storks Bring Babies

It is one of our most common trope…a long-legged, white stork carrying a newborn baby in a white cloth bundle, delivering the child to its new parents. This is the story that we often tell young children when they ask that awkward question about where babies come from. We see illustrations of storks carrying babies on book covers, infant bedding, baby shower cards, television commercials, and more. But just how did the stork, of all birds, become associated with childbirth? The association between storks and babies goes back much further than you probably thought—all the way to ancient Greece.

Apr 23 09:18

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release on Monday afternoon. Newstead will take over from Colin Stretch, who announced plans to retire last year.

Apr 23 09:15

The History of Jelly Beans

On Easter morning, children across the country will wake up to find an assortment of candy in their Easter baskets. Naturally, jelly beans will be included. In fact, jelly beans have become one of the candy treats most associated with the Easter holiday. Jelly beans have a long and interesting history that begins in the Middle East. Let’s trace back the history of these colorful, bite-sized Easter favorites.

Apr 23 08:44

Three scientists ousted from top US cancer research center over concerns they provided confidential information to China

MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has ousted three scientists over concerns that the researchers had connections to China's attempts to steal U.S. intellectual property.

Apr 23 08:44

AMERICANS ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE: 23% SAVE NOTHING FROM PAYCHECKS

Americans continue to dig themselves in a deeper and deeper hole. While many have no savings, they continue to pile on the debt and liabilities. All of these problems will make the next recession difficult for most to get through financially.

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Where you can, strip down; move to a smaller place, if you are renting; make sure you have some physical gold and silver in your personal possession; don't have any more money in the checking account than is absolutely necessary.

Don't buy on credit, particularly if your interest rate is floating; the next time the bill comes up, you may be in for a huge shock.

Pay off the smallest balance on your credit card, then when it is paid off, use that money to pay off your second smallest balance.

Repeat until the last bit of your most heavily used card is paid off. That will really go toward building your credit score positively.

Apr 23 08:44

President Trump sends special gift to student whose teacher allegedly banned her from choosing Trump as 'hero' for school project

The Long Island sixth-grader, who made national headlines earlier this month after her middle school teacher reportedly prevented her from selecting President Donald Trump as a "hero" for a school project, just received a very special gift from the president himself.

Apr 23 08:38

US POLICE REFUSE TO STOP CREATING FAKE PROFILES ON FACEBOOK

Local, state, and federal law enforcement are refusing to comply with Facebook’s policy against law enforcement creating fake social media accounts.

A new report by The Guardian details how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media accounts connected to a fake university created to identify illegal immigrants. ICE agents created profiles of individuals alleged to have attended the fictional University of Farmington as part of their attempt to ensnare students in an immigration scam. More than 600 students, most of whom were Indian citizens, were indicted in the federal government’s operation.

The Guardian reports:

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Forgive me for asking, but isn't this a form of cyber-entrapment, which is prohibited by both Federal and State laws?!?

Apr 23 08:34

MARK ZUCKERBERG TURNED AMERICAN CLASSROOMS INTO NONCONSENSUAL LABORATORIES FOR HIS PET EDUCATIONAL THEORIES, AND NOW THEY'RE REBELLING

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Summit Learning is a nonprofit, high-tech "customized learning" group funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's family charity; under the program, students are equipped with high-surveillance Chromebooks and work on their own "at their own pace" and call on teachers to act as "mentors" when they get stuck.

It's a high-tech version of student-led education, where a high teacher-to-pupil ratio allows students to pursue self-directed education based on their own proclivities and interests, and mentor one another. But in the Zuck version, students work alone in front of screens, in social isolation, taking automated quizzes to assess their progress.

Many students and parents find this incredibly invasive and frustrating. Students with special needs -- exactly the group that you'd expect to benefit most from "customized learning" -- find the systems especially troublesome, and for students with screen-triggered epilepsy, the systems are pure torture.

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And of course, I would be almost willing to bet that you are not going to hear about this "Zuckerbergian epic fail" in any reports by any of the warrestpondents or presstitutes.

Apr 23 08:28

REVERSE WARRANT FOR CELL SITE LOCATION INFO RESULTS IN WRONG MAN BEING JAILED

Reverse warrants are the new regular warrants. Ever since law enforcement discovered most Americans carry tracking devices with them 24/7, they've been approaching cellphone providers with warrants targeting geographic areas rather than people.
When a crime has been committed but cops don't have any suspects, they ask Google and others to canvass the area for them. Officers hand providers a geofence and ask for everyone who wandered into the selected area during a certain timeframe. Once cops have everyone, they start looking for someone.

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With the Chain of Evidence so generally and thoroughly mangled in this country, it is no wonder that programs like The Innocence Project exist, to validate if a person in jail for a crime they did not commit.

Apr 23 08:27

Oil Price Hits Fresh 2019 High After US Ends Waivers for Importing Iran Oil

Brent crude oil price on Tuesday rose to its highest level this year, just hours after Washington decided not to renew waivers that allow eight countries to buy Iranian oil without facing the United States' punishment.
Brent, the international oil benchmark, rose 0.8 percent to $74.64 in early European trading on Tuesday, adding to gains on Monday to reach its highest level since early November.

On Monday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the US marker, crude futures hit their highest level since October 2018 at $65.95 per barrel before edging back to $65.89, which was still up 0.5 percent from their last settlement. On Tuesday, West Texas Intermediate increased 0.9 per cent to $66.13.

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Apr 23 08:24

DO YOU REMEMBER THE OIL CRISIS AND “STAGFLATION” OF THE 1970S? IN MANY WAYS, 2019 IS STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE 1973…

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The price of gasoline is rapidly rising, economic activity is slowing down, the Middle East appears to be on the brink of war, and Democrats are trying to find a way to remove a Republican president from office. In many ways, 2019 is starting to look a lot like 1973. For many Americans, the 1970s represent a rather depressing chapter in U.S. history that they would just like to forget, but the truth is that if we do not learn from history it is much more likely that we will repeat our mistakes. And without a doubt, right now a lot of things are starting to move in a very ominous direction.

“Stagflation” was a term that was made popular in the 1970s, and it occurs when there is a high rate of inflation but economic growth is declining or stagnant.

The U.S. hasn’t had a serious bout with stagflation in quite a while, but it appears that we may be moving in that direction.

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I remember this, because I lived through it in Southern California, during the "odd/even" way of dispensing gas, which was by your car license plate tag number, if I remember correctly, and it was an absolute pain to live through.

Apr 23 08:20

NEW CENSUS NUMBERS REVEAL AMERICANS ARE STEADILY MIGRATING WEST AND SOUTH – AND AWAY FROM HIGH TAX BLUE STATES

Published: April 23, 2019
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SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released their annual report on how the U.S. population is shifting, and there are some very clear patterns in the data. If you look at this Census Bureau map, you will see lots of purple (areas where the population is growing) in the west and the south, and you will see lots of orange (areas where the population is declining) in the north and the east. Of course this is a continuation of a pattern that we have been seeing for decades. Given the ability to choose, many Americans would rather live in areas of the country that are warm and sunny, and that makes a lot of sense. But that is not the only pattern that we see in the data.

From July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 seven of the ten counties that had the largest percentage increase in population were either in Texas or Florida…

McKenzie County, ND: 7.1 percent
Williams County, ND: 5.9 percent

Apr 23 08:17

CELL TOWER REMOVED FROM SCHOOL AFTER MULTIPLE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

Ripon, CA — As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. While 5G is still relatively new, concerns over 4G and older technology still persist as well. A school in California has taken things to the next level and removed a cell tower from their campus after several students and teachers were diagnosed with cancer.

Since 2016, four students and three teachers have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer at Ripon Elementary. Also, two smaller children — too young to attend school — who live near the school tower, have been treated for a malignant tumor and leukemia, and a 22-year-old former student has recently undergone surgery for a brain tumor.

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Not one kid, nor one teacher, should have become ill with cancer from the Sprint Tower here; and let this be a cautionary tale to school districts throughout the country; don't allow a cell tower to be raised on any of your campuses.

The probability of a cascade of lawsuits, both against School Districts which approved these sites, and the mobile carriers who installed dishes on these sites, may ramp up horrifically from here.

Apr 23 08:08

TO BECOME AN AMERICAN, PROVE YOU HAVEN’T SMOKED POT

SOURCE: CATO.ORG
One requirement for immigrants to naturalize and receive U.S. citizenship is that they affirmatively demonstrate “good moral character.” America’s nanny staters have decided that consuming marijuana in any form is, well, immoral. The Trump administration decided this week to clarify further that it is still immoral to use, share, sell, or manufacture marijuana that is legal at the state level. The updated guidance states:

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According to the stats by The Recovery Village: How Long does Marijuana Stay in your System?

People who smoked marijuana in the last:
30-45 days can fail a urine test
60-75 days can fail a blood test
Up to 90 days can fail a hair follicle test

Though the effects of THC, the main chemical in marijuana, wear off within a few hours of ingesting marijuana, traces of the chemical can remain in the body for weeks. There is no perfect formula for determining exactly how long marijuana stays in someone’s system during a urine, blood, saliva or hair drug test.

So what is supposed to happen, now, in terms of states which have allowed the legal sale of marijuana?!? Is that just supposed to "go away" from this edict, or will it go all the way up to the Supreme Court as a test case, about Federal Law here superseding State Law?!?

And in light of the fact that the legal sale of marijuana has happened in 10 US states (along with the district of Columbia States where the sale of marijuana is legal, will those states which have already legalized the drug be made to renounce the legal sale of it, because of these "guidelines"?!?

Apr 23 07:52

U.S. GOVERNMENT SPENT OVER $500M ON FAKE AL-QAEDA PROPAGANDA VIDEOS THAT TRACKED LOCATION OF VIEWERS

My guess is that even I would be shocked if we knew the extent of America’s ongoing PSYOP with regard to media.

Via: Independent:

A former contractor for a UK-based public relations firm says that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the production and dissemination of fake Al-Qaeda videos that portrayed the insurgent group in a negative light.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that the PR firm, Bell Pottinger, worked alongside top US military officials at Camp Victory in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq War. The agency was tasked with crafting TV segments in the style of unbiased Arabic news reports, videos of Al-Qaeda bombings that appeared to be filmed by insurgents, and anti-insurgent commercials – and those who watched the videos could be tracked by US forces.

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One has to wonder; did these carefully crafted "reports" actually result in any real "bad guys" getting caught, or just "sold" for a ransom, when people with whom they normally did business, got angry with them, for whatever reason, and thought turning them over to Iraqi or American military would net them a nice reward?!?

And please remember: as reported at HRW, we still have 41 prisoners of war at Guantanamo, and some of them still without a trial date:

Guantanamo Bay Inmates and the Trump Administration

Apr 23 07:38

MASSIVE FEDERAL SWEEP NABS 60 DOCTORS ACCUSED OF DISTRIBUTING MILLIONS OF OPIOID PILLS FOR SEX, CASH

SOURCE: ELIAS MARAT @ THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
In the biggest crackdown of its kind in the nation’s history, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged 60 doctors, nurses, and pharmacists with having illegally handed out millions of prescriptions for opioids in a pattern of malpractice that fed the flames of the ongoing opioid addiction crisis.

Medical professionals throughout the industry including general practitioners, dentists, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and orthopedic specialists have been accused of trading drugs for sex, writing prescriptions to Facebook friends in the absence of a medical exam, and even pulling teeth without a legitimate basis beyond acquiring prescriptions for pain pills.

While the methods in each case varied, prosecutors remain adamant that those who were already suffering an addiction to the opioids were given prescriptions to feed their often-deadly dependence on such drugs as oxycodone, methadone, and morphine.

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Isn't it the Hippocratic Oath, something the medical community used to follow in it's premise, which was, "First, to do no harm"?!?

Apparently, the people doing the bad prescribing in these cases, have very conveniently stopped honoring that premise.

Apr 23 07:05

US Decision on Iran's Oil Exports May Destroy Nuclear Deal

The European Union regrets the United States' decision to halt waivers on sanctions against importers of Iranian oil, which may undermine the success of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic said on Tuesday.

"We regret yesterday's announcement by the US not to renew all waivers. This further risks undermining the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… . We, as the European Union, will continue to abide by the JCPOA as long as Iran continues the full and effective implementation of its nuclear-related commitments," Kocijancic told reporters.

Iran has warned Europeans, as the main beneficiaries of the agreement with the Islamic republic, that the nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers will be in danger if European countries fail to fulfill their pledge to ease the US pressures and allow the Islamic Republic to reap the economic benefits of the deal.

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(*we're giving EU residents the same treatment were giving Venezuela, and apparently , our own Blue States )

Apr 23 06:53

Politicizing Oil, Big US Mistake

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the US had made a big mistake by politicizing the oil market, and vowed Tehran's maximum effort to break Washington's sanctions.

Addressing the Iranian parliament on Tuesday, Zangeneh elaborated on the US decision to end waivers on Iran oil sanctions and the latest status ruling the oil market, and said, “Today, in this aggressive economic war that the United States has launched against Iran, the Iranian nation, the oil industry is on the forefront of this outrageous offensive. We must all join hands to pass these grave conditions behind with the help of God.”

“The imagination to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, with the help of God, will never be come true,” he said.

“The state of supply and demand is fragile in the current oil market, and the statements issued by the United States and its regional supporters to ensure the market in order to prevent rising oil prices, more than anything, betrays their concern for instability and fragility of the market”>>>

Apr 23 06:48

Bottled Water Warning: 11 Brands Found to Contain Arsenic

Contamination of public water supply systems is a very real threat (Flint, we are looking at you), but unfortunately, bottled water isn’t always safer.

For years, we have known that much of the bottled water on the market is simply tap water that has been purified, poured into bottles with pretty labels, and sold for a hefty price. In other words, you could do the same thing with your faucet and a Big Berkey.

There are many contaminants that can be found in both tap and bottled water, including lead, pesticides, bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, parasites, and arsenic.

Speaking of arsenic, a new investigation from Consumer Reports identified 11 brands of bottled water that contain detectable amounts of the naturally occurring (and toxic) element.

Apr 23 06:44

US Sanctions on Iranian Oil to Worsen Situation in Mideast, Cause Chaos at Energy Markets

Beijing on Tuesday once again lashed out at a US decision to end sanctions waivers it granted to some importers of Iranian oil, warning that it will fuel the “turmoil” in the troubled Middle East and in the global energy markets.

Calling the Washington decision a violation of Beijing's interests, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said the US is operating outside its jurisdiction in unilaterally imposing the sanctions.

“China firmly opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and its so-called long-armed jurisdiction”>>>

Apr 23 06:12

High School student says he was expelled after being asked for his conservative view

A 16-year-old high school student appeared on Fox News with his father where he said that he was suspended from school after giving his conservative opinion on “Shakespeare portraying transgenderism in a positive light.”

Apr 23 04:50

Washington Post: No! , Weld can't beat Trump

No, Weld can't beat Trump. But he's the only way real conservatives can dissent.

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(*It's just what it looks like; Trump's favorite Fake NEWS distribution center , putting a leg out to Trip 2020 GOP Contender Bill Weld , and plant a few charges in the base of his platform , right out of the starting gate , for the sake of a POTUS they supposedly despise)

Apr 23 04:49

3-minute documented bottom-line video: Russia-gate was diversion from Hillary selling 20% of US uranium to Russia for $140 million ‘donation’ to Clinton Foundation, $500,000 ‘speech fee’ to Bill

hat-tips: Stationgossip, WhatReallyHappened

Jimmy Dore’s sharp bottom-line documentation in 3 minutes:

In 2017 I wrote: Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation has raised ~$2 billion for “charity,” but with tax records revealing only 10% of money went for programs, with apparently ~50% going directly to Bill and Hillary Clinton (and here, here).

A 35-second summary from Judge Jeanine Pirro; full 5-minute interview (disclaimer: this corporate media outlet will never tell the truth of US/Israel connections to create ISIS or lie-started US Wars of Aggression also requiring arrests):

Context: ongoing .01% US illegal rogue state empire

The Big Picture is ongoing lying, looting, murdering US illegal rogue state empire. Explore the links for explanation, documentation, and proof beyond reasonable doubt for game-changing factual reality:

Apr 23 04:05

The Sri Lanka attacks: New front, old wounds

The attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday for many brought back memories of the long ethnic war, which came to a bloody conclusion 10 years ago in May. Although the Sri Lankan authorities are yet to identify the perpetrators, it appears the attacks are of a different nature, one fuelled by global dynamics, rather than a response to local communal grievances. Despite this, the violence is bound to exacerbate already-deep ethnic and religious fault lines, increasing existing tensions and possibly fuelling further violence.

After 1948, newly independent Sri Lanka embedded a virulent form of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the formation of the state. This ethos, in simple terms, holds that the entire island is home to Sinhala Theravada Buddhism and that minorities are invaders, who will be tolerated if they accept Sinhala hegemony. Any threats (perceived or real) to the Sinhala identity of the country are attacked resolutely.

This revealed itself in racially and linguistically discriminatory policies as constitutions were written, making non-Sinhala communities second-class citizens>>>

Apr 23 03:14

US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports

In an effort to increase economic pressure on Iran, US announces it is ending waivers for countries importing Iran oil.

The Trump administration on Monday told five countries - Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India - that they would no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continued to import oil from Iran after their waivers ended on May 2.

"We're going to zero. We're going to zero across the board," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after the White House made the announcement in a statement. "There are no (oil) waivers that extend beyond that period, full stop," he said, adding that there would be no grace period for those economies to comply.

The United States which has engaged in a maximum pressure campaign against Tehran since Donald Trump came to office, had been giving the countries time to wean themselves off Iranian oil, but has decided that waivers would no longer be issued.

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(*doubling down on being the biggest d**k the world has to deal with , after Netanyahu)

Apr 23 02:42

US House panel chair subpoenas ex-White House lawyer

Mueller's redacted report said Trump asked McGahn to tell then-acting attorney general that Mueller had to be removed.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn for testimony in the United States following the release of the redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In a statement, Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said the committee had asked for documents from McGahn by May 7 and for him to testify on May 21.

"Mr McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report," Nadler said.

A lawyer for McGahn was not immediately available for comment.

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Apr 22 20:57

Ma Ferguson, A Puppet Governor

The history books list Miriam Amanda Ferguson, or Ma as she was known, as the first female governor of Texas and one of the first women to hold the position of governor in the United States. She took office in 1925, just five years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that granted women the right to vote. While on paper, Ma Ferguson looks like a trailblazer in the women’s equality movement, in reality, she was a puppet governor for her corrupt husband. Let’s look at the political career of Ma Ferguson.

Apr 22 20:56

The Incredible Saga of the Crown of Thorns

Earlier this week, the eye of the world watched in horror at the televised footage of the devasting fire that swept through the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The artifacts and architecture lost in the blaze are unfathomable, but thanks to the heroic efforts of French firefighters and Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, one precious, priceless relic was saved…the Crown of Thorns. Just how this crown, which was placed on the head of Jesus during the Crucifixion, survived since Biblical times and made its way to France is an incredible saga.

Apr 22 20:55

The Black Sox Scandal: Baseball’s Saddest Day

Baseball, America’s favorite pastime, has endured some scandals in its long history, from player’s strikes to steroid use. But the most shocking and disheartening baseball scandal of all time was undoubtedly the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, in which gamblers and organized crime mobsters recruited White Sox players to throw the World Series of 1919. Although many details remain murky, let’s see how the “Big Fix” went down…and how the plot was uncovered.

Apr 22 18:39

Woman says she was fired after forgetting to pay $23 restaurant bill

A Georgia woman says she was fired from her job after a restaurant's server branded her a "dine and dasher" in a Facebook post after she didn’t pay a $23 bill.
But Wendy Wiles says her unpaid check was a misunderstanding.

Apr 22 18:38

Former teacher shares powerful resignation letter: ‘I won’t be in an abusive relationship with public education’

Elementary school teacher Sariah McCall was in her classroom every morning at 6:45 a.m., taught bell-to-bell classes, attended meetings during her planning period and worked assigned lunch and recess duties with little time to eat or go to the restroom. When the bell rang for the 2:15 p.m. student dismissal, she worked an assigned bus or hall duty, followed by lesson and classroom prep. Sometimes, she left school by 5 p.m. At home, McCall would work on more grading and paper work until 11 p.m. or midnight, then finally sleep — and repeat.

Apr 22 15:33

Boeing’s 737 Max Debacle: The Result of a Dangerously Pro-Automation Design Philosophy?

The aftermath of two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets shortly after takeoff has led to the global grounding of the airplane. Boeing has been forced to cut production, and even so, undelivered planes are piling up. Big buyers like Southwest American Airlines have been forced to cancel flights during their peak time of year as a result of taking their 737s off line. American lengthened its 737 grounding to June 5 and Southwest, to August 5.

Even though Boeing is scrambling to fix the software meant to counter the 737 Max’s increased propensity to stall as a result of the placement of larger, more fuel=efficient engines in a way that reduced the stability of the plane in flight, it’s not clear that this will be adequate in terms of flight safety or the public perception of the plane>>>

Apr 22 15:25

‘I Was The CIA Director – We Lied, We Cheated, We Stole’…

Very interesting remarks from Pompeo that you probably won't see anywhere else...

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Apr 22 15:22

Transactional Trumpism

The idea that Trump voters were former Democrats driven by economic anxiety, seems finally to have died. As was clear immediately after the election, most Trump voters had previously voted for Romney, and most of the rest were classic swinging voters who had voted for Republicans as well as Democrats in the past. The remnant of the remnant reflected the drift from Democrats to Republicans of less educated whites that long predated Trump (though it may have helped him win the Republican nomination).

Solving that puzzle, though raises another one. Why were so few traditional Republicans repelled by Trump to the extent that they would vote for Clinton, or else abstain. And why does Trump continue to attract such strong Republican support.

One answer is what might be called “transactional Trumpism“. This is the idea that a large group of Republicans dislike Trump’s racism and misogyny, but support him because of his success in delivering a traditional Republican agenda. The problem I have with this explanation is: what success?

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Apr 22 15:13

Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record

Very interesting.Anybody arrested for felon in possession of a firearm would get 15 months prison time by the feds. No federal charges until this little stunt. This fellow is working for somebody IMHO. Even if this article is from the SPLC.

Horton’s fundraising attempts were documented in November in a Hatewatch article about how caravan paranoia was sowing division among militia diehards. The article revealed that Horton’s real name is Larry Hopkins, a fact he fails to make clear in his group’s fundraising pitches on PayPal and GoFundMe. Since then, Hopkins, 69, has increased the amount of money he’s asking for to more than $12,000, having already surpassed his previous goal of $2,500.

Now, Hatewatch has obtained records that show there’s more to Hopkins’ history than just his fictitious name and elaborate claims.

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/11/15/caravan-paranoia-tearin...

Apr 22 15:05

Mitchell Hopkins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Is it just my imagination or does this whole thing smell kinda putrid!
Agent Provocateur?

The FBI has arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the head of a militia group that has been detaining would-be migrants at the US-Mexico border. The FBI announced that Hopkins, 69, had been arrested on April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The militia members say they are fighting to defend their flag and their country, but human rights groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have denounced the group as a “fascist militia organization.”

Apr 22 15:04

You Will Never See This On MSM...

Feel good story of the day - Not going to give away the surprise...

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Apr 22 15:00

Easter tragedy: What we know so far about the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka

Thirteen suspects have been arrested as the death toll from the horrific church and hotel attacks in Sri Lanka climbed to 290 people, with no group claiming responsibility. RT sums up what we know so far of the tragedy.

Apr 22 14:23

Sri Lankan Authorities May Have Fallen Into a Trap Set by a Foreign Power

The entire world remains confronted with the horrors that unfolded yesterday throughout Sri Lanka. Whilst the country remains under curfew, the authorities have pinned the blame for the attack on an obscure group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ). NTJ is reportedly an Islamist terror group that as noted by Sri Lankan authorities, has multiple links to foreign countries. The links to foreign countries appears to hold the key to determining who is really behind the attacks. Notably, it has been reported by journalists that the group trains in Chennai in Tamil Nadu – the same location where LTTE had previously trained. Others yet claim that NTJ is such a small and obscure group that even if it wanted to pull off such an attack, it did not have the capacity to do so.

Apr 22 14:22

THE MASSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF JULIAN ASSANGE

In the last 20 years, Wikilieaks has done more worthwhile reporting than ALL over other news outlets COMBINED.

Apr 22 13:57

UKRAINE: FIRST COUNTRY OUTSIDE ISRAEL WITH JEWISH PRESIDENT, PM

If Zelensky is sworn in as president, his prime minister will be Volodymyr Groysman, a Jewish politician who was the mayor of the city of Vinnytsia.

Apr 22 13:54

Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network' linked to bombings

A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials said.

The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the bombings.

Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels.

Police arrested 24 people in a series of raids and the president's office declared a state of national emergency.

The emergency declaration, which comes into effect from midnight (18:30 GMT) on Monday, will give police and military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.

Apr 22 13:54

John Podesta Exposed…

Comedian Jimmy Dore does the honors - This is excellent...

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Apr 22 12:41

Watch this parked TESLA explode into flames…

Luckily no one was inside - Here's the video...

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Apr 22 12:24

Is This The Jihadi Imam Who Planned The Sri Lanka Bombings?

No group has yet to take credit for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka, though authorities have pinned the attacks on a home-grown jihadist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’th, which was likely aided by an international jihadist network. But according to early unconfirmed reports, the alleged mastermind of the attack was NTJ Imam and prolific lecturer Moulvi Zahran Hashim. Reports alternatively identified him as the mastermind of the bombings, and as one of the suicide bombers who carried them out.

Apr 22 12:08

Caitlin Johnstone Debunks All The Assange Smears

Have you ever noticed how whenever someone inconveniences the dominant western power structure, the entire political/media class rapidly becomes very, very interested in letting us know how evil and disgusting that person is? It’s true of the leader of every nation which refuses to allow itself to be absorbed into the blob of the US-centralized power alliance, it’s true of anti-establishment political candidates, and it’s true of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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