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Apr 16 07:55

NOW THEY’RE SHUTTING DOWN EVEN INDEPENDENT SERVERS

For the last 25 years, the only reliable source of news has been the Internet.

Without it, we wouldn’t know even 1% of what we know.

We’ve seen all kinds of attacks on content on social medias platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Now they’re coming after people who run their own INDEPENDENT web servers

“They’re making it up the rules as they go along”

Apr 16 07:53

The Media’s 7 Years of Lies about Julian Assange Won’t Stop Now

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations.

For seven years, we have had to listen to a chorus of journalists, politicians and “experts” telling us that Assange was nothing more than a fugitive from justice, and that the British and Swedish legal systems could be relied on to handle his case in full accordance with the law. Barely a “mainstream” voice was raised in his defence in all that time.

From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. His work as the founder of Wikileaks – a digital platform that for the first time in history gave ordinary people a glimpse into the darkest recesses of the most secure vaults in the deepest of Deep States – was erased from the record.

Apr 16 07:53

Espionage? Computer Crimes? The DOJ’s Cast Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist—and more broadly, a media organization—for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet.

Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest was linked to an indictment and extradition request that was filed many months ago by the United States government.

He was granted political asylum by Ecuador in 2012. His asylum was terminated, and the Ecuador government allowed the British police to enter the embassy to apprehend Assange and load him into a police van.

Apr 16 07:43

Julian Assange is the Latest John Peter Zenger

"Soon after Assange’s arrest on Thursday, the Justice Department unsealed court documents of charges related to WikiLeaks’ publication of videos and documents leaked by US Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning starting in 2010. The indictment alleges that Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Manning to crack a password on a Defense Department computer network for classified documents and communications to download classified records and transmit them to WikiLeaks."

Missing in this bill of indictment are allegations on the leaked Hillary Clinton and John Podesta emails. If this admission of corruption and treason came from a hack, surely they would have been added to the charges. Since the true origins that disclosed the emails needs to be avoided, any claims of seeking the truth have long been abandoned by the elite traitors.

Apr 16 07:40

In 29% White Dallas, TX, New Black District Attorney Reveals Plan to Stop Prosecuting Thefts Under $750 to Help "People of Color" from Being Arrested

As demographic change sweeps away Anglo-rule from Texas, the erosion of the Anglo-American heritage of the judicial system is swift.

Black Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot, who ran on a platform of ending mass incarceration (i.e. stopping police from arresting black and brown criminals) has now introduced sweeping reforms to stop police Dallas County from prosecuting theft of personal items worth less than $750.

All to help “people of color and people who are poor” from going to jail. [Dallas DA reveals plan for ‘ending mass incarceration’ for petty crimes, slashing probation and bail, Dallas News, April 11, 2019]:

Apr 16 07:40

Julian Assange: Political Prisoner

Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system.

Apr 16 07:38

The Fake Charge Against Julian Assange Proves That the US Government Has No Integrity

Let’s be sure that we understand that Assange is not charged with anything related to Russia or Russiagate or even with breaking a law. Assange is charged with being in a conspiracy with Manning “to commit computer intrusion.” The charge is not that Assange succeeded in hacking a government computer and obtaining classified information. It merely says that Assange discussed the possibility with Manning and had an intention to hack a computer. Most likely, even this noncrime is an invention of prosecutors instructed to indict Assange in the absence of any evidence. It is all that they could come up with.

Apr 16 03:34

(*Phony) Liberals and the Attack on Ilhan Omar

The Democrats’ treatment of Ilhan Omar isn’t just shameful. It feeds into the rhetoric of the global far right.
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>>>One doesn’t need to even watch Omar’s full speech — all about how Muslims have been historically marginalized, treated as second-class citizens, and associated with violence — to understand what she was doing with those words: divorcing the murderous actions of a small group of extremists from the lives of a billion ordinary people, in order to point out the unfair treatment Muslims received because of what those few individuals had done.

Unsurprisingly, Omar’s critics here all have histories of anti-Muslim rhetoric>>>

(*"Phony" injected to header rather then replacing the free standing word "Liberals" with the proper culprits title; "Establishment Democrats")

Lawsuit Seeks Answers on Five Men Arrested on 9/11

Apr 16 02:57

'Some Arab rulers killing Muslims; serving US, Zionists'

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has blasted leaders of “certain Islamic nations” for serving Israel and the United States in stark contrast to the teachings of Islam’s holy book, the Qur'an.
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Addressing the closing ceremony of the 36th International Qur'an Contests, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Today, many leaders of Arabic countries are of this kind.”

The Leader noted that some of those rulers “colluded with Israelis and stepped on the blood of Palestinians.”

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Apr 16 02:41

US agrees not to seek death penalty for Assange

The United States has agreed not to seek the death penalty against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in covert negotiations with the UK and Ecuador to get him evicted from the South American country’s embassy in London, US media reported.

The process of moving Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy started a year ago, in March 2018, when the Ecuadorians made their first request to Britain, ABC News reported Monday.

Ecuador made its request in a letter on March 7 of last year, asking for written assurances that the UK would not extradite Assange to a country where he could face the death penalty, the report said, citing US and Ecuadorian officials.

Ecuador's direct outreach to the US came six months later, through the country’s ambassador to Germany, Manuel Mejia Dalmau, according to the report.

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Trump announces presidential award for Woods after Masters win

Apr 16 02:23

TEHRAN (FNA) Time to Ditch US Dollar

The United States government has been using the dollar as a convenient weapon of choice to preserve its global economic and geopolitical position for many decades.

This has been evident through illegal sanctions for Iran, Russia and Venezuela, as well as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

For instance, in the last week, and in a response to a potential passage of the bipartisan No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, known as NOPEC, in Congress that would enable the US Justice Department to sue OPEC for coordinating production, Saudi Arabia threatened to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar. It said the plan had been discussed with OPEC members and that Riyadh had communicated the threat to senior US energy officials. Then later, Riyadh denied the report that it was threatening to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar for passing NOPEC.

The implications of this new development are immense>>>

Apr 16 02:11

Ilhan Omar says death threats increased after Trump tweet

(*she's closer to an assassination attempt then they ever tried to hoax us into beli~eving Trump was!)

Apr 15 18:56

Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Giving Himself ‘Sole Approval’ on Pipelines and Roads

Crosby, Texas — During a day of fundraisers and rallies across Texas, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders intended to speed up the approval process for oil and gas projects. The orders also limit states’ ability to intervene in these projects.

Apr 15 18:55

French Court Rules Monsanto Liable for Farmer’s Health Problems

Paul Francois, 55, said he suffered neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso in 2004. He sued the company arguing that the labeling on the product had been inadequate. Courts ruled in his favor in 2012 and 2015, but France’s top court overturned those rulings and ordered a new hearing.

Apr 15 18:50

Former Pope Benedict Blames Priest’s Abuse On Sexual Revolution of 1960s

In an open letter, the former pope said that the changes ushered in by the 1960s destroyed morality, and created a world where “there could only be relative moral judgments,” and went on to say that this culture has infected the priesthood and is causing them to act immorally.

Apr 15 15:52

Families sue New York City over mandatory measles vaccine order: 5 mothers say the emergency order and threat of $1,000 fine is unlawful, antisemitic, and totalitarian

They say vaccines go against their religious belief that they should not put a foreign body in their or their child's body, and they believe de Blasio's order unfairly targeted Jews.

But the most fiery testimonies came from the patient advocates, including one from Vera Sharav, a child survivor of the Holocaust and former librarian who has become a notorious vocal critic of the medical establishment and vaccines.

In a strongly-worded affidavit, Sharav draws on her personal experience with anti-Semitism to accuse New York City of 'totalitarianism'.

'As a survivor of the Holocaust, I am especially attuned toward recognizing the signs of government overreach,' Sharav writes in her affidavit filed to a Brooklyn court on Monday morning. She adds: 'Dictatorships always invoke "the greater good of society" when they trample individual human rights.'

Apr 15 13:35

Flashback 2017: Panhandling for Notre Dame Cathedral

Iconoclasm?

So what is the attitude to Notre Dame? Though the French state is its owner, it will not spend the money for necessary repairs. The local archbishop does not believe that he can raise the funds to keep this astounding testament to French history and genius locally, from the descendants of those who built it.

Apr 15 12:39

Rob Smith: I’m Gay and Support Mike Pence – Don’t Believe Pete Buttigieg’s Claim That Pence Is Anti-Gay

"I used to think @VP Pence supported “conversion therapy” for gays and lesbians. Then I learned I’d been lied to by the left.

My first piece for @FoxNewsOpinion demolishes this myth Democrats use to instill fear in gays and lesbians." ~ Rob Smith https://twitter.com/robsmithonline/status/1117776824384331777

Apr 15 12:08

US Police Officer Facing Multiple Counts of Raping Dogs - Including His Own K9

The trial of a Louisiana police officer is set for 23 April - all the while he has and will remain on paid administrative leave from the Bossier City Police Department.

Louisiana police officer Terry Yetman has been charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals, and a further 20 counts of filming sexual acts involving animals — one of his canine victims being his own police K9.

Apr 15 12:06

Tough choice! (Cartoon)

Apr 15 12:02

Assange Is A Scapegoat; Distraction For The Scandal-Ridden Ecuadorian Government

As he faces a major corruption probe, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has met another demand from Washington by booting WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange out of Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Times were different when the WikiLeaks founder walked into Ecuador’s London embassy seeking asylum in 2012.

Fearing that his native Australia wouldn’t protect him from extradition to the United States, where he faces imprisonment or even execution, Assange appealed to Ecuador’s then-president Rafael Correa to grant him refuge from “political persecution.”

Ecuador agreed, granting him asylum on the grounds that his “life, safety or personal integrity” could be compromised at any moment.

Having also kicked US troops off its soil just a few years earlier, the tiny South American nation’s gesture was applauded by many, including domestically.

Fast forward seven years, and Ecuador has now handed him over for almost certain extradition.

Apr 15 11:52

4 MYTHS ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE DEBUNKED

“The indictment discusses journalistic practices in the context of a criminal conspiracy: using encryption, making efforts to protect a source’s identity, and source cultivation,” said University of Georgia media law professor Jonathan Peters.

Those practices, he told me, are not only routine and lawful, “they’re best practices for journalists.”

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News organizations now provide secure drop boxes for sources.

They wisely use encryption applications such as Signal to converse with, and receive information from, sources.

That these practices are cast as part of the conspiracy “should worry all journalists, whether or not Assange himself is seen as a journalist,” Peters said.

Apr 15 11:45

Michigan Man SUES His Parents For $86,000 After They 'Destroyed His Massive Porn Stash'

A Michigan man is suing his parents for $86,000, accusing them of throwing out his massive porn collection worth $29,000 after they compared it to crack cocaine.

Apr 15 11:45

Sickening Moment Transgender Woman Is Brutally Beaten By A 'Homophobic' Mob In Broad Daylight In Texas After A Minor Traffic Accident

The upsetting moment a transgender woman was punched and kicked by multiple attackers in broad daylight surrounded by a crowd of onlookers was caught on camera.
The assault on Muhlaysia Booker, 23, occurred after an apparently minor traffic accident outside the Royal Crest Apartments Dallas, Texas.

Apr 15 11:43

Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Across France — and Officials Don’t Know Why

Article is from last month.

France has seen a spate of attacks against Catholic churches since the start of the year, vandalism that has included arson and desecration.

Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.

Apr 15 11:02

Facebook Investors Want To ‘Check Zuckerberg’s Power,’ Oust Him From Company Chair

Facebook’s shareholders are gearing up for a fresh attempt to oust its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, as well as shake up the company’s governance, in the wake of “severe controversies” for the social network.

Documents filed by Facebook to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 12 outline the schedule of business for the company’s annual shareholder meeting at the end of next month, and include eight shareholder proposals. One of these calls for replacing Zuckerberg as company chair with a new independent member, so as to clearly separate the roles of company chair and CEO.

In the filing, stockholders complain that Zuckerberg holds about 60 percent of Facebook’s voting shares, meaning the board has “only a limited ability to check Mr Zuckerberg’s power.”

Apr 15 11:01

Hillary Clinton Claims ‘Make America Great Again’ Is A ‘White Nationalist Slogan’

The loser of the 2016 presidential elections, Hillary Clinton, said Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is a “white nationalist slogan.”

Clinton posted her proclamation to Twitter on Tuesday together with a link to a Huffington Post story claiming that “far-right extremists” have adopted Trump’s red campaign hat.

Along with the story, Clinton insisted that “The white nationalists certainly believe ‘MAGA’ is a white nationalist slogan.”

Apr 15 11:00

Paul Suggests Granting Assange Immunity In Exchange For Congressional Testimony: Report

Julian Assange should be let off the hook for releasing stolen material through his WikiLeaks website if he agrees to testify in person before lawmakers investigating his publication of Democratic Partydocuments, Sen. Rand Paul said in an interview published Wednesday.

“I think that he should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying,” said Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican.

“I think he’s been someone who has released a lot of information, and you can debate whether or not any of that has caused harm, but I think really he has information that is probably pertinent to the hacking of the Democratic emails that would be nice to hear,” Mr. Paul told a writer for The Gateway Pundit site.

Representatives for neither Mr. Assange nor WikiLeaks immediately returned messages seeking comment.

Apr 15 10:53

Woman Posts Her Doctor’s Pic Without His Consent To Sexualize Him, Gets Destroyed In The Comment Section

Twitter user purple goddess shared a pic of her male dermatologist, who she described as “fine as sh*t”. The pic, taken without the knowledge of the doctor, quickly went viral as people demanded to know where they could find the hunky skin specialist.

Apr 15 10:53

The internet scorches Trump for lighthearted tweet about Boeing plane crashes: ‘A whole lot of people died!’

President Donald Trump tweeted out a lighthearted suggestion for “rebranding” the Boeing 737 MAX following two fatal crashes, and other social media users were horrified.

Apr 15 10:50

White House ignores Yemen war foes' meeting request as bill nears Trump's desk

White House staff has stonewalled for more than a week a group of lawmakers asking for a meeting with President Trump in a bid to convince him to sign legislation ending the U.S. role in Yemen's civil war.

Despite an official veto recommendation from White House staff, Trump has continued to appear open-minded, saying Wednesday that the matter was "very serious" and that he would have more to say later.

Sponsors of the legislation believe Trump is willing to sign the bill, but is being told by his staff, led by national security adviser John Bolton, that he should not.

"I feel from some of his statements that he's genuinely conflicted," said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who signed a bipartisan letter seeking a meeting. "I think his advisers are at odds with where he is ... advisers in the administration have their own interests and may not be giving him the full picture."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, the US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, is barbaric, and should be stopped in its tracks.

And on this issue, I can assure you, that history is going to judge you very harshly on your having "doubled down" with the Saudis; and I would like to hope that someone you trust, perhaps, has mentioned to you that the only solution possible here... is not military, but political.

Apr 15 10:49

Scott Adams: Cher’s TDS Cure, Bad Studies, Omar’s Death Threats, Pelosi

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1117790191291211776

The press has nothing that it wants to report right now
Things are going President Trump’s way right now
The press doesn’t seem to support the left’s healthcare plans
Is it because they can’t tell a lie THAT big?
The press can no longer say border security doesn’t matter
CHER tweets about Los Angeles sanctuary city status
Mayor Pete definitely has some charisma
A gay veteran who is also smart, with clever empty statements
Andrew Yang goes full racist and gets away with it
Says he’s an Asian that likes math…Is that racist against whites?
Myth: Moderate drinking is good for you
People who aren’t alcoholics…live longer
Doesn’t mean booze is good for you
Myth: Women are attracted to guys that are jerks
Myth: Men are attracted to women who are the “B” word

Apr 15 10:28

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse.

The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war.

American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the nuclear superpowers need to talk more. A foundational arms control agreement is being abandoned and the last major limitation on strategic nuclear weapons could go away in less than two years. Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms.

"During the Cold War, we understood each other's signals. We talked," says the top NATO commander in Europe, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is about to retire. "I'm concerned that we don't know them as well today."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These men should be meeting weekly, so that everyone understands what is going on and why, so that the possibility of a all-our war becomes minimized through miscommunication, or "glitch".

There has to be a military version of "Skype" which can be used by both the US and Russians.

Apr 15 10:17

Republican Senator Smacks Down Dems’ Call for Trump Tax Release: ‘It Must Really Suck To Be That Dumb’

Democrats who insist on seeing President Trump’s tax returns might not want to cross paths with Sen. John Kennedy.
The Louisiana Republican known for speaking his mind didn’t pull any punches during a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Apr 15 10:17

Warren’s Old Voter Records Were Just Dug Up… And They Could Tank Her Chance at the Nomination

In the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 race, there’s no denying that Elizabeth Warren has staked out a lane on the far left.
The woman who created the Obama-era Consumer Finance Protection Bureau — one of the loudest proponents of super-taxing American millionaires just for having the temerity to make a lot of money — is almost as well known for being a class warrior as she is for pretending to be a Native American.

Apr 15 10:07

They say the U.S. economy is booming. Wall Street is hitting new highs. And yet, if you're like many Americans, something feels wrong

You feel it, deep in your gut. This is not the America that it used to be. And anger on both sides is rising as we head into the 2020 presidential election.

What's at stake?
The Future of America.

Press play in the video below to learn more about this serious situation from folks including Dr. Ron Paul, Congressman Thomas Massie, Fed insider Danielle DiMartino Booth, and more...

Apr 15 10:05

Displaced Syrians Leaving Rukban Camp Say US Occupation Forces Starved Thousands of Camp Residents

A new batch of displaced Syrians on Saturday left al-Rukban Camp in al-Tanf area near the Syrian-Jordanian borders and arrived in Jleigem corridor so as to be transferred to makeshift centers in Homs.

The process comes within the framework of the Syrian State's efforts to end the tragedy of tens of thousands of displaced citizens who have been trapped for years in the Rukban camp by US occupation forces and their affiliated terrorists positioned in al-Tanf.

SANA reporter said that tens of displaced families, most of them children, women and elderly, arrived Saturday noon at Jleigem corridor on board of trucks and tractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not the first time the American military have been criticized for their handling of displace Syrians at this particular camp.


UN Official: Conditions in Syrian Rukban Camp Throwback to 'Stone Age'

RUSSIA CLAIMS U.S. HOLDING REFUGEE CAMP ‘HOSTAGE’ TO STAY IN SYRIA AFTER DONALD TRUMP CHANGES HIS MIND AGAIN ON LEAVING

Apr 15 09:50

PHOTOS OF NEW YORKERS STANDING FOR ASSANGE

.@ggreenwald says Julian Assange is not American and Wikileaks is a foreign-based news organization. "So the idea that the U.S. government can just extend its reach to any news outlet anywhere in the world and criminalize publication of documents … is extremely chilling.”

Apr 15 09:37

Sickening Moment Transgender Woman Is Brutally Beaten By A 'Homophobic' Mob In Broad Daylight In Texas After A Minor Traffic Accident

Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to belittle Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's affiliation with a progressive group in Congress in a new interview.
In the sit-down with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes on Sunday, the 79-year-old Pelosi was asked about pushback she received from the left-wing of her own party.

Apr 15 09:37

I'm Here To 'Tell A Different Story Than Make America Great Again': Pete Buttigieg Officially Announces That He Is Running For President In 2020 - Making Him The First Openly Gay Candidate To Seek White House

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a breakout star of the 2020 campaign, formally launched his presidential bid on Sunday with a criticism of President Donald Trump's vision for the future of America.

Apr 15 09:06

THE US GOVERNMENT WON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR DEFINITION OF JOURNALISM AFTER THE ASSANGE PRECEDENT IS SET

So in the past few days, editorials like this one from free press avatar Peter Greste have popped up all over the place with their own definitions of what journalism is in order to argue why that label can’t possibly apply to Assange. All of these definitions ultimately boil down to the argument that because Assange doesn’t publish leaks in a way that they feel journalism ought to be practiced, it isn’t journalism and therefore sets no legal precedent for journalists around the world. As though the US government is going to be consulting their feelings about what specifically constitutes journalism the next time they decide to imprison a journalist for doing what Assange did.

Apr 15 09:03

SECRET REPORT REVEALS SAUDI INCOMPETENCE AND WIDESPREAD USE OF U.S. WEAPONS IN YEMEN

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
SINCE THE BRUTAL murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi last October, Congress has increasingly pressured the Trump administration to stop backing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen and halt U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. In response, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that if the U.S. does not sell weapons to the Saudis, they will turn to U.S. adversaries to supply their arsenals.

“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States,” Trump told reporters in October, referring to a collection of intent letters signed with the Saudis in the early months of his presidency. “You know what they are going to do? They’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, is what happens when a country elects a Merchant of Death in Chief, who also happens to be the President of the US.

It is also unfortunate, that he has placed every citizen of this country, into the category of being a citizen of a government which commits war crimes, as has happened, and will continue to keep happening, in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Yemen.

Apr 15 08:55

ASSANGE USED EMBASSY FOR 'SPYING', SAYS ECUADOR PRESIDENT

The Ecuadoran president has defended his decision to withdraw Julian Assange's asylum status, saying that the WikiLeaks founder had tried to set up a "spying centre" from the diplomatic mission in London.

"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states," Lenin Moreno told The Guardian newspaper on Sunday.

"We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its door to become a centre for spying. Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on international law."

On Thursday, UK police announced the arrest of Assange following the Ecuadoran government's "withdrawal of asylum".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND... of course, his "proof"... is non-existent.

So here is the hard, unvarnished truth:Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion – Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange

The article goes on to state: "Correa said that there is evidence of the agreement and that Moreno, whom Correa selected at his successor, has promised to “hand over” Assange in a 2017 meeting with Paul Manafort, former US campaign chief to Donald Trump.

Former President Correa, who broke with Moreno, also commented on visits to Ecuador by US Vice President Mike Pence.

At these times, Moreno would have promised to “help isolate Venezuela, leave the Chevron oil corporation, a company that destroyed half of the Amazon rainforest, unpunished, and to deliver Assange.”

Last month, the IMF announced approval of a $4.2 billion loan to Ecuador. The first installment, of $652 million, has already been paid.

Correa suspects that the Ecuadorian president made the decision to withdraw Assange’s asylum after WikiLeaks published documents about Moreno’s alleged relationship with a failing company, INA Papers.

The former president pointed out that the company INA Papers was registered in 2012, when Moreno was still its vice president."

Timing of such acts are never, ever "coincidence".

Apr 15 08:48

JAPAN STARTS FUEL REMOVAL FROM NUCLEAR PLANT

The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a building housing one of the reactors that melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Remotely controlled equipment is lifting fuel rods from a storage pool near reactor number three.

The delicate work at the contaminated site is expected to take two years.

The next phase of the huge clean-up at reactor three will be to remove molten nuclear fuel that remains deep inside.

A spokeswoman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the operation to remove the fuel had been delayed by earthquake debris inside the building as well as other technical issues.

Reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant were damaged by hydrogen explosions caused by the earthquake and tsunami. Three reactors melted down.

Apr 15 08:34

US MILITARY ATTACK ON VENEZUELA MULLED BY TOP TRUMP ADVISORS AND LATIN AMERICAN OFFICIALS AT PRIVATE DC MEETING

EXCLUSIVE: AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC EYE, THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) THINK TANK HOSTED A TOP-LEVEL, OFF-THE-RECORD MEETING TO EXPLORE US MILITARY OPTIONS AGAINST VENEZUELA.
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL

The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a private roundtable on April 10 called “Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela.” A list of attendees was provided to The Grayzone and two participants confirmed the meeting took place. They refused to offer any further detail, however.

A WHO’S WHO OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION COUP ADVISERS

The CSIS check-in list not only confirms that the Trump administration and its outside advisors are mulling options for a military assault on Venezuela; it also outlines the cast of characters involved in crafting the regime change operation against the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, please: a word.

Have you and your colleagues in this ill-considered potential assault on Venezuela, collectively imbibed the "Koolaid" to the point where you believe that a military assault on Venezuela is both a "reasonable and moral thing" for the US government and military to do?!?

Forgive me, sir, but the candidate Trump spoke of ending these horrific wars, largely to be in control of of the world's petroleum resources; and now, as President Trump, it appears to those of us who actually believed this just might happen, understand, very clearly, that it will not happen, now that you have well and truly been "absorbed" by the Neocon Borg.

Not only are these immoral, illegal wars going to continue, under your watch, but new wars are going to be started in the name American dollar hegemony, and in terms of this Venezuela is an absolute prize. As stated at Google:

"The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014. ... The energy and oil ministry said it had certified an additional 12.4 billion barrels (2.0×109 m3) of proven reserves in the country's Faja del Orinoco region."

As you are aware, there are Chinese and Russian troops in place in Venezuela right now, working to protect the infrastructure as best they can, and working with the Venezuelan "top brass" in terms of protecting the country from any possible invasion from the US.

Sir, forgive me, but if your alleged "experts" here have any sense, at all, they will paraphrase what my late Grandmother used to say, if things were out of control, and there was nothing to be done, and that phrase was "The horse is already out of the barn!!"

Mr. President, when Guaido faltered, and was unable to rally the Venezuelan people to his side, the US government and military "lost the window" of opportunity for such an action. (And sir, is THIS the best our "intelligence community" could have possibly come up with?!?
The Making of Juan Guaido IF true, they should be fired, en masse!!

The American government and military could have possibly "gotten away" with an action like this, even through the 70s, or 80s; however, at this point in the 21st century, let me tell you what you are facing; and sir, forgive me, but an invasion of Venezuela is going to earn you "The Mother of All Backlashes".

1. Venezuela has never done anything to the US to warrant an invasion; it is a sovereign country where its financial woes, including a collapse in oil prices; political intrigue, and mismanagement of funds and infrastructure, coupled with US sanctions, are primarily responsible for its horrific economic situation today.

2. In light of the fact that we would be invading a sovereign country where Chinese and Russian troops are already on the ground, any attack on Chinese or Russian assets, would be tantamount to an attack against China and Russia, leaving them little choice but to react in kind. And I hope you ask yourself; would a war for Venezuela's oil reserves really be worth World War III?!?

3. Because of a lack of troop strength, the US government would be forced to go back to imposing a draft, to the anger and outrage of the American people.
And I would ad this caveat: the "booming economy" you have been touting, since nearly the beginning of your presidency, has been great for the one percenters; but not so great for a lot of the rest of us. Financial wrangling with China over trade has absolutely crucified smaller farmers here in the US, and they will not soon forget it.

4. I would very much like to remind you, sir: we cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. The lessons of Vietnam can only be overlooked at this country's peril; any military advisors who tells you differently, are not telling you the truth.

5. The optics of such an invasion will be horrific, internationally, and the question will be asked; How could a country which holds itself in the highest moral esteem, and is perpetually in a state of self-congratulations for making good, just,and ethical decisions about foreign policy, have transformed into this rapacious, war-mongering, lunatic asylum, in which the inmates have, well and truly, taken over the asylum?!?

Mr. President, please, before it is too late, and the die is cast, abandon this course of action. Let us, for once, be "on the right side of history" by preventing this "Warmageddon" in Venezuela.

With all the US-generated hot spots around the world, where the US government is desperately trying to look like it has had a military "win", but really has not, this country has enough fires raging, geopolitically, before we set another one alight.

Apr 15 08:28

Uber Driver Stops The Car To Leave This Woman In The Middle Of The Road After Learning She’s Going To Abortion Clinic

January 22nd marked the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe. v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion across the United States, but as we come closer to a half-century of this court decision across the nation states are passing legislation to reverse the right. Ohio passed a “heartbeat” bill in April which bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, becoming the third state to do so after Kentucky and Mississippi.

Apr 15 08:28

Sexist Internet Trolls Started Harassing Katie Bouman, The Scientist Behind The Viral Black Hole Pic, Her Male Colleague Stood Up For Her

It was the smile that was seen all around the world – a look of pure giddiness over a monumental discovery – of something bigger than our solar system or our sun. Twenty-nine-year-old computer scientist Katie Bouman and along with four other teams had captured the first photo of a black hole and her joyful expression said it all. Bauman soon to be an assistant professor at Caltech, first posted the photo on her Facebook, which was screenshotted and sent a massive ripple across the internet. Soon she unwittingly became “face” of the discovery, with outlets even writing pieces on her – but some people were not happy.

Apr 15 08:26

Tornadoes kill at least 5 as massive storm sweeps US South

Weekend tornadoes killed at least five people, including three children, in the US South, authorities said on Sunday, as a massive storm system with damaging wind and hail moved across the country and began drenching East Coast states.
A tornado touched down and spun toward Enigma, Georgia, on Sunday, after 17 twisters were reported on Saturday and earlier on Sunday across the South from Texas to Alabama.

Apr 15 08:19

Buttigieg calls for 'a new American spring' in campaign launch

American Spring? I think we know who this fellow is working for.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., on Sunday officially launched his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, calling for "a new American spring."

Apr 15 08:15

What's behind the surging interest in Pete Buttigieg

You can't make this stuff up. The Headline is almost obscene.

CNN)It looks like Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- a married, gay millennial whom few voters had heard of until a few months ago -- now has a real shot at the Democratic nomination. Who would have thought that the mayor of South Bend, the fourth largest city in Indiana, could compete in one of the most crowded primary fields ever? Buttigieg, who is expected to formally launch his campaign Sunday, has emerged as a formidable candidate.

Apr 15 08:11

John Bolton Took Money From Banks Tied To Cartels, Terrorists, Iran

On June 12, 2018 The Washington Post ran an overlooked story where they disclosed that National Security Advisor John Bolton had accepted money from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Deutsche Bank and HSBC to return for his participation in speeches and panel discussions. These three entities have been linked to various kinds of corruption including sanctions evasion for Iran, money laundering on behalf of drug cartels, provision of banking services to backers of Islamic terror organizations and controversial donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Apr 15 08:04

FRIGHTENING FREQUENCIES: THE DANGERS OF 5G & WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM

By Jody McCutcheon

As the old saying goes, give us an inch and inevitably we’ll want a mile. And certainly, this sentiment is true with technology.

Who doesn’t want faster, bigger (or smaller), more efficient? Take wireless mobile telecommunications. Our current broadband cellular network platform, 4G (or fourth generation), allows us to transmit data faster than 3G and everything that preceded. We can access information faster now than ever before in history. What more could we want? Oh, yes, transmission speeds powerful enough to accommodate the (rather horrifying) so-called Internet of Things. Which brings us to 5G.

Apr 15 07:40

Ground Beef Alert: E. Coli Outbreak and Three Recalls You Need to Know About

If you have any ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer, there are three serious alerts you need to know about.

The first is an expanding E. coli outbreak.

Apr 15 07:22

Roman Catholicism and Zionism Are Irreconcilable:

(Guest column by a Catholic seminarian at DCDave.com)

Apr 15 06:56

U.S. Gov’t Dodges Statute of Limitations Issue by Treating Assange Like a ‘Terrorist’

Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London on Thursday morning. Assange was handed over to English authorities on charges of skipping bail and at the behest of U.S. federal prosecutors who have charged him with a conspiracy to facilitate the hacking of a Department of Defense computer. But how is it that Assange has been charged with conspiracy — when the statute of limitations for it is five years and the alleged offense dates back to 2010? Enter the government’s magic word here: “terrorism

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Apr 15 06:52

4 MYTHS ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE DEBUNKED

The indictment, and some of the commentary it engendered, also makes much of the fact that Assange offered to try to crack a computer password for Manning. The Department of Justice claims that this action amounted to Assange engaging in a “hacking” conspiracy. Even some independent commentators have suggested that it went beyond the bounds of legitimate journalism—and the protections of the First Amendment.

But did it? On Thursday, my colleague Raffi Khachaturian, who has written extensively about Assange, pointed out that, as of now, it looks like Assange didn’t do much, if anything, to crack the password once Manning sent the encrypted version. Khachaturian also pointed out that federal prosecutors have known about this text exchange for many years, and yet the Obama Administration didn’t bring any charges. “As evidence of a conspiracy,” Khachaturian writes, “the exchange is thin gruel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Assange is convicted, it will be a death-knell for responsible, independent journalism everywhere.

And please remember; there has never been an article disproven which Assange leaked to the public. What he did was "an embarrassment" to the people in power, and that, is was unforgivable sin.

Addressing that issue, was a marvelous article, yesterday, by zerohedge.com:

Julian Assange is Guilty of Only one thing: revealing the evil soul of US Imperialism.

Apr 15 06:48

Colorado adopts ‘red flag’ gun law to take guns away from those deemed a ‘threat’ — sheriff says he will not enforce it

Colorado became the fifteenth state to adopt a ‘red flag’ gun law on Monday which allows individuals to be flagged by household members or acquaintances who file a court order much like a restraining order deeming the person a threat which will subsequently lead to that person getting raided by police for complete disarmament.

Apr 15 06:41

WORKERS FIND DOZENS OF ALLEGED SECRET GRAVES AT JUVENILE INSTITUTION WHERE BOYS WERE TORTURED, RAPED

Workers preparing to cleanup a fuel storage site near the infamous Dozier reform school—Florida’s first juvenile justice institution—discovered something far worse then pollution. Evidence of more than two dozen “clandestine” child graves was discovered as workers tested the ground.

Shockingly enough, this is the second time secret graves for tortured and raped children have been found nearby the school.

A report out of the Miami Herald detailed the horrific discovery this week:

A company hired to evaluate underground storage tanks adjacent to the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna performed a series of ground-penetrating radar tests on a parcel a little less than 500 feet from what is called the Boot Hill Cemetery at Dozier, an infamous youth prison linked to more than a century of chilling abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A society can be judged by how it treats the most fragile members; but the question in my mind is, how in the name of heaven did these kids wind up in one of the most reprehensibly abusive environments to which they could have possibly been sent, with absolutely no one to advocate for them ?!?

My bet is that most of them were poor, and with no cohesive family around them.

Does any child on this planet, even if they may have been "acting out" , deserve this?!? The short answer is, HELL no!

And yet, we see the pattern emerging over and over, where the rich and powerful believe that they have the "right" to indulge in these horrific behaviours because they are "different" from the the rest of us, and tend to come out of legal situations relating to this kind of behaviour, with barely the proverbial "slap on the wrist". If anyone wants any proof of this, I submit to you the trial of Jeffrey Epstein last year.

Jeffrey Epstein: sex offender reaches settlement, averting victim testimonies

I would suggest that these "testimonies" would have gotten Epstein locked away for a long, long time;, but in this country, as elsewhere, money and power buys a lot of law-breaking and impunity; that is simply the reality.

Apr 15 06:38

North Korea's Kim Jong Un gives U.S. to year-end to become more flexible

(*good luck with that one !)

Apr 15 06:20

TRACKING PHONES, GOOGLE IS A DRAGNET FOR THE POLICE

echnology companies have for years responded to court orders for specific users’ information. The new warrants go further, suggesting possible suspects and witnesses in the absence of other clues. Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices.

Law enforcement officials described the method as exciting, but cautioned that it was just one tool.

“It doesn’t pop out the answer like a ticker tape, saying this guy’s guilty,” said Gary Ernsdorff, a senior prosecutor in Washington State who has worked on several cases involving these warrants. Potential suspects must still be fully investigated, he added. “We’re not going to charge anybody just because Google said they were there.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

it appears the Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been seamlessly integrated into a surveillance grid of Orwellian proportions.

So now, the Unhinged,Disjunct State of Amerika has 4 branches; Judicial, Legislative, Executive, and Surveillance.

Apr 15 06:08

Why Isn’t The Democratic Party Leadership Coming To Ilhan Omar’s Defense?

The leadership of the Democratic Party is not coming to the defense of Rep. Omar because Ilhan Omar is a liberal. And let me tell you, the leadership of the Democratic Party has kept liberals twisting in the wind since forever.
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The Republicans are attempting to tag the Democratic Party as the party of Muslims and to imply that it makes the party unpatriotic and anti-Semitic. The prominence of Ilhan Omar and her searing leftwing critiques of the miserable status quo are seen by Trump and Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell as an opportunity to Mondalize the Democrats.
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If the Democratic leadership were smart, they’d come out vocally in Omar’s defense and do a photo op with her at one of her events for the working class or for the 9/11 firest responders. She cares about those people, she is from poverty and displacement. She is authentic. The Democratic leadership is tied to corporations and big banks and big money. If they run on that, as they did in 2016, Trump will have them for lunch.

(*whatever it takes to keep Trump to the Right and Pelosi to the Left of Netanyahu's Center !)

How the left also dehumanises Palestinians in Gaza

Apr 15 05:42

Trump campaign has unrivalled funds before US election

Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised more than his two main Democratic rivals combined in 2019's first quarter.

SOURCE: AP NEWS AGENCY>>>

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