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Nov 30 08:46

US urging a no vote on a Russian-led UN resolution calling for a global cybercrime treaty

The U.S. and its Western allies are urging opposition to a Russian-led resolution at the United Nations that they warn is a thinly veiled effort to create global norms that endorse state control of the internet.

The resolution, to be voted on Monday, would pave the way for a new global treaty on cybercrime. Though the resolution itself is worded innocuously, the U.S., its allies and human rights groups see it as an opportunity for countries such as Russia and China to create a U.N.-approved standard that would permit the blocking of websites deemed critical of government authorities and the use of digital technologies to monitor dissidents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely hysterically ironic this is, when Facebook and Google are already deplatforming websites the US government doesn't want either the American- or international - public to see!!

This is simply "No one controls the internet except the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, DAMMIT!!!", writ large.

Nov 30 08:40

Maduro Says US, Colombia Prepare Provocation, Mobilises Venezuelan Army

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had information that Colombia and the United States were planning a provocation on the Bolivarian Republic's western border and called on all staff of the country's armed forces to be prepared for battle.

"I have information that Colombia, together with the US Southern Command are planning to launch another provocation at the Venezuelan border with Colombia. All staff of Venezuela's armed forces must be combat ready", Maduro said on Friday during his meeting with the country's transportation employees broadcast via Twitter.

The president added that the provocations served to incite a military conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia border in order to draw attention away from the protests taking place in Colombia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope like hell Maduro is wrong in his assessment here; that being said, however, given the probable attempted assassination attempt on his life last year Potential assassination attempt made on Venezuela's President Maduro, August 2018, I don't blame the guy for getting more than a little bit concerned here.

Nov 30 08:34

Turkey refusing to sign NATO defense plan for the Baltics, pressing alliance to label Syria’s Kurds as ‘terrorists’ – report

Ankara has reportedly been blackmailing NATO, refusing to sign the proposed defense plan for the Baltics and Poland unless the alliance officially recognizes Kurdish-led militia in northern Syria as a “terrorist group.”
Agreeing on a new NATO defense plan for the eastern European countries has escalated from a formality into a true diplomatic battle, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing four senior sources within the bloc.

“[The Turks) are taking eastern Europeans hostage, blocking approval of this military planning until they get concessions,” one of the sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is about to get awkward, in the extreme.

Because of its geography, NATO needs Turkey; however, Turkey is beginning to move more and more toward the orbit of the Russian Federation.

This argument may not end well for NATO.

Nov 30 08:29

WORLDThree people wounded in stabbing attack in The Hague, Dutch police sayThe bloody assault happened in a busy shopping district, filled with holiday shoppers.

Three people were wounded Friday night during a stabbing attack in a shopping district crowded with bargain hunters in The Hague, Dutch police said.

Police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that it was still too early to say whether a terror motive was to blame for the attack.

All three victims are minors, officials said. They were treated and released from the hospital Friday night, police said.

First responders from the city's emergency services unit rushed to the scene in the Grote Markt district of the historic city, said police, who first reported the incident about 8:20 p.m.

The attacker appeared to be a man wearing a gray jogging suit, between the ages of 45 and 50, police said. The neighborhood was busy with Black Friday shoppers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, events like this (in Europe and the UK) will continue to happen, until and unless the governments of both Europe and the UK put an immediate stop to the unfettered immigration which has been allowed to continue, in these governments' frenzied "homage" to George Soros, and his money.

I would, instead of encouraging immigrants to Europe and the UK, that these immigrants were given maps of every Soros' owned property, and were convinced that "Uncle George would let them stay at these sites, until they got on their own feet."

I am very concerned about similar incidents during Chanukah (Dec 22- 30th, this year), and very close to Christmas, which this year falls on Wednesday, 25 December.

I think that all the people on this planet who practice tolerance, desire peace, freedom, and a desire to practice their religion as they see fit (or are not religious), need to watch each others' backs right now big-time.

Nov 30 07:27

STUNNING! Globalist Angela Merkel to German Parliament: We Have to Take Away your Freedom of Speech or We Won’t Be Free

Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered an emotional speech to the German Budestag this week on the need for limiting freedom of speech.

Merkel is the current globalist leader on the international stage.

Merkel argued that the government must take away freedom of speech to save freedom of speech, or something.

Angela Merkel: For those who claim they can no longer express their opinion, I say this to them: If you express and pronounced opinion, you must live with the fact that you will be contradicted. Expressing an opinion does not come at zero cost. But freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise our society will no longer be the free society that it was.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is always the first casualty of wars, particularly in culture wars, which is precisely what is happening now in the UK and Europe.

And I must politely suggest to Chancellor Merkel, that she is presiding over a nation which, because of her and Germany's immigration system, that voters are going to lurch way far to the right in the next general election, and she, and her government, will only have themselves to blame when it happens.

Nov 30 07:03

OFFICER CHARGED WITH FELONY MURDER NOW FACING SEVEN MORE CHARGES OVER DEADLY NO-KNOCK RAID

OURCE: TECH DIRT
The botched drug raid in Houston that left two homeowners dead and one cop paralyzed from the waist down has resulted in additional criminal charges… against the cops.
Officer Gerald Goines -- already facing felony murder charges for the raid that left Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle dead -- claimed an informant purchased heroin from Tuttle and saw guns in the house. One no-knock raid later, Nicholas and Tuttle were dead, killed by cops whose actions were set in motion by a warrant affidavit full of lies.

The heroin supposedly sold to Goines’ informant? Pulled from the console of Goines’ cruiser. The controlled buy didn’t happen either. No one has been able to locate the informant Goines claimed saw heroin and guns in the Tuttle residence. As a result, more than 1,400 cases Goines had a hand in have been placed under review. Two dozen have already been dismissed. The DA’s office and the FBI have also opened their own investigations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a number of good cops in this country; I know, because a very dear family member who used serve in this manner, and is now retired.

But when the "lust for a bust" overcomes the logic, and the "evidence" in a case, that is where a raid like the above-described can go "mammary glands vertical" in a heartbeat.

Nov 30 06:56

GARDASIL : THE ANTICANCER VACCINATION THAT INCREASES THE RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN

SOURCE: AGORAVOX.FR
BY GÉRARD DELÉPINE, MD, ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON/ONCOLOGIST/STATISTICIAN
English translation by Steve Hinks steve@hinksfamily.co.uk . In 2015 co-founded the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) share huge amounts of information obtained in particular by Freedom of Information Act requests and Parliamentary questions.

http://docteur.nicoledelepine.fr/

Open letter to parliamentarians, and to all citizens.

BE CAREFUL. While many doctors, foreign and French, citizens, patients sometimes victims, have been trying to inform for many years about the uselessness and the risks of the HPV vaccine, a new offensive of the pharmaceutical lobbies led again some MPs to try to introduce laws to make it a compulsory vaccination, already probably the most widespread in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please have this article with you, when you next go to your kid's checkup, and make sure you hand them this article, if they are talking about an HPV vaccination, or email it to them as an attachment before the appointment.

Ask them where the numbers or logic is flawed.

And remember; although there are some drugs which do help people heal, the pharmaceutical model is not really about healing, but about the bottom line for their shareholders.

Nov 30 06:49

IRAQ PM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION AFTER 40 PROTESTERS KILLED ON SINGLE DEADLIEST DAY

After two months of anti-corruption and anti-government protests have rocked Iraq, resulting in a death toll into the hundreds as the unrest turns increasingly sectarian and which has included the burning of two Iranian consulates, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he will resign.

He announced in an official statement put out by his office that he will submit his resignation to parliament after the country’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, suddenly pulled support, telling the nation in a Friday sermon that parliament should “reconsider its options” after putting Mahdi in power in the first place.

The subsequent statement signed by Abdul Mahdi indicated the following:

In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps with this development, Iraqis will feel that they have at least a modicum of control over their government, but it has come at a great cost, with a terrible loss of life.

One has to wonder who the next US-Centric "bag man" will be put in place by the US government, or to what degree this may be possible, after Mahdi's resignation.

Nov 29 11:57

Black Mob Attacks White Actress and Her Friends in New York City, Shout Anti-White Language During the Assault

The story of what happened to white actress Jennifer Agostini and her friend in New York City has received virtually no media. She and her friend were attacked by a group 10-15 blacks who shouted, “white motherf—ers,” “dirty white b—-es” and “f—k those white b—-es and their money.”

Nov 29 06:52

The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements

t is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, "consistent" with international law.

US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President Donald Trump has unleashed a total and complete reversal of his country’s foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel.

Let us not have any illusion regarding the American approach to the so-called ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ prior to Trump’s Presidency. The US has never, not even once, stood up for Palestinians or Arabs since the establishment of the State of Israel over the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948. Moreover, Washington has bankrolled the Israeli occupation of Palestine in every possible way, including the subsidizing of the illegal Jewish settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

International law, and US law relating to Israel, is a "pick and choose" affair, writ large, by the American government.

According to the Symington Amendment to the Constitution, any country which refuses to join the NPPT, and will not allow its nuclear sites to be inspected, should get utterly no US aid, either militarily, or financially; when it comes to Israel, however, that requirement is flagged, and all bets are off, making Israel the most intense recipient of US foreign aid, both military and financial.

And no matter HOW much aid is given, it is "never enough" to suit either Israel's politicians or military personnel.

Nov 29 06:45

'You can’t knock on their door': Israel strikes some Gaza targets without checking for civilians in real time

Two weeks since the air force attack in Deir el-Balah that killed nine members of the Sawarkah family, who were living in a structure that the army had defined as an Islamic Jihad “terror infrastructure,” the Israel Defense Forces are still investigating why the green light to bomb the building wasn’t based on updated information.

But an inquiry conducted by Haaretz shows that this conduct isn’t unusual. According to sources in the defense establishment, the IDF often bombs terror targets in Gaza that were included in its target bank long before the strike without checking in real time whether there are civilians at the site or whether the site has been converted into residences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality is that members of the IDF have absolutely no qualms about killing innocent civilians; it is just when they get caught doing it, that there is just the slightest glimmer of embarrassment, that they couldn't murder more of them than they did in any particular incident.

Nov 29 06:32

Analysts Stunned After Lagarde Demands "Key Role" For The ECB In Climate Change

Having failed miserably to "trickle down" stock market wealth for a decade as was their intention, something Ben Bernanke made clear in his Nov 4, 2010 WaPo op-ed, central banks have moved on to more noble causes.

Over the weekend Minneapolis Fed chair Neil Kashkari suggested it was time to allow central banks to directly decide how to redistribute wealth, stating unironically that "monetary policy can play the kind of redistributing role once thought to be the preserve of elected officials", apparently failing to realize that the Fed is not made up of elected officials but unelected academics and establishment pawns who serve the bidding of the Fed's commercial bank owners (in hopes of getting a job at Citadel once they quit).

However, in lieu of deciding who should be poor and who should be rich, central bankers are happy to settle with merely fixing the climate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Christine Lagarde gone completely, stark-raving, barking-dog mad, to make these demands, in light of the absence of hard science proving global warming, so she wants central bankers to approach climate issues as a religion instead?!?

Nov 29 05:56

Iran, China, & Russia Gear Up For Unprecedented War Games In "Message To The World"

Just as Americans were gearing up for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday Iranian officials announced they will send a "message to the world" by holding unprecedented war games with partner forces Russia in China in the Indian Ocean.

Semi-official Mehr news agency cited Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Wedneday to reveal the "mass war drills" will held at some point next month or the "near future" in a historic first, and as the three unlikely allies find themselves facing ramped up Washington sanctions and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) President Trump, a word, please.

Have you noticed that your foreign policies appear to driving other countries very far away from the American sphere of influence, and into the spheres of influence of both Russia and China?!?

I have a very hard time, believing that such was the design intent of your foreign policies.

And sir, if this doesn't disturb you, I must confess, that the hairs on the back of my neck are attempting to breakdance, a very unusual situation for my hair, in learning of these exercises.

Nov 29 05:50

Here Are More US Tech Giants Propping Up China's Vast Surveillance State

A bombshell follow-up report to a major document leak which confirmed and detailed China's vast Uyghur Muslim Xinjiang prison network and system for monitoring communications and whereabouts has named names. Names that is, of US tech giants that are actually aiding and abetting China’s multibillion-dollar surveillance industry being used to impose a total electronic police state on the communist country. And it's not just Google and IBM, but a growing list of recognizable names.

"U.S. companies, including Seagate Technology PLC, Western Digital Corp. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., have nurtured, courted and profited from China’s surveillance industry," the scathing report begins. "Several have been involved since the industry’s infancy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is disturbing, but in American business practices, and in its "morality" money trumps every other moral issue and consequence.

Nov 29 05:33

China Folds: For All Its Bluster, Beijing Does Nothing After Trump Signs HK Bill

Just a few hours after Trump called China's bluff on the Hong Kong bill, it appears the US president won the pot.

After launching a stern verbal protest overnight in which China's Foreign Ministry said that it would take strong countermeasures if the US continues to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy after Trump signed the Bill that supports HK protesters, adding that US attempts to interfere in HK are doomed to fail, Beijing has done nothing really, and instead left the door open for a trade deal with the U.S., confirming again that China needs the trade deal with the US just as much as Trump, if not more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the caveat, here, would be; China hasn't done anything YET; please remember, President Trump signed this into law last Wednesday; it is barely Friday morning, from where I sit, and Chinese leadership may have some concepts about timing what they are actually going to do, to get a better deal with US trade.

Nov 28 15:45

Seattle is Dying

KOMO's Eric Johnson explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on our city and possible solutions in "Seattle is Dying."

Nov 28 13:19

California Plans to Hike Tax on Legal Marijuana, Threatening New Market With Rapid Extinction

Free Enterprise will always beat over-regulated,over taxed Capitalism. $3 out of every $4 spent on Cannabis in Cali go to the black market growers.

The Golden State’s marijuana tax schemes are already threatening the new market with rapid extinction, despite the promises that the revenues from the legalized pot would create a veritable Utopia.

California has long expected to be the world’s crown jewel of cannabis sales. Although estimates vary, most of Wall Street expects California to generate $10 billion to $11 billion in annual sales by 2030. Yet, in the state’s first full year of recreational marijuana sales, California’s total pot revenue declined. In 2017, when California only sold medical marijuana, sales hit roughly $3 billion. Then, in 2018, with both recreational and medical cannabis available, statewide sales plunged $500 million to $2.5 billion. A big reason for this drop is that California has been taxing the daylights out of its consumers.

Nov 28 08:20

Scathing Reports Document Worker Abuses At Amazon Warehouses Just In Time For Holiday Rush

Amazon has repeatedly insisted that reports about the allegedly terrible working conditions in its "fulfillment center" warehouses are overblown, and that it's workers are treated no differently than any other warehouse worker. To try and save face, Amazon announced last year that it would hike pay to at least $15 for thousands of workers in its warehouses and elsewhere.

But the abuses have apparently continued, and a series of reports released just days before the beginning of the holiday shopping season highlighted Amazon's abuses of both its workers and the public welfare system.

The report that drew the most attention was a joint project between the Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic which found that Amazon warehouse workers are seriously injured on the job at twice the rate of other warehouse workers - likely a factor of Amazon's demanding conditions.

Nov 28 08:18

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many US intelligence assets are on the ground in Iraq and Iran right now, attempting to create mischief.

Nov 28 08:15

China May Put US Lawmakers On "No-Entry List" In Retaliation For Hong Kong Bill

Global Times editor-in-chief and notorious twitter troll, Hu Xijin ,tweeted Thursday that China is considering adding those who drafted the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy Act into law on a no-entry list, banning them from traveling to China's mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, if true, that didn't take long; of course, President Trump has considered all the facts and potential repercussions of this act before he signed this legislation, right?!?

Right?!?

Because from where I sit, in the dead middle of Indiana, in signing this, he, and his administration, have demonstrated a catastrophic failure of imagination.

Nov 28 08:02

Are We on the Path to War? – Middle East Heats Up While Viewers Watch the Impeachment

Discussions are underway with new NATO ally Bulgaria to create a Black Sea Coordination Center in Varna. The United States is considering a ten-year roadmap for defense cooperation with Bulgaria and is eager to provide Sofia broader access to its high-end military technologies. The advanced technologies would include surveillance capabilities specifically targeting Russia.
There is also a fundamental second level of stupidity in basing such an effort in Bulgaria as the Turks, also frequently at odds with Washington, control the door to the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles. If relations really do go sour and if demands to kick Turkey out of NATO ever do bear fruit, Ankara can make it very difficult for NATO warships transiting into the Black Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In fact, one has to wonder if these impeachment hearings have contained some industrial-strength, Deep State misdirection, while elements within it are working with their Israeli counterparts to insure that US citizens "have a reason" for signing on to a war against an alleged "enemy" which has neither declared war on this country, nor attacked it.

Folks, unfortunately, this is not a question of "if"; it is a question of "when."

But I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC, what a Russian Diplomat assured some Iranian diplomats this last summer: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Frankly, I think we can take this person at his word; Russian officials do not even FART without Putin's permission.

Nov 28 07:43

Gaza children forced to have medical treatment alone

Children being made to endure lengthy medical treatments alone is a particularly cruel feature of Israel’s permit regime imposed on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It is a shameful reality that COGAT, the Israeli military body that handles such permits, tries to obscure with liberal use of emojis on its social media pages.

I have previously written about how COGAT tries to present itself as a humanitarian body in its social media propaganda while it plays a central role in Israel’s complete and unjust system of control over Palestinian movement.

For example, COGAT describes its restrictions on the movement of millions of Palestinians, such as military checkpoints, as projects which “improve the quality of life of the region’s population.”

It even put out a video last week boasting of a “service revolution” following the launch of “an advanced call center” through which its Civil Administration “provides clear responses on all topics, to everyone”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull-biscuits!!

Making sick Palestinian kids travel alone, to get treatment, is a very cruel, and nearly a mentally ill thing to do to them, and their families.

Nov 28 07:39

The New ArabProtests hit West Bank after cancer-stricken Palestinian dies in Israeli detention ‘due to medical negligence’

The head of the Palestinian Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr, confirmed to The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that Abu Diyak died at dawn on Tuesday, in the hospital of Israel’s Ramla prison.

Abu Diyak had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2015. His condition subsequently deteriorated, which Palestinian media say is in part due to medical mistakes at the hospital in southern Israel where he had surgery to remove part of his large intestine.

"The death of Abu Diyak comes after months of warning [the Israeli authorities] about the seriousness of his condition, that he could die at any moment because of the medical negligence he was subjected to," said Abu Bakr.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, issued a searing condemnation of Abu Diyak's death, calling on Israel to take responsibility for its actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if the original charges under which this man was convicted, were actually based on evidence, or merely trumped-up, because it justified him spending his life in an Israeli prison, simply because he was a Palestinian protester.

Hanan Ashrawi should be the first person on the planet, to realize that Israel will never take responsibility when a Palestinian dies of medical mistakes in an Israeli jail; one has to wonder of the described "medical mistakes" the guy suffered in the hospital in southern Israel, were deliberately staged, to make his cancer advance more quickly, and cause even more physical pain.

Mengele...would have been so proud of this outcome!!

Nov 28 07:31

Anger over India's diplomat calling for 'Israel model' in Kashmir

An hour-long video featuring Sandeep Chakravorty, India's consul general in New York, has gone viral on social media, in which he is addressing a group of Kashmiri Hindus - known as Pandits - at a private event in the US city last week.

"I believe the security situation will improve, it will allow the refugees to go back, and in your lifetime, you will be able to go back … and you will be able to find security, because we already have a model in the world," said Chakravorty, referring to the exodus of tens of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus in 1989 after an armed rebellion against the Indian rule started in the Himalayan region.

"I don't know why we don't follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it," he said, adding that the current Indian leadership is "determined" to do so.

'Chilling video'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; this guy wants to make Kashmiri Muslims second-class citizens, or worse, create a "Final Solution" response to their presence in Kashmir?!?

Forgive me, but I am having a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this!! WHAT THE HELL IS THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT THINKING, TO HAVE SOMEONE ADVOCATING FOR THIS MONSTROUS SUGGESTION IN PUBLIC, WITH THE SURE AND CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE THAT IT WOULD GO VIRAL?!?

This world has had some of its most brilliant thinkers and philosophers came from India; it's a pity that its current governmental regime cannot be described as belonging to either camp here.

Nov 28 07:27

It is illegal to record in this town: Tyrant alert

Nov 28 06:57

South Korea Fires Warning Shots at North Korean Merchant Ship: Ship believed to cross disputed border over bad weather

he South Korean military reported that they fired warning shots at a North Korean merchant ship on Wednesday when it crossed the disputed maritime border off the country’s west coast, forcing the ship to flee.

The ship in question, which was not identified, was believed to have crossed into disputed waters because of a combination of bad weather and engine problems. It did, however, manage to flee back to North Korea.

Still, firing warning shots at a ship in distress at all probably isn’t idea for South Korea to have done, even if no further incidents came of it. South Korea’s military wants to strictly control the maritime border, but this was a decidedly unfriendly act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will most certainly scotch any "reunification talks" in the immediate future; one has to wonder if, in fact, the South Korean military personnel who ordered the firing of the "warning shot" might have been an American agent; that might go a long way toward explaining why a North Korean ship in distress, would have been fired upon.

Nov 28 06:53

Iran Says Eight CIA Assets Arrested, Blames US for Protest Violence

Major protests in Iran about the increase in gas prices may be over, but Iranian officials are saying that they believe a US-orchestrated conspiracy was involved in violence seen during the rallies, which involved attacks on Iranian banks.

Hundreds of banks were attacked, and Iranian authorities say 7,000 protesters were arrested. Iranian intelligence officials say at least eight CIA assets were among those arrested in connection with the violence.

The eight people had been given CIA-funded training, nominally to become “citizen journalists.” Six were arrested at the rallies, while the other two were trying to send information abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports prove true, this wouldn't surprise me; everything that the US government has tried to do so far, to regime change Tehran, hasn't worked, so the CIA thought that they would give this old canard another try, and it wound up biting them in an excruciatingly sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Nov 28 06:49

US Moves Forward With Saudi Troop MissionUS negotiates cost-sharing for growing presence in Saudi Arabia

According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.

Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The burgeoning US military presence in Saudi Arabia, is about much more than protecting the country from alleged "Iranian covert elements" destroying oil processing facilities here; it is about establishing a beachhead for the coming war against Iran, and assisting in "turning" governments in the region into governments which are far more US-centric, than is their current leadership.

The government of Iran understands this, which is why their military did a massive defense drill last week; the question here, is not if, but when.

Nov 28 06:06

NARRATIVE MANAGERS FACEPLANT IN HILARIOUS OPCW SCANDAL SPIN JOB

Syria has been the target of what may be the most sophisticated propaganda campaign in history, and Bellingcat has been consistently rallying behind even the most transparently ridiculous tools of this campaign. This includes the notorious Bana Alabed psyop which at its height saw CNN staging a fake, scripted interview featuring a seven year-old girl assigning blame to Bashar al-Assad for an alleged sarin gas attack in Khan Shaykhun. Bellingcat’s stellar investigative work (which has been praised in fawning puff pieces by mainstream outlets like The Guardian and The New Yorker) concluded that this obvious propaganda construct was in fact nothing other than a little girl and her mother independently composing viral tweets, giving interviews and authoring books about how the Syrian government must be toppled via western interventionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda is pretty darned easy to spot, if you know what to look for; it is disinformation, beautifully packaged, in order to drive a Government-narrative to which they want their readers agreeing, and fervently in favor of having the government do, such as a massive strike on Syria, even knowing that such a move is apt to rankle Moscow to the point of starting a shooting war in that country.

So I would like to politely remind our readers that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not either try to legitimize such a move, or really do it.

Nov 28 05:37

THE NEW YORK TIMES' LONG HISTORY OF ENDORSING US-BACKED COUPS

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
BY ALAN MACLEOD
Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup d’état earlier this month after Bolivian army generals appeared on television demanding his resignation. As Morales fled to Mexico, the army appointed right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez as his successor. Añez, a Christian conservative who has described Bolivia’s indigenous majority as “satanic”, arrived at the presidential palace holding an oversized Bible, declaring that Christianity was re-entering the government. She immediately announced she would “take all measures necessary” to “pacify” the indigenous resistance to her takeover.
This included pre-exonerating the country’s notorious security services of all future crimes in their “re-establishment of order,” leading to massacres of dozens of mostly indigenous people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The NY Slimes, is no longer an independent media voice; it has become the eco-chamber of the US government, and vomits up the codswallop the US government wants it to vomit.

For intelligent, independent media, look at the blogs, and look at their track record.

We have a companion piece for this, also from blacklistednews.com,
with the following title: WITH THE RIGHT-WING COUP IN BOLIVIA NEARLY COMPLETE, THE JUNTA IS HUNTING DOWN THE LAST REMAINING DISSIDENTS

And please remember that so far, everything Julian Assange has presented, has never been proven wrong; this is why the US government hates him with such a passion, and hopes to insure that the British government has him "eliminated with extreme prejudice" at Belmarsh, before he ever stands trial here for his alleged "crimes in the US."

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 28 05:07

TSA IS TESTING NEW 3D ROTATING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY TO SEE THROUGH YOUR BAGGAGE

Researchers are testing new technology it is calling ‘Innovation Checkpoint’ to deal with complaints over electronics, liquids and taking off their shoes.

The process would use a sensor on a drone to detect homemade bombs, a gel that surrounds an explosive so it can safely be removed and scanners capable of investigating items in a suitcase, so nothing needs to be removed.

Jose Bonilla, the director of TSA’s Innovation Task Force told CBSNews: ‘This is a glimpse into the future of what aviation security is going to look like.’

‘What we’re trying to do is, how do we make that a more seamless process for the traveling public, but not giving upon security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would seem that Airlines believe that they should allow the TSA to do anything to passengers, and with absolute impunity; however, what happens when people abandon air travel completely, writing the current heads of airline companies as to the very simple reason; they refuse to be allowed to be treated as criminals, as the TSA is so often wont to do.

What happens when airlines go bankrupt, because enough people refuse to fly, or take trains, or buses, because they utterly loathe how they are being treated at these public transport venues?!?

Right after 9/11, this country morphed from the "innocent until proven guilty" law (which, I believe, is still technically the law of the land, even though no longer observed when one travels on public transport), to the Code Napoleon Criminal Law Stature, where one is considered guilty until proven innocent.

And frankly, as a peace activist, who never advocates violence of any kind, I resent this.

I know that there are times when people cannot avoid this, but if you can, please avoid public transport completely.

And also, I would like to hope that TSA will start groping all members of Congress, and Cabinet Heads when they travel; sauce for the goose... should be sauce for the gander!! :-)

Nov 28 04:57

TRUMP SIGNS HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS BILL, IGNORING CHINA’S WARNINGS

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law legislation that could bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong, brushing off multiple warnings by China against such a move.

“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House said in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president's constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”

The legislation has provoked a backlash from the Chinese government, which on Monday summoned US ambassador to China Terry Branstad to warn that Congress’ passage of the legislation last week constituted “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs and would result in “consequences”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please.

While my head and heart are with the protestors, I am compelled to politely suggest, that of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things you could have done here, this signing of this bill, gets the prize, at least so far, in the history of your Administration.

And, predictably, the blowback from China has already started. I think this piece from antiwar.com, pretty much says it all:

US’ Hong Kong democracy act slanders China to a level close to madness, Foreign Minister Wang Yi saysJust great, Mr. President, congrats!!

Sarcasm aside, sir, apparently, it doesn't matter to you how this lack of a reasonable trade bill has so horrifically impacted the farmers of this country, with many losing their farms in foreclosure, or losing their lives to suicide; these people have long memories, and are going to very much remember this in the 2020 election.

So what's up next in your "to do list", Mr. President, a shooting war with China?!? Because between this, and the US military's constant maneuvering in the South China Sea, this is precisely what you may well get; congratulations, sir, are demonstrating that you and your Administration are pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

And sir, just in case no one in your cabinet is capable of telling the truth, should we go to a shooting war with China, it looks like it needs to be me: we do not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to create a successful outcome to a conventional war with China.

And unless you are able to fix this with a wave of your hand, sir, (which I seriously doubt), such a war is going to put the people of this country into a world of hurt.

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Nov 28 04:33

 THOUSANDS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED IN U.S. CUSTODY, HHS DOCS SAY

SOURCE: CBS NEWS
Thousands of migrant children allegedly suffered sexual abuse while in U.S. government custody over the past four years, according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.

According to the documents, over a thousand allegations of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in HHS custody were reported to federal authorities each fiscal year since 2015. In total, between October 2014 and July 2018, 4,556 sexual abuse complaints were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) — an agency within HHS in charge of caring for unaccompanied migrant minors.

An additional 1,303 complaints were received by the Justice Department between fiscal years 2015 and 2018, but it’s unclear whether these complaints overlap with those reported to ORR.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This should never happen to ANY child, period, end of discussion; but why the hell was there utterly zero oversight when it came to undocumented, unaccompanied minors here in the US?!?

Something is profoundly wrong, when it comes to an institutional culture which would allow such savagery against children.

Nov 27 16:29

Julian Assange will ‘disappear for the rest of his life’ inside ‘inhumane’ US prison, UN envoy warns… if he makes it that far

The UN rapporteur on torture has accused British and American authorities of waging a one-sided war against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, “violating due process at every step,” as Assange’s condition in prison deteriorates.

Speaking at a demonstration in Berlin on Wednesday, rapporteur Nils Melzer told RT that if the judicial institutions prosecuting Assange were “doing their job according to the law,” then they would take the WikiLeaks head’s declining health into account in their extradition efforts. However, Melzer does not expect any reprieve for Assange.

"The whole system is skewed against him. It’s not a case of prosecution, it’s a case of persecution, and that’s how persecution works."

Nov 27 11:16

A very Jewish coup

There are times when something hidden in plain sight suddenly hits you right between the eyes. Nothing in my experience has matched the realisation that the current impeachment process against Trump is in effect a Jewish coup against a sitting President.

Now that I've recovered my composure let me make a few points and ask a few questions. First, why are 'the Jews' doing everything in their power to take down Trump given that his support for Israel has been almost embarrassingly servile?

And who's leading the fight against impeachment on Trump's behalf? Chabad-Lubavitcher Jared Kushner. Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up!

Nov 26 18:48

EU ULTIMATUM: Barnier orders UK to accept free movement or face crippling trade barriers

BRUSSELS will demand Boris Johnson accepts free movement of people or be forced to stomach tough trade barriers for goods after Brexit, Michel Barnier tonight revealed.

Nov 26 14:11

US Fed is a ‘mortician pumping formaldehyde’ into economy – RT’s Keiser Report

International rating agency Moody’s has issued a debt downgrade warning to the entire world due to deepening global geopolitical uncertainty and risks.
RT’s Keiser Report discusses the issue, noting that despite the rising turmoil the US Federal Reserve continues with its money-printing.

“Certainly, we do have a zombie economy thanks to the never-ending parade of free money from the Fed and the growing pile of debt,” says Stacy Herbert. She recalls the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who said recently “the debt is growing faster than the economy.”

Max Keiser says that it reminds him of “the story of a mortician who is pumping formaldehyde into the corpse saying ‘no matter how much formaldehyde I pump into this corpse the breathing does not get any better.”’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to laugh at that last analogy; but it sums up what is happening in
the US economically.

Nov 26 14:07

Trump Fires Navy Secretary: A Green Light for More War Crimes?

President Trump last week pardoned Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who had been convicted of war crimes after murdering a Daesh* suspect in cold blood. Gallagher had been turned in by his own men and prosecuted by his superiors. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer opposed the pardon and went public with his opposition to President Trump’s decision to also led Gallagher keep his Navy SEAL pin. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper forced the Navy Secretary to resign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I found myself less than comfortable with President Trump's decision, because what does that now do to the entire chain of command?!?

Are senior military officers going to see this as an end-run around their authority, as commanders, by the Commander in Chief?

Nov 26 13:50

Saudi Coalition Releases 200 Houthi Prisoners as Backroom Yemen Peace Deal Edges Closer

The Saudi-led coalition force in Yemen announced Tuesday it had released 200 Houthi prisoners. The news comes amid a large Houthi air raid on coalition forces and swirling rumors that Riyadh may finally be seeking an exit from the disastrous, four-year-long war.

Houthi Prisoners Repatriated
On Tuesday, coalition spokesperson Turki al-Malki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency that 200 Houthi prisoners had been released as part of the Stockholm Agreement prisoner exchange, Xinhua News Agency reported.

“The coalition leadership is keen to continue supporting efforts to resolve the crisis in Yemen and to push forward the Stockholm agreement, including the deal related to the exchange of prisoners,” Malki said. He further noted the coalition would allow flights out of Sana’a, the Yemeni capital held by the Houthis since 2014, in order to transfer those who need medical treatment out of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers uttered, and fingers crossed, that this is really happening, and the the American forces who have been fighting alongside of the Saudis, will be coming home soon.

Nov 26 13:46

Two Launches from Gaza Strip Identified as Sirens Go Off in Sderot, IDF Report

Sirens went off in Gaza Strip and Sderot, Israeli Defence Forces reported on their twitter page on Tuesday.

Following the sirens, two launches from Gaza Strip at Israeli territory were identified, according to the IDF. The military added the Iron Dome air defence system managed to intercept one projectile.

"2 rockets were just fired from #Gaza at Israeli civilians. 1 rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System," the IDF wrote on its Twitter page.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However this happened, you can nearly bet on one hell of a response to this bombing, most possibly close to US holiday, Thanksgiving Day, when many Americans are in a turkey/ tryptophan-induced coma, and watching sports.

Nov 26 12:27

New Amazon Show Features White People Wearing Red MAGA-Style Hats Being Hunted As "Nazis"

Called Hunters, the trailer for the show, which is set in New York in 1977, is dominated by Pacino’s character, a Nazi-hunting Jewish ringleader named Meyer Offerman who justifies the killings by asserting, “This is not murder, This is mitzvah.”

“For eons, people like us have been degraded and exterminated. But no more,” says Pacino as images of Jews and black people are shown.

The clips featured in the trailer portray numerous acts of violence against the “Nazis,” including stabbings, a woman being punched in the face and a car containing the victims being blown up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. Pachino, a word, please.

Let me tell you a little about myself; I am a college graduate, honors at graduation; self-employed; a published composer; and a volunteer for my community.

First, even though I am more centerist/conservative than you may be, I would be willing to bet a plugged Turkish piaster, that you and I are "on the same page" on a number of issues, which might surprise you.

First, I want to see this country at peace, maintaining moral and right relationships with the other countries on this planet, and trading with everyone. Peace through strength is not a bad place to be, as a country; unfortunately, the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of American seems to have abandoned this value long ago.

Second, I want this country to become competitively competent, in a way which does not impact existing jobs (particularly with regard to manufacturing), and by offering some degree of school tuition, so that the people for you want to work both a little harder, and can ultimately achieve their "dream jobs", and perhaps, enrich your company culture through what they have learned; wise people understand that the longer you are able to maintain a great employee, by being a great employer, the more willing these people will be to stick around, because work becomes "win/win"

Third, I want working families to get some kind of subsidies for daycare at first-class daycare centers, where children are both loved, taught respect and limits, and are taught the basics of reading and math. (how about kids "graduating" from Kindergartens and being able to read at 5, on a basic level?!? It can, and should be done here.)

Forth; I want every kid in this country to have the advantages of private schooling, without the private school price, where the kid is not a "victim" of the zip code in which they live. We can do this, because an excellent education, coupled with having had good parenting, gives that person an opportunity to become a functional, real-world human being.

I want education to give our kids every opportunity to be educated for jobs which will actually exist, in the 21st century, in an era where unskilled labor will most probably not exist.

Are we on the same page so far?!? I would imagine that you would find very little of what I said, either extreme, or unworkable.

The last election presented us with some very stark choices, I get it.

This is why we have that wonderful phrase "Voting in the US is trying to figure out who is the lesser of two evils." Americans hate having to do it, but it has evolved into the "way of doing business" with regard to US politics.

There is much about the Trump Presidency which I really abhor; his continual aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, about someone like you would most probably not know, because the media won't say a word, let alone a whisper, about the devastation the US is helping the Saudi military to do.

I hate these endless wars, starting with President Bush, Continuing through President Obama, and continuing with President Trump. I understand that President Trump can appear brash; insensitive, and an absolutely no good son of a bison.

He is easily flattered, and coerced (and potentially blackmailed?!? I cannot set aside this possibility aside). And for someone who is richer than most people might be over several lifetimes, he can appear crude, dismissive, and as having a very narrow understanding of complex world affairs.

Did I marginally support Trump over Clinton in 2016? Yes, and let me tell you why; because I really thought that after the inauguration in 2017, we would actually get the President Trump who campaigned; not some sort of war-centric, stolid, approximation of that former campaigner.

Disappointed, sickened, and frustrated?!? HELL, yes. What is next here?!? Much depends on what happens with the impeachment, which, at the end of the day, does not appear to actually be going anywhere.

I am waiting patiently for Tom Lopez, head of the DNC, to come up with a couple of candidates who make sense for all of this country, not just one party or the other.

For 2020, there only two viable candidates I can see for the DNC ticket, and they are Butegeig, and Gabbard. In fact, I wrote a post about this on this blog, suggesting to Chair Lopez, that he and the DNC need to get busy, for the sake of this entire country, in making them the candidates of choice for 2020.

So, Mr. Pachino, I guess that all this leads to the following question; does that mean that because I thought differently about the Trump candidacy in our last election, I should be assassinated, like the victims of the show's cast?!?

Because sir, if thinking differently becomes a "political crime" in this country, deserving of execution sans judge and jury, we are in a very dangerous place as a country, morally, intellectually, and emotionally.

And it puts your show in a perilous place with your viewers. What if one, or more of them, gets "triggered" by seeing one of these episodes, picks up a gun or knife, and shoots/stabs some poor soul to death, who only "crime" was thinking differently, and was slightly more centerist in that thinking?

And if you are going to brush me off, with your own, Tony Soprano-esque equivalent line to the following from the TV show,"The Sopranos", (Fuhgettaboutit; it will never happen here!"), I would like to politely remind you about a wonderful human being, talk-show host and comedian, the late Steve Allen, who had a very particular gripe.

He said that he hated it, when women would knit baby-booties, then send them to television stations where fictional moms with fictional pregnancies, delivered fictional babies who were part of the story line, rather than to real charities, where families and infants could have desperately used those booties for real life infants.

And sir, yes, this really did happen here.

Nov 25 13:29

Pakistan summons Norwegian Ambassador amid outcry over Koran burning at rally in Kristiansand

Islamabad expressed “deep concern” and launched a diplomatic action over the burning of the Koran in Norway, while the man who tried to save the book earned high praise on Pakistani social media.

Last week, a young Muslim counter-protester tackled Lars Thorsen, the head of the Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN), after he set a copy of the Koran on fire at an anti-Muslim rally in the city of Kristiansand. The video of the incident caused a strong reaction in Pakistan, where the man reportedly named Ilyas Umer was hailed as hero on social media for trying to “save” the most-revered book in Islam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, ultimately, is what unfettered and unchecked migration is bringing to Europe; massive blows to the guest country, in terms of violent crimes and a high degree of rapes, and and a complete inability to assimilate.

Nov 25 13:23

‘Cross our red lines & be destroyed’: Iran’s elite IRGC chief warns US, Israel and Saudi Arabia at large pro-govt rally

All external foes will be defeated if they make moves against Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander warned at a massive pro-government rally amid protests over fuel price hikes.

Major General Hossein Salami addressed people in downtown Tehran on Monday. He said that the country’s rivals are “no longer capable of anything” in their attacks against the nation.

We have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime [Israel] and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran... but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines.

Thousands have marched on the streets of the country’s capital and gathered on the Enqelan Square (Revolution Square). Calling themselves the ‘Supporters of the Leadership’, the demonstrators waved national flags, carried placards and chanted slogans in support for the Supreme Leader Ali Khanemei and the current government. Some were also seen burning American flags.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which nearly assures of of a cooked up false flag, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Nov 25 12:58

ATMs Spitting Back Bank Cards In Lebanon As "Dollars Have Virtually Disappeared"

Though banks reopened this week in Lebanon, with the country's financial institutions remaining front and center in massive anti-government protests amid accusations of corruption and wild mismanagement, withdrawal limits have now been made official by the country's Banks Association — previously unofficially enforced.

The formal controls now include limiting withdrawals to $1,000 per week, with transfers abroad only ambiguously defined necessary for “urgent matters”.

Yet the collective panic, driven by fears patrons won't be able to retrieve their deposits from banks, has only compounded, as now The Washington Post reports “Dollars have virtually disappeared.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this Lebanese dollar disruption, may well be only the harbinger of the "great unravelling in the MIddle East", and other countries' currencies could start to fold,like a bad set of asthmatic accordions.

Nov 25 12:58

ATMs Spitting Back Bank Cards In Lebanon As "Dollars Have Virtually Disappeared"

Though banks reopened this week in Lebanon, with the country's financial institutions remaining front and center in massive anti-government protests amid accusations of corruption and wild mismanagement, withdrawal limits have now been made official by the country's Banks Association — previously unofficially enforced.

The formal controls now include limiting withdrawals to $1,000 per week, with transfers abroad only ambiguously defined necessary for “urgent matters”.

Yet the collective panic, driven by fears patrons won't be able to retrieve their deposits from banks, has only compounded, as now The Washington Post reports “Dollars have virtually disappeared.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this Lebanese dollar disruption, may well be only the harbinger of the "great unravelling in the MIddle East", and other countries' currencies could start to fold,like a bad set of asthmatic accordions.

Nov 25 12:44

A Record-Breaking Dollar Bond Offering From China Could Be Imminent

China is set to expand its bond market through a record sale of sovereign bonds in dollars, according to Bloomberg sources.

The bond offering could raise up to $6 billion, would be one of the largest dollar bond offerings on record. The offering could be seen as soon as Tuesday.

Sources said the Ministry of Finance is considering tenors of three years, five years, 10 years and 20 years:

"It reaffirms China's determination to develop an orderly offshore dollar bond market for Chinese issuers," Anne Zhang, head of fixed income for JPMorgan Private Bank in Asia, told Bloomberg. "The new deal will further complete a sovereign curve," she said.

The size of the issuance would be more than double last year's size, and triple the amount from 2017.

Nov 25 12:14

Israel first democracy to expel Human Rights Watch staffer, director says

Israel is set to expel a Human Rights Watch employee, its executive director Ken Roth said on Sunday, denouncing the forthcoming deportation of one of his staffers.

US citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, is to be deported from Israel on Monday over his alleged support of a boycott of the country, AFP said.

Israel accuses him of being a supporter of the banned Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a broad-ranging boycott to pressure Israel to end its rights abuses against Palestinians.

The expulsion, upheld by Israel’s supreme court, would make Shakir the first HRW official to be expelled from the country under a controversial 2017 law allowing the deportation of foreigners who support the boycott, according to authorities.

Israel's supreme court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch campaigner

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Roth is terribly mistaken by characterizing Israel as a "democracy"; at best, it has devolved into a wickedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons.

Nov 25 12:04

Open Letter to UK Home Secretary Priti Pateland Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott

We write this open letter, as medical doctors, to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange. Our professional concerns follow publication recently of the harrowing eyewitness accounts of Craig Murray and John Pilger of the case management hearing on Monday 21 October 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court. The hearing related to the upcoming February 2020 hearing of the request by the US government for Mr Assange’s extradition to the US in relation to his work as a publisher of information, including information about alleged crimes of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assange may well be "assassinated" by a number of methods, converging to attempt to make the murder seem to have been suicide, as we found with Epstein's "curious case".

He is being gradually killed, through elements of medical neglect; psychological torture; potential misdiagnosis, and medications, (or weaponized illnesses) to create that outcome of a painful, horrific death; if he makes it out of Balmarch alive, it will be an amazing feat, but I would not bet on it.

Nov 25 10:14

Top US General Predicts ‘Likely’ Iranian Attacks

The impeachment of Trump didn't get serious until he refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown.

What a War Whore this individual is. An attack on Iran will be the beginning of the end for the US,military wise and economically. The dollar will be the first casualty. Oil prices will skyrocket and a worldwide depression and world war will ensue.

Months upon months of US military buildups in the Middle East, all around Iran, combined with near-constant threats to attack Iran outright have sure been raising regional tensions, but according to US Centcom commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, it is not believed to be deterring Iran.

Nov 25 09:38

IF YOU’RE CAPABLE OF THINKING, THINK ABOUT THIS!!!

While everyone was being diverted by the impeachment hearings, the Democrats slipped through a “reauthorization” bill for the unconstitutional Patriot Act, and on top of that, they made sure nobody could read the text! Great legislating effort! What a bunch of criminals!

Nov 25 06:34

Sa’ar to Netanyahu: You are not facing a coup; Likud and Israel need new leader

Lawmaker says PM’s irresponsible, destructive attacks on law enforcement are leading country to ‘chaos’; calls for Likud leadership contest in next two weeks, which he hopes to win.

Senior Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa’ar on Saturday castigated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for describing the charges against him as an attempted coup, demanded an immediate leadership contest in their ruling Likud party, and claimed he could “easily form a government.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Likud Representative S'aar, you have my respect for "calling a spade a spade", in terms of Netanyahu's diatribe against these charges.

But sir, I am not alone in my concern, understanding that a geopolitical animal who is wounded can be very dangerous, and attempt to deflect blame with some kind of distraction; many Americans are concerned that there will be a "false flag" coming up this holiday weekend, to be blamed on Iran, in order to start a war against it.

It is not good, that Jewish law does not seem to have provisions for getting a Prime Minister out of office, if he is deemed to be emotionally, or intellectually, incapable of fulfilling his responsibility to his citizens; and unfortunately, Netanyahu right now, qualifies under both definitions of incapability.

Nov 25 06:24

Hong Kong elections: pro-democracy camp wins 17 out of 18 districts while city leader says she will reflect on the result

The anti-establishment reverberations from almost six months of street protests swept through polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday, as voters in record numbers roundly rejected pro-Beijing candidates in favour of pan-democrats.
The tsunami of disaffection among voters was clear across the board, as pan-democrats rode the wave to win big in poor and rich neighbourhoods, in both protest-prone and non-protest-afflicted districts and, in downtown areas as well as the suburbs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's President Xi is not going to like this one single bit, but until he decides to come crashing into Hong Kong with troops and tanks, there isn't one heck of a lot he can do to change this.

Nov 25 06:19

Kurdish Officials: US Troops at Syrian Oilfields Won’t Stop Turkish Invasion

A Kurdish senior foreign affairs official, Aldar Xelil, reported that the US has assured Kurdish forces that US troops will remain in the oilfield area between Derik and Terbespiya, in eastern Syria.

This assurance doesn’t seem to be helping the Kurds feel a lot better, however. with Xelil pointing out that this really isn’t going to do anything to prevent the Turkish offensives into northeastern Syria.

The US announced a “pullout” from Syria but ended up just redeploying around the oil, with President Trump saying the oil is the priority. Xelil says the US has no intention of staying anywhere west of Qamilshli, and for the Kurds, that’s a problem.

The US is still in Syria, but there’s about 100 km gap between Syrian-held Syria and US-held oilfield where Turkey and its rebels are not only free to invade Kurdish-held territory, but to push potentially quite deep into Kurdish territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question for the Kurds is, when is the US government going to stop lying to them about the possibility of an Independent Kurdistan, and tell them the truth; they have been used, had, and because they are no longer useful, have been thrown under the proverbial bus?

And NOW we have Vice-President Pence, posturing, and virtue-signaling to the Kurdish governments and people, that the us "WILL BE SUPPORTING THE KURDS, after the ISIS war is finished. "Pence Reassures Iraqi Kurds in Surprised-Announced Visit.

But what, precisely, is this "support" pledged by Pence?!?

Is it that " independent homeland" for which the Kurdish people, have wanted so long, and if so, what country would allow a "bite out of their territory" taken, to accomodate a Kurdish homeland?!?

The short answer, may well be never.

And there is another problem with Pence's statements to Kurdish leaders in Iraq even though he has pledged "support" when the Isis war "is over", we are looking at endless wars, both existing, in supporting US hegemony in the Middle East.

So Pence could obviously make that hyper-ambiguous statement with a straight face,, because he knows, incontrovertibly, that war, to attempt to keep the Middle East destabilized, is the American game-plan, and will continue for decades.

Unfortunately the Kurds need to find a truly reliable sponsor in the Middle East, or beyond, who can actually assist them in reaching their goal of nationhood, and that country is certainly not the United States.

Nov 25 05:15

OPCW Accused of Manipulating Syrian Chemical Attack Report

WikiLeaks published an email sent by a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who accused the organization of manipulating their report on an alleged chemical attack that was said to have taken place in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7th 2018.

In response to the alleged attack, the US, UK, and France carried out airstrikes on the Syrian government on April 14th 2018. The author of the email was a member of a fact-finding team the OPCW sent to Douma to investigate the attack.

The author accuses the OPCW of selectively omitting certain facts. The email, dated June 22nd 2018, reads, "Many of the facts and observations outlined in the full version are inextricably interconnected and, by selectively omitting certain ones, an unintended bias has been introduced into the report, undermining its credibility."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by these revelations, and reminds me that of painfully accurate statement, "The first casualty of war is truth."

Nov 24 11:43

Unprecedented 'Architecture of Surveillance' Created by Facebook and Google Poses Grave Human Rights Threat: Report

Facebook and Google, according to the report, deserve to be singled out of the so-called Big 5 for their outsize influence on internet users.

With Facebook controlling not only its eponymous social media platform but also WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, and Google parent company Alphabet in control of YouTube and the Android mobile operating system as well as the search engine, the companies "control the primary channels that people rely on to engage with the internet."

In fact, the report continues, the two companies control "an architecture of surveillance that has no basis for comparison in human history."

Nov 24 07:49

U.S. Central Command orders 500 military personnel to RESUME fight against ISIS in eastern Syria - a year after Trump shocked allies by withdrawing most of his troops from the country

The U.S. Central Command a ramping up of military operations against ISIS in eastern Syria with up to 500 troops.
President Trump initially said last December he was pulling out all troops from Syria, but later decided to a residual force in the northeastern region
Former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis said: 'If we don’t keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge'
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by U.S. forces last month
Central Command chief: 'It is our intention to remain in that position working with our Syrian Democratic Forces partners to continue operations against ISIS down the Euphrates river valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a sister article, dated 14 November of this year:

Syria: Recent Developments

The article goes on to state: "Addressing a Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that “we’re watching the space once occupied by this fraudulent caliphate [ie, ISIS] like a hawk. That’s why we’re maintaining our residual presence at Tanf, in southern Syria, and our capacity to conduct air operations. We’ve repositioned some our troops in north east Syria and in the broader region as well, to make sure that ISIS will never get a second wind and to prevent ISIS from recapturing the oil fields”. “We are continuing to pursue a diplomatic resolution of the Syrian conflict with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as the guide so that stability can, one day, return to this war-torn land”, Pompeo added. The coalition also issued a joint communique."

Since it has been the US which has been funding, arming, and training ISIS, one has to wonder what this operation is supposed to do; attempt a decap strike against Damascus?!? Or potentially throw out the Russians from where they are stationed?!?

Another article appeared just a couple of days ago, with the following headline: RUSSIA ENCROACHERS ON US STRONGHOLD IN SYRIA, THREATENING CONFLICTBut I have to ask; if US troops have been deployed into this area, how can Russians be "encroaching", in light of the fact that the Russian forces have been there for some time; and the US has not been invited by either Syria's President, Bashar Al-Asad, to be a part of the solution here,or the Russia's government and military, who have been very effective in eliminating the jihadists??

This next week, may well a very rough week for those people living in the Middle East.

Nov 24 07:27

Trump Officials Meet With 'Strongman' Haftar's Political Team In Major Libya Shift

Starting last April President Trump caught many in his own administration off guard when he unexpectedly thanked renegade General Khalifa Haftar for "securing Libya's oil resources" at a moment the rebel leader assaulted the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

The public praise and phone call between Trump and the former CIA-backed warlord was a shock at the time given the US has maintained a policy of only recognizing the GNA in line with UN allies.

But now that continued recognition appears to be shifting fast after this week Trump admin officials held multiple meetings with an official representing Haftar's political team named Aref al-Nayed, expected to hold a top leadership position once Tripoli is 'liberated' by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and UN were unable to beat Haftar on the ground, so the US decided to join him.

Nov 24 07:25

CHINESE SPY ALLEGES BEIJING ORDERED OVERSEAS ASSASSINATIONS, INCLUDING IN AUSTRALIA

SOURCE: ABC AU
A man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years says Beijing has directed overseas assassinations, including on Australian soil.

Wang Liqiang is reported to be in an undisclosed Sydney location on a tourist visa
He has provided new information about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China, according to Nine Newspapers
He has also reportedly revealed information about spies from Beijing infiltrating the Hong Kong democracy movement, Taiwan's elections and involvement in Australian affairs
...

According to Nine Newspapers, Mr Wang has provided new details about the kidnapping of five booksellers who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders based in Hong Kong, starting in 2015, and their rendition to mainland China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these charges prove to be true, they are NOT a pretty picture of how China does business.

Nov 24 07:23

   23 DEAD AS VIOLENT UNREST IN CHILE ENTERS FIFTH WEEK

Looting and demonstrations took place in cities across the South American nation, and an agreement on a political roadmap that will see Chile draft a new constitution has halted neither the anger, nor the bloodshed. Furious Chileans have since October 18 been protesting social and economic inequality, and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the wealthiest families in the country, among other issues.

The crisis is the worst in three decades of Chilean democracy and has led to around 2,000 injuries, including some 280 people who suffered eye damage from shotgun pellets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will all come down, to where the police and military sympathies lie; if they lie with the rulers, we can expect a great deal more bloodshed, before the government claims the people "pacified"; if not, it may well be a new, and democratic day, for Chile.

Nov 24 06:44

BARR ENDS ALL CONSPIRACY THEORIES FOREVER BY SAYING EPSTEIN DIED VIA A SERIES OF COINCIDENCES

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE
In an interview with Associated Press, US Attorney General William Barr put all conspiracy theories to rest once and for all by assuring the world that alleged sex trafficker and alleged billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s death was simply the result of a very, very, very long series of unfortunate coincidences.

“I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,” Barr told AP on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thoroughly reminded of the character in the adult cartoon series, "South Park", Officer Barbrady, and his mantra, no matter what the situation, to comment to the "Lookie-lews", ogling a crime scene, "along folks, nothing to see here!!"

Of course, Barr is getting his orders from his higher ups, who don't want anymore information getting out about how many of the heads of state; the truly monied, celebrities, and more Epstein had files on.

Sex; Blackmail; Information; for many intelligence agencies, they are all part of the same game.

And now, they have another victim come forward, represented by her attorney, who has stated, that Prince Andrew had some intimate moments with her, when she was underage, at one of the Epstein "gatherings".

The "train wreck" of an interview with Prince Andrew, on BBC, was encouraged by his daughter, Beatrice, who did not have any real idea of who her dad really was, and was very naive about how the media was going to treat "daddy" , and how he was going to responded under pressure when the interviewer's "claws came out", and was forced to find out, the same way every Brit found out when the interview aired, that her Dad had been, indeed a predator; at least at that moment in his life.

Full Interview: Prince Andrew on the BBC.

So now, what those Powers that Be, who want to keep these activities hushed up so that governments don't fall, have, are two cunnundrums; first, to let Prince Andrew be the "fall guy", and pay the damages in this lawsuit, or insure that he cannot testify, because he is "unavailable", because he knows way more about the operation than they can imagine.

There will be no kindness here; only the brute force of power, insuring its continuity as the guilty want to stay protected; and we will see how this unfolds.

But if I were his Mom, Queen Elizabeth, I would be summoning MI5, and/or MI6 right now, and have an off-book conversation about how they can keep her youngest son from continuing to be a "live liability", and protecting him 24/7, even if he claims he does not need this.

The people for whom I am most sorry, in this whole, sordid affair, are his Mom, Queen Elizabeth; his Ex, The Duchess of York; and his kids, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice; Prince Edward; Prince Charles; and Princess Anne; Because no matter how "monied" these people wind up, the keen sense of betrayal by a man they all loved, has to be cutting like a knife right now.

Nov 23 09:14

Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

The threat from Tehran continues to increase despite U.S. military buildup, U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says.

MANAMA, Bahrain—Since May, the Pentagon has dispatched 14,000 additional U.S. troops, an aircraft carrier, and tens of thousands of pounds of military equipment to the Middle East to respond to what it says are alarming new threats from Iran. But despite the stepped-up U.S. military posture, the top U.S. general in the region believes the Iranian threat continues to rise—and Tehran is likely to continue lashing out.

“I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, in a Friday interview, referring to the Sept. 14 Iran-sponsored attack on Saudi facilities that took half of Riyadh’s oil production offline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, a quick question, sir; did the Houthis, against whose country, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the US are attempting to bomb back to the stone age, not accept responsibility for this attack, which Iran denied?!?

2019 Abqaiq–Khurais attack

The timing of your claim is of great concern, sir; we have Netanyahu, doing the "Just Got Indicted, who can I hit with a False Flag?" mambo to change the narrative in Tel Aviv and beyond; the US has deployed another 3,000 troops to Saudi Arabia, allegedly to "counter Iranian aggression.", and Iran doing a huge defense drill in their northern territories.

I note that the date of your statement, 23 November, is 6 days away from that most iconic of American holidays, Thanksgiving, this year falling on Thursday, 28 November.

One has to wonder if, perhaps, this statement is supposed to "groom" the American public to expect Iran to do something horrific this next holiday weekend, when they totally denied the attack on the Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia, and for which the Houthis claimed responsibility?!?

Sir, forgive me, but just how completely stupid do you think the American people are, to believe this codswallop?!?

The Iranian leadership may be many things, but foolish, is not one of them; they would not DARE do something this stupid, as they know that the US/Israeli reaction would be to turn Tehran into a puddle of radioactive glass.

Nov 23 08:35

Netanyahu won’t go quietly and will opt for the burning torches

YOSSI VERTER, HAARETZ, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

It was totally clear in his remarks Thursday: The embattled prime minister aims to accuse the legal system of launching a coup against him – and wait for the masses to follow his lead.

Not a smidgen of humility or regret did we hear from defendant Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night. Israel’s first sitting prime minister to be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust neither bowed his head in shame nor gave any other indication of soul-searching.

Like any garden-variety criminal, he assailed the police investigators, the prosecutors and the attorney general in crude language and with boundless chutzpah. With his back to the wall, both figuratively and literally, and facing trial, maybe even prison, he gave shape to what has been written on the wall for three years now: He has no intention of going quietly and cutting his losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I very much agree with Vertner's assessment here, and have found some very interesting, and reasoned, reporting at Haaretz, to which I have linked before.

But it is obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together, that the Middle East is headed for more military conflict, largely because of the US's unrelenting aid and abetting of Israel's criminal behaviour against its neighbors in the region. This is, of course, illegal, per the Symington Amendment Symington Amendment, but the US government only picks and chooses what it wants to observe, and what it wants to ignore, when it comes to US foreign policy and Israel, unfortunately.

There are three separate items, coming together this week, that gravely concern me;

1. The timing of the announcement of the charges against Netanyahu, and his potential "mad-dog reaction" to them; AG announces Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust

2. The US government has deployed another 3,000 military personnel to Saudi Arabia US continues building troop presence in Saudi Arabia (to allegedly counter Iranian Aggression)
and:
3. Massive Iranian defense drills are being held now. IRAN HOLDS MAJOR AIR WAR GAMES AS U.S. MILITARY MOVES THROUGH TOP OIL ROUTE

This article goes on to state: "Iran has begun wide scale air defense drills, simulating a potential aerial invasion amid regional unrest and a powerful U.S. Navy warship sailed near its shores.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 98-Guardians of Velayat Sky joint exercises, Iranian Army Air Defense Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said Thursday that the maneuvers were being held across an area of some 416,000 square kilometers—roughly the size of the U.S. state of California—mostly in the northern province of Semnan. He said his forces "will practice the toughest and most realistic combat conditions," simulating a conflict in the Persian Gulf, especially the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil chokepoint."

Right now, as Americans start to gather for one of the most iconically American celebrations, Thanksgiving, I would not at all be surprised if Netanyahu's minions in the IDF, and/or Shin Beit, have decided to "cook up" a false flag, engineered to kill as many Americans as possible (as happened in the USS Liberty Affair, trying to trick the US into believing that Egypt was the culprit), or against American assets, blame it on Iran, and off we go, into a war against.... Iran, Syria, and ... Russia.

President Trump looks at both Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen as his "BFFs" in the region; particularly in the case of Netanyahu, and the laying out of these charges, nothing could be further from the truth.

Will Netanyahu exploit Trump's belief that he is a true friend, by ordering a false flag?!?

The short answer here is, Hell yes, if Netanyahu believes, even for a second, that such an horrific act is the only thing which will "save his bacon" on these corruption charges.

Please remember what a high ranking Russian official told a delegation from Iran last June: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Didn't read that in an American paper or blog at the time, did you?!? Of course not!! This is why people who want a real handle on the news read the foreign press in English, to get at least a clue, as to what is happening globally. Don't just trust us; get out there and decide for yourself.

But this coming week looks potentially very ugly, particularly if you live anywhere in the Middle East.

Nov 23 07:56

Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons?

In her testimony, Plowshares defendant Clare Grady of the Ithaca, New York Catholic Worker community tried to explain to the jury the motivation and urgency of the group: US government is using nuclear weapons daily as a gun pointed at the head of the planet. But even as she spoke, she had a series of legal guns pointed at her own head. She and her fellow defendants had been threatened with contempt if they disobeyed Wood’s edict not to cite evidence or legal arguments that might result in acquittal. As law professor Francis Boyle warned before the trial: “This is a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp and a railroad all put together.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people will be in my prayers, and I consider all of them, to be very courageous in expressing the courage of their spiritual convictions by what they have done.

Were their actions the only potential things they could have done?!?

No; but I think they decided on their actions to create some awareness about the horrific dangers of nuclear weapons for those who were unawakened, as to just how destructive these weapons can be.

I would like to hope that what they may well have started, is a quiet, intelligent dialogue among people who understand, that the whole notion of mutually assured destruction, is, in and of itself, totally insane.

And please remember; the US government is the only government on the face of this planet to have used nuclear weapons...twice.

Nov 23 07:37

Authorities impose curfew in capital of Colombia, deploy 20k police against protesters

Colombian President Iván Duque instructed the authorities in Bogota to impose an overnight curfew on the entire Colombian capital, as 20,000 uniformed police were deployed to “establish order” amid anti-government protests.
“What we are facing is not a march,” said Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, announcing the measure on Friday evening, describing the protesters as a small number of “criminals, vandals, looting, stealing and wanting to practically end our city.”

Initially, the curfew was to apply only to Bosa, Kennedy and Ciudad Bolivar – three districts on the south side of the capital, whose residents are primarily poor and working-class Bogotans. The decision to lock them down was made after violence erupted on the sidelines of mass protests against the government’s austerity policies.

Over 200,000 people rallied in Bogota on Thursday. Another 20,000 rallied in Cali, prompting local authorities to impose a curfew there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these protestors were"... a small number of “criminals, vandals, looting, stealing and wanting to practically end our city.”, why did Colombian President Iván Duque greenlight the presence of 20,000 police?!?

Sorry, but the numbers and description of those protesting, just doesn't jibe with a call for 20,000 police on the street.

Nov 23 06:57

NYTIMES PANS "CULT LEADER" GABBARD'S WHITE PANT SUIT AFTER PRAISING HILLARY FOR SAME OUTFIT

Style writer Vanessa Friedman had drooled over Hillary’s clothing back in 2016, calling her white pantsuit “presidential.”

However, when Gabbard, a fierce critic of Clinton, wore virtually the exact same outfit, Friedman said it made her look like a “cult leader” full of “combative righteousness” and that the white fabric has “connotations of the fringe, rather than the center” and even undermines “community building.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing, but perfectly predictable!!!

DNC Chair Tom Perez, we never talk anymore, sir.

Not that we ever did, really, but I would imagine that you have someone on your team occasionally taking a look at the posts which appear here.

But please believe me; with the Biden Ukraine Debacle coming at the DNC like a tsunami on steroids, the only really viable candidates you have, when Warren's budget numbers self-destruct, which is about to happen, will be Buttegeig, and Gabbard.

And Hillary?!? In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "fuhgettaboutit"!

She's Kryptonite, with more baggage than has Kim Kardashian on a photoshoot, and may well have "assassins on speed dial" (Yes, I DO know this is one of Sherlock Holmes' lines in the Dramady, "Elementary"; but you have to wonder that the Gruesome Twosome, Bill and Hill, are the only "power couple" in DC to have had their very own "dead bodies list").

As for Gabbard; she is a straight thinking, well-spoken Samoan American Vet who has actually seen combat, and fully well understands the costs of war.

Buttegeig has been doing very well in recent polls, and sounds, to most people, like a centerist.

Tom, I would consider most of the reasonably sane people I know as "Centerists", neither rabid conservatives, or rabid socialists; if your nomination choice misses that critical mass of American voters, you will lose to Trump (or Pence, or whoever the RNC puts into position, if Trump is impeached) in a way that will cause the Democratic party in this country to self-destruct, and worse, from absolutely self-inflicted wounds.

As you well know, candidates are created; not necessarily born. So I would suggest that you, and the rest of the DNC get busy, creating a team that Americans can really support and get behind, even if the US military/industrial complex is a little "grumpy" with the choice; but as you well understand,they always get their "cut of the action" anyway,no matter who is sitting in that Oval Office.

Nov 23 06:25

FURIOUS CHINA SHADOWS TWO US WARSHIPS SAILING THROUGH DISPUTED WATERS, WARNS THEM TO LEAVE

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

China is again furious after the US sailed several warships through the heavily disputed waters in the South China Sea, military sources told Reuters. The move by the US has escalated tensions between both countries, already tense as the latest round of trade talks have fallen apart, and the signing of the phase one trade deal has likely been delayed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

The key to both great comic delivery, and statescraft, is timing; in this case, as was the case with the Senate passing a bill this last week which supported the Hong Kong protestors against the Chinese government, the timing could possibly have been worse, but I sure as hell cannot imagine how.

The horrific suffering of American farmers over China's not buying their crops, because of the trade debacle, which has been costing properties taken in foreclosures, and actual suicides among American farmers, cannot possibly be overstated.

China has furiously demanded of President Trump that he veto the Hong Kong bill; and while we most probably will have to wait to see if he actually does this, this legislation, coupled with a very angry Chinese government over this deployment of American war ships in the South China Sea, is not winning any friends in the Chinese government right now, and President Trump and his advisors are so moving in the wrong direction here.

Because when the timing of certain elements of statescraft appears to have gone "mammary glands vertical", you know that something is very wrong with Trump's approach to China, unless the whole thrust of these policies, collectively, is to goad China into going to war against the US.

And of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could be contemplating right now, a war with China is right up there among the most potentially insane possibilities being treated as a viable scenario.

Nov 23 06:10

UNPRECEDENTED 'ARCHITECTURE OF SURVEILLANCE' CREATED BY FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE POSES GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS THREAT: REPORT

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

"Their insidious control of our digital lives undermines the very essence of privacy and is one of the defining human rights challenges of our era."

A new report from Amnesty International accuses Facebook and Google of having a "surveillance-based business model" that threatens users' right to privacy and other human rights.

The tech giants, said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, have amassed "unparalleled power over the digital world by harvesting and monetizing the personal data of billions of people. Their insidious control of our digital lives undermines the very essence of privacy and is one of the defining human rights challenges of our era."

Facebook and Google, according to the report, deserve to be singled out of the so-called Big 5 for their outsize influence on internet users.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you post anything, on any area of social media, please make certain that it is something you wouldn't mind shouting from the rooftops; digital privacy and anonymity have died, unless you want to go to the sites as seen on the left hand side of the screen, very near where this commentary exists.

And one has to wonder just how long before they, too, get compromised.

Nov 23 06:00

D-TRUMP HAS PLENTY OF SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS ON THE PAYROLL, SEE - LIST OF BILDERBERG ATTENDEES AND CFR MEMBERS IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CABINET. THERE’S A LOT OF THEM.

Source: CNBC - President Donald Trump employs several of his family members to work within his White House administration and help him run his business. His daughter Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor, and her husband, Jared Kushner, serves as assistant to the president and senior advisor. Trump’s older sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are executive vice presidents of The Trump Organization.

The Trump administration also employs the son of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney. The White House pays him nearly six figures to serve as a sports liaison.

According to government documents, Giuliani’s son, Andrew H. Giuliani, makes $95,000 per year working for the White House. His official title is "Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nepotism is normal behaviour for the well-monied; I am sure, however, were we scrutinizing Democratic Administrations, we would find the same kind of thing going on there as well.

But $ 95,000.00 dollars as "sports liaison" for the White House?!? Where the heck do I sign up for that?!?!? :-)

Nov 22 19:11

WSJ exposes Google’s search engine fraud and blatant lies about not manually intervening in search engine results… BLACKLIST of sites includes NaturalNews.com

Links to Planned Parenthood, as one example, make up 39 percent of Google search results for the word “abortion” – this compared to just 16 percent and 14 percent of search results for the word “abortion” on DuckDuckGo and Microsoft’s Bing, respectively.

Google also flat-out blocks certain websites from showing up in its search results, including Dr. Joseph Mercola’s web articles and resources. Other Google-censored websites include The Gateway Pundit and United West, as well as Natural News.

Breitbart News has also been targeted by Google, especially after it leaked the “Google Tape” last year. Reports indicate that Breitbart‘s article about the Google tape ended up being buried 12 pages back by Google when users search for the phrase “leaked Google video Trump.”

Nov 22 17:13

"British" Bankers Supplied Germany to Extend WWI

By Henry Makow Ph.D.
(From Dec. 1, 2007)
On Oct 12, 1915, Edith Cavell, 50, a British nurse and head of a teaching hospital in Belgium, was shot by a German firing squad. Her death inflamed anti-German feeling in the US and caused enlistment in England to double.

She had helped some British POW's escape. Normally her crime was punished by three months imprisonment. Why was she killed?

According to Eustace Mullins, Edith Cavell had stumbled upon some damaging information. On April 15, 1915, The Nursing Mirror in London published her letter revealing that the Allied "Belgian Relief Commission" (charged with feeding Belgium) was, in fact, channeling thousands of tons of supplies to Germany.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-bush-familys-links-to-nazi-germany-a...
https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyBNmecVtdU

Nov 22 10:30

FBI lawyer allegedly altered document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

A former FBI lawyer allegedly altered a document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election, a report said Thursday.

The evidence of the altered document was turned over to federal prosecutor John Durham, who is investigating how intelligence was gathered by agencies including the CIA and FBI during the probe into the Trump campaign, CNN reported.

It’s not clear what role the altered document played in the investigation into Page — or if a FISA warrant against him would have been okayed without the fudged document, according to the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation; the fix was in here, to politically assassinate Trump, right from the moment of his nomination as the Republican Candidate for President in 2016.

Nov 22 10:25

PRINCETON STUDY: THE U.S. IS NOT ‘LOSING’ ITS DEMOCRACY, IT’S ALREADY LONG GONE

SOURCE: COLLECTIVE-EVOLUTION
The notion that citizens of the United States don’t actually live in a democracy has been picking up steam for decades, with scars from economic, social and political decay inflicting themselves ever more deeply into our psyches as the years move on.

You would think that, with the rise of science and technology, we would have been able to build a far more prosperous nation. Instead, we have seen a vast reduction in our standard of living, and are being forced to work longer and harder in increasingly menial and unfulfilling jobs across the board. We are ever more being subjected to the control-hungry vicissitudes of mega-corporations that are swallowing up American entrepreneurship and prosperous self-employment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elections, in this country, give our citizens the illusion of choice in Presidential candidates, where we have utterly none; at the end of the day, candidates are vetted to make certain they are war-centric and surveillance-centric (not of themselves, of course, but ordinary people); have no difficulties dealing with certain dictatorial governments which buy a huge load of weapons from the US; and like the current socio-economic system, including all of the wealthy's tax breaks, frozen right where they are in time in this country, with little chance of real advancement, or better wealth equity.

Nov 22 10:18

THE CIA HELPED SHAPE ‘TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN’ SERIES INTO A BIGOTED VENEZUELA REGIME CHANGE FANTASY

“The CIA is something that we should all not only cherish, but be saying thank you every single day,” Krasinski declared.

“The coolest thing ever for me, I mean I totally nerded out when we got to the CIA,” Krasinski effused. “They were the most unbelievably generous, kind, smart people.”

Krasinski’s comments flowed directly from his experience as the star of the second series of the Amazon series, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”

In a new video analysis of the show (embedded at the end of this article), researcher Tom Secker exposed the show as straightforward US imperial propaganda which was produced in direct collaboration with the CIA and Pentagon.

Nov 22 10:15

RETHINKING NATIONAL SECURITY: CIA AND FBI ARE CORRUPT, BUT WHAT ABOUT CONGRESS?

SOURCE: PHILIP GIRALDI VIA THE STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION

Nov 22 10:12

COPS HELD MENTALLY ILL MAN DOWN ON SCORCHING ASPHALT UNTIL HIS SKIN LITERALLY MELTED OFF

A California man is suing the city of Citrus Heights and several of its police officers for the horrific injuries — skin literally melting off — when police forced him onto the ground of a restaurant parking lot when the temperature was more than 100 degrees outside. The city finally settled this lawsuit, but it was just learned that police and officials forced the victim’s attorney and the victim to stay silent about it. Luckily, the press is not subject to the same terms.

not move it for relief, exposing the right side of his face and neck to the scorching heat of the concrete.”

By the time Nelson was brought to the hospital, according to the lawsuit, his body temperature was 108 degrees, and he had second- and third-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. He suffered kidney failure, shock and permanent disfigurement.

“Nelson nearly died from these injuries and required months of immediate care at the UC Davis Medical Center,” according to the lawsuit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tend to never have run-ins with the police; but I cannot imagine what it would be like, to be a mentally ill Californian who desperately needed help, not torture, and have nearly died from this encounter.

Is that what "protect and serve" mean to the police in Citrus Heights?!?

IF this is, in fact the truth, God help any of its citizens in any kind of encounter with local police!!!!

Nov 22 10:05

NETANYAHOO, INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND BREACH OF TRUST, BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS

Source: Moon Over Alabama

The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.

Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahu of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority.

Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Moon over Alabama, has been bang spot-on with their analysis; nothing is more dangerous than a wounded animal; the same can be said for a geopolitically wounded politician, as Netanyahu is right now.

We are coming toward one of the most iconic of American celebrations next week, which is Thanksgiving Day; while most Americans are in their turkey/tryptophan-induced coma, and watching lost of sports for the long weekend, one has to wonder if the IDF and/or Shin Beit, are "cooking up" some kind of false flag, to be blamed against Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope to heaven that I am absolutely wrong on this; but with Iran running defensive military drills, the US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia, coupled with the announcement about Netanyahu's indictments... this next week could be a very, thoroughly rough one for the world, particularly for those living anywhere in the Middle East right now.

Nov 22 10:05

NETANYAHOO, INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND BREACH OF TRUST, BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS

Source: Moon Over Alabama

The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.

Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahu of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority.

Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Moon over Alabama, has been bang spot-on with their analysis; nothing is more dangerous than a wounded animal; the same can be said for a geopolitically wounded politician, as Netanyahu is right now.

We are coming toward one of the most iconic of American celebrations next week, which is Thanksgiving Day; while most Americans are in their turkey/tryptophan-induced coma, and watching lost of sports for the long weekend, one has to wonder if the IDF and/or Shin Beit, are "cooking up" some kind of false flag, to be blamed against Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope to heaven that I am absolutely wrong on this; but with Iran running defensive military drills, the US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia, coupled with the announcement about Netanyahu's indictments... this next week could be a very, thoroughly rough one for the world, particularly for those living anywhere in the Middle East right now.

Nov 22 09:44

U.S. RELATIONS WITH CHINA WERE JUST DESTROYED, AND NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
Our relationship with China just went from bad to worse, and most Americans don’t even realize that we just witnessed one of the most critical foreign policy decisions of this century. The U.S. Senate just unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019”, and the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger. Violent protests have been rocking Hong Kong for months, and the Chinese have repeatedly accused the United States of being behind the protests. Whether that is true or not, the U.S. Senate has openly sided with the protesters by passing this bill, and there is no turning back now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is no guarantee that it will not do just that; the passing of the bill, backing the Hong Kong protestors, through
the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019", passed by the US Senate, is just that kind of move.

And while my sympathies are completely with the protestors, to irk the Chinese government in this way, just at the same time in which the Trump administration is dealing with a very difficult, contentious, trade deal with China; please, where in Heaven's name does this help the demonstrators, unless the US Congress is ready to declare war against China, and "Liberate" Hong Kong?!??

And we have a companion piece, from aljazeera com, from one day ago, with the following headline: China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong: Beijing warns Washington of 'strong countermeasures' if Trump signs off on legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters.

What Congress has done here, in its partisan fury to further geopolitically crucify Trump, has been to put President Trump into a completely untenable position; if he signs the bill, it may well destroy any possible attempt to salvage negotiations on this trade deal, while he is still in office; if he vetoes the bill, he will be called out by the Dementocrats, as "an agent for Beijing".

One thing is unmistakably clear here, however; those who wrote, and passed this bill in the Senate, do not give a damn about how much people, particularly our farmers, are suffering from the absence of a working trade bill with China, and apparently are hell-bent on continuing this economic pain, until the next election; that, truly, is what this legislation is all about.

Nov 22 09:16

NETANYAHOO, INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND BREACH OF TRUST, BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS

The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahoo in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.

Nov 22 09:11

No Power, No Running Water, No Toilets: Millions of Americans Are Living in Third-World Conditions

While the banksters,Israel and the Pentagon suck the country dry.

Scattered around the nation, there are parts of the country in which millions of Americans are living without the basic amenities that most of us take for granted.

I’m not talking about high-speed internet or frivolous things. I’m talking about electricity, flushing toilets, and clean running water.

But this isn’t a problem that only exists in one state or to one demographic. It’s happening across the nation more and more. Let’s take a look.

Nov 22 09:02

AG BARR ANNOUNCES PROJECT GUARDIAN TO PREVENT UNAPPROVED GUN PURCHASES

U.S. Attorney General William Barr was in Memphis last Wednesday to announce the launch of a new federal gun control program, Project Guardian. The AG promises to enforce federal gun regulations “with a vengeance.”

As President Trump is facing mostly manufactured charges of committing impeachable offenses, his attorney general is committing actual offenses against the Constitution, namely infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, as protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I have long believed that the first duty of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” Barr told the press gathered to cover the kick-off of the gun buying crackdown.

Actually, Mr. Barr, the federal government was NOT given the power by the states to protect the citizens of those states.

The scope of federal authority was very succinctly explained by James Madison in Federalist 45:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one small problem with this project; it is completely extra-constitutional, and an attempt to destroy Second Amendment rights, granted to American citizens in the Bill of Rights.

Folks, let's get real here,shall we?!? The reason for the Federal government to want to grab guns, is that there is some very sophisticated software programs, are being developed by Silicon Valley, which are very much mirrors to China's extant Social Credit System.

Oh Oh; Silicon Valley is Building a Chinese-Style Social Credit System The article goes on to state;

"IT CAN HAPPEN HERE
Many Westerners are disturbed by what they read about China’s social credit system. But such systems, it turns out, are not unique to China. A parallel system is developing in the United States, in part as the result of Silicon Valley and technology-industry user policies, and in part by surveillance of social media activity by private companies."

By the time such a system comes into place and stomps down hard in this country, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika will really have supplanted the Constitutional Republic, which, although it lived at one time, no longer exists.

So what will the monied do, to prevent working people from rebelling against such a Draconian system?!? Why, make sure that guns have been taken away from everyone; that is the goal, and Barr's program is engineered to facilitate just that.

Nov 22 08:44

THE US GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SIDE WITH SAUDI ARABIA OVER 9/11 FAMILIES

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
The 9/11 Report states that “we have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization [al-Qaeda].” The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has used that sentence numerous times defending itself against families of 9/11 victims that are attempting to sue them for financially supporting the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 family member, September Eleventh Advocate, and Jersey girl, Kristen Breitweiser addressed the issue here.

For a long time, the U.S. Government argued that since Saudi Arabia was not on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, the 9/11 families couldn’t sue the Kingdom in a court of law. But in 2016, a bill called the “Justice Against Sponsors Of Terrorism Act (JASTA)” was passed allowing 9/11 families to sue, despite the formality. President Obama attempted to veto the bill but his decision was overridden by Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, 9/11 families: you are SOL on this, because Saudi Arabia is the number one weapons purchaser of US weapons systems.


Saudi Arabia is America's No. 1 weapons customer

This article goes on to state> "The U.S. remains the world's largest weapons exporter, a position it has held since the late 1990s. Our biggest customer? Saudi Arabia.

That business reality came to the forefront this week in President Donald Trump's refusal to crack down on the kingdom whose royal rulers have been accused of murdering a Saudi-born, U.S.-based dissident journalist who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The U.S. sold a total of $55.6 billion of weapons worldwide in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 — up 33 percent from the previous fiscal year, and a near record. In 2017, the U.S. cleared some $18 billion in new Saudi arms deals."

In this country, money trumps the truth, nearly every time.

And unless and until something happens to make this stop, the full knowledge of Saudi Arabia's role in the 9/11 attacks will never be fully known or understood; I am sorry, 9/11 families; but that is just the reality right now.

And of course, it is not helping your cause, 9/11 families, that one of two of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, is none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen; I really think that Trump admires the guy, because because it appears that he can get away with anything (including ordering the assassination of a political dissident, Adnan Kashoggi), and come out pretty nearly unscathed.

But I do have a prediction for both Prince Bin Salman, and President Trump; history, even with a slow drip of what really happened on 9/11 coming out, in bits and pieces, will not remember them kindly.

And as to the US complicity in Saudi War crimes in Yemen; please don't get me started here. Innocents have been, and will continue to be slaughtered here, because there is no one in the US government with the power to make it stop, or wants it to stop, because weaponry manufacturers are ardent campaign contributors, giving the most to the candidate who is ultimately more war-centric than is their competitor.

Nov 22 08:20

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT RULES POLICE CAN’T FORCE YOU TO TELL THEM YOUR PASSWORD

By Andrew Crocker

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a forceful opinion today holding that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being forced to disclose the passcode to their devices to the police. In a 4-3 decision in Commonwealth v. Davis, the court found that disclosing a password is “testimony” protected by the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination.

EFF filed an amicus brief in Davis, and we were gratified that the court’s opinion closely parallels our arguments. The Fifth Amendment privilege prohibits the government from coercing a confession or forcing a suspect to lead police to incriminating evidence. We argue that unlocking and decrypting a smartphone or computer is the modern equivalent of these forms of self-incrimination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for this decision; as further challenges of this go on, perhaps as high as the Supreme Court, I hope that their logic, in this decision-making, will be allowed to stand.

Nov 22 08:17

POLIO OUTBREAK IN PHILIPPINES CAUSED BY THE VACCINE, SAYS WHO

SOURCE: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
On 19 September 2019, the Philippines declared an outbreak of polio. Two cases have been reported to date, both caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2). Environmental samples taken from sewage in Manila on 13 August and a waterway in Davao on 22 August have also tested positive for VDPV2.

The first case was confirmed on 14 September following testing by the National Polio Laboratory at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case-patient is a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur in the southern Philippines. The virus isolated is genetically linked to VDPV2 previously isolated from environmental samples in Manila and Davao. This indicates that the virus is circulating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WHAT THE HELL?!?

Why did these kids NOT get a combo of the oral, and injected vaccine, to fully protect these kids?!? And I would like to remind these people; once polio has been contracted, there is no cure.

If I were the mom or dad, or family of a kid or kids who got ill from this massive failure of oversight, I would be screaming at the authorities who told them that having one or the other form of protection against polio, but not both, was perfectly fine.

WHEN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW THIS WORKED WAS EASILY FOUND IN MEDICAL RESOURCES, WHY WAS THERE NO EFFORT TO INSURE THAT KIDS WERE REALLY PROTECTED FROM THIS DISEASE, BY MAKING SURE THEY HAD BOTH THE ORAL, AND INJECTABLE FORM OF THIS VACCINE IN THEIR SYSTEM?!?

Nov 22 07:50

‘BEAST OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE’ CHILDREN’S BOOK RELEASED AMID PRINCE ANDREW SCANDAL LEAVES TWITTER SMIRKING

Comedian and ‘Little Britain’ star David Walliams’ new children’s book ‘The Beast of Buckingham Palace’ has caused quite a stir on Twitter, not because of its content but for the perfect comedic timing of its release.

At pretty much any other point in 2019, the online commentariat would hardly have batted an eyelid at Walliams’ book title, however, in the immediate aftermath of Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview and subsequent demotion to royal family pariah, online commentators could hardly contain themselves.

The car crash interview saw the Duke of York attempt to defend and downplay his friendship with suspected sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. He has since been summarily dumped by a series of companies and charities with whom he worked before being dismissed from public duties by the Queen herself. “As they say, the secret of comedy is timing,” comedian Frankie Boyle said in response to the release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Prince Andrew suffered from can only be described as an horrendous case of hubris, because of which which he believed he could actually get away with ANYTHING, because of his royal stature, with zero repercussions.

The people for whom I genuinely feel bad in this whole, sordid mess, are his Mom, Queen Elizabeth; his ex-wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, who defended him to the hilt; and their two daughters, Princess Beatrice, And Princess Eugenie; because no matter how much money they may have remaining, post him getting fired by the Queen, his betrayal of his family in this way, must have cut deeper... than words can possibly describe.

I have zero sympathy for this man whatsoever; that being said, If Andrew has any of his wits about him, he will "solicitor up" (which we Yanks understand as "Lawyer Up") with the best possible the UK has to offer, in this scandal, and when interviewed by the FBI, CIA, etc., will simply tell the truth.

But if he does this, MI-6 will have to offer him 24/7 protection, because the people in very high places in governments who surrounded Jeffrey Epstein, will absolutely not want this information made public.

Governments could, potentially fall, from his revelations; and rather than that happening, those who can, may want to insure that Prince Andrew cannot testify at all, because he has become a "live liability", post-Epstein's death.

Nov 22 07:25

FORMER BALTIMORE MAYOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD, TAX EVASION, FACES DECADES IN PRISON

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges in the "Healthy Holly" book scandal, reported WJZ Baltimore.

Pugh pleaded guilty to four of the 11 charges, including wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the US, and two counts of tax evasion. The disgraced mayor faces up to 35 years in federal prison, sentencing is expected in late February 2020.

Maryland US Attorney Robert K. Hur told reporters on the steps of the US District Court in Baltimore that "the city of Baltimore faces many pressing issues. We need dedication and professionalism from our leaders, not fraud and corruption, if we have any hope of fixing these problems."

Pugh's attorney Steven D. Silverman said her client "sincerely apologizes to all of those that she let down, most especially the citizens of Baltimore whom she had the honor to serve in multiple capacities for decades."

Fraud runs deep in Baltimore...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, in the mind of former Baltimore Mayor Pugh, " being of service" and "defrauding the public she alleged she served", are synonymous.

But be of good cheer, all your die-hard supporters of former Mayer Pugh; in light of how politics work in this city, I would sincerely doubt that she will pay more than a token amount of time, and then be quietly released, perhaps even without an ankle bracelet.

Nov 22 07:17

Teen in California high school shooting rampage used 'ghost gun' made from parts

A 16-year-old boy who opened fire at his Southern California high school, killing two classmates and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head, used a “ghost gun” built from parts, the local sheriff said on Thursday.

Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow pulled the .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from his backpack on Nov. 14, his birthday, and shot students at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita seemingly at random before turning the gun on himself. He died of his wounds the next day.

“When we did a search of the house, we encountered what’s called a kit gun. The weapon used in the homicide was also a kit gun,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told local KABC-TV in an interview.

“It was assembled from parts, had no serial number. So it becomes what’s known as a ‘ghost gun,’” Villanueva said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is an interesting read out of Reuters on this shooting, California School Shooter Dies, with motive a mystery and it mentions the following:

"The stereotype of the loser sociopath is often inaccurate, according to the psychologist who co-wrote federal guidelines for assessing school shooting threats.

Marissa Randazzo, who has interviewed five shooters, said most of those she studied were academically successful and weren’t social outcasts.

What pushes most shooters is some kind of loss or disappointment, often recent, followed by the inability to cope with a feeling of being overwhelmed, said Randazzo, a former chief research psychologist at the U.S. Secret Service who is now CEO of a threat-assessments firm."

“These are acts of suicide as much as homicide,” she said."

The kid's dad died in 2017; I have to wonder if the family had him involved with "talking therapy only", or "chemical therapy", where a class of drugs called SSRIs, Selective Serotonin Uptake Reinhibitors, were prescribed by the boy's doctor.

These drugs are known to have some horrific side-effects, such as wanting to commit suicide or homicide, and the documentation on this can be found at:

www.ssristories.org

IF you have a kid in your family you love very much who has just gone through a really horrific trauma (like losing your dad when you are 17), please make sure that they get some competent, compassionate grief counseling, even if they are adamant that they don't need it. And make DAMNED sure that this teenager is not being prescribed one of these medications.

I know a little something about that kind of trauma; my dad died when I was 18, of a cerebrovascular accident (where heart and brain fail at the same time).

Luckily and fortunately, I was blessed to have my family rally around me, to be sure that I got the help and support I needed.

Nov 22 06:49

IRAN LAUNCHES MAJOR AIR DEFENCE DRILL SIMULATING WAR IN GULF

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

The Iranian armed forces today launched a major air defence drill codenamed “Guardians of Velayat’s Sky-98” in the northeastern province of Semnan, local media reported.

Air Defence Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said yesterday that the manoeuvres were being held across an area of some 416,000 square kilometres and will simulate a conflict in the Gulf, especially over the Strait of Hormuz.

“If the enemy intends to invade, attack or even infringe on our country’s skyline, which is one of our red lines, we can deal with it,” he said.

The manoeuvres come as tensions between Iran and the United States and Saudi Arabia persist in the Gulf region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the overt hostility against the Iranian government, and Syria, can one blame the Iranian government for doing these defensive drills?!/

The short answer is, "HELL, no!!"

Allegedly Iranian targets in Syria have been hit by Israel, right outside of Damascus last Tuesday:

Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria

The Iranian leadership may be many things, but one of them is NOT stupid; they believe they know what is coming, and they are probably correct in that assessment. The question is, when.

I am also deeply concerned about the timing of the deployment of 3,000 more US troops to Saudi Arabia.

One of the most uniquely iconic American holiday is coming up next week, and that is our Thanksgiving celebration; I would't put it past Israel's IDF and/or Shin Beit, to be "cooking up" a little false flag, where Americans or American assets are hit intensely, and then off the US military goes, creating more "hot war " in Syria, and against Iran.

Russia has already been assisting Syria in battling US trained, funded, and armed Jihadis who have attempted to regime-change Syria; and please remember what the Russian government has told the Iranian government earlier this year; Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks

When a Russian official makes that kind of promise, diplomatically, you can absolutely bet that such a promise is iron-clad, in terms of Russia following through on it.

And to those who eyeball this site for all the Alphabet Soup agencies out there; (and you know who you are!! :-)); the Pentagon; State Department; and the White House, I would politely, but strongly caution this government, that an attempted decap strike against either Tehran or Damascus, would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this country could do right now, and primarily because of Russia's war capacities we do cannot match at the moment.

We do not conscript (Russia does; Conscription in Russia)); they unfortunately have some absolutely kick-ass weapons (to which our weapons designers are frantically attempting to catch up; we don't have the manufacturing; and at a Federal Deficit of approximately $ 1 trillion dollars, and rising Explainer: What you should know about federal deficits, a war with Iran and Syria will almost inextricably mean war with Russia.

Nov 22 06:24

MEASURE ON 'ARMENIAN GENOCIDE' BLOCKED AGAIN IN US SENATE

A Republican United States Senate member on Thursday blocked a resolution recognising the "Armenian genocide", the second time in a week that a member of President Donald Trump’s party halted the measure.

Senator David Perdue prevented a bipartisan effort to pass the resolution by unanimous consent, arguing that its passage during a sensitive period "would undermine the administration’s commitment to overcoming real challenges in our bilateral relationship with Turkey".

The move angered Senate Democrat Robert Menendez, whose effort had been rebuffed the previous week after Republican congressmen met with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"It is amazing to me that the greatest superpower on the face of the earth just can’t speak [the] truth of history," Menendez said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, when geopolitical issues overshadow the right calling of history (as in the case of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey) truth, again, becomes the first casualty of those issues.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915

But we have to realize that modern day Turkey is NOT a part an Ottoman Empire, which crumbled in 1922, so it cannot be held responsible for the horrors inflicted by Ottoman soldiers on the Armenian people.

What I think we need here, as they did in South Africa, is for there to be a "Truth and Reconciliation Committee", headed up by both Armenian and Turkish Academics, to address the wrongs which were done in the name of the Ottoman Empire, and look at how Armenians and Turks can resolve those old animosities in the 21st century.

This would be a reasonable, sane way to address history; be informed by it; but be able to look way past old hatreds at each other, and recognise each as brother and sister human beings, not just as Armenians and Turks.

Both countries have a very proud, rich, and culturally intelligent story to tell; let the story of a 21st relationship between these countries be one of trust; hope, and discovering what unites them in common.

Nov 21 10:20

Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

By Saphora Smith and Paul Goldman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday.

Nov 21 09:18

Trump, Pompeo, and global organized criminal network

The Iranians get it! They call the New World Order,Organized Psychopathy!

By Walt Peretto

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo are now employing the use of sanctions against Iran to foment dissent of its citizenry against their government.

Nov 20 07:56

Trump Notifies Congress More Troops Headed To Saudi Arabia As Carrier Enters Hormuz

So much for drawing down in the Middle East. President Trump notified Congress on Tuesday that more American troops are en route to Saudi Arabia, which will bring their overall numbers to about 3,000 in the kingdom.

"These personnel will remain deployed as long as their presence is required to fulfill the missions described above," the president said in a letter.

The official White House notification of Congressional members described the American military presence there as essential in countering Iran's influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"En Route" means, having been formally deployed, and on the way.

The only question left is, how soon they will arrive, or how many of these 3,000 troops have already reported for duty?

But to be honest, the timing of this increase in the US military presence in Saudi Arabia concerns me greatly.

Very few celebrations are more iconically American than is Thanksgiving, happening next week, with Americans chowing down on the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and watching football in rapt attention.

One has to wonder if the IDF doesn't have a "false flag" scheduled for right around this holiday, to be blamed, of course, on Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope I am completely wrong on this but, when it comes to geopolitical ploys, timing...is everything.

Nov 20 07:44

FACEBOOK: MARK ZUCKERBERG’S FAKE ACCOUNTS PONZI SCHEME

SOURCE: NAKED CAPITALISM
Yves here. We edited this important post from a version on Aaron Greenspan’s website. Lambert reordered it to make the likely magnitude of Facebook fake accounts the starting point, which we see as the most damning evidence against Facebook. Most people accept the proposition that Mark Zuckerberg is running a less than trustworthy business that among other things, has no concern for the safekeeping of personal information. But the idea that his business looks like a Ponzi scheme is a new disclosure and merits a hard look.

By Aaron Greenspan, founder of the Think Computer Corporation1

Facebook now has a market capitalization approaching $600 billion, making it nominally one of the most valuable companies on earth. It’s a true business miracle: a company that was out of users in 2012 managed to find a wellspring of nearly infinite and sustained growth that has lasted it, so far, half of the way through 2019.

Nov 20 07:40

ANONYMOUS HACKS CHINA AS CHINESE MILITARY MOVES ON HONG KONG, STUDENTS TRAPPED AT POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

BY AARON KESEL
Anonymous has hacked into various Chinese websites and databases dumping files from government employee data to corporate data including user names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, passwords for databases, IP addresses and more. It is all a part of what the collective is calling #OpHongKong and they vow these actions will continue until Hongkongers’ demands are met and Hong Kong is free.

This writer spoke to OpHongKong via email who sent a tip that the decentralized hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has initiated “OpHongKong” no-holds-barred hacks against China for the escalation against Hong Kong protesters, holding students hostage at Polytechnic University; and for what China is doing to Muslim Uighurs in concentration camps, as well as its own people with its Orwellian facial recognition surveillance-state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the protestors didn't realize that this was coming, or what the outcome would most probably be, signaled an intense failure of imagination on their parts.

And for the Communist officials, at the end of the day, I would suggest that there is only so much repression a human being can handle, and if there is any more heaped against them, they will react aggressively, which appears to be happening here.

The big question, and one which may cause China's President Xi some sleepless nights, is, where do things go from here?!? How intensely will China punish this revolt's ringleaders? With a bullet to the brain, for which their families will be charged?!?

Because Hong Kong is Hong Kong, Xi may well not be able to "stage manage" the narrative quite as closely or cleanly as he would like; there will be a lot of media attention, specifically in terms of how the police were behaving, and Xi understands that.

But how this will continue to unfold, is anyone's guess, at the moment; the one think Xi dares not do, is to allow these demonstrations to get even further out of control.

Nov 20 07:17

EPSTEIN’S JAIL GUARDS TO FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

The correctional officers haven’t yet been named. It’s very possible that New York prosecutors will seek to use them as patsies to deflect skepticism from the official narrative surrounding Epstein’s death.

The guards have apparently been offered a plea deal that they declined, setting the stage for legal proceedings that could shine light on Epstein’s death.

The authorities’ official story maintains the billionaire pedophile committed suicide in his own jail cell, hanging himself with bed sheets when jail guards weren’t looking. Epstein’s close personal connections to neoliberal political elites such as Bill Clinton and the UK’s Prince Andrew have lead to an abundance of alternative explanations, with a plurality of Americans doubting the jail’s version of events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cold, hard truth of the business is that, given the circumstances, Epstein was a "live liability" for many of the monied, and celebrity-centric; therefore, one way or the other, he had to be either exterminated with extreme prejudice; or, if those upon whom he had compromising information, understood that he had a functioning "dead man's switch" in place, whisked out of the country to a place where no one could find him.

Ever since the assassination of President Kennedy, this country has been stumbling into becoming another banana republic, where political assassinations, both inside the country, and outside of it, have become routine.

I weep for the country I thought I knew, as a kid.

Nov 20 06:27

CLINTON FOUNDATION FILES $16.8 MILLION LOSS

SOURCE: SUMMIT.NEWS
The numbers don’t lie, Hillary’s name is poison

Hillary Clinton’s name is pure poison and no one in their right mind wants anything to do with her.

This is evidenced nowhere more in the fact that the Clinton Foundation has gone from turning over a revenue of almost $400 million in 2013, to actually LOSING almost $33 million since Donald Trump wiped the floor with Hillary in 2016.

Newly released tax records show that the foundation reported a loss of almost $17 million in 2018, to add to the net loss of $16.1 million the previous year in 2017.

The numbers don’t lie.

Total revenue reported for 2018 was just $30.7 million, less than a tenth of what was being pulled in While Hillary was Secretary of State.

Only $24.2 million was posted in grants and contributions, which constitutes a record low for the “charity.” Expenses amounted to $47.5 million, hence a loss of $16.8 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Couldn't have happened to a more "deserving" couple, than to the "Gruesome Twosom", Bill and Hill.
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Nov 20 06:11

ISIS SECRETS SPILLED IN RARE ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS: "WE JUST WALKED INTO SYRIA"

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
Over the years of the war in Syria, an overwhelming amount of evidence has amassed documenting that the so-called 'Islamic State' caliphate was established after tens of thousands of ISIS and other foreign fighters were allowed to pour across Turkey's southern border into Syria.

That NATO's second largest military with the help of its allies such as the US, Britain, France, and Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar facilitated what the State Department in 2014 described as the largest mass movement of jihadist terrorists in modern history should be a scandal of monumental importance, yet the mainstream media predictably ignored it and "moved on".

And now more bombshell proof of state sponsorship behind the prior rapid rise of ISIS: below are details exposed during unprecedented on-camera interviews of imprisoned ISIS members in Syria spilling all. They confess openly that Turkish military and intelligence simply let them "just walk into Syria".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A case, writ large, of "We have met the enemy... and he..is us!!"

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