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Jun 09 12:27

US-BACKED FORCES ENTER RAQQA AS COALITION DROPS WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS

In what some speculate may be the beginning of the end for Daesh (ISIS), the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered Raqqa – Daesh’s Syrian stronghold – for the first time on Tuesday. SDF commander Rojda Felat told the AFP news agency that the group is “fighting street battles inside Raqqa now, and we have experience in urban warfare.” The advance came after heavy airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, which killed more than 20 civilians trying to flee the offensive by boat.

The push for the U.S.-backed SDF to claim Raqqa from Daesh has been in the works for over seven months, having only been made possible by U.S.-led coalition air support, thousands of military advisers and deliveries of heavy weapons. While the U.S.-led coalition, particularly the U.S. itself, claims that this support is all for the common cause of eradicating Daesh, their plans for Raqqa following a Daesh defeat could make the future goal of a united Syria all but impossible to achieve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but if these reports about the purported US use of white phosphorous and cluster bomb weapons are true, isn't the use of both white phosphorus and cluster bomb weapons banned, internationally, for use against civilians?!?

It appears that the US military is rapidly going rogue, with an "ends justify the means" attitude (now, where have we heard THAT before?!?), and a completely cavalier "Assassinations R Us" level of insensitivity to civilian deaths.

Jun 09 12:18

JOHN MCCAIN’S INCOHERENT QUESTIONING OF JAMES COMEY SHOWS WHY WE NEED TERM LIMITS

Does America really need a permanent ruling class of career politicians? According to Real Clear Politics, right now Congress has an average approval rating of just 18.8 percent. It is an institution that is dominated by politicians that are able to keep winning elections over and over again because they are extremely good at raising money. And our permanent ruling class of politicians has learned that it greatly pays to pander to the special interests and the wealthy donors that are able to inject large amounts of cash into their campaigns. This incestuous system produces many incumbents that are almost unbeatable, and the result is that some of these Congress critters end up staying in Washington much, much longer than they should.

On Thursday, we witnessed a perfect example of this. Senator John McCain’s incoherent questioning of James Comey got so much attention on social media that USA Today did a whole story about it…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mc Cain has become an absolute embarrassment to both the voters of his state Arizona) and the entire country as well.

And yes, term limits in Congress would be a very good way to go, as well as insuring that all financial issues be put in a blind trust, the moment they take the oath of office.

And raising money is a part of staying in power; the other factor, which the author of this article, apparently, does not want to address is vote manipulation by electronic means. And if you want to educate yourself as to the depth and breath of this problem, here's a website you really need to visit.

www.blackboxvoting.org

Jun 09 12:16

RUSSIA’S FOOD SHIPMENTS TO QATAR ARE A SOFT POWER MASTERSTROKE

The Qatari-Saudi Cold War is a geopolitical scheme cooked up by the US and the UAE, as I explained in my 21st Century Wire article about “The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War”, but it’s not exactly a surprise that it happened. My September 2016 forward-looking analysis about “The GCC: The Tripartite’s Big Barter In The ‘Eurasian Balkans’” presciently forecast that a second round of Gulf tensions was bound to occur, and that the Great Power Tripartite of Russia, Iran, and Turkey could cooperate with Qatar in helping to break Riyadh’s stranglehold on the GCC. Moreover, my Geopolitica.Ru analysis from earlier this week about “Russia’s Energy Diplomacy In The Mideast: Boom Or Bust?” accurately predicted that Russia will play a role in mediating tensions between the two feuding GCC countries, which has now officially come to pass with the Qatari Foreign Minister’s visit to Moscow this weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As always, Putin is a million chess moves ahead of everyone else in this geopolitical "realignment" in the Middle East.

Jun 09 12:09

JOHN MCCAIN’S INCOHERENT QUESTIONING OF JAMES COMEY SHOWS WHY WE NEED TERM LIMITS

Does America really need a permanent ruling class of career politicians? According to Real Clear Politics, right now Congress has an average approval rating of just 18.8 percent. It is an institution that is dominated by politicians that are able to keep winning elections over and over again because they are extremely good at raising money. And our permanent ruling class of politicians has learned that it greatly pays to pander to the special interests and the wealthy donors that are able to inject large amounts of cash into their campaigns. This incestuous system produces many incumbents that are almost unbeatable, and the result is that some of these Congress critters end up staying in Washington much, much longer than they should.

On Thursday, we witnessed a perfect example of this. Senator John McCain’s incoherent questioning of James Comey got so much attention on social media that USA Today did a whole story about it…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mc Cain has become an absolute embarrassment to both the voters of his state Arizona) and the entire country as well.

And yes, term limits in Congress would be a very good way to go, as well as insuring that all financial issues be put in a blind trust, the moment they take the oath of office.

And raising money is a part of staying in power; the other factor, which the author of this article, apparently, does not want to address is vote manipulation by electronic means. And if you want to educate yourself as to the depth and breath of this problem, here's a website you really need to visit.

www.blackboxvoting.org

Jun 09 11:57

U.S. TWITTER ERUPTS OVER NEWS THAT HILLARY CLINTON USED BLACK PRISON LABOR WHILE FIRST LADY OF ARKANSAS

Twitter users have reacted with surprise and fury over excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book It Takes A Village. On June 6,Jeanette Jing, an activist with over 33,000 followers on Twitter who supports Clinton’s Democratic opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, shared two pages of the work in which Clinton reminisces about the black prisoners who worked in the Arkansas governor’s mansion she shared with her husband, Bill Clinton, who led the state from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992.

“When we moved in, I was told that using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs,” Clinton writes. She adds that most of the workers were convicted murderers and she became friendly with “a few of them, African-American men in their thirties who had already served 12 to 18 years of their sentences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, these allegations are true, welcome...to the Real Hillary Clinton!!

And talking about moral illiterates, didn't she understand that the use of prison labor in this manner is completely, morally wrong?!?

Jun 09 11:49

A LONDON ATTACKER’S LINKS TO UK COVERT OPERATIONS IN SYRIA AND LIBYA

Evidence suggests that one of the London attackers, Rachid Redouane, was part of the broad UK-backed covert strategy to oust Syria’s Assad, following his similar role in Libya in 2011.

It is distinctly possible that Redouane was trained by Qatar special forces in Libya in 2011, as part of a broad UK-approved covert operation. Indeed, it is possible that this training was presided over by UK and US ‘liaison’ officers.

The analysis below is based on mainstream media sources, all in the public domain.

Evidence suggests that one London attacker, Rachid Redouane, was part of the broad UK-backed covert strategy to oust Syria’s Assad, following his similar role in Libya in 2011.

The Telegraph reports that London attacker Rachid Redouane fought in the 2011 British/NATO war against Qaddafi – as did Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber – and joined a militia which went on to send jihadist fighters to Syria. In Libya, he is believed to have fought with the Liwa al Ummah unit.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And the British government didn't expect there to be blowback, when all was said and done?!?

Apparently, the pathological inability to think a scenario all the way through to its logical conclusion, is not only a disease of American government, but also also infects the British government intensely as well.

Jun 09 11:30

Saudi Arabia issues 10,000 Riyal fine for watching al-Jazeera

Saudi Arabia issued an outright ban against watching the al-Jazeera TV channel on Thursday, in the latest bizarre twist in its on-going diplomatic spat with Qatar.

The Saudi commission for tourism and national heritage issued a warning of a 10,000 riyal ($2700) fine if any tourist outlet failed to censor the Qatari news channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera's website has also been hit with a major DDOS attack.

Jun 09 10:39

The Evil of Killing Children

What type of person could ever knowingly kill innocent children? If a private individual were to intentionally kill innocent children, my hunch is that most everyone would recognize that as the epitome of evil. Yet, strangely, I hardly ever come across an U.S. op-ed or an editorial commenting on the evil of killing Iraqi children with the sanctions that the U.S. government enforced for more than 10 years.

Jun 09 07:47

Ex-intelligence contractor sues Comey

The former contractor is alleging the FBI covered up mass civil liberties violations against Americans; John Solomon and Sara Carter explain on 'Hannity'

Jun 08 15:59

In "Clear Escalation", Arab Countries Release List Of Terrorists Supported By Qatar

In what commentators have dubbed a "clear escalation", moments ago Arab states including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, have released a list that designates 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar as terrorist. The complete list of those named includes Qataris, Jordanians, Egyptians, Kuwaitis, Libyans.

The four countries released the names in “light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology and its dissemination and working together to eradicate it and immunize communities,” according to a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I am very concerned that, seeing how these countries are lining up to demonize Qatar (this includes the UAE; Saudi Arabia; Egypt, and Bahrain), will probably be working in concert (along with the US military) to attack it.

Right now, it doesn't feel that we are in an "if" moment, that it can, with negotiations, be remedied; it feels like we are in a "when" moment, and that moment could happen at any time.

On the Qatari side, we see Turkey and Iran siding with Qatar.

And while some of the people enumerated on this list may well be terrorists, Qatar is really getting punished for its dominance in natural gas, where it shares underground reservoirs with Iran in the North Field; the Saudis want this for themselves, as their oil reserves are beginning to tap out, which means that their economy may ultimately tank, unless they can control Qatar's natural gas.

So ultimately, this is about regime change in Doha, which will most probably mean at least an attempted regime change in Tehran.

Backing up to really see the "big picture" here, I am very much reminded of the Moriarty speech at the end of the 2nd Sherlock Homes movie, "A Game of Shadows". He makes the observation that a war is coming, and he wants a lock on both the bullets and the bandages.

We are seeing an escalating situation in Syria; a war approaching against Qatar,and potentially, against Iran (which most probably means, war with Russia).

Jun 08 12:11

Turkey scrambles for regional footing as Qatar debacle expands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his silence over the crisis engulfing his country’s closest Arab ally Qatar today, condemning the actions of the group of Gulf countries that cut off ties with the emirate over its alleged support for extremist groups and Iran. In a related move, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to fast-track bills to deploy Turkish forces in Qatar and train Qatari troops in its legislative agenda. Turkey is building a base in Qatar that will eventually host up to 10,000 troops under an accord in which Turkey pledged to defend the Gulf state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get my head around this; in one corner, we have Turkey; Iran (and with it, most probably, Russia); and Qatar; in the other corner, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

In looking at the facts and developments on the ground, what I am seeing is a prelude to pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia in a war, then attempting to regime-change Tehran, as the US government did in 1953, and insure that the country becomes balkanised, just as is happening in Iraq, to prevent it from having its current power and weight in the Middle East any longer.

This will, of course, make Israel very happy, because it doesn't like competing economically with Iran, and has declared it an "existential threat" to Israel's existence (which is is not: Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years).

However, there are a couple of caveats to be considered in any such action.

First, the Iran of 2017 is not the Iran of 1953; Iranians are a very geopolitically sophisticated, tech-embracing people, who remember their history, and are determined to not allow it to be repeated.

Secondly, the large, militarily-capable gorilla, snoozing on Bosendorfer Grand in the living room...is Russia. Russian political and military leaders have a very excellent relationship with Iran, and have been very vocal about coming to its aid, militarily, should it get attacked.

Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East, March, 2017

So, a war against Iran is most probably going to mean war against Russia.

I cannot think of a more ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make at this time, than a war against Russia over Iran.

However, unfortunately, just because a military attack against Russia is the most ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jun 08 11:44

Iraqi Kurds plan independence referendum on Sept. 25

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the central government in Baghdad is likely to oppose strongly.

"I am pleased to announce that the date for the independence referendum has been set for Monday, Sept. 25, 2017," Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said on Twitter.

Barzani's assistant Hemin Hawrami tweeted that voting would take place in the disputed region of Kirkuk and three other areas also claimed by the central government; Makhmour in the north, Sinjar in the northwest and Khanaqin in the east.

The president of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite coalition told Reuters in April it would oppose a Kurdish referendum. Ammar al-Hakim especially warned the Kurds against any move to annex oil-rich Kirkuk.

The referendum date was set after a meeting of Kurdish political parties chaired by Barzani, who heads the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this referendum goes forward, and the Kurds vote for an independent Kurdistan, look for yet another civil war in Iraq.

Jun 08 11:42

Comey Testifies Lynch pressured him on Clinton investigation...

"a number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet"

Jun 08 11:40

PURPORTED ‘US AID WORKER’ KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN WAS COORDINATING WEAPONS SHIPMENTS

In 2015, US logistics coordinator Scott Darden was captured by Houthi forces in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, and held for six months before his release. During that time, he was presented purely as participating in helping the delivery of humanitarian aid into the country.

He did that, as part of his employment for New Orleans-based Transoceanic Development was overseeing the transportation of humanitarian aid to the nation, which in the midst of a Saudi invasion is struggling with a nascent famine. Today, however, the New York Times is reporting that his job also had him delivering shipments of war materiel to US special forces operating in Yemen.

Some officials were willing to confirm the broad details of this, but they and Darden himself were unwilling to provide specifics, citing its “highly classified” nature. This is fueling new calls within the House Armed Services Committee to exercise at least some oversight over what was being done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not completely surprised at the US Military's "business as usual" in Yemen, hiding behind the facade of "humanitarian aid" to distribute weapons to Al-Hadi loyalists?!?

Jun 08 11:34

A Flint official blamed the city's water crisis on blacks who 'don't pay their bills'

A public official in Flint, Michigan, blamed the city's ongoing water crisis on black residents who "don't pay their bills" in a recorded conversation with an advocacy journalist last month, The Washington Post reported.

Phil Stair is the sales manager for a county agency that manages tax-foreclosed homes. Stair, who is white, used the N-word, according to the recordings.

The day after the recording was published in an online blog, Stair resigned from the Genesee County Land Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Phil Stair is the kind of serial political criminal who is pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for his own actions, like joining the other city fathers in Flint, in deciding to move from a clean water source to a polluted one to save money, which poisoned Flint's citizens, and primarily its children.

And to the people of Flint, when the next election comes, please throw out all the b*stards who signed off on creating this health nightmare for you and your families.

Jun 08 11:24

QUESTIONS LINGER ABOUT SETH RICH MURDER DETAILS

The murder of Seth Rich has brought a fresh round of condemnation from establishment figures of so called “fake news.” Mainstream press outlets have claimed without justification that there is no evidence to suspect political involvement in Rich’s death despite strong indications from multiple sources, including Wikileaks, that this may have in fact been the case. Extreme censorship in the media of the story fails to account for a botched and corruption tinted investigation by the D.C. Police Department. Additionally, close connections between the DNC, White House and individuals at the center of the incident do nothing but continue give rise to accusations of a cover up.

On May 15th, FOX 5 DC carried claims from private investigator Rod Wheeler that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks prior to his death. American media figures and political groups have subsequently engaged in an unprecedented frenzy of attacks against media outlets who even mention the story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the world of political assassinations; I am reasonably certain that people close to that Gruesome Twosome of American Realpolitik, Bill and Hillary Clinton, have people who can do this kind of thing on speed-dial.

And the most critical question here, is why did Rich die, when physicians treating him were certain his wounds were not fatal, and why did law enforcement officials prevent Rich from being seen and treated by the medical professionals at Washington Hospital Center?!?

So far, all we have is anonymous testimony (and appreciating just how the Clinton cartel works, I can understand why he stayed anonymous) from the surgeon who treated him, as stated here:

Surgeon who treated Seth Rich says his wounds were not fatal

This has all the earmarks of a botched assassination; when his killers blinked and missed the first time, they had to do it inside his hospital room, to assure that he became dead, and stayed dead.

I am quite certain his family has been threatened that a post-mortem autopsy on Rich's body will cost them their lives.

Jun 08 11:02

QATAR'S CREDIT RATING CUT OVER GULF BLOCKADE CRISIS

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded Qatar’s credit rating as outflows from portfolio investments have dragged the emirate’s national currency to 11-year lows.

The Arab Gulf state's long-term rating was cut one notch to AA- from AA. The agency put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, expecting further lowering.

Earlier this week, some Muslim countries led by neighboring Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar due to alleged support of terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.

S&P said the blockade could exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and put pressure on economic growth and fiscal stability.

“We expect that economic growth will slow, not just through reduced regional trade, but as corporate profitability is damaged because regional demand is cut off, investment is hampered, and investment confidence wanes,” said the US-based agency.

Jun 08 10:58

DECLASSIFIED DOCS PROVE US GOV’T KNOWINGLY ARMED ISIS, CLAIMED WEAPONS WERE ‘LOST’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

The missing equipment came from the $1.6 billion budget Congress allocated for the program in 2015. The budget was approved in the name of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria—a group of militants that didn’t exist until nearly a decade after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-luc Picard, double-face-palm moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm moment

Since when, please, did American military in Iraq become simply "collateral damage" to the DOD?!?

As much as I hate the economic reasons for this war, and all the other wars in which the US military has become enmeshed, those in government who signed off on this should be charged with, and tried, for treason.

Jun 08 10:48

HOW DID A DEFENDER OF A 9/11 TERRORIST BECOME MAYOR OF LONDON?

Forget the media-hyped back and forth between President Donald Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan that has Trump rightfully condemning Khan for Khan’s “no big deal” approach to dealing with the repeated terrorist attacks in London. What continues to go largely unreported are Khan’s long-standing ties to Islamic extremists, including his defense of a 9/11 terrorist.

What is going on here? How is it a supporter of radical Islam becomes mayor of London and is being fast-tracked to be a future Prime Minister of Great Britain? And why is the Mainstream Media so clearly determined to cover up Khan’s shocking extremist past?

All of the above are true – including Khan’s defense of 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Important questions, indeed.

If Khan is impotent, and/or unwilling, to defend the people of London, he should step down immediately, and a snap election needs to be held to elect someone who can, and will, protect all of London's citizens.

Three of my four family surnames are British; Darling, Yarbrough, and Rawson. So for me, any acts of violence perpetrated against my distant cousins in the UK, is a very personal issue.

Jun 08 10:36

US IS NOW BASICALLY IN AN ILLEGAL UNDECLARED WAR WITH SYRIA AND NOBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT

And the cold hard truth needs to come to light: the U.S. has illegally invaded Syria’s territory. The fact that the Syrian military cannot realistically drive the U.S. military out (especially while it is embroiled in numerous battles with ISIS and other radical guerrilla forces) does not constitute tacit acceptance of the U.S. military presence there. In fact, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the U.S. and its associated forces “invaders” numerous times because the U.S. has no legal basis to operate inside Syrian territory.

On top of this unwarranted invasion, the U.S. claims it has the right to defend itself from troops loyal to Syria’s current government. It also claims it has the right to defend forces that operate under the control of the U.S.-led coalition. This is not a new proposal under Donald Trump; Barack Obama authorized U.S. air power to defend the U.S.-trained fighting forces in Syria, even if that meant attacking Syrian government troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Antimedia.com: WRH has been covering this illegal and immoral war on the part of the US government for quite some time now!!

But having said that, what concerns me deeply is, just how long it will take for the US military to be in direct conflict with Russian and/or Iranian troops in Syria, who were invited, at the behest of the Syrian government, to get rid of the jihadists fighting against it.

Just yesterday, as reported at zerohedge.com:

Pro-Iranian militia in Syria threatens to attack US positions there

The question to US military engagement with pro-Al-Assad, Russian, and Iranian forces is not a question of if; it has become a question of when.

Welcome to World War III, started, courtesy of the US government!!

Jun 08 10:21

CENTRAL BANKS NOW OWN STOCKS AND BONDS WORTH TRILLIONS – AND THEY COULD CRASH THE MARKETS BY SELLING THEM

Have you ever wondered why stocks just seem to keep going up no matter what happens? For years, financial markets have been behaving in ways that seem to defy any rational explanation, but once you understand the role that central banks have been playing everything begins to make sense. In the aftermath of the great financial crisis of 2008, global central banks began to buy stocks, bonds and other financial assets in very large quantities and they haven’t stopped since. In fact, as you will see below, global central banks are on pace to buy 3.6 trillion dollars worth of stocks and bonds this year alone. At this point, the Swiss National Bank owns more publicly-traded shares of Facebook than Mark Zuckerberg does, and the Bank of Japan is now a top-five owner in 81 different large Japanese firms.

Jun 08 10:20

FLASHBACK: New revelations in attack on American spy ship

By John Crewdson
Tribune senior correspondent

OCTOBER 2, 2007

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

"I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!"

Jun 08 10:17

FATHER OF ICONIC ALEPPO BOY SUPPORTS ASSAD, SAYS SON WAS USED 'FOR PROPAGANDA'

The father of the iconic "Syrian Ambulance boy," whose photograph was plastered all over the Western media as an excuse to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, says he supports Assad and his son was used by the media "for the sake of propaganda."

From RT:

Omran Daqneesh was rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a bombing in the rebel-held Qaterji district of Aleppo in August 2016. The controversial Syrian Civil Defense group, better known as the White Helmets soon released harrowing footage of Omran sitting in an ambulance chair.

The White Helmets group has a controversial reputation. While they are hailed as hero volunteers by the Western mainstream media, and even have an Academy Award-winning documentary about them, their reputation on the ground in Syria is much more sinister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, Western media; this was fake news at its "fakiest"!!

Jun 08 10:07

BOMB ATTACK ON US EMBASSY IN KIEV

An explosive device as been thrown into the grounds of the American embassy in Kiev. The blast occurred in the early hours of the morning injuring no one.

This comes after a far larger rocket attack on the Polish consulate in the Galician city of Lutsk in March of this year.

Ukraine is not only a lawless state and a military aggressor against the Republics of Donbass, but it is moreover a failed state that is a breeding ground for violence and terrorism.

Just because no group claims responsibility for an attack does not mean that it is not a terrorist attack and the low-grade attack on the US Embassy in Kiev, like the more serious attack on a Polish consulate months ago, is a manifest act of terrorism.

The frequent acts of political and random violence in post-coup Ukraine has made it so that Ukraine’s security services simply cannot be trusted to keep the peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is officially insane, if, in fact, Ukraine's ultra-right has, in fact, called for an alliance with ISIS against Russia.

Such a possible collaboration is chilling in the extreme.

Jun 08 09:52

Operation Temperer - U.K. Will Likely Institute Martial Law Measures Within A Year

After the Manchester suicide bombing only two weeks ago I warned my readers that the repetition of terror attacks is breeding complacency within the public, in Europe most acutely. It is not uncommon now for attacks killing dozens to be forgotten within a week of the event. The news feeds are awash in distraction, and of course, sometimes these events themselves act as distractions.
In a recent newscast of MSNBC's “Morning Joe”, BBC anchor Katty Kay stated:

“Europe is getting used to attacks like this, Mika. They have to, because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out...”

NOTE - After finishing this article on Sunday, I find this quote from Theresa May on Tuesday:

“We should do even more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

My heart weeps, at this "slowly boiling the frog" approach by the British government, rather than fix the problems caused by British economic/geopolitical policies.

The pattern is painfully clear. Accuse a foreign government of doing something it is not doing; invade and regime change, if the current government is not to your liking; expropriate that country's resources, to which you have no moral right; insuring that those resources are only sold in specific currencies to specific countries; and yet fully expect that this disempowerment, and brokenness, on every level, will have no effect on the people from that country, many of whom have had to flee the violence.

Such actions, by Western governments, make people who have endured the consequences of these actions, a rich field for radicalisation, which wind up as "blow back" against the West, as we have seen in Paris, London, and Manchester.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I can never, ever condone violence of any sort; that being said, I can understand why there are times when it happens.

This is the reality no Western country dares address, or attempt to remedy.

There was a brilliant article yesterday in the English version of farsnews.com, an Iranian blog, to which I link frequently. I strongly encourage our readers to read the following, because it just nails the reality, with regard to the British government's reaction to the horror of Saturday, about what is really going on:

May Imposes Censorship on Internet After London Attack – Instead of Repairing the Devil

And to whoever wrote that op/ed piece; bravo, and well done!!

Jun 08 09:23

Syria's Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown

Syrian rebels from Eastern Lions and Ahmad al-Abdo Army formations – the elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) - state that they are «intensely» attacking Iranian-backed pro-government militias in the eastern Syrian desert in an operation dubbed «The Land is Ours». The forces’ strength is around four thousand. The main enemies are the Islamic State (IS), Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian government-allied forces. The operation is conducted near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan. This time, the mission is to squeeze the SAA and its allies out from the desert areas.

Evidently, one of the goals pursued by the escalation of hostilities is to demonstrate that the armed opposition is a force to reckon with at a time the crisis management talks are held in Astana and Geneva. Obviously, this is an attempt to subvert the ongoing international peace efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unanswered question here is, just how long will it be, before US and Russian forces engage in direct combat in Syria?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds on such an event taking place, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that the odds, unfortunately, are quite good, that this will happen, and my hunch would be, sooner rather than later.

Jun 08 09:16

Another Reason For Brexodus? English Syphilis Cases Soar To Highest In 80 Years

It's not just bankers that are leaving the UK, broad-based Brexodus continues as EU citizens flee the apparently sinking-ship and now, courtesy of the latest report from Public Health England, they have another good reason to leave 'Ol Blighty - cases of syphilis have reached their highest level since 1949, new figures have shown.

After the Brexit referendum, more EU citizens are leaving Britain, while less Europeans are coming in. As the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show, 2016 brought 84,000 less migrants, compared to the previous year. Statista's Fabian Moebus points out that the net migration of 248,000 people is the lowest number of yearly newcomers in over three years. Immigration from EU countries decreased by 43,000 people while emigration increased by 31,000, which makes Europeans the main factor behind the trend with a net change of minus 74,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes! This is officially horrible!!

Jun 08 09:08

The Pivot? Qatar Foreign Minister To Visit Moscow On Saturday

With Gulf tensions still rising, and culminating with last night's report on Arabia CNN that Qatar has put its armed forces on the highest military preparedness level, the small nation may be preparing to unveil its "Eastern pivot": moments ago Russia's RIA news agency reported that the Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani will Visit Moscow on Saturday where he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Negotiations will be held on Saturday," a Russian foreign ministry official said. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not yet plan to meet with al-Thani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is a realist, par excellence. I am very convinced that if asked, Russia will come to Qatar's aid in a very reasonable, and responsible way.

That having been said, I would like to urge Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, and the Qatari government, to take every practical precaution to insure that your plane does get to Moscow; this port blockade could well escalate into an air/sea blockade in a heartbeat.

You may well need to "get out of Dodge" (leave before this happens) sooner than your Saturday meeting, by a route that neither Saudi Arabia and its US government partner in war crimes, can detect.

Jun 08 08:43

Qatar Says "We Will Never Surrender", Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports

Even as the world's attention turns to the Comey testimony for the next few hours, the Qatar diplomatic crisis (where CNN's "report" of Russian hacking now appears long forgotten) continues, and moments ago a barrage of headlines from Qatar suggests that the small nation, which may or may not be preparing for military action, is happy to welcome the Turkish troops that will be arriving soon as reported yesterday, with its foreign minister stating that "we are not ready to surrender and will never compromise the independence of our foreign policy." Also, and perhaps even more critically, Qatar - whose foreign minister is set to fly to Moscow on Saturday - also announced that Iran is ready to help with food and that three of Iran's ports will be designated for use for Qatar.

From the wires:

QATAR FM SAYS IRAN SAID THEY ARE READY TO HELP QATAR WITH FOOD & 3 OF THEIR PORTS WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR QATAR: RTRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This wouldn't have happened at all, if Saudi Arabia didn't believe it did not have the full backing of the US, to pull this stunt.

Trump's offer to assist in a "resolution" of the conflict is pure, Trumpian theatre; full of sound and fury, but signifying .... absolutely nothing. This geopolitical kerfuffle is largely of his own making.

Folks, keep your eyes on the ball here; the real target, in all of this, is Iran, and conjuring some kind of "justification" for a war against it; please do not let that reality out of your sight for a moment, because it ultimately will be your kids, getting drafted, and on the front lines of such a war.

Jun 08 07:46

Bahrain to jail Qatar sympathisers

Bahrain joins UAE in introducing law criminalizing sympathy for Qatar over Saudi-led sanctions imposed by its Gulf neighbors.

Jun 08 05:03

Bryce Lockwood "50 Years On & My Govt. Still Covers Up The Israeli Attack On The USS Liberty." - The Richie Allen Show

Comment: Given the attack lasted 75 minutes one has to ask why the Israelis did not outrightly sink the U.S.S. LIBERTY. Was it incompetence or were there other objectives in play?

Jun 07 19:26

Declassified Docs Prove US Gov’t Knowingly Armed ISIS, Claimed Weapons Were ‘Lost’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

Jun 07 11:25

ISIS RECRUITER WHO RADICALISED LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS WAS PROTECTED BY MI5

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

According to press reports, both Butt and Redouane were longstanding members of the proscribed extremist network formerly known as al-Muhajiroun. After 9/11, the group operated under different names such as Shariah4UK, Muslims4Crusades and Islam4UK. Originally founded by Lebanese firebrand, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was banned from returning the UK after the 7/7 attacks, the network was later run by Bakri’s deputy, Anjem Choudary.

RED FLAGS, MISSED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why were British intelligence and police unable to stop this from happening?!?

The biggest question now, is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from allowing terrorists to strike at random in the UK?!?

Let's just say that those in the bowels of power in the UK, fronted by Prime Minister May, have benefited greatly, and see their wish of putting the internet under total government control coming nearer;
THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT; The British Deep State has passed a bill to abolish cryptography; Cryptography killed by back-door legislation; and wants to toss human rights laws that hurt terror suppression. Theresa May rip up human rights laws which impede new terror legislation.

And how does one accomplish creating fertile ground in the minds of the British voters to accept such draconian laws which may be shaping up here?!?

It is very simple; by allowing terror to happen, then using the dead and wounded bodies as a "bloody shirt" to wave at the crowds, while you are demanding these changes in the law.

And Prime Minister May, a word here, please; the kinds of legislation you have both passed, and are proposing, will not alleviate
the kinds of terror attacks under which the UK, and Europe, have been suffering.

When the countries from which many of these refugees come have been regime changed, generally through war, and those wars have left them with absolutely no power over their own personal and national destiny; when people have been broken, by the sheer depth and breadth of their dispossession, courtesy of countries like the US and UK, which have a pretty dismal track record of accusing a country of doing something it didn't; invading and regime changing that country in order to expropriate resources to which they have utterly no moral right, such individuals are ripe for radicalisation and violence.

You, and the rest of the British government, must understand that to expect otherwise is both disingenuous, and very dangerous for your people, as recent events have proven.

The biggest resource that your country, and the US, want to control, are energy resources in the Middle East and Africa.

And here is my proposal, which is guaranteed to ratchet down your, and my, country's eternal lust for controlling fossil fuels.

Both countries have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world; I suggest that the US and UK develop an energy consortium, and challenge scientists and engineers from both countries to develop workable, alternative energy solutions, then patent the result and sell it, dividing the resources equitably, and making sure that the universities which were the brain trust on this get handsomely compensated for their efforts.

Both your and my countries can do this; if there is a will, there is a way, Madam Prime Minister.

But if there is no push toward such a solution, the world will know that random terror attacks in the UK and beyond are, in your perspective, "just the cost of doing business" in your country's militant resource-scrambling and extraction around the world.

Jun 07 10:59

ISIS Was Allegedly Behind the London Bridge Attacks, Who Is Behind ISIS?

The Islamic State (ISIS) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

The origins of Al Qaeda date back to the Soviet-Afghan war. The Koranic schools in Afghanistan used to train Al Qaeda recruits were financed by the CIA, using textbooks published by the University of Nebraska. That's where the evil ideology of Islamist extremism referred to by PM May originated: The Global War on Terrorism is a lie, Islamic terrorism is a product of US foreign policy which claims to be spreading Western civilization.

Jun 07 10:35

US’ plan to destabilize Iran: “Dark Prince” appointed as head of the CIA

The Trump administration, this week, appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of a seasoned covert operations officer as head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Iran operations.

Saudi support of militant groups in Pakistani Baluchistan that operate across the border in the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan is abetted by a US policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This information, coupled with that I have posted earlier this morning, points to a definite escalation of military and economic actions against Iran, as a prelude to a war against it.

I do not know where the USS Ronald Reagan or the USS Carl Vinson have been re-assigned, after leaving the Korean Peninsula, but my best bet would be, ultimately to the Persian Gulf.

And when they are in position is the moment we may well see all hell breaking loose in the Middle East.

Jun 07 10:09

FBI committed TREASON under COMEY: Surveillance on Americans illegally leaked to other nations

As the American media machine continues its baseless attacks against President Trump, lobbing unsubstantiated accusations against him on the daily regarding imaginary connections to Russia, there’s a much bigger story brewing that the public isn’t being told about shamed former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. New evidence has emerged from classified government documents showing that, under Comey’s leadership, the FBI actually committed major acts of treason against the American people by sharing raw intelligence about American citizens with unauthorized third parties, including foreign entities.

Jun 07 10:04

US Aircraft Carriers Ronald Reagan, Carl Vinson Withdraw From Sea of Japan

According to the Japanese broadcaster NHL, the aircraft carriers left the sea on Monday after completing the military exercises last week.

The Carl Vinson will return to the home port in the US city of San Diego, the same reports added. However, the situation around North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program will be further monitored by USS Nimitz carrier which is supposed to join Japan and India for joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean in July and head to the Persian Gulf subsequently, the outlet suggested.

The Carl Vinson carrier and its strike group including two destroyers and a cruiser was initially to the area close to North Korea in April in response to the repeated ballistic missile tests by the country. Since then, the situation around Pyongyang escalated further with several more missile launches by North Korea including the most recent on May 29. The launches were carried out by Pyongyang in violation of the UN resolutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's leadership, and particularly President Xi Jinping, may have done more to "encourage" North Korea to cease and desist from its weapons program than we know.

And additionally, this US move away from North Korea, militarily, might definitely be coupled with the following development in South Korea, reported this morning at zerohedge.com:

In Major Blow To Washington, South Korea Suspends Deployment Of US Antimissile System

Jun 07 09:47

US Investigators Blame ‘Russian Hackers’ for Qatar Split With Saudis

While President Trump has personally claimed credit for the split between Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states, some US investigators are engaged in particularly wild speculation today, aiming to make the whole situation a plot carried out by Russian hackers.

A little over a week into the latest row, tensions between Qatar and other Gulf states is a hugely complicating factor for US foreign policy in the region, particularly since Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. Qatar’s split is something that’s been an ongoing issue for years, based around differing views on the Arab Spring.

Fake news helped though, too, as while that row between Qatar and the Saudis has been a thing for years, this latest escalation centered around a report in the Qatar state media, right after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia to make hawkish speeches about Iran, quoted the Qatari Emir warning against seeking military confrontation toward Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump cannot have this situation both ways.

Either he was responsible for the blockade, and the Saudi ultimatum against Qatar, or he was not; it's sort of like being pregnant; one either is, or is not, period, end of discussion.

But in the collusion of events within the last 24 hours, one can see the opening salvos of a war against Iran coming, and coming quickly. Fast forward to this morning:

Turkey approves a bill to send troops to Qatar

Assad's military alliance threatens strike against US forces in Syria.

Qatari riyal crashes after Saudi Arabia orders their banks to cut exposure to it

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for terrorist attack,
Vows revenge.

UAE threatens 15 years jail time for publishing statements sympathetic to Qatar

Tehran Stock Exchange down 76% after terror attack

All of these situations, evaluated together, most probably mean a coming war against Iran, which possibly means war with Russia, and sooner rather than later.

Jun 07 09:32

POLICE NOW ROUTINELY CRACK AND EXTRACT ALL PHONE DATA FROM ARRESTEES

Muckrock filed Freedom of Information Requests with multiple US police forces to find out how they were using "mobile phone forensic extraction devices" -- commercial devices that suck all the data out of peoples' phones and make it available for offline browsing. They discovered that the practice of sucking up the entirety of arrestees' phones was incredibly common, and that often, cops sucked up this data without a warrant, after first obtaining "consent" from arrestees.

Jun 07 09:23

Israel Gearing Up for Attack From Hezbollah

Israel on Sunday conducted a surprise two-day drill to test its military’s readiness for war.

The unannounced exercise, which began on Sunday, comprised a surprise 36-hour drill to determine the army's readiness for battle, according to The Times of Israel.

The drills focused on conscripted infantry ground troops, supported by air force units, according to an unnamed Israeli Defense Force (IDF) official with knowledge of the move who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"It's about a fast switch from routine to a situation that's not routine, where you're preparing for it to be something else," the IDF official said, adding that the drill scenario incorporated a gambit showing "Hezbollah carrying out a terror attack against our troops," the Times of Israel reported.

An unnamed senior Israeli military official recently noted that Israel has implemented an enhanced evacuation plan for Lebanese border regions in the event of renewed fighting, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all of his braggadocio, Nasrallah most likely wouldn't attack Israel inside its borders; that would be the KOD (kiss of death) for Hezbollah, and he has to understand that.

What I think may be getting ready to happen is an Israeli pre-emptive attack against Hezbollah inside Lebanon.

In fact, they may be waiting until the coming war with Iran is well and truly on, to use it as a "shadow of distraction" for coming actions in Lebanon.

Jun 07 08:45

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner

President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia’s move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America’s most important military outpost in the Middle East.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” he wrote in a midmorning post. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you are looking at with the coordination of the following events together:

The naval blockade of Qatar:

Saudi Arabia and UAE impose a naval blockade on Qatar

The 24 hour ultimatum from Saudi Arabia that Qatar abide by its decrees, or else, face a military attack:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a 24 hour Window to Meet its Ultimatum

The US Siege of Raqqa, Syria:
US Apaches provide Kurdish troops the psychological edge to their siege in Raqqa

And the attack against the Iranian Parliament today:

TERRORISTS RAID IRAN PARLIAMENT, MAUSOLEUM; GUNMEN, SUICIDE BOMBERS LEAVE AT LEAST SEVEN DEAD

When you put all these events in context, you are looking at the opening salvos of a war against Iran.

If Qatar does not respond to Saudi Arabia's demands, after being somewhat defensive toward Iran, it will be regime changed.

Regime change in Damascus is on, to isolate Iran even further.

What really concerns me, in all of this, is how soon the US and Russia will be locked in combat, either over Syria and/or Iran. And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia (and/or China).

Jun 07 07:59

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

The shadow government’s tyranny has made the U.S. the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. And it’s the American people suffering the consequences.

By John Whitehead

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ? James Madison

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Jun 07 07:38

Did the FBI have evidence of a breach larger than Snowden? A lawsuit says yes.

A former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden's now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

Jun 07 07:21

5 TRENDS THAT ARE DESTROYING THE MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA

The middle class in America has been shrinking for decades, and our leaders seem powerless to do anything about it.

Two years ago, the middle class became a minority in this country for the first time ever. In other words, the middle class now accounts for less than 50 percent of the population. But back in the early 1970s, the middle class made up more than 60 percent of the population. I have often compared being in the middle class to playing a really bizarre game of musical chairs. When the music stops playing each month, more chairs are being pulled out of the middle class, and most of us are just hoping that we will still have a chair for the next go around.

Jun 07 07:18

‘SWEPT UP IN POST-COUP PURGE’: HEAD OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TURKEY ARRESTED

The head of Amnesty International Turkey has been arrested by the authorities over suspected links with exiled cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup, the group said. It added that Taner Kilic was “swept up in the post-coup purge.”

Kilic, the chair of Amnesty International Turkey, “was detained from his house in [the city of] Izmir at 6:30 this morning [Tuesday] before being taken to his office. Both properties were searched. He is currently in police custody in Yesilyurt district of Izmir,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

According to the group, Kilic’s detention “does not seem to be connected to any of Amnesty International’s work, nor to be specifically targeting the organization.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan's paranoia appears to have no bounds at this point.

Once this guy gets released (which he hopefully will), Amnesty International needs to leave Turkey, and at a quick-time march. The current government of Turkey has no patience for anyone, or any organisation, which even minutely questions its processes.

Jun 07 07:15

Furious backlash against Brussels as EU unveils military ambition to become 'second NATO'

BRUSSELS has been attacked for trying to turn the European Union into a “second NATO” after unveiling controversial new defence proposals which critics say would effectively lead to the creation of an EU army.

Critics branded bold plans published by the EU Commission today “unnecessary, irresponsible and unacceptable” and said eurocrats should stop trying to pool ever more military power in their own hands.

Jun 07 06:52

What kind of livestock are ‘We the People’ to the .01%? Sheeple? Pigs? Cows? Wake-up and smell the manure, see the slaughterhouses, or be farmed

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Animal Farm is a George Orwell story of captured beings who suddenly recognize what had always existed: they were livestock to be controlled, worked, and killed. The story ends with the ordinary beings recaptured from failure to see their own enslavement. Four minute summary of Animal Farm, among their 103 analyses with over 60 million views of Thug Notes, by performer Sparky Sweets, Ph.D.:

Earth is a story of captured beings who might recognize what had always existed: they were livestock to be controlled, worked, and killed. The story might end with the ordinary being recaptured from failure to see their own enslavement.

Among soooo many warnings of the fragility and rareness of freedom, on September 18, 1787, just after signing the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin on what kind of government America would have:

Jun 06 13:22

FASCISM: CANADIAN PROVINCE WANTS CHILDREN REMOVED FROM HOMES IF PARENTS WON'T LET THEIR LITTLE BOYS IDENTIFY AS LITTLE GIRLS

If all of this sounds bizarre, that’s because it is. It’s also fascism. To remove a child from the home because the government disagrees with basic biology is beyond the pale of the reasonable.

Jun 06 12:43

Theresa May says she will rip up human rights laws to fight terror

Speaking on the election trail, the Prime Minister told supporters she would change any laws that got in the way of preventing jihadis from launching attacks in Britain.

Mrs May used one of her final speeches of the General Election campaign to step up her rhetoric against Islamist extremism in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack that left seven people dead and more than 40 injured.

Jun 06 11:44

GEORGIA SAYS IT HAS TRACED A VOTER HACKING ATTEMPT BACK TO THE DHS, NOT RUSSIA

According to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp, foul play was discovered when a hacker failed at attempting to breach the firewall that protected the Georgia voter’s registration database. The IP address in question was discovered to originate from the Department of Homeland Security itself.

On a Facebook post on Thursday, Kemp said he has “sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding to know why.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; it was not Russian hacking, attempting to throw the election in Trump's favor, but Jeh Johnson's DHS's hacking, to throw the election to Hillary Clinton, which actually happened in the last election?!?

Jun 06 11:41

3 QUESTIONS YOU’RE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ASK AFTER A TERRORIST ATTACK

In a world where defense budgets are astronomical and wars of occupation and destabilization never end, political leaders in the UK and in Europe want you to accept street-level terror as the new everyday normal. The attacks are unstoppable, they say, and the world must embrace this hopelessness with faith that the government is doing all it can to create a better, safer world. Run, hide, and call the authorities, for you are helpless in this reality, so they say. But who creates and sustains this reality?

Jun 06 10:34

JOE BIDEN SAYS HE PERSONALLY FOUGHT TO KEEP GREECE UNDER THE CONTROL OF EU DEBT LORDS

Obama Administration Vice President Joe Biden boasted about how he personally played a key role in helping Greece stay in the European Union, and avoid a Grexit scenario.

In an interview with Greek newspaper Kathimerini, Joe Biden noted that a Grexit “could potentially have triggered a wider crisis of confidence in the global economy.”

And so Greece, and its destroyed economy, 26% unemployment rate, and close to 2 million citizens now living below the poverty line, thank former VP Biden for keeping them bound in EU shackles, with no foreseeable end to the suffering in sight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vice-President Biden, a word, please.

Were I you, and looking at the horrific situation in which the EU has placed Greece, I frankly wouldn't be bragging right now.

What I hope the Greek people and their government will ultimately do, is "pull an Iceland"; declare the burden of the bailout by the EU an odious debt; refuse to pay it; and throw the bankers and politicians who put the Greek people in this predicament, in jail.

Iceland is doing quite well economically right now, thank you very much!!

IMF Survey : Iceland Makes Strong Recovery from 2008 Financial Crisis

Jun 06 09:55

LONDON BRIDGE TERRORIST WAS ALLOWED TO WORK AT WESTMINSTER STATION DESPITE KNOWN JIHADIST VIEWS

Khuram Shazad Butt, one of the three London Bridge attackers, was allowed to work at Westminster Tube station, even after he featured in a TV documentary about British jihadists in which he prayed to a black flag in Regent’s Park.
He was also free to carry out Saturday’s atrocity despite working for a man accused of helping to train the 7/7 bombings ringleader, and being investigated by police and MI5, it has emerged.

The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attack has been named as Youssef Zaghba. It emerged he was arrested last year trying to reach Syria, yet was still able to get into the UK. Reports in the Italian media said Zaghba was stopped in Bologna. His mother is Italian and still lives there.

Butt, 27, from Barking, East London, was deemed “low priority” by the Metropolitan Police despite being reported to them at least twice. He had slipped down in priority because there was no intelligence he was planning an attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What, unfortunately, appears to be "low priority" for the British government and police, is the safety of the British people.

Jun 06 09:49

FIFTY YEARS LATER, NSA KEEPS DETAILS OF ISRAEL’S USS LIBERTY ATTACK SECRET

On June 8, 1967, an Israeli torpedo tore through the side of the unarmed American naval vessel USS Liberty, approximately a dozen miles off the Sinai coast. The ship, whose crew was under command of the National Security Agency, was intercepting communications at the height of the Six Day War when it came under direct Israeli aerial and naval assault.
Reverberations from the torpedo blast sent crewman Ernie Gallo flying across the radio research room where he was stationed. Gallo, a communications technician aboard the Liberty, found himself and his fellow shipmates in the midst of an attack that would leave 34 Americans dead and 171 wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was no "mistake" on the part of the Israeli government; they knew, incontrovertibly, that the vessel they attacked was a US Navy vessel, and wanted to blame Egypt for the attack.

Israel attempted to blame Egypt for its attack on the USS Liberty

Jun 06 09:41

"FORGET TERRORISM": THE REAL REASON BEHIND THE QATAR CRISIS IS NATURAL GAS

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar's regional natural gas dominance.

Recall that many have speculated (with evidence going back as far back as 2012) that one of the reasons for the long-running Syria proxy war was nothing more complex than competing gas pipelines, with Qatar eager to pass its own pipeline, connecting Europe to its vast natural gas deposits, however as that would put Gazprom's monopoly of European LNG supply in jeopardy, Russia had been firmly, and violently, against this strategy from the beginning and explains Putin's firm support of the Assad regime and the Kremlin's desire to prevent the replacement of the Syrian government with a puppet regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, the pieces are falling into place,and making sense, for this geopolitical kerfuffle.

As Deep Throat was fond of saying to Woodward and Bernstein, "Follow the money!!"

and I have to wonder; is this going to be the "justification" used by the American Deep State, in concert with the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, to go to war against both Qatar and ultimately, Iran?!?

To gain control of this natural gas resource for Saudi Arabia?!?

Also, please consider the following:

Qatar hosts the largest military base in the Middle East

Are the American forces now going to be fighting its host country, and what signals does that send to all the other countries around the world where American bases have been strategically located?!?

The short answer here, is not great signals at all; any US military strike against Qatar will be viewed as a complete violation of US Military/host country protocol, and make government overseas very nervous about how quickly the US government is ready and willing to turn from friend to enemy.

Jun 06 09:39

Human resources: Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees

Walmart hired global security giant Lockheed Martin a few years ago to monitor activism in its massive workforce, according to new documents. The defense contractor tracked employees’ social media and reported protest participation to the retail giant.

Jun 06 09:32

REPORT: SAUDI ARABIA HID KNOWLEDGE OF SAUDI STUDENTS IN U.S. WHO JOINED ISIS

Saudi citizens have studied in the U.S. for years - but a new report states that approximately 400 of them have left the country after arrival to join terrorist groups like ISIS. There is evidence that both Saudi and U.S. officials knew of this issue for some time, but refused to do anything about it.

Jun 06 08:54

Tech World Angry With Theresa May’s Internet Regulation Plans

Internet companies, tech experts, activists and fellow politicians have reacted to PM May’s comments with disapproval, even accusing her of pushing her own agenda in the wake of recent tragic events.

Limiting cryptography or building the kind of backdoors that May wants would end up crippling the Internet as we know it, argues author and BoingBoing co-editor Cory Doctorow. He claims: “There’s no back door that only lets good guys go through it.” Even if app developers were instructed to refrain from using encryption, it would be very difficult to stop criminals from encrypting their messages manually or writing them in code.

Mark Chapman, UK Pirate Party’s candidate for Vauxhall, said: “Regulating the internet is not the answer, and it is shameful that Theresa May is so quick to use the events of a tragedy to fuel her own autocratic agenda.”

Jun 06 08:18

HACKED EMAILS EXPOSE US WORKING WITH UAE AGAINST IRAN AND QATAR

The email account of one of Washington’s most influential foreign operatives, Yousef Al-Otaiba, has been hacked. A number of those emails were sent to the Intercept, as well as the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, the Intercept reports. The hacker has allegedly promised to release a trove of these emails publicly.
Otaiba is the United Arab Emirate’s ambassador to the United States, and the Intercept confirms that the Hotmail account in question is the one he used for his business in Washington. The Huffington Post further confirmed that at least one of the emails is authentic, and a UAE spokesperson confirmed Otaiba account had been hacked. None of the eight individuals whose names were involved in the email exchanges – and who were contacted by the Huffington Post for comment – denied that the exchanges took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that phrase so common in the Middle East, the enemy of my enemy is my friend?!?

Jun 05 16:31

Europe's looming data protection rules look swell – for IT security peddlers. Ker-ching!

The rush to comply with Europe's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation will balloon the continent's IT security budgets to $11.5bn in 2018, analyst group Canalys reckons.

That's a 16 per cent year on year increase, apparently. For what it's worth, IDC thinks Europe will spend $19bn on IT security this year, and more next year. Whichever figure you prefer, both analysts houses are anticipating fatter infosec invoices as the decade closes out.

Jun 05 15:45

UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

The UK Police have released without charges all those detained over the deadly terrorist attack in London that claimed lives of five people and injured dozens more on Saturday.

Jun 05 15:06

Media yawns at Obama Era domestic spying revelations

Documents show NSA systematically violated rights of countless Americans

Jun 05 15:03

Overdoses skyrocket, Big Pharma scrambles for profits

Recent headlines concerning pharmaceutical profits, how drug companies feel about the customers they serve and the ongoing overdose crisis provide evidence that U.S. patients are playing roulette by placing faith in drug makers.

Jun 05 14:26

Watch: This Thug Tries To Rob A Store Where Every Customer Is Armed

People who support gun control often argue that it would be disastrous if everyone was walking around with a gun at all times. They fear that it would make firearm accidents more likely, and in the event that a robber or a mass shooter is on the loose, there would be a chaotic hail of gunfire from all directions. -- It’s a silly argument to make, considering that even in states where there are loose gun laws, and where it is easy to obtain a concealed carry permit, only a minority of citizens carry guns at all times. But for the sake of argument, what would happen if everyone was armed in the vicinity of a violent criminal?

Jun 05 14:03

Did Trump cause the end of the world?

No, Trump did not cause the end of world with his decision to remove America from the Paris hoax. He saved America, her jobs and her energy sector. But he did destroy one of the biggest anti-liberty scams in world history.

Jun 05 13:47

DEA DEPLOYING POWERFUL SPYWARE WITHOUT REQUIRED PRIVACY IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

It's not just the FBI that can't seem to turn in its privacy-related paperwork on time. The FBI has pushed forward with its biometric database rollout -- despite the database being inaccurate, heavily-populated with non-criminals, and without the statutorily-required Privacy Impact Assessment that's supposed to accompany it. As of 2014, it hadn't produced this PIA, one it had promised in 2012. And one that applied to a system that had been in the works since 2008.

Jun 05 13:35

Bravo for Trump’s Climate Haymaker

We have welcomed the Donald all along as the Great Disrupter, but yesterday’s Rose Garden haymaker was above and beyond the call of duty. It was vintage Trump—no double-talking mainstream speech-crafter slipped in even a hint of equivocation. Not a single olive branch of accommodation was offered to the ruling elites anywhere on the planet. To be sure, the whole thing was done in the name of a pugnacious “America First” narrative; and it was delivered by a forceful but unprincipled occupant of the Oval Office who has appointed himself America’s jobs czar.

Jun 05 13:32

Dear Great Britain – Blame Your Intelligence Agencies and Government, Not the Internet

The dishonest and dangerous response of Theresa May’s UK government to the horrific terrorist attacks of the past month is unfortunately all too common when it comes to those in power. Rather than look inward at the glaring shadiness and corruption inherent throughout UK government polices, its “leaders” are looking to use these barbaric acts as a excuse to push through an authoritarian and illiberal expansion of state power. Specifically, Theresa May’s government is despicably using the attacks to push for regulation and censorship of the internet.

Jun 05 13:32

Detroit may force businesses to share surveillance

Detroit police and city officials are drafting an ordinance that would make it mandatory for all venues that serve customers after 10 p.m. to join Project Green Light, a program that allows officers to monitor businesses’ high-definition video feeds in real time.

All businesses open that late — from party stores and gas stations to sports stadiums like Comerica Park and venues like the Fox Theatre — would be subject to the ordinance if it’s passed, police said.

Police report double-digit reductions in violent crime at businesses that have enrolled in Project Green Light, and they hope the ordinance will result in similar drops in crime citywide. Others insist it would be government overreach to force businesses to join the program, raising privacy concerns and questioning whether such a broad ordinance would be legal.

Jun 05 13:22

The Trilateral Commission and Technocracy


Founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Trilateral Commission embarked on a New International Economic Order based on Technocracy. Brzezinski called this the "Technetronic Era" in his 1970 book, Between Two Ages. History now reveals the original Trilateral strategy and the means by which they have carried it out.

Jun 05 11:54

THE SCRIPTING OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NARRATIVE

While watching CNN this morning an interesting segment focused on how Trump is dismantling the international order which has existed since the end of the last world war. Fareed Zakaria used America’s exit from the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement as the springboard for further discussion around how Trump is shifting the global position of the United States. This concept of course is old news for POM readers, as we have been discussing the transformation of the international governance framework since Dec 31, 2013.

Two years ago when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the office of President I presented the idea that his purpose was to sell the multilateral framework to the American people and realign Anglo-American economic and governance policies with those of the international banking interests.

Jun 05 11:27

NATO Splinters: Germany Says "Has No Choice But To Pull Out" Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

The scandal erupted last Thursday, when Turkey's foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees "positive steps" from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey's "demands" or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it to change its view. Ties between the NATO allies deteriorated sharply in the run-up to Turkey's April 16 referendum that handed President Tayyip Erdogan stronger presidential powers.

"We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara last week. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."

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This is a really bad patch for NATO, and may well have Turkish leadership consider re-aligning itself with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,and become part of the BRIC economic community.

THAT could be a real game changer, for both Turkey and the world.

Jun 05 11:14

Mattis: US Remains Committed to Global Intervention

Speaking over the weekend at a conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary James Mattis urged the world to “bear with” the US as they adjust to the election of a new president, insisting that the US remains committed to engaging in global intervention, and that it is “very deeply rooted in the American psyche.”

Mattis insisted the 20th century ended any idea of America not constantly intervening in the world, and that Americans knew it would be “a crummy world” if they weren’t constantly involved in other countries’ affairs.

The comments were mostly directed at an audience of US allies who don’t like President Trump, and while he tried to assure them that nothing with respect to US policy had changed, other officials said they had the sense that what Mattis was saying was far different that what Trump himself is saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def (or should I say, perhaps, more accurately, Secretary of War) Mattis, a word, please.

Have these multiple interventions in places like Iraq; Syria; Somalia; Libya; and Afghanistan made Americans any more safe, both at home around the world?!?

The short answer, sir, is absoflippinglutely not.

The reasons for these wars are always the same; to invade a country in order to regime change the government to the Unhinged Surveillance State of America's liking; to expropriate resources to which it, and its corporate cronies have utterly no moral right; and to insure that those resources are only sold to specific countries only for the US dollar.

I get it.

Of course, we both know, that as Karl Marx observed, all wars are economic in origin.

These wars, of course, have made members of the military/industrial complex, and their stockholders, enormously rich, but have not done much for the rest of us.

At the same time, the decently paying jobs continue to be outsourced/offshored, and many people are now scrambling with 3 minimum wage jobs just in in order to barely survive, and have no economic future, whatsoever.

There is something fundamentally wrong with this picture, Sec-Def Mattis, and this picture needs to change, and quickly. It almost feels to me as if society is tearing itself apart at the seams, and the center cannot hold.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, I am constantly exhorting the government of the Unhinged Surveillance States of America to get what it needs through fair, hard-won, and moral negotiations, rather than through wars.

I used to be able to believe that the US government was capable of doing this; unfortunately, it now uses war as a first resort, rather than negotiations, and you are the perfect pitch-man for America's deep state, to assure your international colleagues that the US will continue to use "war first" policy to get what it wants.

Jun 05 10:58

Intra-elite Warfare: Oligarchs Succeed! Only the People Suffer!

For the first time in US history, the incumbent elected president struggles on a daily basis to wield state power. The opposition-controlled state (National Public Radio) and corporate organs of mass propaganda are pitted against the presidential regime. Factions of the military elite and business oligarchy face off in the domestic and international arena. The oligarchs debate and insult each other. They falsify charges, plot and deceive. Their political acolytes, who witness these momentous conflicts, are mute, dumb and blind to the real interests at stake.

Jun 05 10:28

FAKE NEWS: NBC ISSUES CORRECTION AFTER FALSELY CLAIMING PUTIN ‘DOES NOT DENY’ HAVING COMPROMISING INFO ON TRUMP

NBC News was forced to issue a correction on Sunday evening after spinning its newest talent Megyn Kelly’s interview to falsely claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin “does not deny having compromising information” on President Donald Trump.

To promote the debut of Kelly’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” program, NBC News tweeted, “EXCLUSIVE: Putin does not deny having compromising information on President Trump in interview with @megynkelly.”

CNBC, NBC’s sister station, did not send out fake news, linking to the same story after tweeting, “Russia’s Putin denies having compromising information on Trump.”

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Caught with your proverbial Knickers down again, NBC?!?

Shame on you!!

With codswallop like this, it is no bloody wonder that thinking Americans are turning their attention to the independent media, where they are more apt to get news that is factual!!

Jun 05 10:21

SLAVERY IS FREEDOM: SUBMIT TO THE STATE AND BE FREE FROM TERRORISM

Clearly, the only sane thing to do after a terrorist attack is to take rights away. Maybe if we build a prison around society, we will all be safe. Maybe it is just a matter of the government having more power over the citizens, and they will finally rid the world of terrorism.

Or maybe the UK’s priorities are all wrong. For instance, did you know that in the United Kingdom, you are required to pay a tax to acquire a TV License in order to watch broadcast and online media? And they are not messing around. Look at these posters and billboards.

Yet Prime Minister Theresa May seems to think the UK is simply not invasive enough of their citizen’s personal lives. They are going full-on “Big Brother” over TV licenses; they know who you are.

But they don’t know who the terrorists are. The government identifies in a database every last home without a TV license, but they cannot track and stop terrorists.

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It appears that Prime Minister May is going all full-tilt-boogie "Chancellor Adam" from the film "V for Vendetta".

And if you have never seen the film, I encourage you to rent/buy it. It is a cautionary tale about blow back from an over-zealous, tyrannical government, with utterly no regard whatsoever for the people they rule, and Hugo Weaving, who does a magnificent job as the character V, is superlative.

Prime Minister May's opinions about censoring the net, and crippling cryptography, are horribly not the right way of getting rid of terrorism in the UK, and now it is coming out that the perpetrators of these horrific crimes, in Manchester and London where absolutely known to the police.

Manchester terrorist known to UK police

I strongly suspect that the perpetrators of the horrific terror attack were known to British intelligence and police.
Who are the suspects behind the London terror attack?

The story goes on to state:

"The attackers

One of the London Bridge suspected attackers appeared in a jihadi documentary on Channel 4 and had previously “tried to go to Syria”, it has emerged.

He appeared in a television documentary last year about British extremists called The Jihadis Next Door, and was filmed at events attended by two notorious Islamic preachers.

The suspected terrorist had previously worked for London transport operator Transport for London (TfL) and a branch of fast food chain KFC, neighbours said.

A relative also told how he had previously tried to go to Syria to fight jihad but had been talked out of it by his family as his wife was pregnant at the time.

The man had also been reported to the anti-terror police on at least two occasions, it has been claimed."

So why were these attacks potentially allowed to happen, even with prior police knowledge of who these people were?!?

You have to ask, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Not the British people, that's absolutely certain.

But various elements in the bowels of power in the Deep British State well may benefit, courtesy of May's draconian attitude on the web and cryptography, because the truth of what they are actually doing to generate more wealth and power for themselves at the expense of the British people, can be more easily suppressed.

Broken cryptography will mean that corporate proprietary information can be stolen, and given to government's corporate cronies. But the problem with this approach is, that the bad guys have gotten their cryptography to the state where it is already unbreakable by the best state agencies, or do not use cryptography at all.

And Prime Minister May, a word, please. Do you really want to stop terrorism in its tracks, honestly?!? This is very simple.

Stop mucking about in other peoples' countries, invading them; regime-changing their governments to your liking; and expropriating resources to which you and your corporate cronies have utterly no moral right; and selling those resources only to specific countries using only specific currencies. Bring your military home from their garrisons all over the world (removing American and British forces from that thuggocracy, Bahrain, would be a good start).

That you seem to be impervious to the horrifically negative potential, for disempowerment to translate into rage, when people have been dispossessed, and have needed to run from their home countries because of all of these wars, and regime-changes to suit the Western "ideal" of "business as usual, is both hubristic, and disingenuous in the extreme.

Prime Minister May, you have some of the most gifted academicians in the world in British universities; please use them to create an alternative energy source which can fly a plane, or power a tank, or drive a car, then patent that, making sure that a generous allowance goes to the schools and people in those schools who made this happen.

So the question is, Madam Prime Minister, are you really going to deal with the root causes of terrorism, or just decide that the "cost of doing business", internationally, as Britain has, for centuries, is simply the "new normal", translating into more terror attacks against your brother and sister Britons?!?

Your constituents, and the world, are watching, Prime Minister May.

Jun 04 17:10

Flashback: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.

"Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet," it states. "We disagree."

Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online.

Jun 04 17:05

Days before election, British PM accused of using attacks to push for wider surveillance

But authorities have confirmed that the response to Saturday's attack was "police-led," indicating that there was no prior intelligence, suggesting the government was caught entirely by surprise.

Despite the political rhetoric, neither May nor the police have shown any evidence that the internet was involved in any way.

On one part, it gives a possible insight into why no intelligence was picked up in the first place, and yet on the other, questions remain if greater surveillance would have even helped.

Jun 04 17:01

May’s call for more control of internet misleading and misguided

These are not new suggestions, incidentally, but reiterate proposals in the Conservative Party election manifesto.

They are also misleading and misguided. Misleading because the UK, under the Conservatives, has already recently passed the draconian Investigatory Powers Act, which hands sweeping powers of oversight and surveillance to the government and its agencies.

Under its provisions, the entire browsing history of everyone in the UK must be retained for a year and may be accessed by police and various state agencies. Surveillance agencies have new powers to hack computers and devices, including to conduct secret bulk surveillance on populations outside of the UK.

The government also has the right to demand tech companies insert weaknesses, known as backdoors, into devices and software to enable law enforcement to access data. In addition, encryption on messaging services such as WhatsApp can be removed on government request.

Jun 04 16:54

‘Blame the internet’ is just not a good enough response, Theresa May

Speaking outside 10 Downing St this morning, Theresa May was much more aggressive in her tone than previously. The London Bridge attack had its roots in Islamic extremism, she observed: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services, provide.” She continued: “We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism planning.”

Which goes to show that when you need a scapegoat, the internet will always be there, as will big internet companies. The latter are by now becoming familiar with the process: there is an attack; the dots are joined to show how their services were used for tuition and/or planning; governments demand “action”; the companies improve their methods for removing extremist content; and we await the next cycle.

Jun 04 09:52

War crimes suit filed in Switzerland against former Israeli minister

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has confirmed that it is examining a criminal complaint against former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, accused of war crimes by a Geneva-based pro-Palestinian group. Livni recently traveled to Lugano in southern Switzerland for a celebration organised by the Swiss-Israel Association.

According to the Le Temps newspaper, Livni has been named in a legal suit filed on Monday by the Geneva-based Urgence Palestine activist group external link in relation to her role in the Israeli military's “Operation Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip between December 2008 – January 2009. She was foreign minister and acting prime minister at the time.

The Attorney General’s Office external link confirmed to swissinfo.ch that this ‘[legal] request is presently being studied’.

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Good on the Swiss, here!!

I hope that the principal investigative body doesn't knuckle under, or yield to Israeli pressure here.

Israel need to be made to understand that genocide is completely incompatible with any real notion of being a civilized society, and there will be sever international consequences and repercussions when it happens.

Jun 04 08:28

Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack

New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.

The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online” and that technology firms were not currently doing enough.

The Prime Minister made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning in the aftermath of the van and knife attack that saw seven people killed and dozens injured.

London attack shows too much tolerance for extremism in UK, May says
"We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed - yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide,” Ms May said.

“We need to work with allies democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister May, a word, please.

Let me start by saying that as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I can never condone violence, ever.

But what of the violence visited upon those countries with resources which the US and UK have expropriated, to which they had utterly no moral right, and whose governments the US and UK have regime changed in order to obtain those resources, and made sure that they were only sold to specific countries, and only for specific currencies?!?

There are no excuses for what happened in London yesterday.

But Prime Minister May, it is hubristic, and disingenuously simplistic in the extreme, to imagine that even without the internet, there would not be blowback from the intense anger caused by these actions, and that this blowback would not, ultimately have horrific consequences.

My heart, soul, and prayers, are with the victims, their families, and their friends. Three of my family surnames are British; they are Yarbrough, Darling, and Rawson, so this is personal for me.

But radicalism of any stripe doesn't just come out of thin air; and if you, and the rest of those in British government serving the British people, are honest with yourself, you also understand this.

So in order to prevent this from becoming the "new normal" in the UK, here is what you and your government need to do.

First, get a consortium from all the great universities in the UK working together, on a very urgent project, to get forms of workable, practical renewable energy created, and patented by the UK government, with some revenue sharing for the universities that helped invent this (Can you imagine what a revenue stream something like THAT would create for the UK?!?)

You have some of the greatest scientific minds on the planet located in the UK; USE THEM!!

This will mean you no longer will have to regime change; invade; or expropriate energy resources anywhere on the planet, ever again.

Withdraw your troops from wherever they are on the planet, except as defense in the UK; use some of the money from that patent to help to heal countries your geopolitical policies have destroyed, like Yemen; Libya; Afghanistan; and Somalia. No geopolitical violence; no counter-violence.

You have the opportunity to have the UK become a trail-blazer for both peace, and the development of alternative energy, which can change the world in a positive way, Prime Minister May. In the Chinese language, the ideogram for "crisis" and "opportunity" is one in the same.

Please seize the opportunity.

Jun 04 07:47

STUDY BY MIT ECONOMIST: U.S. HAS REGRESSED TO A THIRD-WORLD NATION FOR MOST OF ITS CITIZENS

America divided – this concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, Americans have been rearranging along another divide, one just as stark if not far more significant – a chasm once bridged by a flourishing middle class.

Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, believes the ongoing death of “middle America” has sparked the emergence of two countries within one, the hallmark of developing nations. In his new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Temin paints a bleak picture where one country has a bounty of resources and power, and the other toils day after day with minimal access to the long-coveted American dream.

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I am seeing how this is playing out on Oahu, and it is not pretty. There are far more homeless than I remember when we arrived here, 20 years ago, and many more panhandlers.

And because we understand how food insecurity is hitting many low income families, and particularly their kids, we contribute to two food bank programs, both co-sponsored by my local church, and in conjunction with a local Catholic church. By the time public funds for food run out (which is usually the third week of the month), there is a "gap" of about a week where these food insecure families cannot buy food, even if they are the wisest, and most careful, of shoppers.

Kids cannot learn if their tummies are growling, because they are hungry.

The way the elementary school program is handled, the kids, who have been certified by the state as coming from food-insecure families, are called away from their classes, and given back packs, filled with basic supplies, like pasta, dried milk, and canned fruits and veggies, to fill the gap. There are a lot of kind-hearted volunteers at both churches who make this happen.

Jun 04 07:22

56-minute video: 100 US College/University secret societies documented with skulls, daggers, devils producing the .01% satanists ‘leading’ lie-filled illegal US rogue state empire

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Truthstream Media’s professional 56-minute documentary of 100 secret societies at US colleges and universities feeding US “leadership:”

Secret societies, ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ obvious lies, crimes

The societies try to be “secret,” but their lies and crimes are Emperor’s New Clothes obvious for anyone caring to apply a high school level of education to look:

The US is a literal rogue state empire led by neocolonial looting liars. The history is uncontested and taught to anyone taking comprehensive courses. If anyone has any refutations of this professional academic factual claim for any of this easy-to-read and documented content, please provide it. Rogue state empire is the most accurate term to describe the US for the following reasons:

People around the world view the US as the greatest threat to peace; voted three times more dangerous than any other country. The data confirm this conclusion:

Jun 03 19:15

US State Department official’s 19 seconds of stupefied silence after questioned why Iran’s democracy is criticized when US supports Saud family dictatorship claiming to own a whole country, joining 3 previous tragic-comedies attempting to hide US empire

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Career “diplomat” and twice US Ambassador to Middle East countries, 58-year-old Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Jones took 19 seconds to invent an “official” response to a press conference question of how the US can criticize Iran’s democracy while praising the dictatorial Saud family who claims to own a country. Video with James Corbett’s analysis:

Truthstream Media’s 8-minute analysis, including a history of such State Department official double-speaks:

Context: President Trump lies for more illegal Wars of Aggression on Syria, Iran

Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Stuart Jones traveled to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Rome. President Trump addressed the Saud family and associated vassal states on in a literal fire and brimstone speech that repeated criminal threats on Iran and Syria:

Jun 03 11:24

Less Than Zero: How The Fed Killed Savingby Tyler Durden

The other day I was in my local branch of a Too Big To Fail bank where I have a few accounts. One of them is a savings account in which I keep some of my "dry powder" cash stored.

It had been a while since I had checked what kind of return the savings account offered. I knew it was pretty low, but there have been a few Fed rate hikes since the last time I had checked. So I asked the teller to look up the current rate the account was yielding.

Any guesses?

It's 0.06%.

Not 0.6%. And definitely not the 6% I remember receiving when I was a teenager. 0.06%.

As in, put $100,000 into your savings account and get back a whopping $60 per year.

Jun 03 11:15

Escalated US War on Syria Likely

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria, using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

The aim then and now is destroying Syrian sovereignty, ousting Assad, replacing him with a pro-Western puppet, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran ahead of a similar scheme against its government, and claiming another US imperial trophy.

That’s what the war is all about, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. There’s nothing civil about it – one of many Big Lies about what’s going on.

Russia’s good faith efforts to resolve things diplomatically are consistently undermined by Washington and its rogue allies – NATO, Turkey, the Saudis, Israel and others.

NATO’s announced escalated “fight against terrorism” beyond its current involvement in Syria and elsewhere, along with the enormous arms deal Trump arranged with Riyadh is bad news for hoped for Middle East peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are concerning US/Russian military starting to trade fire in Syria, but were I a betting person, I would bet that those odds are pretty good for something like this happening, and soon, unfortunately.

I have a really hard time believing that the senior NATO Command really wants a war with Russia over Syria, but apparently, and most unfortunately, this is where things appear to be headed right now.

Jun 03 11:03

Mattis calls North Korea's threats 'clear and present danger,' criticizes ally China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a "clear and present danger," while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un's regime as a liability rather than an asset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot tell you the number of huge military aircraft which we can hear coming over the island of Oahu; but those flights have been very intense, of late.

I am expecting the war drums to heat up regarding North Korea in a very short time, and have to wonder if President Trump will give Chinese President Xi Jingping the "100 days to sort the problem" that he promised him, which would theoretically end at the end of this month.

I hope we are not also headed toward a war with China, because Mike and I are situated very close to a first-strike target here!

Jun 03 10:50

The Atrocious U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

Horrific conditions in Yemen continue to grow worse:

Cholera deaths in war-torn Yemen have surged into the hundreds, more than a quarter of Yemenis face famine, and parents are selling girls into marriage to buy food, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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The US-enabled, Saudi-led occupation of Yemen has produced human tragedy, death, and disease in monumental proportions.

Mr. President, I am singularly, morally uncomfortable with my country being complicit in war crimes, as it is in Yemen.

And sir, do you happen to remember how many names were on the ballot when Al-Hadi, the corrupt, former President was "elected" ?!?

Only one; that of Al-Hadi.

Jun 03 08:50

Supreme court rules that police can break into your house without a warrant and shoot you

Supreme Court overturns Ninth Circuit 'provocation rule'

Jun 03 07:58

Anti-Russia Hysteria in US ‘Repressive, Immoral’ - Wall Street Analyst

Wall Street analyst and Trends Research Institute head Gerald Celente says that the hysterical hatred and distrust of Russia being force-fed to the US public by politicians and the media is immoral and preparing the way for new attempts at repression.

Jun 03 07:51

Missing the Real Noriega Story

The mainstream media’s obituaries for Gen. Manuel Noriega missed the real story: the U.S. government’s rank hypocrisy in justifying a bloody invasion that deepened Panama’s role in the drug trade, explains Jonathan Marshall.

The death of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega on May 29 elicited few if any tears. But it should have sparked more reflection in the United States on his ugly history of service to the CIA, the hypocrisy of Washington’s sudden discovery of his abuses once Noriega became an unreliable ally against the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and the George H.W. Bush administration’s bloody and illegal invasion of Panama in December 1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The invasion of Panama; Noriega's ouster, faux trial, and imprisonment; and the subsequent massive surge in the sale of cocaine in Panama, can be laid squarely at the feet of the Bush/Clinton Narcopracy.

Jun 03 07:41

In an Unprecedented Court Escalation, Trump Protesters Could Be Facing Decades in Prison for Inauguration Demonstrations

Nearly six months after Donald Trump was sworn into office, more than 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest his inauguration are facing felony charges that carry sentences of 70 to 80 years.

According to Al Jazeera, the 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and initially charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Peaceful protest is enshrined in the language of the First Amendment to the Constitution; that being said, if they were not peaceful, protestors should have known what they were in for before they rioted, and destroyed property, if, in fact, they were able to read.

I am a strong First Amendment person who believes absolutely in peaceful protest, expression, and witness to one's convictions; however, riots, hurting people, and destroy property are big, hairy tacky no-nos, in my world.

Jun 03 07:33

Former State Dept Officials Brag They Derailed Normalization of US-Russia Ties

Obama-era State Department officials engaged in what they are describing as an “intense,” behind-the-scenes campaign to prevent President Trump from normalization US relations with Russia shortly after he took office. The officials, who include former Obama Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, claim to have been the impetus behind the Senate resolution which aimed to forbid easing sanctions on Russia without Congressional permission.

Though President Trump made much of his intention to normalize ties with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, he had publicly abandoned that proposal by the late-January, early-February period during which this effort supposedly happened, insisting he was holding off on sanctions relief on Russia for concessions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such actions are not something about which to "brag", because they set this country on a potential collision course which could lead to a shooting war with Russia, something for which the American military is sorely unprepared.

And I say this because right now, our military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money, or the manufacturing to insure success in a conventional war against Russia.

Jun 03 07:29

Israel Expected to Announce 2,600 New Settlement Units in West Bank: Settler Leaders Condemn Planned Announcement as 'Insufficient'

According to Israeli NGO Peace Now, the Israeli Civil Administration is planning to announce some 2,600 new settlement housing units across the occupied West Bank. This includes 2,500 in existing settlements, and 102 units in the new Amichai settlement.

In addition to the controversial new settlement, some 1,000 of the settlement units are said to be slated for isolated settlements outside of the major blocs, and other areas deep within the West Bank, moves likely to significantly undermine any chances for peace talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word please; note that after your visit to Israel, and your strong, and publicly expressed desire to see peace happen between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the government of Israel has, collectively and effectively, "relieved itself" in your face, and are telling you it's raining.

With the signing off on these settlements, not only has the Israeli government squelched any possible peace deal you might have wanted to broker, but also, because of the engineering of the locations of these Jewish-only settlements, made it impossible for a contiguous state of Palestine to exist.

With "friends" like Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, who needs enemies?!?

Jun 03 07:20

CIA’s New Iran Chief Is a Sign of Trump’s ‘Hard Line’ on Iran

The CIA has appointed Michael D’Andrea, who is colloquially known as “Ayatollah Mike,” as the new chief of their anti-Iran operations. D’Andrea had previously participated in the hunt for bin Laden, was said to be heavily involved in the CIA’s torture program against al-Qaeda detainees, and then oversaw the CIA drone war worldwide, with its huge death toll of both civilians and “suspects.”

As someone who oversaw torture and widespread killing by CIA forces, and is seen as a particularly aggressive figure, D’Andrea’s appointment to the Iran post is seen as a sign that the Trump Administration is taking a “hard line” toward Iran.

Exactly what a hard line toward Iran means, in the midst of repeated international confirmations that Iran is complying with its requirements under the P5+1 nuclear deal, is not clear, though Trump has repeatedly expressed opposition to the P5+1 deal, and may still be looking for an out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment is absolutely sending the wrong message.

President Trump, a word, please.

Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years. Yes, it is a theocracy, but one which does have elections, and a Constitution.

Israel has no Constitution, after over 60 years of existence.

Over 50% of Iran's scientists are women.

They have managed to grow their economy, even in spite of Western sanctions against it, and its economic growth is somewhere around 5.5% (a lot better than the US economy is doing right now, thank you very much).

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

Mr. President, I am deeply concerned that you have thrown the US's geopolitical lot in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia, a country which has a human rights record which would make Attila the Hun look downright compassionate.

And I understand that your anti-Iran rhetoric is being spoon-fed to you right now by both Saudi Arabia, and Israel, which both see Iran as an "existential threat", when all it has done is to create a theocratic, functioning state, and whose people are living very much better than they did under the US puppet, the Shah.

I respectfully request that you re-think this CIA appointment. On American TV, you are noted for two words: "You're fired!" This is what you most probably need to say to Michael D’Andrea, before any further damage can be done to US/Iranian relations (and those relations are bad enough already, sir).

Any military combat against Iran will almost certainly mean a war with Russia, and the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia over Iran.

Jun 03 06:45

IAEA: Iran Continues to Comply With Nuclear Deal

The latest quarterly report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran is continuing to comply with all of its requirements under the P5+1 nuclear deal, and that its stockpiles of low enriched uranium remain well below negotiated caps.

The IAEA report also confirmed that Iran has made no attempt to construct a heavy water reactor at Arak. Iran is expected to ultimately build a reactor at Arak to produce medical isotopes, though under the P5+1 deal the international community is to offer an alternative design that produces less plutonium as a waste product.

The lack of an active heavy water reactor, along with continued struggles to sell their excess heavy water on the international market, means Iran is once again nearing the “cap” on a heavy water stockpile. The P5+1 deal was supposed to assure Iran an export market for excess heavy water, to help recoup the cost of a production facility no longer needed because of the Arak redesign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if IAEA says that Iran is complying completely with the P5+1 Accords, why is the US still demonizing it?!?

The short answer is, because Israel wants it destroyed and balkanised, as it, allegedly represents an "existential threat" to Israel, even though it has not started a war in over 200 years.

And BTW, if you have not seen it yet, please enjoy the following video, done by a very charming Jewish vidiographer: "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran"
Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

This is a very lovely video about the current status of Jews living in Iran, and the short story is, they are thriving here, and not likely to "make aliyah" (move to Israel) any time soon.

Jun 03 06:25

DNC LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS REPORT RECEIVING NEW OMINOUS PHONE CALLS

Social media accounts belonging to attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck recently reported receiving a voice modulated phone call from a number which matched Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ office. Earlier today, Beck stated via social media that co-counsel, Cullin O’Brien had received threatening anonymous calls.

The Becks wrote that the latest call to their co-counsel Cullin O’Brien had referenced Cullin’s family and mentioned the recent death of U.S. Federal Prosecutor Whisenant, whose body was found on Hollywood beach, located in the same county as Cullin O’brien. Disobedient Media previously reported that Beranton Whisenant’s body was found in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ 23rd district in Southern Florida.

Elizabeth Lee Beck reported further threatening calls.
Attorneys Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck filed a class-action lawsuit last year against the DNC and former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the DNC leaks exposed deep corruption in the Democratic Party establishment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely how the Clintonista Cartel operates; I remember, very clearly, after the Clintons not only got Mike fired, for publicly asking questions about the image of Vince Foster's body in the staged shot sent to the media, but also blacklisted him by telling CGI houses in Greater Los Angeles, that every bit of work on his demo reel was stolen. Because Mike had a published number, as he wanted to make sure CGI houses could find him for work, the death threats started pouring in.

I would advise the Becks and the O'Briens to hire a security team, and keep recording those death threats. These threats are as serious as a heart attack, and the only way they can be kept from getting real, is to hire a crack security team which has never, ever worked for Democratic operatives.

Jun 03 06:16

EVERGREEN STATE FACULTY TURN ON BRET WEINSTEIN, SAY HE ‘ENDANGERED’ STUDENTS

A letter was sent Friday to students by the faculty at Evergreen State College, saying they stand behind the protesters and wish to pursue disciplinary action against Professor Brett Weinstein.

The Oregon college of about 4,000 students erupted in protests last week after Weinstein, a leftwing biology professor, told student activists he did not agree with their “Day of Absence” plans. The Day of Absence is usually conducted by students of color leaving the campus for the day, to bring awareness to their presence and issues. This year, however, student activists wanted all white students and faculty to leave for the day. Weinstein, who supported the former Days of Absence, called this year’s plan an act of oppression.

The blowup was highly publicized by the media, and the campus was shut down yesterday and today due to a man calling local police, threatening to shoot up the school.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Endangering students" by not agreeing to their demands that no Caucasians be allowed on campus for the "Day of Absence"?!?

When in Sam Hill did college education get so messed up?!?

And before ANYONE accuses me of "racism", etc., etc., let me remind you that I graduated from Cal States Dominguez Hills (Compton-adjacent), and we had a "rainbow college community" which just got along beautifully, because we all had our eyes of the prize of a college education which would better our opportunities for work, once we graduated.

And it didn't matter that we were this crazy quilt pastiche of Asians, Hispanics, African-Americans, and...people who looked like me.

Weinstein will probably lose tenure, and get fired, for making what, I think, is a reasonable observation about this "Day of Absence".

And that is a bloody shame; and I say this, because no problem in society, even in college, can be resolved, without all of us, working to make this world a better place, together as a team, no matter what our ethnic background may be.

Jun 02 14:45

Obama's FBI Tried to Bribe Hacker with Cash, US Citizenship, to Say He Hacked Clinton for Trump, Putin

"[They told me:] you will have to confess to breaking into Clinton's inbox for [U.S. President Donald Trump] on behalf of [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” Nikulin wrote,

Jun 02 14:17

Miami-Dade Police Want to Record Entire County From the Sky Using Iraq War Technology

After the Freddie Gray riots in 2015, Baltimore residents began noticing small planes circling the city. As reporters later uncovered, Baltimore Police had quietly begun using a “wide-area surveillance” system, which deploys Cessna planes to constantly record the movements of an entire metro area. Police never bothered to tell the public they were using the invasive technology, which had been developed by the U.S. Air Force to help soldiers fight in the Middle East.

Jun 02 13:08

Trump Signs Waiver Delaying Israel Embassy Move

Though he waited until the last possible moment to actually sign the document, President Trump today signed a waiver for the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, delaying the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Trump Administration had been indicating such a delay for weeks, though officially he’d been “undecided” until today, the deadline for the waiver.

White House officials, who were refusing all comment as recently as yesterday, today confirmed that President Trump they are maximizing chances of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians by holding off on the embassy move. The Israeli government is harshly criticizing the delay, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying not moving the embassy would “delay” the peace deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very relieved that he did sign the waiver; to not have done this would have had a catastrophic effect on any possibility of a Palestinian state, and true Middle East peace.

Jun 02 13:05

Trump Moves to Keep CIA Torture Report Secret

The likelihood of the full version of the 2014 CIA torture report compiled by the Senate Intelligence Committee ever being made public has dropped precipitously, as President Trump has begun returning all copies of the still-classified document to the committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R – NC).

Government documents, even classified ones, are supposed to eventually be made public under the Freedom of Information Act, and while the federal government has long gone out of its way to skirt FOIA requirements anyhow, Congress is outright exempt,, meaning if they get all the copies, they likely disappear forever.

Burr’s call to recover all the documents is highly unusual, and Trump’s agreement to do so is even more-so. The 6,700 page document excoriated US torture policies after 9/11, and noted that not a single incident of a terrorist attack had been foiled because of the torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US government signs off on torture, or subcontracts it, what such torture does it to remind both US citizens and the rest of the world, that any notion of the US government respecting the basic human rights of prisoners of war, or any dignity which might be ascribed to them, has been thrown out of the window, by the US government.

This also gives foreign countries which don't like the US very much carte blanche to do the same to American citizens and military members; please think about that, particularly if you have family and friends in the US military.

Furthermore, torture, as a way of extracting information is completely counter-productive, and non-actionable, because the tortured individual will say ANYTHING the torturers want to hear, just to get the torture to stop.

Back in World War II, there was an intelligence officer who only used kindness and support to extract meaningful information. His name is Hans Sharff:

Has Sharff; the German intelligence officer who used kindness as a way to get actionable information

This man was so revered by the US military, that after World War 11, he was invited by the US military to instruct our military in humane and effective information extraction.

This country sure as heck needs another Hans Sharff and right the heck now.

Jun 02 12:49

Russia Preparing Response to N Korea-Related US Sanctions on Russian Companies

Moscow is considering appropriate response to the latest US sanctions against Russian companies but does not want to bring bilateral relations to an impasse, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Thursday.

"We will be determine our answer based on the need not to drive our relations completely to a dead-end and work on the prospect of improving them. Today's actions of the US Treasury do not help accomplishing this task," he added.

Moreover, the Treasury sanctioned Russian, Chinese and North Korean nationals in connection with Pyongyang’s ballistics and nuclear programs. The individuals sanctioned were Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin of Russia, Ri Song-hyok from China and Kim Su-kwang from North Korea.

As a result of the sanctions, all of Michurin and the companies’ assets subject to US jurisdiction are frozen and US companies are prohibited from doing business with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US Treasury Department can prove that these individuals are colluding with North Korea and enabling its weapons program...how, please?!?

Where is a shred of evidence that this is happening, because absolutely nothing has been put into public discussion about why these people, and companies, are being sanctioned by the US Treasury Department?!?

In short, the US Treasury Department is doing this because it can, to further demonize both Russia and North Korea.

Jun 02 12:37

Kathy Griffin Slams Trump Family For Bullying Her On Social Media

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kathy, a word, please.

You appear to take no responsibility here for that "John the Baptist with severed head" image, with you playing the role of Salome, very satisfactorily appearing to hold that severed head of President Trump in your hand.

Images have consequences; this one appears to have you endorsing the assassination of a sitting President. This is illegal, and should President Trump want to pursue it, punishable by law:

18 U.S. Code § 1751 - Presidential and Presidential staff assassination, kidnapping, and assault; penalties18 U.S.C. § 879 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 879. Threats against former Presidents and certain other persons - See more at: http://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-18-crimes-and-criminal-procedure/18-usc-sect-879.html#sthash.Sta0QEz9.dpuf

Kathy, you are a bright, capable woman, and you have made me laugh many times; a lot of work you have done, I've liked.

Yes, there are many things the Trump administration has done that I utterly despise, like the recent deal to arm Saudi Arabia to the teeth for an ultimate war to regime change Iran; but I do it with logic, and point out the unintended consequences of President Trump's administrations decisions.

And you have the nerve to talk about the family bullying you, when that image, so ironically biblical for a non-believer, appeared to be very much, and very publicly, endorsing the assassination of President Trump?!?

Let's get real, here; who was actually bullying whom?!? And you didn't realise that this would turn you into Kryptonite, from a standpoint of people who might hire you?!?

So Kathy, there are two phone calls you need to make, and right the hell now.

One is to the best crisis management counselor you can find (you need to reach out to the Clintons and the DNC on this one; they have companies like this on speed dial), and the other is to your accountant, to find out how you are going to live if there is no more income from performance or TV shows, coming for a long time into the future.

Jun 02 11:47

JUDGE DISAGREES WITH NYPD CLAIMS ITS LRAD SOUND CANNON ISN’T A WEAPON

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the NYPD for officers’ use of a Long Range Acoustic Device sound cannon at a Black Lives Matter protest can proceed, because “sound can be used as a force.”

The city had sought to get the federal lawsuit thrown out in part on the basis that “the LRAD is not an instrumentality of force, but a communication device,” and that “the officers’ creation of a sound that plaintiffs happened to hear cannot be considered ‘physical contact.'”

The lawsuit stems from a demonstration in Midtown in December 2014 in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, one of several cops who killed Eric Garner in Staten Island. The evening protest bled into early the next morning, and around 1 a.m. at East 57th Street and Madison Avenue, marchers were gathered in the street, and some in the crowd were throwing bottles and garbage at police when two officers with the NYPD Disorder Control Unit activated the LRAD.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sound, velocity of tone, and pitch can be used to create an auditory heaven, or hell, depending on how they are used.

Let's see what the company manufacturing these devices says about their capabilities:

The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) is an acoustic hailing device developed by LRAD Corporation to send messages and warning tones over longer distances or at higher volume than normal loudspeakers. LRAD systems are used for long range communications in a variety of applications[1] including as a means of non-lethal, non-kinetic crowd control. They have been called "sonic weapons".[2] According to the manufacturer's specifications, the systems weigh from 15 to 320 pounds (6.8 to 145.1 kg) and can emit sound in a 30°- 60° beam at 2.5 kHz.[3] The manufacturer also produces systems for public address and mass notification use that broadcast 360°.[4] LRAD systems are used by law enforcement, government and defense agencies, as well as maritime and commercial security companies to broadcast audible notifications and warnings over distance. LRAD systems are also used to deter wildlife from airport runways, wind and solar farms, nuclear power facilities, gas and oil platforms, mining and agricultural operations, and industrial plants.

Sounds pretty harmless, from its manufacturers' perspective, right?!?

So what are the documented effects, when these LRADS are used for crowd control in very close proximity to those crowds?!?

The city of Chicago ordered $1 million worth of riot-control equipment including a “sound cannon” that can produce painful sound waves of up to 150 decibels. These devices, also known as LRADs or long-range acoustic devices, are being used increasingly across the U.S. and abroad as a method of crowd control. The LRAD’s power lies in its ability to emit sound beams as if traveling through a tunnel and can reach a target as much as 1600 feet away. For humans, pain is between 110 and 120 decibels. Any exposure to this device at its maximum power could cause irreversible damage and debilitating tinnitus (ringing in the ears) since the sound exceeds that of a jet engine or a gun shot near the ear. There have already been documented cases of irreparable hearing loss caused by exposure to LRADs. Karen Piper, who attended the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, sued the city after allegedly sustaining permanent hearing loss when the city used their LRAD. “The intensity of being hit at close range by a high-pitched sound blast designed to deter pirate boats and terrorists at least a quarter mile away is indescribable. ­The sound vibrates through you and causes pain throughout your body, not only in the ears. I thought I might die,” Piper, now an English professor at the University of Missouri, said in a press release. “It is shocking that the LRAD device is being promoted for use on American citizens and the general public.”

As a published composer and musician, I very much side with the judge in this case, and hope that the plaintiffs are successful in their lawsuits.

Jun 02 11:35

MANCHESTER BOMBING CONNECTED TO INTERVENTION IN LIBYA

Despite initial claims by the British government, it is now clear that Salman Abedi, the man responsible for the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was not a “lone wolf” but a member of terrorist network living in the United Kingdom under the protection of the government.
The UK has hosted a group of Libyan exiles with links to Al Qaeda in Manchester for decades. The exiles were part of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) opposed to the Gaddafi government.

Among that group was Abedi and his family. Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was a prominent member of LIFG.

Also, Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who left the UK to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, was part of the group.

LIFG was listed as a terrorist organization connected to Al Qaeda by the United Nations and banned from the UK under anti-terrorism laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I absolutely not surprised at these revelations?!?

And who benefits from this horrific carnage?!?

Certainly not the Libyan or British people, whatsoever.

So, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

I would suggest that certain elements of the British Deep State, have "won" on specific agendas they wanted to enforce. Please consider the following:

THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT
UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

This massacre may have been "allowed to happen" by the MI-5, by whom this man was well known, and upon whom they had a significant dossier, to engender more public British support for further military intervention in Libya, and other areas of the Middle East.

Jun 02 11:18

AFGHANISTAN: FROM SOVIET OCCUPATION TO AMERICAN ‘LIBERATION’

During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected as the president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the “just war” in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he would withdraw American troops stationed in Iraq.

More to the point, however, when President Obama decided to withdraw American troops from the unjust war in Iraq, at the same time, he pledged that he would commit additional American troops and resources into the purportedly “just war” in Afghanistan. And consequently, the number of US troops in Afghanistan jumped from 30,000 during the Bush Administration to more than 100,000 during the supposedly “pacifist” Obama Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity, is doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

This is precisely where we are with the US government's policy toward Afghanistan in 2017; doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

the US policy in Afghanistan has been an utter, epic fail; there is absolutely no military metric by which this 16 year, brutal stalemate of a war, can be adjudged as a "success."

The Cost of War: Deaths in Afghanistan

Of course, it continues to be a great revenue stream for the folks who manufacture the bombs,bullets, and bandages. President Trump seems to be of the opinion that war is "good for business".

Our military waste game suddenly seems prophetic

And also, the alphabet soup agencies who are profiting greatly from the overwhelming growth of the opium poppy business, are very much in favor of the war continuing, because they use the opium poppy profits for "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has absolutely no supervision:


Images: American soldiers guarding the opium poppy fields in Afghan

Everything I used to believe this country stood for, peace, honor, individual and collective responsibility, human rights,and human decency, has been absolutely turned upside down by this insane war, not to mention the credibility of the US government which, through my eyes, has absolutely none, and does not speak to the real needs and concerns of We the People.

It's all about the money, just as it was with Iraq, and its oil pipelines, which are now under a government which is nominally Western-centric, and its oil is only sold in US dollars.

President Trump (and those reading this site on his administration's behalf), a word, please. There are significant, fact-based reasons why this country is called "the graveyard of empires."

The British found this out, with much blood and money spent; so did Soviet Russia.

The uncomfortable, inescapable truth here is, that those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. This is the conclusion to which the US government and NATO must ultimately come; I simply hope and pray, as a Christian pacifist activist, that such a conclusion will come sooner, rather than later.

So what should the US government and NATO do at this point in Afghanistan?!?

Remove US and NATO troops as quickly as is safely possible, declare "victory", and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Let's call a spade a spade here; it was the failed negotiation between the Bush administration and the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes which got the Us government into this mess in the first place.

A 1998 memo written by al-Qaida military chief Mohammed Atef reveals that Osama bin Laden’s group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across that Central Asian country. The e-mail memo was found in 1998 on a computer seized by the FBI during its investigation into the 1998 African embassy bombings, which were sponsored by al-Qaida. Atef’s memo was discovered by FBI counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill, who left the bureau in 2001, complaining that U.S. oil interests were hindering his investigation into al-Qaida. O’Neill, who became security chief at the World Trade Center, died in the Sept. 11 attack.

Atef’s memo shines new light on what al-Qaida knew about U.S. efforts to normalize relations with the Taliban in exchange for the fundamentalist government’s supporting the construction of an oil and gas pipeline across Afghanistan.

This was the real reason the US military went into Afghanistan; it was not because the Taliban "wouldn't give up Ben Laden" ; Ben Laden died of natural causes in December of 2001:

Bin Laden’s Obituary Notice

That was simply the "excuse", post 9/11, that the Bush administration thought the American people would buy off on, as excuse to invade the country, to control its oil pipelines, and mineral wealth.

Jun 02 10:36

US HIKES ‘COMBAT POWER’ IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

Pentagon officials are reporting that they are hiking the US military “footpriint” as well as “combat power” in southern Syria in recent days, sending more troops into the area with a specific eye toward fighting against the Shi’ite militias that are trying to advance, hoping to connect Syrian government territory to the Iraqi border.

Shi’ite militias who had been involved in the Mosul invasion in Iraq have been making for the Syrian border, looking to help the Shi’ite militias inside Syria with fighting ISIS. The problem is that US-backed rebels are smack in the middle of these two sides, and the US has even targeted the militias inside syria to some extent to keep them away from the border region, accusing them of “threatening” the rebel territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US attempt at regime change in Damascus is on, and, most likely, this will happen sooner rather than later.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are now on US/Russian military conflict in Syria, but, were I a betting woman, I would think that this possibility is far closer than has been before, with this increase in US troop strength in southern Syria.

Jun 02 10:27

HILLARY CLINTON’S POST-TRUTH CLAIMS ABOUT WHY SHE LOST TO TRUMP

Democratic Party leaders and liberal pundits make a big deal out of President Donald Trump’s tenuous grasp on reality. Trump is often described as a “post-truth” president. Yet, former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has crafted her own alternative reality about why she lost the 2016 election.

This profound hubris, which Clinton intends to publish in a book, is reinforced and encouraged by Democrats and liberal media professionals. It virtually guarantees a subsection of the liberal class, who pledge resistance to Trump, will simultaneously fail to confront the truth of why Clinton did not win and likely engage in the same politics that led to one of the most embarrassing political losses in the history of the United States.

At an invitation-only conference, Clinton was interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who founded Recode, a site owned by Vox Media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Clinton, a word please. These accusations are making you sound completely unhinged, but I get it; you are pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for anything you have done which has gone badly for you.

So, why don't we take a look at the real reasons you lost, shall we?!?

You lost because you had more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photoshoot; your "pay to play" scheme at the Clinton Foundation had the all the hallmarks of accepting bribes for influence; you constantly reeked of the "inevitability" of your election win, even though you do not have the temperament for the job; you absolutely could not relate to your base; and through the machinations of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, you stole the nomination of the Democratic Party from Bernie Sanders through vote fraud.

And BTW, Secretary Clinton, what other "gruesome twosome" power couple in DC have their very own "dead bodies list"?!?

The Clinton Dead Bodies List

Secretary Clinton, the short answer is, none.

Jun 02 09:55

MDPD Wants to Record Entire County From the Sky Using Iraq War Technology

After the Freddie Gray riots in 2015, Baltimore residents began noticing small planes circling the city. As reporters later uncovered, Baltimore Police had quietly begun using a "wide-area surveillance" system, which deploys Cessna planes to constantly record the movements of an entire metro area. Police never bothered to tell the public they were using the invasive technology, which had been developed by the U.S. Air Force to help soldiers fight in the Middle East.

Now Miami-Dade Police are quietly trying to deploy the same system. In a county document posted online Tuesday, MDPD revealed the force has applied for Department of Justice funds to begin using wide-area surveillance (WAS) tools throughout the county. In a move that echoes Baltimore's lack of disclosure to the public, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has already applied for the grant — and the county is now asking commissioners to sign off on the act retroactively at its next meeting June 6.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask; what have been the benefits to the Baltimore PD from this activity, and how does the Miami Dade police expect to actually benefit from the use of this surveillance?!?

There's a war going on in this country to eviscerate what precious few civil liberties we have left, and such surveillance reeks of this process.

Miami Dade Mayor Gimenez understands that, otherwise, he wouldn't have asked his city commissioners to sigh off on this act retroactively.

And if this allegedly about "reducing crime", let me tell you what investments will work far better than a bunch of airplanes surveilling your city as they do in a war zone.

First, create a functional educational system, which will prepare kids for the jobs in the later 21st century, which will look nothing like the jobs we have now, particularly when it comes to manual labor, which will be a thing of the past very shortly, due to automation.

And no matter what language kids speak at home, they must learn a functional English, in order to qualify for the better jobs. In 6 Baltimore schools, not a single student could pass the proficiency test for either English, or math.

Encourage start-ups and entrepreneurs locally, by having a system of taxation which doesn't strangle them just as they are starting out.

And finally, decriminalise drugs, to take the financial incentive out of joining a gang completely away.

Portugal did this, and their progress in the area of preventing drug use in teens and beyond was nothing short of amazing.

Portugal: what happened after their decriminalisation of drugs, from weed to heroin.

Of course, this is apt to happen in this country when pigs discover their ability to fly, as drug money is laundered by some of the world's biggest banks, and they don't want to give up that profit stream.Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

And many political campaigns are partially funded by drug criminals:
Image: Hillary Clinton posing with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabrera, at a White House Christmas event

And please don't tell me she didn't know what his background was; she knew, but only the money he was able to provide her husband's campaign mattered, no matter how dirty and drug tainted it was.

Jun 02 09:25

EFF: WHY WE’RE SUING THE GOVERNMENT FOR RECORDS ABOUT GEEK SQUAD INFORMANTS

A federal prosecution of a doctor in California revealed that the FBI has been working for several years to cultivate informants in Best Buy’s national repair facility in Brooks, Kentucky, including reportedly paying eight Geek Squad employees as informants.

According to court records in the prosecution of the doctor, Mark Rettenmaier, the scheme would work as follows: Customers with computer problems would take their devices to the Geek Squad for repair. Once Geek Squad employees had the devices, they would surreptitiously search the unallocated storage space on the devices for evidence of suspected child porn images and then report any hits to the FBI for criminal prosecution.

Court records show that some Geek Squad employees received $500 or $1,000 payments from the FBI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The viewing of child porn is something I just don't, emotionally or intellectually, understand; I just don't get it.

That being said, subcontracting Geek Squad to be on the prowl for this emotionally ill practice, while allegedly fixing a computer that is on the fritz, is a 4th amendment violation, absolutely, and should not be allowed or tolerated.

And the thing that is interesting here is, why was this doctor suspected of harboring child porn on his computer in the first place?!? Was there a rival, attempting to destroy his professional reputation?!? Or was it a disgruntled ex-spouse, trying to ruin him?!?

Or, has this kind of witch hunt become standard operating procedure for the collaboration of the Geek Squad with the FBI?!?

Were I having problems with my computer, I would never darken the doors of Best Buy again, for either repair or purchase. I have nothing to hide; everything they would see on my computer is straight-up; but this is an issue of principle.

We are so falling down the rabbit hole of "Code Napoleon Law" (where one is considered guilty until proven innocent), and at such warp speed, that it is making my head spin.

Jun 02 09:06

POLICE STATE: WHY JAILS ARE BOOMING

It’s impossible to discuss reducing incarceration without acknowledging that the bulk of imprisonment happens in local jails. Federal penitentiary rates have dropped since peaking in 2009—though, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that may soon change. State prison rates have come down “modestly” overall, reports the Sentencing Project, and some states can boast double-digit decreases since the turn of the century.

City and county jails, meanwhile, have been bloating. Roughly two-thirds of states have seen jail populations at least double since 1983—a dozen have seen jail populations triple.

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative examines the reasons behind this explosive growth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not driven by crime. Crime rates nationwide have dropped over the past few decades, as have conviction rates in court. So then why do jails keep swelling?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American prison system is completely dysfunctional, period, end of discussion; if you don't understand that, look at the recidivism rate for this country:
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has finally released new information on recidivism rates among former prisoners in the U.S.—and while the numbers, aren’t necessarily surprising, experts say, they are disturbing. The study, released Tuesday, tracked 404,638 state prisoners from 30 states who were released in 2005. It found that 67.8 percent of them were re-arrested within three years of their release and 76.6 percent were re-arrested within five years. Of the latter group, more than a third were re-arrested in the first six months after leaving prison, and more than half were arrested by the end of the first year, showing that the rate of recidivism was highest during the first year and declined every year after that.

I have what I would call a "hug and a punch" relationship with the work of film maker Michael Moore; that being said, I found his documentary "Where to Invade Next", released in 2015, to be nothing less than a stroke of genius.

One of the segments was on a prison in Sweden, and how prisoners were treated there. The treatment was humane, and the prison had more of a campus-like atmosphere. Family visits were encouraged, and the big push is for as total a rehabilitation of each prisoner as is humanly possible.Sweden has done for its prisons what the US government will not

The Swedish numbers on recidivism speak for themselves. So at the end of the day, I have to ask myself; why is the American penal system pathologically incapable of learning from systems which are working far better to prevent American criminals, who have done their time, not to re-offend?!?

Jun 02 08:10

Germany plans to introduce fines of $2,800 for parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated

Hermann Gröhe, Germany’s minister of health, has decided to introduce tough new measures to clamp down on the increasing number of people refusing to vaccinate their children. Under the new legislation, which will likely go into effect next month, parents who do not consult their healthcare providers about vaccinating their children could face fines of $2,800 (around 2,500 euros). Such children could also face expulsion from their daycare facilities if reported on by the parents of other children.

Jun 01 10:33

Justice Department Sued for Records on FBI Training of Best Buy Geek Squad Spies

The Justice Department was sued Wednesday by a privacy group seeking information on the FBI recruitment of Best Buy employees to search consumer computers for child pornography during repairs — a practice that came to light in court documents in a recent case in Santa Ana, California.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Justice Department, demanding access to records about any FBI training and payment to Geek Squad workers to search customer computers without a court warrant.

Jun 01 10:32

POLICE STATE: CHILDREN NOW FACE FINES & ARREST IF THEY DON’T GET A PERMIT TO MOW GRASS FOR MONEY

A regular summer right of passage for motivated teenagers across the United States in search of some extra spending money has always been cutting the neighbors grass. However, teens in Gardendale, Alabama, and many other cities across the United States, are about to get a rude lesson in how government overregulation stifles personal and financial growth.

Local officials and area law services have reportedly warned area teens that without a business license issued by the city, which costs $110, they are in violation of a city ordinance, thus violating the law, if they attempt to cut grass without a license.

It’s patently absurd that local teenagers can’t make a private agreement with a neighbor to mow a lawn without the government sanctioning the transaction by inserting themselves as the arbiter of who is allowed to legitimately cut grass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 01 10:29

Snubbed! Furious Juncker vows Brussels will BLOCK trade deals between US and EU states

FURIOUS Jean-Claude Juncker last night lashed out at Donald Trump’s attempts to sideline the EU and vowed Brussels would move to block any attempted trade deals between the US and member states.

In a rancorous speech the EU Commission chief accused the eurosceptic President of giving him the “cold shoulder” and ignoring the role of eurocrats in running European trade negotiations.

Mr Trump has openly stated previously that he prefers dealing bilaterally with countries on a one to one basis and is not a fan of overbearing supranational structures like the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Junker is going to do this...how?!?

By preventing individual EU members from trading bilaterally with the US?!?

I think this guy needs a reality check; I seriously doubt this attempt at restraint of trade is actually going to happen.

Jun 01 10:21

RUSSIA READY TO SUPPLY S-400 MISSILE SYSTEMS TO TURKEY – PUTIN

Russia is ready to sell its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). He added the issue was discussed earlier with his Turkish counterpart.

“We discussed the possibility of selling S-400s [to Turkey]. We are ready for this,” Putin said in answer to a question from a Turkish media reporter.

Speaking about cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in assembling the defense systems in Turkey, he said it depends on the readiness of local manufacturing industry.

“At the moment, we don't produce those systems abroad,” Putin added.

“We are ready to deliver these newest and most efficient systems. President [Recep Tayip] Erdogan and our countries’ militaries are aware of it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether produced in Russia or Turkey, such a defensive capability for Turkey would be an absolute game-changer.

Jun 01 10:18

SOROS: THE EUROPEAN UNION IS NOW IN AN "EXISTENTIAL CRISIS" AND TRUMP'S AMERICA IS A "HOSTILE POWER"

Commenting on the current state of the European experiment, George Soros warned the European Union has plunged it into an existential crisis as a result of "dysfunctional" institutions and austerity mandates, and will require the bloc to reinvent itself to survive. Speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum, the billionaire investor said the EU had "lost its momentum" as he urged policymakers to abandon hopes of "ever closer union" driven by a top-down approach from Brussels, a statement which will likely displease Germany.

"The European Union is now in an existential crisis," Soros told a Brussels audience. "Most Europeans of my generation were supporters of further integration. Subsequent generations came to regard the EU as an enemy that deprives them of a secure and promising future."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Soros, a word, please; the concept of the European Union, and the reality of what it has become, are two completely different creatures.

The entire concept of a European Union was doomed from the start, and the uber-administrators in Brussels, writing the rules, have little or no understanding of what their dictates are doing to murder businesses (except for the too big to fail banks)

There is no democratic voting on EU regulations, which makes the EU a completely dictatorial in all but name.

Any "reinvention" of the EU will have to have complete accountability to the countries which choose to take part in it, period, end of discussion; unfortunately, however, it may be too late in the game for this to get accomplished.

Jun 01 10:09

NATO LAUNCHES ITS OWN OPERATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The recent NATO summit took a decision to formally become a member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), in addition to its training mission in Iraq.

Despite all the speeches ringing alarm bells about the deadly threat coming from the IS – the mortal enemy of the West that vowed to fight it till it exists – the bloc’s combat ready forces are deploying…against Russia in the Eastern Europe! As a result, the alliance has seen no need to counter the IS plans to create a caliphate. It stubbornly turns a blind eye on the peril coming from the South.

Migrant flows are flooding the territories of European alliance members, terrorist acts are committed to kill citizens of the NATO member states, US and Turkish military are fighting the extremists on the ground but the bloc largely limits itself to words of condemnation while demonizing Russia – the country which says it does not want to provoke confrontation and calls for a dialogue!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully clear, that the obvious intent of this military intervention, is regime change in Syria.

And the question must be asked; how long before NATO and US forces are in direct conflict with Russia over Syria?!?

And the way I see it, the short answer is, not long.

Jun 01 10:01

Group Sues Mayor, Police, For Details Of Seth Rich Murder Investigation

An independent group investigating the July 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich is suing the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser for information connected to the murder investigation.

The Profiling Project filed the lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court Wednesday morning, asserting that MPD has mismanaged the murder investigation. The group said that MPD’s stonewalling is unjustified.

“The release of this crucial material will help bring peace to the victim’s family, and it will help to either confirm or refute the various theories that swirl about this important murder case,” Washington, D.C. lobbyist and attorney Jack Burkman, who is leading The Profiling Project, asserted in court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Clintonistas; the assassination of Seth Rich, who was leaking info to Wikileaks, and you wanted to get rid of, as a message to others not to do so, will not "go gentle into that good night", as you had planned.

The truth will out, one way or the other.

Jun 01 09:29

SECRETIVE BILDERBERG GROUP TO TALK RUSSIA, TRUMP & ‘WAR ON INFORMATION’

This year’s event marks the 65th meeting of the infamously-secretive group which has met every year since 1954. Denis Healey, Joseph Retinger, David Rockefeller and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands were the group’s founders.

The group says the conference is “designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.” Each year it’s attended by people from the fields of politics, industry, finance, media and academia. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America.

As well of some of Trump’s top brass, other attendees this year include Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, Republican senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham, and Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai.

Editors, and chief commentators, from several world famous publications including Bloomberg, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and the London Evening Standard will also be in attendance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These meetings are about three things; control (financial and informational); wealth building; and war.

And when Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in origin, the man was not far from the truth at all.

Jun 01 08:53

Damning legislation would give corporations the power to forcibly vaccinate you and collect your DNA records

A new bill, H.R. 1313, moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing and enroll in a mandatory vaccine program or risk losing their job. Today, laws including the 2008 Genetic Privacy and Nondiscrimination Act (known as GINA) prohibits giving employers such power over their employees.

If we let Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, who introduced this new legislation, have her way, employees will be stripped of all their privacy rights. Furthermore, H.R. 1313, also called the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” will give power to employers to hire or fire people based on the provided health information.

Jun 01 07:43

POLICE STATE: CHILDREN NOW FACE FINES & ARREST IF THEY DON’T GET A PERMIT TO MOW GRASS FOR MONEY

In the Land of the Free, it is now illegal to mow grass from extra money during the summer time, unless you pay the right state official for the privilege of working. These permit requirements are ultimately enforced through the power of police and fines.

Jun 01 07:26

CIA ASSET TURNED AMERICAN ENEMY, MANUEL NORIEGA, DEAD AT 83

News reports on the recent death of dictator Manuel Noriega have largely ignored the U.S.’ invasion of his country after he ceased to be “useful.” The 1989 invasion resulted in countless civilian deaths and helped cement the U.S.’ reputation as an oppressive force in Latin America.

Jun 01 07:17

Russia confirms commitment to Paris climate change agreement amid fears of US pullout

If Putin believes in so called climate change,then he is just another NWO hack!

Russia sees no alternative to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, the Kremlin said amid expectations that the US may withdraw from the key emission-reduction accord.

“President Vladimir Putin signed this convention when he was in Paris. Russia attaches great significance to it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Thursday. “At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants.”

He added that at the moment “there is no alternative to” the Paris convention.

May 31 16:21

The only definition of ‘covfefe’ you need to know

COVFEFE- a condition which arises when members of the mainstream press have their heads so far up their own asses, they can’t differentiate between an actual controversy and a manufactured political scandal. Journalists suffering the condition may exhibit symptoms, such as: publishing stories based entirely on unverifiable sources, expressing shock over the results of elections they called prior to poll closure, increasingly rapid oscillation between screams of “racism” and “sexism” in reports that are often about nothing at all, and calling any information with which they disagree “fake.” Resulting complications include total loss of press credibility and the erosion of the 1st Amendment.

May 31 16:12

“I Was The Victim”: Hillary Blames The NYT, The DNC, “Russian Agents,” High Expectations, Comey And WikiLeaks

Of course, in all of her rambling, Hillary never offered up a viable conclusion on why “Russian hackers” were only able to sway voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania but not in places like Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, states where anti-Russian tinfoil must be impervious.

May 31 15:31

Democrat operative David Brock’s chat shows NSA surveillance used to identify and disable online Trump supporters

Panicking that Hillary had lost the debate (“we’re losing 100%”; “Trump made her look like a girl.”), and recognizing that Trump’s supporters are “enthusiastic” and “organized,” Brock et al. vowed they “have to stop the bleeding” and must “hit back hard” with new methods because “the usual means” of online trolling (“disruption scripts” and “down-voting”) “isn’t working” and because Trump supporters are sub-human “deplorables”.

May 31 14:25

Dillinger not killed by FBI! Fact: Hoover coverup!

My Answer Man received a question asking if crime expert Jay Robert Nash still holds the theory that John Dillinger was not killed by the FBI in front of the Biograph Theater on July 24, 1934. He does. Nash informs me he stands behind his two books on the subject, and may have met the real Dillinger many years later. RE

by Jay Robert Nash

Will there never be an end to this? Probably not, since the FBI (and no one else) has ever refuted the FACTS (far beyond my theory) I presented in several books about the shooting at the Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934.

May 31 12:50

Saudi Arabia to Behead 23-year-Old Deaf, Blind Man Who Took Part In A Protest

Saudi Arabia is to behead a deaf and visually impaired man to death for taking part in a protest, it has emerged.

Disabled Munir Adam, 23, was arrested in the wake of political demonstrations in the Shia dominated east of the Kingdom in 2012.

A court in Saudi Arabia has upheld his death sentence and Adam has just one appeal left before the King signs an execution warrant.

Adam was arrested for violent acts at a protest and accused of 'sending texts', according to Reprieve.

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