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June 12, 2018

Jun 12 12:17

Paul Craig Roberts: In The Western World, Truth Is An Endangered Species

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the world has now, is the independent media; and we should hang on to that for dear life, right now.

IF the independent media is forced to close its doors, collectively, humankind will have nothing but the official government propaganda, and that... can be seriously hazardous to your health.

Jun 12 12:11

Consumer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace Since 2011, Real Wage Growth Slumps

Last night's Singaporean show was the prelude to the rest of the week's real action - central banks - and nothing drives The Fed more than inflation anxiety as exhibited by Core CPI this morning... and it printed hot.

For the 32nd consecutive month, the consensus estimate on the street was +0.2% MoM - and expectations were met - pushing the headline CPI to +2.8% YoY (as expected) - the highest since December 2011...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from financial history, are doomed to repeat it.

Jun 12 12:09

Senate Adds ZTE-Deal-Killing Amendment To "Must Pass" Defense Bill

As was widely expected, a group of senators have successfully attached an amendment that would effectively kill the Trump administration's deal with Chinese telecoms firm ZTE to a "must-pass" defense authorization bill, according to Axios- the latest sign that the movement to kill the deal is gaining momentum, even among Republicans who rarely oppose the president. The measure has found support among a bipartisan group of Senators who claim that the ZTE deal poses potential national security problems, according to Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who introduced the amendment alongside Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. In addition, Van Hollen maintains that the ZTE deal is "genuinely a bad deal" that must be overturned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump will, if it gets that far, veto the deal, and demand that Congress create another budget which does not at all mention ZTE.

Jun 12 12:06

The Real Reason Trump Lost It With Trudeau?

In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank.

“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”

To understand what drives Trump, and explains his exasperation and anger, these remarks are a good place to begin.

Our elites see America as an “indispensable nation,” the premier world power whose ordained duty it is to defend democracy, stand up to dictators and aggressors, and uphold a liberal world order.

They see U.S. wealth and power as splendid tools that fate has given them to shape the future of the planet.

Trump sees America as a nation being milked by allies who free ride on our defense effort, as they engage in trade practices that prosper their own peoples at America’s expense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is reasonable for Trump to be upset, looking at these numbers; I just wish he hadn't gotten so publicly upset.

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:51

As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

At the G7 meeting in Canada in recent days, we witnessed unprecedented clashes between Trump and G7 leaders over the imposition of tariffs on trade. We must now conclude that the event has been relegated to irrelevance, as the G7 has heretofore derived its clout from speaking as one voice. Trump even went further, refusing to sign the final draft of the organization’s joint statement after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump’s trade decisions. Trump showed how little he cares for his allies, leaving the summit a day early to arrive early for the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore to make preparations for the long-awaited encounter between the two leaders.

Jun 12 11:51

Mexican politician who vowed to crack down on crime shot dead while posing for selfie with fan

Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate on Friday night when he was approached by a woman holding a selfie stick who asked him to take a photo with her. Surveillance footage obtained by the Vanguardia showed the 43-year-old politician falling to the ground after being shot in the head by a man who snuck up behind him. Purón, who is survived by his wife and child, reportedly died en route to the hospital.

Note how the woman with the selfie stick just quickly and calmly walks away. I think she was part of the hit team.



Jun 12 11:47

Here was the scene a few moments ago in the Singapore International Media Center when Trump and Kim met for the first time.

“I feel really great,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Mr. Kim said: “It was not easy to get here. There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever you think of this President, yesterday was a truly historic occasion, and one which, if managed properly, can mean a great deal toward the de-escalation of tensions with North Korea, about which the world should feel markedly relieved.

Jun 12 11:44

Violence erupts in Nicaragua capital as police dismantle blockades

Armed anti-riot police and pro-government paramilitary attacked barricades manned by anti-government protesters in eastern Managua, plunging city neighborhoods in violence and chaos in an attempt to stamp out a two-month-old uprising against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Cracks of gun fire resounded through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital as television footage showed turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades.

Activists attempted to push them back by throwing rocks and setting off homemade mortars.

Silvio Jose Baez, an auxiliary bishop of Managua, urged residents to stay inside their homes.

"It is very dangerous because of the presence of violent gangs," he wrote on Twitter. "Don't risk life in vain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope (and pray) that the Catholic bishops can ratchet tensions down, and discourse in the country become more civilized, but in reality, I cannot expect for much here; and this is because this violence has the fingerprints of US foreign policy all over it.

Jun 12 11:39

Report: Netanyahu, White House Working to Drive Wedge Between Palestinians and Gulf States

The Trump administration is working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a rift between the Gulf states and the Palestinians, according to a wide-ranging report on Trump's Middle East policy that was published on Monday in The New Yorker.

The report says that the Trump administration's peace plan, which will likely be much closer to the Israeli government's positions than previous U.S. peace plans, could be used by Netanyahu to divide the Gulf monarchies and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, according to the report, expects the Palestinians to reject Trump's plan, thus creating an opening for the Gulf states to support it and distance themselves from the Palestinian leadership while inching closer towards Israel, with whom they share a common view of Iran as the main threat in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is absolutely not the problem in the region; it is Israel's belligerent, hubristic foreign and domestic policies which are the problem here.

Jun 12 11:36

Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the ‘Authority of Shame’

Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah city Sunday night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) end its sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the small Palestinian enclave.

At least 1,500 protesters marched downtown starting at the central Manara Square at 9:30 p.m., a time when the streets are bustling with people shopping, eating, or enjoying ice cream after breaking their fasts during the holy month of Ramadan.

The protest, led by an independent youth movement, was the largest show of support for Gaza in the occupied West Bank since the Great March of Return was launched in the besieged territory on March 30.

The crowd consisted of mostly young Palestinians, but older protesters and children also joined the demonstration. Palestinians traveled from across the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Haifa, among other places, to attend the protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not blame these people for their upset at lack of progress with the PA, which has only had punitive sanctions against the people of Gaza.



Jun 12 11:34

After his expletive-laden rant about Trump, Robert De Niro apologizes - to Canadians

A day after he took a swipe at President Donald Trump, Robert De Niro has apologized -- not to the commander-in-chief but for him.

The actor was in Toronto Monday for the groundbreaking of the Canadian Nobu restaurant, which he was launching alongside celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
During his remarks, De Niro said,
"I just want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behavior of my president."

Jun 12 11:33

Raging Bull$#!%

Trashing the President is the new national pastime. This movement has inspired the most tiresome, predictable, and myopic political commentary and art of my lifetime. In a rare and paradoxical alignment, many establishment mouthpieces and extremists are preaching the same message. They would have us believe that everything was peachy until the orange man stepped into office. Hollywood celebrites are foaming at the mouth with the same lame act we have heard a thousand times to the cheers of the people who voted to put a corrupt warmonger and her serial rapist husband in the White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Robert De Niro can scream "*UCK TRUMP" on TV without fear...

Then Trump isn't a dictator, is he?

Jun 12 11:28

US Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in NE Syria

As US and Kurdish forces carried out offensives against ISIS in the area, US warplanes carried out airstrikes against the town of Khoeberah, in the mostly Kurdish Hasakeh Province of northeast Syria, killing 18 civilians.

Details are still emerging on the incident, which the Syrian government has confirmed. The majority of the slain civilians are, by their accounts, Iraqi refugees who had fled into Syria during the fighting in western Iraq.

This is a common occurrence on both sides of the border, as ISIS controlled territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and offensives against each side tended to send civilians scattering to any place remotely safer than where they were at.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is extraordinarily accomplished at creating bloodshed, barbaric living conditions, and chaos in those countries it has allegedly "liberated", like Iraq.

And we have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, regarding Turkish strikes in Iraq as well:

Turkey Escalates its PKK Operations; 23 Killed in Iraq

Why in heaven's name is the US government siding with, and consistently using, Kurdish militias in Syria, while it allows Kurds to be slaughtered in Iraq?!?

Jun 12 11:24

Sadr Rejects Revote, Says Iraqis Must Unite to Avoid Civil War

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won the May 12 election, is rejecting calls by other factions to hold a re-run of the vote, saying certain factions are trying to start a civil war with all the allegations around the elections.

Sadr warned it was “time to stand as one for building and reconstruction instead of burning ballot boxes or repeating election just for one seat or two.” Some of the re-vote advocates, like the parliament speaker, lost their seats in the election.

The election’s votes were initially counted electronically, and parliament has since called for a full recount. The fire in Baghdad, at one of the ballot warehouses, has fueled even more claims of a cover-up of the results.

Recounts, the firing of the commission, the burning of the warehouse, and the legal challenges by the commission all look to drag on post-election wrangling before a coalition negotiation can really begin in earnest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man is absolutely correct in his assessment here; and unfortunately for DC, the tenure of his coalition, should it be accepted by those in power in the Iraqi government ,will be an ongoing nightmare for DC.



Jun 12 11:12

UN, Red Cross Evacuate Staff From Yemen Port City Ahead Of "Imminent" US-Saudi Coalition Assault

The New York Times reports that the United Nations is pulling its staff from the besieged Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah as a massive assault on the country's only major humanitarian lifeline appears imminent.

UN staff have played a key role in delivering foreign aid through what is now one of the besieged country's only humanitarian access points to the outside world, through which 80% of all humanitarian aid flows.

The NYT details that the UN evacuation comes after "member countries were told that an attack by forces led by the United Arab Emirates was imminent, according to two diplomats briefed on the matter."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attack will mean the nail in the coffin for Houthi resistance in Yemen; let the US-enabled, Saudi slaughter of innocent Yemeni people continue!!

Forgive my sarcasm here, but I wish that both Mike and I were young enough, and prosperous enough, to imigrate to a country which does not commit, or enable, war crimes; unfortunately, that is not going to happen for us.

We cannot morally accept, or support, the war crimes done by this country around the world, and are ashamed of a government which is no longer responding to the needs and concerns of We the People; truth be told, we are rapidly approaching a time for this country, where the center cannot hold.

And we have a companion piece on this, datelined yesterday, from moonoveralabama.com:

US Grants Approval for Genocide

The article goes on to state: "The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries. There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve."

Jun 12 11:04

Russia to continue efforts to involve Taliban in direct negotiations with Kabul : According to Lavrov, heads of ministries supported Afghan President call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members

Moscow will continue efforts to involve the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) in direct talks with Kabul, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the meeting of CSTO foreign ministers on Monday, adding though that those efforts have failed so far.

According to Russia’s top diplomat, "together with normalizing the military situation in Afghanistan" heads of ministries supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members.

"Russia has long advocated for this kind of dialogue, the Taliban members are part of the Afghanistan’s society. Provided that they abandon a military approach to defending their interests, they should be made direct participants of the political process," he said. "So far the Taliban members have not demonstrated readiness to this kind of dialogue, but we will continue our efforts, particularly on the back of today’s agreements between the CSTO foreign ministers," the minister added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergey Lavrov, and his boss, Russia's President Putin, are to be commended for, yet again, being the "adults in the room" when it comes to geopolitics.

Jun 12 10:55

PEPE ESCOBAR: PUTIN & XI TOP THE G6+1

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, aka G7, while the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) aimed at global integration and a peaceful multipolar order...

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

US President Donald Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a “free trade proclamation”, as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada.

Meanwhile, over in Qingdao, the stunning takeaway was offered predictably by Chinese President Xi Jinping; “President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are thinking long-term; American politicians cannot see their way beyond the next election cycle, and that will be this country's undoing.

Jun 12 10:50

WILL BILDERBERG STILL BE RELEVANT AS THE FUTURE OF WAR IS TRANSFORMED?

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.



Jun 12 10:45

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? U.S. ARMY PLANNING TO DEPLOY AUTONOMOUS KILLER ROBOTS ON BATTLEFIELD BY 2028

United States Army Secretary Mark Esper recently revealed that the military has a strategic vision of utilizing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles on the battlefield by 2028.

“I think robotics has the potential of fundamentally changing the character of warfare. And I think whoever gets there first will have a unique advantage on the modern battlefield,” Esper said during a Brookings Institute event.

“My ambition is by 2028, to begin fielding autonomous and certainly semi-autonomous vehicles that can fight on the battlefield,” he added. “Fight, sustain us, provide those things we need and we’ll continue to evolve from there.”

In a preview of the U.S. Army’s strategic vision, released on June 6, Esper said the integration of these forces would become a critical strategic component, quoting from the document:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the creation of "Norman" by MIT, was a first step toward these killer robots; MIT and DARPA have a long, ongoing relationship.

Meet Norman, the world's first psychopathic artificial intelligence, unveilled by MIT

Jun 12 10:39

Teachers reportedly fearful after MS-13 infiltrates Maryland school

The violent gang MS-13 has infiltrated a predominantly Hispanic school in Maryland, bringing terror and the campaign to recruit young students, with teachers calling the situation a “ticking time bomb.”

William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale has reportedly become a battleground after the gang established its presence at the school.

Fighting, drug dealing, pro-MS-13 graffiti and attempts to recruit immigrant children from Central America have become an everyday occurrence, The Washington Post reported.

“We now have two to three fights per day,” one school employee told the paper, who didn’t reveal his name over fears to lose the job or be targeted by the gang. “At this point, it’s completely out of control.”

School teachers claimed at least a dozen of members of the gang are in the school. The violent activities prompted the school to call the police over 70 times in the 2017-2018 school year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And public law agencies cannot deport these gang members because.....?!?!?!?!?

Jun 12 10:39

Over 2,300 suspected sex offenders arrested in nationwide operation

More than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders were arrested during a three-month nationwide operation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, as well as 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or who were used in the production of child pornography, according to a DOJ statement.
The 61 ICAC task forces — located in all 50 states and comprising more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies — led the operation known as “Broken Heart” during March, April, and May.

The task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.

Jun 12 10:37

Breaking: Judge Ellis May Side with Manafort Against Dirty Cop Robert Mueller and Special Counsel

FOX News attorney Gregg Jarrett told Lou Dobbs on Monday that Judge Ellis may still side with Paul Manafort in his case against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the DOJ.



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Jun 12 10:36

Senate Releases Facebook Hearing Responses: Willing To Write Own Regulations, Promises Not Spying On Users

After responding "let me get back to you on that" over 2,000 times during the marathon hearings at the House and Senate Committees in early April, Senator John Thune has just released the 229 page pdf tome of all the responses.

While there is plenty to shew through, a few things stood out things stood out:

First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t aware of allegations until March that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted Facebook user data obtained from Aleksandr Kogan’s app, according to June 8 letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Cmte.

Jun 12 10:35

OKLAHOMA MAN FREE AFTER 26 YEARS AS MURDER CONVICTION DISMISSED

Johnny Edward Tallbear of Oklahoma City, who spent over 26 years behind bars on a first-degree murder conviction, has been released after a new test of the DNA evidence led to the dismissal of the case against him.
Tallbear, who is now 61, had shackles removed from his wrists and ankles in court and left the building on Monday a free man. It felt “great” to be out of chains, he told the journalists, adding that the first thing he wanted do after getting home was “eat some decent meal.”

“I’ve been saying for more than two decades that I didn’t have anything to do with this horrible crime. I’ve always known that I’m innocent and now the DNA has proved it,” said Tallbear, as cited by the Innocence Project, which facilitated the new testing.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater confirmed that the case was dismissed “based on the DNA evidence that wasn’t available at the time of trial,” which went against all the other evidence that led to Tallbear’s conviction in 1992.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is appalling in this case, is that this man, or any other unjustly accused and convicted person in this country, needed the Innocence Project to get exonerated and released from jail, after having served time for crimes they did not commit; and unfortunately in what passes for American "justice", this kind of situation keeps repeating when it absolutely should not.

Jun 12 10:30

Japanese Probe Photographs Target Asteroid Ryugu for Sample-Return Mission

A Japanese asteroid-sampling spacecraft has its target in sight.

The Hayabusa2 probe has photographed Ryugu, the space rock it's scheduled to start orbiting late this month.

One newly released image, which was captured on Sunday (June 10) by Hayabusa2's Optical Navigation Camera-Telescopic (ONC-T), shows the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) Ryugu shining like a star against the blackness of space. [Photos: Japan's Hayabusa2 Asteroid Mission in Pictures]

Another Sunday ONC-T shot, which featured a much shorter exposure time (0.09 seconds versus 178 seconds), suggests that the asteroid is not significantly elongated, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials said.

Jun 12 10:30

Conservative Verbally Slaps Ex Clinton State Dept Deputy Around



Jun 12 10:29

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Update: 2 New Explosions Rock Summit, Trigger Minor Quakes

Two explosions rocked Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano summit Monday, sending ash into the air and triggering at least one magnitude 5.4 earthquake.

The latest brings the total number of explosions to three in as many days. On Saturday, a small explosion on the summit triggered a magnitude 5.2 earthquake. No damage was reported from the tremor that was felt as far away as Hilo.

Officials say there's no way to know when the Kilauea Volcano will stop erupting on the Big Island, where more than 600 homes have been destroyed by lava.

On Monday, officials began letting some residents return to their homes as lava flowing into the ocean posed no new threat, the Associated Press reports. County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said staffing at the operations center would be reduced. He noted that workers could be called in if conditions worsen.

Jun 12 10:28

ISRAEL TO PAY $16.7M SETTLERS AFTER DEMOLISHING THEIR ILLEGAL HOMES

Israel will pay 60 million shekels ($16.7 million) in compensation to illegal settler families whose houses are being demolished today.

Fifteen buildings in the illegal Israeli settlement of Netiv HaAvot, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, are due to be demolished by the Israeli government because they are built on private Palestinian land. The structures will be rebuilt nearby on land that is “not privately owned” but still within the occupied West Bank.

The move to demolish the houses has been widely protested by the settlers and right-wing Israeli ministers, including Israel’s Education Minister and leader of the orthodox Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett.

Bennett labelled the demolitions “senseless” and vowed that “whoever wants to raze 15 homes will receive 350 on this hill. This is a difficult night. It is incomprehensible to the residents of the Netiv HaAvot neighbourhood and for everyone who has settled the precious land of Israel,” according to Haaretz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that it is only for Jewish settlers that this compensation is being awarded; Palestinians are never compensated when their housing is demolished for whatever reason the Israeli government can conjure.

Jun 12 10:28

Klayman Sues Hillary for Wrongful Death at Benghazi



Jun 12 10:25

UK Seeks No Assurances From Israel Over Use Of British Arms In Killing Of Palestinians

The UK is conducting a “business as usual” relationship with Israel, seeking no assurances from the country regarding the use of British arms in the recent ‘massacre’ of Palestinians in Gaza, according to a UK historian.

Jun 12 10:25

LIBYA "BEFORE AND AFTER" PHOTOS GO VIRAL

A Libyan man who took photos of himself posing at various spots across Beghazi in 2000 has revisited the same locations 18 years later to photograph life under the new "NATO liberated" Libya.

The "before and after" pics showing the utter devastation of post-Gaddafi Libya have gone viral , garnering 50,000 retweets after they were posted to an account that features historical images of Libya under Gaddafi’s rule between 1969 and 2011.

It appears people do still care about Libya even if the political elites in Paris, London, and Washington who destroyed the country have moved on. Though we should recall that British foreign secretary Boris Johnson was caught on tape in a private meeting last year saying Libya was ripe for UK investment, but only after Libyans "clear the dead bodies away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary Clinton loves the concept of assassinations, both character, and outright physical; she must have thought that this was her finest hour as Secretary of State, when Gadaffi was assassinated.

However, in her consistently and heubristically pathological inability to see the logical conclusion of any scenario she created, this decision ultimately sowed the seeds for complete chaos and destruction in this country by way of an ongoing civil war, which, in 2018, shows no signs of ending any time soon.

Way to Go, Hil, congratulations!!

Jun 12 10:24

Trump Says Kim Jong-Un Accepted His Invitation To The White House

North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to visit the White House, according to US President Donald Trump.

The US president made the announcement in Singapore as he discussed a deal to start denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 12 10:18

Governor Brown Reaches $200 Billion Budget Deal

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders decided against two proposals that would have expanded access to health care and tax breaks to undocumented Californians. The $200 billion budget deal sets aside enough money in reserves to fill the "Rainy Day Fund" with almost $14 billion. Another $2.2 billion will go to contingency funds for other unexpected emergencies.

The sum of these two set aside funds gives the state around $16 billion in total reserves. According to the legislative Analyst's Office, that's 'enough to weather a mild recession without severe cuts to government services.'



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Jun 12 10:17

Not Another Bloody Bridge! Boris Johnson Flirts With Project To Link Britain To Northern Ireland

Despite previous attempts to build bridges falling flat (not literally), UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly backed a £15 billion ($20bn) project to link Northern Ireland to Britain.

Jun 12 10:15

How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink.

Trump relies on gut instinct. The North Koreans have 45 years of preparation.
“I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalled. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor.

“But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?”

She wanted to be dead, she said, glancing down, a wisp of straight brown hair slipping from behind an ear across her thin face.

At that point, said Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs — for more than three years.

Jun 12 10:14

The Mormon Church came out HARD against Utah's medical marijuana initiative. Last week, MormonLeaks leaked a doc proving the church owns nearly a billion in big pharma stocks.



Jun 12 10:13

TRUMP "WAR GAMES" ANNOUNCEMENT SHOCKS SOUTH KOREA, US MILITARY FORCES

In what was perhaps the most surprising announcement to emerge from today's Trump-Kim summit, president Trump agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from North Korea.

As we reported earlier, Trump said the war games were expensive and “very provocative”, and yet stopping them has been called a "major concession", something the US has previously rejected as non-negotiable on the grounds that the exercises are a key element of its military alliance with Seoul, and maintaining a deterrent against North Korea. In return, Trump said Kim had agreed in a joint statement to reassert “his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both a reasonable, and positive step.

Jun 12 10:09

ITIF CLAIMS POLICE USE OF AMAZON REKOGNITION IS “PATRIOTIC”

A few weeks ago, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society”.

“Facial recognition technology has many beneficial uses for society, even when used by the government. Even the use-case that privacy advocates are crying wolf over, facial recognition systems integrated with police body cameras, can benefit society.

The ITIF went on to claim that police body cameras hold “law enforcement accountable and there is no reason to suggest the same cannot be true for facial recognition technology.”

Let’s discuss ITIF’s claim that body cameras hold police accountable.

A 2017 article in Ars Technica reveals that body camera footage is generally not available to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a group, chaired by Robert Atkinson as their President, which takes money from high-tech companies, in order to put the best face possible on technology which erodes the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and attempts to publicly "kookify" and demean those who understand just how corrosive some of this technology is to privacy, and individual human rights.



Jun 12 10:07

Venezuela's hyperinflation at new dizzying high

Venezuela's sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months, lawmakers said Monday.

President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government controls most of the country's economy and is in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis with food and medicine in short supply.

Analysts blame what they call mismanagement of a state-led economy. That includes its control over hard currency, as well as low oil prices. Venezuela depends on crude oil for its earnings.

The government blames US sanctions and businessmen speculating on the problems.

Jun 12 10:07

Ortega stays mum as Nicaragua continues violent downward spiral

Armed riot police and pro-government paramilitaries on Monday attacked barricades manned by anti-government activists in the Nicaraguan capital, plunging neighborhoods into violence and chaos in an attempt to stamp out a two-month-old uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

The government offensive launched overnight into the early morning comes as Ortega enters his fifth day of silence regarding the Roman Catholic Church's proposal to restart talks aimed at calming the political crisis.

Jun 12 10:06

U.S. drone-strike policy threatens to backfire as other nations acquire technology

On the surface, it may sound inconceivable: a foreign nation dispatching an armed drone to assassinate a fugitive or a political dissident on American soil.

But such a scenario may not be as far-fetched as it seems, analysts and legal scholars say.

The rapid proliferation of military drone technology is reaching the point that other nations — and even non-state actors such as Mexican drug cartels — could engage in the kinds of deadly strikes that the U.S. pioneered more than a decade ago and has increased under presidents of both political parties.

“It’s not outside the realm of possibility that someone flies a drone across the border from Mexico and takes someone out,” said Rachel Stohl, managing director at the Stimson Center, a leading Washington think tank.

Jun 12 10:05

Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces.



Jun 12 10:05

MPs vote down House of Lords’ Brexit amendment in crucial EU withdrawal bill vote

MPs have voted down the House of Lords amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which, if it had passed, would have given parliament the final say over Brexit negotiations.

This is essentially a win for Brexiteers who feared the change could be used to halt Brexit entirely.

Jun 12 10:04

Voluntarily vagrant, homeless youth a 'crusty' urban challenge

From the parks of Berkeley to the streets of Brooklyn, and in most every large city in between, they have become an almost inescapable part of urban life.

Known by many names – “crusty punks,” “crusties,” “gutter punks,” “crumb bums” and “dirty kids,” to list but a few – this group of young adults has rejected a more traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle in favor of train hopping, panhandling and voluntary homelessness.

And while traditionally tolerated by police and urban residents, these transient groups of the unshaven and unwashed have been involved in a series of incidents in recent years -- accompanied by an abundance of bad press -- that has municipalities across the country puzzling over how to address the problem.

In New York City's East Village, they have been spotted doing drugs in local parks, making camp outside of apartment buildings and sleeping outside storefronts. One crusty traveler’s pit bull even attacked a man and his small dog - killing the other dog.

Jun 12 10:04

Syria's Upcoming Offensive to Israel Contact Line May Be the Best Show of the War

It seems Syria is gathering all its best and heaviest (most mechanized) units for the offensive in the south west. Could Russian and Syrian staff officers be preparing a classical Soviet "Deep Operation" offensive to overwhelm and break up the enemy at lightning speed (see Uranus, Bagration, Vistula-Oder, and August Storm)?

Jun 12 10:03

Traces of drugs, including antidepressants and antibiotics, found in York rivers

TRACES of almost 30 different pharmaceutical drugs, including antidepressants, antibiotics and medicines to treat epilepsy and diabetes, have been found in rivers in York.

Scientists said they found 29 different drug compounds in the River Ouse and River Foss, including some from drugs not usually available in the UK, thought to have been ingested by American and Chinese tourists.

The York University team stressed that although the levels were extremely low - drinking two litres of river water would give you about a millionth of a patient's daily dose of one drug - there were concerns over the long-term implications.


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Jun 12 10:03

6-11 USGS Hawaii Overflight Footages Kilauea Volcano Eruption Drone Update and Lava Flow Map on GE

Jun 12 10:01

‘Will use if needed’: Erdogan says Turkey didn’t buy S-400 from Russia ‘to keep them in store’

Turkey didn’t acquire the Russian-built S-400 air defense systems for them to collect dust and may use them, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, adding the purchase was to reduce Ankara’s dependency on US arms supplies.

Jun 12 10:00

‘Serious violation’: China fumes as US opens new $256 million ‘de facto embassy’ in Taiwan

An NGO, which has for decades been known as the de-facto embassy for the US in Taiwan, has opened up a flashy new office in Taipei. The move was condemned by Beijing as a blatant violation of its ‘One China’ policy.

The US-funded American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) unveiled its new headquarters in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, amid growing tension between the US and China over the fate of the disputed island. The massive $256 million complex, complete with Chinese gardens, occupies 6.5 hectares and will house nearly 500 American and local employees.

Jun 12 09:57

TRANSCANADA’S NEW “BEST-IN-CLASS” GAS PIPELINE EXPLODES IN WEST VIRGINIA, CAUSING FIERY BLAST

A newly installed TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday in the remote Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County in West Virginia.

No injuries were reported but flames and smoke from the blast could be seen as far as 20 miles away, residents told local media. Area police told CBS News the fire was "very large—if you can see it from your house, evacuate."

"It sounded like a freight train coming through, or a tornado, and the sky lit up bright orange, and then I got up and looked out the window and flames were shooting I don't know how far into the sky," Tina Heath-Chaplin, of Moundsville, told WPXI.

TransCanada—the same company behind the Keystone pipeline—said the explosion has been contained and an investigation is underway.

"As soon as the issue was identified, emergency response procedures were enacted and the segment of impacted pipeline was isolated. The fire was fully extinguished by approximately 8:30 a.m," the company commented Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cause is probably, most simply, that the company did the installation on the cheap, and cut corners in both materials and installation proceduures, which resulted in the blowout.

Explosiions like this just "don't happen"; they are caused when all the safety regs in place are ignored, to some degree or other.



Jun 12 09:56

Trump & Kim sign ‘historic’ document following talks in Singapore

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have signed a four-point document that would lead to “major change,” they announced at a joint news conference after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore.

The contents of the document were not immediately disclosed, but Trump said that he will be holding a press conference on the matter later in the day.

“We’ve developed a very special bond,” Trump said, sitting next to “chairman” Kim after what he called an “intensive time” together. He vowed to start the process “very, very quickly” without specifying what exactly is going to happen.

Jun 12 09:55

Video of most shameful moment ever in German Parliament goes viral

A video of leftist German Parliament members sabotaging a moment of silence for a girl murdered by migrant has gone viral. It has been viewed 30,000 times in the last 24-hours.

The video shows the moment that Germany’s right-wing AfD fraction tries to honour the girl by starting a moment of silence.

During the honourable moment Germany’s leftist Vice-President of the Parliament, Claudia Roth, interrupts the moment and even receives applause from leftist fractions for her disgusting action.

The moment can be seen as the most shameful moment in German Parliament. Intentionally disrupting a moment of silence for a victim certainly isn’t a normal occurrence in German politics.

Jun 12 09:51

Roosevelt's Revenge?

Because it reveals so well the corruption of American institutions, and because it shows so much of the Soviet-style dark underside of the unprecedented four-term administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the story of the life, destruction, and death of renowned cartoonist Percy Crosby ought to be known to every American. The corruption is of particular interest to this commentator because it so much involves the debasement of the same institutions that he has found in the "suicides" of two other important public figures, former Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, in 1949 and Deputy White House Counsel, Vincent Foster in 1993.

Jun 12 09:43

Hawaiian Airlines cuts daily flights to Big Island in July due to volcanic activity

Jun 12 09:34

Trump Likely to Support Senate Bill to Relax Marijuana Laws

Legalizing hemp and cannabis banking while allowing states to legalize at will

Jun 12 09:31

#WalkAway Campaign- WHY I LEFT LIBERALISM & THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Jun 12 09:30

‘SPECIAL’ TREATMENT AT THE US BORDER

Officer doing the extra special security inspection upon my arrival in
Washington DC: so what is the purpose of your trip to the US?

Me: Doing lectures but the reason you are troubling me as a US citizen is
that you are obeying orders that come down to you from Tel Aviv

Officer (puzzled): What are you talking about

Me: I have gone through this many times and wrote to homeland security and
will likely sue them for continued harassment on behest of Israel. Here is
the letter I received from them with a redress number. Basically,
Washington is being forced by a Zionist lobby to do things on behest of
Israel and that is not good for the US or its taxpayers like you and I

Officer: So what do you lecture about?

Me: various topics from environmental conservation to environmental justice
to human rights and how the colonial apartheid state of Israel uses our US
tax money to ethically cleanse fellow Palestinians…..you can check my

Jun 12 09:28

VIDEO ~~ ROBERT DE NIRO’S UNBLEEPED SPEECH

‘It’s no longer dump Trump’ …..



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Jun 12 09:21

22 Quotable Quotes About Psychiatric Pseudoscience

“There is a great deal of scientific evidence that stimulants cause brain damage with long-term use, yet there is no evidence that these mental illnesses…exist.”…”

Jun 12 09:05

There And Back Again: Facebook Hires Fake News Team Two Years After Firing It For Bias

After getting rid of its news trending team and switching to algorithms to combat fake news, Facebook seems to be back on track at hiring human news-checkers.

Jun 12 08:52

US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing

In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America’s heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 tons of bombs on Tokyo, a firestorm larger and hotter than ever before was brewing. During the firebombings of Dresden and Hamburg, temperatures reached 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, but in Tokyo it soared to a blinding 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Such was the heat unleashed by US bombers over the Japanese capital, that civilians in their air raid shelters were beginning to suffocate. Rather than be overwhelmed, they fled into the streets, becoming glued to the melting asphalt under their feet. Those now stuck in the roads or pavements were helpless, many of whom were heavily charred by the rapidly growing fires.

Jun 12 08:51

The inside story of Israel's campaign of assassination

The state of Israel has a history of great violence,

Jun 12 08:51

A Message from Iran

Jun 12 08:49

51 Years Ago the US Covered Up an Israeli False Flag Attack that Killed 34 Americans, Wounded 173

On June 8, 1967, 34 American servicemen were slaughtered and 173 more wounded after Israeli forces repeatedly attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The Liberty was not a battleship and was entirely unable to defend itself as the hours-long assault took place.wFor decades, the US government threatened the survivors with jail if they spoke about it and kept the truth from the public.

Although Israel apologized for the devastating attacks and maintained that a simple misidentification caused the strikes, startlingly new evidence has surfaced that refutes Israeli claims that this attack was done in error and that the Israelis were unaware they were attacking an American Navy vessel.

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of El Arish, by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats.

Jun 12 08:48

Understanding Jewish Power

Those who are in the drivers’ seat of the Israel promotion process are what some would describe as the Israel Lobby but which I would prefer to call a subset of the Jewish Lobby, which in itself is supported by something I would designate Jewish Power, an aggregate of Jewish money, control over key aspects of the media and entertainment industries plus easy access to corrupted politicians desirous of positive press and campaign donations. This penetration and control of the public discourse has resulted in the creation of what I would refer to as the official “Israel narrative,” in which Israel, which claims perpetual victimhood, is reflexively referred to as “the only democracy in the Middle East” and “Washington’s closest ally and friend,” assertions that are completely false but which have been aggressively and successfully promoted to shape how Americans view the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Jun 12 08:43

Germany: New Migration 'Master Plan' Sparks Discord in Merkel's Coalition

Facing a growing right-wing challenge amid the current migrant crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their center-left coalition partners - the Social Democrats – are looking for ways to tackle the thorny issue.

A 63-point plan on migration and asylum rules by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, expected to be unveiled on Tuesday, has been put on hold after it apparently failed to get the green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to the daily newspaper Bild, Angela Merkel has objected to plans to turn back asylum seekers at Germany's borders who have already been registered and fingerprinted in another EU country.

Jun 12 08:43

Seymour Hersh Advises Anti-Trump Media: Hits on Pruitt Model for Targeting Cabinet

Hersh said he thinks the media’s constant attacks on Trump are not working.

“My worry about what’s going on is I watch the polls — he’s gone up maybe seven, eight points — that’s 20 percent since the beating up [by the media] got more intense,” Hersh said.

“[Trump is] controlling the agenda totally — totally,” Hersh said.

Hersh went on to criticize the media’s reporting on Trump.

“I look at the cable news and think ‘Have we really come to this?’” Hersh told On the Media.

“I can’t relate to what’s going on,” said Hersh, whose reporting over the years included Watergate and the Vietnam war.

Jun 12 08:42

Young Fathers bullied by German festival to renounce support for Palestinian rights

A German music festival is trying to bully artists into dropping their support for Palestinian human rights.

The Ruhrtriennale festival is threatening to cancel the 18 August performance by the Scotland-based band Young Fathers unless they publicly renounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

“This McCarthyite political testing should be opposed by all who care about free speech,” PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, stated.

Jun 12 08:41

Italy’s Populist League Dominates Municipal Elections Sunday

As the results of Italy’s municipal elections from around the country continue to pour in, the biggest gains are going to the anti-establishment League party, with its 5-Star partner suffering important setbacks.

Sunday’s mayoral elections involving 761 Italian municipalities and nearly seven million Italians—over 10 percent of the population—show a decisive victory for Matteo Salvini’s League (and with it, the broader centre-right coalition).

The League’s governing partner, the leftward-leaning, populist 5-Star Movement, showed unimpressive results and took just 6 percent of municipal posts, just three months after taking the largest share of the vote in national elections on March 4.

Jun 12 08:39

Weekly Update: New Soros Lawsuits

Hungarian-American George Soros became a billionaire from hedge funds he started, and also from short-selling pounds sterling during England’s currency crisis in 1992. That maneuver earned him $1 billion and the appellation, “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.”

By 2018 he had only $8 billion in the bank, having given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, which support leftist causes in the United States and around the world.

You’d think he wouldn’t need your help. However, taxes you pay have been supporting this guy. Not surprising, as certainly the Obama administration was fond of using your tax dollars to fund leftwing organizations.

Jun 12 08:38

Obama State Department Spent $9 Million With Soros To Meddle In Albanian Politics

President Obama's State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent nearly $9 million on an Albanian political reform campaign coordinated with billionaire George Soros, according to 32 pages of State Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Working with Soros' Open Society Foundation, USAID channeled the funds into a "Justice for All" campaign aimed at reforming the socialist government's judicial system in 2016.

"The Obama admin spent at least $9 million in tax dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros to back socialist gov in Albania," wrote Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. "The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding," Fitton added.

Jun 12 08:36

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.

In the survey, conducted in March and so before the excitement of the April 2018 Update, Which? reported users experiencing slow PCs and occasionally total failure. Forty-six per cent of users that suffered the latter condition ended up paying an average of £67 to get someone to fix their PC for them.

Half of users questioned experienced some sort of problem, with 21 per cent reporting programs behaving erratically or failing completely following a Windows 10 update. Sixteen per cent found hardware such as printers or speakers had stopped working.

Jun 12 08:34

UK! watchdog! slaps! Yahoo! with! £250k! fine! for! 2014! data! breach!

Despite evidence that the firm knew about the mega-hack soon after it happened at the end of 2014, Yahoo! kept quiet until September 2016. Since then, the fines and court cases have kept rolling in as various regulators get in on the action.

Today, the Information Commissioner's Office issued Yahoo! UK Services Ltd a £250,000 fine following an investigation that focused on the 515,121 UK accounts that the London-based branch of the firm had responsibility for.

Jun 12 08:32

The Shared Agendas of George Soros and Barack Obama

While George Soros was busy bankrolling his battalion of established activist groups and launching a few new ones of his own, he quite naturally looked toward the upcoming presidential election of 2008 with great anticipation, eagerly awaiting the day when George W. Bush would finally leave office. The question was, who would replace him? In recent years, all indications had been that Soros favored Hillary Clinton above most, if not all, other potential Democratic candidates for President. But now there was a new face on the scene¯a young, charismatic U.S. senator from Illinois named Barack Obama¯who seemed not only to share virtually all of Soros's values and agendas, but also appeared to be a highly skilled politician who stood a good chance of getting elected to the nation's highest office.

Jun 12 08:32

More Trump-hating lovebirds: Ali Watkins and the rise of casting-couch journalism

The Beltway's Get Trump movement has added another pair of lovebirds to the morass, this time in the Ali Watkins-James Wolfe hook-up

Jun 12 08:31

Hawaii's largest freshwater lake EVAPORATED in under two hours after lava poured in and boiled it, as Kilauea volcano devastation continues

US Geological Survey officials said that lava from Fissure 8 poured into Green Lake on June 2.

In just 90 minutes, the molten rock had boiled away the entire lake, which was 200 feet deep at some places.

Jun 12 08:31

A COLLUSION OF A DIFFERENT SORT

Recently during a private conversion, Ms. K.M. shared a hypothesis about the "Russian collusion" meme that the hysterical western media keeps shouting. I have to be honest and say that I never bought into the whole narrative because I just didn't see the point: after all, if one can sell uranium to Russia, why can't members of one's staff talk to them? But the "Russia collusion" narrative keeps droning on (and on and on and...). During our conversation, K.M. said that there was possibly a much deeper level to this, one that few were looking at, a cultural level and even a geopolitical one dating back to the American War Between the States. After listening, I asked her to share the thoughts in a blog, and the following is the result. I have to say, on this "deep analysis", I think that the core hypothesis is spot on, and indeed, I suspect that if one carefully examined the speeches of Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump, one would find agreement on a number of core "anti-globalist" propositions.

Jun 12 08:30

A secret missile launch? Mystery streak of light spotted over Whidbey Island leaves locals baffled

The peculiar light, spotted at 3:56 am PDT (6: 56 am ET/ 11:56 am BST) yesterday, has left locals baffled.

Whidbey Island has a naval air station and some claim the streak may be a secret missile launch.

However, the military has denied any such activity.

Jun 12 08:29

‘One MP Will Not Vote With Conscience’ Because Of Threats Of Violence, Anna Soubry Claims

Tory MP Anna Soubry has told MPs that she knows of at least one Conservative colleague who will not vote with their conscience on the Brexit bill due to fears of violence against themselves, their family, or their staff.

Jun 12 08:29

America: A Prisoner of Our ‘Allies’

All the Very Serious People are tweeting and retweeting this “iconic” photo of Trump surrounded by the Euro-weenies, with Angela Merkel seeming to lecture the President while the rest of our faithless “allies” look on. It’s “America Alone” – the visual representation of the internationalist worldview: Trump’s policy of “America First” is “isolating” us, and, according to clueless leftists like Michael Moore, Merkel is now the “leader” of the “free world.”

This last is good news indeed, for if Merkel is the new leader of the “free world” then the stationing of 35,000 US troops in Germany – at a cost of billions annually – is no longer required and we can bring them home. This also means Germany, rather than the US, will be sending troops all over the world to fight “terrorism” – a move that is sure to cause consternation in certain regions with a history of German intervention, but hey, somebody has to do it!

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