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May 26, 2017

May 26 10:48

Airline Begins Testing Augmented Reality Smart Glasses To Read Travelers’ Emotions

By Nicholas West

It appears that air travel is going to be the new frontier for high-tech privacy invasion taking place in the name of security, efficiency and convenience … and now “customer service.”...

May 26 10:44

MEMORIAL DAY - James Garner at his best!

May 26 10:31

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

May 26 10:30

FLASHBACK - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

The government may declare victory in wars started in foreign lands, but for the people who live in small towns in this land the results are barely distinguishable from defeat. Lives are lost, families destroyed, futures shattered, hopes ruined; all this is the price paid by the people for the "foreign entanglements" we were long ago warned to avoid. The real price of war is paid not just by those who died in it, but by those who are left behind who bury their dead and pay the bills.

And now it may happen again. Having bred a new generation of soldiers far too young to know what their service in war costs their own families, the present administration is trying to start a war of conquest, to barter the surplus population of "useless eaters" for even more wealth and power. And if the leaders obtain that wealth and power they will declare victory, while the people of America who live in towns like the one I grew up in will salve their grief with cheap ribbons and plaques.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 26 10:30

FLASHBACK - MEMORIAL DAY - WALTER LEWIS SMITH

So, here is one soldier; not a glyph on a wall, but a man with a name, a face, and a history. To his friends and family he was a real human being, even though to the War Department he was just another statistic.

But as I think back on him, I know for a fact that he and the millions of others who served in all the various wars the United States became entangled in would be shocked and saddened to see that the government for which they sacrificed so much has become the very embodiment of all that they fought so hard against. No more First Amendment, warrantless spying on Americans, show trials, confessions extracted by torture, rigged elections; for this Walter gave up a lung?

May 26 10:24

EU NIGHTMARE: Brussels could face another Dutch election as coalition talks crumble again

BRUSSELS could face the nightmare prospect of another Dutch general election after a second round of talks on forming a coalition government ended without agreement today.

Four of the country’s main parties, including prime minister Mark Rutte’s conservatives (VVD), agreed to break off the negotiations after no progress was made on key issues.

The Netherlands has now gone 70 days without a government since March’s crunch election, which provided the EU with temporary relief when the eurosceptic Geert Wilders failed to make significant gains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with the way the EU is structured is that it was never engineered to be fully sustainable.

May 26 10:21

Still No Proof of Trump/Russia Collusion

Former CIA Director John Brennan testified on Capitol Hill this week and told Congress that he was “concerned” and “aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and . . . the Trump campaign.” The big headline buried in the mainstream media (MSM) reporting was Brennan admitting in the same hearing, “I don’t know whether or not such collusion . . . existed. I don’t know.” That means there is still zero evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The “Witch Hunt” continues.

May 26 10:19

FBI probing attempted hack of Trump Organization, officials say

The FBI is investigating an attempted overseas cyberattack against the Trump Organization, summoning President Donald Trump’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for an emergency session with the bureau’s cybersecurity agents and representatives of the CIA, officials tell ABC News.

Law enforcement officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity confirmed the attempted hack and said the subsequent meeting took place at the FBI’s New York headquarters on May 8, the day before Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Spokesmen for the FBI, CIA and Secret Service all declined to comment.

Reached by phone, Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the family company, would not confirm or deny that he and his brother had met with the FBI but told ABC News that the company had ultimately not been infiltrated.

“We absolutely weren’t hacked,” Eric Trump said during the brief call. “That’s crazy. We weren’t hacked, I can tell you that.”



May 26 10:10

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.

May 26 10:09

FBI Refuses To Hand Over "Comey Memos" To Congress

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said today that the FBI had decided to withhold documents, including memos, notes, summaries, and recordings, requested by his committee in regards to the ongoing Russia probe. This was revealed in a letter sent by Chaffetz to the FBI responding to the agency’s decision to withhold documents requested by the Committee on May 16, 2017.

May 26 10:08

Discoverer Of DNA's Double-Helix Banned From U of I For "Failing Test Of Decency"

The issue is that outside of the research lab, Watson isn't the same admirable figure: He has made all manner of offensive and racist comments. In a 2007 interview he said he was "gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really." He also said he hopes everyone is equal but "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true." He apologized but has made other tasteless, sexist comments that call into question his character and judgment — but not his scientific expertise.

May 26 10:07

Over 100 Million Americans Are Dependent On The Federal Government: “We Are Going To Get To The Point Where It Is Going To Break”

Margaret Thatcher once said that the problem with socialism “is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”. As you will see below, the combined enrollment in America’s four largest safety net programs has reached a staggering 236 million. Of course that doesn’t mean that 236 million people are getting benefits from the government each month because there is overlap between the various programs. For example, many Americans that are on Medicaid are also on food stamps, and many Americans that are on Medicare are also on Social Security. But even accounting for that, most experts estimate that the number of Americans that are dependent on the federal government month after month is well over 100 million. And now that so many people are addicted to government handouts, can we ever return to a culture of independence and self-sufficiency?



May 26 10:06

US Senators Say $110Bln Arms Sale to Riyadh Will Drag Washington Into Yemen War

Three US lawmakers want to block a proposed $110 billion sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, as those weapons could be used in the Yemeni war, making Washington a party to the bloody conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like they aren't, already?

May 26 10:06

Venezuela Opposition Goes Extreme on Eve of Maduro’s Constituent Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that elections to the Constituent Assembly will take place in July. In the meantime, the country’s opposition is becoming more and more violent, denying each and every initiative presented by the contested president.

May 26 10:05

Why is the US Bombing Assad's Troops and How is It Connected With James Comey?

On Thursday, US-led coalition forces launched an airstrike on Syrian pro-government troops near the town of al-Tanf in southern Syria claiming that they posed a threat to the US-backed forces. Fyodor Lukyanov, an expert in foreign affairs, analyzed how it might be connected with what is going on the US' domestic political arena.

May 26 10:04

Firm behind Dakota Access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks

Documents suggest that a major spill from the Rover pipeline in Ohio described as 2m gallons of ‘drilling fluids’ might now be more than twice as large

May 26 10:02

Jeremy Corbyn: the war on terror is simply not working

The sight of the army on Britain’s streets after the Manchester suicide bomb attack is a clear sign that the UK’s foreign policy and approach to fighting terrorism is not working, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The Labour leader said there must be more money for law enforcement, as he suggested Britain’s intervention in wars abroad had fuelled the risk of terrorism at home.

“Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home,” he said.

May 26 09:52

Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field

A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County.

A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields.

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.

“We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations,” he said.



Owl 1
May 26 09:51

Has The Drug War Incentivized Police To Treat Citizens Like Terrorists?

A video of a Florida Sheriff making a promo video to scare has been making the rounds recently. Casey Research recently covered the affair, noting the following quote from Sheriff Grinnell:

“Enjoy looking over your shoulder, constantly wondering if today’s the day we come for you. Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges. We are coming for you.”

May 26 09:46

US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month

Coalition-led airstrikes in Syria killed a total of 225 civilians between April 23 and May 23, the highest 30-day death toll for U.S.-led forces since the campaign began, Agence France-Presse reported. That's nearly double the number of intended targets: The U.S.-led strikes killed 122 ISIS fighters and eight fighters loyal to the Syrian government, the report said.

The rising tide of civilian deaths attributable to coalition forces suggest that May could be the fifth straight month that civilian deaths from coalition-led strikes outpace the civilian death toll from Russian forces, according to the AFP report and an analysis of data from Airwars.org.

May 26 09:45

Yes, American leaks are bloody annoying but the blame for missing the glaring red flags that should have identified the Manchester bomber before he could commit mass-murder lie much closer to home

I didn’t think I could ever feel angrier than I did on Tuesday when I first heard an ISIS suicide bomber had deliberately targeted, murdered and maimed young girls as they left a pop concert.

It’s impossible to imagine a more heinous, sickening and pathetically cowardly act on so many vulnerable, innocent and defenceless people.

Yet today my initial rage has manifested into cold fury and revulsion that the medieval barbarian who committed this atrocity wasn’t stopped long before he ever had the chance to detonate his death and destruction.

May 26 09:44

RAF crew write 'Love from Manchester' on side of Paveway bomb on its way to blast ISIS targets in Syria

RAF crew scrawled a message on a missile on its way to blast ISIS targets in Syria that read 'Love from Manchester.'

The defiant note was initially believed to be a social media hoax but RAF bosses confirmed its veracity later today.



May 26 09:43

America's nuclear safety plans are based on 'flawed analysis' and a single waste fire could spread radioactive material throughout an area twice the size of New Jersey, researchers warn

Nuclear waste-fires at any of the dozens of reactor sites across the US could spread radioactive material throughout an area twice the size of New Jersey, scientists warn.

And, they say the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s failure to adopt a critical protection measure has left Americans at risk of such a catastrophic event.

May 26 09:43

‘System let me down’: US man who spent 24yrs in jail on wrongful murder conviction speaks to RT

Thomas had an alibi, but the jury was not convinced. A court dismissed one of his appeals in 1999, and from 2004 to 2009, he unsuccessfully sought help in proving his innocence. His nightmare ended on Tuesday after a court reversed Thomas’ conviction on the basis of newly discovered evidence.

“There was a box that was found by the police department that contained documents that showed that there was an alternate theory of the murder that was never presented, never handed over to the defense,” James Figorski, Thomas’ attorney, told RT.

May 26 09:41

SYRIA - TRUTH SLIPS THROUGH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES - NATO PREPS TO FIGHT IRAN AND RUSSIA

The Islamic proxy forces of the "west", al-Qaeda under its various disguises, Ahar al-Sham and even ISIS are mostly done. The latest especially is no longer a capable military force but is reverting to guerilla levels of operation. Its final defeat will take a long time but it must and will be achieved by local forces.

Despite that the U.S. pressed on NATO members to let the NATO organization join its "fight against ISIS". The single NATO members were already part of the U.S. coalition. But NATO as an organization brings large scale command and control capabilities as well as additional resources. (All under U.S. control.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A larger, regional, if not world war, is coming; we have been in the opening phases of that war for some time now, even though few will acknowledge it.

I am reminded of the second Sherlock Holmes movie, "A Game of Shadows", where the evil Moriarty makes the observation that war is coming, and he has the "lock" on both the bullets and the bandages: so it is with the West's military/industrial complex, which has metaphorically punctured President Trump's throat; swallowed whatever morality President Donald Trump ever had before he took his Oath of Office, and replaced it with the pure, immoral venom of war.

That President Trump has thrown America's lot in with Saudi Arabia, coupled with the huge arms deal he just signed off on, is appalling to me, on every possible level.

This, for a country where its human rights record makes Attila the Hun look downright compassionate in comparison?!?

There is utterly no doubt in my mind that some of those arms will be used to finish the Saudi's on-going genocide in Yemen, then be used against Iran, which is both Saudi Arabia's and Israel's "alleged existential threat" in the region.

And why?!? Because, since the revolution in 79, it has become a moderate, flourishing constitutional Islamic republic, where the rights of religious minorities are protected, and its people are succeeding.

Oh, and don't forget; Israel's government got a little "antsy" over the Saudi deal, so President Trump has just OK'd another $75 million dollars more for "Israeli defense", over and above the $38 billion dollar, 10 year deal deal, signed in December of last year.

PM says US agreed to boost Israel military aid amid concern over Saudi deal

So I give you President Donald "Moriarty" Trump, who firmly believes war is good for business, because our weapons are the only things people from other countries want to buy; and so, war is what he shall have.

Never mind that the US and its allies may well not win this war, particularly against Russia, because this country doesn't have the weaponry; the money, the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a victory in a conventional war against Russia.

May 26 09:40

Jeff Sessions Likely Met Russian Ambassador A Third Time

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to amend prior testimony to Congress this week, acknowledging that contrary to an earlier statement, he’d encountered the Russian ambassador to the United States twice in the last year.

Sessions appears to have left out a third instance in which they crossed paths.



May 26 09:38

Hospitals Across UK Told To ‘Prepare For Further Incident’ In Wake Of Manchester Attack

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has issued an urgent alert to every hospital in England, including trauma centers in 27 cities, to “prepare for a further incident” during the upcoming bank holiday, British media report.

May 26 09:32

Italy signed an agreement with Libya, Chad and Niger to contain the influx of migrants

Italy signed on Sunday (May 21st) an agreement with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants by strengthening border controls and creating new reception centers in African countries. An emergency motivated by this figure:
50,041 migrants have arrived on the Italian coast since the beginning of the year, an increase of more than 45% compared to the same period last year, according to the report released Monday by the Ministry of the Interior.

May 26 09:31

John Kerry goes on tweetstorm as Senate eyes Iran legislation

Former Secretary of State John Kerry used his first “tweetstorm” as a retired diplomat to warn the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday to “tread carefully” on legislation regarding the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

“On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we engaged in an important back and forth. And I welcomed that debate,” Kerry wrote, referring to the Obama-era deal negotiated between the U.S. and five global powers with Tehran.



Lockerdome
May 26 09:29

Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations Over 'Serious Heath Concerns'

Sweden has banned mandatory vaccinations, citing “serious health concerns” and the fact they violate a citizen’s constitutional rights to choose their own healthcare.

May 26 09:26

MAJORITY SAYS MAINSTREAM MEDIA FULL OF FAKE NEWS

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.

According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.

May 26 09:25

Saudis show angry response to pro-Iran remarks by Qatari emir

The Qatari state TV's nighttime newscast on Tuesday showed clips of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the ceremony with the anchor not mentioning the comments, though a scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the remarks. They included calling Hamas 'the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,' as well as saying Qatar had 'strong relations' with Iran and the United States, dispatches reported.

'Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,' the ticker read at one point. 'It is a big power in the stabilization of the region.'

Saudis security officials filtered several Qatari news outlets, including al-Jazeera website, and the Saudi media wrote several articles against Qatar and its rulers.

May 26 09:25

Majority of Germans, Italians don’t believe in ‘Russia’s Threat’ to Poland, Baltics

NATO’s claims about a potential Russian invasion of Poland and the Baltic countries have met with skepticism by Italians, Germans, and the French while in the UK and US the public have different opinions. This is according to a survey conducted by Ifop for Sputnik.Polls (Sputnik news agency and radio) ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels.



May 26 09:08

Nasa's Juno probe captures dramatic first close-up images of Jupiter

Excitement greets pictures of giant, chaotic weather systems plus new measurements that will help build unprecedented map of planet’s interior

May 26 09:06

Trump Slams "Very Bad" Germans For Selling Millions Of Cars In US: "We Will Stop This"

A day after Trump stunned his fellow NATO leaders, shoving one of them out of the way for a photo-op and demanding that they "must do more" to offset defense costs which are mostly borne by the US, Trump lobbed another bomb at the European center-right consensus by renewing his attacks on the German auto industry during a closed door meeting with two high-ranking European Union officials, according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel, that was picked up by Bloomberg and CNBC.

Citing unidentified attendees, Spiegel quoted Trump as saying that “the Germans are bad, very bad” and adding “look at the millions of cars that they sell in the U.S. Terrible. We’re going to stop that.” The comments were said to have been made during a closed-door meeting with the EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Donald Tusk, who reportedly both stood up for Germany, according to CNBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Germany makes very good cars.

People want to buy very good cars.

That is how commerce is SUPPOSED to work, Don.

May 26 09:05

WALL AROUND OBAMA’S DC HOME COMPLETE

As Barack Obama waxes eloquent about the supposed negative impact of walls on humanity, crews have completed the wall surrounding his Washington, DC home.

Grabien reports:

Sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President Obama lectured the current administration about its immigration policy Thursday.

While not mentioning President Trump by name, Obama made clear to whom he was leveling his criticism.

“In this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves,” Obama said. “We can’t hide behind a wall.”

But that’s exactly what Obama is doing in his Washington, DC and Chicago homes.

Crews have completed the brick and metal wall surrounding his home in the tony Kalorama neighborhood in DC.

May 26 09:02

Why people will follow you if you speak confidently (even if what you're saying is nonsense)

It's not about what you say but how you say it.

A new study has confirmed that if you speak confidently, others will likely follow you - even if you have no idea if what you're saying is true.

That's because confidence is infectious when working a team, which means if one person is self-assured, other people will match their level of self-belief.

This can blur the boundary between well-informed and poorly-informed opinion.



May 26 08:55

Catalonia Threatens Spain with “Financial Bloodbath”

Catalonia’s independence would set off Spain’s debt time-bomb.

May 26 08:52

Nuclear nightmare worse than Fukushima could hit US because of ignored risks – study

The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout “much greater than Fukushima,” according to a new study. Researches slammed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for ignoring the potential danger.

If spent fuel at one of the dozens of US nuclear sites sets alight, it “could dwarf the horrific consequences of the Fukushima accident [in Japan],” researchers from Princeton University and the Union of Concerned Scientists warned in their study published in the May 26 issue of Science magazine.

The disaster would lead to “trillion-dollar consequences,” as the hypothetical fire would result in contamination of an area larger than New Jersey and force mass relocations.



May 26 08:49

Tomatoes found to halt stomach cancer due to anti-cancer nutrients

A recent study revealed that tomatoes may stave off stomach cancer, giving people all the more reason to eat the succulent fruit. As part of the study, a team of international researchers from Italy and the U.S. analyzed the components of tomato extracts from two different Southern Italy cultivars — San Marzano and Corbarino varieties — and examined their ability to deal with various neoplastic features of gastric cancer cell lines. The study found that extracts from both tomato cultivars halted the growth and cloning behavior of malignant cells.

May 26 08:47

CONFIRMED: Omega-3s boost blood flow to regions of the brain responsible for learning and memory

Researchers drew a random sample of 166 participants, who were then categorized into two groups based on their EPA+DHA concentrations. Those with higher concentrations were put in one group, while those with lower concentrations were put in the other. The participants were then subjected to a quantitative brain SPECT, which was done on 128 regions of their brain. Each participant was also tested for their neurocognitive status.

The results showed that there was a significant correlation between omega-3 EPA+DHA status, brain perfusion, and cognition — particularly in areas of the brain that have to do with learning and memory. These are the areas that are affected by dementia, which causes loss of memory and cognitive abilities in patients.

May 26 08:29

THE TRUTH ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY

Since World War II, the stupid cliche of "thank our veterans for our freedom" was unofficially attached to the day. Of course, American haven't died in defense of freedom since the complicated and nuanced Civil War -- with northerners dying to remain free of the dangers of a Rothschild-divided America; and southerners dying for the right of state sovereignty.
So, this Memorial Day, with all due respect to the veterans, let us dispense with all this "thank you for our freedom" bullshit and declare a more historically accurate "gratitude" to the deserving parties (cough cough).


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Owl 2
May 26 08:28

Chief Of Federal Student Aid Office Quits Rather Than Testify To Congress

Faced with being forced to testify before Congress, the head of the Education Department’s student financial aid office resigned Tuesday night, irking House Republicans who had been planning to grill him.

James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid and a holdover from the Obama administration, “submitted his resignation to the department last night,” the Education Department said in a press release.

May 26 08:26

Trump slams Germany's US trade surplus as 'bad'

During meetings with EU leaders, US President Donald Trump threatened to curb the sale of millions of German cars in the US. In comments leaked to German press he said Germany was acting in a bad way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! So, making a good product that people want to buy, then selling it... is BAD?!?

May 26 08:25

Prince Andrew spared trial as underage ‘sex slave’ settles out of court

Virginia Roberts, 33, who claims she slept with the Duke of York three times in the early 2000s, agreed to settle a libel action she had brought against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ms Roberts alleged she had been recruited by Ms Maxwell, daughter of the late tycoon Robert Maxwell, as an underage “sex slave” for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile and former friend of Andrew.

When Ms Maxwell insisted it was all lies, Ms Roberts sued for libel.

The trial, which had been due to start yesterday in New York, was expected to deal with sensational allegations that Ms Roberts slept with Prince Andrew when she was 17.

May 26 08:23

Tony Blair was 'go-between' for Chinese tycoon sought by Interpol as bribe suspect

Tony Blair acted as go-between between a controversial Chinese businessmen now being sought by Interpol and the Abu Dhabi royal family, helping the entrepreneur raise billions of dollars, a report in China has alleged.



May 26 08:23

Is Your Cost of Living Rising? Why the Elites Aren't Worried About Inflation

If you want to understand why we're fragmenting as a society, start by looking at the asymmetric burdens imposed by inflation.

In our household, we measure real-world inflation with the Burrito Index: How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?

May 26 08:21

Veteran’s Group Facing Backlash After Turning on Hannity Show

The hashtag #BoycottUSAA is exploding on Twitter. Sean Hannity will be returning to his Fox show after an extended weekend thanks to Memorial Day, but will USAA be returning as well?

They can claim that they’re pulling their advertisements because they don’t advertise on opinion shows – but it’s not just the timing in question. Turn on MSNBC and you’ll find USAA advertising there.

May 26 08:17

‘Basically a sh*thead’: Ex-Jared Kushner employee explains why he’s unqualified to hold any job

President Donald Trump has put son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of several very important initiatives, including bringing peace to the Middle East, ending the opioid crisis, and completely reorganizing the entire executive branch of the federal government.

However, Politico notes that one former Kushner employee believes that he’s not qualified to hold any kind of job, let alone a job with so many potentially world-changing responsibilities.

May 26 08:12

Spanish Authorities Agree to Open Files on Thousands of Missing Babies

The Spanish Health Ministry and the Catholic Church have finally handed over documents relating to thousands of babies which were stolen from hospitals in Spain over many decades. A British MEP led a fact-finding mission after being alerted about a case from 1992.

But the secret network of nuns, doctors and midwives is believed to have been operating the "ninos robados"(stolen babies) ring since the era of General Franco.



May 26 08:12

11-Year-Old Girl's Response To Class-Wide Punishment Is Pure Gold (10 Pics)

We've all been punished for something we didn't do. Especially during our schools days, when collective punishments were the norm. But why punish everyone for the actions of a minority? That's exactly what Mason Cross' 11-year-old daughter thought when she was writing feedback to her teacher at the end of the school year.

May 26 08:12

Poland Threatens Legal Retaliation Against Brussels in Latest Standoff With EU

Polish Europe Minister Konrad Szymanski said EU plans to disperse 160,000 migrants around Europe are "not implementable" and has threatened to take the EU to court if it tries to impose sanctions against Poland for refusing to take any.

May 26 08:11

First whiff of scandal hits Macron government

Richard Ferrand, general secretary of Macron's La République En Marche! party and minister for territorial cohesion, found himself the subject of a story published in satirical French paper Le Canard Enchaîné on Wednesday.

The newspaper -- the same one responsible for exposing the scandal that possibly ruined François Fillion's shot at the presidency -- reported that that Ferrand used his position as director of a health insurance company, Mutuelles de Bretagne, to benefit his family.

Naturally the French press have picked up the story and run with it, while pointing out that so far there is no proof that anything illegal was done.

May 26 08:11

Middle school teacher and her aide caught on video in vicious brawl in front of students

A Georgia middle school teacher and her aide will be fired after brawling with each other in front of a classroom full of students May 19 — a knock-down, drag-out incident recorded on cellephone video by a student.



Owl 3
May 26 08:10

Trump budget terminates funding for Aiken County MOX project

Funding for the Savannah River Site MOX facility would vanish under President Donald Trump's 2018 budget request, drawing criticism from fellow Republican lawmakers.

Trump's budget was released Tuesday. It proposes ceasing altogether last year's annual baseline funding of $340 million a year for construction. Instead, it calls for spending $270 million to terminate MOX, and another $9 million to pursue downblending, an alternative plutonium disposition method, according to Trump's budget request.

"The Budget proposes to terminate the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) project and to pursue an alternative disposition method that will achieve significant long-term savings," the budget states.

May 26 08:09

Destruction and Deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon, Threats to Community Leaders

After over a year of deliberation and an independent satellite analysis commissioned by the RSPO, the Complaints Panel concurred with the complaint filed in December 2015 by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya that PdP had deforested over 5000 hectares of forests, including primary forests.

In so doing, it had failed to comply with RSPO’s restrictions on the conversion of primary forests to plantations, measures to address risks to forests considered of High Conservation Value (HCV) and requirements to disclose all information about planting and conversion plans to the RSPO and affected communities.

May 26 08:08

Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-conspiracy bill’

Opponents of the new measures argue that the government will now be able to prosecute those who have nothing to do with terrorism or serious crime enterprises. Critics further fear the legislation could equate such offenses as sit-in protests and violations of copyrights to “serious crimes.”



Taboola
May 26 08:07

KATIE HOPKINS: The politicians now have hundreds of troops protecting them while telling the rest of us to Keep Calm, Stay 'United' and Carry On. But who is going to protect OUR kids from the terror THEY let in?

At this difficult time, Britain is faced with some hard questions the people charged with protecting us are going to have to answer sooner or later.

The Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was known to the authorities.
He is believed to have travelled to the Middle East and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born just days later.

As his father and brother were arrested in Libya, security force sources there said the father had links to Al Qaeda and another source claimed the brother 'was aware of all the details' of attack plans.

Yet he was allowed to walk back to the UK unchallenged.

May 26 08:06

US arms deals will fail to make Saudi secure: Iran FM

"If past performance is an indicator of future success, another $110 billion worth of weapons will neither reduce 'the burden' on the American military nor support 'the long-term security of Saudi Arabia'," Zarif said in an article in the New York Times on Friday.

He added that Saudis provided billions to the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to arm his war of aggression against Iran in the 1980s, saying, "Look what that bought them and the world."

May 26 08:05

US-led airstrikes kill 117 civilians in eastern Syria

US-led airstrikes in Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have killed at least 117 civilians, mostly women and children, a monitoring group says.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes which began late on Thursday and continued through early Friday, targeted a series of residential buildings in the town of Mayadin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If it's the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, I suspect the real number is much higher.

May 26 08:02

White high school girls face charges of racism for ‘blackface’ photos. Dad says it’s all a mistake.

Local civil rights organizations in Birmingham, Ala., accused four white high school girls of committing a “hate crime” for allegedly posting photos of themselves in “blackface” and want to see the students sent to therapy. But according to one parent, it’s all a misunderstanding.

May 26 08:00

'Weapons rushing into UK' Former Met officer says armed police needed as terror risk grows

A FORMER Metropolitan Police officer has said Britain would have had armed police on the streets even without Monday's attack in Manchester.

Michael Smith, who is a former policeman-turned-activist, told Talk Radio that armed officers on the streets of the UK will become a fact of life.

May 26 07:56

Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s Iraq “War Crimes”

March 1, 2017

Retired Marine General James Mattis, a man who has served over forty years in the Marine Corps, was sworn in as the US Secretary of Defense in January 2017. Before his confirmation, he was under public scrutiny—for instance, for his controversial comments on “political Islam” at the Heritage Foundation in 2015—but, Dahr Jamail reports, the bigger concern is that Mattis “is clearly responsible for carrying out and/or aiding and abetting in several war crimes.”

The November 2005 Haditha massacre was well documented and received international attention, even if Mattis’s role in it has been largely forgotten. After a roadside bomb attack on a Marine convoy, a group of American soldiers rounded up 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians—including women, children, and elderly people—and shot them numerous times at close range. When the Marines were brought to trial, Mattis was the authority that dismissed the charges against them.

May 26 07:55

Trump-Russia Inquiry Looks at Potential for Wall Street Bank Money Laundering

In recent weeks, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee and the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee have all shown an interest in what FinCEN might have in its database that would shed sunshine on involvement of the Trump business empire or Trump campaign and Russian money inflows.

May 26 07:54

‘This is a recipe for hideous disaster’ - John Pilger on Western arms deals with Saudi Arabia

May 26 07:51

Coptic Christians slaughtered in Egypt on pilgrimage to monastery

Egypt’s Coptic Christians once again find themselves under attack from radical Islamists.

Today, at least 26 were killed and over 26 were injured when terrorists shot at Christians on a pilgrimage to the Anba Samuel Monastery near the city of Minya.

Between 8 and 10 heavily armed terrorists surrounded the bus in trucks before opening fire and slaughtering the unarmed Christian martyrs.

May 26 07:51

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday.

The announcement is a sign that the liberal government led by new President Moon Jae-in is trying to restart stalled civilian aid and exchange programs as a way to improve strained ties with the rival North. Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, hadn't endorsed any civilian contacts since the North's fourth nuclear test.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said the Seoul-based Korean Sharing Movement would be allowed to communicate with North Korea to discuss how to deal with malaria in North Korea.

May 26 07:49

USMC Veteran Facing Life In Prison Over 1 Oz. Of Cannabis To Treat His PTSD

Unfortunately indicative of the government’s misplaced, draconian priorities, the continued federal prohibition of cannabis has created tragic and heartbreaking consequences for vets using the plant to treat PTSD — and Lewandowski is a living example of the State’s tyranny.

After realizing that the meds were killing his liver, Lewandowski decided that it would be a good idea try marijuana as a treatment. He began growing 6 plants for his personal use.

In June of 2014, Lewandowski had a PTSD episode. His wife grabbed the kids and took them to the neighbor’s house where she called the police to get her husband some help.

However, as is the case in so many countless other incidents, police did anything but help.

May 26 07:46

Gay father plans to sue United Airlines over accusation that he molested his own son

Henry Amador-Batten plans to sue United Airlines after the airline reportedly filed a police report asserting that he inappropriately touched his son’s genitals on a flight from Newark to Raleigh.

May 26 07:07

Controversial Reddit Rival Voat May Be Shutting Down Because of Money Problems

Voat was designed as a substitute for Reddit: At time when Reddit is getting criticized for scrubbing “problematic” comments and conversations, Voat was supposed to a freer-speech alternative.

But now it may be shutting down because of financial difficulties. The site racked up $6,600 in hosting costs in April. Donations, advertisements and merchandise “only put a dent” in the costs, and the company doesn’t feel comfortable running a donation campaign to help. Voat has been unable to secure outside funding and struggles with accepting donations after PayPal cut it off for hosting “obscene” content.

May 26 07:00

In a throwback to the ’90s, NTFS bug lets anyone hang or crash Windows 7, 8.1

Those of you with long memories might remember one of the more amusing (or perhaps annoying) bugs of the Windows 95 and 98 era: certain specially crafted filenames could make the operating system crash. Malicious users could use this to attack other people's machines by using one of the special filenames as an image source; the browser would try to access the bad file, and Windows would promptly fall over.

It turns out that Windows 7 and 8.1 (and Windows Vista, but that's out of support anyway) have a similar kind of bug. They can be taken advantage of in the same kind of way: certain bad filenames make the system lock up or occasionally crash with a blue screen of death, and malicious webpages can embed those filenames by using them as image sources. If you visit such a page (in any browser), your PC will hang shortly after and possibly crash outright.

May 26 06:56

UK Government Using Manchester Attacks As An Excuse To Kill Encryption

Again, in case you're just joining us, requiring that internet companies "break their own security so that messages can be read by intelligence agencies" is the nice way of saying "kill real encryption." It means that these companies will be deliberately forced to leave vulnerabilities in encryption that will be a goldmine for hackers of all kinds, from foreign surveillance to online criminals.

And, so far, there is zero evidence that the Manchester attack had anything to do with encryption. And, even if it did, so what? If the UK forced companies to break encryption, people planning terrorist attacks would just switch to other encryption products that don't have corporate entities in the UK. Or they'd come up with other ways to communicate. It will do basically nothing to stop terrorist attacks, but will instead make it much, much easier for all sorts of people with nefarious intent to hack into the private communications of everyone.

May 26 06:54

All Android Phones Vulnerable to Extremely Dangerous Full Device Takeover Attack

Researchers have discovered a new attack, dubbed 'Cloak and Dagger', that works against all versions of Android, up to version 7.1.2.

Cloak and Dagger attack allows hackers to silently take full control of your device and steal private data, including keystrokes, chats, device PIN, online account passwords, OTP passcode, and contacts.

The attack doesn't exploit any vulnerability in Android ecosystem; instead, it abuses a pair of legitimate app permissions that is being widely used in popular applications to access certain features on an Android device.

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered this attack, who successfully performed it on 20 people and none of them were able to detect any malicious activity.

May 26 06:50

JAMES MATTIS, A WARRIOR IN WASHINGTON

When I asked what worried him most in his new position, I expected him to say ISIS or Russia or the defense budget. Instead, he said, “The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness. It seems like an awful lot of people in America and around the world feel spiritually and personally alienated, whether it be from organized religion or from local community school districts or from their governments.

May 26 06:01

Fallen service members honored at Boston Common ceremony

(*one flag for each fallen US Military member since The Revolutionary War
Happy Memorial Day)

May 26 01:49

Former CIA Director John Brennan Claims He Misspoke After Lying To Trey Gowdy

Nah he was very careful with his wording. It was just that later on he realized he probably left evidence that he was there.

May 25, 2017

May 25 20:15

Eugene Kaspersky hits back at US cyber espionage claims

Russian cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has offered to hand over his global company’s code to US authorities as he fights to clear his company of claims of cyber espionage.

Several US authorities reportedly have stopped using Kaspersky Lab security software whose use is under review following claims that Russia could use coding “backdoors” to spy on US agencies.

Mr Kaspersky says no one has offered any evidence to support the claim which was totally unfounded. He has offered to testify in the US and says he is willing to hand over code to authorities so that his software can be scrutinised.

May 25 20:12

Major ISPs accused of deliberately throttling traffic

Five major internet service providers in the US and one in Europe have been accused of abusing their market share to interfere with the flow of the internet for end users. The accusations come from Level 3, a communications company that helps connect large-scale ISPs like Comcast or AT&T to the rest of the internet. According to the company, these six unnamed ISPs are deliberately degrading the quality of internet services using the Level 3 network, in an attempt to get Level 3 to pay them a fee for additional traffic caused by services like Netflix, a process known as paid peering.

May 25 20:10

The Cable TV Industry Is Getting Even Less Popular

"Customer service remains abysmal, and viewers are continuing to switch over to streaming services with much higher customer satisfaction," Claes Fornell, ACSI Chairman, said in a statement accompanying the results. "More than half a million subscribers defected from cable and satellite providers during the first quarter—the largest loss in history."

May 25 20:07

Discoverer Of DNA's Double-Helix Banned From U of I For "Failing Test Of Decency"

Nobel Laureate James Watson, one of the world's most important living scientists, was set to give a lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Until he was disinvited - not because of anything related to his groundbreaking co-discovery of the structure of DNA but because some faculty members say he has racist views.

May 25 20:04

US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month

Coalition-led airstrikes in Syria killed a total of 225 civilians between April 23 and May 23, the highest 30-day death toll for U.S.-led forces since the campaign began, Agence France-Presse reported. That's nearly double the number of intended targets...

May 25 19:59

Orwellian audio editing breakthrough allows your audio recordings to be edited like text to insert words you never said

New technology produced by computer scientists at Princeton University will have the ability to add words into a voice recording by editing the transcript of the recording. So let’s say you record the sentence “I like to drink coffee early in morning,” leaving out the word “the” between “in” and “morning.” The software, officially called VoCo, would automatically synthesize your voice and add the word “the” in the sentence, so that the recording never misses a beat.

“VoCo provides a peek at a very practical technology for editing audio tracks, but it is also a harbinger for future technologies that will allow the human voice to be synthesized and automated in remarkable ways,” explained Adam Finkelstein, a professor of computer science at Princeton.

May 25 19:39

US President Donald Trump meets EU leaders in Brussels

US President Donald Trump on Thursday met leaders of the main European Union institutions here as part of his first international tour after taking office in January.
Trump arrived in the Belgian capital to attend a NATO summit and was received by EU Council President Donald Tusk.

May 25 18:58

More Of The Public Is Waking Up To Precious Metals Investment

While the low paper gold and silver prices continue to frustrate some investors, I can tell you that my SRSrocco Report Google Analytics data suggests more of the public is waking up to PRECIOUS METALS INVESTMENT.

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