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May 25, 2017

May 25 11:51

'ABOLITION OF WHITENESS' COURSE OFFERED AT HUNTER COLLEGE

Hunter College will offer students an “Abolition of Whiteness” course this fall to discuss how “white supremacy and violence” influence individual identity. The course, taught by Women and Gender Studies Professor Jennifer Gaboury, is cross-listed for both her department and the Political Science Department, where it fulfills one of four required courses in the “4 subfields of political science” under the umbrella of POLSC 204: Contemporary Issues in Political Theory.

May 25 11:51

BOSTON BOMBING: FATHER OF CHECHEN KILLED BY FBI SUES OVER 2013 DEATH

The family of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot at least six times by an FBI agent in his Orlando apartment during a routine interrogation in May 2013, is suing federal and state parties they believe to be responsible for the man’s death. Todashev, who is believed to be an acquaintance of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead during an FBI interrogation in which he was questioned about the terror attack and possible involvement in a 2011 triple murder.

May 25 11:50

TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNIVERSITY IDENTIFIES AS ‘LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY’ TO HIDE PUBLIC RECORDS

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has turned down a television station’s open records request by claiming that it is a law enforcement agency.

May 25 11:46

US ‘Non-Combat’ Troops in Firing Range of ISIS Fighters in Iraq

The ever-growing number of US special forces engaging in direct combat notwithstanding, the Pentagon is ever determined to portray their thousands of normal troops that are deployed in Iraq, are purely “non-combat” in nature, and that they are engaged in advisory and training operations.

Which has never really been true, and is getting increasing less true all the time, as ground troops continue to get closer and closer to direct combat operations, and are now is Mosul, firing mortars at ISIS fighters who can be no more than a mile and a half away.

It’s difficult to reckon exactly what “in combat” means anymore, since the Pentagon is forever trying to define combat-seeming exercises as something short of that. Still, firing mortars certainly isn’t a “training exercise,” and if they are within firing range of ISIS, ISIS is within firing range of them

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prediction; no matter how the Pentagon characterises this, and other, deployments to Iraq, the US military is most probably never leaving completely.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 25 11:42

Brazil's Temer Deploys Army as Protesters Battle Police

- Protesters demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer staged running battles with police and set fire to a ministry building in Brasilia on Wednesday, prompting the scandal-hit leader to order the army onto the streets.

Police unleashed volleys of tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to halt tens of thousands of protesters as they marched towards Congress to call for Temer's ouster and an end to his austerity program.

Masked protesters fired powerful fireworks at police, set ablaze furniture in the Agriculture Ministry, and sprayed anti-Temer graffiti on government buildings.

It was the most violent protest in Brasilia since anti-government demonstrations in 2013 and fueled a political crisis sparked by allegations Temer condoned paying off a potential witness in a massive corruption probe.

The scandal has raised chances Brazil could see a second president fall in less than a year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't see this ending well for President Temer, particularly if he has called out the Brazilian Army against the demonstrators.

I hope and pray that there can be a peaceful resolution of these issues, with Temer making the choice to step down, but I don't see this coming.

The big question here is, how long is the Army going to stay loyal to the existing government?!?

May 25 11:38

Iranian Drones Circling Above US Aircraft Carrier 'Getting on Pentagon's Nerves'

Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles are said to have become a fixture in the skies above the USS George H.W. Bush deployed to the Persian Gulf to take part in Washington's anti-Daesh efforts in the Middle East, political analyst Ilya Plekhanov wrote for Sputnik, adding that these surveillance missions have gotten on the Pentagon's nerves.

"Americans use this aircraft carrier to carry out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria. Iranians use their drones to observe these operations, irritating US troops who are unable to do anything about it since they are in international waters," the analyst said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I certainly hope that no Naval commander in the Persian Gulf is going to go "all cowboy" on these Iranian drone deployments, and decide he's going to shoot them out of the sky "to teach those danged Iranians a lesson", despite the reality that the ships are sailing in international waters.

That huge weapons deal which President Trump has just inked with Saudi Arabia, coupled with the increase in funds for US defensive (and in their case, offensive) weapons capabilities to Israel, should be giving giving the Iranian government pause right now, in terms of defending itself from a proxy US/Saudi/Israeli attack against it, and just what Russia is prepared to do to prevent this from being successful, if such a thing actually happens.

If I were Iranian President Rouhani right now, I would be picking up a hot line to Russia's President Putin, and having a serious conversation about this possibility.

May 25 11:16

Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes [VIDEO]

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.



May 25 11:13

Exclusive — Rand Paul Explains Move to Force Vote Opposing Saudi Weapons Deal

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a key ally of President Donald Trump’s in the U.S. Senate, plans to force a senate vote regarding the Trump administration’s new more-than-$100 billion Saudi Arabian weapons deal announced on the president’s foreign trip.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in his U.S. Senate office on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Paul explained how he will do it and why:

May 25 11:13

FLASHBACK 2008 - Strobe Talbott, Global Governance

In what could be the biggest State Department scandal since State Department official and United Nations founder Alger Hiss was exposed as a Soviet spy, a top Clinton State Department official and former Time magazine journalist has been identified as having been a trusted contact of the Russian intelligence service.

May 25 11:11

List of 7 Troubles Assailing the US Economy as We Head into Summer

The following is not simply a list of negative risks to the economy but a list of of serious economic conditions that are already placing drought-like pressures on the overall economy. This list doesn’t include the long-term structural problems with the economy, such as its high debt burden, but just the forces that have risen against it this year.

May 25 11:08

Bay Area college professor’s arrested as assault suspect. Alleged Antifa bike lock attacker Eric Clanton held in Berkeley jail

The arrest of a former Diablo Valley College professor on Wednesday caused some conservative social media to celebrate the apprehension of a man they say used a bike lock in a vicious attack during a rally for President Donald Trump last month.



May 25 11:08

As Trump weighs more troops in Afghanistan, some in Congress seek to freeze his funding

As the Trump administration contemplates sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a bipartisan group in Congress has demanded a floor debate on the war's endgame and whether it remains in America's interest to remain engaged there militarily.

May 25 11:07

Blowback? Manchester bomber linked to terrorist group which UK allegedly backed

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi and his father, Ramadan, had long-standing links to a violent jihadist group which may have had British backing for the 2011 Libyan war and a 1996 attempt to kill then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

May 25 11:06

US grants Israel extra defence aid: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Washington has added tens of millions of dollars in extra defence aid for Israel, a day after US President Donald Trump wound up a visit.

He did not say over what timeframe the money would be disbursed. The addition comes on the heels of a weekend announcement of a massive US-Saudi arms deal.

Under a 2016 agreement, Washington already bankrolls Israel's military spending to the tune of $3.8 billion dollars annually over 10 years, making the Jewish state the top recipient of US assistance.

"Three days ago, the US added another $75 million to the aid package for the missile defence programme," Netanyahu said at a memorial ceremony for Israel's dead in the 1967 Six-Day War.

He did not elaborate.

Israel relies heavily on US military aid. Its total defence budget amounts to some $16 billion, excluding US assistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While homeless Vets still sleep rough in our streets; while the US infrastructure rots; while kids are dodging bullets on their way home from school because the gangs in this country are out of control; Mr. President, please: what the hell are you thinking, in doling out taxpayer dollars to fund an horrifically apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons?!?

May 25 11:03

NO SUPERSTATE! Trump set to OPPOSE 'undemocratic' EU leaders over centralised budget plans

DONALD Trump’s reported pick for EU ambassador has warned France and Germany against plans to pursue a “United States of Europe” with a centralised budget, saying the US will fiercely oppose such a move.

May 25 11:03

Hawaii Updating Nuclear Contingency Plan Over North Korea Fears, Documents Show

The Hawaii Department of Defense is in the process of updating its nuclear contingency plan amid escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.

May 25 11:02

REVEALED: The EU states where people DON’T support defending NATO allies against Russia

The shock opinion poll reveals that in three major European powers more voters would oppose military intervention to protect a fellow alliance member than support it.

Germans are the least likely to back taking action against Russia, according to the survey, with just 40 per cent supporting the underpinning notion of collective defence.

May 25 11:02

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.



May 25 11:01

Turkey's Erdogan: If Berlin wants to pull troops, we'd say 'Goodbye'

The future of the German troops at Incirlik has been thrown into question after Turkey blocked German lawmakers from visiting the troops this month, prompting Berlin to say it may consider moving the troops. Some 250 German troops are stationed at Incirlik, where they contribute to the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State.

May 25 11:01

Tillerson: Trump Will Be ‘Really Tough’ on NATO

Trump is expected to focus, as US presidents always do, on demanding that NATO member nations dramatically increase their military spending, with an eye toward getting the spending up to at least 2% of their respective national GDPs. Most nations in NATO don’t spend so much.

May 25 11:00

Shareholder lawsuit: delightful weapon against drug companies

Clinical trials of new drugs seeking FDA approval go through four phases. The lawsuit states that phase 2 produced no encouraging results, violated standard protocol (there was no control group), and yet the company hyped the outcome of phase 2, and launched phase 3 only a few months after starting phase 2. Phase 3 shouldn’t have been initiated at all.

Owing to the company’s PR machine, shareholders were encouraged, but when phase 3 turned out to be a bust, the company’s stock price collapsed—thus punishing those shareholders.

Not only that, the lawsuit charges, but during the PR hype about the drug’s promising outlook, some execs of the company actually sold their own personal shares—1,154,161 shares worth $39.9 million—turning a very nice profit for themselves, before the stock price crashed.

May 25 10:59

'Confusing U-Turn': Trump Breaks Vow to Avoid Middle East Entanglements

US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia that ended up in signing of a colossal arms deal with Riyadh has shown that the American leader is making a "spectacular and confusing U-turn" in the Middle East policy, violating his campaign vows to avoid the entanglements in the region, according to political observers.



Owl 1
May 25 10:59

‘Furious’ British Police Suspend Intelligence Sharing with United States Following Manchester Bombing Leaks

The world’s closest intelligence sharing arrangement is in jeopardy after key details and photographs from the Manchester bombing were apparently leaked by United States’s law enforcement sources to domestic journalists, leaving Manchester Police and the British government — who are collecting and analysing the finds — “furious”.

The United Kingdom has now stopped passing intelligence gathered as part of the investigation into the Manchester bombing to the United States according to claims made by the British state broadcaster BBC.

While British police had discovered the identity of Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 in Manchester on Monday, the name was withheld from the media initially for operational reasons. Yet less than 24 hours after the attack took place, American newspapers citing “government sources” were able to name the attacker.

May 25 10:58

Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving

Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.

The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been “watching closely” and recently decided to suspend its backing of Hannity.

Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox’s once stable and powerful prime-time lineup, has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him. On Wednesday, Hannity said he would no longer talk about a discredited story involving a murdered Democratic National Committee chairman after speaking to the man’s family, and after Fox had earlier retracted an online story it had written about the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Mr. Hannity.

Right after the alleged suicide of Vincent Foster, my husband, Mike, asked a very logical question about the appearance of the body, in the image released by the White House to the press.

He was working at a visual effects house, in the same building in which CNN's office in LA was located. At lunch, he shared a screen cap of the image with some friends, and noticed that the CNN people were listening to what he had to say very intently.

The bottom line was, if Foster had killed himself the way the Clinton White House said it happened, with a gunshot to the mouth, there would have been blood everywhere; but there was no blood whatsoever. The image was staged and faked.

Within 24 hours after that, Mike not only lost his job for absolutely no good reason; then, the death threats started, as Mike had a publicly listed phone number, because he wanted potential employers to know how to find him.

And not only was he fired, but also, every computer animation company in the greater LA area was told to NOT hire him, and that all of his demo reel was work stolen from other people.

I am one of the most logical, pragmatic Americans, Mr. Hannity, you could ever meet. Had you told me that this could have happened in 20th century America, before we lived through this, I would have laughed out loud, and dismissed it out of hand.

Liberal fascists are brilliantly adept at character assassination, when physical assassination is...impractical. But we both know that we are lucky to be alive, given the Clinton Cartel's penchant for the later:
The Clinton Dead Body List

May 25 10:58

NATO Should Formally Join Anti-Daesh Coalition - Tillerson

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said Wednesday that he expected that NATO members would agree at their upcoming summit to expand support to the US-led counterterror coalition, contributing to airspace management.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO will now assist the US in invading any nation the US decides is harboring Daesh.

May 25 10:56

‘Trust’ Us: Tillerson Urges North Korea to Back Off Nuke Program

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson implored North Korea to help foster an atmosphere conducive to talks by ceasing its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests, asking them instead to “trust” the US’ pledge of no hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You HAVE to be kidding!



May 25 10:56

China: No one has right to bring war & chaos to Korean Peninsula

China's foreign minister has warned that no one has the right to bring war or chaos to the Korean Peninsula, and that anyone who does will bear responsibility. It comes just one day after Seoul fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.

May 25 10:48

People are putting up 'Strong and stable my arse' signs up across London

ICYMI, Theresa May has called an election on June 8.

She wants to be elected as Prime Minster, and she wants you to think she's strong and stable.

She's said this a few times, in fact, it's pretty much all she's said in the campaign.

However, it appears someone disagrees that she's going to be a 'strong and stable' leader.

May 25 10:48

WHO reports 50% rise in Yemen cholera cases

On Tuesday, WHO announced that 35,217 cases have been recorded since April 27 when the outbreak started. The number shows a 50-percent leap in cases compared to figures given by the organization last week.

On Friday, Nevio Zagaria, the WHO country representative for Yemen, reported that 242 people have been killed due to the outbreak, with about 23,500 other confirmed cases of the disease reported across the country in the past three weeks alone.

May 25 10:46

Past month ‘deadliest on record’ for Syrian civilians killed in US-led air strikes

Total of 225 people, including 36 women and 44 children, killed by friendly fire in the last four-week period, monitor says



May 25 10:46

‘JIHADI’ MOSQUE ATTENDED BY MANCHESTER BOMBER USED TO BE A METHODIST CHURCH

The mosque attended by the Manchester suicide bomber has been described as a “jihadist” institution, and it has previously been accused of raising funds for an al-Qaeda affiliated terror group.

May 25 10:45

CIA Has Interfered With Over 81 Foreign Elections in the Past Century

This number doesn’t include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn’t like, notably those in Iran, Guatemala and Chile.

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

The U.S. has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries – it’s done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University.

May 25 10:44

Pastorum Group Spokesperson In Seth Rich Case Tied To Democrat Propaganda Chief

The acting spokesperson for the Rich family, Brad Bauman, is connected to Democratic propaganda czar David Brock according online observers. The discovery is the latest in a long line of revelations showing deep Democratic National Committee (DNC) involvement in the Seth Rich case.

May 25 10:43

What is Operation Temperer: Theresa May becomes first PM to deploy up to 5,000 soldiers on streets

Theresa May’s unprecedented decision to deploy up to 5,000 armed troops at key strategic sites makes her the first Prime Minister to use a new plan for a show of force in the face of major terrorist threats.

It puts her at odds with her predecessor David Cameron who was reluctant to use the controversial power.

Operation Temperer - the government plan to put thousands of soldiers on the streets in response to a major terrorist threat, was devised in 2015 and had been a secret until it was accidentally leaked to a newspaper.

Whitehall officials had been keen to keep it under wraps because it was considered so sensitive.

David Cameron was fearful that implementing the plan would provoke comparisons to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, when British soldiers patrolled the streets for decades.

He also worried that it might give the impression that the government had lost control and was imposing martial law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the question one has to ask here, is will this program actually keep Brits more safe?!?

And please remember: the Manchester bomber was known to MI 5 long before he bombed the arena.
MI5 FAILED TO STOP MANCHESTER BOMBER DESPITE ‘WARNINGS FROM FRIENDS’ – REPORT



Lockerdome
May 25 10:42

CNN IS DESPERATE, JUST LOOK AT THEIR LATEST "SOURCE"

Another leftist network jumped on the mainstream propaganda train Saturday by publishing a hit piece against President Donald Trump again based on sketchy, unidentified sources.

May 25 10:39

FISA Court Finds NSA Violated Search Restrictions, Spied On Americans

Intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy rights, conducted illegal searches and gathered information on US citizens, according to a FISA court that called their conduct “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

May 25 10:37

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged "stern representations" with the United States. China said it remained resolutely opposed to so-called freedom of navigation operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: why the blazes are you doing your level best to tick off China's President Xi Jinping when you desperately need his help with North Korea?!?

Or did someone in the Military/Deep State, "Bowels of Power", make this decision for you?!?

What the American people are seeing, in the timing of this unquestionably idiotic act, on the part of the American military, is huge factionalism in the American government and military which doesn't augur well either for peace, or protection here at home.

Did Sec Def Mattis order this, without your knowledge and permission?!?

I understand that you want to give your commanders in the field more autonomy, but PLEASE, Mr. President; the current delicate state of relations between China and the US government, absolutely did not need this.

May 25 10:25

Obama administration ‘knowingly allowed at least 16 members of notorious teen gang MS-13 into the US’

MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, is believed by federal prosecutors to have thousands of members across the US, primarily immigrants from Central America.



May 25 10:25

Netanyahu vows: Temple Mount, Western Wall will forever remain part of Israel

'Some see the Six-Day War as a disaster for Israel, I see it as Israel's salvation,' the prime minister says during special Knesset session to celebrate Jerusalem Day and 50 years to the capital's unification.

May 25 10:24

Report: Medical marijuana could poach more than $4B from pharma sales annually

If the United States legalized medical marijuana for conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety and seizures, cannabis could siphon more than $4 billion annually from the nation’s pharmaceutical industry, a new study hypothesizes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And THAT is why there is such pressure to keep it illegal!

May 25 10:23

Tommy Robinson's BANNED speech: "The British Police State"

May 25 10:20

TRANSIT POLICE ARE SECRETLY SPYING ON COMMUTERS TRAVEL PLANS, TEXTS AND EMAILS.

A class action lawsuit in California, reveals that Transit Police are using a free 'Bart Watch' app and Stingray surveillance to secretly spy on commuters texts and emails. (For more info. read pages 5-15 of the suit.)

Transit Police take their cues from other police departments, claiming they're only interested in the public's safety and security,

Safety and security is our top priority.. BART Watch allows you to quickly and discreetly report criminal or suspicious activity directly to BART Police.

Unfortunately, these 'See Something, Say Something' apps allow police to spy on everyone.

According to ABC7 News at least 10,000-50,000 people have downloaded the Elerts spying app. The lawsuit reveals that Transit Police are using Elerts to secretly collect everyone's cellphone identification number, otherwise known as International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope this lawsuit is successful; whose business is it, anyway, to know the fact that I am looking for an easy zucchini bread recipe to take to a church social in a couple of weeks?!?

Mike and I have long felt that any electronic surveillance against us, by any "alphabet soup" US agency is simply punishment duty; everything we have to say, either in an email, or cell phone, is pretty vanilla!



May 25 10:20

Peace through mutual blackmail: is that what’s happening in Washington?

In the last few days, the campaign to impeach Donald Trump has quieted down. We’ll see what happens; but is this breathing space and pause the result of a stalemate? Do both sides have “control files” on each other? Is the underlying proposition, “I won’t spill your secrets if you won’t spill mine”?

I now refer to an article about Trump and his enemies that has been circulating online. I don’t know who the author is. His views and opinions make an interesting circumstantial case. Here is an excerpt:

May 25 10:18

U.S. Trade Representative Seeks to Expand and Empower NAFTA

Americans, beware — globalists in Congress and burrowed inside the Trump administration are plotting to double down on the economy-crushing, sovereignty-stealing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At least, that is their plan, if they think Trump and the American people will let them get away with it.

May 25 10:17

Controlling SEPTA’s crowded commute

In late March 2017, SEPTA awarded Chinese rail car manufacturer CRRC MA (formed in mid-2015 from a merger of two Chinese corporations) a contract to build new multi-level push-pull passenger cars for SEPTA that will add about 6,000 seats to the railroad. The company recently built a plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, where these new multi-levels will mostly be produced.

It is likely they will be put to work on SEPTA’s longer routes, as these multi-levels are push-pull cars meaning they lack a motor. That still will do well systemwide; it will make more shorter electric multiple unit (EMU) trains available for the shorter lines. The new cars are expected to enter service in 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is making railroad cars for the US. Have we forgotten how to do that as well?

May 25 10:16

US-made missiles, Israeli mortars left behind by terrorists found in Homs’s al-Waer

The army’s engineering units and the authorities found on Thursday US-made missiles, various Israeli-made mortars and large amounts of ammunition in al-Waer neighborhood in Homs city while combing the neighborhood after it was cleared of militants.

May 25 10:15

On the edge of anarchy, Venezuela has 5,000 shoulder-mounted missiles

Venezuela, a country increasingly on the precipice of anarchy, has a cache of 5,000 Russian-made surface to air missiles — a fact that has U.S. officials concerned.

The South American country acquired most of the stockpile of SA-24 Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) missiles during the reign of late President Hugo Chavez, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

The missiles are fired from shoulder-mounted launchers by one person, and can be used to shoot down commercial and military aircraft. More than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by MANPADS since the 1970’s, according to the Small Arms Survey, leading to at least 28 crashes and 800 deaths.

The weapons are popular with insurgent groups because of their portability, effectiveness, and ease of operation. More than 84 non-state groups are believed to have the missiles, or similar light-weight systems.

May 25 10:14

WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton’s Libya “Tick Tock” details how she ‘led’ the destruction

Subject: tick tock on libya this is basically off the top of my head, with a few consultations of my notes. but it shows S’ leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country’s libya policy from start to finish. let me know what you think. toria, who else might be able to add to this? Secretary Clinton’s leadership on Libya HRC has been a critical voice on Libya in administration deliberations, at NATO, and in contact group meetings — as well as the public face of the U.S. effort in Libya. She was instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.

May 25 10:12

Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial—the gold-standard design—a component of marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) reduced seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the first solid evidence that marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, something some patient groups and advocates have argued for years. It also adds to mounting data supporting the medicinal value of the controversial plant.


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Owl 2
May 25 10:08

Australian Government Demonises “Fake Refugees”

In a preparation for mass deportations, the Australian government has threatened thousands of asylum seekers with forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.

May 25 10:06

Drug Cop Who Spent 14 Years Undercover

Yet another police officer is speaking out against the drug war, this time in the United Kingdom. Former officer Neil Woods worked as an undercover drug cop for 14 years, infiltrating some of the most violent gangs in Britain only to learn his tactics were worsening the drug epidemic. Now, he advocates ending the drug war and decriminalizing drugs as he admits his own role in fueling violence and the proliferation of narcotics.



May 25 10:04

POLITICAL TWITTER MEMES FOR THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017

May 25 10:03

U.S. Senator: This 'Will Dwarf All Other Stories' -  Russia Probe Puts Bulls-Eye On The Deep State

In conjunction with this release to which no major media outlet is reporting on as of yet, we have the House investigative committee hearings dubbed the Russia probe, with testimony that is finally bearing fruit, just not the fruit the Democrats that were trying to prove Trump campaign collusion with the Russians, wanted.

In fact, all recent testimony, along with the information investigated for over a year, has turned up "no evidence" of any Trump/Russia collusion, but during the hearings, we have garnered a far greater understanding of Obama and his administration abuses, to which this morning Senator Rand Paul said, if proven true, "It will dwarf all other stories."

May 25 10:02

WHAT TRUMP’S VISIT TO ISRAEL WILL COST THE US TAXPAYER

Trump added $75 million in defense aid to Israel

May 25 10:02

RAMADAN MUBARAK 2017

To all of our Muslim readers, family and friends …
May this year’s Ramadan usher in a new era of Peace and Hope ….



May 25 10:01

Why Does the Chicago Public School System Have $9 Billion in Debt With Only 381,000 Students ?

Chicago Public Schools will look to borrow $900 million in the coming weeks — adding to the district’s $9 billion debt — but it remains unclear if anyone will actually give them all the money.

The loans are $500 million more than what Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced last week when a financial rescue plan was outlined. That’s because the district is looking for loans not only to get through this school year, but also to start off next year with a financial cushion.

District officials told board members Wednesday that the district would likely “just run out of money” if it didn’t take out these loans.

May 25 10:01

L.A. Lawmaker Targets Trump's Travels With the "SWAMP Act"

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of the Westside is giving his people what they want with his recently introduced SWAMP (Stop Waste And Misuse by the President) Act. If approved, it would require Trump and any cohorts under U.S. Secret Service protection (such as his wife, Melania) to pay for their own travel to properties where the president has a commercial interest.

May 25 10:00

White House defends Trump budget plan against Dem attacks

The White House on Tuesday vigorously defended President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal that would cut entitlements and other domestic programs while boosting military and border security spending, saying the plan represents Trump’s campaign promises “put on paper.”

“There’s not a single thing [cut] from Social Security or Medicare,” White House budget Director Mick Mulvaney stressed. “Why? Because that’s what he promised.”

May 25 09:55

A New GOP Bill Would Make It Virtually Impossible to Sue the Police

Keeping with the Trump administration’s law-and-order rhetoric, Republicans in the House and Senate recently introduced a bill they’re calling the Back the Blue Act of 2017. The Senate bill was introduced by John Cornyn (R-Tex.), and is co-sponsored by 15 senators, all Republicans. The identical House bill was introduced by Ted Poe (R-Tex.), and includes five co-sponsors, also all Republicans. The bill would create new federal crimes, impose federal police over the will of local officials and voters and shield police officers from virtually any civil liability, even in cases of egregious misconduct.



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May 25 09:54

AG Sessions Did Not Disclose Russia Meetings in Security Clearance Form, DOJ Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday.

Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn't note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list "any contact" he or his family had with a "foreign government" or its "representatives" over the past seven years, officials said.

The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials. He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.

May 25 09:53

23 Million Would Loose Coverage Under Latest Trumpcare Bill

Health-care legislation adopted by House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday — only a million fewer than the estimate for the House’s previous bill.

The nonpartisan agency’s finding, which drew immediate fire from Democrats, patient advocates, health industry officials and some business groups, is likely to complicate Republicans’ push to pass a companion bill in the Senate.

May 25 09:53

Gingrich References Scott Adams: Abolish Daily White House Press Briefings

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wants to put an end to the Congressional Budget Office and the White House daily press briefings.

May 25 09:53

Republican Candidate 'Body-Slams' Guardian Reporter in Montana

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice ... He got on me and I think he hit me ... This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

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Bencjacobs caught Gianforte investing $250,000 in Gazprom and Rosneft.



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May 25 09:51

Plot thickens in probe of House IT contractors

A police spokesman, while declining to go into detail, told Fox News this week that the case remains opens and focuses on “the actions of House IT support staff.”

But a high-level House staffer acknowledged Monday to Fox News that the probe has raised concerns about emails being hacked.

Official documents and multiple sources say at least five contractors -- including brothers Imran, Jamal and Abid Awan -- are the focus of the probe but that as many as six people could be involved.

The others purportedly involved are Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, and Rao Abbas, who is not part of the family.

They allegedly removed hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment from offices, including computers and servers, and ran a procurement scheme in which they bought equipment, then overcharged the House administrative office that assigns such contractors to members.

May 25 09:50

Ex PM / ex central banker of #Greece/ ex VP of #ECB Papademos with abdomen injuries after opening bomb letter inside his car

May 25 09:46

HOW THE BRITISH DEEP STATE TURNED MANCHESTER INTO AL-QAEDA TOWN UK

Anti-Gaddafi Libyans living in Manchester had been trained, armed and aided by Britain to wage jihad against the leadership of Muammar Gaddafi.

More and more information is emerging on how the savage terrorist atrocity recently committed in Manchester was a classic case of terrorist blow-back, a phenomenon describing how when western governments fund, arm and aid terrorists, they often come back to commit horrific crimes against the citizens of the countries which funded and aided them.
It has been confirmed that the father of the Manchester ISIS bomber was a member of the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was initially comprised of battle hardened fighters who traveled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union and the secular government in Kabul.

May 25 09:46

JFK at 100 — Paul Craig Roberts on the continuing effects of his assassination-coup.

Kennedy entered office as a cold warrior, but he learned from his interaction with the CIA and Joint Chiefs that the military/security complex had an agenda that was self-interested and a danger to humanity.

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