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April 17, 2018

Apr 17 09:45

Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russia alliance

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

"We can think differently but they (our relations with Russia) are not so weak that the French president can break them," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We have strong relations with Russia," Cavusoglu added. "But our relations with Russia are not an alternative to NATO relations or our allies."

There have been growing signs of Western discomfort over the alliance of Turkey -- a key NATO member since 1952 -- with Iran and Russia over Syria.

Apr 17 09:45

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump needs to act more aggressively in Syria

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that the U.S. reaction in Syria shows that there’s more concern for the type of weapon used rather than the fact that people are dying.

“Unless something changes, we don’t care if you kill people, we only care how you kill them, which is a long way from where Ronald Reagan was,” Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, said on Fox News.

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Here's your rifle, Lindsey!

Apr 17 09:44

Assad cannot be part of Syria solution - German minister

The Syrian crisis needs a negotiated solution involving all powers in the region, German foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Monday, adding he could not imagine anyone who had used chemical weapons against his own people to be part of that process.

Apr 17 09:44

BEX ALERT - Putin hacks British homes: Russian cyber agents set to cripple laptops, phones and 'critical' infrastructure after secretly accessing millions of computers

Russia is preparing to mount a cyber-attack on Britain’s ‘critical infrastructure’
It is targeting thousands of laptops and phones in UK homes in preparation



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Apr 17 09:43

EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened new sanctions against Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, but held off from joining expected new punitive U.S. measures against Russia.

Apr 17 09:41

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay."

Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term."

Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian civil war "for the long term"?

If so, who made that fateful decision for this republic?

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley confirmed Sunday there would be no drawdown of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, until three objectives were reached. We must fully defeat ISIS, ensure chemical weapons would not again be used by Bashar Assad and maintain the ability to watch Iran.

Translation: Whatever Trump says, America is not coming out of Syria. We are going deeper in. Trump’s commitment to extricate us from these bankrupting and blood-soaked Middle East wars and to seek a new rapprochement with Russia is "inoperative."

Apr 17 09:40

American Empathy Gap: Massacres in Gaza and US Silence

Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine dozens of unarmed, protesting Caucasian Christians or Jews – say, Israelis or Europeans – were shot dead by heavily armed brown folks, like, say Palestinian Muslims. What would we call this? That’s easy: terrorism. How would the media cover such an event? Simple: extensively and emotionally, probably for many days. The smiling faces of the victims would be splashed across the screens of television networks from Fox News to MSNBC.



Apr 17 09:39

EU fails to agree new Iran sanctions as Trump deadline nears

The European Union failed to agree new sanctions against Iran on Monday amid Italy’s opposition and fears that punishing Tehran for its missile programme and regional role would not stop U.S. President Donald Trump from abandoning a separate nuclear deal.

Apr 17 09:39

Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice

Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.

We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race.

Is my government committing "war crimes" along the border of the Gaza Strip?

Apr 17 09:38

Syria and the Revolt of the ‘Deplorables’

Surely there has never been a presidential peroration as filled with contradictions – not to mention regrettable rhetoric – as President Donald J. Trump’s speech to the nation explaining why he backtracked on his campaign promise to get us out of Syria. Particularly striking was this bit of doubletalk:

“To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.”

Apr 17 09:35

Lauren Southern On South African ‘White Farm Murders’...

Update from Lauren on her work in South Africa...

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Apr 17 09:33

‘NY Times’ coverage of Gaza turns biased again, partly in response to pressure from Hasbara Central

After a hopeful improvement, the New York Times coverage of the Gaza protests is unfortunately back to its normal one-sided reporting — and intense pressure from Hasbara Central is surely a major reason. Take a look at this tweet yesterday, as the paper’s main reporter, David Halbfinger, jumps to respond to a pro-Israel critic:

Apr 17 09:32

IN PHOTOS ~~ MULTI DEMOS IN NEW YORK

DEMO @ UNION SQ. IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE RIGHT OF RETURN MARCH

Apr 17 09:32

THE HORROR OF NOT BEING ON FACEBOOK

The horror dating story everyone dreads.

Apr 17 09:31

THE HIGHEST FLAG IN THE WORLD

Jarah, a 22-year-old Palestine refugee cancer survivor and amputee, climbs Mount Everest Base Camp to save his UNRWA school in Jordan



Apr 17 09:27

BBC Reporter Discourages Syria Questions Due To “Information War” With Russia

In the latter half of the interview, BBC’s Annita McVeigh asked the following questions after West’s comment about Bosnia:

“We know that the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, or accused a western state on Friday, of perhaps fabricating evidence in Douma or somehow being involved in what happened in Douma. Given that we’re in an information war with Russia on so many fronts, do you think perhaps it’s inadvisable to be stating this so publicly given your position and your profile? Isn’t there a danger that you’re muddying the waters?”

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Apr 17 09:24

Final Call for Nominations: 2018 Peace Prize

1. Nominations will be accepted from Founding Members until the end of April each year. Founding Members are listed at USPeaceMemorial.org/Donors.htm. If your name is not included there, please join us today.

2. Each Founding Member may nominate one outstanding and deserving individual or organization per year. To be considered, the nominee must: (a) be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or organization; (b) have documented peace activities in the US Peace Registry; and (c) be active in antiwar/peace work within the 16 months prior to April 30 of the nomination year.

Apr 17 09:21

Journalist Robert Fisk visited the clinic (in Syria) where the BBC claim the chemical attack took place

Journalist Robert Fisk visited the clinic (in Syria) where the BBC & the government claim the chemical attack took place.

Fisk says he spoke with a doctor there who said no chemical attack took place.

He said the video is of kids suffering from hypoxia due to inhaling dust.



Owl 1
Apr 17 09:21

Robert Fisk Reports Head of Douma Clinic Denies Chemical Weapons Attack

Robert Fisk is one of the very few excellent investigative journalists still employed in the UK. He is twice winner of the British Press Awards‘ Journalist of the Year prize, and seven time winner of the British Press Awards’ Foreign Correspondent of the Year. He is extremely smart and knows the Middle East very well. He has just made his way – not accompanied by Russian or Syrian government officials – to Douma and this is what he reports.

If you care to search for Robert Fisk on twitter, the attacks on his reputation and integrity at this very moment from achieve nothing neo-con trolls and media lackeys are astonishing. He is in Douma – they are at their desks.

Apr 17 09:20

Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law

The U.S. Constitution and international law suffered a stinging blow last night at the hands of an odd coalition that might be called Goldilocks and two moral dwarfs posing as Marine generals, together with a “Right Dishonorable” harridan and a young French poodle.

As was the case 15 years ago when the U.S. and UK launched a war of aggression against Iraq, the pretext was so-called “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) — this time the claimed use on April 7 of chlorine (and maybe the nerve agent sarin — who knows?) in Duma a suburb of Damascus. And this time French President Emmanuel Macron was allowed to join, as junior partner, the gang that can’t lie straight.

Apr 17 09:20

Keystone pipeline already leaking catastrophically

Remember the state-of-the-art pipeline that its supporters assured us would never leak?

It had one of the largest inland oil spills since 2010 in November which we are only learning the true extent of SIX months later.

Apr 17 09:19

Alas, This Is Far From Over!

Let’s begin by a short summary of events.

About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very self-same UNSC should a chemical attack happen in Syria

Then the Russians announced that they have evidence that a chemical false flag is being prepared in Syria

Then a chemical attack (supposedly) takes place (in a location surrounded and, basically, controlled by government forces!)

The OPWC sends investigators (in spite of western powers loudly proclaiming that no investigation was needed)

The AngloZionists then bomb Syria

Next, the UNSC refuses to condemn the violation of its own rules and decisions

Finally, the US Americans speak of a ‘perfect strike’

Now tell me – do you get a sense that this is over?



Apr 17 09:18

Lloyds Bank to cut over a thousand jobs as 49 branches are AXED

LLOYDS Banking Group, which runs Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland has announced plans to cut 1,230 jobs and axe 49 branches across the UK.

Apr 17 09:17

Attempting the Unachievable

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations and one of the Trump administrations hawks, announced on Sunday that it had decided to shelve plans to pull US troops out of Syria. This means that it is changing current American policy, which had tacitly conceded defeat in Syria, and planning a new stage of escalation which could focus on overthrowing the regime.

Apr 17 09:16

Force And More Force – Then What?

Is there no other doctrine than the doctrine of force that’s being used by the government here? What about the doctrine of common interest, for example? Or the doctrine of negotiation, rather than confrontation? After the October 1973 war, a department was set up in Military Intelligence called Ipkha Mistabra (Aramaic for “on the contrary”), whose job was to put forward and explore ideas and directions that contradicted widely held assumptions.

Where is the Jewish mind that’s supposed to be so smart and creative? Does it only work in minor matters, while on fateful ones it is paralyzed by fear of the messianic right? For example, why not just talk to Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas? But the leadership here is stuck on the doctrine of force. If it doesn’t want to talk to Mahmoud Abbas, it it going to talk with Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh?

Apr 17 09:15

Russian top brass reveals 'true targets' of US-led strikes against Syria

The US and its allies sought to hit Syrian military targets, including airfields, during their missile strike, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday.

"The true targets of the strike delivered by the US, the UK and France on April 14 were both facilities in Barzeh and Jaramani and Syrian military facilities, including airfields," he said.

According to Konashenkov, a photo of a facility located in the Barzeh area shows that "the destruction caused by the missile strike does not correspond to the scale of destruction from the use of three dozen cruise missiles." "Moreover, the survey of this and other facilities revealed neither this number of ammunition fragments nor the corresponding number of craters," he added.



Apr 17 09:14

Pentagon acknowledges US contractor presence in Syria for first time

The US military is using more than 5,500 contractors in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon revealed in a quarterly report this week that acknowledges the use of contractors in the Syrian war zone for the first time.

The latest figures from US Central Command indicate that 5,508 US and foreign contractors are working alongside US troops in the two combat zones. That’s an increase of 581, or 12%, over January’s numbers, which did not include Syria. About half of the contractors are US citizens, while the rest are local or third-country hires.

Apr 17 09:13

Israel summons Irish Ambassador over 'campaign of hatred and discrimination'

THE Israeli government accused Dublin City Council of “waging a campaign of hatred and discrimination” during a meeting with the Irish Ambassador in Jerusalem.

Ambassador Alison Kelly was summoned to a meeting with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a move that follows a row over the participation of Dublin Lord Mayor’s in an event in the disputed West Bank territory.

Tensions between the two countries are growing, with the Ministry this evening issuing a statement accusing the City Council of “two hostile decisions”.

This is a reference to motions passed by councillors on Monday. One proposed expelling the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, while the other supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

Apr 17 09:09

THE WORLD MUST KNOW. #PureEvil #HellOnEarth

Organ harvesting of young children. This video must be seem by everyone. We must defeat these 'globalist' warmongers, as this fate awaits all of us.



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Apr 17 09:08

North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the military conflict between the two countries.
Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty.

Apr 17 09:07

Could antibiotics from men's beards or the soil in your back garden be the ultimate weapons in the battle against the superbugs?

Wounded from battle, ancient Egyptian soldiers would fill their injuries with copper filings that would come off their swords as they sharpened them.

The idea was that this would prevent the wounds getting infected and speed up healing — though they didn't quite understand how it worked at the time.

Now, 5,000 years later, researchers have resurrected this idea as a way to treat infections and counter the devastating rise of bacterial resistance that's rendering many of our antibiotics useless.

Research has shown that copper has a powerful antibacterial effect, shutting down energy production in the bacteria and damaging their DNA. Not only does this kill the bugs, but damaging DNA also means the bacteria cannot develop resistance to copper.

Apr 17 09:07

Worth noting here - the BBC (and others) are currently saying it will take “months” to remove all traces of the nerve agent from Salisbury.

Yet we are also having it implied the Russians able to clean up all traces of alleged CW attack in Douma in a matter of days

Apr 17 09:06

Gaza fishers caught in net cast from all sides

The Israeli navy claimed that it shot at Ismail’s boat after the fishermen on board ignored warnings and crossed a shifting Israeli-imposed limit on Gaza’s territorial waters.

But eyewitnesses say the reality is different. There were three men on the boat that day; the other two were both injured and arrested. One said, after his release, that the boat was only three miles from Gaza’s shoreline – well within the six-mile limit – and was heading back toward Gaza, not toward Israel, as the military said.



Apr 17 09:06

Sandy Hook parents hit Alex Jones with defamation lawsuits

Alex Jones has spent years claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ? where a shooter killed 20 small children and six adults ? was faked. He has claimed the parents of these dead children are liars and “crisis actors.”

Apr 17 08:58

Optimism of Manufacturers “Plunged” the Most Ever: NY Fed

Corporate America fears that a Trade War would hit supply chains in China.

Apr 17 08:57

Wells Fargo In CRISIS! - Is A Crash Imminent?



Apr 17 08:54

US Facebook users could get up to $5,000 compensation for EVERY picture tagged by the company's photo-scanning AI as judge rules the app stole biometric data

Facebook will face a class action law suit in the wake of its privacy scandal, a US federal judge has ruled.

Allegations of privacy violations emerged when it was revealed the app used a photo-scanning tool on users' images without their explicit consent.

The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users.

Under Illinois state law, the company could be fined $1,000 to $5,000 (£700 - £3,500) each time a person's image was used without consent.

Apr 17 08:54

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a loss on immigration — and Gorsuch was the tiebreaking vote

When it rains it pours! If Trump had read this guys previous decisions on immigration.......!

The court's 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Conviction for a crime of violence makes deportation "a virtual certainty" for an immigrant, no matter how long he has lived in the United States, Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her opinion for the court.

Apr 17 08:52

At destroyed Syria lab, workers say they produce antidotes to snake venom not toxic weapons

The site, according to Western powers, was part of the Syrian government’s “chemical weapons infrastructure.”

But Said told AFP only non-lethal research and development was under way at the centre.

“As we work in civilian pharmaceutical and chemical research, we did not expect that we would be hit,” he said.

Instead, the centre had been producing antidotes to scorpion and snake venom while running tests on chemical products used in making food, medicine and children’s toys, according to Said.

“If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here. I’ve been here since 5:30 am in full health -- I’m not coughing,” he added.



Apr 17 08:51

IDF Chief Says Israel Is Becoming Like Nazi Germany, Refuses to Back Down

Last year, a top Israeli general’s comments during the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day address sparked controversy when he likened the atmosphere in modern day Israel to 1930’s Nazi Germany.

“If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016,” Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, the Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff said.

Now, the outgoing IDF Deputy Chief has doubled down on his remarks and in an interview this week, defended his controversial speech.

As the Times of Israel reports, Golan, speaking in a new video interview produced by the military, said he “didn’t realize it would go to the very political place that it went,” but added that he “doesn’t take back the remarks.”

Apr 17 08:49

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks – and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world – despite all the doubters – is perfectly genuine.

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

Apr 17 08:49

'Oxygen starvation, not gas’: Veteran UK reporter Fisk doubts MSM narrative on Douma ‘chem attack’

Veteran UK reporter Robert Fisk went to Syria’s Douma and heard that residents shown in notorious “gas attack footage” actually suffered from oxygen loss due to hiding in trash-filled shelters, and not from chemicals.

If you feel overwhelmed by MSM coverage of the “chemical attack” in Douma, here’s your voice in the wilderness. Robert Fisk, a veteran UK foreign correspondent with the Independent, and one of the few Western reporters to have interviewed Osama bin Laden, went to Douma to go beyond what the Western media portrayed in early April as the “Bashar Assad regime’s chemical attack.”


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Owl 2
Apr 17 08:46

Sign of DESPERATION? The #US presidential office announced cash reward of $10000 to any witness of Chemical Attack in #Syria #Douma and $5000 in other cities

Apr 17 08:46

"Bloodbath" - Trump Tower New York Condo Prices Are Nosediving

The Trump Tower at 721 Fifth Avenue, New York City, is a glass skyscraper located between 56th and 57th Streets. Developed by Donald Trump in 1983, the Midtown East Side skyscraper is home to 238 residential condominiums. As of recent, property values of condos in the tower have plunged much faster than comparable luxury high-rises in Midtown Manhattan, said Reuters.

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Trump may turn out to be the first President to LOSE money while in office!

Apr 17 08:44

Secret surveillance software created by EX-SPIES is harvesting Facebook photos to create a huge facial recognition database that could be used to monitor people worldwide

Secret surveillance software created by a former Israeli intelligence officer is harvesting Facebook photos.

The firm behind it is taking profile images from the social network, YouTube and other sites to build a huge facial recognition database.

Its creators say the software could lead to the identification of terror suspects, captured in promotional and other material posted online.

News of the controversial service is causing alarm among privacy activists as Facebook scrambles to deal with its ongoing data scandal.

Apr 17 08:42

Some Thoughts for Tax Day: Peace Revolution episode 086: Common Sense for the 21st Century by Lisa Arbercheski

Reference Map to Episode 086:

(1m-8m) Former SAS soldier Ben Griffin at Oxford Union
(8m-11m) Sample From: Thomas Paine – Christopher Hitchens Lecture (Full)
(11m-14m) Sample from (Wikipedia) Professor Andrew Galambos
(14m-17m) Thomas Paine: The Most Valuable Englishman Ever
(17m-29m) Samples from Andrew Galambos
(29m-40m) Attorney General Eric Holder and the Divine Right of Criminals
(40m-1h20m) Samples from Andrwew Galambos
(1h20m-1h31m) Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose)
(1h31m-1h37m) Samples from Andrew Galambos
(1h37m-1h50m) Richard’s introductory monologue
(1h50m-2h55m) Lecture 1
(2h55m-4h52m) Lecture 2
(4h52m-8h) Lecture 3
(8h-9h27m) Thomas Paine: The Most Valuable Englishman Ever
(9h27m-11h40m) Common Sense Audiobook by Thomas Paine (February 4, 1776)
(11h40m- 12h40m) Thomas Paine – Christopher Hitchens Lecture (Full)
(12h40m-15h45m) FREEDOM by Adam Kokesh

Apr 17 08:42

Sean Hannity Addresses Claim of Being a Michael Cohen Client

“Am I surprised by any of this? No, of course not, because this is with the media in this country does,” Hannity said. “Let me set the record straight. Here’s the truth. Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter. I never retained his services. I never received an invoice.”

“I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen, he’s a great attorney, about legal questions I had, where I was looking for input and perspective. My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions. And to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter, any — sorry to disappoint so many — matter between me, a third party, a third group at all.”

Apr 17 08:41

Whose Wars?

In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled “Whose War?” in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the Israel Lobby as the principal driving force behind the rush to go to war.

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Apr 17 08:39

Scientists warn that many pharma drugs DESTROY our gut microbiome, causing us to be more vulnerable to disease

You’ve probably heard by now that antibiotics can seriously impact your gut microbiome, but it turns out that this action is not just limited to antibiotics. Now, scientists from Germany’s European Molecular Biology Laboratory have found that many drugs that target human cells rather than bacteria can cause changes in microbiome composition as well.

In fact, the scientists found that more than 25 percent of the 923 non-antibiotic drugs studied decreased the growth of one or more species of human gut bacteria. Some of the drugs that were identified as problematic include anti-diabetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, atypical antipsychotics, and proton pump inhibitors.

Apr 17 08:38

Comey's 15 Minutes Are Up

Apr 17 08:38

The Pension Time Bomb: $400 Trillion by 2050

Apr 17 08:33

Starbucks manager who made call resulting in black men's arrests no longer works for company

The manager who called police on two black men who had refused to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks no longer works there, a company spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News today.
The news follows Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s comments this morning that he will order managers of the coffee giant's stores to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias" after witnesses said the men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

Apr 17 08:32

Dick's Sporting Goods destroying unsold assault rifles

Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying the assault-style rifles it pulled off the shelves in the wake of the deadly school shooting at Parkland, Florida.



Taboola
Apr 17 08:30

Tesla under-counted worker injuries to make its safety record appear better, report alleges

A new report alleges that Tesla has repeatedly mislabeled and under-counted worker injuries making its safety record appear better than it actually is.
Sources told Reveal that safety compromises were made at Tesla's Fremont factory to appease CEO Elon Musk's aesthetic preferences. The factory floor did not have clearly marked pedestrian lanes, and instead had lanes painted different shades of gray.

Apr 17 08:30

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook.

The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his senate and Congressional hearings.

It's no real surprise that someone using their Facebook Login to sign in to other sites is tracked, but the post by product management director David Baser goes into (a little) detail on other tracking activities – some of which have been known to the outside world for some time, occasionally denied by Facebook, and apparently mysteries only to Zuck.

When non-Facebook sites add a “Like” button (a social plugin, in Baser's terminology), visitors to those sites are tracked: Facebook gets their IP address, browser and OS fingerprint, and visited site.

Apr 17 08:28

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

Yes, this is the same France that wants not-backdoors for the rest of us

Apr 17 08:27

Hundreds are evacuated from Hawaii after two feet of rain falls in just 24 hours triggering landslides and flooding

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Kauai, Hawaii, after 2ft of rain lashed the island in just 24 hours causing heavy flooding and landslides.

By Monday afternoon, emergency crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water, according to the governor's office.

Officials were warning people who wanted to be evacuated that it's not known when they can return because of landslides blocking Kuhio Highway on the island's north shore.

Apr 17 08:27

Anti-War Stance video (length 7:42)

Apr 17 08:26

Phase I To Destroy The Dollar Might Have Been Launched Today

Commercial real estate prices fall, loans reach record highs, retail store vacant premises, disaster in the making. GM cuts more employees at their factory, Cruze sales are imploding.

Apr 17 08:26

YEAH, THAT MAKES SENSE

‘Not Being Viewed as an Enemy’ Propels California Company’s Move to Texas, says CEO.. “I tried to start flying out of Santa Monica, California. And they sued me because I was trying to bring a service to the city. . . . When I got to Dallas, literally, people in City Hall were like, ‘How can we help you?’” Yeah, the IBD folks told me a similar story about the difference between Marina del Rey and their Texas office.

Apr 17 08:22

Russia dumps US debt, reducing holdings to lowest level in a year

The Central Bank of Russia has sold $3.1 billion in US Treasury bills as of February, reducing its investment in American debt to the lowest level since March last year.

Moscow still occupies the 16th position among the largest holders of US government bonds. Russia has cut its holdings for the third consecutive month.

Apr 17 08:21

PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes

Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria.

The company, Capital Group, is also the second-largest shareholder in Lockheed Martin – a US military arms firm that supplies weapons systems, aircraft and logistical support. Its shares have also rocketed since the missile strikes last week.

The fact has not gone unnoticed by some on Twitter, who agree that BAE Systems has done very well out of the UK-US-France allied airstrikes on Syria, which were sanctioned by Theresa May. It has been reported that the UK’s contribution to military strikes was to fire eight ‘Storm-Shadow’ missiles at an alleged chemical weapons facility, each of which cost £790,000 ($1.13 million) – totaling £6.32 million ($9 million). The missiles were manufactured by BAE Systems.

Apr 17 08:19

How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas

While the U.S. military presence in Syria has been ongoing since 2015 – justified as a means of countering Daesh (ISIS) — U.S. troops have since turned into an occupying force with their failure to pull out following Daesh’s defeat in northeastern Syria. Currently, the U.S. occupies nearly a third of Syrian territory — around 30 percent — including much of the area east of the Euphrates River, encompassing large swaths of the Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa regions.

Though the U.S. currently has between 2,000 to 4,000 troops stationed in Syria, it announced the training of a 30,000-person-strong “border force” composed of U.S.-allied Kurds and Arabs in the area, which would be used to prevent northeastern Syria from coming under the control of Syria’s legitimate government. Though it backtracked somewhat after backlash from Turkey, the U.S. has continued to train “local forces” in the area. Russian military sources have asserted that former members of Daesh — who were allowed to leave cities attacked by the U.S. and their proxies, as was the case in battle for Raqqa — are to be included among the force’s ranks.

This, along with the U.S. government’s insistence on maintaining the occupation until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power, shows that the U.S. government has no intention of permitting the reunification of Syria and will continue to occupy the region over the long term.

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Apr 17 08:19

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.

Apr 17 08:18

Inspectors reportedly reach alleged Syria chemical attack site

A team of international inspectors entered the town near Damascus that was the scene of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state TV reported. They arrived in Douma more than a week after the U.S. government and its allies accused President Bashar al-Assad of killing his own people with poison gas in the April 7 attack.

The head of the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Monday that Russian and Syrian authorities had prevented his team from reaching the scene of the attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, due to what the two countries said were "security issues" caused by U.S. and allied missile strikes over the weekend.

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I feel obliged to warn the OPCW about any Americans on their team, owing to an ugly incident that happened when the IAEA was asked to verify that Iraq was making weapons grade uranium. The Americans on that team were caught trying to plant uranium in a facility. It was thought they used a reference sample they had brought for testing. When the IAEA asked for the reference sample to do an isotopic comparison with what had been "found", the Americans destroyed their sample before it could be analysed.

Apr 17 08:17

‘Military-style training’ ban: Durham becomes ‘first US city’ to halt police exchanges with Israel

Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive “military-style training.” The council wants to prevent the “militarization” of law enforcement.

Apr 17 08:15

The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet… or so the MSM says

Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up milk from the shop or who is shagging who in the office… or so the mainstream media would have you believe.

According to sections of the British press – who, let's be honest, don't often get carried away like this – are insistent that Russia is about to launch a full-scale cyberattack on the United Kingdom… or they already have, depending on who you ask. And all because the UK, USA and France launched a missile attack against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime.

If you ask the Express, "Russia is 'SPYING' on THOUSANDS of UK households in 'RETALIATION to Syria strikes." Apparently, your home could become a part of a Russian "botnet," used to launch large scale cyber attacks. No explanation was provided as to what a botnet is though… but when you're whipping the British population into a fearful frenzy, who has time to explain?

Apr 17 08:13

Trump’s Syria withdrawal plan: Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it – report

Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in “stabilizing northeastern Syria,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apr 17 07:52

Western Military Debacle in Eastern Ghouta

You won’t be hearing any of this in the western news media because the U.S./UK definitely want to keep the lid on this report. Compiled by Chinese intelligence analysts and explained below by Evgeniy Satanovskiy, one of Russia’s leading Middle East experts, it throws a new light on the situation in Syria and, indirectly, the Skripals poisoning too.
According to the Chinese analysts hundreds of U.S. Special Forces and advisors were killed or wounded in East Ghouta during the recent Syrian Arab Army assault. On March 17 alone Chinese analysts estimate that as many as 200 U.S. Special Forces personnel were “eliminated”.

Apr 17 07:30

AN EMPIRE BUILT ON FEAR AT HOME AND ABROAD

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Apr 17 07:23

Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive, Time for an Overhaul

Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children. They may have something to do with the mass-shootings in schools all over America because some of them are neurotoxins. This means they affect and damage the central nervous system and…

Apr 17 07:09

The Picture Is Becoming Clearer, Moves And Countermoves

IG Horowitz released a new report that show McCabe has lied to the FBI. UK produces another dossier to prove Russia was behind the poisoning for the Skripals, but there is a problem and Sweden lab says it was not novichok poison that was used on the Skripals.

Apr 17 07:00

Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can't Enact Trump Ban

WASHINGTON ? A federal judge late Friday barred the federal government from implementing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, finding that the ban had to be subject to a careful court review before implementation because of the history of discrimination against transgender individuals.

Apr 17 06:59

Will Trump Fire Rosenstein? It May Not Matter.

Something very fishy happened last week. On Friday, we were treated to almost hourly rumors that President Donald Trump’s firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was imminent. This was to be followed by a scheme to either fire or drastically limit the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Apr 17 06:58

Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control

“What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on.”
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Waters, who has long been outspoken in his support for Palestinian resistance, brought up the White Helmets after someone had asked him to speak about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma that led the U.S., U.K. and France to bomb Syria last Friday. That chemical weapons attack — which was most likely staged, based on newly released evidence — was publicized chiefly by the White Helmets, as well as by the USAID-funded Syrian American Medical Society.

Though the audience member had asked Waters to speak up about the chemical weapons attack and condemn the Syrian government for its alleged complicity, Waters stated that he had a very different perspective on the situation in Syria and on the White Helmets group:

"The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. That’s my belief"

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Apr 17 06:58

Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

ELIZABETH PIERCE ALLEGEDLY TRICKED INVESTORS INTO POURING $250 MILLION INTO A FIBER OPTIC SCHEME BY FORGING REVENUE AGREEMENTS

Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 17 06:12

Netanyahu uses Holocaust event to urge action against Syria, Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a speech at Israel's annual Holocaust commemorations on Wednesday [April 11] to call for action against Syria following a suspected poison gas attack. The United States has threatened air strikes against Syria over the use of chemical weapons that Syria and its ally Russia deny ... Netanyahu also invoked the lessons of World War Two and the Holocaust to call for action against Iran, criticising the nuclear deal Tehran signed with six world powers. "The lack of willingness among the powers of the West to stand firm in the face of the tyrannical regime, their lack of willingness to pay the price of stopping aggression at an early stage, led to humanity paying a much greater price later on," he said.
Note: What holocau$t?

Apr 17 06:09

How on earth would killing MORE people rescue Syria

Why do so many people in politics and the media want to start wars? ... Any fool can kill a man in a second and ruin a city in a week. But it takes long years of nurture to raise a child to adulthood, and centuries to build a civilisation. Yet I look around me and see the mouths of intelligent people opened wide, yelling for an attack on Syria, when the only certain outcome of that will be blood and screams and ruins, and the deaths of innocents in 'collateral damage'. What good will this do? ... Perhaps worse, by creating an unending river of migrants through the Middle East and the Mediterranean, I suspect they have ruined Europe for good ... When Saddam Hussein was our ally against Iran back in 1988, he undoubtedly used poison gas against Kurds in Halabja. And in September 1988 the Foreign Office declined to get outraged ...

Apr 17 06:06

Rank Most Recent Most Commented Most Emailed Related Articles THE US AND CHINA ARE PLAYING WITH MATCHES WILL THE US GO TO NUCLEAR WAR OVER KOBE OR PUSAN? NO ONE MAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRIGGER NUCLEA

Behind President Donald Trump's bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex. For a candidate who once proposed a normal relationship with Russia, just peace in the Mideast, and an end to America's foreign wars Donald Trump is now hurtling towards a full-scale war with Russia and a new disaster in the Mideast ... While Trump fulminates about the alleged use of toxic gas in Syria, US B-1 and B-52 heavy bombers are flattening villages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen ... Israel's government plans to fragment Syria, just as was done with Iraq. This would eliminate the only remaining credible Arab state opposing Israel's domination of the region and, equally important, allow Israel to begin expropriating chunks of Syria ...

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