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September 13, 2017

Sep 13 08:44

Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses, contractors say

Security at the State Department's Benghazi compound was so dire that another contractor was brought in to clean up the mess just two weeks before the 2012 terror attack – and was later pressured to keep quiet by a government bureaucrat under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to two men from the American security company.

Sep 13 08:39

All Food Is GONE! Violence Erupts On Caribbean Island Of St. Martin

Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean islands last week and wiped entire islands off the map. Now that the food and water have been scavenged from every grocery store on St. Martin, people are resorting to violence.

The people obviously started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance; water, crackers, and fruit. But according to the New York Times, by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people (some of whom were armed), swooped in and violently took anything of value that was left. Things like electronics, appliances, and vehicles were all stolen.

Sep 13 08:39

Amazing! Hillary Clinton Confronted During Book Singing: "What Happened to Seth Rich?"

Sep 13 08:38

FORMER CITI CEO PANDIT SAYS AI WILL REPLACE 30 PERCENT OF BANKING JOBS WITHIN 5 YEARS

Banks have already started to roll out automated systems.

While Vikram Pandit’s prediction is bad news for back-office employees, banks have already begun to use AI and machine learning in a big way.

From stock picking quants such as those currently under development by iBankCoin (to be rolled out in Exodus), to “robo-advisors” which handle client portfolios deemed too small to justify a costly human broker, to high frequency trading (HFT) algos, to intelligent fraud detection systems which detect and adapt to fraudulent behavior – banks are becoming increasingly reliant on automated systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer is, the recent law school grad with $150,000 in debt cannot compete.

College counselors need to be looking at future job trends for at least 20 years into the future, in terms of guiding students toward careers that will actually exist when they graduate, and that is just the hard truth.



Taboola
Sep 13 08:32

The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

The U.S. Department of Defense is reportedly still funneling billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet-era weaponry to anti-Islamic State groups in Syria, with questionable oversight.

In a joint report published Tuesday, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) allege that the Pentagon has given up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons to groups like the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

The program sidesteps long-established checks on international weapons trafficking, the report alleges, and appears to be turbocharging a shadowy world of Eastern European arms dealers.

Sep 13 08:32

Diplomat says US must leave Syria

A Syrian diplomat says the US "should withdraw its military personnel, otherwise, the Syrian army will regard them as a hostile force"

Sep 13 08:31

U.S. doesn’t Intend to ‘Give’ Deir Ezzor to Syrian Army

Last week the Syrian Army (SAA) backed by its allies broke years-long ISIS siege of Deir Ezzor. Residents of the city were sincerely greeting liberators of the city. According to many experts, the SAA’s success is an important step towards total elimination of ISIS terrorists.

This, of course, can be considered a defeat of the West and its ‘partners’, who had worked with the Syrian armed opposition and radical groups including ISIS hoping to oust Assad.

The real prospect of the SAA would retake control over the oil-rich territory has made the U.S.-led Coalition launch a new military operation in Deir Ezzor. Apparently, the White house makes every effort to prevent the SAA from liberating the city from ISIS fighters.

Sep 13 08:30

Brazil's Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight

In the latest installment of the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil, the country's lead prosecutor Rodrigo Janot filed criminal corruption charges against former presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and also against six lawmakers from the president's governing party, PMDB party, and is charging them with having formed a criminal organization. All are being accused, actually, of having taken up to several hundred million dollars in bribes, for the most part from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Lawyers for the former Workers' Party president Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff are countering that the prosecution's failed to provide any concrete evidence against them. Last June, though, Lula himself was convicted of having taken smaller bribes. He is now appealing the conviction while he's also running for president again for elections that will be held late next year.



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Finco Bayano
Sep 13 08:30

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Riley may be thoroughly invested in the orthodoxy of this position, and/or financially invested in big pharma, but until a true study of a potential causal relationship between these inoculations and miscarriage, she cannot definitively say that there is no relationship.

Sep 13 08:29

"Never Forget" - A Marine Reflects On The Lies Of Our Endless Wars

While I remained at my headquarters unit in Virginia, my friend embarked on multiple tours of duty within a short two years as a Marine infantryman. I remember even then being surprised and unsettled by how rapidly his overseas deployments came. He was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq on his third deployment overseas prior to his twenty-first birthday. He had selflessly tried to stop a car laden with explosives as it sped into his checkpoint, possibly preventing more deaths among the nearby group of Marines wounded in the attack.

Paul Wolfowitz, considered one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, attended my friend’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. More recently, Wolfowitz spent last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attack on NBC’s Meet the Press shamelessly arguing that he and the Bush administration had done nothing wrong in selling the war and were honest with the American people.

Sep 13 08:27

Power surge: 800 lightning bolts strike San Francisco in 1 day

After a spell of intense heat in the Bay Area, a huge storm finally broke over San Francisco on Monday, unleashing more than 800 lightning strikes in mere hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Sep 13 08:21

Apple iPhone X: Everything the pros need to know

Mostly notably, the iPhone X includes a nearly bezel-less OLED display with 1125x2436 resolution (compared to a 1080x1920 LCD on 2016's iPhone 7 Plus). That enables the iPhone X to have a larger 5.8-inch screen (compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus) while having a smaller form factor that is actually closer in size to the iPhone 7 with its 4.7-inch screen.

But, the thin bezels also cause the iPhone X to lose its home button and its fingerprint scanner. As a result, Apple is replacing Touch ID with Face ID, which will create a 3D map of your face and use that to unlock the device. The challenge—judging by the face-scanning software of the past from Google and others—is that it may not be as fast and accurate as a fingerprint scanner.

There's also a natural security concern about Face ID being spoofed, but Apple says its new "True-Depth Camera System" takes a 3D mathematical model of your face and that it cannot be faked out by photos or even prosthetic masks.



Sep 13 08:16

9/11 Dust Report: CNN Should Dust Off Its Editorial Standards

Junk epidemiological studies are rather like pigeons in New York—an omnipresent nuisance that you learn to live with and ignore and hope they don't make too much of a mess. It's too bad that CNN didn't have the judgment to do this. Instead, the network took what is just about the worst study to ever fly the coop and not only ran with it but also sensationalized it by using both children's health and the September 11th terrorist attacks as manipulative hooks. Shameless.

Sep 13 08:12

Hospital Staff Fear for Their Lives Amid Sweden's 'Bloody Summer'

Gone are the days when Sweden was considered one of the world's safest countries. The everyday situation in Sweden has become so dangerous that even personnel at Swedish hospitals have to fear for their lives.

Gang members barging in with guns, knife-fighting in the waiting rooms and shooting victims dumped near entrances have all become the harsh reality of the emergency department at Malmö Hospital, Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported.

Sep 13 08:12

Juncker Says 'All But Two Member States' Are 'Duty Bound' to Join Eurozone

The chief of the European Commission proposed to create the post of a Europe-wide economy and finance minister to boost the eurozone. Moreover, Juncker suggested that states that are set to join the Schengen zone, are also "duty bound" to join the eurozone as well.

Sep 13 08:11

'You'll regret it!' EU Parliament erupts as Juncker SWIPES at UK 'Brexit isn't everything'

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has lashed out at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union as he addressed MEPs this morning, insisting Britain would “regret” Brexit.



Sep 13 08:11

'Thank God we're leaving!' Nigel Farage TERRIFIED at Juncker's plan for UNDEMOCRATIC EU

NIGEL Farage demolished the EU's State of the Union address today using just a handful of sentences to expose the bloc as an in increasingly undemocratic, and Soviet-esque, sham.

Sep 13 08:10

Merkel's war on Hungary: German Chancellor threatens to KICK Budapest OUT of EU

ANGELA Merkel has threatened Hungary with expulsion form the EU over its refusal to adhere to Brussels' refugee allocation scheme.

Sep 13 08:10

German election 2017: How a young nurse SHAMED Angela Merkel on campaign trail

ANGELA Merkel was shamed on the campaign trail by a young nurse who called for a massive overhaul of Germany's care system in an embarrassing blow to the German Chancellor.

Sep 13 08:09

Debunking study suggests ways to counter misinformation and correct 'fake news'

It's no use simply telling people they have their facts wrong. To be more effective at correcting misinformation in news accounts and intentionally misleading "fake news," you need to provide a detailed counter-message with new information—and get your audience to help develop a new narrative.

Those are some takeaways from an extensive new meta-analysis of laboratory debunking studies published in the journal Psychological Science. The analysis, the first conducted with this collection of debunking data, finds that a detailed counter-message is better at persuading people to change their minds than merely labeling misinformation as wrong. But even after a detailed debunking, misinformation still can be hard to eliminate, the study finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Vulgus vult decepi -- the (common) people wish to be deceived." -- Phaedrus



Owl 1
Sep 13 08:08

Gatekeeper of DC Society Sally Quinn Comes Out as Occultist, Used Hex to Kill People

You and I, meaning Normal People, we look at our Thought Leaders, our Media and Cultural Overlords, our Ruling Class, and oftentimes wonder how they can be so venal and dishonest in pursuit of what they want — and what they want most of all is control over the lives of us Normal People, those of us who do not want to control anyone. We just want to be left alone.

How many times have we asked, How do they live with themselves? All the lies they tell, the innocent people they destroy, the fake news they publish, the character assassination, the stoking of racial conflict, the hate campaigns, the advocating of violence, the unending cultural bigotry against those of us just minding our own business… How do they sleep at night?

Sep 13 08:07

UK Imam Tells Congregation to ‘Spill Blood’ and ‘Establish Law of Allah’

An imam preaching in a West Midlands mosque acted as a recruiter for Islamic State and told Muslims to “be ready to spill blood” and “establish the law of Allah over the necks of the people” including the Queen, a court has heard.

Kamran Sabir Hussain, 40, allegedly told up to 15 children and about 25 adults at the mosque in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, that martyrdom was the “supreme success”, greater than achievements at school or college, The Times reports.

He was caught after the mosque was infiltrated by an undercover police officer, who recorded 17 of the alleged hate preacher’s sermons, starting in June last year.

Sep 13 08:00

Bitcoin is a 'fraud' only useful for drug dealers and North Korea, says JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

The popular cryptocurrency bitcoin is a "fraud" that will eventually fail and is only useful to drug dealers, murderers and people in countries like North Korea, Ecuador and Venezuela, according to Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer (CEO) of banking giant JPMorgan.

Dimon, who has previously discussed his disdain for the digital money, told attendees during a Barclays' financial conference in New York on Tuesday (12 September) that he would not hesitate to fire JPMorgan employees found to be trading in the cryptocurrency.

Sep 13 07:59

North Korea sanctions: US drops oil embargo and naval blockade proposals

In effort to avoid veto from China, US nixes proposal to freeze Kim Jong-un’s assets in revised draft proposal circulated to UN



Sep 13 07:59

Sunscreen WARNING: Chlorinated water transforms sunscreen ingredients into cancer-causing chemicals while you swim

New research conducted at Lomonosov Moscow State University finds that sunscreen ingredients are transformed into cancer-causing chemicals when exposed to chlorine in swimming pool water. In effect, sunscreen plus chlorinated swimming pool water is a kind of “binary weapon” that produces cancer-causing chemicals right on your skin as you are swimming.

The chemicals created in this process have been linked to infertility, cancer and immune system damage.

Sep 13 07:55

“Healing Cancer Coaching Program” begins tomorrow; first 10 modules released to the public for open viewing

Chris Wark is a phenomenal individual who beat cancer by rejecting the toxic cancer industry and turning to nutrition, patient empowerment and health education to beat cancer.

Chris literally saved his own life by finding the courage — and knowledge — to say “No!” to the deadly poisons and toxic treatments of the multi-billion-dollar cancer industry that preys on patients and uses fear as a weapon to ensnare patients.

Now, Chris Wark — best known for his website “Chris Beat Cancer” — is publicly releasing the first 10 modules of his extraordinary new program called the “Healing Cancer Coaching Program.”



Sep 13 07:54

BEX ALERT - North Korea’s hackers are reportedly targeting bitcoin exchanges

North Korea’s hackers have been linked with many attacks, including the 2014 Sony hack, but it looks like the totalitarian state is now targeting bitcoin, and crypto coin exchanges in particular, with its hacking teams.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY "hack" turned out to be an internal leak which North Korea had nothing to do with. But any lie will suffice on the path to war!

Sep 13 07:48

Hillary Clinton Slams Women Who Did Not Vote for Her, Says She Cannot Give ‘Absolution’

Hillary Clinton, in her campaign post-mortem released Tuesday, tore into women who didn’t vote for her failed presidential candidacy in November and regretted it, saying “these people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give.”

Clinton’s book, What Happened, is an angry account of how she lost to President Trump in November. Among the multitude of people/countries/events she blames for her defeat are young women who didn’t vote for her.

Sep 13 07:43

Catholic, Latin America, Poland Experts: ‘Bannon’s Comments Gave Cardinal Dolan Heartburn Because Bannon’s Right’

Eyebrows — mostly those of Charlie Rose — were raised when the Breitbart News Executive Chairman was heard to utter criticisms of Catholic leaders on the subject of immigration and the Deferred Action on Childhood Migrants.

Dr. Manion expands: “The Catholic Catechism (N. 2241.2) says that immigration policy belongs with ‘political authorities’, not bishops. Good Catholics can disagree with bishops on immigration, and Bannon does.

“Cardinal Dolan says he’s insulted because Bannon mentions money. Well, the bishops get a billion dollars a year from the federal government. That’s real money, even in D.C., and if the bishops think they’re getting it because they’re such good guys – well, they’re the only folks in Washington who are.”

Sep 13 07:42

State Department Dumped Benghazi Security Contractor 12 Days Before Attack

Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, a large, Virginia-based security and private military contracting firm, told Breitbart News that the State Department approached the company less than two weeks before Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were brutally murdered.

Blue Mountain Group, the small Welsh security contractor to which the State Department initially awarded the contract over Torres’s bid earlier in the year, was allegedly failing on the job.



Lockerdome
Sep 13 07:40

Calls To Imprison "Climate Change Deniers" Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma

When retired Georgia Tech professor Judith Curry penned a blog post on her "Climate Etc." website suggesting that it was scientifically irresponsible to tie the intensity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma directly to climate change, she probably didn't expect that she might trigger 1,000's of progressives to call for her immediate imprisonment. Unfortunately, for both Curry and society at large, that is exactly what happened.

Here is part of Curry's post that potentially resulted in this latest 'mass-triggering' event:

It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).

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Sep 13 07:36

Tens of thousands take to the streets to protest Macron's labour reforms

The first day of major demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron's changes to France's enshrined labour code saw tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets on Tuesday.

In a day of nationwide strikes and rallies that was seen as an important test for Macron - who has staked his presidency on overhauling France's sluggish economy - France's biggest trade union, the hardline CGT, was keen to show it could mobilise its supporters in large numbers.

On Tuesday evening the union reported that some 60,000 protesters had turned out in Paris, while the police put the figure at a more modest 24,000.

The numbers are being closely observed as they are considered an important indicator of the strength of resistance to the reforms.

Sep 13 07:28

Senator Warns Of Imminent Nuke Attack On Seattle…But A Law Forbids Them From Preparing

A United States senator has just warned that a nuclear attack by North Korea is imminent. He wants Washinton state to prepare for the strike, but right now, a little law is getting in his way.

According to Senator Mark Miloscia, the danger to Washington state, which is the closest part of the contiguous US to North Korea, is “starting to become imminent.” Miloscia has warned that the threat of a nuclear attack is growing with each weapons test done by the North and their defiant leader, Kim Jong-Un. He is urging lawmakers to back the bid for an emergency response plan when they meet tomorrow. But he’ll be fighting against a law that says the state of Washington cannot prepare for a nuclear war.

It’s a throwback to the Cold War when it was feared that planning for a nuclear strike might suggest the US was preparing to launch one itself and expected a response.

Sep 13 07:28

Saudi forces arrest 20 opponents amid report of King Salman abdicating

According to multiple unidentified sources and tweets by rights organizations, journalists and others, Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd al Saud, a son of former King Fahd, is among those arrested.

The arrests come amid reports that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud plans to renounce power in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed.

Sep 13 07:27

Emotional hot dog vendor who had his earnings seized by UC Berkeley campus cop speaks out as generous public raise more than $64,000 for his family

A hot dog vendor who was cited and had money taken from his wallet by a UC Berkeley campus officer for not having a permit has said he was just trying to support his family.

The vendor, now identified as Beto Matias, was selling food following a football game on Saturday afternoon when Officer Sean Aranas approached him, asked for his ID and took the $60 he had in his wallet.

Aranas then began writing a citation for a lack of permit as alumnus Martin Flores filmed the interaction.

The video has now gone viral, while a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $66,000 for Matias, as of Tuesday night.

Sep 13 07:26

North Korea "categorically" rejects new U.N. sanctions

North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to fuel its million-man military.

Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels. Exports of North Korean textiles are prohibited, and other nations are barred from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers, putting a squeeze on two key sources of hard currency.

Sep 13 07:26

iPhone X: How outrageous is that $999 price tag?

The iPhone X starts at $999 for 64 gigabytes of storage, with that price rising to $1,149 for those who want 256 gigabytes of storage. Is this price tag justifiable or is it outrageous?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For that much money, the thing should be able to rotate my tires and take my weights up to the attic!



Sep 13 07:25

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017: ARMY PREPARES TO CROSS EUPHRATES RIVER

Hezbollah declared a victory in Syria as the Russian Defense Ministry announced that pro-government forces have liberated 85% of the country from militants.

“We have won in the war [in Syria],” Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday, according to the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar. He added that “the path of the other project has failed and wants to negotiate for some gains.”

Sep 13 07:23

Eastern North Pacific 2-Day Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pacific is just as wild as the Atlantic!

Sep 13 07:20

Trey Gowdy’s STUNNING Move Left Robert Mueller & James Comey SPEECHLESS !!!

Sep 13 07:18

REVEALED: The reason why Germany will do ANYTHING to STOP a hard Brexit

Brexit is already damaging Germany’s trade with the UK and it is set to get worse, according to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

But new research from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) has now revealed the drastic extent to which Germany could face economic disaster following Brexit.

According to the study, many German manufacturers are dependent on the production of goods abroad – with many partners being based in Britain.

In 2014 alone, the British supplied intermediate goods worth EUR 200 billion to the EU, of which 36 billion went to Germany.


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Owl 2
Sep 13 07:17

OSCE chief: Russian units not in Donbass -- no mention of troops and snipers from Poland and the Baltics

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) can not confirm the presence of Russian troops in the Donbass as such, but draws attention to evidence of involvement of foreign citizens and weapons in the conflict. This was stated by OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.

"When I am asked if there are Russian units there, I, referring to the information from our observers, say that these units are not there as such, but we see the presence of military equipment from the outside. In addition, we see a large presence of equipment and fuel, which came from somewhere, in addition, there are foreign military personnel in the region," he said.

At the same time, Zannier stressed that such military men themselves acknowledge this, but they say that they came on their own.

Sep 13 07:14

EU launches new ‘single resource’ website to counter ‘Russian propaganda’

An EU agency, specifically tasked with fighting what the West terms ‘Russia propaganda,’ has launched its new website to provide Europeans with “a single resource” to “enlighten” them about alleged “pro-Kremlin propaganda.”

The site was launched in English, German and Russian. It’s part of the ongoing “EU vs disinformation” campaign waged by the EU’s East Stratcom Task Force.

“Today we launch our new website www.euvsdisinfo.eu, providing you with a single resource on addressing the challenge of pro-Kremlin disinformation,” a statement on the website says.

Sep 13 07:13

Over 10,000 evacuated across Moscow over various bomb threats – reports

More than 10,000 people were evacuated from shopping centers, railway stations and universities in Moscow, following “almost simultaneous” warnings that they had been rigged with explosives.



Sep 13 07:12

Amnesty slams Israeli threats to punish it over settlement boycott call

Amnesty International is condemning Israeli threats to punish the human rights group over its call on countries to ban the import of goods made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

“The reports that the Israeli government plans to punish Amnesty International over its settlements campaign are deeply alarming,” the group said. “While we have not been officially informed of any such action by the authorities, if true, this would be a serious setback to freedom of expression and an ominous sign for the ability of human rights nongovernmental organizations in Israel to operate freely and without arbitrary interference.”

Last June, Amnesty urged countries around the world to ban the import of all goods produced in Israeli settlements, saying this was necessary to “put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fueled mass human rights violations against Palestinians.”

Sep 13 07:08

The Pentagon’s 2.2 Billion Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria- German & Czech concerns?

As aside, related in a different way- The US has been hit by two hurricanes and they are crying the blues and begging for money all over the place- But, clearly, priorities are very very skewed since the US obviously has multiple billions of dollars, accessible and ready to spend, to destroy other nations.

Sep 13 07:07

Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems

Hurricane Harvey took aim at one of the nation’s most industrial regions, releasing a stream of toxic pollutants from chemical plants, refineries and Superfund sites in Texas. But when its bigger sister Irma slammed into Florida, environmental alarms rang over a different kind of discharge: raw sewage.

Millions of gallons of poorly treated wastewater and raw sewage flowed into the bays, canals and city streets of Florida from facilities serving some of the nation’s fastest-growing counties. More than 9 million gallons of releases tied to Irma have been reported as of late Tuesday as inundated plants were submerged, forced to bypass treatment or lost power.

Sep 13 07:06

"It was White People" Hillary Clinton Blames Everyone for Election loss

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Steve Bannon is right. Hillary is not very bright.



Sep 13 07:06

ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN, SAUDI ARABIA SETS UP PANEL AND CLEARS ITSELF OF WRONGDOING

A panel set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate civilian casualties found a series of deadly air strikes largely justified, citing the presence of armed militiamen at the homes, schools and clinics that were targeted.

Sep 13 07:05

KILL THE PASSWORD: A STRING OF CHARACTERS WON’T PROTECT YOU

This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter.

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Sep 13 06:40

FLORIDA POLICE KEPT BUSY BY LOOTERS, BURGLARS AND SCAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IRMA

Multiple news crews that were hoping to cover the arrival of Hurricane Irma along the southeastern Florida coast this weekend instead wound up capturing video footage of looters breaking into various retail outlets and running off with merchandise.

Sep 13 06:03

High Paying Jobs That You Can Get Without A Bachelor's Degree (20 pics)

It's tough finding a job without a bachelor's degree but it's not impossible. Business Insider put together a list of jobs that pay well but don't require a degree and this is what they came up with.

Sep 13 06:03

Burger-flipping robot will grill meat in 50 fast food restaurants

Scholars have warned that demand for low-skilled jobs will drop sharply following automation and flipping burgers is definitely on the robo-overlord menu, as CaliBurger can attest. The fast-food restaurant chain present all over the United States, but also in countries like China, Sweden, Qatar or Taiwan, said it will introduce a burger robot in fifty of its locations.

Sep 13 05:50

Pentagon caught falsifying paperwork for weapons transfers to Syrian rebels

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria – mostly old Soviet weaponry – but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.



Carambola
Sep 13 03:58

Hillary Almost Proposed ‘A Universal Basic Income’ In 2016, And The Idea Is Catching Fire Among Grassroots Democrats

Should you get free money from the U.S. government every month simply for being alive?  That may sound like a crazy idea to many of us, but the truth is that this will likely be one of the biggest political issues in the 2020 presidential election. 

Sep 13 03:34

UN slams Israel for 'de-development' of Palestine

A new UN report has strongly condemned Israel for the "de-development" and "deteriorating humanitarian conditions" of the Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, brought about by Israel's 50-year occupation. The report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), published on Tuesday, said the performance of the Palestinian economy is "far below potential", while unemployment has persisted at levels rarely seen worldwide since the Great Depression. "2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; the longest occupation in recent history. For the Palestinian

Sep 12 18:34

Police: Woman shot homeless man who asked her to move Porsche

A Nashville woman is accused of shooting a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche SUV.
Katie Quackenbush, 26, is charged with attempted murder, according to The Tennessean.
According to the Metro Nashville Police, Quackenbush critically wounded 54-year-old Gerald Melton on Aug. 26. He remains in the hospital.

Sep 12 18:29

Hillary Not Doing Well on New Book Tour

Sep 12 17:44

9 Arrested After 'Antifa' Activists Clash With Far-Right Protesters In Oregon & Washington

At least nine people were arrested after clashes in Oregon and Washington saw ‘antifa’ activists attack police officers, and far-right demonstrators and other rival groups scuffled in the streets, while a driver rolled his pickup truck towards a crowd.

The incidents occurred after the conservative group Patriot Prayer scheduled a ‘Peaceful Portland Freedom March’ in downtown Portland on Sunday afternoon.

Sep 12 17:04

Social cooling: Does the fear of surveillance make you self-conscious about what you click on?

You're on social media, scrolling for something to capture your attention, and you pause.

There's an image or link that looks interesting. But if you were to click and others — your friends, your family, your employer — were to find out, would that be embarrassing?

While the internet and social media have made us more interconnected than ever, it's also meant constant surveillance by companies — in other words, the feeling that on the internet, we are always being watched. Our clicks are logged, categorised, interpreted and rated.

It's leading to what Tijmen Schep, a Dutch technology critic, calls "social cooling" — a society of increasing social conformity and rigidity, in which we self-censor or second guess what we do online for fear of repercussions.

Sep 12 16:56

How your home Wi-Fi security could end up in hot water

It no longer applies to any iKettles that London-based Smarter is producing or to its updated app, according to Michael Hutchison, a company spokesman.

The outdated kettle had a hard-coded password of "000000," a security flaw common to many IoT devices, Hart noted.

Once the first-generation kettle was hijacked, Hart was able to control it without any other permissions. He started boiling the water without permission. But obviously worse things can happen.

"The attacker could use the kettle itself to gain access to your home Wi-Fi," Hart said. "Someone could come along and extract your home Wi-Fi remotely, and then use it against your network."

Smarter sells into 27 countries, but the iKettle has never been available in the US.

Sep 12 16:47

Our entire credit bureau system is broken

It’s bad to have your Social Security number and birthday stolen because criminals can use that information to apply for credit in your name. Why make that data so useful in the first place? There’s nothing magical about a Social Security number. We only use them for credit reporting because every US citizen has one, and they’re all supposedly secret. But those numbers haven’t been truly secret for a long time. Before the Equifax breach, there was the Experian breach, the Anthem breach, and the OPM breach. For millions of people, authentication by Social Security number no longer works. So why are we still using a credit system that relies on breachable data?

The credit bureau system is broken, and it’s been broken for a long time.

Sep 12 16:43

PSA: no matter what, Equifax may tell you you’ve been impacted by the hack

So then I decided to test the system with a different last name and six random numbers. I used the more popular English spelling of my last name for this purpose, entering “Burr” instead of “Buhr” and entered six random numbers I don’t even remember now.

Sure enough, this made-up person had also been impacted. I tried it over and over again and got the same message. The only time I did not get the message I’d been impacted was when I entered “Elmo” as the last name and “123456” as my Social Security number.

...

What this means is not only are none of the last names tied to your Social Security number, but there’s no way to tell if you were really impacted.

It’s clear Equifax’s goal isn’t to protect the consumer or bring them vital information. It’s to get you to sign up for its revenue-generating product TrustID.

Sep 12 16:40

Fluoride Eats Windows Says Boardman Who Sided With Anti-Fluoride Activists

As people wake up to the true nature of fluoride added to the drinking water supply, expect to hear more of these bold voices at town meetings. Despite what we’ve all been told about fluoride as a cavity preventative, it’s really an industrial-grade, waste-...

Sep 12 15:54

Your Dog Can - and Should - Do Without a Flu Vaccine

One of my colleagues here at Mercola.com forwarded an article to me recently from an online news site. The title is “Dogs Also Need to Get Flu Vaccine.” The article is full of misinformation, which is truly disturbing given the serious subject matter.

First the writer claims sick dogs and cats look similar to sick people. This is just silliness. Does your pet look like you when she’s well? Of course not, so how is it she’ll look like you when she’s sick?

The writer goes on to say that if your pet is sluggish, not eating, or is behaving abnormally, he could be sick (true), and to prevent that from happening, he needs a flu shot (not true and a terribly misguided piece of advice).

No, Your Pet Does NOT Need a Flu Vaccine

Sep 12 15:52

Boost Your Immune System: Avoid The Flu Shot

Despite the long list of serious side effects, statistics about Americans who are sickened or die due to vaccines meant to protect them are virtually impossible to find. That said, in recent years, some countries have reported serious health problems with flu shots, ranging from narcolepsy in teenagers (Sweden, Finland and France) to fevers, allergic reactions, headaches and even death (Korea).

However, American experts are willing to concede one very serious health issue linked with receiving a flu shot: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an illness in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system linked to nerve damage, muscle weakness and fever.

Even though American health officials have claimed the incidence of harm has been rare, the British government had to admit there was a link to GBS during the swine flu wave several years ago.

Sep 12 15:50

3 Reasons You Should Avoid the Flu Shot!

"If an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's disease are 10 times higher than if they had one, two or no shots."

The cause, according to Dr. Fudenburg, is the mercury and aluminum that's in every flu shot. The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction, which is better known as Alzheimer's.

Sep 12 15:47

Why you should avoid taking the seasonal flu vaccine

Last year, for instance, a study out of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota revealed that, at best, the flu shot has a measly 1.5 percent effectiveness rate -- for every 100 people vaccinated with a flu shot, only 1.5 of them will avoid getting the flu. At worst, the flu shot is entirely useless, as the same study showed that about 97 percent of people who do not get a flu shot also do not get the flu.

Put another way, flu vaccines are about 98.5 percent ineffective, which means the vast majority of people who get a flu shot are deriving absolutely no health benefit. Again, this is in a best case scenario where potential margins of error are ignored and statistical anomalies are set aside. In all reality, there is actually not a shred of indisputable evidence proving that flu shots are at all effective for preventing the flu in anyone.

Sep 12 15:40

Flu Shot Causes Polio-like Guillain-Barré Syndrome: Are Rates Higher Than the Government Admits?

It is very obvious from the evidence of cases settled for damages, including death, due to the influenza vaccine, that there is great risk in the seasonal flu shot. And yet these shots are dispensed at pharmacies with no prescription from a physician as if they are completely safe. Sadly, this is probably a result of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program enacted by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court that gives complete legal immunity to those who produce and sell vaccines in the United States.

Sep 12 15:36

Flashbavk: Grandmother dies from swine flu soon after receiving swine flu vaccine

A 68-year-old UK grandmother named Eleanor Carruthers has died from the swine flu. Importantly, she was given the swine flu vaccine shot several months ago and was told the shot would offer her absolute protection from the flu.

Her daughter, Carole, was quoted in a Dailymail article saying, "'What we don't understand is that mum had the vaccine in October, because she was in an at risk group."

Carol goes on to explain how doctors assured her the vaccine would offer her mom bulletproof protection against the flu: "I had been ill at New Year, and asked the doctors whether I should keep away from mum, but they said the vaccine would protect her from.

What Carole was not told, of course, is that she was lied to about the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are not 100% effective at protecting people from the flu. They're not even 50% effective. In fact, a critical analysis of available data reveals that the flu vaccine is effective in only 1 out of 100 people.

Sep 12 15:32

Grandmother suffers from 'flu' for 16 years because of defective thyroid

Mrs Robinson said she suffered arthritis in her hips from an early age and initially her doctor insisted her flu symptoms was a result of the arthritis.

'For years they just kept on telling me it was my arthritis,' she said.

'It was only when I went to see the same GP that treated my sister, who had the same condition as I do, that he tested me for hypothyroidism and I finally found out what it was.'

Hypothyroidism is where the body contains a reduced level of thyroid hormone, preventing the metabolism from working properly.

But despite getting the condition identified, she said she has received little medical support and has been put on the drug Levothyroxine to replace the missing hormone and minimise the effects of her disease.

Sep 12 15:28

Report: Teacher Who Compared Trump Shirt to Swastika Allegedly Fired

Lyn Orletsky, the Georgia teacher filmed kicking students out of her math class earlier this month for wearing Trump gear, was reportedly fired by River Ridge High School.

Sep 12 15:27

California Lawmakers Want Knowingly Giving Someone HIV To Be A Misdemeanor, Not Felony

Charging people with a felony for knowing giving sexual partners HIV without disclosing their infection is "homophobic" and "discriminatory" against LGBT people, according to California state lawmakers.

Sep 12 15:27

May's Landmark EU Withdrawal Bill Passes First Parliamentary Hurdle

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s landmark legislation to end the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU has passed its first parliamentary hurdle.

MPs passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 326 votes to 290 on Monday, giving the Conservative government a majority of 36 and paving the way for greater powers to be handed to government ministers.

Sep 12 15:26

Senate Approves Resolution Condemning White Supremacists (Antifa Is A-OK)

The US Senate took the bold step of condemning white supremacists on Monday.

Sep 12 15:22

EXCLUSIVE: Leah Remini breaks down crying after emotional Emmys speech about Scientology

Leah Remini took home the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series for her A&E docu-series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath over the weekend, and the actress was brought to tears by the emotional win.

ET's Courtney Tezeno caught up with Remini backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday after her emotional speech where she and her Scientology and the Aftermath co-presenter Mike Rinder opened up on what the win meant for them.

"We're very grateful and emotional," Remini said, wiping away tears as she smiled.

Sep 12 15:12

Has The NYT Gone Collectively Mad?

For those of us who have taught journalism or worked as editors, a sign that an article is the product of sloppy or dishonest journalism is that a key point will be declared as flat fact when it is unproven or a point in serious dispute – and it then becomes the foundation for other claims, building a story like a high-rise constructed on sand.

Sep 12 15:08

Concerning Free Speech Zones

They say 9-11 changed everything. Although the U.S. Government has, from the very beginning, done everything within its power to stifle and quarantine free speech, the Bush era really kicked the practice into high gear. It’s been nearly fifteen years ago that I first heard the phrase “Free Speech Zone”. At the time, I co-habitated Jackson, Wyoming with Empire’s most successful war criminal and profiteer, Vice President Dick Cheney. The wet dream of worldwide military domination he shared with his criminal organization known as The Project for a New American Century (PNAC), was about to get a giant kick start and grow to fruition with the impending, made for television, Shock and Awe of The Iraq War; the sequel to the spectacular World Trade Center/Pentagon production of 9-11-2001.

Sep 12 14:52

As Syrian War Comes to an End, Mainstream Media Silent to Hide Extreme US Embarrassment

When the Syrian War began, the United States claimed to only be concerned about the innocent civilians. Now, as the war comes to an end, the ones who have suffered the most are the innocent civilians, and the victor is the same “tyrannical dictator” the U.S. has spent years trying to overthrow.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed that according to a leaked cable from William Roebuck, U.S. Ambassador for Bahrain, the United States began plotting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2006—which happens to be the same year Assad’s government dropped the U.S. Dollar.

Sep 12 14:31

Hillary Confronted During Book Signing: “What Happened To Seth Rich?”

Hillary Clinton was confronted by Laura Loomer during her book signing for What Happened moments ago, with Loomer asking Hillary, “What happened to your 33,000 emails?”

The event was held at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Hillary’s new book, What Happened, has been panned by critics as yet another example of Clinton’s inability to take personal responsibility for her election defeat.

“So the American people would like to know, what happened to your 33,000 emails?” What happened in Benghazi?” asked Loomer, to which Hillary responded, “Go read the book.”

Sep 12 14:19

There’s A Huge Hole In Hillary Clinton’s Defense Of Her ‘Deplorables’ Comment

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played fast and loose with the facts on Sunday in an attempt to defend her infamous “deplorables” remark.

Sep 12 13:52

Once again, someone ELSE will take the fall for a Clinton

For about the millionth time in their political careers, someone else will take the fall for a Clinton.

As reported by the Washington Times, a federal judge has ordered three lawyers who advised Hillary Clinton on deleting State Department emails that had been sought in an FBI criminal investigation regarding her “alleged” illegal mishandling of classified data via an unsecured private server to face a bar investigation in Maryland:

Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were “egregious” and said the state bar couldn’t brush them aside by calling them “frivolous.”

“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning, where he said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint, and can’t brush accusations aside.

Sep 12 13:22

‘Don’t Visit Crime Victims, Email Them,’ Police Chief Says

Sussex Chief Constable Giles York questioned whether an in-person visit served any purpose, adding that it would be more “convenient” for members of the public to interact with the force online.

Victims can help investigations by emailing crime scene images and composing their own witness statements, he added.

Sep 12 13:21

BREAKING: Mayor Ed Murray Resigns after Seattle Times Reports New Accusations

Mayor Ed Murray abruptly announced his resignation from his post Tuesday, hours after The Seattle Times reported that his cousin said Murray had repeatedly molested him in the 1970s when he was a teenager.

Sep 12 13:13

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Again Accused of Abuse, This Time by Younger Cousin

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has again been accused of sexual abuse, the Seattle Times reported, this time by a younger cousin who says Murray repeatedly molested him in the 1970s.

Sep 12 12:51

CASE OF LEONARD PELTIER

Leonard Peltier is an imprisoned Native American considered by Amnesty International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many others, to be a political prisoner who should be immediately released.

Leonard Peltier was convicted for the deaths of two FBI agents who died during a 1975 shoot-out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mr. Peltier has been in prison for over 29 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Today is Leonard Peltier's birthday.

Sep 12 12:46

HURRICANE JOSE Current Track

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Either Jose cannot make up its mind, or the prediction models are screwy!

Sep 12 12:44

Afghan protesters angry with insulting leaflets dropped by US jets

Hundreds of Afghans have staged a protest in a district near the capital Kabul to express anger at propaganda leaflets dropped by American jets last week that were deemed offensive to Islam.

The demonstrators denounced the move and chanted anti-US slogans at the rally, which was held in Qarabagh district near Bagram air base on Tuesday.

"The Americans have insulted Muslims through this action and their beliefs and we will not sit quietly by," said Mir Rahman, a protester. "If the Americans and NATO continue to insult Islam, they will face the same fate that the Russians faced in Afghanistan."

Sep 12 12:39

Ken O'Keefe Unveils The Truth About Adolf Hitler

Sep 12 12:37

BEX ALERT - Conservative media dominated coverage of 2016 campaign, report finds

If you thought that media coverage during the 2016 presidential election seemed, more often than not, to boost Donald Trump and criticize Hillary Clinton, you didn't imagine it, a new report says.

According to the report from Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, which applied data analysis techniques to 2 million election stories to understand better what people were reading and sharing, Trump not only got the most attention from media outlets across the political spectrum, but his preferred core issues—immigration, jobs and trade— received significant coverage and were widely shared online. In contrast, news about Clinton focused negatively on her family charitable foundation, her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, and the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the study found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mt recollection of last year was a media that constantly attacked Trump and boosted Hillary!

Sep 12 12:26

Oklahoma state senator and married father-of-four booked into jail over 'sexual battery of a female Uber driver' after cops say he forcibly kissed her neck

An Oklahoma state senator accused of grabbing his Uber driver's head and kissing her neck while she was driving him, has been booked into county jail.

Republican state Sen. Bryce Marlatt, 40, was booked Tuesday morning on one felony count of sexual battery. He has since been released on a $5,000 bond.

The married father-of-four, from the western Oklahoma city of Woodward, was charged after the driver told police he groped her after she picked him up from an Oklahoma City restaurant June 26. She says she noticed him stumbling towards her car when she pulled up outside.

Sep 12 12:24

Sanders Responds To Bannon Interview With 60 Minutes

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has pushed back on fired chief strategist Steve Bannon’s claim that US President Donald Trump’s decision to dismiss James Comey as director of the FBI was the biggest mistake in “modern political history,” saying Bannon tends to speak in extreme language.

Sep 12 12:21

Case against ex-Auschwitz medic Hubert Zafke dropped due to dementia

The decision on Tuesday came after Hubert Zafke was found unfit to stand trial for his role in the murder of more than 3,600 people at the Nazi death camp.

German prosecutors submitted a motion last month to the Neubrandenburg state court asking it to dismiss the case.

Zafke, who uses a wheelchair, was diagnosed with dementia in October 2015, which led to doubts about his ability to stand trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit! I am running out of Nazis to wag at people!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Sep 12 12:17

"James Comey Gave A False Testimony" Sarah Sanders desecrates former FBI Directors legacy

by listing off all of the crooked things he did to get fired!

Sep 12 12:05

The United States Of Hubris

If anyone should have any questions about whether the United States of America is not the most aggressive, warlike, and terroristic nation on the face of the earth, its latest proposed action against the supposed rogue state of North Korea should allay any such doubts.

Last week, the US circulated a draft resolution which it intends to present to the UN Security Council that would give the American Navy and Air Force the power to interdict North Korean ships at sea to determine if they were transporting “weaponry material” or fuel and that US forces would be given “the right” to use “all necessary measures” to “enforce compliance.”*

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question which must be asked, at this point in its history, is whether the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika are going to disappear as the result of a world war, or simply a sheer, economic collapse?!?

Because it is looking to me that we are headed to either one of those destinies as a nation; and unfortunately, there is no middle ground whatsoever here.

Sep 12 11:58

Labour In Brexit Chaos As MPs Plan To Defy Jeremy Corbyn In Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to face a blow to his authority on Monday night as some Labour MPs prepare to defy a three-line whip on the government’s controversial EU Withdrawal Bill.

Sep 12 11:58

Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Santa Monica Pier

A bomb threat at the Santa Monica Pier in California is being investigated by police who have evacuated the popular tourist destination. The timing of such a scare on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks may heighten security concerns.

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) confirmed with RT America that the evacuation was ordered due to a bomb threat. Police also confirmed as of 5:00pm local time that there were no injuries and that no bomb has been found.

Sep 12 11:56

USDJPY Slumps On North Korea Threat About "Next Measures"

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS ONLY ONE PATH - DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR FORCES: IFX

NORTH KOREA DEVELOPING, IMPROVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS MEANS TO DETER U.S. HOSTILE POLICY - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA ABSOLUTELY DISMISSES U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, THEY ARE UNLAWFUL - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS OUR NEXT MEASURES WILL THRUST U.S. INTO WORST PREDICAMENT IT HAS EVER KNOWN: IFX

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Verbal belligerence against the US and UN is Kim's stock in trade; the questions Washington's leadership have to ask, realistically, are, what is he actually prepared to do, against the US, and when does he intend to do it?!?

Sep 12 11:50

Stockman Exposes America's Fiscal Doomsday Machine

Maybe the Democrats did win the 2016 election. Or at least the the Deep State and its accomplices among the beltway political class, K-Street lobbies and the media did.

That’s because the media won a giant victory against something they deplore and despise more than anything else - the public debt ceiling. They sanctimoniously admonish that it’s a relic of the nation’s fiscally benighted past. They operate on a belief that this is an episodic tendency to threaten America’s credit and to offer Capitol Hill an opening to grandstand about the fiscal verities is a blight on orderly governance.

So the Donald’s latest burst of impetuosity — agreeing with Sen. Schumer to permanently abolish the public debt ceiling — has descended on the beltway like manna from heaven. Not Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or even the Great Texas Porker, Lyndon Johnson, dared to utter the thought of it — at least not in polite company.

Sep 12 11:45

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For "Significant, Disturbing Story" About Wasserman Schultz

Last week the Washington Examiner reported that Hina Alvi, the wife of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now-infamous former IT staffer Imran Awan, had struck a deal with federal prosecutors to return to the U.S. where she currently faces charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. The deal with prosecutors mandates a return to the U.S. during the "last week of September 2017" and is structured so that she will not be arrested in front of her children.

Now, if you're the cynical type, then it might have struck you as somewhat odd that Alvi would agree to return from Pakistan, the place to which she successfully fled specifically to avoid the charges she now seems to be embracing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely what DWS (Debbie Wasserman Shultz) will do, or to what lengths she will go, to avoid indictment, coupled with a jury verdict against her, leading to jail time?!?

IF the Clintonistas expect her to take the fall for Clinton's dark doings, they may just want to reconsider.

Sep 12 11:29

FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting

Federal law enforcement agents working the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud probe said the couple, along with other members of the family, were never properly vetted for Congressional security clearances.

Instead the clearances, which provided the Awans access to dozens of Congressional Democrats computer networks and IT systems, were likely approved absent each individual background file getting “fully investigated.”

“I seriously doubt they could have passed a full background (check),” one FBI insider said. “These clearances were pushed through.”

FBI insiders used the word “forged” to describe the process of what happened to the Awan files. Federal law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case divulged:

Either someone with clout in Congress, or higher, made sure the Awans received their security clearances despite glaring problems or the investigators pushed their files through for approval as part of a systemic breakdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these charges are true, how many other Awans are floating about in DC, unvetted and unchecked, hacking and securing classified information from all sorts of Government officials?!?

Sep 12 11:17

Syria Summary – A New Clash Looms in Syria’s East

When the Islamic State siege on Deir Ezzor was broken by the Syrian Arab Army we asked:

Will the SAA cross the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor to retake the valuable oilfields east of it? Or will it stay south of the river and leave those oil fields to the Kurdish U.S. proxies in the north?

To cross the river is clearly desirable but also potentially contentious.

Since then several convoys of military bridging equipment have been seen on the road to Deir Ezzor. It is now obvious that the SAA will bridge the river (all regular bridges have been destroyed by U.S. bombing) and send significant forces across. New questions now are: When, where and with what aim?

The hatched areas of the map show possible next aims for the U.S. proxy campaign (yellow) and the Syrian government forces (red) in their fight against ISIS (grey) and against each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question in my mind is not a question of if, but when US forces connect (unpleasantly) with Russian and Syrian forces over these oil fields.

War with Russia could be triggered on many fronts, like Ukraine, Iran, or Syria; it appears that those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, are thinking seriously about the best scenario to "sell' to the American people as the justification for doing this.

Unfortunately for them, however, the citizens of this country have become very war-skeptical and war-weary, and are beginning to demand of those power brokers in the USSA, that they resolve their geopolitical differences with true diplomacy, and rational, moral hard-won negotiations, rather than through bombs and bullets.

The cost, in American blood and American money, has just been far too great to continue upon this path to national economic self-destruction;and remember that no 16 year-old teenager alive today has ever lived on a planet where the USSA wasn't at war, declared or undeclared, with some other country.

Sep 12 11:08

Chinese government sources tell the WSJ they're about to shut down all domestic Bitcoin exchanges

China's "economic miracle" has been accompanied by mass-scale looting, creating a class of super-rich, corrupt millionaires and billionaires to rival the US or Russia; these 1%ers know that their wealth is subject to the whims of the Politburo, which is why they are so anxious to acquire second passports, and to exfiltrate their cash through baroque schemes, anodyne scams, and runaway property speculation.

Sep 12 11:06

Russia to provide €1.2b for Iran power plant project

Russia has taken the final step to grant a major loan to Iran for the development of a power plant in the country's south thus moving close to a pledge of providing the Islamic Republic with over €2 billion for infrastructure projects.

Sep 12 11:05

Zionist Columnist Calls for Economic Sabotage and Cyber Warfare Against Iran

In an insane Machiavellian screed, American-Jewish archaeologist and Zionist propagandist Alex Joffe has suggested that the nascent West-Iran rapprochement in the form of the nuclear deal be used as an opportunity for criminal subversion and sabotage now that Tehran will ostensibly open up its economy to Western business investment.

In a July 14, 2015, column for the Times of Israel titled “The Deal with Iran: How to Make Lemonade out of Lemons,” the Zionist extremist outlines a plethora of ways that Iran can be undermined and destabilized. Joffe called upon “those interested in the two goals of an Iran free of nuclear weapons and free of religious fascism” to heed his words, insisting that the West-Iran nuclear deal is perhaps “a moment of opportunity” to infiltrate and destroy the Persian nation from within.

Sep 12 11:05

Iran to send human to space by 2025

While announcing continued studies to send humans to space, the head of Iran’s Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) said they may try sending a robot or a live creature before the final stage of sending a human.
Regarding the project for sending a live creature to space which was halted, the head of ARI Fathollah Ommi stated “we have successfully launched a monkey to space, and now we are conducting research to send a man to space.”

Sep 12 11:04

Al-Shabaab is not Mining uranium in Somalia to sell to Iran

Cindy Vesterggard, a Senior Associate with the Nuclear Safeguards rejected a few conservative media outlets report on a letter by the Somali FM that Al-Shabaab was mining UOC for transport to Iran.
last week, a few conservative media outlets including Fox News and VOA ran a story on a letter by the Somali FM that Al-Shabaab was mining UOC for transport to Iran.

Fox news reported, “Al Qaeda affiliate mining uranium to send to Iran, Somali official warns US ambassador.” and VOA also said, “Somalia Seeks US Help, Says Militants Plot to Supply Uranium to Iran…the letter might be intended to draw additional military support from Washington more than anything else.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the claim that Niger was shipping yellow-cake Uranium to Iraq ... that turned out to be a hoax?

Sep 12 10:55

Lieberman warns Syrians any confrontation will ‘end badly for them’

After Syria threatens repercussions following airstrike attributed to Israel the state's Scientific Studies and Research Center, Israel’s defense minister issues tough warning against following up on threats, warning Syria ‘not to test us, because we take threats seriously.’

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday issued a threatening message to President Assad's regime in Syria, saying "I strongly suggest to our neighbors in the north not to try us or make threats," while warning any confrontation would "end very badly for them."

Regarding the attack attributed to Israel in Syria, Qassem said that it was not a prelude to the war and that there was no need to blow the situation out of proportion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me see if I can get my head wrapped around this; Israel attacked Syria, then told Syria it had "better not" reciprocate?!?

All Syria did, post bombing, was to register a complaint at the UN, which, as a UN member, it had every right to do!

Syria files complaint with UN against Israel following strike on military site

Sep 12 10:43

UN Nuclear Watchdog Defends Iran Deal

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is responsible for verification of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. This means they offer monthly assessments, all of which have affirmed Iran is in total compliance with its requirements under the deal.

Monthly reminders of that fact are increasingly seen as insufficient, however, with the US government publicly attacking the pact and making wild accusations of unspecific Iranian violations. Now, IAEA officials feel obliged to publicly defend the concept of a deal, the nature of this specific deal, and Iran’s compliance all at once.

IAEA chief Amano Yukiya today defended the deal’s verification program as the “most robust” ever, noting that the IAEA has dramatically increased its number of inspections in Iran since the deal was signed, calling the pact a “clear and significant gain.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above was posted at antiwar.com, accompanied by the very troubling headline below:

Trump to weigh more aggressive strategy on Iran

I would very strongly caution President Trump against taking a more martial posture against Iran, and will politely remind him of the following: his BFF in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Beyamin Netanyahu, is constantly clamoring for regime change in Tehran; but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

His perspective on Iran is thoroughly clouded by as much anti-Iranian propaganda the Israelis, and AIPAC, can steer his way.

And then, there is the sure and certain reality that if hostilities escalate into a shooting war between the US and Iran, Russia will most likely come to Iran's aid militarily.

Sep 12 10:37

"Is that a prosthetic in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"

Transgender Woman Forced To Show 'Prosthetic Penis' During Shoplifting Search

Sep 12 10:28

Senate Leaders Attempt to Limit Debate on Repealing AUMF

Senate officials are hoping to get to a final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a military spending bill in excess of $700 billion. Getting to that vote, however, means dealing with all the military and war-related amendments in the bill.

Senate leaders appear to have decided that the easiest way to get around this is to severely curtail debate on certain particularly controversial issues, with an 89-3 vote today agreeing to limit procedural debates on the matter.

Sen. Paul intends to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The amendment is seen as politically awkward for some hawks, who argue that they want to create a new AUMF that explicitly covers current wars, but who are reluctant to see any limitations placed on the way America’s wars are waged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real problem with the AUMF, as it is currently written and acted upon, is that it has given Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump a "blank check" for funding wars to their liking, but has absolutely neutered Congress' abilities, and responsibilities, for waging wars, as they are given power to do by the Constitution.

And the last thing Congress doesn't want to have to do, is own responsibility for these wars when they go "mammary glands vertical", as they have in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, 16 years on.

Sep 12 10:16

Hillary Clinton Charging Thousands for Self-Promoting Book Tour Tickets

While most Republicans (and many Democrats) are ready for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire to the upstate New York woods around her home, the former secretary of state is not ready to abandon the limelight just yet. Nor, apparently, is she ready to give up on the second-most-important goal of her life next to obtaining power – getting lots and lots of money for doing absolutely nothing of value. Thus we have the publication of her new book, “What Happened,” which promises readers an (undoubtedly ghostwritten) insider’s view of the 2016 election. And we also have her promotional book tour, in which she charges up to $2,375 for VIP tickets.

Sep 12 10:16

Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7 - w/ Ed Asner

Sep 12 10:12

America’s opioid crisis is accelerating and could kill nearly ‘half a million people’ over the next decade.

Princeton professor and former Obama White House economist Alan Krueger is out with a Bookings paper titled: Where Have All the Workers Gone? An Inquiry Into The Decline Of The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate. In the report, Krueger gives it his best to correlate the “mushrooming opioid crisis in the U.S. since the early 2000’s” in connection between the use of “pain medication and opioid prescription rates” with the declining labor force of prime age males.

Sep 12 10:11

The Sandcastle: Decline From Democracy To Tyranny Is Inevitable

That’s not a pleasant thought to have to consider, but it’s a fact, nonetheless. In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse from their government. This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy. Like the destruction of a sandcastle by the incoming tide, it requires time to transpire, but in time, the democracy, like the sandcastle, will be washed away in its entirety.

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