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Feb 01 10:42

Moscow: Russian Hypersonic Weapons Eliminate Threat From US Exit From INF Treaty

On 4 December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia two months to "return to compliance" with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty or Washington would leave the accord on February 2.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated Friday that Russia's military capabilities guarantee the country's security irrespective of the US moves on the INF Treaty.

"I think this [US withdrawing from the INF] is an inevitable prospect, and there will be no deviations from the path stated by President Trump and his national security assistant John Bolton when he was in Moscow. This game is played, the Americans will eventually reject the contract", he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leaving this treaty, as the US government has done, will generate an intense weapons race between the US, Russia, China, and other assorted nations, and private entities from around the world.

I am reminded of a line from one of Tom Leher's comedy bits, more profoundly real than he could have known over his lifetime, called "Who's Next"?!?, about just this sort of thing happening:

Who's Next?!? a satirical lyric about countries vying for better WMDs

Feb 01 10:31

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S LOVE OF FOREIGN DICTATORSHIPS

Lest anyone be tempted to believe that President Trump and other U.S. interventionists are intervening in Venezuela because of some purported concern for the Venezuelan people, let’s examine just a few examples that will bring a dose of reality to the situation. This latest intervention is nothing more than another interventionist power play, one intended to replace one dictatorial regime with another.

Egypt comes to mind. It is ruled by one of the most brutal and tyrannical military dictatorships in the world. The U.S. government loves it, supports it, and partners with it. There is no concern for the Egyptian citizenry, who have to suffer under this brutal tyranny and oppression.

Saudi Arabia also comes to mind. It too is a brutal and tyrannical dictatorship, also a murderous one. The U.S. government loves it too, supports it, and partners with it. There is no concern for Saudi citizens who have to suffer under this brutal tyranny and oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is never the people of a country the US regime changes who matter; it is always about the money and the resources.

Do you think for one moment, that the US is concerned about the people of Venezuela, rather than its proven oil reserves?!?

Of course, not!!

Feb 01 10:29

Can we unlearn the fear that creates our reality?

Imagination is a wonderful thing. Emotions are often a result of the mind telling us stories without our direction over the outcome. When we imagine any fear repeatedly in a safe environment, soon our phobia, and our brain’s response to it, begins to subside.

Feb 01 10:25

 YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE NY TIMES’ SUPPORT OF US-BACKED COUPS IN LATIN AMERICA

On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how many of the op-ed writers for the NY Times are invested in the military/industrial complex.

This pathetic attempt to overthrow the legitimately elected President of Venezuela, to date, has proven itself to be an epic fail, to date, with Venezuela's military still standing strong behind Maduro.

Unless and until that changes, Venezuela's "regime change" will just be another pipe-dream for the American Deep State, which will respond by sulking off into a corner, and nursing its geopolitical wounds; that is, of course, until it thinks it has the strength to fight another day, with another coup somewhere on the planet.

Feb 01 10:12

INSIDE THE UAE’S SECRET HACKING TEAM OF U.S. MERCENARIES

Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.

She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.

Stroud and her team, working from a converted mansion in Abu Dhabi known internally as “the Villa,” would use methods learnt from a decade in the U.S intelligence community to help the UAE hack into the phones and computers of its enemies.

Feb 01 10:08

YOUTUBE THOUGHT POLICE STRIKE AGAIN

It’s not enough that YouTube arbitrarily closes accounts, highlights alt-right nut jobs, and suppresses viewership of progressive news shows…

Now they’re in the “official story” business too.

Why?

#1. They’ve been paid by a consortium of “news “networks – CNN, Fox, MSNBC etc. – to highlight mainstream videos and “deep six” independently produced ones

#2. Google is operating an illegal monopoly in the search advertising space. They know it, the Congress knows it and the Justice Department knows it,

But nothing happens. Why?

Because Google/YouTube is playing along with a “broader agenda.”

Feb 01 10:07

Moscow vows to put global spotlight on Germany’s crusade to demonize Russian media

Moscow intends to solicit international structures, responsible for protecting freedom of the press in order to shed light on the crusade launched by Germany to smear Russian and Russian-language mass media, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We highlight the massive campaign in the German press to discredit Russian and Russian-language mass media," she said, noting the groundless criticism and accusation of propaganda pinned on the RT Deutsch TV channel, which broadcasts in German and is widely popular among the local audience. "There were attempts to demonize various associations of our compatriots and the Russian-language press in Germany recently."

Feb 01 10:04

REPORT: US INTERROGATORS WORKING AT UAE PRISONS

US interrogators are present in UAE prisons in Yemen, the Daily Beast has revealed today, providing shocking evidence that the American military is a witness to the torture of Yemenis.

In a series of interviews, two former detainees have testified to being interrogated by men with American accents, who looked on as they were beaten and electrocuted.

“They would strip me naked, they would beat me very harshly and slowly you start to understand the dynamics in the room. These are the two people, one of them is overseeing the whole interrogation and the other is doing the questioning and ordering the torture,” a Yemeni man identified only as Salvatore said, suggesting that the US was more that an unwilling observer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Gina Haspel's tutelage and leadership of the USA's CIA, it appears that US-sanctioned torture, and US participation in torture, is still alive and kicking (sometimes, literally), and well, at prisons around the world.

And forgive me, but wasn't this the same woman who pledged to the American Congress, and to the American people, that torture would not be used, under her watch as head of the CIA?!?

UNDER INTERROGATION, TORTURE QUEEN GINA HASPEL PROMISES TO STOP TORTURING
While Trump’s C.I.A. nominee pledged not to re-start the agency’s torture program, no amount of brutal questioning could get her to say the practice was immoral.

Of course, in retrospect, looking at the lady's dubious, and vilely dripping track record, before landing the "top dog" job at the CIA, it didn't take much intelligence to realize that this was simply another pack of lies she told, just to get that job.

Having chosen this woman as the head of the CIA, it is painfully clear that President Trump doesn't care at all about how things are done in this government; just that the US maintains its economic and weapons hegemony over all the other countries on earth, no matter what that might entail, including the use torture.

What he is pathologically unable to see, is that this vision is rapidly being disrupted by countries choosing not to use the dollar at all in their transactions with other countries, such as Iran and China, and working with local currencies only.

It is deeply disconcerting to me, that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Monster of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince bin Salman, and Israel's Butcher of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu.

However, I think I know why this has happened.

Both men have the supreme power over life and death in their respective countries, and can order hits on alleged enemies just as easily as you or I might order breakfast at a restaurant, and neither country actually has a legitimate Constitution which could, potentially, restrain them from putting other people in harm's way; in some ways, President Trump is a little jealous because of that.

And our weaponry?!? China and Russia are way ahead of the US in terms of working war weaponry that is both cost-effective, and elegantly designed, with which the US military cannot not even begin to compete at the moment.

Feb 01 09:26

SOUTH CAROLINA COPS LOVE ASSET FORFEITURE SO MUCH THEY TAKE CASH FROM CRIME VICTIMS

You'd think we wouldn't need any more data points on asset forfeiture abuse, but since many states still allow law enforcement to steal cash and personal property from people never even accused of criminal acts, maybe more data points are needed to show lawmakers why this abhorrent practice should be ended.

The Greenville News has put together an in-depth report on asset forfeiture in South Carolina, culled from asset forfeiture cases run through the state's court system. What it found is unsurprising, but still shocking. The article opens with a small sampling of injustices perpetrated by the criminal justice system.

Cash is king in South Carolina. Law enforcement loves taking it. Under the pretense of dismantling drug syndicates, law enforcement officers are taking money from waitresses, businessmen, and crime victims. Cash motivates law enforcement efforts -- dubious drug-focused shakedowns that are often given far too much credibility by local journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, "Theft is theft is theft... no matter who is doing the stealing, as these police departments are so hell-bent on doing.

Feb 01 09:22

US ARMY SAYS AT LEAST 24 AL-SHABAB MEMBERS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE

The United States armed forces said it has killed 24 members of the al-Shabab armed group in an air strike carried out on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Thursday, the United States Africa Command said the strike took place on a camp near Shebeeley, Hiran region in central Somalia.

"Precision strikes are part of our strategy. Strikes continue to help our partners make progress in their fight against the transnational terrorists who oppose peace in Somalia and the region," Director of US Africa Command Major General Gregg Olson said in the statement.

According to the press release, "no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia is blessed with an embarrassment of riches, in terms of natural resources, yet to be exploited; this is why we see the violence continuing to occur, because this is a struggle for the future of this county, and who will have the power to bring Somalia fully into the 21st century.

One expects such a statement, about no civilian casualties, at the end of a US military press briefing.

I do not believe that last piece of tripe, for one second.

This follows the usual script of attempted pacification of the citizens of this country; the expropriation of various resources to which the US government has utterly no moral right; US-friendly countries only being allowed to develop a marketplace here, the regime being changed,as to be as US centric as possible; and whatever resources a country has, being only sold in US dollars.

Feb 01 09:09

U.S. COURT FINDS SYRIA RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING AMERICAN JOURNALIST MARIE COLVIN

A FEDERAL JUDGE in Washington, D.C. has ordered the Syrian government to pay $302 million in damages for the murders of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in a 2012 artillery strike. The decision, issued on Wednesday, marks the first time in the seven-year conflict that a court has declared Syrian forces loyal to the government of President Bashar al-Assad responsible for deliberately attacking civilians.

“A targeted murder of an American citizen, whose courageous work was not only important, but vital to our understanding of warzones and of wars generally, is outrageous, and therefore a punitive damages award that [multiplies] the impact on the responsible state is warranted,” wrote Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That same bit in that last sentence, should hold just as true for US journalists and bloggers here at home, as it is for reporters abroad.

And she, and the photo journalist with her, had to know that they were operating in a war zone; made the choice to be there; and unfortunately, suffered the consequences.

But what I am seeing here is more demonization of Syria, whether or not this event actually happened, and regardless of whether it can be proven true. It may well be, but that is not the point.

I think that those in foggy bottom are waiting to see what the overnights looked like on this issue, in their quest to martial support for yet another Syrian engagement, even though that may mean fighting Russians on the ground, or in the air, neither choice being a wise one, right now.

We understand by now, that demonization, plus sanctions, are the tell-tale preludes to.... the US military's attempting to kick another country's military right in the proverbial shins.

This would be one of the most vulnerable of all moments to attempt to even be contemplating a US war with Russia on the ground in Syria, and I say this as someone who cares deeply about the current trajectory of the US's foreign and domestic policies.

And the reasons I am saying this are pretty self-evident; our military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome for a US war against Russia in Syria, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Feb 01 08:35

List of Holocaust films

A listing of films, from the 1940s to the present, that deal with the Holocaust in Europe. Add to that the books and other propaganda and you get history rewritten. Worth saving.

Jan 31 19:19

Watch the 1st Amendment Die as Journalist Arrested at Press Conference for Not Being Mainstream

A rather disturbing situation unfolded in Las Vegas on Wednesday as two independent journalists—attempting to exercise their First Amendment right of the press—were arrested and cited for trespassing. Joey Lankowski, Kelly Patterson, and Ronald Mecklosky were at the Las Vegas police station attempting to cover a press conference about one of their officers shooting at a man for holding a cane.

Jan 31 19:00

Globalists Want Venezuela (As the next jewel in their ugly crown)

The attempted coup taking place in Venezuela right now is very instructive for those seeking to better understand the current geopolitical power struggle, as it is one of the most transparent illustrations of the well-worn tactics employed by the forces behind Western hegemony. -- Ideologies such as ‘socialism,’ ‘economic growth’ and ‘democracy’ continue to be bandied about in mainstream discourse with the highest degree of distortion. This is often intentional in order to justify political and military action that simply enriches the global elite at the expense of humanity at large. The problem is that much of the general public in the West continue to support these tactics by failing to see the thinly-veiled hypocrisy inherent in them.

Jan 31 17:29

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials

The service NewsGuard, an establishment attempt to silence alternative media and independent media sites, has teamed up with Microsoft to help its effort to destroy free press. Meanwhile, the mysterious firm connected to intelligence agencies and former government officials on their advisory board has also just been linked to Saudi Arabia through Publicis Groupe, an investor in NewsGuard. -- Putting the future of what we believe in anyone’s hands, let alone artificial intelligence, seems reckless; but a system backed by Soros and Omidyar or think tanks and government officials seems like a dangerously stupid idea that can only lead to a path paved toward a road of Orwellian censorship the likes of which even George Orwell couldn’t have imagined.

Jan 31 16:40

Republican State Representative Sponsors Red Flag Bill in Utah

An Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill (ERPO) will be submitted in the gun friendly State of Utah. This illegal and unconstitutional gun confiscation bill has been sponsored by REPUBLICAN Utah State Representative Stephen Handy under HB0209, entitled “Extreme Risk Protective Order”. You can read this bill in all of its anti-gun glory HERE. -- There are already 13 states that have passed these laws that have only one intended goal: to circumvent the 2nd Amendment and confiscate guns from people who are then considered guilty until proven innocent.

Jan 31 15:18

An American Nightmare

Why were there more FBI agents sent to arrest Stone than Navy SEALs sent to kill Osama bin Laden? Why jackboots in the morning in America? Here is the back story.

Jan 31 15:11

A Lawless Government (Paul Craig Roberts)

Washington is blocking Trump’s order to withdraw US troops, because Israel wants the US to renew the attack on Syria and to carry it into Iran. Israel and its American vassals must think that Russia is going to stand down and permit the destabilization of the Islamic world to proceed into the Russian Federation. Once upon a time the media and the foreign policy community would have publicly examined these issues. Now the media reads out the script handed to them.

Jan 31 14:00

Panic Propaganda – It’s What Government and Mainstream Media Do Best

Are you a victim of panic propaganda promulgated by the Government?

Jan 31 13:46

Science, Fantasy, and Superstition – Gun Control Fails the Evidence Test

Things don’t turn out the way we imagined or the way we wanted. We make good-sounding excuses for bad ideas. Unfortunately, some of these ideas were bad from the start. We were sold a lie because it benefitted some politicians and their special interests. Life is more complex than a politician’s promise. -- There is one thing, however, that we do know for sure. When the government and the criminals are the only ones with have guns, then the elites have all the power. That frightens me. -- Maybe I’m overly trusting. My neighbors may not be perfect, but I’d rather trust my neighbors to own a gun responsibly than trust a lawmaker who exempts himself from our laws. Liberty is dangerous, but it is the safest solution we have.

Jan 31 12:09

NewsGuard browser plug-in claims to certify “real news” despite biased board of directors with history of deception and lies

Why would anyone want to entrust the selection of their online sources of information to these people? With an advisory board like this, NewsGuard cannot be the purveyor of truth it claims to be.

Jan 31 11:55

CNN Goes 'Undercover' To Manufacture Consent For Coup Attempt In Venezuela

A CNN “exclusive” report from inside Venezuela aired multiple times on the network on January 28. It is a prime example of how influential media outlets in the U.S. effectively create propaganda for the opposition, which now is receiving funds from President Donald Trump’s administration.

For the four-minute report, CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh went “undercover” amidst what the network described as the “deepening crisis in Venezuela” in order “to capture the desperation gripping the nation.”

The segment highlighted hyperinflation at grocery chains, Venezuelans lined up in queues for fuel and food, particularly in Caracas, and opposition demonstrations on January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president of the country.

Jan 31 11:55

Scott Adams: Fake News, Climatesplaining, Intel Agency Mistakes, Howard Schultz

VA abortion law did NOT support killing a perfectly healthy baby
Misleading video, Gov office issued clarification
Outrageous stories, even with video and photos…
…Should be regarded with strong skepticism
The person hallucinating is the one seeing something, the other doesn’t
Hallucinations ADD something to reality
The person hallucinating, is the one seeing something…
…that the other person doesn’t see
President Trump’s humorous, persuasive tweet on climate change
Dan Coates says it’s unlikely NK will give up their nukes
Dan Coates should be fired
President was correct to tear Dan Coates a new one
Worst thing in negotiation is to say we won’t get what we want
Why should NK give up nukes if we don’t expect it?
Intel guy says ISIS isn’t beaten…he should be fired
His statement will help ISIS recruit and survive

Jan 31 11:52

Common Semiautomatic Weapons Under Fire, from Democrat Congress

It should not come as a surprise to Americans that the Democratic Party’s leadership, holding most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, plans to introduce a flurry of anti-gun bills in the coming months. The most ambitious concerns a ban on those semiautomatic firearms referred to by the negative expression, “assault weapons.”

Jan 31 11:27

Nolte: Experts Claim Every Kind of Weather Proves Global Warming Is Fer’ Real

America enjoys a winter filled with tons of snow and frigid cold weather and out pops the Climate Hoaxsters to assure this kind of weather only further proves our planet is getting, uhm… warmer.

This current Climate Hoaxster freak out is largely in reaction to President Trump’s tweet earlier this week mocking the Climate Hoaxsters.

“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded,” he tweeted. “What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

Jan 31 11:13

GMO Foods Will Soon Be Mislabeled As Biofortified

By Scott C. Tips

As most of you already know, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its various committees spread throughout the World establish food standards and guidelines after an eight-step process of consideration and debate that are then usually adopted by the Codex member states. The Codex Nutrition Committee is just one of the many committees that develop these food standards and guidelines. It is also one of the committees with the most controversial issues...

Jan 31 10:45

Trump: Greta Van Susteren fired for refusing MSNBC's 'Trump hate'

President Trump accused MSNBC's parent company on Saturday of firing anchor Greta Van Susteren for refusing to go along with the network's negative coverage of him and his administration.

"Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ 'Trump hate!'" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Jan 31 09:54

US Intelligence Chief Claims Russia, China Will Meddle in 2020 Elections

According to allegations by the US intelligence director, Russia will implement more tools and methods to interfere in upcoming elections, but this time, it will have friends: China and, possibly, Iran.

Russia will seek to meddle in the US presidential election again — this time, with China, claims Dan Coats, the US Director of National Intelligence. According to the director's allegations, Russia has "learned from its operation in 2016," and will use a wider array of methods in the upcoming 2020 elections.

"We assess that foreign actors will view the 2020 US elections as an opportunity to advance their interests", Coats told the Senate intelligence committee, according to NBC News.

Jan 31 09:44

Poland to Stop Soros Taking Over Second Biggest Radio Station

Soros is helping publisher Agora SA in their take-over bid for Radio Zet, in an effort to stop Fratria, a publisher of a pro-government weekly Sieci, according to Wirtualnemedia.pl portal.

Poland is following the example of Hungary, where an anti-Soros campaign ended in the Hungarian-born billionaire’s foundation leaving the country.

Jan 31 09:33

I'm not even joking. I have so much work to do and I can't stop watching this. MSNBC often removes its most embarrassing debacles from the internet. Someone please do that here so I can get to work

Jan 30 21:37

Hawaii Continues Treating Right to Bear Arms as Occupational Privilege

“This ‘report’ is a joke,” Pace observes. “In terms of providing any useful information as to whether Hawaii's draconian ‘commonsense gun safety laws’ are effective, it provides no information at all.

Jan 30 20:07

OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into “Attractive” Anti-Addiction Market

By David Armstrong

Secret portions of a lawsuit allege that Purdue Pharma, controlled by the Sackler family, considered capitalizing on the addiction treatment boom — while going to extreme lengths to boost sales of its controversial opioid.

Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed by the state of Massachusetts...

Jan 30 18:20

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials

By Aaron Kesel

The service NewsGuard, an establishment attempt to silence alternative media and independent media sites, has teamed up with Microsoft to help its effort to destroy free press. Meanwhile, the mysterious firm connected to intelligence agencies and former government officials on their advisory board has also just been linked to Saudi Arabia through Publicis Groupe, an investor in NewsGuard.

NewsGuard is now automatically included in Microsoft's Edge browser on iOS, Android and Microsoft phones. Microsoft’s press release regarding the partnership states that NewsGuard “will empower voters by providing them with high-quality information about the integrity and transparency of online news sites.” Just one problem, who is providing transparency about the news rating agency?...

Jan 30 17:33

Now, Refrigerators Are Watching Us Too: “Smart” Coolers Are Coming To A Store Near You

Walgreens is piloting a new line of “smart coolers”, which are refrigerators equipped with cameras that scan shoppers’ faces and make inferences on their age and gender. On January 14, the company announced its first trial at a store in Chicago. The drugstore chain plans to put the coolers in stores in New York, Seattle, and San Francisco by the end of January. -- Years ago, you would have sounded like a lunatic if you said that a refrigerator was watching you. But, like other new technology, yesterday’s serious mental health symptom is today’s reality.

Jan 30 15:43

New Microsoft censorship tool “NewsGuard” gives favorable ratings to sites that falsely accused and attacked Convington Catholic High teens

Regardless of what Microsoft says publicly about this tool, it’s not meant to be a “fake news” filter because if it was, several news sites with a history of publishing fake news, especially in the Trump era, wouldn’t be green-checked. -- No, NewsGuard’s primary function is to serve as a Big Tech censorship tool aimed at discrediting legitimate news sources that the political establishment simply cannot tolerate.

Jan 30 14:53

Spotlight on UK Zionist bullyboy Steve Silverman

Devon Nola examines the key traits of the UK’s “Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s” so-called “Director of Investigations and Enforcement”, Steve Silverman, as manifested in his public pronouncements which denounce, belittle, demean and smear musicians and artists.>>

Jan 30 14:21

CNN SHOWS INTERVIEW WITH ‘VENEZUELAN ARMY DEFECTORS’ APPEALING TO US FOR WEAPONS. THERE IS PROBLEM WITH THEIR UNIFORM

The ‘appeal’ came as the US is increasing pressure on the legitimate Venezuelan government in an attempt to change the political regime in the country. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was even spotted with a mysterious note about the deployment of 5,000 US troops to Colombia, the US ally which borders Venezuela.

In this light, the military uprising or at least a partial defection will become a useful tool to overthrow the Maduro government and to push forward with the regime change agenda.

However, there is something strange with the defectors shown by CNN.

Jan 30 13:46

NewsGuard: A Neoconservative Contrivance Which Promotes an Establishment View

So who gets the endorsement from NewsGuard? Those who toe the line on U.S. policy and the establishment globalist/interventionist agenda. It would be interesting to know what NewsGuard’s staff of analysts is really looking for when it researches a site or media outlet. As the examples cited above demonstrate, NewsGuard has nothing to do with taking pains to report the news accurately, nor is there any evidence of real accountability. It is all about who pays the bills and who is in charge. They give the orders and one either falls in line or goes out the door. That is the reality of today’s mainstream media.

Jan 30 13:22

Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare

...But here’s the thing: while Tucker Carlson and Chris Christie and other Trump apologists appear shocked that law enforcement personnel would stage a military assault against “an unarmed 66-year-old man who has been charged with a nonviolent crime,” this is nothing new. -- No longer reserved exclusively for deadly situations, SWAT teams are now increasingly being deployed for relatively routine police matters such as serving a search warrant, with some SWAT teams being sent out as much as five times a day!

Jan 30 12:31

How Israel tried to hide its “malign campaign” against US citizens

This week, RT aired the first half of a conversation between host Chris Hedges, journalist Max Blumenthal and me about the film The Lobby – USA.

The explosive undercover documentary produced by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit exposes how US lobby groups – including the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Israel on Campus Coalition – work closely with the Israeli government to spy on, smear and sabotage American citizens who speak out for Palestinian rights.

But the four-part film never aired on Al Jazeera. After Israel lobby pressure on Qatar, which funds the news network, the documentary was censored.

Starting in August 2018, The Electronic Intifada and Blumenthal’s Grayzone Project began leaking excerpts from the film.

In November, The Electronic Intifada, along with the French publication Orient XXI and Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar, released the entire leaked film online.

Jan 30 12:28

Israel’s Story: Lies from Top to Bottom

A study by a Toronto-based consulting and research company has revealed that over the past fifty years mainstream reporting about Israel has been distorted to portray the Jewish state in positive terms while ignoring the plight of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. The media study, based on a computer analysis of 50 years of data, found that major U.S. newspapers have provided consistently skewed, pro-Israel reporting on Israel-Palestine. The slanting in news coverage included subtle manipulations like using word associations favorable to Israel and derogatory to Palestinians as well as persistent publication of stories praising Israel while also avoiding reporting anything supportive of the dispossessed Arab point of view.

Jan 30 12:13

In First Phone Call, Trump Congratulates Guaido On Becoming President Of Venezuela

President Trump started a Tuesday morning twitter storm with a tweet warning that Maduro will be "willing to negotiate" after the US starves his teetering regime of badly needed funding via the sanctions that were levied earlier this week.

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"Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of oil revenues. Guaido is being targeted by Venezuelan Supreme Court. Massive protest expected today. Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice.

But tweeting isn't all the president did. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump spoke with Guaido for what appears to be the first time on Wednesday. A readout of the call revealed that Trump "congratulated" Guaido on his "historic assumption of the presidency of Venezuela," and promised to keep in regular contact to "support Venezuela's path back to stability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, I'm getting intellectual whiplash from this; it sounds as though "negotiations" were what President Trump wanted here all along, and not regime change, which is absolutely the polar opposite from this morning's tweat.

Russia has already pledged to protect its "financial investments" in Venezuela, by whatever legal means is necessary.

Has our President gone completely, barking mad here?!?

Jan 30 12:12

New State Regulations Force a California Charity for the Homeless to Close Shop

The reality is that the state’s dream of regulated soup and sandwiches is taking precedence over the bottom-up activity of neighbors who are passionate about loving their neighbors. Is that really an acceptable trade-off, particularly in an area that so desperately needs an intimate and personalized approach?

Jan 30 12:05

Venezuelan Army Defectors Coordinate Over WhatsApp; Ask Trump For "Freedom" Weapons

Defectors from Venezuela's army who are now loyal to self-declared president Juan Guaidó have called on the Trump administration to arm them in what they refer to as their quest for "freedom," and are strongly opposed to the United States conducting a broad military intervention.

Two former soldiers, Carlos Guillen Martinez and Josue Hidalgo Azuaje, who live outside the country, told CNN they are in contact with hundreds of willing defectors who want US military assistance in their revolt against the Maduro regime.

As Venezuelan soldiers, we are making a request to the US to support us, in logistical terms, with communication, with weapons, so we can realize Venezuelan freedom," Guillen Martinez told CNN.

Hidalgo Azuaje said: "We're not saying that we need only US support, but also Brazil, Colombia, Peru, all brother countries, that are against this dictatorship."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has the stale stench of "deja vu" all over again, and to be just a bit Seinfeldian about it, "Who are these people?!?"

They are defining themselves as Venezuelan Ex-Pats, but how do we know?!?

Are they legitimate?!? Or have their stories been invented, and are just fabrications, to justify and support the US's agenda here, which may (or may not)include some kind of outside attempt at regime change?!? And while we are at it, let's consider the yarn "spun" to get the US angry enough to support a war against Iraq?


How the War Party Sold the 1991 Bombing of Iraq to US

The article continues:

In October, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, appeared in Washington before the House of Representatives' Human Rights Caucus. She testified that Iraqi soldiers who had invaded Kuwait on August 2nd tore hundreds of babies from hospital incubators and killed them.

Television flashed her testimony around the world. It electrified opposition to Iraq's president, Saddam Hussein, who was now portrayed by U.S. president George Bush not only as "the Butcher of Baghdad" but – so much for old friends – "a tyrant worse than Hitler."

Nayirah, though, was no impartial eyewitness, a fact carefully concealed by her handlers. She was the daughter of one Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwait's ambassador to the United States. A few key Congressional leaders and reporters knew who Nayirah was, but none of them thought of sharing that minor detail with Congress, let alone the American people.

Everything Nayirah said, as it turned out, was a lie."

I would bet that the US already has forces (maybe a combination of US military and mercs) on the ground, with logistics folks in Columbia, to insure that whatever weaponry gets to the US military people in Venezuela.

Jan 30 12:03

CNN joins MSNBC in shunning Sarah Sanders briefing

On Monday afternoon, CNN host Brooke Baldwin told her viewers: “We have one ear to this White House briefing. We’re waiting for the Q-and-A portion with Sarah Sanders.” The existence of a White House briefing, of course, was news unto itself. Sanders, the White House’s press secretary, hadn’t held a formal briefing since Dec. 18, leaving correspondents scrambling to figure out when she’d appear on Fox News so that they could ambush her somewhere on the White House grounds.

Jan 30 11:42

Federal Judge Blasts "Criminal" PG&E's "Clear-Cut Pattern Of Starting Fires"

After rallying in the 'good' news that the company has entered Chapter 11, PG&E's stock is lower today, not helped by a federal judge's comments slamming the triple-bankrupt utility for serially starting fires.

Following a series of massive fires along its 125,000 miles of power lines over the last two years, Bloomberg reports that U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup - who is overseeing PG&E’s probation for safety violations that led to felony convictions for the 2010 explosion of one of its gas pipelines, which killed eight people - didn’t back down from his criticism of the utility despite being told he had overreached.

“Usually a criminal on probation is forthcoming and admits what they need to admit. You haven’t admitted much,” Alsup told lawyers for the company at a hearing Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.

“There’s a clear-cut pattern here: that PG&E is starting these fires.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the question for me, is not about the damage here, which was staggering; but I have to ask, which executive of PG&E will wind up going to jail for this?!?

The short answer is: no one; the elite seldom eat their own.

Jan 30 11:39

FBI Arrests 2nd Chinese National For Stealing Trade Secrets From Apple

Nothing puts a damper on trade talks like another indictment accusing a Chinese national of doing the exact thing (corporate espionage and stealing US trade secrets) that senior Trump Administration officials have been warning would be a deal-breaking for future negotiations.

Days after the US filed a sweeping indictment against Huawei that included charges its engineers stole trade secrets from T-Mobile (allegations that were also the subject of a civil suit) and mere hours after the beginning of high level trade talks in Washington, NBC Bay Area reported that the FBI has arrested another Chinese national working for Apple's secretive self-driving car project - code-named "Project Titan" - for stealing trade secrets. That's the second such arrest in six months (readers can find our report on the earlier arrest, which happened in July, here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc, double face palm, upon reading this.

Please remember that trade wars have a way of morphing into shooting wars, which I hope to heck will not happen, giving the dramatic escalation of events this last two weeks.

Jan 30 11:35

A picture and its story: A boy injured in clashes in Gaza

More than two weeks after a projectile struck Mohammad An-Najjar’s right eye during a Gaza border protest, the 12-year-old boy has only just learnt that he will never see through it again.

Lamia Abu Harb said that Palestinian medics told her that her son may need a glass eye.

The doctor who treated Najjar told Reuters that his retina was damaged beyond repair in the Jan. 11 incident, the aftermath of which was captured on camera by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

As the clashes between Gaza protesters and Israeli troops intensified, Palestinians said Israeli soldiers fired towards protesters, who hurled stones at them and rolled burning tires at the border fence.

Switching between lenses for distance shots and close-ups, Abu Mustafa began taking images. Some protesters covered their faces with T-shirts to protect against tear gas as some others ran away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until a global BDS movement gets its legs, children like Najjar are going to continue to risk violence and death.

I would imagine that the IDF soldier who shot him, is cursing himself (or herself) for not aiming that shot lower....lower enough to have stopped the kid's heart.

And I would like to remind Israel's Knesset of the late President Kennedy's cogent, and almost prophetic, observation: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Jan 30 11:29

The Covington Hoax and the Big Con’s Virtue-Whoring

The only people who can any longer deny with a straight face the reality and pervasiveness of Fake News are fake journalists and their fellow travelers in the Democratic Party.

Actually, there’s in addition a third group of people whose members will, when the opportunity to virtue-signal to leftist elites presents itself, indignantly deny that much of the contemporary world of journalism is Fake News. In fact, this group of “conservatives” will even go so far as to indulge and promote the fakery.

The recent case of the Covington Catholic school boys is illustrative in a number of ways.

Jan 30 11:22

US, Taliban ‘finalise draft deal’ to end 17-year-long Afghan conflict

Taliban officials said US negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed.

The details were provided to Reuters by Taliban sources at the end of six days of talks with US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar aimed at ending the United States’ longest war.

They have yet to be confirmed by US officials nor has either side released an official statement. Officials at the US embassy in Kabul were not immediately available for comment.

Khalilzad is heading to the Afghan capital Kabul to brief President Ashraf Ghani after the longer-than expected talks, the sources and a diplomat said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, color me just slightly hopeful here.

Jan 30 11:20

The Economic Mood Darkens: iPhone Sales Plunge 15% As Consumer Confidence Falls For The 3rd Straight Month

Here in the United States, auto sales have been abysmal, retail bankruptcies have been surging and home sales have been seriously declining, but the big tech giants were supposed to be an economic bright spot that we could always rely on. Perhaps that is why so many investors were shocked when Apple announced their most recent quarterly results on Tuesday…

Jan 30 11:18

The new populism European Union Europe 'coming apart before our eyes', say 30 top intellectuals

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.

The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.

“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To equate those people who are concerned about the trajectory of the EU, and the ways in which Brussels is stepping on ordinary citizens' toes by requiring an inordinate amount of paperwork and regulations on everything, plus enforced migrations of immigrants with pre-Hitler Germany, is complete codswallop.

And yes, the names of these signatories to this document, and what they have brought to the table, in terms of artistic and other endeavors, is a very incredible, and brilliant, collective CV.

But I have to wonder; have any of these people actually run a business, in the current regulatory environment, with Big Brother Brussels watching every move?!?

Have any of them had to live with the on-going tragedy of their children being beaten, viciously, or worse, by immigrants who believe that they can do this with impunity?!?

The short answer is, most probably not.

I think that the concept of Europe should not be discarded, but needs to be revisited, and reimagined.

That will involve a very thorough, and soul-searching, evaluation of immigration, and think that Australia's policy here might be the basis for such a program in the EU.

Australia allows people to live in that country, and ultimately become citizens on a merit system.

In other words, what skills, values, and professional services, does the immigrant have?!? Are they fluent in English? Are they willing to live, in good faith, around people whose political and religious affiliations may not be their own?!? Are they willing to assimilate?!?

Many years ago, we met a very bright, nice guy who would be the "poster child" for a great immigrant.

He is Muslim; highly well-educated, a great computer animator, who ultimately married a Buddhist, and they named their little Girl Sarah, the name of the wife of Abraham, and mother to Isaiah, in the Old Testament.

This is the kind of resident/citizen this country really needs.

There is nothing wrong with a "merit system", and looking for the best and brightest people to become citizens, because this kind of a system is an "intelligent investing" in that country's future.

But as a European, with Brussels breathing down your back, and mandating that countries take in specific number of refugees who cannot speak the language of their host countries; refuse to learn it; have no marketable skills whatsoever; are bringing diseases to your country which have been dormant for decades; and threaten to kill or hurt you, because you will not change your religion to theirs, would you be happy about the situations in Europe, where certain areas are "no go", for fear of violence?!?

IF the EU had handled the immigration issue better, there would be no calls for Brexit, Frexit, or Drexit in Europe.

People deserve a right to be fully represented by all levels of government as and the EU is not listening to them on this issue at all, because they can, and right now, with impunity.

So, I will put it to you, EU; when does your management become accountable to the people of Europe, by way of clear and fair elections to this office?!?

As we both know, this is only apt to happen when pigs become aerodynamic; and EU, THERE's your problem. Fix it; reimagine it; and please, not one more bureaucratic law until this issue has been sorted.

You're welcome :-) !!!!

Jan 30 11:15

Elizabeth Warren wants the federal government to CONFISCATE your savings at gunpoint, all in the name of “redistribution”

Every other authoritarian Leftist in modern history ensures their own creature comfort by stealing it from the people. If she gets her way, a President Warren would enrich all-powerful government in exactly the same way. --Then, aside from elites like her, we’ll all be equal. Equally poor and equally miserable.

Jan 30 11:04

New York State Strikes Again With SAFE Act 2.0 Restricting Gun Rights Like Never Before

No longer is there an option, outside of an armed resource officer or police officer, to meet a threat such as an armed gunman with equal force. I’m not sure how many schools in the State have either, but I’m certain that it’s not all. And while those schools remain unarmed, they remain the best targets for those looking to do harm. -- This is the reality today, and suppressing the law-abiding, trained and good people of this world will do nothing to stop the bad.

Jan 30 10:52

Scott Adams: Weather, Border Barriers, Schultz, Kamala, Crime

Kamala’s town hall, she expressed her opinion on a topic
People explained to her why that opinion wasn’t practical
Kamala realized she was wrong and shifted her opinion
Changing her opinion to a better opinion, is a good sign
Morning Joe slobbered over Kamala’s charisma
Her supporters agree, competent answers, strong presence
Howard Schultz is on a book tour…and also running for President?
If he isn’t fake-running, it might destroy Starbucks
Howard Schultz is presenting as a “reasonable” Democrat
So CNN has 3 anti-Schultz stories this morning
Would you support people OPTIONALLY, anonymously…
giving up their personal health privacy…
…In return for them receiving free healthcare?
Data on health issues, lifestyles, solutions for all
Who has a lower crime rate…
People who wear MAGA hats?
People who have never worn a MAGA hat?

Jan 30 10:20

Lavrov: US policy aimed at toppling Venezuela’s government

Exempting US companies from the Venezuela sanctions is proof that the US is gunning for regime change while seeking to maximize profits, Lavrov said. Washington and its closest allies are openly pursuing a policy aimed at overthrowing the legitimate authorities in Caracas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Energy Ministry slams 'illegal' US sanctions against Venezuelan oil producer
Russia ready to facilitate dialogue between Maduro and Venezuelan opposition
Russian companies may face risks in Venezuela.

Russian contracts to be revised if Maduro is ousted, predicts analyst

"We are concerned about what the US and its closest allies are doing with respect to Venezuela, brazenly violating all imaginable norms of international law and actually openly pursuing the policy aimed at overthrowing the legitimate government in that Latin American country," the minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov, unfortunately, is absolutely correct in his assessment.

And I hope (and pray) that the US Government will now back down, out of sheer embarrassment, for the utter stupidity of this brazen attempt to regime change Venezuela.

Of course, just because something would be the most idiotic, ham-fistedly, pig-headedly the US government could do, is no guarantee that they will not do it.

If we start to see riots in the streets of Caracas, I think we will most likely have to figure that failing regime change with Plan A, the US and its minions are going to try to create a civil war in Venezuela, which is Plan B, and already may have the mercs standing by to make that happen, perhaps massing at US bases in Columbia (of which we know there are several.)

Jan 30 10:13

Iran fine, North Korea bad, Russians everywhere: US spies tell Senate of world dangers

US intelligence chief Dan Coats painted a dire picture of a danger-filled world to the Senate, contradicting the Trump administration’s optimism on North Korea and pessimism on Iran while beating the drum of Russiagate.
Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Coats argued that China and Russia are united in opposition to “perceived US unilateralism and interventionism and Western promotion of democratic values and human rights,” while a number of US allies “are seeking greater independence.”

He was joined by FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Defense Intelligence Agency chief General Robert Ashley, NSA chief General Paul Nakasone, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) director Robert Cardillo.

Jan 30 10:11

The Integrity Initiative scandal is getting worse — and British media keeps ignoring it

Things just keep getting worse for the poor, embattled disinformation-busting warriors at the Integrity Initiative. New leaks have revealed more embarrassing tidbits confirming yet again the shady nature of the busted operation.

This time, the spotlight is on the II’s targeting of anti-fracking activists, its ties to HSBC bank, its obsessive (near-fetishizing) focus on nuclear war with Russia and its plans to foster “a long-term appreciation” of NATO among Muslim youth.

In another blow to the image of itself as an unbiased exposer of fake news which the II had worked hard to cultivate, one of the documents details its support for and "close relationship" with Britain's Specialist Group Military Intelligence (SGMI), which was masterminded by Chris Donnelly, a key player at the II's parent organization, the London-based Institute for Statecraft (IfS).

Jan 30 10:09

THE MEDIA CIRCUS AND PERPETUAL WAR

The media circus and permanent warfare.

The two are connected.

Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton…it’s all the same

A 30+ year veteran journalist quits NBC – and the news media in general – in disgust.

A rare reporter comes out and just says it: “The whole thing is a fraud and it’s designed to keep the Pentagon fat, rich and happy.”

Jan 30 10:07

Stacey Abrams: Georgia Democrat to respond to Trump State of the Union

Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia governor race in 2018, is set to respond to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.

She will deliver a televised rebuttal after Mr Trump's joint address to Congress on 5 February. His speech was delayed due to the government shutdown.

The opposition party traditionally responds to the president's annual message directly after the speech.

The Democratic rising star tweeted on Tuesday she was "honoured".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is certainly an interesting choice, perhaps even brilliant in its trajectory on the part of the Democrats. She is bright, gifted in many ways, and a trail blazer, and I respect that greatly.

Having said that, however, I hope that she will really take notice of the truth in her rebuttal, about what President Trump promised he would do for this country, which he has not yet done, and where he may have lead this country astray, such as the US withdrawal from the P5+1 deal with Iran.

I also hope that there is a statistician in her camp, who can help her talk about the real unemployment numbers, as opposed to those from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which are consistently a compendium of lies, because of how those "unemployed" are counted.

Ms. Abrams, I have just given you a gift; please run with it.

Jan 30 09:52

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:51

Watch–Defense Official: Nothing Stopping Trump from Authorizing Military to Build Border Wall

President Trump can build a border wall using the United States military to stop mass illegal immigration and drug trafficking without funding approval from Congress and without having to declare a national emergency.
During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood confirmed to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) that Trump does not need Congress or a national emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I see here, potentially, is President Trump, exploring his options, to see what he actually can do, without Congressional approval, which will most inspire his base, prior the 2020 elections, that he wanted to get rid of illegal immigration.

Jan 30 09:48

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:15

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Jan 30 09:01

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE CELSO AMORIM ON THE IRAN DEAL, VENEZUELA AND A MUTLIPOLAR WORLD

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR, ASIA TIMES
Brazil is once again in the eye of a political hurricane, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s appearance at Davos and explosive revelations directly linking his clan to a criminal organization in Rio de Janeiro.
With his administration barely a month old, Bolsonaro is already being seen as expendable to the elites that propelled him to power – from the powerful agribusiness lobby to the financial system and the military.

The new game among the elites of a major actor in the Global South, BRICS member and eighth biggest economy in the world consists of shaping a scenario capable of rescuing one the great frontiers where global capitalism is expanding from total irrelevancy.

That includes the possibility of a “soft coup”, with the Bolsonaro clan sidelined by the Brazilian military rallying around the vice-president, General Hamilton Mourao.

Jan 30 08:57

THE MAKING OF JUAN GUAIDÓ: HOW THE US REGIME CHANGE LABORATORY CREATED VENEZUELA'S COUP LEADER | THE GRAYZONE

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

But after a single phone call from from US Vice President Mike Pence, Guaidó proclaimed himself as president of Venezuela. Anointed as the leader of his country by Washington, a previously unknown political bottom dweller was vaulted onto the international stage as the US-selected leader of the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having been banned from leaving the country, Juan Guaidó may well be tried by the Maduro regime for treason, and either shot, or executed in an other manner, before he has time to fully account for how this US-centric imposter came to power.

Jan 30 08:52

AFTER 4 COPS SHOT IN HOUSTON, POLICE PROMISE TO GO AFTER AND ‘TRACK’ THOSE WHO CRITICIZE POLICE

After the governor and the chief issued their statements of support for the officers and asked folks to keep them in their thoughts, Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi went on the offensive, noting that “we’ve had enough!”

“We are sick and tired of dirt bags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and our families,” he said. “Enough is enough.”

While it is entirely acceptable for an officer to be angry and voice their opinion about criminals who try to shoot them, Gamaldi then took it a step further and went after people who may just be critical of police. He then threatened that they will be “tracking” these people who are critical of cops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are police who do their jobs excellently well.

That being said, there are moments when perhaps police officers are not living up to such lofty expectations, particularly if they had the experience of IDF training, which, in this country, translates to the police treating suspects... like the IDF treats the Palestinians.

So I would like to politely say to Joe Gamaldi, that I would never paint the police as "my enemy", because a lot of work they do, is both dangerous and necessary in order to get the bad guys out of our streets and neighborhoods.

I would, instead, suggest that laws in this country be changed, to decriminalize drugs, as has the country of Portugal. Portugal
decriminalized drugs

Now, the outcome hasn't been necessarily a complete success; but it has paved the way for a more enlightened, sensitive treatment of people using drugs, and that is a win for the entire society.

Jan 30 08:48

Get used to the polar vortex: Experts warn the weather phenomenon is set to become more common (and say the current chill could last another EIGHT weeks)

It all started with misplaced Moroccan heat.

Last month, the normally super chilly air temperatures 20 miles above the North Pole rapidly rose by about 125 degrees (70 degrees Celsius), thanks to air flowing in from the south.

Jan 30 08:30

RUSSIA VOWS TO DEFEND ITS VENEZUELAN OIL ASSETS | OILPRICE.COM

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, will use “all available legal mechanisms” to defend its interests in the Latin American country, in which Russian oil giant Rosneft has invested and extended loans to Venezuela’s state oil firm in exchange for crude oil deliveries.

Russia will defend its interests in Venezuela within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, told Russian media on Tuesday.

Russia has kept close ties with Maduro and has extended loans to Venezuela, including oil firm Rosneft lending money to Venezuela’s state-held firm PDVSA. Rosneft has extended US$6 billion of loans to PDVSA, which needs to be fully redeemed in crude oil supplies by the end of this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless President Trump is willing to go head to head with Russia in Venezuela to create a "Trumpian Spring" here, I think he has blinked and lost this one.

President Trump, how, please, do you think you are going to make sanctions stick against PDVSA?!? A military blockade?!? An invasion of mercs, courtesy of Erik Prince's current outfit, Academi?!?

I have to confess, this is one of the most painfully, blatantly idiotic attempts at "regime change" I have ever seen this lifetime, and trust me, that would be a lot of attempts in almost 70 years.

If the US government is unable to "turn" the Venezuelan military to its objectives, this was over far before it started.

That someone in the bowels of power in DC could ever think that this coup attempt would be a "slam-dunk", with the Venezuelan people throwing roses at our Mercs' feet, should be fired, immediately, and shown the door.

Mr. President, you are in dire need of someone you can trust to give you the real info, because to date, your attempt to regime change in Venezuela has been an epic, abominable fail.

Unless the US can manufacture a civil war here, any legitimacy left to Juan Guaidó's attempted power grab will most likely start to fail like a house of cards, blown over by a light gust of wind, and we may well see him locked up indefinitely, courtesy of this stupidity, or tried as a traitor to his country.

Oh, and Mr. President, in case you haven't been apprised of this little development:

All travel banned for Venezuelan Opposition

You're welcome, sir.

Jan 30 08:11

BANKRUPT PG&E SEEKS TO PAY $130 MILLION IN 2018 BONUSES

Perhaps the only people less worthy of receiving a bonus of any kind than the Moody's and S&P analysts who as recently as three weeks ago rated now bankrupt PG&E as investment grade is the management of PG&E, which one year after the most destructive fire in California history sparked, literally, another "most destructive fire in history" with no hedges or fallbacks in place. And yet as part of its first day bankruptcy motion, the California utility that filed for bankruptcy early on Tuesday is seeking to pay employees about $130 million in performance bonuses for last year, an amount which is due to be paid in March 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Performance bonuses"?!?!?

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

The people whose lackadaisical "oversight" which led to the conditions which sparked this fire, should not be getting bonuses; they should be cooling their collective heels in a Federal Penitentiary, and NOT a "Club Fed" either.

Because if in fact these bonuses are paid, this is a signal to any other public or private utility in this country, that they can cause the greatest damage in the world, and never be held responsible.

Jan 30 08:10

BANKRUPT PG&E SEEKS TO PAY $130 MILLION IN 2018 BONUSES

Perhaps the only people less worthy of receiving a bonus of any kind than the Moody's and S&P analysts who as recently as three weeks ago rated now bankrupt PG&E as investment grade is the management of PG&E, which one year after the most destructive fire in California history sparked, literally, another "most destructive fire in history" with no hedges or fallbacks in place. And yet as part of its first day bankruptcy motion, the California utility that filed for bankruptcy early on Tuesday is seeking to pay employees about $130 million in performance bonuses for last year, an amount which is due to be paid in March 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Performance bonuses"?!?!?

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

The people whose lackadaisical "oversight" which led to the conditions which sparked this fire, should not be getting bonuses; they should be cooling their collective heels in a Federal Penitentiary, and NOT a "Club Fed" either.

Because if in fact these bonuses are paid, this is a signal to any other public or private utility in this country, that they can cause the greatest damage in the world, and never be held responsible.

Jan 30 08:05

MEXICO IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE VENEZUELA

In a way that almost sounds ridiculous.

But oil thieves have been drilling holes in Mexico’s extensive network of oil and gas piplelines across the country to steal fuel and sell it on the black market.

State-owned oil company PEMEX found more than 12,500 illegal holes in the pipelines last year.

And these oil thieves went as far as building a 2-mile long pipe themselves to divert oil directly from the refineries.

Selling oil on the secondary market is a highly lucrative business in Mexico. And some farmers who take up a job as lookouts for the thieves can earnmore than five times their regular income doing so.

The work is also incredibly dangerous… more than 80 people recently died in a pipeline explosion north of Mexico City when they were trying to siphon off gas.

But Mexico’s new president has decided to do something about this.

And in typical, political brilliance, he ordered the pipelines to be shut down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How can it be that someone so pig-ignorant of basic economics get themselves elected to high office?!?

Of course, people in this country have no room to talk about crooked elections; in 2016, we had one candidate who had more geopolitical baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot, and the other, a man brilliantly adept at invoking the rage of those who got left behind, economically, when their jobs in this country were offshored or outsourced, but turned against them, once president, in a complete, and utterly devastating transformation into an Israeli-centric warhawk, threatening Russia, Iran, and China, all in the same breath.

Jan 30 07:50

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 30 07:40

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 30 07:38

LESS FALLOUT, MORE DANGER: US ‘LOW-YIELD’ WARHEAD PUSHES DOOMSDAY CLOCK CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT

A new “low-yield” US warhead is less powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima but more capable of igniting a nuclear conflict than bigger nuclear weapons, analysts believe.
Dubbed W76-2, the weapon is now being produced by the Pantex plant in Texas, according to Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review which he signed last year. The Trump administration – whose boss has already shown a fixation on building up nukes – claims the new “low-yield” warhead would give the US a more “flexible” deterrent.

The new “mini-nuke” has less velocity than the Hiroshima bomb as it was designed by taking away one stage from the original two-stage W76 thermonuclear device usually mounted on Trident ballistic missile. The new warhead’s explosive power was reduced from 100 kilotons of TNT, to around five.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish this government was far less concerned with making more bombs than taking care of the huge infrastructure problems in this country, which are, in and of themselves, frightening enough.

Our roads are a mess; our children are not getting educated in schools to understand what comprises critical thinking; our public libraries and hospitals are crumbling; and our Vets are sleeping rough in our streets.

The epic race to "enrage, rather than engage", appears to be on, full tilt buggy.

But the rush to re-arm, means that funding which should have taken care of these horrific problems, will not happen any time soon.

Jan 30 07:14

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, honor 6 million murdered Jews by showing solidarity with Jews alive today

On Holocaust Remembrance Day we must ask: How can Hitler, who devoted his life to fanning the flames of anti-Semitism and murdering Jews, have so underestimated the resurgent hatred for the Jewish people? And why has this ancient and poisonous hatred survived and grown in our own lifetimes? ... So how should Americans respond this International Holocaust Remembrance Day? Take your kids to a museum that tells the story of the Holocaust if you can - now or in the next few months ... Read "The Diary of Anne Frank" together ... And finally, we should all heed the words British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote this week in the Book of Commitment at the Holocaust Educational Trust in her country to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day
Note: We should respond by making the accusers produce evidence and questioning every aspect of this holocau$t including Anne Frank's diary being partially written with ball point pen invented in 1951!!

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