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Jul 24 08:45

Israel said set to replace Temple Mount metal detectors with fenced access paths

Israel is set to remove the metal detector gates it deployed at the entrances to the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, and instead will on Sunday introduce different security measures, involving access for Muslim worshipers via narrow, fenced-off routes, an Israeli TV report said Saturday night.

The metal detector gates, installed after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers outside the compound on July 14 using guns they had smuggled into the holy site, have prompted escalating Muslim protests. Worshipers have refused to go through them, and clashes with police in and around Jerusalem have been escalating daily, with three Palestinians killed on Friday. Later Friday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death three Israelis at their Shabbat dinner table in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way these fenced off, narrow gates are described kind of reminds me of herding cattle toward their ultimate slaughter, and appears to have been engineered to spark greater unrest from Muslim worshipers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is precisely why Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu has signed off on it.

And, as reported at dw.com over the weekend:

Israel playing with Fire with Palestinians in Jerusalem Temple Mount, warns Arab League

I believe that the Israeli government is setting the stage for a complete Israeli takeover of the mosque; the destruction of the mosque proper; and the rebuilding of the Third Jewish temple on this site (the location of the first and second temples), as in Jewish belief, such construction is supposed to usher in the Messianic era.

Such an act by the Israeli government may well set the entire Middle East on fire, and spark a regional war.

Jul 24 08:43

Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamation

A 36-year-old teacher convicted of having sex with a person under the legal age of consent in California is suing the student she slept with for defamation.
Tara Stumph, who is currently serving a 180 day sentence for having sex with a 16-year-old student, says that statements made by the young man hurt her reputation and her career.

Jul 24 08:43

Man ordered to pay $65K in child support for kid who isn’t his

A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child whom he did not biologically father and whom he met only once.

Jul 24 08:42

Israel said set to replace Temple Mount metal detectors with fenced access paths

Israel is set to remove the metal detector gates it deployed at the entrances to the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, and instead will on Sunday introduce different security measures, involving access for Muslim worshipers via narrow, fenced-off routes, an Israeli TV report said Saturday night.

The metal detector gates, installed after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers outside the compound on July 14 using guns they had smuggled into the holy site, have prompted escalating Muslim protests. Worshipers have refused to go through them, and clashes with police in and around Jerusalem have been escalating daily, with three Palestinians killed on Friday. Later Friday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death three Israelis at their Shabbat dinner table in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way these fenced off, narrow gates are described kind of reminds me of herding cattle toward their ultimate slaughter, and appears to have been engineered to spark greater unrest from Muslim worshipers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is precisely why Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu has signed off on it.

And, as reported at dw.com over the weekend:

Israel playing with Fire with Palestinians in Jerusalem Temple Mount, warns Arab League

I believe that the Israeli government is setting the stage for a complete Israeli takeover of the mosque; the destruction of the mosque proper; and the rebuilding of the Third Jewish temple on this site (the location of the first and second temples), as in Jewish belief, such construction is supposed to usher in the Messianic era.

Such an act by the Israeli government may well set the entire Middle East on fire, and spark a regional war.

Jul 24 08:25

US Joint Chiefs Chairman: Attacking North Korea Is Not ‘Unimaginable’

Gen. Joe Dunford, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complained over the weekend that a lot of people are rejecting the idea of the US attacking North Korea, saying the possibility shouldn’t be taken off the table, and that attacking them is “not unimaginable.”

While Dunford conceded that a US attack on North Korea would lead to a “horrific” war, with a death toll unlike anything seen since World War 2, he insisted that the US had to develop a “military option” for the war because otherwise North Korea might nuke Denver, Colorado.

The choice of Denver, Colorado in the comments is a strange one, but likely reflects Dunford’s comments being made in Aspen, Colorado. At the same time, virtually everyone agrees North Korea lacks the capability to hit the US mainland, let alone do so with a nuclear weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: through this statement by General Dunford, the American people are being "groomed" for a US military attack against North Korea, and my sense is, sooner rather than later.

Jul 24 08:21

Taliban Gains Mount in Afghanistan: Two More Districts Overrun

The weekend once again saw the Taliban racking up territorial gains within Afghanistan, seizing the Taywara District in the Ghor Province, and also taking control of the Kohistan District in the far northern Faryab Province, forcing security forces in both districts to retreat and wait for reinforcements.

Taywara is the bigger fight, according to reports, with around 70 Afghan soldiers killed and 30 others wounded in the fighting. In Faryab, the attack was more of a surprise, with Taliban arriving under the cover of night and burning the police headquarters and other office buildings.

This is likely to be a recurring problem for the Afghan military, as the force is nowhere near as large as it is on paper. Many of the Afghan soldiers officials on the payroll are actually “ghost soldiers,” just names that are on the books so some higher ranking official can pocket their salary without any real soldier to complain that he didn’t get paid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how "brilliantly" the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is going; the Taliban are gaining more of a foothold in the country, 16 years on, and the US/NATO Coalition is painfully impotent to stop this.

IF the US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together, they would have to admit, after all the blood and money spent here, that there is utterly no military metric by which this insane war can be characterized as "having been won."

What they should do is to remove all Western troops as soon as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the Afghani pipeline and mineral rights; of course, that would be logical, but the collective governmental and military hubris of both sides of the Coalition won't let it happen.

Jul 24 08:13

Doctor Provides Update on John McCain’s Brain Cancer

Wednesday night it was reported that a tumor was discovered in Sen. McCain’s brain during a blood clot surgery. Now, a doctor has come forward with details about the specific cancer McCain is suffering from, and the news isn’t good.

Jul 24 08:10

Oregon Child Sex Ring Uncovered: “They’re Worth $5000 A Night”

Soroptimist International, of which Wilson is a member, is trying to educate the public that it’s not just a Third World occurrence, while Antunes, the director of Wally’s House in Gold Beach, interviews children in abusive situations with an ear now fine-tuned to the lingo of the sexually abused.

“One thing that always shocks people is that they get hold of these kids — the target group is boys aged 11 to 13 and 10- to 14-year-old girls,” Wilson said.

“There’s not as much money in drugs anymore as there is in human trafficking. They take a young child and on a good night, can make $3,000 to $5,000.”

Jul 24 08:10

US Coalition Sees a ‘Lot More’ to Do in Syria After Raqqa: Will Continue to Back Kurdish Forces in Taking ISIS Territory

The US-led coalition in Syria believes they have a “lot more” to do in their war against ISIS in the country, even if they manage to expel ISIS from their capital city of Raqqa, with the deputy commander saying they’ll go after the rest of ISIS territory, backing the Kurds.

ISIS still holds a substantial amount of territory outside of Raqqa, including the majority of the Deir Ezzor Province. US officials have previously even singled out Mayadin as the “next capital” for ISIS, which they’ll invade next.

In Iraq, the US has styled their military presence as basically a permanent reality now, irrespective of ISIS’ status, but in Syria, where the US-led coalition isn’t authorized to be in the first place, justifying their long-term presence is going to be trickier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see here: another US invasion of a sovereign Middle Eastern country, completely unauthorized by Congress, where Russia has been invited at the behest of the Syrian government, to deal with the jihadists, but the US military has not; what could possibly go wrong?!?

Jul 24 08:03

Al-Qaeda Takes Control of Syrian City of Idlib From Rival Jihadist Group

Underscoring that Friday’s ceasefire was a de facto military victory for them, al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front now totally controls the Idlib Province’s capital city of Idlib, following the other ceasefire party, Ahrar al-Sham withdrawing over the weekend.

The two sides had spent over a week fighting around the province, ending with Nusra having a large contingent of Ahrar al-Sham surrounded at the border crossing into Turkey. This was followed by a ceasefire that aimed to remove all combatants from the crossing itself.

Still, it was no real secret that the deal came simply to prevent a bloodbath, and Ahrar al-Sham fairly quickly had packed everyone up on their vehicles and headed further south, into territory in Idlib Province that they still control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Syrian Army and Russia have their work cut out for them in Idlib.

Jul 24 07:59

British and American girls are the fattest in the world: More than half of young females carry dangerous stomach fat in the UK and US, study warns

American and British girls are the worst in the world for carrying dangerous stomach fat.
A study has found more than half of girls in the US and the UK are 'overfat', putting them at risk of diabetes and cancer.

Jul 24 07:59

Heinz toddler food loaded with so much sugar it should be deemed confectionary, court hears

A food for toddlers marketed as being made almost entirely from fruit and vegetables contains so much sugar it should be deemed confectionery by experts, the Federal Court has heard.

Jul 24 07:38

– IN RETALIATION FOR THE SAUDI’S ONGOING AGGRESSION AGAINST YEMEN, YEMENI FORCES HAVE TARGETED AN ARAMCO SAUDI OIL REFINERY IN YANBU PROVINCE WITH A LONG-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE.

The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Just yesterday, Saudi airstrikes attacked a fishing boat killing 8 workers on board and wounding at least one more. Other targets frequently include civilian homes, crowded markets, funerals, schools, and all other civilian infrastructure. Despite this terrorism, arms from the west– especially the United States and United Kingdom– continue flowing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government chooses to partner with Saudi Arabia in its war crimes against Yemen is very troubling to me. I wish Mike and I were a lot younger and a lot less broke; then, maybe, we could apply for citizenship in a country which, on moral grounds, would never commit such crimes.

Here's the reality of what is going on in Yemen: the Saudis have been killing and maiming innocent civilians; with US military assistance, they have blocked Yemeni ports so no food can get in, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition; and then, of course, is the horrific outbreak of cholera in Yemen (possibly weaponised), which has seen a toll of over 300,000 people sickened by it.

It appears that our US government has morphed into something far more sinister than the Unhinged Surveilled States of America; it has morphed into the Unhinged, Surveilled States of War Crimes, where profits for the American merchants of death, is all that matters to this government.

Ultimately, there will be costs, financially, physically, and morally, to this country, and its leadership, and those costs may well be devastating.

Please understand that everyone who does not, peacefully, logically, and morally speak out against these practices, on the part of this country, are also complicit in these crimes.

Now is hardly the time to be complacent, or think, for a moment, that they will ultimately not affect you, because, down the road, they will.

Jul 24 07:25

Police held him down on the hot pavement. He ended up in a burn unit, fighting for his life

James Bradford Nelson III remembers little about the afternoon last month when he struggled on the hot pavement, its surface searing his bare skin. But records tell the story of how he wound up in the UC Davis Medical Center burn unit, near death with severe wounds on the upper half of his body.

Jul 24 07:25

Children as young as 15 allowed to smoke on lunch break at Australian school

A school in Australia is permitting students as young as 15 to have a smoking break at lunch and other recess periods.
Carolyn Blanden, principal at The Warakirri College in Sydney, said she believed that relaxed rules would encourage the children to keep attending school.

Jul 24 07:17

VENEZUELA WILL BE THE FIRST SOVEREIGN OIL PRODUCER TO SEE AN "ALL-OUT COLLAPSE"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and US President Donald Trump’s half-serious threats of an invasion, President Nicolas Maduro has decided to press ahead with his vote to create a rubber stamp constituent assembly that will allow him to amend the country’s constitution.

With the country’s finances looking ever more precarious, Bloomberg warns that that this decision could bring about the first collapse of a sovereign oil producer. Venezuela has the largest natural oil reserves of any country on Earth, yet the decline in oil prices that began in 2014, coupled with years of economic mismanagement, have been enough to bring the country’s economy to its knees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that the status quo ante will last until Christmas; I would bet, however, that the US government has a ready-made "regime change" in place when Maduro falls, which will put that country into the slave chains of the most painful financial austerity possible.

Jul 24 06:56

WHITE HOUSE INDICATES TRUMP WILL SIGN NEW RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL; EU READY TO RETALIATE

The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow, reports The Washington Post.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess. The bill also calls for sanctions against Iran and North Korea. "The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News. “The original piece of legislation was poorly written but we were able to work with the House and Senate. And the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary. And we support where the legislation is now." Notes The New York Times:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions again demonstrate (as though the world needed more proof of it) that the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are absolutely, idiotically brilliant at punishing countries for what they have not done.

Iran has not violated the P5+1 agreements; the IAEA, which inspects their facilities on a consistent basis, has stated, innumerable times, that Iran continues to completely observe this agreement; yet, they are getting punished as though they were in violation of the agreement. And the domestic missiles which they are now producing, were never a part of the P5+1 agreement to begin with.

With Secretary of State Tillerson openly talking about "regime change" in Tehran being the favored US outcome here, can you really blame them for wanting to have defensive missiles?!?

Russia did not manipulate the 2016 elections, nor did they "annex" Crimea. When the US -sponsored coup in Ukraine threw duly elected Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" president of Ukraine, the Crimeans realised that there was no legitimate government whatsoever in Kiev. So they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation. At an overwhelming 97%, Crimeans voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted their request. Yet, Russia is being punished for two things it absolutely did not do, and for which there is utterly no evidence.

And North Korea?!? The only thing these sanctions against North Korea are going to accomplish are to spur Kim Jung Un on to a faster development of a steerable, functional nuclear bomb.

Great work, Congress!! Way to go!!

Jul 24 06:43

CATALONIA’S INDEPENDENCE STRIFE TURNS INTO FINANCIAL SHOWDOWN

Madrid’s standoff with Spain’s north eastern province of Catalonia, which plans to hold a forbidden referendum on national independence on October 1, grows more and more complex by the day. Just in the last week alone the following developments have taken place:

Spain’s Civil Guard has raided Catalonia’s parliament and government HQ as part of its investigation into political corruption in the region. As new research has shown, this investigation forms part of a broader police operation that has served as a means for Spain’s governing People’s Party to spy on political rivals.

Catalonia’s government has replaced the region’s chief of police with a die-hard separatist. It has also purged the cabinet of any members perceived as not fully committed to the separatist cause.

Deloitte published its annual barometer of Spanish businesses according to which 74% of business leaders believe that the independence of Catalonia would do serious harm to Spain’s economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This issue is as much financial as it is political. Catalonia's debt is off the charts, and if it votes to split from Spain, Brussels will do whatever it thinks is necessary to get that debt repaid, at usurious interest.

Jul 24 06:34

FBI ‘SEIZED SMASHED HARD DRIVES’ FROM WASSERMAN SCHULTZ’S PAKISTANI IT GUY’S HOME

Pakistani foreign national Imran Awan, who was hired by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats to be their IT guy, is currently under criminal investigation and reportedly is suspected of blackmailing many of them, among a host of other crimes.

The Daily Caller reported Sunday night that the FBI recovered a host of smashed hard drives and other computer equipment from his home.

From The Daily Caller:

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

This... is precisely how a rational being expects the Clintonistas to behave!!

Jul 24 06:28

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz targeted by FBI and Capitol Police criminal probe

Several smashed computer hard drives and other evidence was recently retrieved by the FBI from the home of a former information technology administrator of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a Pakistani foreign national named Imran Awan, reports say.

Jul 24 05:31

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

North Koreans claim 400,000 bombs were dropped on Pyongyang alone, roughly one bomb for every resident at the time, and that only two modern buildings in the capital were left standing. All told, the U.S. dropped 635,000 tons of bombs on Korea during the war, most of it in the North, including with 32,500 tons of napalm.
Note: This was done to promote peace!

Jul 24 05:25

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel opposes Syria cease-fire brokered by U.S. and Russia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday [July 16] Israel opposes the cease-fire in Syria brokered by the United States and Russia because it empowers Iran. Netanyahu made the comments to reporters after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris ... According to Haaretz, Netanyahu discussed his displeasure with the cease-fire in southern Syria with Macron and made it known that Israel was opposed to the plan. A senior Israeli official told Haaretz Israel believes Iran intends to expand its presence in Syria by sending advisers and military forces there. The Israeli official said Tehran wants to establish a base for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for Iran in Syria.

Jul 24 05:25

Scott Adams: How “Confident” are Intelligence Agencies that Russia Interfered with the Election?

Remember when all seventeen intelligence agencies agreed that Russia interfered with our elections?

Turns out it was only four.

Do you know how you get four agencies to agree on something of this nature? It’s easy. One publishes an opinion and the other three loyal agencies assume it is credible, so they support it. Do they all do independent investigations?

I kinda doubt it.

Jul 24 05:20

310 cases of Israeli violations against journalists

Some 310 violations have been committed by Israeli forces against journalists since the start of the year, the Committee for the Support of Journalists revealed in a report yesterday. The report, which covers the period between January 1 and June 30, states that excessive force was used against media personnel in violation of all international and human rights conventions which guarantee the freedom of press. Journalists were arrested, detained and prevented from entering areas to provide coverage, the organisation said, while many had their equipment damaged or confiscated. Others were barred from travel or had their homes raided, while media outlets were shut down or threatened. There were 78 cases in which journalists were shot, either using live bullets or rubber coated live munitions ...

Jul 24 05:18

The American Way of War

The most striking fact about the United States of America is not its supposed founding principles - more often lauded than observed - but how often "the greatest country on earth" has waged war. If we count wars against internal "enemies" (i.e., the Indians), covert foreign wars, and aid to other states' aggressive external and internal wars, we can see the United States has been at war almost continuously since it broke free from Britain. By one estimate this nation has been at war 214 out of the 228 years since the Constitution took effect - that's 94 percent of the time ... From the start, war was an acceptable means to national policy ends, whether to open markets or to install friendly regimes. It's a gross understatement to call this record shameful. It's criminal when you calculate the predictable butcher's bill ...

Jul 24 04:00

Police: Chester Bennington Was Murdered

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES CONFIRMED

Bennington, who sang at Chris Cornell’s recent funeral after becoming close to the Soundgarden frontman in recent years, was reportedly working with Cornell’s foundation to prevent the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children.

Jul 23 09:21

Sports Illustrated Releases New Video Of Russian Model – Is There Collusion? :)

Jul 23 09:07

CNN Readies Russophobic Show To Scare Suburbia

Much of the American public no longer cares about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. They also don’t care about the Senate investigation, or the House investigation.

So it’s unsurprising that CNN, in a seemingly blatant example of suburban scaremongering, will attempt to revive the anti-Russia hysteria that permeated the political climate just a few months ago, by preparing to debut “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories." The documentary focuses on the story of undercover Russian sleeper living in the US. The show details “one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI," reads a release from the network via the Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN, a word, please: you are dealing with a VERY war-weary, war-skeptical pubic at this point. And having lost any shred of credibility for continually having regurgitated the White House lie that "Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction", on which to "sell" the American people on a war against Iraq, I am rather surprised that you would continue to pour more kerosene upon the corpse of the tatters of your integrity.

A war against Russia would be financially and militarily insane right now; the US military just doesn't have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive US outcome to a war against Russia.

Unfortunately, that being said, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it just won't haul off and do it.

We've got NATO and American troops surrounding Russia, and a new US military base in the Republic of Georgia, right on Russia's border, and that facility will be ready for use, and occupancy, right around the end of this year.

Therefore, my guess for the timing of a "false flag", to be blamed on Russia as the "justification" for military action against it, will be toward the end of this year, or beginning of next.

But in response to your coming demonisation of Russia, as a potential prelude to a shooting war with this country, a composer I know very well once wrote:

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buying
You've got your talking heads all cued, but we know they're lying
Just how many more ... will you condemn to dying?!?
You can't justify this war, so just stop trying!"

Oh, and I will be recording the first episode of the show... to know which commercial sponsors against whom I will need to organise a national boycott!! :-)

Jul 23 08:34

Newsweek Takes Down Fabricated Sputnik-Trump Collusion Stories After Settlement

Former print magazine and current online publication Newsweek took down a pair of falsified articles by infamous writer Kurt Eichenwald following a legal settlement reached with a former Sputnik journalist Eichenwald smeared.
Newsweek deleted the stories smearing William Moran and claiming that Sputnik News colluded with the Trump campaign.

Eichenwald, a senior writer for Newsweek, has been repeatedly caught lying, falsifying sources and making up stories, but because he remained dedicated to the mainstream media narrative, his transgressions never hurt his career, but rather have propelled it. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Eichenwald found a new bandwagon and decided to become the smearer-in-chief of then-candidate Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't worry; Eichenwald will lie, obfuscate, and smear again, when those who have the money to spend hire him.

Unfortunately for him, however, it won't be the Democratic Party this time, because they are stone cold broke!!! :-)

Jul 23 08:29

Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana

The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant.

Sessions sent a memo in April updating the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice Department (DOJ) component heads on the work of the task force, which he said would be accomplished through various subcommittees. In the memo, Sessions said he has asked for initial recommendations no later than July 27.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Jeff Sessions absolutely gone foaming at the mouth, barking-dog mad, to attempt to link marijuana with violent crime?!?

This is both insanity and absurdity, all wrapped up with absolute, complete stupidity, and pig-ignorance of the science surrounding the use marijuana.

Any scientific study of the use of marijuana as a tranquilizer, and to ease pain, will show the polar opposite to this attempted link to violent crime.

One has to wonder what a forensic accounting review of Mr. Session's stock portfolio would reveal about his holdings in alcohol companies, pharmaceutical companies, and private prison corporations.

Jul 23 08:23

ASSANGE: ‘CIA NOT ONLY ARMED SYRIA’S INSURGENTS–IT PAID THEIR SALARIES’

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to “take down America any way he can” by accurately reporting the truth.

Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.

Assange said they “buried the lede”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I absolutely not surprised at this?~?

And CIA Director Pompeo, a word, please: you have simply found yourself tripping over your own lies, both to the American people and the world, regarding the US's true mission in Syria.

Originally, the American military presence in Syria was allegedly to "fight ISIS"; but what was really going on, as clearly demonstrated by the Financial Times article, which you hate, because the truth is gradually coming out, was to finance, train, and help the rebels destabilise Syria to the point where regime change in Syria was in the sites of DC.

In light of Russia's support for the Al Assad Administration, (and I would like to politely remind you, Mr. Pompeo, that the Russians are in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government, which we never were), that was just not going to happen.

The American people are now war-weary, and war-skeptical. They understand that the lies emanating from DC, and regurgitated by the presstitutes in Corporate Media, are simply put forward to sell various geopolitical agendas, and can no longer be believed.

Julian Assange has never lied to me; the US government, on innumerable occasions, has, sir: so, who do you think I am going to trust, henceforward?!?

Jul 23 08:15

After Susan Rice REFUSED to testify every single Trump supporter sealed her fate with epic judgment

Former national security advisor Susan Rice’s testimony for the House Intelligence Committee has been reportedly postponed. Rice had formerly been scheduled to speak on Tuesday, but she has been rescheduled for a later date.

Jul 23 08:06

ASSANGE: ‘CIA NOT ONLY ARMED SYRIA’S INSURGENTS–IT PAID THEIR SALARIES’

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to “take down America any way he can” by accurately reporting the truth.

Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.

Assange said they “buried the lead”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised at this?!?

And a short word to CIA Director Pompeo: you get angry when you get embarrassed by someone like Assange succeeds in uncovering the evils this government sometimes perpetrates in order to effect "regime change", as you have been doing for over half a decade in Syria.

The American people cannot possibly believe or stomach your lies anymore, particularly after the "Saddam had weapons of mass destruction" lie to "sell" American into a war with Iraq; they have become war-skeptical, and war weary.

When faced with choosing between what the US government tells me, and what Julian Assange tells me and the world, I will, thank you, stick with Assange; he hasn't lied to me yet, whereas the only thing I expect from my government these days, is continual lying to support its geopolitical agendas.

Jul 23 08:05

Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Oil Refinery with Long-Range Ballistic Missile

In retaliation for the Saudi’s ongoing aggression against Yemen, Yemeni forces have targeted an Aramco Saudi oil refinery in Yanbu province with a long-range ballistic missile. The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Jul 23 06:52

Veterans Affairs in Waco denies 92% of Gulf War Illness claims

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

Jul 23 06:52

Parents arrested for giving newborn daughter meth, heroin, morphine

Police said a mother and father were arrested after they gave their newborn daughter drugs on the day she was born, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports.
Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson face drug distribution and child endangerment charges, authorities said.

Jul 23 05:42

Israel seeking to consolidate control over al-Aqsa: Analyst

On Friday, the Palestinian people marked “Day of Rage” to protest Tel Aviv’s restrictions on entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which was met with a heavy-handed Israeli crackdown. At least four people lost their lives during the clashes with Tel Aviv’s forces in the occupied territories. Press TV has conducted an interview with Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, a Palestinian human rights lawyer from London, and Michael Lane, president of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to ask for their thoughts on the heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Karmi-Ayyoub said that the imposition of restrictive measures on the Palestinian access to the al-Aqsa Mosque is in line with the Tel Aviv regime’s broader agenda of occupying the whole Palestinian territories and expelling the Arabs from their homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Smithsonian on-line magazine comes a very helpful explanation of why this sacred site is such a bone of contention for the 3 Abrahamic faiths:

"Jewish tradition holds that it is the site where God gathered the dust to create Adam and where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son Isaac to prove his faith. King Solomon, according to the Bible, built the First Temple of the Jews on this mountaintop circa 1000 B.C., only to have it torn down 400 years later by troops commanded by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, who sent many Jews into exile. In the first century B.C., Herod expanded and refurbished a Second Temple built by Jews who had returned after their banishment. It is here that, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ lashed out against the money changers (and was later crucified a few hundred yards away). The Roman general Titus exacted revenge against Jewish rebels, sacking and burning the Temple in A.D. 70.

Among Muslims, the Temple Mount is called Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary). They believe it was here that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to the “Divine Presence” on the back of a winged horse—the Miraculous Night Journey, commemorated by one of Islam’s architectural triumphs, the Dome of the Rock shrine."

In Jewish spiritual traditions, the building of the 3rd Temple at this site will usher in the Messianic age, which is why control of the Al Aqsa Mosque is such a big issue for the Israeli government.

Unfortunately, due to Israeli Prime Minister's characteristic hubris, we have not seen the end of death an destruction against all sides; my heart weeps for the future of Jerusalem.

Jul 23 05:31

US dishes dirt on Saudis to flush Gulf blockade on Qatar

It’s been a bad week for the Saudi rulers in the US media. A slew of embarrassing stories got wide coverage, with the seeming intention of undermining Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. Not coincidentally, the Saudi-led bloc then capitulated in its standoff with Qatar.

The row between Qatar and the other Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has been the worst flare up in relations among the US-backed oil and gas monarchies going back many years.

All of the energy-rich sheikhdoms are American allies, or more accurately, American intelligence came out to effectively back Qatar’s side in the row with the other Gulf states. The US assessed that the official Qatar News Agency website was hacked by “the government of United Arab Emirates” on May 24, which sparked the whole stand-off in the first place.

Jul 22 19:08

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11’

Over the 5 years or so The Last Great Stand has been around, I’m often asked why I never talk about how 9/11 was an inside job? For anyone who hasn’t heard my explanation, it’s simple:

I grew up just outside NYC, and I worked in the Towers every summer break while in undergrad. Every morning I used to ride the ferry from Hoboken, NJ across the Hudson River, and it would drop me off right at the foot of the World Trade Center.

No matter how cold it was, you could always find me on the upper deck of the ferry sitting outside. No matter how many times I saw the Twin Towers, I was still awestruck every single morning when I saw them... every single morning.

Jul 22 15:57

The Balfour Declaration: Time to say sorry. Time we made amends.

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of Britain’s overwhelming responsibility for the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, and explains why the British state must apologise for its duplicitous role in the crime.>>

Jul 22 10:50

Ramses II was King Solomon

Very few equivalences in ancient times are so certain as the equivalence of Ramses II with King Solomon. Indeed, no mainstream scholar has been able to present even the most minimal requisite evidence necessary to rebut my challenge to current chronology as posted at https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/ane/2003-July/009941.html

Egyptologists, Oriental and Biblical scholars do not like to be confronted with facts - rather, they continue to build their nice little houses of cards as if facts contrary to their ill-conceived theories and chronologies simply did not exist. The closed-minded majority of Egyptologists seem to have a limited capacity for critical thinking.

Just how long did Ramses reign? They assume it is 67 years of sole regency, but the evidence is against them.

It is quite clear that Ramses did not rule alone for 67 years but like Solomon only ruled 40 years as a sole regent.

Jul 22 10:36

UK MILITARY WILL USE ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT LASERS TO EXPAND BRITAIN’S ECONOMIC EMPIRE

The British press has been rather over-excited about the Tory government’s plans to fund a new fleet of destroyers.

So over-excited that pundits have overlooked the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones’, extraordinary assertion that Britain’s plan to expand its Navy is:

“… in order to support the UK’s growing global economic ambitions.”
Oh, and he also mentioned that under the same plan, the Navy would be deploying an advanced laser weapon, along with autonomous, artificially intelligent weapons systems.

To his credit, Admiral Sir Jones does mention the obligatory objective of ‘world peace’ and such like, but he is also quite candid about the pre-eminence of Britain’s economic interests.

Here are the relevant passages of his message in bold:

“Meanwhile in the Gulf [we] are working to protect international shipping in a region which is essential to the UK’s economic security…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it's back to expropriating resources to which the UK has utterly no moral right; regime changing countries to become more British-Centric; and making certain that these resources are only sold in specific currencies to specific countries, right?!?

WOW, I love the smell of neocolonialism in the morning!!

Jul 22 10:29

BROKE AND BLEEDING CASH, DNC ENDS JUNE $3.3 MILLION IN DEBT

After spending a truly obscene amount of money on the Georgia special election last month, money that was proven to be completely wasted after Jon Ossoff was destroyed by Karen Handel, the DNC's balance sheet is looking a little deflated. Of course, spending $22 million dollars for a seat where candidates usually spend about $1 million each tends to take a toll on your political war chest.

And while we're sure that the new DNC Chair would love to forget all about that Georgia race, as the Federal Election Commission's June financial reports reveal, his deflated balance sheet, which included only $7.5 mm of cash and $3.3mm of debt, serves as a constant reminder of the wasted money that he'd undoubtedly love to get back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the DNC starts taking responsibility for some very bad judgment in terms of backing Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, and starts to acknowledge that she had more baggage attached to her than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot, things are just not going to get better for them.

And this "Russia interfered with the election" nonsense is not playing well in Peoria; better to drop it, identify the real problems the party faces, and fix them well before the mid-terms.

Of course, that... would be logical!!

Jul 22 10:19

PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS KILLED, HUNDREDS WOUNDED AS VIOLENCE ENGULFS WEST BANK

Three Palestinians were shot dead and four others wounded as thousands of Palestinian worshippers clashed with security forces on a “day of rage” over Israeli control of Islam’s third-holiest site. Israel’s army said a family of three Israeli settlers were stabbed to death and a fourth was wounded in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf on Friday.

Mohammad Sharaf, 17, was reportedly shot by an Israeli settler in the Ras Alamood area in East Jerusalem. Mohammed Hassan Abu Ghannam, 19, died of wounds in al-Makassed hospital after he was shot by an Israeli settler in East Jerusalem. Footage on social media shows Ghannam’s body being carried over the hospital gate by Palestinian paramedics and protesters.

A third Palestinian was killed in Abu Dis, AFP reported, quoting Palestinian health officials saying: “A Palestinian was killed after he was shot in the heart by live bullets.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This place is sacred to all 3 Abrahamic faith traditions; Muslim; Jewish, and Christian. And Muslims' fears that Israel wants it for their own religious and national purposes are, unfortunately, well grounded.

Tel Aviv wants to wrest control of it back for Israel, because in Jewish religious traditions, the building of the 3rd Temple will herald the beginning of the Messianic age.

Israeli Prime Minister knew that the optics of the metal detectors and forbidding anyone under 50 to worship at Al Aqsa would be horrific; but in his characteristic hubris, he just didn't give a damn.

Through these actions, he may well have lit the flames for yet another intifada; then, he will use this violence as "the justification" to tighten down the screws against Palestinians even more than they are already.

I weep for all those dead and wounded, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian, and those who will die, and be wounded, on all sides; this is an absolute tragedy which could have been averted.

A violent response to these strictures for worshiping at Al Aqsa was precisely the outcome Netanyahu, and the Israeli government wanted to happen.

Jul 22 10:04

PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS KILLED, HUNDREDS WOUNDED AS VIOLENCE ENGULFS WEST BANK

Three Palestinians were shot dead and four others wounded as thousands of Palestinian worshipers clashed with security forces on a “day of rage” over Israeli control of Islam’s third-holiest site. Israel’s army said a family of three Israeli settlers were stabbed to death and a fourth was wounded in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf on Friday.

The army said in a statement that the four victims were Israeli civilians and that the assailant was also shot. It was not known whether he was alive.

The deaths came as thousands of Palestinians clashed with police after peaceful prayers around the Old City. Many had refused to enter the Noble Sanctuary and the al-Aqsa mosque in protest of new Israeli security checkpoints at two key entrances.

The sanctuary has for a week been subjected to increased security measures, including metal detectors, that many in Palestine see as an attempt to gain control of the site.

Jul 22 09:33

MAN BEHIND TRUMP "DOSSIER" REFUSES TO TESTIFY, WILL PLEAD THE FIFTH, FIGHT SUBPOENA

For all the talk of obstruction and interference by the Trump camp, it's neither Donald Trump Jr. nor Paul Manafort who are challenging their scheduled testimony in the Senate next Wednesday, but rather the man who according to many started the whole "Trump Russia collusion" narrative, who is doing everything in his power to avoid testifying next week.

FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won't testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks "partisan" hearing and vows to plead Fifth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has at least two brain cells to rub together, they will immediately void Simpson's US passport, and hold this man in protective custody until he testifies, even if he pleads the 5th Amendment throughout the hearing.

My hunch would be, here that he and his attorney have a "short list" of countries with no extradition agreements with the United States, and it will be to one of those countries he will go, permanently, unless he is forbidden to travel outside the United States.

Jul 22 09:17

Story time at Kingsbridge library is now a drag ... in a good way

A sea of paper crowns covered in star stickers, a baby running around wearing a shirt with the word “feminist” on the front, and a drag queen in a sparkly dress set a vibrant scene for Kingsbridge Library’s first ever Drag Queen Story Hour.

Jul 22 08:40

DEALING WITH SCAMMERS (24 PICS)

Jul 22 08:23

Multiple Warnings Broadcasted, Is Something Being Planned

Trump rolls back 800 Obama regulations. Trump's attorney's are probing Mueller's teams to see how many gave campaign contributions to Clinton. FBI has turned over 7,000 emails from Weiner's laptop to Judicial Watch.

Jul 22 08:20

“Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations Over ‘Serious Heath Concerns'”

This mandatory vaccination business is simply that… a business.

Jul 22 07:55

Barnes & Noble Worker Unable to Request for MILO's book "DANGEROUS" in Stores

Milo Yiannopoulos "DANGEROUS"

UNDERCOVER VIDEO AT THE FAMOUS BOOK SELLER'S STORE

Jul 22 07:50

Iran's Foreign Minister: Saudi Arabia Is Involved in 94% of Terrorist Attacks in the World

"We don’t see the situation in our region as a winning or losing battle. It’s a situation where the initial U.S. invasion of Iraq has led everybody to lose. Because we believe that the situation in today’s world is so interconnected that we cannot have winners and losers; we either win together or lose together,” Zarif told The National Interest.

Jul 22 07:50

Iceland has become the first country in the world to give its citizens full control over their medical records

Iceland has become the first country in the world to give its citizens full control over their medical records – with financial data next on the list. MEF Minute examines this landmark launch, and what it means for the personal data economy movement…

Jul 22 07:49

Protesters SHUT DOWN Minneapolis Mayor Hodges Press Conference 7/21/17

mayor news conference on police chief's resignation

Jul 22 00:56

Legalised murder: US airforce kills 12 Afghan police

Just another day of the US terrorising the world. If Russia did this the media and establishment would call for WW3.

Jul 21 18:28

O.J. Simpson Granted Release From Nevada Prison In October

O.J. Simpson was granted parole from prison on Thursday after serving nine years for a botched armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room and will be released in October.

Jul 21 15:27

Maxine Waters Hints at Running For President in 2020 – Is the DNC Insane Enough to Encourage Her?

The “Resist Machine: known as Maxine Waters has decided to “covertly confirm” that she will be seeking backing for a Presidential bid in 2020.

Jul 21 14:55

GERMAN festival DEVASTATED after migrants show up and UNLEASHED HELL on citizens

Migrants in Germany poured into a carnival and started raping young women and attacking police. The so-called “asylum seekers” invaded the Volksfest in Baden-Wuerttemberg over the weekend, committing three sexual assaults on Friday alone and more throughout the festivities. One of the victims was a 17-year-old girl who was held down by three Afghan migrants, according to police.

Jul 21 14:45

Virginia Man Gets Inflated 137yr Sentence For Stealing Tires & Rims

A jury has sentenced a man who stole tires and rims over a long period of time to 132 years in prison, with an additional 63 months in jail. The man is also facing similar charges in neighboring counties.

Jason Brooks, 38, was found guilty of six counts of grand larceny, six counts of larceny with intent to sell, three counts of destruction of property, and three counts of tampering with an automobile, according to a news release from the Office of the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Jul 21 14:41

Herbal Coffee Controversy Reveals Fragility Of American Health

A new story is sweeping the news regarding a controversial “herbal coffee.” Recently, New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee, which was marketed as a male enhancement product has come under fire by the FDA for including undisclosed ingredients, but...

Jul 21 13:41

Antifa Activist Yvette Felarca Charged With Assault, Rioting For Role In 2016 Sacramento Capitol Brawl

Anti-free speech activist Yvette Felarca was arrested Tuesday night for her role in the violent June 2016 riot at the Capitol in Sacramento.

Jul 21 12:23

EasyJet kicked unaccompanied child off overbooked flight and left him alone at departure gate

Budget airline easyJet has launched an investigation after an unaccompanied child was booted off a flight from London Gatwick .

Casper Read, 15, was taken from his seat on overbooked flight EZY8333 to Toulouse on Thursday morning, and left alone at the departure gate.

The schoolboy, from Worthing, West Sussex, was taking only his second flight alone, to stay with his grandparents in France.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 12:09

Bahraini inmates seeking medical attention punished with torture, solitary confinement

A Bahraini human rights group says detainees being held at a detention center in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom will be punished by solitary confinement and torture in case they seek medical attention from prison authorities.

Duraz Youth Movement announced on Friday that inmates at Dry Dock Detention Center will be locked up in solitary cells and subjected to torture should they demand treatment, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

The movement noted that the practice has been drawn up by one of the prison’s senior figures identified as Ahmad al-Amadi.

It also expressed deep concerns over the deteriorating health conditions of Ali Majed Rabea and Hussein Mahdi Qassem, stressing that the pair faces serious health risks after continuously being denied proper medical care.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Al-Khalifa monarchy is doing to these political prisoners is tantamount to committing war crimes; of course, neither the US nor the UK's government will ever confront the monarchy with this, because of the tactical importance of their naval bases on this island.

Jul 21 12:04

4 Palestinians killed during al-Aqsa Mosque rallies

At least four people have reportedly lost their lives during clashes in the occupied Palestinian lands as tensions (#SaveAlAqsa) remain high there in the wake of the Tel Aviv regime’s crackdown on Palestinian worshipers wishing to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian medical sources and witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Palestinian teenager, identified as 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf from the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, was fatally shot in Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds on Friday afternoon, Arabic-language Ma’an news agency reported.

Witnesses said Sharaf was shot in the neck by an Israeli settler, and later succumbed to his wounds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

None of these people should have died; but the IDF uses demonstrations as the reason to "justify" more crackdowns against Palestinians, even when Palestinians are demonstrating peacefully.

And Israeli settlers assassinate young Palestinians, because they know they can get away with such actions with impunity.

I am almost willing to bet that neither of these perps will ever be caught and tried for these murders, and they know it.

Jul 21 11:55

Thousands protest judicial reform in cities across Poland

People protest in Wroclaw, Poland, against new legislation which allows lawmakers to appoint Supreme Court judges.

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WOW, take a look at that crowd; and folks, this wasn't photoshopped; the Poles take their democracy very seriously in the 21st century.

Jul 21 11:50

Indian Police to Use Chilli Punch to Tame Hostile Crowds in Kashmir

Indian security forces will soon use capsicum gel-based tear gas shells instead of PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide) shells to disperse mobs in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The new tear gas can be used either as a spray or as a shell against stone-pelters. Jammu and Kashmir has recently seen a large number of public protests and stone pelting incidents.

The new tear gas shells will be made at the Tear Smoke Unit of the Border Security Force at the Tekanpur, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in collaboration with India’s premier defense research organisation, Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to the DRDO, the tear gas will be made in two forms, shell form and spray can. The chilli ingredient for these new teargas will come from north-eastern states and Andhra Pradesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Indian government is using this type of weaponry against its own people, just boggles the mind.

And particularly in the case of Kashmir, these protestors are angry because the long-promised referendum, in order for Kashmiris to decide to become independent; stay with India; or become part of Pakistan, has not been allowed to go forward.

To the Indian government; you are hailed as the most diverse, intense, and dramatic democracies on the face of this earth; please start acting like one, and hold the referendum!!

Jul 21 11:39

Scoop: Trump in Talks with Cruz to Replace Sessions and Mueller

President Trump is talking to Senator Ted Cruz and others about what they would do differently as Attorney General, should Jeff Sessions resign, as reports indicate.

Jul 21 11:39

What sanctions? North Korea economy grows at fastest pace in 17 years

North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Gross domestic product (GDP) in North Korea last year rose 3.9% from the previous year when the economy contracted due to a drought and low commodity prices, the Bank of Korea said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering all the economic blight these US sanctions were supposed to bring, it doesn't appear that they have hurt the North Korean economy one bit.

Jul 21 11:32

Government Think Tanks Admit U.S. Empire Is Collapsing – Their Solution Is More War And Tyranny

The average person doesn’t realize how close the American empire is to collapsing under its own weight. Hell, the average person’s mind is thoroughly riddled with propaganda and entertainment, that they don’t even realize that their country is an empire. They think it’s normal to live under an all powerful government that has hundreds of military bases all over the world, and is constantly at war.

But there’s no doubt that this state of affairs cannot continue. In fact, even the high ranking officials in our government know that their empire is on the ropes, and challenged on all fronts by nations that are no longer willing to bow down to Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the authors of this report that doing something in precisely the same way, again and again, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

Jul 21 11:27

The Worst Ideological Enemy Of The US Is Now Europe

The vast majority of these European courts -- whether the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) -- in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant, and trampled the rights of the Italian state and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country.
In Europe, Amnesty International and the like are, it seems, a new source of law.
Those who gave the Statue of Liberty to America in 1886 "to commemorate the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States" are willingly trampling their own people's liberties today through courts of appointed, unelected, unaccountable ideologues. The danger is that, with the help of many doubtless well-intentioned, international NGOs, the EU will not stop at its shores.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sad; but very essentially, quite true.

Jul 21 11:20

Turkey Poised To Invade Syria's Idlib Province As Inter-Jihadist Violence Rages

Two Salafi-jihadi factions in Syria's Idlib province have been engaged in a brutal inter-"rebel" (or rather inter-jihadist) war this week, prompting Turkey to prepare a potential invasion to protect its favored factions on the ground. On Thursday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) continued to capture towns in Idlib's countryside from rival Ahrar al-Sham and Turkish backed FSA groups after an uneasy truce between the rebel factions quickly collapsed days prior, causing the weaker Ahrar al-Sham to call in Turkish support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tragedy which has been Syria the last half-decade, appears to show no signs of ending any time soon; hopefully, the Russians will hold sway here, and influence Turkey away from even the concept of this invasion.

Jul 21 11:16

"Everything Will Collapse" German Judge Warns As Refugees Flood System With Appeals

Hundreds of thousands of migrants who’ve appealed decisions by Germany’s immigration courts have brought the country’s legal system to the brink of collapse, a German judge warned on Friday.

More than 1.3 million migrants have arrived in Germany since the beginning of 2015. Since then, the sheer number of cases filed has overwhelmed the civil courts of the country, said Robert Seegmuller, chairman of the Association of German Administrative Law Judges, speaking to the publishing house Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

“The situation is dramatic for administrative courts,” Seegmuller told RND. “We are now completely stretched to our limits.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the end result of unrestricted, unvetted immigration; clogged legal systems breaking down; crime going up; areas of various countries (like Sweden, France, and Germany) becoming no-go zones for their citizens; and the people immigrating feel no need to learn the language, or culture, or necessary business skills in order to survive.

Jul 21 11:12

Docs Prep Elderly Woman for Surgery, Freak When They See What's in Her Eye

In the United Kingdom, doctors were busy prepping a 67-year-old patient for cataract surgery when they noticed a bluish mass inside her eye. When doctors attempted to remove the mass, they discovered that it was comprised of contact lenses that had fused together. The doctors removed a total of 27 contact lenses from the woman’s eye.

Jul 21 11:10

US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To "Depart Immediately", Bans Tourists From Visiting

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. "After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government." The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When one has no relations with an allegedly "hostile" country (which the US does not with North Korea), this move looks like a prelude to military action against it.

Although South Korean President Moon's latest request to meet Kim Jung Un has been rebuffed, the South Korean government made it very clear that they don't think it was the North Korean government's position that talks could never happen, ultimately; just that a meeting for today would have been too rushed to be of positive benefit.

Jul 21 11:02

New Hawaii campaign to help residents plan for North Korea attack

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state is the target of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea.

The agency said the threat to the islands from the rogue nation is "currently assessed to be low."

But officials added ongoing North Korean missile tests —and growing public concern — have prompted officials to work on preparedness and disaster management plans.

Vern Miyagi, administrator of the emergency management agency, stressed that the public shouldn't be alarmed by the planning.

Rather, he said, the public should see the preparation and education much like the work being done to prepare the public for hurricane and tsunami, which pose a greater risk to the state.

"We need to tell the public what the state is doing," Miyagi said. “We do not want to cause any undue stress for the public; however, we have a responsibility to plan for all hazards."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the State of Hawaii handles a potential missile attack as "well" as it has handled the absolute fluster-cluck of its light rail program, then citizens of the State of Hawaii are truly on their own.

Get educated as to how to prepare yourself for such an event as much as possible; this means long-term storage food and water; extra medications for yourselves and your pets. Have a bugout plan, if you are separated from the family, and understand, tactically, where it will be the safest for you to ride out the attack in relative comfort.

Understand what potassium iodate is, and how to find it before such an emergency may take place.

If you have kids in school, learn what the policy is regarding the school's releasing them before the actual end of class time.

Because you absolutely, completely cannot rely on the State of Hawaii to take care of you in any meaningful way; it is too dysfunctional to be even the least bit effective in the case of such an attack by North Korea (or, potentially China).

Jul 21 10:48

Dramatic Increase in Israel’s Arrest of Palestinian Children, Abused, Deprived of Food, Beatings, Denied Legal Council

Some 331 Palestinian minors were arrested by Israel between January and May this year, a 62 per cent increase on figures from 2012 to 2015, NGO Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) revealed yesterday.

According to a report released by the human rights group, Israeli forces regularly abuse Palestinian children, depriving them of food, subjecting them to beatings and preventing them from accessing legal counsel.

Accountability Programme Director at DCIP, Ayed Abu Eqtaish, stated:

“For over a decade, ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system has been widespread and systematic.”

From the persistent and institutionalised ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children, to the systematic denial of their due process rights, emerges a system of control far removed from justice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel, the "only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

Not from the standpoint of these kids and their families, it isn't!

Jul 21 10:43

Geopolitical Turbulence in the Caucasus

To put it very simply, after Syria the Caucasus – barely 800 miles to the northeast – is literally Russia’s second line of defense, its “soft underbelly,” to use a worn but apposite phrase. Quite understandably, Russia is in Syria, among other reasons, precisely to make sure that it would not have to fall back to the aforementioned defense line. Its geopolitical opponents, however, are doing their utmost to see to it that it does. Hence the intense turbulence and maneuvering between Baku and Tbilisi, and beyond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A new US military base, right on Russia's border in Georgia?!? And ready for occupation and activity by the end of this year?!?

This gives me a sense of what a timeline might be for a NATO-led war with Russia; let's say, maybe 5 months out, give or take, from today?!?

The accompanying buildup of NATO'S troops right on Russia's doorstep is no accident, either.

Map showing where NATO troops are stationed right on Russia's borders

Suddenly, I am very much seeing the moves on this chessboard, potentially leading to another world war.

Jul 21 10:30

BREAKING: YouTube Sued By Creators in Class-Action Lawsuit

YouTube creators ZombieGoBoom are leading a class-action lawsuit against YouTube, claiming the streaming service intentionally demonetized and removed creator content in order to appease advertisers.

Jul 21 10:30

The Crisis of Trust in Government and Globalisation

The consequence to such an environment of suspicion is that people’s concerns over globalisation, the pace of innovation, employment prospects, immigration and eroding social values are turned into fear. And fear-factor politics has become endemic. The consequence is evidenced in the rise of political figures such as Donald Trump, the rise of extreme political parties across Europe, the collapse of establishment politics in France, the failure of the Italian referendum, Britain’s unexpected EU referendum result and then the Theresa May election debacle. All these events are inextricably linked because they were all decisions that were fundamentally driven by a lack of trust.

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This is a natural consequence of being lied to so frequently by one's government, one simply expects that everything the government and corporate media tell you is a lie; at least, in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, that is the truth.

Jul 21 10:20

Ray McGovern’s Day in Court

Ray will be in Court Wednesday and Thursday in Syracuse to face the music. He and his Catholic Worker, Jewish mother, and other friends twice blocked the main entrance and exit to Hancock drone base to call attention to the push-of-the-computer-button cowardly killings done in our name. Those of you who, like our Quaker friends, are in the practice of holding Justice people in the Light, please do.

Here is a link to a piece Ray wrote a few years ago on the moral imperative of activism; even more necessary now.

Pasted in below are a couple of links. Ray is grateful to have fallen in with the very best people to be in trouble with, witnessing at Hancock Drone Base, Syracuse, New York

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I met this man in New York when he was a featured speaker at a conference where Mike was also present to present evidence on 9/11; he is a gentleman of great moral courage, and someone I respect for his peaceful protests against things like the drone bases.

Extrajudicial assassinations have absolutely no place in American law, nor should they, although President Obama loved to order these.

What they appear to ultimately accomplish is create more radicalisation in the countries where they are used, which translates to a permanent state of warfare, which always makes the US's military industrial complex happy.

This is the most current commentary I could find on the Mc Govern trial, and it is dated just one week ago:

Current Trial: Ray and his Justice Companions for their Non-Violent, but imaginative Witness in Syracuse against US drone killings of suspected terrorists

Jul 21 10:09

Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Is an Embarrassment

When he was 17, five years ago, Mujtaba al-Sweikat committed the “crime” of participating in a pro-democracy rally in Saudi Arabia.

Instead of attending Western Michigan University, as he had planned to do that fall, he was put in prison. Reports are now leaking out of Saudi Arabia that al-Sweikat will soon be beheaded for his transgression.

It’s just the latest reminder that Saudi Arabia is America’s worst best friend. The U.S. does get something out of its relationship with Saudi Arabia; there is real intelligence sharing, and the Kingdom has used its power over OPEC to drive oil prices down when we want to humiliate Russia or accomplish some other goal. That’s not nothing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in its commission of war crimes in Yemen, I am deeply troubled by the US's (and the President's) BFF relationship to the Saudi monarchy, and the Saudi government.

And I will warn you: all these images are very graphic, but as a Christian witness to the evil being visited upon Yemen by Saudi Arabia, I think it is very important for the readers of this site to understand what is being done with their tax dollars, and in their name, in Yemen.

The Saudi bombings are killing and maiming Yemeni children for life.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life.

By blockading the Yemeni ports with US military assistance, the Saudis are insuring the Yemeni children are now dying from malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from complications of malnutrition

And when you have a starved, bomb-ravaged population, is you do now in Yemen, disease is sure to follow; cholera is now well-established in Yemen, and the diagnosed cases are right around 300,00 as I type this.

Cholera cases in Yemen pass the 300,000 mark, and climbing.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman did pledge 66 million dollars to deal with the cholera epidemic, to appear "humanitarian", even as his government slaughters Yemen's people with bombs and bullets.

Saudis, at War in Yemen, Give Country $66.7 Million in Cholera Relief

But did he actually give it to an aid organisation which actually understand how to get the job done, like the Red Crescent, or Doctors Without Borders?!?

With an intense cynicism that almost boggles the mind, Prince Salman donated this money to the UN, which is dysfunctional, dystopic, and disorganised beyond belief. He clearly understood that by the time that aid ever reached its target, the relief effort would be way too little, and way too late.

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudis are using DU weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudis using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And of course, these weapons are having the absolutely same effect on the people and children in Yemen as they did in Falluja Iraq; massive spikes in cancers, birth defects, and still births are being experienced now by the Yemeni people.

Images, courtesy of Ruptly, of infants with severe birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen.

It is profoundly disturbing for me to understand just how completely morally comfortable our government, the Saudi government, and our and their military are with this genocide in Yemen.

As both a Christian and an American citizen, I very logically must ask about the moral cost of this relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, and the dark, bitter fruit it may well bear in the future, where the US government may use Saudi Arabia as a proxy antagonist to Iran, in a potential war against that country.

Jul 21 09:55

"A biological girl must use a locker room for girls" --- a Missouri appeals court ruled

Girl Must Use Girls Locker Room: Rejecting eight years of “gender identity” politics under President Obama, a Missouri appeals court ruled

Jul 21 09:51

Sick Dems just FLIPPED on their own party with this ULTIMATE PLAN to DESTROY Trump

The founder of an anti-President Donald Trump group told the Associated Press that Democrats "need to be talking about impeachment constantly" and added that elected party members who do not do so should leave.

Jul 21 09:42

BREAKING: Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

reportedly whines to NYT on way out

Jul 21 09:20

Obama Home State Forcing Pro-Life Centers to Make Sick Announcements

Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii is one of the most liberal in the nation, and there’s no exception on matters dealing with abortion. Now, Hawaii is forcing pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to make a sick announcement endorsing the possibility of an abortion.

Jul 21 09:18

US World Supremacy Challenged: China Opens First Overseas Military Base

Since World War II, not many countries have dared to challenge the United States' military dominance in the world. The US has a far greater military reach than all its closest competitors. In recent years however, other powerful nations have begun to challenge US Supremacy by flexing their military muscle away from home.

Jul 21 09:12

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

In 2007, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies declared with high confidence Iran had no nuclear weapons program. They stated this again in 2011. Under the nuclear deal, Iran exported almost all of its uranium, stopped enriching to 20 percent, shut down thousands of centrifuges, poured concrete into the core of its heavy water reactor, and allows U.N. inspectors to crawl all over every facility.

Is Iran, despite all this, operating a secret nuclear weapons program? Or is this War Party propaganda meant to drag us into another Mideast war?

To ascertain the truth, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should call the heads of the CIA and DIA, and the Director of National Intelligence, to testify in open session.

We are told we are menaced also by a Shiite Crescent rising and stretching from Beirut to Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran.

And who created this Shiite Crescent?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because the creation of yet another war in the Middle East would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the Unhinged Surveilled States of America could do right now, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't haul off, and do it.

Logic, rationality, and being able to think something through to its logical conclusion, are no longer requisite skills for those creating foreign policy in DC; what we seem to have happening here is a combination of "magical thinking, coupled with the used of a dart board, in the creation of US foreign policy.

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