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May 15 10:16

ZombieLoad: New critical flaw affects most Intel processors, exposes keys, browsing history & more

Researchers have found another security flaw in the Intel processor chips that power most of the world’s computers, one that can compromise users’ private data – and that can’t be fixed without a major performance drop.
The exploit, dubbed ZombieLoad, is embedded in Intel’s processor chips themselves, meaning even the best-designed software patches can only go part of the way toward plugging the hole without reducing the chips’ performance. The vulnerability may allow attackers to ‘resurrect’ critical data processed by the chip – from browser history and passwords to disk encryption keys and other system-level sensitive data.

Its reach isn’t even limited to the end-user’s computer, according to researchers Michael Schwarz, Moritz Lipp, and Daniel Gruss from Graz University of Technology and Jo Van Bulck from KU Leuven: it “can also be exploited in the cloud.”

May 15 10:12

Victory! EFF Wins National Security Letter Transparency Lawsuit

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

A federal district court in San Francisco has ruled strongly in favor of our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records of how and when the FBI lifts gag orders issued with National Security Letters (NSLs). These records will provide a window into the FBI’s use of a highly secretive investigative tool that has been historically misused. They will also provide insight into the effectiveness of the USA Freedom Act, the national security reform law passed by Congress in 2015.

NSLs are a form of administrative subpoena that allows the government to obtain basic information about customers of communications providers, banks and credit agencies, and a range of other companies. The defining feature of NSLs, however, is that the FBI can issue a blanket gag order with its information request, preventing recipients from saying anything about them, including the very fact that they have received an NSL.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, EFF, well-done!!

May 15 10:09

VIDEO: Abortion advocate cries, begs, pleads when college cop arrests her for stealing pro-life sign — and it's a major hoot

Just a few days after a woman outside of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill went berserk and attacked a young male pro-life intern, yet another pro-abortion foot soldier at the campus went on a mission — and paid for her actions with a tearful arrest caught on camera.

May 15 10:08

US issues security alert ordering non-emergency staff to depart Iraq

The US State Department has issued a security alert and ordered staff to evacuate Iraq amid escalating tensions with neighbouring Iran. The alert posted on the US embassy in Iraq today read: “The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Iraq.”

A US embassy spokesperson is reported by the Financial Times saying that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had taken the decision to withdraw because of “the increased threat stream we are seeing in Iraq”. The spokesperson declined to say how, when, or how many staff were leaving, citing security reasons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map, shall we?!?

Map: Iran/Iraq borders

(The Iran–Iraq boundary runs for 1,458 kilometers (over 900 miles, (plus or minus), from the Shatt al-Arab (known as Arvand Rud in Iran) waterway to the tripoint boundary with Turkey at the Kuh e-Dalanper. Although the boundary was first determined in 1639, certain disputes fester, particularly surrounding navigation on the Shatt al-Arab waterway."

IF the false flag is going to happen on land, rather than in the Persian Gulf, somewhere around this border area, would probably be the flash-point.

Even though Baghdad has explicitly stated that it will not allow Iraq to be used against Iran, how, militarily, can they actually prevent this?!?

We most probably have both American and Israel mercs, close to the border, waiting for word about causing the initial damage, to then be be blamed on Iran, and off we go.

Mr. President; I think I speak for my brother and sister Americans, when I say that this government's attempts to "lie us into war", as did your predecessor, President Bush, will demonstrate, that you have thoroughly outsourced US foreign policy in the Middle East to Tel Aviv; and to say "this is not a good thing", is tantamount to saying, "The Titanic hit a little bit of ice."

And yes, there are times when policy issues between the US and Israel do align; this, however, is not one of those times.

In the most peaceful, respectful way I can, I must caution you on starting a war with Iran; this will be another gigantic, quagmire, much as Afghanistan and Iraq, have been. And if Russia and China come in on Iran's side, as well they might, we are dealing with a war which could well go nuclear in a heartbeat.

May 15 10:06

Eighth Amendment Victory: Federal Court Bars Prison Officials From Subjecting Death Row Inmates to Harsh, Dehumanizing Conditions

In a rebuke to the practice of subjecting prisoners to solitary confinement, a federal appeals court has held that a Virginia prison violated the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment by confining death row inmates to parking-space sized cells in virtual isolation. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that conditions at Sussex I State Prison were “dehumanizing” and ordered prison officials to make permanent changes mitigating the conditions, including allowing death row inmates to have contact visits with family and opportunities for recreational and religious activities. The Rutherford Institute and American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed an amicus brief with the appeals court in Porter v.

May 15 10:05

Elizabeth Warren calls for a boycott of Fox News: ‘A hate-for profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists!’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) encouraged people to boycott Fox News for promoting "racists and conspiracy theorists."

May 15 09:33

Chick-fil-A's head of charity issues incredibly godly response to critics and protests — and reveals that charity would work with LGBTQ org

Rodney Bullard, the executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation and vice president of corporate social responsibility, says that the company would consider working with an LGBTQ organization if a potential partnership was "authentic," and also revealed that there's more happening at the company than meets the eye.

May 15 09:33

Rep. Ilhan Omar accuses Liz Cheney of Islamophobia: 'You never met a Muslim you didn't want to vilify'

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) accused Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) of "deep seated hate and Islamophobia" Monday, after the Republican lawmaker criticized controversial remarks made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) regarding the Holocaust and Israel.

May 15 09:22

Milla Jovovich shares her own abortion story in wake of Alabama and Georgia's controversial ban: 'I still have nightmares about it'

Actress Milla Jovovich is speaking out against the restrictive abortion ban in Georgia in a passionate post on Instagram.

Just hours after she posted her statement on Instagram, Alabama passed their own law, considered the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.

'I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times. If someone doesn’t want to continue reading, you have been warned,' Jovovich began.

May 15 09:19

It's time to restore US-Russia ties, Putin tells Pompeo

Russian President Vladimir Putin told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he had the impression President Donald Trump wanted to restore relations between the US and Russia after the Mueller inquiry exonerated him.

“As you know, just a few days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with the US president on the phone,” Putin told Pompeo on Tuesday, as the two met in Sochi. “I got the impression that the [US] president was inclined to re-establish Russian-American relations and contacts to resolve together the issues that are of mutual interest to us.”

May 15 09:10

ZombieLoad: New critical flaw affects most Intel processors, exposes keys, browsing history & more

Researchers have found another security flaw in the Intel processor chips that power most of the world’s computers, one that can compromise users’ private data – and that can’t be fixed without a major performance drop.

The exploit, dubbed ZombieLoad, is embedded in Intel’s processor chips themselves, meaning even the best-designed software patches can only go part of the way toward plugging the hole without reducing the chips’ performance. The vulnerability may allow attackers to ‘resurrect’ critical data processed by the chip – from browser history and passwords to disk encryption keys and other system-level sensitive data.

Its reach isn’t even limited to the end-user’s computer, according to researchers Michael Schwarz, Moritz Lipp, and Daniel Gruss from Graz University of Technology and Jo Van Bulck from KU Leuven: it “can also be exploited in the cloud.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intel.... just fix the darned flaw, please!!!

This has got to be annoying to the execs here; but I think there are two words which, at this point in time, in the computer industry's existence, need to come about; those words are: product liability.

Because those creating the computers we all rely upon, have been, for far too many years, costing us business, and costing us money, sometimes, big-time.

That has to stop, and right the heck now.

May 15 08:29

Mortality Algorithm Can Predict Heart Attack, Death With 90% Accuracy

An algorithm which can predict whether a person will have a heart attack or die with 90% accuracy has been developed by researchers at Finland's Turku PET Centre.

Utilizing similar machine learning functions as those employed by Netflix and Spotify to personalize content, a team led by Dr. Luis Eduardo Juarez-Orozco programmed the LogitBoost algorithm to use 85 variables to calculate the risk to the health of 950 test subjects who were subject to a host of scans and tests prior to being treated via traditional methods.

After patients complained of chest pain, their data was collected and used to 'train' the algorithm, which 'learned' the risks over a six-year period, during which it achieved 90% success at predicting 24 heart attacks and 49 deaths from any cause.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we need, besides non-GMO food, is prevention, and change of life styles to help in this regard.

7th Day Adventists are ovo-lacto vegetarians; and their general health scores are generally off-the-chart good!!

This is why, any time I know a person who is having health challenges on Oahu, I suggest that they get a nutritional consultation from the local 7th Day Adventist managed hospital; these folks have used food as a weapon for wellness, for decades.

May 15 08:24

Celebrity dramatically details her ‘emergency abortion’ in order to bash Georgia’s new abortion law: ‘I still have nightmares about it’

Actress Milla Jovovich opened up about an "emergency abortion" she underwent two years ago while she was filming a movie in Eastern Europe.

May 15 08:24

Southwest Airlines makes huge gaffe in kicking man off an aircraft for making an innocent joke — but his fellow passengers stand up for him: report

Southwest Airlines reportedly removed a passenger from a flight at Sacramento International Airport in California last week for making a joke about vodka, of all things.

May 15 08:22

WhatsApp: Malicious Spyware Has All The Markings Of “Government Sponsored Surveillance”

WhatsApp has asked users to update their systems after a malicious attack. The cyber attack is complete with all the hallmarks of a “government-sponsored surveillance” attempt.

The messaging and audio app owned by Facebook said Monday that malicious hackers were able to install spyware on Android smartphones and Apple iPhones and is asking users to make sure their security is up to date. But more alarming, is that this looks like the government wants to spy on its own people who use the WhatsApp app. “The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told MarketWatch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is more than a little scary.

May 14 17:06

No wonder the “mainstream” media isn’t covering the Colorado STEM school shooting: It points to an illegal alien and a transgender who hates Trump and Christians

“Isn’t it interesting how, just two days after the shooting in Colorado, the suspects have remained relatively unmentioned? This is a drastic departure from every other shooting. The mainstream media aren’t even trying to hide their blatant bias. If the facts don’t fit their narrative, they get left out — even if it’s a tragedy,” said Miller, host of “The White House Brief.”

May 14 17:03

The Mexican father of alleged Colorado school shooter Alec McKinney, 16, was jailed for domestic violence and deported TWICE, with his son posting how he missed him just days before the atrocity

The father of one of the alleged STEM School Highlands Ranch shooters in Colorado is a serial felon and illegal immigrant from Mexico, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Jose Evis Quintana, the father of alleged 16-year-old killer Alec McKinney was once jailed for 15 months for domestic violence against Alec's mother and 'menacing with a weapon'.

McKinney has been charged alongside his friend Devon Erickson of killing one student and injuring eight others at the school close to Denver, Colorado.

Records show Quintana, 33, who was also deported twice, had a string of arrests in Colorado dating from 2008 to 2017.

May 14 16:48

San Francisco is first US city to ban facial recognition

Legislators in San Francisco have voted to ban the use of facial recognition, the first US city to do so.

The emerging technology will not be allowed to be used by local agencies, such as the city’s transport authority, or law enforcement.

Additionally, any plans to buy any kind of new surveillance technology must now be approved by city administrators.

Opponents of the measure said it will put people’s safety at risk and hinder efforts to fight crime.

Those in favour of the move said the technology as it exists today is unreliable, and represented an unnecessary infringement on people’s privacy and liberty.

May 14 14:29

US, China, Iran, and Canada. Michael Rivero - May 13, 2019

May 14 12:21

The Media’s Shameful Handling of Bolton’s Iran Threat Claims Recalls the Run-up to the Iraq War

Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in order to get a piece of information into the public bloodstream without their fingerprints on it.

This is, in large part, how the Bush administration sold the U.S. invasion of Iraq to the American people: Feeding knowingly bogus or unsubstantiated intelligence on Iraq’s (nonexistent) WMD programs to reporters, who then published it as fact, without much in the way of critical scrutiny.

Despite the lessons we’ve learned from that debacle, it’s happening again with regard to the Trump administration’s march toward war with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I would strongly caution you, regarding the expansion of any threat against Iran.

There are moments when I would particularly like to see John Bolton and Mike Pompeo move to Israel, and run for the Knesset; this moment ... is one of them.

I am quite certain that Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is whispering in the ears of both men, convincing them that such a war will be easy, and quick, and won't be another quagmire for the US.

And President Trump, in your appointments of these men, you have demonstrated, painfully clearly, that you have outsourced US policy in the Middle East to Israel,and I would like to suggest,politely, that might not have been the most "America First!" people you should have chosen, as representatives of US foreign policy.

Not all of the fights into which Netanyahu would like the US military carry out for it, are frequently not fights which will do the country any measurable good.

An attack against Iran (where Russia and China, may well come to its aid), is not a smart move, sir. Iran has done absolutely nothing to harm us, except for taking payment for their oil in other than US dollars.

Please think about this, Mr. President: at this time, our military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the troop strength or the manufacturing to enable it to successfully engage in a world war,where you have Russia and China working against us in combat, as well as Iran.

May 14 11:56

First assessment blames Iran for Middle East ship explosions, official says

An American military team assessing blasts that damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday has blamed Iran or Iranian-backed proxies using explosive charges, a source told Fox News on Monday evening.

Each ship had a 5-to-10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. A Norwegian-flagged vessel, two Saudi oil tankers and a bunkering tanker flagged in Shariah, one of the UAE's seven emirates, all suffered similar damage Sunday.

The UAE asked the U.S. to help investigate the damage, which Gulf officials have characterized as sabotage. UAE's state media said Sunday there had been "no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels" and "no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel."

The U.S. has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and America has moved additional ships and aircraft into the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is zero surveillance footage in any of these cases, but the US military has already accused Iran of this?!?

Anyone out there remember the firm accusation of President Bush, when he claimed that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction"?!?

This accusation is on par with that; if the Iranians had really bombed these ships, with the intention of never having them seaworthy again, they would have left NONE of these ships as mildly damaged as they actually are, and would have zotted the heck out of them.

May 14 11:27

Houthi Drones Attack Aramco Pipeline Booster Stations

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels carried out drone attacks on two Aramco pipeline booster stations, a strike that was intended to disrupt world oil supplies, according to Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih.

Al-Falih told Saudi-funded news agency Al-Arabiya that the attacks targeted two pipeline booster stations between the Eastern province and the city of Yanbu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that the second set of words in this article are "Iran-backed Houthi rebels"

So, by creating the syntax in this manner the first thoughts should be, "Houthi Rebels are bad, Saudi Arabia is good", in their reckless bombings of what is left of Yemeni schools, hospitals, infrastructure. children, infants, and the medically fragile elderly.

But of course, that is the reality about to where this article dare not go; it's like this reality is Kryptonite, because any disruption of oil supplies will make everything more costly. ]

But a decisions has obviously been made, that all Yemeni people killed and maimed by this genocide, are expendable, anyway; that at least is where Crown Prince bin Salman and President Trump are.

In the immortal words of Tony Soprano "Fuggetaboutit!!", when it comes to a lasting ceasefire, and a negotiated settlement.

That the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, is getting consistent help from his American allies, under the watch of President Trump, means that Americans - all of us - are complicit in this

slaughter, until the US finally does the right thing and leaves.

This never was our fight to begin with.

And, unsurprisingly, oil jolted up after the news of the drone bombing.

https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/72668/oil-prices-jump-on-drone-attack-on-saudi-aramco.htmlOil prices jump after dron attack on Saudi Aramco.

May 14 11:00

Senior Admin Official: "A Trade Deal Isn't Close; US Could Be In For A Long Trade War"

Despite a flurry of meandering hot-then-cold trade war tweets from President Trump, US futures have been powering higher all morning. But then along came Axios to pour cold water all over the growing trade-deal optimism after the stock market's worst one-day selloff since January.

According to Axios, senior administration officials told senior White House reporter Jonathan Swan that a trade deal with China "isn't close" and that the US "could be in for a long trade war."

Swans' sources said the differences between the two sides "are so profound taut, based on his read of the situation, he can't see the fight getting resolved before the end of the year."

That's a much longer timeline than the three-four weeks Trump touted Monday night, who touted the possibility that the a meeting with President Xi at the G-20 in Japan next month could yield an agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps a slight bit of flexibility on both sides, might work to get these talks moving again; but until that happens, get really ready for a really tough economic time ahead.

May 14 10:55

Peter Schiff: "The Writing's On The Wall" For The Economy

Uber launched its IPO on Friday. It was less than ideal.

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is talking about how it wants to tweak its quantitative easing program when the next recession rolls around.

Peter Schiff talked about how these things relate - and the “writing on the wall” for the economy in his latest podcast.

Instead of buying some fixed amount of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities, the central bankers have floated the idea of pegging a yield during the next economic downturn. For example, it would try to hold the interest rate on a one-year bond at, say, 1%. As Peter pointed out, this is essentially price-fixing.

They’re saying, ‘We don’t want the interest rate that is being determined in the market. We want to interfere in the market so that the interest rate is lower than the market would set.'”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I went to our local grocery store for a couple of items; the end price was more than slightly, bone-chillingly jarring.

The price of food is already getting higher, and just threw both of us for a loop.

One of the things you can do, and hopefully with a couple of friends, is get a freezer, and buy in bulk. Freezers are a good place to start taking down your food budget.

I have found myself learning my way around a crock pot, which allows tougher cuts of meat, to cook, and become tender, rather effortlessly

If you know, or learn, how to "slow cook", it is a great release from relying on the microwave to do everything, and will tend to drive your food budget down as well.

May 14 10:47

Alabama Senate To Vote On Strongest Abortion Laws In Country

The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday will vote on a bill that will outlaw almost all types of abortions, but will first debate whether to allow exceptions for women and children impregnated by rape and incest, according to Reuters.

The legislation would be the most strict anti-abortion bill in the United States, and is set for discussion in the Republican-controlled chamber at 4 p.m. CDT. The bill would be the latest in a series of pro-life measures rolled out in neighboring Georgia and Mississippi - in what pro-abortion advocates warned would be a large "abortion desert."

Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced in 16 states this year, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for abortion rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone who has listened to my on air comments on WRH, understands that I am very much pro-life; but there are times, and these times should be accounted for, in a loving and humane society, when it is the only answer, sometimes due to insufficient fetal development.

I would like to hope that these Alabama legislators are working hand in glove with OB/GYN specialists who can give them reasonable, moral,and humane conditions under which this can happen.

Adoption is the other, and in my world, far more moral, answer to an unwanted pregnancy.

May 14 10:41

Number of learner drivers passing car theory test plummets to lowest level in more than a DECADE after exam was made tougher... so could YOU answer the new questions?

The number of learner drivers passing car theory tests has plummeted to its lowest level in more than a decade.
It comes as the test was made more difficult for learner drivers, with results showing that only 47 per cent of would-be-motorists having managed to pass the test over the past 12 months.

May 14 10:39

Boeing Settlement Hinges On How Long Doomed 737 Max Passengers Knew They Were Going To Die

Boeing and its insurers are likely to pay an amount of money to the families of those who died in the 737 Max crashes that is directly proportional to one grim measure: how long the victims knew they were plunging to their deaths. Additionally, as part of a legal fight to determine Boeing's financial liability after the 737 Max crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, passenger's families could be paid compensation based on grief, sorrow, loss of companionship and lost future paychecks.

According to an estimate from Bloomberg, the claims could total as much is $1 billion, and some legal experts believe the final amount could be even more, if evidence shows that Boeing knew about flaws in their planes prior to the tragedies taking place. This idea has already prompted investor lawsuits against the company, claiming it hid safety risks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boeing used to be a company with a stellar reputation for safety; that there was knowledge on the part of the execs, that there were real, possibly fatal flaws in the design these 737s, is more than a little scary.

Whoever knew about this, and sat on it, should be looking at real jail time, and NOT, thank you very much, in a Club Fed.

May 14 10:39

One-and-a-half BILLION WhatsApp users may STILL be at risk from surveillance software even if they download update as Mark Zuckerberg fails to answer key questions

The update released by WhatsApp to stop hackers injecting 1.5bn phones with surveillance software may not be enough to protect users, experts today warned.
It is also feared that the vulnerability in the messaging system that the military-grade hacking software exploited could now be used by less sophisticated hackers.

May 14 10:33

Will Amazon Put UPS Out Of Business?

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Amazon's new robot packs 600+ boxes per hour vs humans at under 200. With that announcement comes a $10K offer to quit.

Lights Out Warehouse

Please consider New Amazon Machines Pack 600 Orders Per Hour, Could Replace Thousands of Jobs.

The new machines, known as the CartonWrap from Italian firm CMC Srl, pack much faster than humans. They crank out 600 to 700 boxes per hour, or four to five times the rate of a human packer, the sources said. The machines require one person to load customer orders, another to stock cardboard and glue and a technician to fix jams on occasion.

Including other machines known as the “SmartPac,” which the company rolled out recently to mail items in patented envelopes, Amazon’s technology suite will be able to automate a majority of its human packers. Five rows of workers at a facility can turn into two, supplemented by two CMC machines and one SmartPac, the person said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unskilled labor is rapidly becoming a thing of the past; those with jobs very much at risk, because of these developments, will have to learn how to talk to the "brains" of these systems, and some will simply not be able to do it, or keep up with the rapidly evolving technology.

To get a better, and perhaps, chilling view of a potentially very dystopian future, watch the film "AI", short for artificial intelligence.

There is a scene in the film, where the humans are so furious, about having been pre-empted by robots, doing the jobs they used to to, and in essence, taking over their jobs, that they start torturing some very human-looking like robots to their extinction.

May 14 10:19

Ecuador will give USA Assange's computers and documents in London

The Attorney General of the State of Ecuador has agreed to register one of the stays of the embassy of that country in London, in which the cyber-activist has resided during the last seven years, and to deliver to the US all his documents, mobile phones, computer files , computers, memory units, CDs and any other device, as indicated by an official notification to which EL PAÍS has had access.

May 14 10:18

US, China, Iran, and Canada. Michael Rivero - May 13, 2019

May 14 10:14

Farm Crisis: Soybeans Crash To Decade-Low As Trade War Intensifies

Soybean futures fell 25% in 50 weeks since the inception of President Trump's trade war early last summer.

CBOT Soybeans futures plunged to their lowest level in a decade as China on Monday said it would raise tariffs on $60 billion in US goods in retaliation for Trump's decision on Friday to raise duties on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10%. The deepening trade war has pushed American farmers onto the verge of disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people, along with unemployed factory workers, were the essence of his base; he knew, in just what tone, and demeanor, to address their anger and ire about jobs leaving the US, and about farmers who couldn't get a fair deal on their crops.

Now that they believe they have been betrayed by the man they had hoped would save them, what is going to happen now in 2020?!

Unless he is able to get the tariffs stopped and soon, and staunch the economic blood-loss, leading to our farmers' collective financial ruin, he is going to lose this critical part of his base in the next election.

These are people who do not forget betrayal easily.

May 14 10:08

US aiding UAE investigation into ‘sabotage attack’ off Fujairah

The US is assisting the UAE investigation after a reported sabotage operation targeted four vessels in the Gulf of Oman late on Sunday.

A US defence official told Reuters on Monday that the “US military is assisting in the investigation on the attack on the commercial vessels near Fujairah emirate, just outside the Strait of Hormuz.”

The State Department, like the UAE government, has remained tight-lipped about the exact nature of the incident.

May 14 10:04

Revealed: The WhatsApp message that spread false rumour of Metro Bank 'going bankrupt' and sent worried savers rushing to empty their accounts

A false WhatsApp rumour telling Metro Bank customers to empty their accounts 'as soon as possible' was behind a panic which sent the company's shares tumbling, it has emerged.

A message which circulated on the Facebook-owned service claimed falsely that Metro Bank 'may be shut down or going bankrupt'.

It sparked fears for the future of the High Street bank and prompted some West London savers to queue up at a local branch and withdraw their money.

The bank has faced a tumultuous few months but has told customers there is 'no reason to be concerned' about the false claims.

May 14 10:04

Burnout Nation

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The economic and financial stresses will exceed the workforce's carrying capacity in the next recession.

A number of recent surveys reflect a widespread sense of financial stress and symptoms of poor health in America's workers, particularly the younger generations. There's no real mystery as to the cause of this economic anxiety:

-- competition for secure, well-paid jobs that were once considered the birthright of the middle class is increasingly fierce;

-- the pay and predictability of the jobs that are available are low;

-- high-paying jobs are extraordinarily demanding, forcing workers to sacrifice everything else to keep the big-bucks position;

-- the much-lauded gig economy is tracking the Pareto Distribution, as 80% of the income accrues to the top 20%, and those trying to earn a lower-middle class income in the gig economy are working long hours to do so;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know that Mike and I are working harder than we ever have before, in terms of hours necessary just to keep WRH alive; it has become a plus-time, full-time vocation for both of us, and the emotional and financial strains of this are definitely affecting us negatively.

May 14 10:00

"White Women Jog and Walk Their Dogs on Streets That [black] Drug Dealers Once Ruled": Atlanta Journal-Constitution Laments Whites Have Made Martin Luther King's Birthplace in Atlanta a Thriving Community

One of the great admissions – well, many actually – of racial reality (and the type of communities black people exclusively create in the absence of whites) is contained in this piece from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [Atlanta’s gentrification wave washes over historic Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 9, 2019]:

May 14 09:57

Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great

A tariff may be described as a sales or consumption tax the consumer pays, but tariffs are also a discretionary and an optional tax.

If you choose not to purchase Chinese goods and instead buy comparable goods made in other nations or the USA, then you do not pay the tariff.

China loses the sale. This is why Beijing, which runs $350 billion to $400 billion in annual trade surpluses at our expense is howling loudest. Should Donald Trump impose that 25% tariff on all $500 billion in Chinese exports to the USA, it would cripple China’s economy. Factories seeking assured access to the U.S. market would flee in panic from the Middle Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me more than the tariffs, is the uncomfortable understanding about how quickly trade wars can become shooting wars.

and I can guarantee you, we do NOT need a shooting war with China right now.

Our military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war with China (and/or Russia)

May 14 09:52

Apple Needs A 14% iPhone Price Hike To Offset Higher Tariffs: JPM

One of the companies that has been hit the hardest following the latest escalation in trade war between the US and China, and which not only is reliant on Chinese consumers to purchase its products and services on the mainland, but also produces iPhones in China and is thus subject to a double whammy of anti-American sentiment and higher export tariffs, is Apple, with its shares sliding -11% since the start of last week and 5% on Monday, on fresh worries relating to escalating trade war and the imposition of tariffs on imports from China, as well as on concerns over the consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision allowing a lawsuit against Apple practices in the App store.

In a note published this morning, JPMorgan writes that while it is difficult to precisely attribute the magnitude of the share price decline between tariffs and the lawsuits, "it is fair to say that the majority of the share price decline is driven by tariff
concerns."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding this, is going to cause people to look for cheaper alternatives, at least for the time being.

May 14 09:49

Ron Paul Warns Losing Income Tax Privacy Is A Real Danger

Authored by Ron Paul via The Unz Review,

Last week the New York Times published some of President Trump’s 1980s and 1990s tax returns information. The information detailed President Trump’s financial difficulties during that time. While you would not know it from reading some media reports, this is old news. In fact, President Trump openly discussed his financial difficulties on his popular reality television show.

What should be of great concern is the possibility that the person who leaked the returns - who the paper says has legal access to President Trump’s tax records - is an IRS employee seeking to undermine the president. This would hardly be the first time an IRS employee has leaked confidential information because he disagreed with the taxpayer’s politics. In 2014 the agency had to pay the National Organization for Marriage 50,000 dollars after an IRS employee gave names of the group’s donors to the group’s opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever did this should be handed their hat, and immediately sacked; this was just a really vindictive thing to do.

But the reality is, it could happen to ANYONE the government really dislikes, and wants to see driven from their job.

May 14 09:47

Haunting D-Day photos capturing moment Nazi soldiers surrendered to US troops are released for 75th anniversary

Haunting photos capturing the moment Nazi soldiers surrendered to U.S. troops and other scenes from D-Day have been released in time for the 75th anniversary next month.

May 14 09:46

PICTURED: Black woman who shouted 'I'm pregnant' before being shot dead by Texas cop in a shocking video is identified as a grandmother-of-three, 44, who suffered from schizophrenia

A woman who was seen in a shocking video overnight getting shot and killed by a police officer in Texas after claiming she was pregnant has been identified as a schizophrenic grandmother-of-three.

May 14 09:43

Rashida Tlaib: Policing my words and twisting them won't work

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib this week accused Republicans and other critics of purposefully "policing" her words and "twisting [and] turning them to ignite vile attacks" after they criticised her over recent comments on Israel and the Holocaust.

May 14 09:42

Marco Rubio calls on Barr to investigate John Kerry

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr Monday calling for him to investigate former Secretary of State John Kerry for potential violations of the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

President Trump had previously called on Kerry to be investigated after it was revealed that Kerry had been in secret talks with the Iranian government in a bid to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after Trump backed out of it.

May 14 09:33

Scott Adams: Declining Sex, Trade War, Cognitive Blindness, Sleepy Joe, HOAXES

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1128299100275785731

Heard it with my own ears…saw it with my own eyes!
No…you didn’t, just watch FULL video, read FULL transcript
HOAX VICTIMS: I REFUSE to view proof that I’m wrong!
Dismantling a person’s world view in real time…
…triggers cognitive dissonance
NOBODY says… “I’ll look at the transcript, see if you’re correct”
2 Jewish people I’ve personally spoken too…
…attended the Charlottesville event, thought it was about statues
They obviously did NOT support Nazis at the event
“Fine People” HOAX is a LOAD BEARING WALL for the other HOAXES
Debunk that HOAX, other HOAXES will be naturally challenged
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Cat or cartoon icon for their account
Followers are around a couple hundred followers
They attack the target person…NOT the person’s argument

May 14 09:09

Millions Of Californians Will "Plunge Into Darkness" As PG&E Commits To Cut Power During Wildfire Season

As a result of a new plan to cut power on high wind days during wildfire season, millions of Californians could wind up unprepared and in darkness, according to Bloomberg.

Now bankrupt PG&E proposed the precautionary plan after a transmission line that snapped in windy weather likely started last year‘s Camp Fire - the deadliest wildfire in state history. The plan addresses the problem of wildfires, but creates another one in the process: blindsiding Californians with days of blackouts.

This has caused some California residents to turn to home battery systems and alternative means of power in their homes. However, the number of these systems in use is relatively small when compared to the 5.4 million customers PG&E currently services. Governor Gavin Newsom has said that he’s budgeting $75 million to help communities deal with the threat.

Newsom said:

May 14 08:14

Party evolution (Cartoon)

May 13 17:07

Baptist Pastor Stephen Anderson Banned From Ireland - Muslim ISIS Fighters, FGM Preachers Allowed In

Controversial pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona has become the first person ever to be banned from Ireland under a 20-year-old exclusion law.

May 13 17:06

Manosphere Blog 'Chateau Heartiste' Banned by WordPress

WordPress reportedly banned the popular right-wing manosphere blog Chateau Heartiste on Friday in the latest assault on Free Speech at the hands of Big Tech.

May 13 17:04

Kavanaugh Delivers: Sides With SCOTUS Libs to Knock Apple Down A Peg

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh delivered a savage blow to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday by siding with the Supreme Court's leftists to rule that Apple can be sued for their monopolistic practices.

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