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Jul 18 13:56

Workers Shine A Spotlight On Employer Abuses In Music City

Marches by immigrant workers are not an everyday sight in Nashville, Tennessee. But 50 hotel workers and supporters took to the streets June 20 to make visible the conditions facing low-wage workers in this city.

Jul 18 13:05

Aussie Woman Killed By Police In US After Dialing 911 To Report Disturbance

Police officer in South Minneapolis, Minnesota, shot dead a 40-year-old woman from Sydney shortly after she dialed 911 to alert of a possible alley assault. The woman’s family now demands answers for what they say was unprovoked violence.

Jul 18 12:20

WATCH: APPLEBEE'S CEO GOES ON FOX NEWS, MAKES ASTONISHING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE COMPANY

The CEO of Apple-Metro Inc., a company that operates about 40 Applebee’s restaurants in the New York metropolitan area, went on FOX and said he’s been forced to cut at at least 1,000 servers in the past year as a result of New York’s recent minimum wage hike.

Jul 18 12:19

COMRADE BERNIE DROPS 2020 BOMBSHELL THAT NO ONE WANTED TO HEAR

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an unrepentant socialist whose proposed policies could potentially transform America into a dilapidated wasteland equivalent to Venezuela, revealed during an interview that aired Thursday that he may yet run for president again come 2020.

Jul 18 10:27

NATO can ‘deter’ Russia, Romanian president says amid drills in E. Europe (VIDEO)

NATO forces are able to deter Russia and they already do so by holding exercises in eastern Europe, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said as he visited the site of drills staged by NATO and several partner countries in Romania.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a word, please: Russia doesn't want war.

It wants trade.

And it has some incredible goods to trade, like non-GMO agriculture, oil, and natural gas.

This constant Russia-bashing on the part of you, and your colleagues in Eastern Europe, is a completely unfair, and disingenuous branding of this country, perhaps as a prelude to a NATO war against it, and you have to know that.

The following map tells the story better than I could ever articulate it:

The map that shows how many NATO troops are deployed along Russia’s border

So President Iohannis, if NATO is not encircling Russia with troops as a prelude to a war against it, to destroy the country and its financial system, why please, are they there?!?

Jul 18 10:11

UK Shocked To Find It Has Duplicated U.S. Factory Farms

A new report has shocked the UK who apparently did not know that they have just witnessed the reverse of a British invasion. That is to say, they awoke to realize that US-style factory farms now dot the shires and any idyllic semblances of a family-run farm are now gone...

Jul 18 10:11

WALMART JUST MADE SOME CHANGES DEMS ARE GOING TO HATE, THIS WILL SHAKE UP THE WAY YOU SHOP FOREVER!

Previously we reported on a robot burger flipper replacing line cooks in California. Now Walmart is replacing registers with a monolithic tower in Tulsa. Zach Ferguson for Western Journalism reports, Small-time grocery store-turned-mega-chain Walmart is rolling out massive self-serving kiosks that obtain customers’ online orders.

Jul 18 10:02

China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet to Practice Invading India

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army simulated battle conditions with live rounds in Tibet over the weekend, as Indian and Chinese forces remain at a standoff over the disputed area of Sikkim.
Some 4,000 to 7,000 troops armed with shoulder-launched assault weapons and light arms were filmed striking an “enemy position,” the South China Morning Post reported on Monday. Soldiers practiced mobilizing around a battlefield, coordinating digital attacks and engaging hypothetical enemies on a 5,000 meter plateau, the Post added.

The drills "covering a dozen elements was testimony to the PLA’s combined strike capability," a narrator said on CCTV in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, a word please; you have the power to ratchet tensions down a bit, through negotiations here, rather than this show of force.

I would like to politely remind you that India is also a nuclear armed country; this exercise may well have more Indian nuclear weapons aimed in your direction, not something I would imagine either you, or your military, would like to see happen.

As you are well aware, China and India share over 2,000 miles of border; negotiation, rather than confrontation here, with both India and Bhutan, would be a far better way to go right now in resolving this conflict.

Jul 18 09:50

Trump threatens sanctions if Venezuela creates Constituent Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote.

"Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

"The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions," Trump said.

Maduro's foes are demanding a presidential election and want to stop the leftist leader's plan to create the Constituent Assembly, which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and annul the opposition-led legislature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; sanctions are not going to hurt the well-connected, one percenters of Venezuela.

Ordinary Venezuelan citizens have been documented as in such severe hunger, that they are eating protected flamingos, anteaters, dogs, cats, donkeys, and goats; and that was back in February of this year.

Hungry Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters for food, biologists say

IF these sanctions hasten the end of the Maduro government, which I believe is your design intent, I want to see the US come up with, and deliver, some massive food and medical aid for these people after the fall of the current regime.

There needs to be some practical compassion here, Mr. President: please consider this as part of your plan to aid, and stabilise, the incoming government.

Jul 18 09:34

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Billions in Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away

Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing.

Jul 18 09:34

North Korea does not have capacity to hit U.S. 'with any degree of accuracy': U.S. general

North Korea does not have the ability to strike the United States with "any degree of accuracy" and while its missiles have the range, they lack the necessary guidance capability, the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday.

Jul 18 09:29

Trump administration outlines negotiating priorities for NAFTA

The United States on Monday said reducing its trade deficits is a top priority for revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.

The Trump administration sent Congress its required NAFTA objectives saying the aim is to
improve market access for U.S. manufacturing, agriculture and services in the three-nation deal.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said an updated agreement will include a digital economy chapter and will fold labor and environment obligations, which have remained outside the main agreement, into a final deal.
Lighthizer said the U.S. will work to eliminate "unfair subsidies, market-distorting practices by state-owned enterprises" and will improve intellectual property protections.

"Too many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs and broken political promises," Lighthizer said in a statement. "Under President Trump’s leadership, USTR will negotiate a fair deal."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These all seem to be reasonable goals, in relationship to the American economy, and American business.

Jul 18 09:16

"ZERO DAY" FOR VIOLENT REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA

The U.S. supports the right-wing opposition in Venezuela against the socialist government of President Maduro.

Since April the opposition tries to dislodge the government by instigating a regime change by force. Its protests and street fights with the police are led by violent, militarized gangs:

Venezuela’s ongoing street protests are increasingly looking like outright warfare. As security forces shoot rubber bullets, tear-gas canisters and sometimes live rounds at the churning crowds, increasingly restive mobs are responding with lethal slingshots, homemade mortars and Molotov cocktails.
This week, seven National Guard members were injured in Caracas when a roadside bomb exploded as they drove by on motorcycles.

Leading the opposition shock-troops are loose-knit groups of young men and women that have names like The Templars, The Warriors and The Arcadias. Collectively, they’re known as the Chamos de la Resistencia or, roughly, the Youth Resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a US-enabled "regime change" is in the works for Venezuela, but do not expect anything to get better for the Venezuelan people, once this has been accomplished.

Look for what has happened in all the countries the US has regime changed; past is prologue to the future.

You will see crushing government austerity, to grind the people of Venezuela even further down economically than they already are; the establishment of a Private Central Bank, loaning money at usurious rates, accompanied by brutal repressions of rights and liberties by a dictatorship which will suppress any criticism whatsoever of its actions.

Capital, and some of Venezuela's best and brightest, have already fled the country. Whatever government seizes power has got to, somehow, bring both back, if this country is not going to exist as a failed state, which may well be Venezuela's future, no matter who holds power here.

Jul 18 09:06

THE U.S. IS POISED TO SEPARATE MILITARY CYBER COMMAND FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

After nearly a year of unsubstantiated claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election, the U.S. government is now poised to create an independent Military Cyber Command eventually splintered off from the NSA, Reuters reported.

The agency was created in 2009 under then President Barack Obama, but it seeks to stem out and become separate from the NSA while still keeping some employees of the spying agency.

This comes after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to create a joint cyber security force, a move that many Democrats are adamant about blocking.

The goal of separating the Military Cyber Command from the rest of the intelligence community?

To wage cyber war against the Islamic State and other individuals and groups deemed to be “enemies of the state,” according to anonymous U.S. officials not authorized to speak on the matter; further noting that the plans aren’t finalized and are subject to change.

Jul 18 08:55

2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to legislation strongly backed by President Donald Trump.

The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left the Republican Party's long-promised efforts to get rid of President Barack Obama's health care legislation reeling. Next steps, if any, were not immediately clear.

Lee and Moran both said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation in its current form. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom announced their opposition right after McConnell released the bill last Thursday.

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Jul 18 08:55

Prince William, Kate to visit Nazi camp on Poland trip

They begin with a visit to the Stutthof concentration and death camp that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland.
Note: ALLIED MILITARY POLICE HEADQUARTERS…VIENNA… JAN 10th , 1948.
no poison gas was ever used to kill prisoners in the following concentration camps……
Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Flossenburg, Gross-Rosen, Mauthausen, and satellite camps..Natzweller, Neuengamme, Niederhagen(Wewelsberg), Ravensbruck, Sachsenhausen, STUTTHOF, Theresienstadt, In all cases where gassings were alleged, it COULD BE PROVEN THAT TORTURE WAS USED TO EXTRACT CONFESSIONS, AND WITNESSES HAVE LIED. Any former inmate who, during their debriefing continues to allege that Poison gas was used to murder people – in particular Jews – are to be reported to this office, and if they insist on lying further, they are to be charged with perjury.”
Signed Major Miller
Commanding Officer..Allied Military Police Vienna
Witnessed by: Lieutenant Lachout MP

Jul 18 08:52

Girl at lemonade stand threatened by a man who said he'd call police for lack of a business license

This is the story of a little girl from Discover Bay who set up a lemonade stand on public property.

She just wanted to sell some lemonade and cookies. Her parents told her she could be there for 1 hour.

But as she was setting up she was approached by a man who was all bent out of shape by what she was doing.

(Don’t worry there is a happy ending)

Jul 18 08:46

Trump, Hillary, Obama, Russia Collusion, Police, and Voter Fraud. Michael Rivero - July 17, 2017

Jul 18 08:38

Couple on their honeymoon 'kidnapped and raped a woman before strolling into a convenience store naked to steal some soda'

A newlywed couple chose a depraved way to celebrate their nuptials.
During their honeymoon in Florida, Rashada Hurley, 32 and her husband Timothy Lowe, 37, kidnapped a woman from a supermarket parking lot and proceeded to rob and rape her, the Miami Herald reported.

Jul 18 08:37

Taco Hell! The moment a former employee returns to the restaurant and goes on a tea-throwing rampage as the manager whips off his shirt to fight her 17-year-old son

The shocking moment a former Taco Bell employee returned to the restaurant in a tea-tossing rampage has been caught on video.

The former employee named Margarita is seen in the video throwing gallons of tea around a Taco Bell in Converse, Texas in a dispute with the manager before being arrested.

Jul 18 08:24

Car-Theft Ring In The Netherlands Has Stolen Nearly A Dozen Teslas

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the firs production model o the Tesla Model 3, the company’s first sedan marketed toward broader cohort of working Americans who had presumably balked at the price tag of the company’s older model. Musk sees a truly “mass market” car as insurance against the types of sales declines that briefly sent the company’s shares into bear-market territory about a week and a half ago.

Musk has said he hopes to go from manufacturing 100,000 cars a year to 500,000 with the launch of the Model 3 – but one has to wonder whether or not this is actually possible. However, some unscrupulous Tesla enthusiasts have aparently decided they don’ feel like waiting around to find out.

As Jalopnik reports, there have been a rash of Tesla thefts across Europe as thieves, apparently undeterred by the controversy surrounding the company’s autopilot assisted-driving software, are trying to snatch up as many of them as possible.

Jul 18 08:23

U.S. states move to allow children to use sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note

State Rep. Craig Hall of Utah has four red-headed school-age children, lives in the state with the highest rate of melanoma in the United States, and buys sunscreen “in the Costco size.” He is an unabashed proponent of sun protection.

Jul 18 08:23

Suicidal man doused in gasoline catches fire after police use Taser on him

A suicidal man who had doused himself in gasoline became engulfed in flames at an Arlington home Monday after an officer used a stun gun on him, police said.
The officer who used the Taser on the man believed that the man was holding a lighter in his hand and was about to use it, police spokeswoman Sgt. VaNessa Harrison said at a news conference.

Jul 18 07:55

A mom says it’s alright if parents curse in front of their kids, but not everyone is on board

In the post, Hall points out that she has let some unconsidered swear words slip while in the presence of her children, but she feels the cursing isn’t a big issue. Hall said she doesn’t need to teach her children they can’t use swear words, and that they instinctively know it isn’t allowed.

Jul 18 07:53

Wanna PIZZA me? Boyfriends hold back furious girlfriends in bizarre 2am mass brawl between screaming diners in a Toronto fast-food restaurant

A vicious, protracted brawl broke out over a pizza in a fast food outlet at 2am on a Sunday morning in Canada.
Paul Michael, 23, was at the restaurant when the brawl began at.
He said it started when a woman entered the restaurant on Queen Street by Broadview Avenue, Toronto and complained that her pizza order was late.

Jul 18 07:45

Heartless Facebooker sets up page to mock San Francisco’s ‘zombie’ homeless population

Apparently, one San Franciscan Facebook user has found a solution to homelessness: taking their photos and making fun of them.
According to SFist, a resident who lives in the city’s Mission district created a page specifically to document the people they see within a two-mile radius of her apartments. Most of the images are accompanied by long rants against not only the people in the photos, but against city officials the page’s administrator believes contribute to the situation.

Jul 18 07:44

Welcome to California, where wrong is right and right is wrong.

What is it with California? Is there something in the water? Maybe it’s the air. I marvel at how they consistently call good evil and evil good, and how they refuse to enforce laws against criminals while demanding to criminalize innocent citizens.

New legislation there bans kids from attending public schools unless they bow down to the almighty state, allowing poisonous toxins to be injected in their bodies through mandatory vaccinations. Meanwhile, the same legislative body is now preparing legislation to prohibit law enforcement against illegal aliens who commit crimes.

Jul 18 07:23

Solar Eclipse 2017: Oregon Officials Warn to Stockpile Food, Prepare to Shelter In Place

As the Aug. 21 full solar eclipse grows near, Lincoln City resident Laura Green and her neighbors are at ground zero.

Jul 18 07:04

Syrian Hairdresser Hailed As 'Model of Integration' Slits His Female Employer's Throat

Mohammad Hussain Rashwani was hailed in the media as the "paramount example of successful integration" after he got a job as a hairdresser at a salon in Herzberg, Germany in late 2015.

After a little over a year on the job, he decided to slit his female employer's throat.
Mohammad Hussain Rashwani was hailed as an integration success story before he slit his female employer's throat.

Jul 18 06:55

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS HASTERT RELEASED FROM MINNESOTA PRISON

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has left the federal prison in Minnesota where he has spent the last 13 months for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records show. Hastert, 75, is now under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago, according to Bureau of Prisons online records. That means he is likely at a halfway house in the region monitored by that office, or he is on home confinement.

Jul 17 16:41

Minneapolis PD's 1st Somali Cop Kills Australian Woman Who Called Police To Report A Crime

The Minneapolis Police Department's first Somali-American police officer, Mohamed Noor, has been identified as the cop who shot 40-year-old Australian yoga teacher Justine Damond after she called police to report a possible crime.

Jul 17 15:36

ALERT: CHINA SHIPPING WEAPON TO FOREIGN BASE NEAR US AREA OF OPERATIONS

China has just begun sending a very dangerous weapon — its troops — to a base in the East African nation of Djibouti just miles from where a U.S. special operations base is located.

Jul 17 15:35

Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’

The push toward a cashless society is becoming more of a shove.  Before today I had never heard of “The Visa Cashless Challenge”, but after reading about it I have to say that I am quite alarmed. 

Jul 17 14:07

Aussie Woman Killed By Police In US After Dialing 911 To Report Disturbance

Police officer in South Minneapolis, Minnesota, shot dead a 40-year-old woman from Sydney shortly after she dialed 911 to alert of a possible alley assault. The woman’s family now demands answers for what they say was unprovoked violence.

Jul 17 13:43

Students Love Socialism, Can't Explain What It Is

A new video out of Washington DC shows a diverse swath of young millennials love the idea of "socialism," even if they can't explain what it is.

Jul 17 13:42

'Anti-Racism Strategist' Tariq Nasheed Discovers How to Defeat The Alt-Right

Racial agitator and self-described "anti-racism strategist" Tariq Nasheed has released a new music video BTFOing "alt-right," "white supremacists" like Philip DeFranco and Ben Shapiro.

Jul 17 11:57

The Korean Matrix

The Defense Ministry in Seoul proposed to talk at the border village of Panmunjom, while the Red Cross proposed separate talks to discuss family reunions.

South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North Korea For Later This Month
So South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made up his mind — after his inauguration on May 10 and Pyongyang's ICBM test on July 3.

All this is happening just as what Seoul really wants is to do business — in a Korean variant of the China-driven New Silk Roads, renamed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Seoul wants to build a Trans-Korean Railway, and go even beyond, connecting it with the Trans-Siberian and, what else, the Chinese-built Eurasian land bridge. That happens to be the so-called Iron Silk Road concept, which South Korea has been dreaming about since an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in 2004.

Jul 17 11:50

Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?

According to an insider account, the Clinton team, put together the Russia Gate narrative within 24 hours of her defeat. The Clinton account explained that Russian hacking and election meddling caused her unexpected loss. Her opponent, Donald Trump, was a puppet of Putin. Trump, they said, “encourages espionage against our people.” The scurrilous Trump dossier, prepared by a London opposition research firm, Orbis, and paid for by unidentified Democrat donors, formed a key part of the Clinton narrative: Trump’s sexual and business escapades in Russia had made him a hostage of the Kremlin, ready to do its bidding. That was Hillary's way to say that Trump is really not President of the United States—a siren call adopted by the Democratic party and media.

Hillary and the Orbis Dossier

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I so want to see Hillary Clinton testify about this under oath!!

Jul 17 11:44

Auto Defaults Soar On The Back Of "Hasty Loans And, At Times, Outright Fraud"

n the years after its 2009 bankruptcy, Chrysler looked for a dedicated lender to help customers "finance their cars quickly"...which was code for a lender who could help the struggling OEM expand their market share by making extremely risky loans to subprime borrowers all while laying off the credit risk to unsuspecting pension funds. As such, Chrysler ultimately picked Santander due to its expertise in “automated decisioning”...which was code for the ability to advance credit without actually performing income verification tests on borrowers.

For a time, Chrysler and Santander enjoyed a perfect symbiotic relationship as it offered Santander an opportunity to aggressively expand in the U.S. subprime loan market, and Chrysler, the perennial third wheel among the “Big Three,” was able to target customers that were previously deemed untouchable by lenders. Of course, as Bloomberg points out today, the problems surfaced almost from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jul 17 11:38

Erin Brockovich Won’t Back Down On Mt Pleasant Water Contamination Statements

her recent demand for answers for the second time in three days, involving a potential water crisis in Mount Pleasant City of Charleston County in South Carolina. Her antennae went up two weeks ago after a group of parents there noticed an uptick in brain cancer in the area. A “cancer cluster” is when a community faces a “greater-than-perceived” rate of cancer over a period of time...

Jul 17 11:27

Pyongyang Observed to Be Ramping Up Nuclear Weapons Fuel Processing

Pyongyang has stepped up its manufacture of nuclear weapons fuel, according to a US group’s interpretation of recent satellite surveillance data.

According to satellite imagery recorded between September 2106 and June 2017, North Korea has stepped up its production of weapons-grade plutonium at a faster rate than previously asserted by military experts.

Recorded over an eight-month period, the new surveillance data reveals increased thermal activity around the primary nuclear plant of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon nuclear facility — an indicator, according to an American university center's project exclusively concerned with Pyongyang, of increased nuclear weapon production.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, it is very troubling, indeed.

And here is the organisation which put out this information, according to Wikipedia:

"38 North is a website devoted to analysis about North Korea; it is a program of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and is managed by former U.S. Department of State official Joel S. Wit and USKI Assistant Director Jenny Town.[1] Notable contributors include nuclear scientist Sigfried Hecker,[2] former Associated Press Pyongyang Bureau Chief Jean H. Lee,[3] cybersecurity expert James Andrew Lewis,[4] and North Korea Tech founder Martyn Williams.[5]"

This group is pretty darned sober-sided, and has come up with some significant evaluations of what is going on with North Korea's weapons programs before; I seriously doubt that the intel represented is wrong.

The big question is, just how are the US and China going to respond to this information, and will they be working cooperatively, or in direct opposition to each other, in how they try to handle this most recent revelation?!?

Jul 17 10:45

KurdistanWATCH: Children lose limb, life, family to Turkey's shelling of northwest Syria

At least five civilians including children lost their lives when the Turkish army on Wednesday bombed the outskirts of Syria’s northwest Kurdish district of Afrin.

Omar, a 12-year-old Syrian boy whose leg was amputated as a result of the bombing, told Kurdistan24 a rocket hit nearby when he and his family were harvesting their farm in the countryside of the country’s northwest district of Shahba.

“We were all injured,” said Omar.

In the bombardment, Omar and his family were wounded and his father lost his life.

“Two rockets hit near us,” Omar continued. “The first one was a little bit further away, but the second rocket killed two.”

“Someone's leg was cut off and another one's arm was amputated too,” he further said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the face in this image; a sweet, bright little boy who has just had his future, and some of his family, completely robbed from him, courtesy of Edrogan's military shelling of Syria indiscriminately.

In my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage", period, end of discussion; these are people, brother and sister human beings, who deserve far better from life than what they have received, and are innocent victims of war.

Jul 17 10:40

A MERCENARY-LED SURGE WON’T SOLVE AFGHANISTAN

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on. Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S. soldiers from this quagmire, and somehow solve it

Jul 17 10:39

CONGRESS TRYING TO SNEAK THROUGH MAJOR GIVEAWAY TO DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

CONGRESS IS ON THE BRINK of a major giveaway to defense contractors, tucking language into a must-pass piece of legislation that would broadly expand their ability to gouge the federal government on sole-source contracts.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is practically the only bill Congress passes on time every year. The last 50 NDAA’s, which authorize funds and set policy for the Department of Defense, have reached the president’s desk without a holdup. Education, healthcare, and jobs can wait, but supporting the troops — actually, supporting the defense contractors who make the weapons — must never face a delay. The bill even goes through a regular process, with dozens of amendments and bipartisan votes. It’s like nothing else in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This...absolutely bites, folks!!

And given the inferior weaponry defense contractors are selling to our military these days, with huge cost over-runs, and weapons delivered so late as to be nearly obsolete by the time they get into the hands of our military, this is the absolute, polar opposite of what should be happening with the US's weapons makers.

Of course, like their corporate colleagues in the private prison industry and the petroleum industry, defense contractors are enormously adept at "compensating", both directly and covertly, congressional representative who steer contracts their way.

Jul 17 10:38

President of National Border Patrol Council: ‘We signed up to do a job and Trump is allowing us to do that job’

President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Brandon Judd appeared on Fox News Monday to talk about the logistics of a border wall and the moral of border patrol agents under the Trump Administration.

Jul 17 10:32

House NDAA Amendments Would Limit US Participation in Yemen War

The House version of the nearly $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes multiple amendments aimed at limiting US involvement in the Saudi War in Yemen, explicitly forbidding the deployment of ground troops there, or spending any money on military operations outside the scope of the 2001 AUMF.

The Nolan Amendment prohibits the deployment of troops to participate in any way in the war, which is seen not only as restricting ground troops being sent to Yemen to fight on the side of the Saudis, but also appears aimed at limiting mid-air refueling operations for Saudi warplanes.

The Lieu Amendment requires a report from the State Department and the Pentagon on whether or not the Saudis are complying with the US-provided “No Strike List” for Yemen, as well as their improvement of targeting capabilities to avoid hitting civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting person, I would not bet that these amendments will survive the compromise process in the Senate, and that... is a damned shame.

The US government and military are colluding with Saudi Arabia in their war crimes against the Yemeni people.

Innocent children and non-combatants are getting killed and maimed for life every day; the Saudi military, with US assistance, has blocked the Yemeni ports, meaning no food is getting in, hence massive deaths from malnutrition in Yemeni's children; depleted uranium has been documented to have been used in civilian areas, insuring a massive uptick in cancers; still births, and horrific birth deformities; and now, cholera has taken hold, infecting over 300,000 people as I type this.

As a Christian witness, who believes in telling the truth as I see it, I am profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country committing war crimes against some of the most poverty-stricken people on this planet.

Jul 17 10:24

MAN WALKS UP TO ATM, FINDS JAW-DROPPING NOTE WAITING INSIDE

An ATM maintenance technician in Corpus Christi, Texas had a harrowing experience Wednesday, when he found himself locked inside the ATM room of a Bank of America.

Jul 17 10:22

US Building a Third Military Airport in Syrian Kurdistan

Amid growing focus on the US quietly establishing military bases across the Middle East and Northern Africa, reports out of the autonomous Syrian Kurdistan region of Rojava say that US workers have begun construction on a new military airbase in Tel Baidar, 40 km west of Hasakeh.

Though the US doesn’t publicly affirm these bases exist, this would be the third fully-working military airbase in Rojava,as the US had previously built bases in Kobane and Rumailan. The bases are largely being used to fly gear to the Kurdish forces, but also could support some smaller military planes.

Legally speaking, that might be an issue, as the White House has been openly trying to get Congress to grant President Trump unilateral authority to establish bases in both Iraq and Syria, but all signs point to them having already been establishing such bases since the last few months of Obama’s term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is happening in Syria, on the part of the US government, is immoral, illegal, and just plane wrong.

Snipping off bits of sovereign nations, in order to "redraw their maps", is something alleged democracies are not supposed to do.

Jul 17 10:19

The Biggest Issue of our Time

Great civilizations don't die from murder, they die from suicide.

Longtime Steyn readers will be familiar with the demographic thesis of his 2006 international bestseller America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. Almost the entire developed world is mired in deathbed demography from which no functioning society has ever recovered.

Mark's book was a big success a decade ago. But it is a melancholy fact that most people in the western world remain entirely unaware of this remorseless arithmetic or its likely consequences. So this brand new SteynPost is a kind of primer on demographic trends, and where they lead.

Jul 17 10:13

Man skips job interview, jumps off bus to rescue car crash victim

It had just been 7 days considering that he got released from prison, however Aaron Tucker had actually already done the impossible– he landed a task interview.Last Thursday, the 32-year-old from Bridgeport, Connecticut, got up at 5 a.m., got a dress shirt he had actually been given at the halfway house he was residing in, and hopped onto a city bus to meet the supervisor at a nearby Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

Jul 17 09:54

Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling or risk a constitutional crisis. Here’s why.

The U.S. Treasury Department is quickly approaching the debt ceiling and lawmakers will have to move fast to raise it before it's too late.

Republicans in both the House and the Senate have repeatedly listed raised the debt ceiling as one of their many reasons for opting to work through their August recess and members of the Trump administration have urged Congress to do so before the summer break.

Currently, the U.S. debt is over $19 trillion. So what happens if we go over the debt ceiling? It would put the U.S. Treasury Department in a very sticky situation.

The U.S. Treasury still has to pay the bills, whether we hit the debt ceiling or not, but the problem if we do reach the debt limit is that now the Treasurer will have to essentially write checks illegally, taking on new debt in order to pay for things like pensions for retired federal employees against the rules set by Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish someone in DC understood that this debt is absolutely unpayable; if individual, responsible families in this country can live within their means, without going into major debt, this government needs to do that also.

Jul 17 09:48

TRIPOLI: MAJOR BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF LIBYA’S CAPITAL MAY BE ON THE HORIZON

As chaos reigns in Libya, with competing authorities continuing to vie for power, the battle for Tripoli appears to have begun anew.

Clashes broke out earlier this week, in the east of the capital city, between forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and those loyal to the National Guard of the Salvation Government (SG).

The capital is an important target for warring sides in the region, offering control over strategic assets such as the Libyan Central Bank, the air and sea ports in the city, as well as all other institutions.

The Garabulli region, where the clashes took place, is considered a strategic gateway into the city, and fighting there may have been intended to be the start of a wider battle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bloody chaos was visited upon Libya, courtesy of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who advocated for the ouster of Gaddafi because he was going to introduce the currency of a Libyan gold dinar, which would have been a mortal threat to the completely gold-unsupported US dollar.

Jul 17 09:42

Hordes Of Anti-Trump Democrats Are Lining Up To Run For Congress In 2018

If Republicans don’t wake up, there is a very real possibility that we could lose control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

Jul 17 09:35

Cops turning body cameras off before executing innocent people?

The city’s mayor and others are demanding answers after a cop shot a woman by the name of Justine Damond dead on Sunday night after a friend of the victim called 911 to report an assault in the area.

Jul 17 09:35

THE US DEEP STATE: SABOTAGING PUTIN-TRUMP CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT IN SYRIA

The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope.

In their first meeting, within less than two hours, Putin and Trump came to an agreement on potentially the most volatile situation in the region, saving hundreds of civilian lives in the process. The agreement on Syria now has to run the gauntlet of the deep state and all the other interests arrayed against Trump. Just four days following a similar agreement reached in 2016 between Obama and Putin, everything was upended by the US Air Force bombing and killing nearly a hundred soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in Deir ez-Zor, shredding the ceasefire agreement that had just been reached.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin and Trump agreed upon here makes every bit of logical sense; which is why both Israel and the American Deep State are adamantly opposed to it, because it diminishes war as any kind of solution to regime change Damascus, and makes it more dicey for Israel to nibble off any more bits of Syrian territory than it already has with its illegal occupation of the Golan Heights.

Jul 17 09:27

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG WHEN GOOGLE RELEASES MILLIONS OF “LAB-MADE” MOSQUITOS IN FRESNO?

Sometimes you have to think that scientists don’t ever read science fiction, and thus have not even contemplated all the things that could go wrong when they do something like creating 20 million mosquitos in a laboratory, infecting them with a bacteria, and then releasing those mosquitos in Fresno, California.

First of all, did you even know that Google had a bio-lab? They do and it’s called Verily. Which, I dunno, sounds rather biblical. “Verily, I say unto you…we are the purveyors of all that is The Truth.”

But I digress.

Verily plans to create 20 million mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria in their laboratories. Then, the mosquitos will be released on the unsuspecting populace of Fresno, California, a city with over half a million people.

Why? Because, Zika.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Playing with the building blocks of life - like DNA - can have profoundly negative consequences, if things go out of control here.

This process has not been fully vetted, and there has not been nearly enough time for the State of California to sign off it, as safe.

But then again, the safety of Californians hasn't been a concern of its government for quite some time now.

Jul 17 09:09

Australian Healer Shot Dead By U.S. Police, Many Demand Answers, Body Cameras Off

Now, her family, friends, the community, the Minneapolis Mayor and perhaps Australia’s government want answers after Ms. Damond was shot dead in an alley late Saturday night by Minneapolis police, who had their body cameras turned off and the patrol car cameras out of view from the incident. They are now...

Jul 17 09:08

EXCLUSIVE: Hungarian Gov’t Steps Up Fight Against George Soros

After a two-year battle to keep migrants out of the country, Hungary has directed its full attention toward one of its own: billionaire investor George Soros.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrapped up a six-week anti-Soros campaign Saturday. The streets of Budapest have been filled with posters and billboards of the Hungarian-born billionaire with the caption “Don’t let Soros get the last laugh!”

The campaign follows a series of moves to halt Soros’ operations in the country. The government argues that Soros is pushing for a one million migrant influx to Europe per year. It is now trying to impose legislation that would force NGOs in the country to reveal where their funding originates and the purpose for which the money was received.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Orban, and the Hungarian government has the absolutely correct idea here.

This massive, unrestricted immigration is causing the countries of Europe to lose their identity and integrity, and what makes each of them unique.

but I do have a suggestion; gently air drop all of these immigrants on all the many properties Soros owns, and let him deal with it directly; problem solved!!

Jul 17 09:06

EXPOSED: WHAT THE MAN BEHIND FAKE TRUMP DOSSIER JUST DID MADE EVERY DEMOCRAT FAINT

We all remember the fake intelligence dossier that came out during the final months of the election that was gathered by Fusion GPS and a contracted ex covert spy.

Jul 17 09:00

Tech may replace half all low-skilled jobs in the U.S.

Ball State University sits in Muncie, Indiana, at the heart the "Rust Belt," so educators there have the right to be pessimistic about the drift of the U.S. economy. But a report by the school's Center for Business and Economic Research goes even further.

"We found a toxic brew," said CBER Director Michael Hicks. "Automation is likely to replace half of all low-skilled jobs, and roughly one in four of all American jobs are at risk from foreign competition in coming years."

This is happening right on Hicks's doorstep. While the nation's most vulnerable area is the Aleutian Islands, some of the hardest hit places are likely to be Midwestern counties only 15 minutes from his office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What kills me about the US education system, is that we are generally not training kids in high school and college for the evolution/revolution in technology which is going to change how we define work forever, into the future; that has to change, if the US is going to remain economically competitive.

Jul 17 08:53

ISRAEL REJECTS US, RUSSIA SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL – PRESENTS LIST OF DEMANDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Officials also say that during the US-Russia negotiations which led to the deal, Netanyahu presented the two sides with a “list of demands,” mostly insisting that Shi’ite forces couldn’t be allowed in southern Syria at all and that Iran could not be allowed to “consolidate” its position in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word please: neither you, nor your government, are in any kind if legitimate position to make these "demands" on Russia, the Syrian Government, Iran, or the United States.

I would like to politely remind you that Russia (and some elements of Iranian forces) are in Syria at that government's invitation; Israel was not invited at all to be here.

And BTW, sir, none of these demands legitimizes your illegal occupation of Syria's Golan Heights; not now, and not ever!!

Jul 17 08:47

CNN PAYS US AIRPORTS FOR BROADCAST AT OVER 2000 GATES

If you’ve ever been to the airport and wondered why all they play is CNN, the answer is: CNN Airport Network. The Resident breaks it down.

Jul 17 08:46

Senator John McCain Undergoes “Minimally Invasive Craniotomy”?…

80-year-old Senator John McCain had brain surgery to remove a blood clot the width of your three middle fingers. The incurious media is astounding. Selling a statement that brain surgery is “minimally invasive” and was part of a “routine annual physical” is just silly.

Jul 17 08:44

TURKEY BEGINS BOMBING US-BACKED YPG POSITIONS IN SYRIA

It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a "terrorist army" (it wasn't referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.

Tensions between Turkish forces and the YPG have been mounting in the Afrin region in recent weeks: Turkey's military, which launched an incursion last August into part of northern Syria which lies between Afrin and a larger Kurdish-controlled area further east, has said that it has returned fire against members of YPG militia near Afrin several times in the last few weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; with Russia doing everything it can to protect Syria's territorial integrity, how, and when, they are going to get Turkey to stop this, if they can?!?

Jul 17 08:44

Feminist Mother Shames Her Sons As Future Rapists In Viral Column

Feminist writer Jody Allard has a habit of shaming her two sons, one of whom she says is suicidal, for simply disagreeing with her, or worse, for simply being male. Last week, writing in Role Reboot, the mother of two yet again relentlessly shamed her sons for their biology, and then topped herself by explaining that they are, like every other man, "not safe."

Jul 17 08:40

Young woman allegedly tortured so badly police thought she was dead

A young Brisbane woman allegedly subjected to weeks of torture was so badly injured the police who found her initially thought she was dead.
Officers attended a Bulimba unit on 2 July where they found a 21-year-old with life-threatening burns and other injuries that extended the length of her body. Her condition, appearance and smell led them to think she was dead until she moaned.

Jul 17 08:39

His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead.

As police cars rolled into his pristine suburban neighborhood last Saturday night, past the sprawling Colonials and manicured lawns, and as dozens of officers from across the region surrounded his home, Russell Reeves begged them again and again to back off.

Jul 17 08:29

Indonesia Blocks Access To Telegram Over ‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Concerns

Indonesia is blocking access to web versions of the encrypted messaging service, Telegram, citing concerns the app is being used to spread “terrorist propaganda.”

Jul 17 08:21

ALERT: PARENTS HORRIFIED AFTER CITY WORKERS SPOTTED DEADLY SURPRISES LINING CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND

Ben Marquis for The Conservative Tribune reports, Just about every single big city and small town across the country has playgrounds for children, and those locations are generally regarded as being a relatively safe place for kids to have fun while expending their energy.

Jul 17 08:10

Delta and Ann Coulter at war: Conservative commentator continues Twitter tirade over being shunted from her pre-booked seat after airline accused her of griping over $30 and called her insults 'unacceptable' (17 Pics)

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter typically uses her social media platform of millions of followers to communicate her views on politics and culture. But on Saturday, Coulter used her Twitter account to publicly rebuke Delta Airlines.

Jul 17 08:08

Australian bride-to-be shot dead by US cop after she called 911 to report hearing noise outside her house

An Australian woman due to get married next month was shot dead by a US police officer after she called 911 to report a possible assault outside her home.
Justine Damond, 40, went outside in her pyjamas after police arrived and was shot through the door of a squad car by an officer seated inside the vehicle, it was claimed.

The officer's body camera was not turned on at the time, raising questions from the woman's family and Minneapolis' mayor.

Jul 17 07:58

DR. MICHAEL COFFMAN, PATRIOT WHO EXPOSED AGENDA 21, PASSES AWAY

Dr. Michael Coffman, a firebrand patriot known for exposing Agenda 21 and the globalist gameplan to end rural America, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Infowars recently found out about the loss of Dr. Coffman, who explained how the globalists wanted to restrict world populations to tightly controlled megacities in the Alex Jones documentary Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement.

Coffman, who held a Ph.D in Forest Science, was once instrumental in stopping the ratification of a biodiversity treaty which would have triggered the eventual disappearance of private land ownership through piecemeal use restrictions.

Jul 17 07:57

Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs

An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. If Microsoft doesn't deliver a patch within the next six to nine months, those PCs could be cut off from security fixes.

Jul 17 07:53

ISRAEL REJECTS US, RUSSIA SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL – PRESENTS LIST OF DEMANDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week. Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Jul 17 07:51

“I need to work:” Veteran says he was fired from Home Depot after confronting shoplifters

A 70-year-old veteran says he’s out of a job after he tried to stop some thieves from leaving the Home Depot store where he worked. It appears what he saw as doing the right thing was against company policy.
Jim Tinney says trying to do the right thing has guided him pretty well in life.

Jul 17 07:51

Answers demanded after Minneapolis cop shoots woman dead with body camera off

Family, residents and this city's mayor are demanding to know why a woman was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend and why the officer's body camera was off at the time, reports CBS Minnesota.

Jul 17 07:51

Alaska Cops Defend Their 'Right' to Sexual Contact With Sex Workers Before Arresting Them

There’s a heated debate going on right now in Alaska between the police department and sex workers’ rights advocates over a bill that would make it illegal for police officers to have sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them. If Alaska passes this bill, they’ll become the first state to outlaw any sexual contact between police and the people they’re investigating. Only two months ago, Michigan became the last state in the U.S. to make it illegal for police officers to sexually penetrate sex workers in the course of an investigation.

Jul 17 07:50

The Crack Down Continues, These Individuals Need To Be Investigated

Rand Paul is introducing a pro-gun amendment to health care to counter Obamacare. ?Using the same logic as the corporate media certain individuals need to be investigated.

Jul 17 07:41

Black pastors sue Coca-Cola, because it’s too hard to understand sugar’s bad for you when you’re black

On Thursday, two black pastors, William Lamar and Delman Coates, filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against Coca-Cola, alleging that the beverage company participated in “false, deceptive, and misleading advertising and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages” that had a particularly negative effect on the black community, the Washington Post reported.

Jul 17 07:40

THIS 'BLATANTLY RACIST' T-SHIRT HAS PATRIOTS COACH BILL BELICHICK IN SOME HOT WATER

Bill Belichick found himself in some hot water with social justice warriors last week for a T-shirt he wore while on vacation.
The New England Patriot’s coach was spotted wearing a green shirt with stick figure drawings of a soldier and, what appears to be, a terrorist.

Jul 17 07:31

Minneapolis woman fatally shot by police after calling 911 to report assault, family says

Two Minneapolis police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of a possible assault in the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. One of the officers shot and killed the woman.

Zach Damond, who identified himself in a Facebook video as the son of the woman’s fiance, said she had called police for help after hearing a noise near her house.

Jul 17 07:01

Donald Trump's campaign against Isis results in nearly as many civilian deaths as during Obama's entire administration

Nearly as many Iraqi and Syrian civilians have died in US-led air strikes under Donald Trump as were killed during the whole administration of Barack Obama, independent analysts say.
As of 13 July, more than 2,200 civilians had been killed by the US-led international coalition against Isis since Donald Trump entered the White house in January - compared with the estimated 2,300 civilians who died during similar strikes between 2014 and 2016.

Jul 17 07:01

Healthcare study ranks Australia second best in developed world, while US comes in last

Australia's healthcare system has been ranked among the best in the developed world by a team of American researchers who have ranked their own country's system the worst.

Jul 17 06:44

MSM SLAMS DON JR FOR "RUSSIA CONNECTION," BUT IGNORES THESE HILLARY ELECTION "HELPERS"

Mainstream media is truly up in arms over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a lawyer tied to the Russian government back in 2016, citing of course… collusion. However, the same media completely ignored that Hillary Clinton’s campaign worked with government of Ukraine to undermine President Donald Trump’s election bid. Bias… yes, definitely.

Jul 17 06:22

FACIAL RECOGNITION COMING TO POLICE BODY CAMERAS

An approach to machine learning inspired by the human brain is about to revolutionize street search. Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest just might in the future.

Jul 16 16:21

Report exposes abuse and neglect of illegally detained prisoners in Israel

Between 1996 and 2013 the number of prisoners in Israel has doubled but in 40 per cent of cases the space they occupy is less than 3 square metres.

A report by the public defender shows that only 11 per cent of prisoners have living space of more than 4.5 sq m, a quarter of the inmates are assigned a maximum of 2.9 sq m and more than half of the prisoners (59 per cent ) live in 3 sq m or less. Some 43 per cent of cells hold nine prisoners or more, and 75 per cent have more than four prisoners, though prison and detention regulations stipulate no more than four beds per cell. Across the Western world, the average space per prisoner is 8.8 sq.m...>>

Jul 16 15:01

Nevada Declares State Of Emergency Over Weed Shortages

By Aaron Kesel

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency over recreational marijuana regulations after the Nevada Tax Commission reported a shortage of medical weed in its many stores.

The Nevada Tax Commission stated that it will consider implementing emergency regulations on July 13 to provide a stronger structure for marijuana distribution to retailers. These new regulations would also allow for liquor wholesalers to get into the marijuana business...

Jul 16 14:50

MUST SEE! AFTER ANDERSON COOPER ATTACKED TRUMP HE GOT INSTANTLY DESTROYED IN SAVAGE TAKEDOWN LIVE!

White House Deputy Assistant, Sebastian Gorka savaged CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday evening in a fiery exchange over how the fake news media is hyping up the 20 minute meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with the Russian lawyer.

Jul 16 10:41

THIS CNN HACK CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT... THEN SHE MAKES A STUNNING MOVE WITH HER TWITTER ACCOUNT

V Saxena for The Conservative Tribune reports, When faced with taunts and bullying, grown men and women typically hold their heads up high and withstand the pressure like champions. But for CNN reporter Alisyn Camerota, that apparently was too much for her.

Jul 16 10:20

2.1 MILLION ILLEGALS PANIC AS TRUMP DHS SEC ISSUES SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT

When then-candidate Donald Trump was running for office, he promised to overturn former President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “amnesty” program, but post-election, President Trump seemed to be backing off from that promise, suggesting that DACA enrollees had nothing to fear.

Jul 16 08:49

U.S. Peace Delegation Heads to Seongju, South Korea

A U.S. peace delegation will travel to South Korea from July 23 to 28 to stand with the South Korean people fighting against the U.S. THAAD deployment and build solidarity with the peace movement there. The peace delegation will include Jill Stein of the Green Party (2016 U.S. presidential candidate), Reece Chenault of U.S. Labor Against War, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, Juyeon Rhee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific (STIK) and Will Griffin of Veterans For Peace.

The solidarity delegation is sponsored by STIK and the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation (CPLEF) and follows a national speaking tour sponsored by the two organizations in April when Won Buddhist Reverend Sounghey Kim toured the U.S. to speak about the anti-THAAD fight in South Korea.

The delegation aims to bring attention to U.S. militarism in the Asia Pacific region, according to Griffin:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish these people safe travels, and decent press coverage from the independent media on their way.

Jul 16 08:46

The Suffering of Children in Mosul Revealed as Daesh Is Snuffed Out

Children “lived in the dark like rats” while Daesh ruled in Mosul, an aid worker claims. Many of them had hidden from the terrorists and the ensuing war to retake the city. Consequently, they are suffering from rickets, a lack of Vitamin D and are very thin.

Experts believe these children will suffer long term psychological trauma not only from the battles that raged in the city but the day-to-day cruelty they witnessed at the hands of Daesh. The charity Save the Children surveyed 65 kids and found that they were enduring what professionals call “toxic stress”. A staggering 90% had lost close family members and the majority had nightmares whether asleep or awake

“I dream of a woman with blood all over her face,” murmured one girl aged about 10 or 11.

Another girl of the same age said:

“I have bad dreams of dead bodies.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is hell on adults, but is an even worse hell for children affected by it.

Jul 16 08:42

Disastrous Capitalism – But Is a U.K. Labour Government the Solution?

Consider the Grenfell Tower inferno as an expression of a new kind of class war, but not a class war as we have known it–between organised workers, political parties and capital–but between ordinary citizens and the local fiefdoms of the capitalist state as increasingly, big business has taken over the running of what’s left of our public and collective life, through ‘outsourcing’, public-private-partnerships and what have you, where making a profit is the bottom line, not serving the public.[1]

Worse still, in order to justify this thievery on a national/international scale that runs to trillions, the state and its partner the corporate/state media, has had to resort to the ‘trusted’ Victorian method of blaming the victim for their own poverty, their own shortcomings, their own misery. Ergo, Grenfell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Brits seem to be in as much of a quandary over these kinds of issues as are their American cousins.

But the first thing that needs to happen to the people who managed Grenfell Tower is a forensic audit, showing where every bit of money they collected, from every resource, actually went.

The money was obviously never put into the building to make it more safe; the original building engineering was totally lousy, in order to "value engineer" it to be constructed as cheaply as possible, and to hold as many people as humanly possible, in small, cramped spaces.

Jul 16 08:17

REVEALED: Why you’re more likely to be a criminal if you’re born in the 70s

Researchers at Princeton University and Brown University uncovered a link between exposure to lead in peoples’ younger years and criminal behaviour.

The material was a key component in paint during the 1960s and 1970s, before it was banned from house paint in 1976.

Leaded gasoline was also phased out between 1979 and 1986.

Exposure to lead in preschool years significantly increases the likelihood children will be suspended or incarcerated during school, the study found.

They correlated falling rates of antisocial behaviour with the decline in lead paint used over the past few decades.

Researchers discovered children aged up to six-years-old who had been exposed to lead showed displayed more aggressive behaviour, had trouble paying attention and exhibited poorer thinking skills and impulse control.

Links have been established between getting into trouble in school and going on to be involved in crime as adults.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to wonder if this kind of exposure leads to the utter craziness we see on display in Washington DC these days!!

Jul 16 08:16

Obamacare repeal vote DELAYED after John McCain was hospitalised by blood clot

The US Senate has delayed a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare while Senator John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot.

Jul 16 08:14

House passes $696.5B defense policy bill

The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging, $696.5 billion defense policy bill that goes far above President Trump’s budget request.

Lawmakers voted 344-81 on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which broadly lays out policy and spending rules for the Pentagon and the military branches.

The bill would authorize $621.5 billion for the Pentagon's base budget and Energy Department nuclear programs and $75 billion for war funding, known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. In addition, the bill takes $10 billion in OCO dollars to pay for base budget needs.

Only eight Republicans voted against the legislation, which passes Trump’s defense request of $603 billion. Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), John Duncan (Tenn.), Tom Garret (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Andy Harris (Md.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.) were the Republicans voting no.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that Congress will most probably repeal the BCA.

Jul 16 08:10

RON PAUL WARNS "CENTRAL BANKERS ARE ALWAYS WRONG...ESPECIALLY BEFORE A BUST"

The global dollar-based monetary system is in serious jeopardy, according to former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. And contrary to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s assurances that there won’t be another major crisis in our lifetime, the next economy-cratering fiat-currency crash could happen as soon as next month, Paul said during an interview with Josh Sigurdson of World Alternative media. Paul and Sigurdson also discussed false flag attacks, the dawn of a cashless society and the dangers of monetizing national debt.

Paul started by saying Yellen's attitude scares him because "central bankers are always wrong - especially before a bust."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone on Dr. Paul's site has been reading WRH!! :-)

Or, possibly, great minds think alike!!

Jul 16 08:07

Soldier Accused of Pledging Support to ISIS Believed Conspiracy Theories

A U.S. soldier accused of wanting to commit a mass shooting after pledging loyalty to the Islamic State group believed the moon landing was faked, questioned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and thought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job coordinated by the U.S. government, according to a former Army bunkmate.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was ordered held without bail in federal court in Honolulu Thursday after a brief detention hearing. Kang's court-appointed attorney Birney Bervar did not contest his client's detention but said after the hearing that he will ask for a mental health evaluation.

A "turning point" for Kang's mental state seems to be a 2011 deployment, Bervar said: "He's a decorated American soldier for 10 years, goes to Afghanistan and comes back and things start going off the rails."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kang appears to be "another notch on the belt" of undercover agents who "groomed" him to turn on his country,then arrested him immediately.

I would tend to believe that ultimately, because this kid was turned and groomed to do what he did, this case will get thrown out of court, as so many cases like it before have been thrown out of court.

The way the story is written is also a cloddish attempt to "poison the well" against independent media.

And please remember, folks; it was the corporate media which assured you the Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, to lie you into supporting a war against Iraq for US control of its oil fields, and to insure that Iraq's oil was only was only sold in US dollars.

Jul 16 07:51

REALLY!? Reason ‘mom won’t let son accept perfect attendance award’ goes viral

Somewhat ironically the mother’s blog post about not accepting an award for her son never being out sick has gone viral.

A U.K. author and mom of three is making waves with a recent parenting decision: Rachel Wright won't allow 10-year-old son JJ to accept a perfect-attendance award from school.
It may seem cruel on the surface but Wright believes she has good reason.

Jul 16 07:50

Homeland Security says Americans who don't want faces scanned leaving the country "shouldn't travel"

Congress allowed the government to scan faces of foreign nationals to keep track of visa overstays. But now that's set to be extended to Americans, worrying some privacy advocates.

But now the agency wants to scan the faces when anyone -- including Americans -- leaves the US.

"The only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling," says the document.

Six major US airports, including Boston, Atlanta, and New York's Kennedy Airport, have completed trials started under the previous Obama administration, with an aim to have the system fully operational by next year. CBP says that it won't know exactly who is overstaying visas until face scans are also carried out at US land and sea ports.

The assessment says facial scans will be deleted after two weeks, but can be retained for longer.

Privacy advocates argue that it's inching towards a surveillance state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Inching toward a surveillance state"?!? We're already there, folks!!

Welcome to the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika: your face scan, please!!

And BTW, if the Department of Homeland Security really wants to stop terror in its tracks, here is precisely the way to do it: stop mucking about in other people's countries, to expropriate resources to which the United States and its corporate minions have absolutely no moral right; stop regime changing countries to insure they are western-centric, and stop insisting that those resources only get sold in US dollars.

You're welcome!! :-)

Jul 16 07:49

WHEN TRUMP JUST AIRED PUTIN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, THE MEDIA DIDN’T WANT TO EVEN SHOW IT

President Trump conducted an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network published on Wednesday in which he told the world exactly where he stands with Russia President Vladamir Putin.

Jul 16 07:42

DOUBT SURFACES ABOUT ‘SUICIDE’ CLAIM OF CLINTON INVESTIGATOR

A Wall Street analyst who spoke to Peter Smith the day before he reportedly committed suicide told the Daily Caller News Foundation there were no indications the Chicago businessman and anti-Clinton political investigator was about to take his life.

“He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh shit, the guy’s at the end of his rope,’” Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst, told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group.

“This does not seem like a settled story. It made perfect sense to me he might have died of natural causes, but little chance he would have killed himself,” Ortel said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The guy was most likely Arkancided; the Clintons and their minions most probably have people on speed dial who do this every day for a living.

Jul 16 07:39

LEAKED DOCUMENTS 'REVEAL SAUDI AND EMIRATI CROWN PRINCES' SUPPORT FOR AL-QAEDA AND IS IN YEMEN'

The nine-page document was published by Egyptian newspaper al-Badil in April - before the outlet was banned by Cairo - accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi's Mohammed bin Zayed of providing aid to the two extremists.

The communique - sent to Qatar's foreign minister on October 26, 2016 - outlines the minutes of communications between Qatar's ambassador to Washington and the US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The New Arab could not independently verify the authenticity of the documents.

"The Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence reported that the information available to them indicated that Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been in constant communication with the figures listed in the report," the leaked notes read.

"The prince has managed, according to the Under Secretary, to assemble out of some groups loyal to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] a force against the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I find myself...totally unsurprised; this is absolutely typical behaviour for both Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi.

Jul 16 07:35

Michigan city council muzzles 9-year-old … a poor lesson in civics and it’s against the law

A Michigan city council gave a 9-year-old a poor lesson in civics and may have even broken the law.
The Lansing City Council effectively censored the fourth grade girl during a meeting to protest the changes at a local park, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Jul 16 07:35

Gasoline Battles In Mexico: Cartels Declare War On Each Other And The Army

Fuel theft in Mexico used to consist of a few villagers drilling holes in Pemex pipelines and carrying away just enough gasoline to fill their vehicles and maybe a couple extra gallons to sell on the side of the freeway.

Jul 16 07:34

Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed

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Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed
The proposed measure redefines reality to make a drug crime out of literally nothing.
By Phillip Smith / AlterNet July 12, 2017, 3:26 PM GMT
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With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years for a second offense) and allow police to seize their vehicles—all without the presence of any actual drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American comedian Ron White has a marvelous one-liner; "You can't fix stupid."

And this is about as stupid and counter-productive as a proposed allegedly "anti-drug" piece of legislation gets.

I have to wonder if Representative Hays is absolutely pig-ignorant, or is experiencing a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) on what happened in Portugal when they decriminalised small amounts of drugs for personal use.

Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago; and now, hardly anyone dies of an overdose.

Their focus was not punitive, but on counseling and rehabilitation; and it worked.

I also have to wonder how much the guy is getting in campaign contributions from the private prison industry; the pharmaceutical industry; and the alcohol industry, that he is pushing so hard in this direction.

Jul 16 07:34

Urban website spins story of 9-year-old being handcuffed as racist, omits black people on cop’s side

A popular urban website shared a video of the handcuffing of an African-American child and did it’s best to make it the officer seem like a racist.
“DISGRACEFUL!!! South Carolina Police Officer ARRESTS 9 Year Old African American Boy . . . For ‘ILLEGALLY’ PLAYING Outside!! (‘I’m Restraining You For YOUR Safety And Mine’) #BackLivesMatter,” Mediatakeout.com wrote on its Facebook page with the police body camera video.

Jul 16 07:22

Feds Concede Can’t Search Cloud Data at Border for US Citizens

NBC News reported last week that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) concedes it lacks authority to access data stored only on the cloud when its agents examine the electronic devices of US citizens crossing the border. The NBC news report, Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones, was based on a CBP Letter, dated June 20, sent in response to written questions posed to CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan by Senator Ron Wyden. Last April, Wyden and Senator Ron Paul introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act that require border officials get a warrant based on probable cause before they could to search or seize cellphones at the border.

Jul 16 07:22

Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

There's a chance Britain won't leave the European Union, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday, arguing that stopping Brexit is "necessary" to avoid severe economic damage.

In an article published by Blair's Institute for Global Change, he wrote that EU leaders might be willing to "reform and meet us half way" to keep the U.K. in the bloc. He said that might include compromise on freedom of movement - a key EU principle that conflicts with Britain's goal of placing limits on immigration.

Blair said conditions in Britain and Europe had changed since the U.K.s EU membership referendum in June 2016. Europe has some new leaders, including France's centrist President Emmanuel Macron. And in Britain, the Conservative government suffered a setback in last month's election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tony Blair, a word, please; whatever the EU is paying you to spew this codswallop, it cannot possibly be enough.

In a world where you live with armed guards and drivers, it is impossible for you to see at all in what kind of a world of hurt, and physical danger, unchecked immigration has left your brother and sister Brits.

And until you have your "Buddha on the road" moment on this issue, you will continue to be totally irrelevant to the current discussions on the directions Brexit should take.

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