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May 13 08:44

THIS NEW TOOL HELPS YOU TURN OFF FACEBOOK’S SURVEILLANCE AND RECLAIM SOME PRIVACY

TYPICALLY, AD CAMPAIGNS have the goal of getting people to do something. But the one launched today by the activist group Citizens Against Monopoly is instead intended to show how hard something is to do.

The campaign, called “I’m Not Your Product,” gives Facebook users a step-by-step guide to opting out of as much ad targeting and surveillance as possible. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that users have “complete control” over advertising data, during two days of testimony related to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which illicitly obtained information on 87 million Facebook users.

May 13 08:42

Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran

So what does all this add up to? In pulling the United States out of the international nuclear deal, Trump has heightened tensions with Iran on a number of issues unrelated to whatever nuclear ambitions that country may have. Netanyahu, who hated the nuclear deal from the start because it eased tensions and diminished pressure on Iran, now sees his opportunity to goad the Islamic Republic with pinprick airstrikes against Iranian positions in Syria. With Israel killing Iranians, a retaliatory response is inevitable, which is what Netanyahu wants. In this dangerous escalation of tensions, Trump has positioned his country on the side of Israel and against Iran; this will encourage further provocations by Netanyahu.

You don’t have to be Count Metternich to perceive where this is leading. It’s difficult to see how, under these circumstances, war can be avoided, while it’s easy to see how events could flip out of control and lead to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why Netanyahu is hoping to goad the US government into its own war against Iran and Syria, the costs of which would only be borne by American blood, and American money, which will galvanize Moscow to fight against the US in both Syria and Iran.

Such a war, at this time, would be catastrophic to the regime in DC, because at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strenth; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any conventional war against Russia. Once those in the bowels of power in DC understand this, such a war could go both nuclear, and global.

So what would the current Netanyahu government have to gain from such a war?!?

Control over all the oil fields in the Middle East; that, and with which currency the oil is sold for, are the primary motivating factors here.

May 13 08:31

Natalie Portman Boycotts Israeli Prize; Right Wing Goes Ballistic

Actress Natalie Portman, a strong supporter of Israel, has come under vicious attack for criticizing that country’s leadership. She now joins the club of scholars, journalists, and political leaders who are vilified by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his right-wing cohorts.

Portman was born in Jerusalem, and although her family left Israel when she was only three, she became fluent in Hebrew. She is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States.

While studying at Harvard, she became a research assistant for right-wing Zionist Alan Dershowitz. She directed and starred in a feature film presenting the Jewish side of the 1948 war that established the Israeli state.

So Portman is an unlikely candidate for vilification by conservative Jews. Here’s what happened.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Natalie Portman has just rocketed in my respect level for her, both as an artist, and as a Jewish woman who wants to see peace in Israel. I support her in this, completely.

But I can guarantee her this: there will be a price to pay.

She can now expect that roles will become more difficult to come by, as the Israeli right wing attempts to crucify her, and hang her out to dry, artistically and economically. I can only hope that she, and her husband, have been careful guardians of the money she has earned in previous films, to get them through what may be a difficult economic period for them.

May 13 08:27

Lying Woman Makes Tearful Video Claiming Racism By Police… Then Bodycam Footage Is Released

All those tears and her entire story was a lie...

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May 13 08:18

Disaster Looms in North Yemen as Pro-Saudi Forces near Hodeidah

The Saudi-backed Yemeni army took control of the town of al-Bareh, west of Taiz, earlier this week. The fall of this town is less important than what comes next, as the army draws ever closer to the key port city of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah is the lone seaport under the control of the Shi’ite Houthi movement, and by extension is the only port through which humanitarian aid can flow for the entire northern half of the country. A vital humanitarian location, which to pro-Saudi forces is a vital military target.

Successfully conquering Hodeidah would, after all, mean the Houthi territory, including the capital city and many millions of people, would have no access to food or medical aid. This would be an opportunity for the Saudi invading force to really crack down on them.

They envision it forcing a surrender, but it may also could bring millions of malnourished people into outright starvation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yemeni Deaths by Starvation! Cholera!! Diptheria!! The mutilation and killings, through bombing raids, of infants, toddlers, women, and non-combatants, including the medically fragile elderly! WE JUST LOVE IT HERE IN RIYADH!!" - official spokesman for the B.O.Y., AKA the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

May 13 08:12

Billings police officers disciplined for sex on duty say they shouldn't be named to avoid 'bad reputation'

Three police officers disciplined for having sex on the job or on public property argued in court documents they would have a "bad reputation" that would affect their jobs if their names were released.

"The Petitioner's future employment and his ability to protect and serve the community will be affected because the (officer) will have a bad reputation in the community," each motion for a temporary restraining order reads.

The officers' conduct came to light as part of an unrelated investigation. They had sex with the same woman either on city property or while on duty over the course of four separate incidents.

May 13 08:08

China's President Xi Jinping may also travel to Singapore when Trump meets Kim: report

A Japanese newspaper has raised the possibility of Chinese President Xi Jinping also travelling to Singapore when US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for an unprecedented summit on June 12.

The Mainichi Shimbun's Washington-based correspondent cited American diplomatic sources as saying there was a chance that Mr Xi may meet Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore.

In the report published on Friday, the Mainichi quoted a senior international negotiator with the National Security Council as telling reporters that "there is a possibility" the leader of a third country may take part.

Mr Trump announced via a tweet on Thursday that his summit with Mr Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should that happen, it may well be the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping could be a stabilizing influence here, and enhance the possibility that some good could come from the meeting.

May 13 08:03

Don't Skype me: How Microsoft turned users against its beloved video-chat program

It's relatively easy these days to find critics of Skype, the popular online calling service that Microsoft Corp. acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Former devotees routinely gripe on social media that the software has become too difficult to use. On the Apple App Store and Google Play store, negative reviews of the smartphone app are piling up, citing everything from poor call quality to gluttonous battery demand.

May 13 08:02

Louisiana warns 37,000 Medicaid recipients they may face loss of care over budget cuts

For Jamie Duplechine, a quadriplegic who has spent more than half of her 38 years in a wheelchair, it’s an endless source of amusement that three of the caregivers who watch her around the clock in her Louisiana apartment just happen to be named Shonda, Shamanda and Sherry.

May 13 08:02

Hawaii volcano building up to massive eruption, say scientists

volcano in Hawaii that has been oozing lava and steam for days may be building up to a huge eruption, scientists have warned.

They are so concerned that the Volcanoes National Park has been closed.

It is the newest threat from the Kilauea volcano, which started to erupt eight days ago on the US state’s Big Island, the National Park Service said.

Lava levels in the crater are going down, say scientists, which means it may be clogging up before a massive blast.

US Geological Survey geophysicist Ingrid Johanson said movement of the molten rock opened space for lava to drain underground which reduced the height of a lava lake at the summit.

As the lava lake levels fall below the groundwater table, water can start interacting with the magma, heating it up and creating steam, said USGS scientist Donald Swanson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not at all good for our brother and sister Hawaiian residents on the Big Island.

Although we are high enough in terms of the elevation of our condo (400 feet above sea level), so if a tsunami hits, we can shelter in place.

But should an intense tsunami hit the island of Oahu, all the people who live on the coastal region of the island will be at great risk, and will have to seek higher ground. Mike and I are very concerned about this, and for others herem about whom we care about greatly, but are perfectly safe ourselves.

I am very grateful that President Trump saw fit to do the following:
Trump declares a major disaster in Hawaii after volcanic eruptions and lava

May 13 07:55

ARMY'S NEW WEAPON: SPECIAL GOGGLES ALLOW SOLDIERS TO SHOOT AROUND CORNERS

The United States Army recently awarded BAE Systems $97 Million in orders for new night vision goggles and thermal weapon sights for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III/FWS-I) program. The all-in-one weapon sight system allows soldiers to acquire and eliminate enemy targets through a wireless connection that transmits the weapon’s crosshairs and surrounding imagery directly into the soldier’s goggles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How cyborgesque the soldiers in the picture appear.

I wish, and of course, I have no voice in this government whatsoever, as I am one of the many, peaceful voiceless, that the US government was spending a lot more of its money on true humanitarian, hard-won, good faith negotiations to avoid wars than investing in weapons like this.

May 13 07:51

NIMMO: DONALD TRUMP’S NEOCON CONVERSION WAS PREDICTABLE

During the election, I wrote a little ebook titled “Donald Trump’s War on Islam.” In addition to pointing out Trump’s pandering to Islamophobia, I wrote about his association with a number of neocons, including Frank Gaffney and John Bolton, who is now his national security adviser. “I think John Bolton’s a good man,” Trump told the Hugh Hewitt Show.
“I watched him yesterday, actually, and he was very good in defending me in some of my views, and very, very strong. And I’ve always liked John Bolton. Well, we are thinking about it, Hugh [nominating Bolton as secretary of state]. I will say that. We are thinking about it. I mean, the negative is what I told you. But we are seriously thinking about it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me very nervous (read: freaked out about a potential false flag) about the opening of the US consulate in Jerusalem tomorrow.

May 13 07:00

Aspiring Indian American Med Student Forged Her Way into Three Elite U.S. Universities, Sentenced to Five Years’ Probation, $70K Fine

An aspiring Indian American medical student, who used forgery to get admission and financial aid from three elite U.S. universities, was sentenced to five years’ probation April 23.

May 13 07:00

A billionaire is opening a new mental health center in Colorado to treat veterans and their families

About half of U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan don’t receive the mental health treatment they need, and the vast Veterans Health Administration system often doesn’t offer care for veterans’ families or for many veterans who were not honorably discharged.

May 13 06:34

The World's Most Secretive Nuclear Weapons Program (No, Not North Korea)

Israel didn’t have long to wait for its first nuclear crisis. The 1973 Yom Kippur War saw Arab armies achieve strategic surprise, sending Israeli ground forces reeling in both in the Sinai desert and the Golan Heights. Israeli nuclear weapons were placed on alert and loaded onto Jericho I surface-to-surface missiles and F-4 Phantoms. Determined Israeli counteroffensives were able to turn the situation on both fronts around, and the weapons were not ultimately used.

May 13 06:25

What I saw in Jerusalem

A day before we reached Jerusalem, Israeli forces killed 34 unarmed Palestinians on Gaza border. We decided to interview people in West Jerusalem about those killings.
"Just 34 killed?" Asked one Israeli.
"They should have killed 200. I want them to kill all the Palestinians there," he said
Note: The Israeli occupiers are filthy murderers.

May 13 06:16

Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack

A Palestinian was killed and 175 were wounded by Israeli army fire on Friday. The Palestinian health ministry said a teenage boy died Saturday after he was shot in the head by Israeli fire on the Gaza-Israel border.
The death raises to 42 the number of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces since weekly protests began on March 30. More than 1,800 have been wounded.
Note: Israel has always said it has a right to defend itself and it's illegally occupied territory.

May 13 06:00

Marines Said Sent To US Legations In Mideast Ahead Of Jerusalem Embassy Opening

The US has dispatched Marines to bolster security at US diplomatic facilities around the Middle East, Hadashot TV news reported Saturday citing a CNN report, two days ahead of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

The deployment of Marines, the Israeli TV report said, came because of fears of disturbances related to the opening of the embassy. For weeks, thousands of Gazans have been protesting at the border with Israel, encouraged by Hamas, the terror group that rules the Strip, whose leaders have vowed to ratchet up protests to coincide with the embassy opening.

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(*in other words WE'RE part pf history , by virtue pf OUR tax dollars paying for THEIR security .)

May 13 05:49

Obama’s Envoy To Israel Says Embassy Move To Jerusalem ‘Could Help End Conflict’

Daniel Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, said on Saturday that the move initiated by US President Donald Trump to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump announced the plan in December, much to Israel’s approval>>>

May 13 05:34

THE FUTURE OF THE NAKBA

The Zionist conquest of Palestine, which began haphazardly in the early 1880s and was intensified after the turn of the century, reaching its apogee with the British invasion and occupation of the country before the conclusion of World War I, was the inaugural moment of what would become known as the Nakba – the Catastrophe.

Whereas the term “Nakba” was used by Syrian intellectual Constantine Zureik to describe what was befalling the Palestinians in August 1948 (when he wrote and published his classic book Ma’na al-Nakba)>>>

May 13 00:34

Dawson vs Fuentes

May 12 22:45

Netanyahu: “Let’s You and Him Fight”: Brandishing the American Miitary

Fred On Everything is P.O.ed!

Why did the Cockatoo-in-Chief renege on the Iran deal deeply prized by Russia, China, France, Germany, England, and the European Union? Why did he deliberately damage relations with Europe and cost American workers many thousands of jobs at Boeing among others? Why do all of this to hurt a country that poses no danger to the United States?

Israel.Israel, Israel. Israel. Israel.
Always Israel.

But while “the Jews” didn’t sink the Iran deal, a comparatively small number of Israel-firsters did. These are the Neocons, warlike and heavily Jewish, plus the Jewish lobby AIPAC plus a few Jewish billionaires. Collectively they determine American foreign policy, and not for the benefit of America........

May 12 22:12

BEX ALERT - Have Iran and Israël declared a new war?

This fellow jumped the shark a couple of years ago.
This piece seems to follow the Israeli line pretty closely in framing Iran for the Syrian missile strikes.

This morning of 10 May 2018, at approximately 0h30, the al-Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – the Iranian military elite – attacked Israël from its bases in Syria. Israël is the Pentagon’s arsenal in the region (sites 51, 53, 55 and 56). The Hebrew state, choosing to escalate, riposted disproportionally, firing close to 70 missiles on Iranian targets in Syria and attempting to destroy the Syrian anti-aircraft defence system.

May 12 21:01

She didn't see it coming: psychic arrested for $800,000 fraud

Despite her self-proclaimed clairvoyance, a New York City psychic was arrested by the NYPD, in the latest example of fortune-teller fraud

May 12 21:00

Buckingham Palace reveals Queen's consent for Harry wedding

London (AFP) - Britain got a glimpse Saturday at Queen Elizabeth II's elaborate formal consent for her grandson Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, a week ahead of the wedding ceremony.

May 12 20:59

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.

May 12 12:28

Starbucks Becomes America's Largest Public Restroom

Starbucks Opens Restrooms to Non-Paying Non-Customers. Which is all they are going to have when they become a shit house for bums

May 12 11:17

U.S. MOVES FORWARD WITH MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR “SMART BOMB” SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE DESPITE CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. In the days that followed, local media published a photograph of a bomb fragment with a serial number tying it to the U.S.-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon.
Now the State Department is taking preliminary steps toward a massive, multibillion-dollar sale of similar weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three congressional aides, a State Department official, and two other people familiar with the sales told The Intercept.

The State Department has yet to announce the exact details and dollar value of the package, but it is said to include tens of thousands of precision-guided munitions from Raytheon, the same company that was involved in producing the weapons used in last month’s strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, LORD, NO!!!

It feels like the entire American public has been at a "slow frog boil", a situation where the frog doesn't know it is in danger of dying, until it is too late; so it is with the normalization of weapons sales to absolute despots, to create a genocide which the B.O.Y. ( the Butcher of Yemen, AKA the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman) is doing in Yemen.

I have rarely felt more completely out of control of my government than I do right now, as our alleged government continues to hurtle, at breakneck speed, toward more wars in the Middle East, most probably culminating in a war against Iran, which probably means a war against Russia.

May 12 11:10

EXPERTS SAY KEEP AMAZON’S ALEXA AWAY FROM YOUR KIDS

What’s the best way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they’re too young to question anything. Amazon has a new addition to its line of voice-commanded artificial intelligence Alexa assistants, marketed for use by children as young as 5 years old, who can barely grasp a box of juice, let alone digital privacy. Now, a coalition of children’s privacy and psychology advocates are warning parents away from Amazon’s latest, cutest device, saying it could normalize surveillance and harm children’s mental development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until such devices are mandated in the home of US citizens (and we may not be all that far away from something like this happening), Mike and I will continue to avoid this technology as though it were the plague.

May 12 11:06

UK ACCIDENTALLY ADMITS USE OF HORRIFYING, ORGAN RUPTURING WEAPONS IN SYRIA

At the beginning of the month (May 2018) the British Ministry of Defence seemingly on accident revealed for the first time that they are unloading horrifyingly inhumane, thermobaric weapons out of drones onto the people of Syria: and it wasn’t even in this recent April 2018 escalation of tension, but last year. They are doing it more often than they’d like to admit.

Somehow the use of thermobaric weapons seems less humane than ripping a person to shreds with shrapnel.

The weapons work by igniting oxygen surrounding the weapon.

A cloud of explosive chemicals is released, and upon impact the fuel-air mixture is detonated, exploding the lungs of animals and human beings in the vicinity, not damaging structures much but filling the lungs of all animals with fuel and burning them in what may be one of the most horrifying ways imaginable to die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

But then again, please remember that this one of the countries selling bombs and weapons to Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, which he is using to assassinate infants, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

This... from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta; how in the name of heaven could it have fallen so morally low as to be doing this in Syria?!?!?

May 12 10:59

PENTAGON REPORT ON NIGER RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERS

The Pentagon’s newly released 8-page report on the Niger incident had a very clear narrative. From the moment local commanders endorsed the mission to the recovery of the four bodies of slain US soldiers, the report goes out of its way to lionize everyone’s actions, and downplay errors.

This makes sense, because underlying these conclusions is the fact that the Pentagon has no intention of holding anyone to account for the mistakes made. Yet the summary report’s decision to tread very lightly on a lot of potentially embarrassing specifics means that it ultimately raises a lot more questions than it answered.

Fortunately, a lot of those answers exist, as this 8-page version was just a summary of a 180-page full report on the incident. The administration is keeping that carefully secret, however. They say that the report needs to be heavily reviewed, and redacted, before ever being made public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, to my best judgment, simply another act, supporting the expropriation of resources, to which the US government, nor multi-national companies which support it, overtly and covertly, have no moral right whatsoever, and we never see real, meaningful compensation of the people from whose lands these resources are, for all practical intents and purposes, stolen.

The deeply colonial attitudes of the US government toward places like Africa, have never really changed; they have just "shape shifted", to make those attitudes appear more morally acceptible to 21st century Americans.

To me, and people who think like me, this is completely, morally unacceptable.

May 12 10:54

To Polish Ire, Trump Signs Law to Recover Jewish Property Stolen in Holocaust

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an act Wednesday that will place pressure on dozens of countries to recover property stolen from Jews during World War II.

May 12 10:52

Crazy Aunt Maxine Flips Out On House Floor Over MAGA...

Maxine Waters loses her cool...

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May 12 10:44

NORTH KOREA TO PUBLICLY CLOSE NUCLEAR TEST SITE ON MAY 23-25, INVITES JOURNALISTS

North Korea will openly dismantle its nuclear test site around May 23-25, state media said. Pyongyang has invited foreign journalists, including those from the US, to cover the event.

The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances. All observation facilities, research buildings, and security posts will be removed, KCNA reported.

Notably, journalists from other nations, including China, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US, will be invited to cover the event.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very hopeful sign, and a very wonderful prelude to Kim Jung Un's meeting with President Trump in Singapore next month.

As horrifically as I view President Trump's withdrawing from the P5+1 treaty with Iran (which, I believe, is a step forward toward a war against Iran), I am feeling that the outcome of this meeting with Kim Jung Un may well be positive.

Fingers crossed on this.

May 12 10:36

Polish Senate Speaker to Take ‘Legal Steps’ Against US Mayor for Defamation

Polish Senate Speaker Stanis?aw Karczewski announced Friday that he will be taking legal action against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop after the American politician accused him of being an "anti-semite."

Fulop also called the 62-year-old a "white nationalist + holocaust denier" who "has zero credibility" in a Thursday tweet. His accusations came after the Polish politician said Wednesday that the proposed permanent removal of Jersey City's Katy? memorial, commemorating the deaths of Polish servicemembers and civilians during World War II, was "scandalous and very unpleasant for us."

May 12 10:35

America Needs a Katyn Memorial

Polish politicians are engaged in a heated rhetorical battle with a U.S. citizen over the Katyn massacre, where thousands of Poles were gruesomely executed by the Soviet NKVD at the beginning of the war, before Adolph Hitler turned on Joseph Stalin. That there is a controversy between Poles and Americans over this is not new. Such controversies are a feature of the Polish–American relationship.

May 12 10:24

MASS ICE RAIDS LEAVE A TRAIL OF MISERY AND BROKEN COMMUNITIES

A MONTH AFTER dozens of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surrounded a meatpacking plant in Morristown, Tennessee, and detained 97 men and women who worked there, the tight-knit rural community is still reeling, but the initial shock has seeped into a quiet pain, as families adjust to lives without work and their loved ones.

As those shipped to immigration detention facilities across the country started appearing before judges for bond hearings this month, some families were reunited, though still facing deportation proceedings, while others braced for long separations. As of Thursday, 20 of those arrested on April 5 were released — but many more remained in detention. “Tragedy continues to unfold,” said Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. “Some families are getting really terrible news.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a compassionate human being, I am sorry for these people, but that being said, they needed, very clearly, to understand that this imprisonment, and forced repatriation, could well be the result of their illegal immigration to this country.

If they absolutely did not, in the immortal words of the commedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."

Unless and until this lesson gets learned, there will be more of these activities to deport people who have come here illegally.

This country, and various of its states, are being bankrupted through unfunded mandates for the support of illegal aliens, which we can no longer tolerate.

At this part of the 21st century, this is not the country about which Emma Lazarus wrote, "Give me your tired, your poor... your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." The entire nature of work is changing, from mechanical, computer-controlled burger flippers, to entire factories running primarily under computer control.

Unless people have the skills to compete here, they are going to, generally, be an incredible financial burden, and strain, on the country's economic system.

May 12 10:20

Is The Trap Being Set In The Middle East? Breaking Down The Plan

McCain admits he passed along the dossier to get Trump.US/NK summit will take place on June 12 in Singapore. Macron and Merkel are scrambling now, Merkel says the US cannot protect us.

May 12 10:17

NORAD CONFIRMS RUSSIAN STRATEGIC BOMBERS INTERCEPTED OFF ALASKAN COAST

Two Russian strategic bombers were intercepted by US military aircraft in international airspace within 200 miles of Alaska's coast on Friday morning. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) confirmed the incident in a statement to CNN, which involved US F-22 stealth fighters escorting the large Russian planes in international airspace away from the US coastline for 40 minutes , according to Reuters .

NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy confirmed in a statement a day after the encounter that, "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They were still in INTERNATIONAL AIR SPACE, folks; this was a little "tit for tat" move, on the part of the Russians, and Alaska was under absolutely no danger of any kind of an attack.

Putin is many things, but one of the things he is definitely not, is stupid.

May 12 10:10

MAPPING ERIK PRINCE'S PRIVATE MERCENARY EMPIRE

(Authored by Ty Joplin via Albawaba.com)

Erik Prince is the modern architect of private military firms

His latest venture is in training security personnel in China

But he's been all over the world, outsourcing militaries to cheap labor markets

Al Bawaba has provided a partial map to track Erik Prince's activities over the years.

Erik Prince, the brain behind the infamous private military firm Blackwater, is now in China training security forces.

Prince is partially responsible for modernizing the private army for the post 9/11 world, outsourcing militaries to cheap, specialized labor pools and skirting traditional regulations meant to ensure accountability for armed forces.

His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster the U.S. occupation in Iraq to China is long, dizzying and includes stops around the world to train Colombian mercenaries to help make a private army for the U.A.E. and outfitting crop duster planes with missiles to be fired at Armenians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From a business standpoint, what Prince has done is to have seen a need, and filled it.

But what deeply concerns me here is a lack of standards, where the ends always justify the means; a lack of true morality; and a lack of accountability in the actions of Prince's mercs.

May 12 09:59

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME: UK LAW ENFORCEMENT FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE PRODUCING TONS OF FALSE POSITIVES

Law enforcement agencies have embraced facial recognition. And contractors have returned the embrace, offering up a variety of "solutions" that are long on promise, but short on accuracy. That hasn't stopped the mutual attraction, as government agencies are apparently willing to sacrifice people's lives and freedom during these extended beta tests.

The latest example of widespread failure comes from the UK, where the government's embrace of surveillance equipment far exceeds that of the United States. Matt Burgess of Wired obtained documents detailing the South Wales Police's deployment of automated facial recognition software. What's shown in the FOI docs should worry everyone who isn't part of UK law enforcement. (It should worry law enforcement as well, but strangely does not seem to bother them.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of false positives are horrific here; unless and until it gets a great deal better, police forces around the world should not be using this technology, period, end of discussion.

May 12 09:38

The Tragic PC Future of America

A lot has been written and spoken about "politically correct" thinking in the United States.

Americans are keenly aware of the need to follow the rules of engagement with regard to views and opinions on issues like: gender identity, patriarchy, toxic masculinity, sexism, racism and many more. It's a mine field that must be traversed carefully in order to avoid being labeled "biased" or even worse. Speaking one's mind in opposition to the prevailing winds of "progressive political thinking" can lead to being socially ostracized, banned from publication, reprimanded at school, denied work or even fired from one's job.

The fatal flaw or mistake being made in all of this, however, is epistemological in nature. Our public discourse these days stems from how we are thinking rather than on what we are thinking.

May 12 09:36

Motorised shed hits 100mph to break speed record at Pendine Sands

A souped-up motorised shed has broken its own land speed record on a Welsh beach as it hit 100mph.

May 12 08:58

Woman Dies After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria from a Hot Tub on Florida Vacation

An Indianapolis woman died after her family said she contracted flesh-eating bacteria while on vacation, according to KTLA sister station WXIN.

May 12 08:56

She didn't see it coming: psychic arrested for $800,000 fraud

Psychic Zoe has not had a very good week. On 9 May the fortune-teller, whose real name is Ann Thompson, was arrested by the New York Police Department on suspicion of defrauding clients out of over $800,000. You’d think she might have had a premonition the police would be knocking at her door but, alas, the future isn’t always crystal clear.

May 12 08:41

Jews, Israel and Russia - Brendon O'Connell's List of Resources

Back in the USSR? | 'Putin is recreating the Soviet Union as he thinks it should have been,' says Natan Sharansky's former Hebrew teacher, 'without the anti-Semitism.' 'I don't know where Russia would be without him,' says the Chabad chief rabbi. 'For the Jews, it's a miracle' https://www.timesofisrael.com/back-in-the-ussr/

Putin Welcomes Kissinger: 'Old Friends' to Talk Shop
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet...

[2013] Russia Hires Goldman as Corporate Broker to Boost Image
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-02-05/goldman-sachs-hired-...

[1992] Russia Hires Goldman Sachs as Adviser
http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1992/02/18/russia-hires...

May 12 08:40

PETER KING | DOJ ‘Hoodwinked’ President Trump; Devin Nunes And Trey Gowdy Never Saw The Documents...

Great interview with Congressman Peter King last night as he reveals new details...

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May 12 08:37

Vladimir Putin Praises Chabad

“I would like to extend my holiday greetings to you and to all of Russian Jewry. I wish you a happy Chanukah and all of the very best, along with your family and all of the Jews in Russia. I must say that there are very positive developments in Russia. New Synagogues and Jewish Centers are opening up, and I am thankful to you for that. I hope that our joint efforts will continue to thrive and progress.”

These were the wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar at a private audience that was granted in honor of Chanukah at the Kremlin office in Moscow.

May 12 08:37

Congress Releases All 3,500 'Russian' Facebook Ads

'Woke Blacks', 'LGBT United': Congress Releases All 3,500 'Russian' Facebook
Ads

Vladimir Putin possesses US politics and culture and finds the time to run obscure Facebook pages which change the outcome of elections

Public Health Warning: Reading these ads can cause you to become a "Russian operative" and has been known to bend your mind to vote against "the most qualified candidate ever."

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May 12 08:37

27-Year CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Discusses His Arrest On U.S. Senate Floor

This brave truth-teller is now being charged with "resisting arrest" and "obstructing Congress."

May 12 08:35

As Putin Becomes One of World’s Most Powerful Players, His Surprising Jewish Connection is Revealed

In the long history of Jews in Russia, the government has rarely been an ally, and often been the source of persecution. Current Russian president Vladimir Putin, however, is a powerful exception, with Jews playing a significant role in his personal history and his inner circle. With the Russian army a major player in the potentially explosive multi-national puzzle unfolding in Syria, this personal element could become an important, perhaps decisive, factor in how the conflict unfolds.

At the International Assembly of Chabad Representatives in 2007, Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazar, often referred to as “Putin’s Rabbi”, told a remarkable story about the Russian leader, which he heard from Putin himself.

May 12 08:33

Putin is a Chabad Lubavitch Puppet

While RT and a lot of alternative news outlets portray Putin as some sort of savior, the reality is that he is just playing his role in the Jewish Babylonian messianic soap new world order. Instead of expelling jewish influence in his country after the fairly recent satanic mass slaughter of up to 80 million of his Russian brothers and sisters by jews after the “Bolshevik” revolution, Putin is calling for harder punishments for anti semitic expressions in Russia. He proposed to members of the European Jewish Congress, that Jews facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and bigotry farther west should move to Russia, where he said they would be better accepted. Readers of the Jerusalem Post have chosen Putin as their person of the year. See full video:

May 12 08:31

Chabad-Lubavitch, Vladimir Putin and the globalist End Times script

“Chabad, also known as Lubavitch, Habad and Chabad-Lubavitch, is an Orthodox Jewish, Hasidic movement. Chabad is today one of the world’s best known Hasidic movements and is well known for its outreach. It is the largest Hasidic group and Jewish religious organization in the world…

May 12 08:28

Russia Bows to US and Israel, No S-300s for Syria

It’s not forthcoming, not now at least. According to Putin’s military technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin, Russia will not supply S-300s to Syria’s military – nor are talks about possible delivery being held.

Kozhin falsely claimed Syrian armed forces have “all” the air defense systems “they need” – a shameful remark, clearly untrue.

Failure to supply with what Syria vitally needs constitutes betrayal – yielding to US/Israeli interests at the expense of its own security.

If Russia fails to confront US-led aggression in Syria more forcefully, Assad could fall, his government replaced, isolating Iran ahead of similar action to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western puppet rule.

It’s no match against US/Israeli aggression if events unfold this way. If they achieve regional hegemony, Russia and China are next on Washington’s target list.

May 12 08:19

Why would a Swiss health-care company pay Michael Cohen $1.2 million? Look at drug prices

You know how a person with a leg cramp needs to walk it off? News of Michael Cohen’s attempted transformation last year from New York taxi medallion merchant to Washington wise man has given me a brain cramp, and I need to think it through.

May 12 08:17

Brooklyn comedian has his apartment raided by ICE because of joke on Twitter

A Brooklyn comedian claims Homeland Security agents “busted down” his door over a joke he made about Cinco de Mayo.
The quip came over Twitter last week, courtesy of Jake Flores — a self-described “pizza delivery guy” who does stand-up part-time.

May 12 08:03

MEXICO: 91 POLITICIANS MURDERED LEADING UP TO GENERAL ELECTIONS

The mayor of the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan was killed making him the 10th politician in Guerrero to be murdered during this year’s political campaign. As another politician was killed in Mexico Tuesday, the country registers 91 politicians murdered during the electoral campaign leading to the national elections scheduled for July 1, 2018.

May 12 08:00

America Just Sent a Destructive Message to North Korea By Nuking the Iran Deal

Trump may believe he is sending a strong message to North Korea that he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions and walk away from a deal if he has to, but the reality is that he has actually sent a very destructive message to both North Korea and Iran that the U.S. can’t be trusted.

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May 12 07:53

An 81-year-old man has 'retired' after 1,173 blood donations that saved 2.4 million babies

James Harrison, 81, made his 1,173rd and final blood donation on Friday — the end of a 60-year donation streak that has saved the lives of 2.4 million babies, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. He's known, unsurprisingly, as "the man with the golden arm."

May 12 07:51

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Teaching manuals in Gulf Arab-financed mosques in Belgium promote anti-semitic stereotypes of Jews and call for the persecution of homosexuals, according to a leaked Belgian intelligence report.

May 12 07:39

Russia backtracks on Syrian missile sale after Netanyahu visit: report

"For now, we're not talking about any deliveries of new modern systems," the aide, Vladimir Kozhin, reportedly said. The S-300 sales to Syria were raised last month after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched a series of strikes on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb allegedly carried out by the Syrian government. [NOTE: At least the article says "allegedly," that's better than most!!]

May 12 07:04

This Guy Didn’t Wait for the Govt to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

While everyone else was waiting for the government to restore power to Puerto Rico, Oscar Carrion and his friends went in together to buy a bucket truck and taught themselves how to repair wiring.

May 12 06:58

$21 trillion in taxes reported by US military and HUD as ‘missing’ (~$200,000 per US household) + monetary reform/public banking benefits (~$1,000,000 per household) = criminal lying, looting rogue state empire DEMANDING .01% arrests (obviously, right?)

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

In 2016 I reported on the US Department of Defense (DoD) admitting they “lost” $6.5 trillion of our taxes; ~$65,000 per average US household. In 2017 I updated upon Catherine Austin Fitts’ reporting, with further work by Michigan State University Economics Professor Mark Skidmore and Fitts leading work to examine available DoD and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that total $21 trillion “missing” from just those two areas of government from 1998 to 2015 (here, here, here), that equals ~$200,000 looted from every American household.

The benefits of monetary reform and public banking are ~$1,000,000 per US household in contrast with Americans being told by “leaders” we owe over $20,000,000,000,000 (20 trillion dollars) because the US model is the “best system in the world.”

The above links have abundant video and documentation for this peer-reviewed and published data.
Three videos ‘right on the money’

May 12 06:53

How Israelis hit the Syrian SA-22 air defense system

'It was either disabled or out of ammo':

(*Still; they wrung out as much grandstanding as possible , until this revelation came to light !)

May 11 15:50

STUDENT HAD A BONG IN HIS CAR, TIPSTER SAID. MASSACHUSETTS POLICE HEARD ‘BOMB.’

A high school in Holliston, Massachusetts — not far from Boston — had a scary Friday morning when an anonymous tipster called police to report a suspicious item in the school’s parking lot, according to a Holliston Public Schools Facebook post.

May 11 15:37

WATCH Comey discusses Devin Nunes - Interviewer Compares Nunes To Leaker Snowden [VIDEO]

Comey sat idly by on Friday while his friend, Benjamin Wittes, made the comparison

May 11 15:30

America Is Becoming a Sanctuary Country, Where’s the Wall?

Let me begin with an important question: are you okay with the notion that America will become (and I mean that literally) a sanctuary country in just a couple of years from now?

May 11 15:29

Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI

– Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientk

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