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Feb 12 14:00

It’s all fake news: Newspaper used pic of Alec Baldwin for President Trump

This is hilarious.

Actor Alec Baldwin has been doing an impression of Donald Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Feb 12 13:56

Negative Propaganda About My Historical Hero Father Charles E. Coughlin Needs To Be Debunked

I recently came across an article which appeared to reference Father Charles E. Coughlin in a negative light. This bothered me, and I thought I should set the record straight. You see, Fr. Coughlin is one of my historical heroes. He was a genius who predicted and fought against many of the evils that still plague our nation today: the federal reserve, the undeclared wars, the media propaganda, usury, and tyrannical oppression of the people.

Feb 12 13:48

Morocco Second (Official)

Thanks Carl! I have had the flu bad. This made me laugh so hard I cleared my lungs!

European countries might think that they are the best choice for the second greatest country after the US. But we in Morocco think otherwise. Here's why America First Morocco Second

Feb 12 12:23

5-minute video: ‘1984 isn’t our dystopian future, it’s our dystopian present.’ Will ‘Big Hands’ Trump handle his job to enforce the most important laws, or be yet another tragic-comic .01% rogue state oligarch?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Melissa Dykes’ powerful five minutes for the Daily Sheeple:

President Donald Trump has a historic opportunity to end our Emperor's New Clothes tragic-comedy with just a few statements and actions as the US chief law enforcer.

I hope he does.

That said, as the world's comedians make fun of his ridiculous rhetoric, all prima facie evidence suggest he will continue the US dark empire. Documentation of recent US actions and rhetoric for more lie-started and illegal war on Iran:

US Secretary of Defense calls Iran “single biggest state sponsor of terrorism” despite the US initiating over 200 illegal military armed attacks around the world since WW2, with war and poverty-murders totaling ~400 million in just the last 20 years. The US population is a little over 300 million.

Feb 12 12:18

World’s comedians make fun of ‘America First’ because they see US rogue state empire FIRST in illegal Wars of Aggression, looting, lying. Trump can be a hero with .01% US arrests, or be the most laughed-at joke ‘leader’ in modern history

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

joke: something that is amusing or ridiculous, especially because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce.

humor: a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement.

German comedian and late-night talk show host Jan Böhmermann challenged the world’s comedians to satirize US President Trump’s slogan America First with Who wants to be second? His team’s offering in three minutes (context here with 12-minute English subtitled video):

With the telling URL of EverySecondCounts, comedians so far from 24 nations have videos from two to five minutes (many more on YouTube from ordinary people). For example, Morocco (4 minutes):

These comedic teams are jesting the obvious incongruity of Americans’ failure to recognize the US is first in:

Feb 12 11:49

CNN’S DANA BASH JUST TRASHED TRUMP IN A SICK WAY - WHAT TRUMP DID AFTER WAS PRICELESS

On CNN's Wolf Thursday afternoon, Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash bashed President Donald Trump's latest attacks and said, "I think kids in high school act more mature and kind of in the realm of reality than what we're seeing here.?"

Feb 12 09:36

TRUMP LOSES TOP ADMIN PICK AT WORST POSSIBLE TIME, REASON WHY SAYS IT ALL

One of the finalists for the post of solicitor general has withdrawn rather than dip his toe into the toxic stew that Senate Democrats have made of confirmation process.

Feb 12 09:33

Oroville Spillway Failure Flyover and Explanation 10 Feb 2017

Feb 12 09:17

Issue an International Arrest Warrant for George Soros Petition

Petition reads:

George Soros is a menace to the free world and stands in the way of making America great again. He is guilty of the following crimes:

1) Financially supports open sedition in major American cities resulting in millions of dollars of property damage as well as loss of life.

2) Attempts to manipulate democratic elections by donating millions of dollars to his preferred candidates.

3) Seeks to curtail American sovereignty. In his own words: "The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States ... Changing [the] attitude and policies of the United States remains my top priority."

4) Is a currency manipulator. Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a billion-dollar profit.

Feb 12 08:23

Wal-Mart hired Lockheed Martin to monitor union organizing among their employees

OUR Walmart, a group of employees backed and funded by a union, was asking for more full-time jobs with higher wages and predictable schedules. Officially they called themselves the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Walmart publicly dismissed OUR Walmart as the insignificant creation of the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) union. “This is just another union publicity stunt, and the numbers they are talking about are grossly exaggerated,” David Tovar, a spokesman, said on CBS Evening News that November.

Feb 12 08:14

Did The Judges Lie: New Report Finds 72 Terrorists Came From Countries Covered By Trump Ban

The federal judge who halted President Donald Trump's travel ban was wrong in stating that no one from the seven countries targeted in Trump's order has been arrested for extremism in the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks. In fact, as a new report finds, 72 individuals from the seven 'mostly Muslim countries' covered by President Trump's "extreme vetting" executive order have been convicted of terrorism since 9/11.

Feb 12 08:12

VIDEO: Highway 35 in Los Gatos shut down, roadway gone

Highway 35 has been completely washed away near mile marker 10.47 in Santa Cruz County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The ground gave-way Friday.

Feb 12 07:50

Lake Oroville emergency spillway spills its banks

Feb 12 07:34

‘Sorry I’m late, I’m going through a divorce': United Airlines pilot is removed from flight from Austin to San Francisco after 'ranting about her break-up, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton' over the intercom

The pilot came into the cabin wearing 'street clothes' and talked to passengers over the intercom about her divorce and the presidential election, passenger Randy Reiss told KVUE.

Reiss said the pilot also mentioned that she was going to be on Oprah.

Passengers said the pilot called President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton 'a*******'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Piloting has declined since the days of Chuck Yeager!

Feb 12 07:08

Election officials to Trump: Show proof of N.H. rig claim

(*article originates from The Boston Herald . Trump is not incorrect to suspect vote fraud in New Hampshire . Assuming to know that Massachusetts voters were heading North to cast illegitimate ballots , is what seems to be coming under fire , up here .
NH is a funny state in a way . Most roads visitors travel have a rustic , rural pleasantness about them . Make the correct wrong turn , and one could leave the country ambiance behind , and find a neighborhood that would seem more likely in a community in Beverly Hills California .
On any given day , during the campaign season , Red State Trump Support was unanimously on display , because back in the rural pleasantness of NH proper , a good amount of citizens are self employed , small business types , supported Trump , in what seemed to be , overwhelmingly .
The then governor Maggie Hassan was an ad campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton .
The small New England granite state , took longer to conclude it's election results . It seemed as though they were waiting to slip it out , once the snowflake chaos began following the Trump victory .
I watched local coverage of the election on FOX25 , the Boston affiliate of the cable NEWS disguiser .
On the senate race they reported Kelly Ayotte up by 5% , then went to Hassan's HQ , where Maggie Hassan announced she was ahead by 5% .
back to the News Desk , the anchor concluded with 'Our data still shows Ayotte ahead by 5%' http://thehill.com/homenews/news/318986-trump-ayotte-would-have-won-re...
There is no reason to deny a recount .)

Feb 12 04:10

Sean Hannity Interviews Retired Marine Steven Gern After His Immigration Video Went Viral

Fox New’s Sean Hannity interviews Steven Gern, the retired marine who filmed a video about Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Steven was a contractor in Iraq when he filmed the video, but after it received more than 44 million views he was forced to leave for safety.

Feb 12 04:07

Extreme Cold Hitting Europe Creating Food Shortages & Rationing

Europe depends on food from Spain during the winter. With the climate turning down very hard toward a potential new mini ice age, the freezing cold, wet weather in southern Spain has devastated supplies of vegetables for consumers across Europe. Stores have begun rationing.

Feb 11 17:31

World's eighth biggest spammer, who is responsible for sending more than a million spam emails, faces decades in jail after being arrested

The No. 8 worst spammer on the planet is now facing decades behind bars after being arrested for wire fraud.

Michael Persaud, who is accused of sending more than a million spam emails and selling millions of email addresses to use for spamming, may face up to 20 years in prison for each of his 10 federal wire fraud charges.

Feb 11 17:07

MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS DEAD: LOOK HOW TRUMP JUST PUT THE NAIL IN THEIR COFFIN!

The New York Times is failing. They recently published an article saying that Donald Trump has brought them “more subscribers in three months than all of 2015.” They are claiming that they got 276,000 new “digital only” consumers.

Feb 11 15:12

Deputy to Michael Flynn forced off National Security Council

The Empire Strikes Back! Or! Where the heck is Trump.The Cabinet is on auto-pilot!

Amid growing concerns over national security adviser Michael Flynn's alleged ties to Russia, a senior official on the National Security Council was refused top-secret clearance on Friday, according to a report.

Robin Townley, the senior director for Africa and one of Flynn's closest deputies, was subsequently fired from the NSC, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Politico.

The move, which was reportedly approved by President Trump's CIA director Mike Pompeo, angered Flynn and his deputies, who speculated that the snub was an act of retaliation aimed at their skepticism over the intelligence community's leadership, sources said.

Feb 11 15:11

White House Told To Arrest George Soros

Thousands of American citizens are demanding that the White House issue an International Arrest Warrant for billionaire globalist George Soros.

Feb 11 15:02

Britain's sickening infatuation with Israel continues

Stuart Littlewood examines the relationship between Britain’s enduring infatuation with Israel on the one hand, and Israel’s stooges and flag wavers who infest the swamp known as the UK political elite on the other.

Feb 11 14:52

The Deep State Is Now Formulating A Plan For The Next Event

Record number of Americans have renounce their citizenship under Obama. 9th Circuit Court rejected Trump's ban and disregarded the key fact, the law.

Feb 11 12:42

HORROR! THE GOP ELITE JUST CONJURED UP A SICK PLAN TO ENSLAVE THE WORLD AND HANDED IT RIGHT TO TRUMP

A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders pitched a tax on carbon dioxide to top White House aides Wednesday, selling the plan as an economic win that could drive job growth and yield environmental dividends too.

Feb 11 12:41

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

By Robert Parry

If you wanted to bring sanity to a U.S. foreign policy that has spun crazily out of control, there would be some immediate steps that you – or, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – could take, starting with a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people.

If you wanted to base U.S. foreign policy on the firm foundation of reality, you also could let the American people in on who is actually the principal sponsor of the terrorism that they’re concerned about: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban – all Sunni-led outfits, none of which are backed by Shiite-ruled Iran. Yet, all we hear from Official Washington’s political and media insiders is that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 11 12:35

Obama's ICE Raided & Arrested MANY More Illegals In So Cal Than In Trump's Recent Raid - Yet NO Libtards Went Berserk

Less than seven months ago, an official press release from Obama's ICE outlined details of a massive raid on illegal aliens in Los Angeles: "A Mexican national formerly convicted of attempted murder of a peace officer and a Salvadoran gang member with a lengthy rap sheet are among the 112 foreign nationals arrested in the greater Los Angeles area over the last four days during an operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting at-large criminal aliens."

Feb 11 11:42

Kushner Foundation Bankrolls Radical Jewish West Bank Settlers

In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner – the son-in-law and trusted confidant of President-elect Donald Trump – have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations and institutions located in the West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.

The U.S. State Department has long held that the settlements are an impediment to peace. During the election campaign, however, Trump’s key advisers on Israel challenged this position.

On average, the family donates a few million dollars a year to charitable causes through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, tax forms for the years 2010 through 2014 show. The average donation is typically in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. Jared Kushner – as well as his brother and two sisters – sits on the board of his parents’ family foundation, which was created in 1997.

Feb 11 11:40

Robert Kennedy Jr: "Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders"

A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children. Analyzing five years' worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.

Feb 11 11:28

DEMS JUST TRIGGERED THEIR SECRET PLAN TO DESTROY TRUMP - YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT

After months of speculation, Chicago Democrat Chris Kennedy officially announced his candidacy in the 2018 governor’s race Wednesday.

Feb 11 11:18

ISIS uses drones to drop bombs on Iraqi army tanks in shocking new video from war-torn city of Mosul

Footage has been released by ISIS purporting to show the moment drones were dropped on Iraqi tanks.

The video shows three bombs being dropped from the sky, and it is believed some of the footage was taken in war-torn Mosul.

The three clips were taken from unmanned drones, and appear to show the bombs being dropped with a high level of accuracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these images are to be believed, there is one question which must be asked, and answered: where, please did ISIS get these drones from?!?

Feb 11 11:11

Germany repatriating gold faster than planned as confidence in euro plunges

Berlin is bringing home its gold reserves stored in New York, London and Paris faster than scheduled, Germany’s central bank said Thursday. The move is linked to surging euroskepticism, as new governments in France and Italy may ditch the single currency.

The German Bundesbank has already moved 583 tons of gold out of New York and Paris, planning to have a half of its gold back in Germany by the end of 2017, which is ahead of the 2020 plan. The rest will be split between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank of England.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the potential collapse of the Euro, who can blame Germany for doing something this fiscally prudent?!?

Feb 11 11:08

Elijah Wood: Hollywood Is Run By A Powerful Elite Paedophile Ring

‘Actor Elija Wood has come forward to expose the true nature of Hollywood pedophilia, claiming that the entire industry is run by a powerful pedophile ring that’s shielded by elite ties in Washington D.C. The 35-year-old said that Hollywood is in the grip of a child sexual abuse scandal that involves “very powerful figures” that are protected by political connections “right at the top”.

Feb 11 11:05

Breaking News: Emergency spillway at Lake Oroville used for first time in the dam's 48-year history.

Feb 11 10:53

CIA honors Saudi crown prince with 'George Tenet Medal'

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has honored Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with its prestigious “George Tenet Medal” for his "intelligence work in the fight against terrorism."

The medal was handed to Nayef, who is deputy prime minister and minister of interior, by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo on Friday during a reception ceremony in Riyadh.

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, and several other senior Saudi officials were also in attendance.

In a statement after receiving the medal, Nayef said he appreciated the CIA honor and framed it as a recognition of what he called Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism efforts under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

“Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” the crown prince was quoted as saying by the Saudi media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, overwhelming nausea just started to hit, upon reading this.

And you have to appreciate the absolute, extreme irony and hypocrisy of the Saudi Crown Prince's statement that "Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."

What about the Saudi crackdown against peaceful political activists?!?

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia for cracking down on activists

What about the war crimes the Saudi military is committing in Yemen, enabled by the US Government?!?

Images: wounded and killed children, from Saudi air strikes in Yemen

Images:starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

Apparently, CIA Director Pompeo is delighted to award this medal to a war criminal country, and its war criminal ruling family.

When it comes to geopolitics...the US government knows its own.

However, it is utterly no surprise, as the US government has been complicit in war crimes for going on decades now, and will continue to do so, unless it is stopped, either by complete financial meltdown, or by a war it finds itself incapable of winning.

That is simply the reality in which we live right now.

Feb 11 10:38

Trump Adopts a Harder Line on Israeli Settlements

President Trump, who presented himself as a staunch supporter of Israel during last year’s campaign, took a harder line on settlements in an interview published on Friday and indicated that he was rethinking his promise to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. Mr. Trump told an Israeli newspaper that settlements “don’t help the process” and that he did not believe that “going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.” He also did not reaffirm his past vow to move the embassy, saying that it “is not an easy decision” and “we will see what happens.” The comments amounted to a striking recalibration of Mr. Trump’s approach to Israel just five days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the White House.

Feb 11 10:36

Trump’s message to both Israel and Palestinians: I’m in no one’s pocket

Analysis: If Netanyahu thought he had the ‘green light’ to expand settlements and build new ones as soon as Trump took office, the US president has made it clear in recent days that he is the one setting the tone. At this stage, he supports the two-state solution and plans to put a lot of effort into reaching a peace agreement.

Feb 11 10:30

What Voter Fraud? - Mexican Citizen Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison After Illegally Voting In Texas

Rosa Ortega, a Mexican citizen, has been convicted of voter fraud and sentenced to 8 years in prison in Texas after inadvertently admitting to election officials that she had been voting in Dallas County for years. Apparently the voting fraud was discovered by chance after Ortega tried to register to vote in Tarrant County but was rejected after she admitted that she was not actually a citizen of the United States. While she should have probably just accepted the rejection, Ortega pushed back by arguing that she had already been voting in Dallas County, an argument that drew the attention of investigators.

Ortega's voting privileges were approved in Dallas after she falsified her application by claiming to be a citizen. Of course, liberal lawyers, funded by George Soros, have done a masterful job convincing courts around the country that verifying things like a person's identity and citizenship status prior to allowing them to vote is unconstitutional. Per CBS:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being an American citizen is somewhat like being pregnant; either one is, or one is not.

And verification of citizenship should be vetted for everyone who wishes to vote in US elections, and it IS completely Constitutional.

Feb 11 10:25

Mexicans Vow To Fight Trump By "Jamming US Courts" As Deportations Set To Surge

While much of the media airtime in the past few weeks has been dedicated to Trump's ongoing legal battle with the US judicial system over his now halted immigration order temporarily blocking the entry of refugees and travelers from seven nations, a separate push to remove illegal immigrant from the US has quietly - or not so quietly - commenced in recent days, resulting in a deeply concerned, at times violent, response by some of the millions of illegal aliens residing in the US.

Some recent cases documented by the NYT include an Austin, Tex., undocumented women working in a laundromat, a day laborer and mechanic in Staten Island, and Savannah, Ga., undocumented restaurant workers. As the Times put it, "as reports of immigration raids and roundups have rocketed across Twitter, Facebook and texts around the country, undocumented immigrants, their lawyers and advocacy groups are bracing for the increased enforcement that President Trump has called for."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a democratic republic, these actions cannot be allowed to stand, period, end, of discussion.

"Illegal" isn't a race or ethnicity; it is simply being in the US without proper permissions; that's it, folks!!

Feb 11 10:16

Rand Paul On Opposing Elliot Abrams: "A Never Trumper Should Never Be In The State Department!"

Rand Paul did a great job yesterday: "Particularly since they don't agree with President Trump's vision of 'nation building's a mistake; regime change is a mistake; Iraq war is a mistake; I mean Elliot Abrams was one of the chief architects of the Iraq war. Also he was convicted of lying to Congress. We have to have people in the Executive Branch who will listen and understand that they work for the people and they work under the direction of the Congress...No war is to be initiated without the approval of Congress. That's in the Constitution and yet Elliot Abrams was involved in covert wars...I don't want a government within a government. I don't want a secret government thats waging secret war without the permission of the people. Our founding fathers didn't want this. I don't believe Donald Trump wants that."

Feb 11 10:14

WATCH TED CRUZ FORCE BERNIE SANDERS TO SAY THE 1 THING OBAMA DIDN’T WANT HIM TO SAY!

Ted Cruz! Ted Cruz! You used to be lyin’ Ted. Then you are comp-lyin’ Ted. Now you are lion Ted.

Feb 11 09:51

22 train cars derail in Cosumnes River near Elk Grove

Near the train derailment is a levee break, but it is unclear if that caused the derailment. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Union Pacific has been doing inspections in this area because of the recent inclement weather.

"They inspect the rail to ensure that everything is as it's supposed to be. Safe for the trains to travel down." Jacobs said. "What happened in this incident will come out in the investigation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably undermined by the flooding. Someone needs to start building an Ark ... for all the snowflakes!

Feb 11 09:43

Bravo, Donald! The Imperial City Can’t Stand The Truth About Its ‘Bloody Hands’

In short, most of today’s insufferable cant about American exceptionalism emerged during the last 25 years after the cold war ended. That’s when neocon ideology caused Washington to wreak murderous high-tech military destruction on much of the greater middle east – from Kabul to Tripoli – and then to justify it with an utterly spurious theory of moral superiority.

Any nation that has inflicted the pointless and wanton destruction that is evident in the Pashtun homelands of Afghanistan, the rubble that remains in Anbar Province of Iraq or the wreckage of Aleppo and Benghazi is not exceptional at all; it has blood on its hands like few empires that went before.

So after Donald Trump by inadvertence or honesty, as the case my be, stated the obvious, Imperial Washington came down on his head with rhetorical guns blazing. The archetypical expression came for the Wall Street Journal‘s insufferable neocon warmonger, Bret Stephens, who tweeted,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wars are simply about corporate and banking profits; it is just that simple.

While the US government and their kept presstitutes prattle on about "glory, honor, bravery, and protecting the American way of life and Democracy" through these wars as their justifications for them, the US government uses these wars to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; attempts to insure that the rulers of those countries are "western-Centric"(generally after a bloody coup, as happened with Qaddafi); and that those resources are only sold for US dollars.

This is a very clear pattern.

And the military who are killed or maimed for life in these wars are considered "collateral damage" by the very institutions which are enriched by their fighting, and should they survive, but become mentally and/or physically damaged through the process of fighting, are then discarded as "irrelevant", the moment they can no longer wield their weapons.

Just take a good, hard look at what is continuing to happen with our Vets right now: this...is also... a very clear pattern.

Feb 11 09:11

DELTA FORCE REVEALS TRUTH ON "TRUMP OP" WHERE SEAL DIED... MEDIA SPEECHLESS

A Delta Force member has spoken out against the mainstream media for trying to blame the Trump administration for a raid in Yemen that killed a Navy SEAL, the Independent Journal Review reported.

Feb 11 08:42

IBM TO TRAIN 25 MILLION AFRICANS FOR FREE TO BUILD WORKFORCE

International Business Machines Corp. (IW 1000/36) is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent.

The U.S. tech giant plans to make an initial investment of 945 million rand (US$70 million) to roll out the training initiative in South Africa, a country where 31% of 15-to-24 year-olds are unemployed, according to Statistics South Africa.

At the same time, the program will be started at IBM’s offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, enabling an expansion of the project across the rest of the continent.

“Africa will have the largest workforce by 2040 and IBM wants to lay the foundation blocks to build a digital workforce,’’ Juan Pablo Napoli, head of IBM Skills Academy, said by phone from Dubai.

“We will be providing a free cloud-based learning platform able to train people from basic computer skills to high-end app development.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this does look good for African workers hungry to work in the world of computers, the skeptic in me has to wonder; what's the quid pro quo for IBM?!?

That only, ultimately, its equipment will be used, without any possibility of using other digital tools which may be far better, and cheaper?!?

Feb 11 08:38

The FBI’s Secret Rules

President Trump has inherited a vast domestic intelligence agency with extraordinary secret powers. A cache of documents offers a rare window into the FBI’s quiet expansion since 9/11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This a very dense compendium of all the things the FBI is now allowed to do, with almost utterly no oversight, but amazing in its scope and depth, and "worth the wading in."

Feb 11 08:35

UPCOMING BRITISH LEGISLATION COULD JAIL JOURNOS FOR 14 YEARS

Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies … Proposals in the UK for a swingeing new Espionage Act that could jail journalists as spies have been developed in haste by legal advisors, The Register has learned. The proposed law update is an attempt to ban reporting of future big data leaks. The British government has received recommendations for a “future-proofed” new Espionage Act that would put leaking and whistleblowing in the same category as spying for foreign powers. That threatens leakers and journalists with the same extended jail sentences as foreign agents. Sentences would apply even if – like Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning – the leaker was not British, or in Britain, or was intent on acting in the public interest. – The Register

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS, from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

You have got to be flipping kidding me!!

To all British journalists with an appetite for sharing the unvarnished truth with their readers/listeners, get the hell out of the UK while you still can; this government is frightened of its own people, and that is a government to avoid like the plague!!

Feb 11 08:31

TRUMP’S DRUG WAR TO ‘HELP POLICE’ ONLY PUTS MORE COPS IN DANGER, ENRICHES CARTELS

Just after swearing in Alabama drug warrior Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, President Trump signed three new executive orders to pursue a ‘law and order’ agenda. One order seeks to protect police from violence, setting up a prelude to mandatory minimum sentencing and expanded definitions of crime.

Ramping up the drug war, which has done nothing to reduce drug supply or use, would be a disaster that serves no purpose other than empowering the police state. This approach would demonstrate a complete ignorance of history, economics and evolution.

WHERE THERE IS DEMAND, THERE WILL BE SUPPLY. IF THERE IS NO LEGAL MARKET, THERE WILL BE A BLACK MARKET.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am singularly unhappy at this turn of events, because have you noticed that whenever the US government declares "war" on something, the problem only gets worse?!?

The alleged "war on drugs" is, essentially, a war on the drugs the US government does not, in and of itself, sell for certain "off the shelf" operations to which Congress is not privy.

And if you have a difficult time wrapping your head around this, please take a good, hard look at the following link:

MANAGING A NIGHTMARE:
How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb

And BTW the complete fiction about Webb having committed suicide, after the CIA ruining his journalistic reputation and his life for having broken his story in the San Jose Mercury News articles "Dark Alliance", is completely bogus.
Evidence Begins To Indicate Gary Webb Was Murdered

Feb 11 08:22

Shocking Video: 650 Beached Whales On New Zealand's South Coast

Experts have different theories as to why whales beach themselves, from chasing prey too far inshore to trying to protect a sick member of the group. Farewell Spit has been described as a whale trap. It has a long protruding coastline and gently sloping beaches that make it difficult for whales to swim away once they get close. It has been the site of previous mass whale beachings. Lamason said about 20 of the new group were euthanized by conservation workers because they were in poor condition. More will probably need to be killed Saturday, he said.

Feb 11 08:18

SHOCKING: INFANT TWINS DIE SIMULTANEOUSLY AFTER VACCINES, MEDICAL BOARD RULES ‘JUST A COINCIDENCE’

Given that the sudden and simultaneous deaths of twins rarely occur, you would think, especially given the fact that they had been recently vaccinated, that it would receive quite a bit of attention. However, this story went largely unreported. (In order for twins to meet the criteria for simultaneous SIDS both babies must have died independently and within the same 24 hour time period.)

PubMed reports that identical twin girls, aged 3.5-months and delivered via c-section, were found dead (by their poor momma) in their crib, both laying face up. Not surprisingly, both babies were healthy will no serious medical history. Two days before their death, both of the girls had received their second dose of oral polio, DPT, and their first dose of hepatitis B vaccines. They had a fever the day after the vaccines and were given a teaspoon of acetaminophen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have, or are going to have children, and live in a state where vaccines are mandatory,please move to a state where they are not, and right the hell now!!

Feb 11 08:15

JUDGE FORCING TOWN TO RETURN $3 MILLION TO RESIDENTS FINED BY TRAFFIC CAMERAS

New Miami, OH — A Butler County judge has ordered the village of New Miami to refund $3 million in fines to motorists ticketed for speeding by traffic light cameras. The ruling was issued Wednesday by Butler County Judge Michael Oster, who said the money amounted to unjust enrichment of the village.

The cameras were ruled unconstitutional in 2014 by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Sage, who approved class action status. That ruling allowed the drivers to seek refunds. Nearly 45,000 citations were issued in just 15 months, and though motorists were permitted to challenge the tickets, the judge saw the administrative system as unfairly favoring the village and police.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!!

Feb 11 08:13

FROM NEW WORLD ORDER TO HAZY GLOBAL DISORDER

The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War «new world order» based on American supremacy to a global «disorder» of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances, including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would characterise President Trump's foreign policy more as a "keep them guessing what I will do next, rather than incoherent.

And notice that last paragraph here, stating that "...Trump’s national security team desires a military that can fight both Russia and China and that can be able to match every Russian and Chinese warplane, tank, and naval vessel in a battle space."

Such goals will take an enormous amount of time, particularly on the issue of weapons created by US weapons manufacturers which are frequently obsolete upon delivery; do not perform as promised; and are frequently insanely over-priced.

Feb 11 07:09

American-Born Anchor-Baby Teenagers Flee To Mexico To Join Their Deported Mom- Go Trump!

An illegal alien who was recently deported to Mexico appeared in a dramatic press conference which was held afterwards. Her two teenaged kids joined her in tears saying they missed her. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was arrested and deported after being caught using a fake ID to work for years illegally in the United States. She arrogantly declares in Spanish that she is not sorry she did it, and would fo it all over again if she had the chance.

Feb 11 05:09

TED CRUZ HAS SEEN ENOUGH, FINALLY PUTS ELIZABETH WARREN IN HER PLACE ONCE AND FOR ALL

Senate Democrats are “out of their minds,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Wednesday, adding that the attack by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., was “slanderous” and “ugly.”

Feb 11 04:59

Assad: Trump Is Right – Terrorists Are Entering The U.S. As ‘Refugees’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if Trump’s immigration ban does not get implemented then terrorists leaving Syria will spill into the United States unchecked.

Feb 10 16:33

President Trump won’t immediately appeal travel ban halt to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is not currently planning to appeal the decision blocking its travel ban to the Supreme Court, a source familiar with the matter said.

The decision to not go to the Supreme Court comes as the White House is examining several options to save President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.

Feb 10 15:58

'You Think That Sex-Reassignment Surgery is Optional?': Trans Protester Crashes Board Meeting

An hysterical "transgender" activist crashed a board meeting in Madison, Wisconsin after the state decided to stop using taxpayer money for state employees' hormone therapy and sex-change operations.

Feb 10 15:03

Rock Blocked: Gibraltar Police Car Speeds Onto Runway To Stop RAF Plane From Taking Off

Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) used a car to block an RAF plane from leaving the runway in order to arrest a member of the military.

Reports indicate a Ministry of Defence (MoD) vehicle had tried to block the police car from entering the runway.

Feb 10 15:02

NORDSTROM CANCELLED BUSINESS WITH IVANKA, INSTANTLY HIT WITH MASSIVE BAD NEWS

Recent history has shown us that most companies that decide to declare war on President Donald Trump don’t end up on the winning side. Pepsi’s stock tumbled when its CEO decided to tell the world how unsafe she and her employees felt after Trump’s election, and Macy’s has seen its business go down the tubes since it decided to go after him.

Feb 10 14:32

KILL SHOT! ELIZABETH WARREN HIT WITH HORRIBLE NEWS HOURS AFTER ATTACKING JEFF SESSIONS!

Elizabeth Warren is REALLY corrupt. Don’t let the mainstream media fool you.

Feb 10 14:31

Trump: A New Era of Justice Begins

But who's brain would they use?!

Feb 10 14:11

Trump Nixes Elliott Abrams For Deputy Secretary Of State

President Donald Trump has decided against tapping Elliott Abrams for deputy secretary of state.

According to CNN, Republican sources say Trump denied Abrams the number two post at State.

Feb 10 14:09

Crimes against Humanity? Israel Bans Delivery of Anaesthesia Gas to Gaza Hospitals

Israel has banned anaesthetic gas from entering the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health revealed yesterday.

This is the third time that the occupation has prevented Nitrous Oxide (nitrox) gas, which is used for patients during surgery, from entering the besieged enclave, the ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said. The ban means a number of urgent medical procedures have now been halted, he explained.

There are currently 200 patients awaiting urgent medical treatment in Gaza’s hospitals, Al-Qidra said.

In addition, he said, there healthcare sector in Gaza needs more than 4,000 kilogrammes of Nitrous Oxide each year, noting that the Israeli occupation rations the entry of the gas.

He urged international organisations to put pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to resume the entry of the vital gas to allow surgical operations to continue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Collective punishment by halting desperately needed surgeries, sometimes leading to death of Palestinian patients?!?

Call it what it is; one of the many-faceted Israeli's "Final Solution" to their alleged "Palestinian Problem"!!

Feb 10 14:04

New Vaccines Still Cause Autism and the U.S. Government Knows It

In the case of Dr. Thompson’s release of confidential documents to a Congressional subcommittee, the CDC intentionally concealed their evidence that African American boys under 36 months had a higher risk of autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. The documents also proved the CDC has know for a long time that neurological tics, indicating brain disturbances, were associated with thimerosal-containing vaccines, such as the influenza vaccine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CDC should, collectively, be sued out of existence because of this, and those execs who signed off on deleting the negative information from their studies should be criminally charged, and convicted, serving the hardest jail time possible, to prevent this kind of damage happening to our kids ever again, in the name of Big Pharma Profits.

Feb 10 13:59

Its Foreign Greed And Delusion That Kills Yemeni Children

Ten-thousands, and soon hundred-thousands die in Yemen as result of zealotry, greed and bureaucratic infighting of foreign countries. The Wahhabi Saudis fight in Yemen against Iranian Shia that ain’t there. Under the eyes of the CIA they nurture local al-Qaeda forces to do their bidding. The UAE seeks new ports in Yemen thereby disturbing Saudi pipeline dreams.

The Pentagon tussles with the CIA over budgets of special operations. The minor local Yemeni conflicts between the various tribes develop into a war due to foreign interference and financing. Bombing campaigns have replaced tribal mediation.

The executive branch of the United Nations is under pressure from the U.S.-Saudi coalition. It is not allowed to report on the real consequences of the devastating war on Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the Saudi military have been conducting a scorched earth campaign in Yemen, and committing war crimes and atrocities with impunity in this beleaguered, desperately poor country, whose only collective "sin" was kicking out the western-centric "puppet", Mansour Al-Hadi.

Children, women, the medically fragile and elderly are being gleefully slaughtered by the Saudi military, in numbers that absolutely constitute a genocide against the Yemeni people. Infrastructure is being destroyed daily.

And unfortunately, the US is complicit in these war crimes, because they are providing targeting, and selling the Saudis the missiles used in these air strikes. Just yesterday, President Trump approved of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia:

President Trump approves of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

This is what the views on the ground look like in Yemen: and yes, I will warn you that these are the most graphically gruesome I could find, because American citizens need to know what US foreign policy is "accomplishing" in Yemen.

Images: wounded and killed children from Saudi bombing raids

Images: starving Yemeni children due to Saudi port blockade

We the People need to have a national conversation about this conflict, and put pressure on the White House (and Saudi Arabia) to commit to resolving this issue diplomatically, because at the end of the day, it is only a diplomatic solution which will end this ongoing tragedy.

Feb 10 13:50

Oroville Dam officials find new damage after water releases, as reservoir level climbs

State engineers have found new damage to the Oroville Dam spillway, although not as much as they’d feared, after conducting two test releases to see how much water the scarred facility could handle, the state said Thursday. Meanwhile, reservoir levels continued to climb behind the critical flood-control structure.

The gash that was discovered Tuesday grew by another 50 feet after engineers released water for a combined six hours Wednesday and early Thursday, according to Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson. “They found additional damage to the spillway, which was predicted,” Carlson said. “It wasn’t as bad as they thought it might be.”

Feb 10 13:42

The Russia Review Act: Senate Aims to Block Trump From Lifting Sanctions on Russia

In late January, Senate Republicans John McCain and Rob Portman strongly opposed lifting sanctions on Russia, McCain saying:

“I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.”

Portman claimed lifting them would damage US leadership and credibility. After 24 years under the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama, they’re damaged beyond repair.

US sanctions on Russia were illegally imposed for political reasons, no others – part of longstanding US Russia bashing, with strong bipartisan support.

On Wednesday, bipartisan Senate sanctions oversight legislation on Russia was introduced – sponsored by neocons Lindsey Graham (R. SC) and Ben Cardin (D. MD), co-sponsored by a rogue’s gallery of bipartisan senators, including GOP and Democrat leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump is smart, should this bill pass, he will veto this in a heartbeat.

Sanctions are generally preludes to war, and war with Russia would be the most stupid thing he could do.

This goes back to the 2014 US/IMF/EU putsch in Ukraine, where the duly elected President Yanukovych got thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "elected" President of Ukraine. Crimea, understanding that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, had a referendum, asking their people if they wanted to stay in post-putsch Ukraine, or ask the Russian Federation to become a member; and in an overwhelmingly positive vote, the people of Ukraine voted, almost unanimously, to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation to become a member, which the Russian Federation permitted.

But apparently, even though Ukraine and the US are members of the UN, this act of "peaceful self-determination" on the part of the Crimeans constituted a monstrous "misdirection" of the western agenda, and the US responded to Russia by placing sanctions against it.

These sanctions should have never been placed against Russia in the first place; the US failed in is regime change efforts with Ukraine, and Ukraine should be allowed to crumble under the weight of its own corruption.

Feb 10 13:21

Israel issues talking points on controversial law concerning seizure of some Palestinian-owned land

The Israeli parliament’s approval Monday of a contentious law enabling the state to seize some privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank immediately drew harsh criticism from much of the international community, including some of Israel’s closest allies.

Now, the Israeli government, realizing the law could land them in hot water, with possible lawsuits in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, has created several “talking points” to enable Israeli diplomats worldwide to contend with the global criticism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No talking points on earth could indemnify and hold harmless an Israeli government which practices a savage, serial genocide against Palestinians and steals their land in such a way that now, no contiguous state of Palestine is possible, because of where these settlements stand.

This is why BDS movement against Israeli goods (boycott, dis investment, and sanctions) is more critical against Israel than ever before.

Feb 10 13:14

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, U.S. diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly U.S. president might try to stop more deployments in Europe.

The agreement was signed just a few days before Trump's inauguration, according to a document from the Lithuanian defense ministry, and became the first step locking the new U.S. president into a NATO strategy to deter Russia in Poland and the Baltics, following Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

European allies are growing confident that, with the arrival of U.S. troops in Poland, plans ordered by Barack Obama will hold. They are reassured by Trump's remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: "We strongly support NATO."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters is pathologically incapable of stopping lying about the alleged "Russian annexation" of Crimea, which actually never took place.

So again, I consider it my great pleasure to educate Robin Emmott and Andrius Sytas , the auteurs of this piece of codswallop, as to what actually happened.

Apparently, this "historically deviant duo" have a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding the events of spring, 2014, when the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, was thrown under the proverbial bus in a US/NATO/IMF-sponsored putsch, and Poroshenko was "anointed" as president in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg. President Obama admitted the US role in Ukrainian regime change, as documented in the following article.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Apparently, the writers of this article are painfully ignorant of this reality, or have an agenda to attempt to sell their readers.

Also, they seem to have "forgotten" how Victoria Nuland, under-secretary of state in the Obama Administration, bragged about how much money had been spent to regime-change Ukraine:

Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

Sorry, folks; in looking at this presentation, you cannot "unsee" it!!

Additionally, Ms. Nuland further thoroughly embarrassed herself, and the US government with the following, now-infamous "F**k the EU declaration:

Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call

Post-putsch, the Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, so they took the following two steps.

First, in a globally-recognised free and fair referendum, they asked the Crimean people is they wanted to stay with Ukraine post-putsch, or petition the Russian Federation for Crimea to join it.

In an overwhelming decision, the Crimean people voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it.

Crimeans vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian federation to join it.

The Russian Federation then accepted Crimea as a member-state.

But in the thinking of both the US and Ukraine, "peaceful self-determination", as enshrined in the UN Charter, cannot possibly exist for the Crimeans, so used these decisions by the Crimean people, post-putsch, to declare that Russia had "annexed" Crimea, which never, ever actually happened.

I really hope and pray that President Trump has the smarts to realize that Russia isn't going to invade the Baltic States - or anyone else, unless really, really provoked. But there are those in NATO who appear to be hell-bent to start a war with Russia, and Russia has responded to the NATO buildup asymmetrically:

US sends special forces to RUSSIAN BORDER as NATO is poised to strike back against Vladimir Putin’s ‘aggression’ Russia is reportedly deploying nuke-ready missiles in the province of Kaliningrad which borders Lithuania

Let us all hope and pray that President Trump has the horse-sense to realize that a NATO/RUSSIAN war would be a really terrible idea, and bring this situation back from the brink.

The US government should be supporting NATO only to the point where NATO is supporting the US and its people, period, end of discussion.

Feb 10 12:40

TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER SETS AGENDA FOR POLICE TO FURTHER CRIMINALIZE PROTESTERS

Executive orders signed by President Donald Trump set in motion an agenda for escalating the criminalization of citizens, who engage in protest. This agenda will likely have a disproportionate impact on Black Lives Matter activists, immigrant rights activists, and Native Americans engaged in protest against pipeline projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The executive order aimed at “preventing violence” against police officers calls for a review of existing laws. Following the review, recommendations are to be made to Trump for legislation to protect the safety of police.

“If warranted,” the review may propose “legislation defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, as well as for related crimes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist advocate, who never advocates violence, I feel I must, in good conscience, ask protesters to remain absolutely peaceful in their protests, as difficult as this sometimes may be.

And the reason I say this, is that The Powers that Be understand how to unleash viciously violent police behaviour against you, and orders, in some of these future protests, may include those for "termination with extreme prejudice" (translation: there may be circumstances under which police will be given the power to assassinate protesters).

Mahatma Gandhi is one of my greatest heroes, on the use of peaceful protest; that is how he ultimately got the British out of India; and I encourage those of you who feel called to physically protest to take a look at what he accomplished with non-violent protest.

Feb 10 12:29

Iran Hawks Take the White House

The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was initially claimed to be a U.S. warship by allegedly Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi fighters. The ship was later revealed to be a Saudi frigate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Because such a military action against Iran would almost certainly guarantee that Russia would come in on the side of Iran against the US.

And at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

And the weaponry issue is a big one. Both Russia and China spend far less on their weaponry, but within the last decade, have been coming up with amazing feats of weaponry engineering.

Unfortunately, here in the US, the collective weapons executive culture believes it is perfectly fine to create weapons which are obsolete upon field delivery; that do not operate as advertised; and cost wildly over original budget estimates.

That has to change, and quickly.

But I'm a bit lost on what Flynn is characterising as "...Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community."

What, precisely, has Iran done, please, to inflame the General's ire?!?

Is it that the standard of living has improved over 67% since the ousting of the US puppet, the Shah or Iran?

36 years after the revolution, where is Iran now?

Is it perchance that Iran's science and engineering students are overwhelmingly female?

How did Iran manage to get 70% of its engineering and science graduates to be women?

Is it that its health care is rated the 30th most efficient health care systems in the world?!?

Health Care in Iran

Is it that Iran has informed the US that it will drop the dollar in its oil trade as of the 21st of next month?!?

Iran will officially ditch the dollar as of 21 March, 2017

BINGO!!!

I don't know what odds the Vegas bookies are taking on their being some kind of an "incident/false flag" happening before that date, as the excuse for attacking Iran; but if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

Feb 10 12:14

Shia LaBeouf’s ’He Will Not Divide Us’ art installation closed due to violence at museum

Actor-turned-performance artist Shia LaBeouf has had his anti-Trump protest installation shut down after it became a “flashpoint for violence.” The New York City exhibit was supposed to last as long as President Donald Trump is in the White House.

The “He Will Not Divide Us” exhibit ? a 24-hour live webcam outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens ? began three weeks ago, the day Trump was inaugurated. It “invited the public to deliver the words ‘He will not divide us’” into the camera, “repeating the phrase as many times, and for as long as they wish,” the museum said.

Feb 10 11:57

Trump Nixes Elliott Abrams for State Dept. Job

Despite a media campaign trying to offload neoconservative Elliott Abrams onto the Trump administration, and considerable pressure from within the cabinet to appoint him Deputy Secretary of State, President Trump has decided against including the controversial interventionist and Iraq war supporter in his administration.

Like virtually all of his fellow neoconservatives, Abrams disdained Trump’s unwillingness to kowtow to our alleged "allies" and sneered at him for his supposed "ignorance."

Media accounts – see here and here – attribute this to Trump being "thin-skinned" – Abrams was highly critical of Trump during the presidential campaign, as I pointed out on Twitter. But this is a remarkably superficial analysis of what really went on, for Abrams’ critique of Trump was that of a globalist who is unalterably opposed to Trump’s "America First" foreign policy views.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is definitely cause for a (small, microscopic) sigh of relief!!

Feb 10 11:53

Saudi Arabia Intensifies Crackdown on Writers, Activists - HRW

HRW said that Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017.

Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, the US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a press release.
“Saudi Arabia is trying to silence and lock away anyone who doesn’t toe the official line or dares to express an independent view on politics, religion, or human rights,” HRW Middle East Director Sarah Whitson stated in the release on Monday.

In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in detention while under investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: this is the same Saudi Arabia with which the US is complicit in committing war crimes in Yemen, and recruiting unwitting US Vets to combat the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)!!

Feb 10 11:37

Police Killings Rise To An Estimated 136 In First 6 Weeks Of 2017

An estimated 136 people have been killed by police in the first month and a half of 2017, according to a law enforcement watchdog group. Last year they counted 123 deaths for the same period.

From January 1 to February 9, 2017, police killed an average of more than three people per day, according to Killed by Police, a group that shows a tally of 136 dead, the most recent case being added on Thursday.

Feb 10 11:27

FAIL: Shia LaBeouf's Trump protest has been shut down due to violence

The Museum of the Moving Image has pulled the plug on Shia LaBeouf's "HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US" installation

Feb 10 11:23

SAUDI LOBBYISTS RECRUITING VETERANS TO KILL 9/11 LAWSUIT

Using misinformation and lots of cash, Saudi Arabia is luring well-meaning U.S. military veterans into its campaign to eviscerate a recently-passed law allowing 9/11 families to sue the monarchy for its alleged role in facilitating the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

It’s a brazen effort, considering 9/11 inspired so many veterans to enter military service. However, working through hired American proxies who don’t draw attention to their Saudi sponsorship, the kingdom is finding success by taking advantage of veterans’ patriotic instincts.

Specifically, lobbyists are telling veterans that, if other countries reciprocate by passing laws like the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), military service members and veterans will be sued in foreign courts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so completely morally ill and vile that I almost do not know where to begin.

But then, it is perfectly predictable from a sclerotic monarchy/dictatorship which so staunchly defends, and believes in, the moral rightness of its genocide and war crimes in Yemen, in which, unfortunately, the US government is a proud participant.

History will not judge the House of Saud kindly on these actions.

Feb 10 11:22

7 Reasons Trump Shouldn’t Trust Turkey’s Autocratic Leader Erdogan

1) Despite his charm offensive, Erdogan doesn’t actually like Trump.
2) Erdogan blocked American operations against ISIS.
4) Erdogan accused Americans of supporting the Turkish coup.
5) Erdogan hasn’t been doing a good job of stopping ISIS attacks against foreigners.
6) Erdogan’s policies have targeted Israel, our ally in the Middle East.
7) Erdogan is targeting the most pro-American Muslim cleric alive.

Feb 10 11:20

Protester held a Black Lives Matter sign while keeping DeVos from meeting with a 94% Black school

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school on Friday morning.

Feb 10 11:15

FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS DUMP US TREASURIES AS NEVER BEFORE, BUT WHO THE HECK IS BUYING THEM?

It started with a whimper a couple of years ago and has turned into a roar: foreign governments are dumping US Treasuries. The signs are coming from all sides. The data from the US Treasury Department points at it. The People’s Bank of China points at it in its data releases on its foreign exchange reserves. Japan too has started selling Treasuries, as have other governments and central banks.

Some, like China and Saudi Arabia, are unloading their foreign exchange reserves to counteract capital flight, prop up their own currencies, or defend a currency peg.

Others might sell US Treasuries because QE is over and yields are rising as the Fed has embarked on ending its eight years of zero-interest-rate policy with what looks like years of wild flip-flopping, while some of the Fed heads are talking out loud about unwinding QE and shedding some of the Treasuries on its balance sheet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This massive acceleration in US treasuries dumping does not augur well for the American economy.

Feb 10 11:14

Andrew Jackson Tough as Old Hickory

Old Hickory is President Trump's model.

I thank God that my life has been spent in a land of liberty and that He has given me a heart to love my country with the affection of a son.Andrew Jackson Firsts, Lasts & Onlys

First president to be a resident of a state other than Massachusetts or Virginia
First Tennessee representative to the U.S. House
First president to ride a train
First president to be assaulted while in office
First president to be the target of an assassination attempt
First president born to immigrant parents
Last president to serve in the Revolutionary War (he participated at age 13!)
Only president to have been held as a prisoner of war
Only president to raise a Native American child—Lyncoya, who was found orphaned after the Battle of Tallushatchee (1813)
Only president to serve in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812
Only president to pay off the national debt

Feb 10 11:09

NGO FLEET BUSSING MIGRANTS INTO THE EU HAS TIES TO GEORGE SOROS, HILLARY CLINTON

In November 2016, a number of NGO’s were revealed by independent European news source GEFIRA to be smuggling migrants from the northern coast of Africa across the Mediterranean into the EU using a ramshackle fleet of ships. Research by Disobedient Media shows that a number of the organizations sponsoring ships in the armada are funded in part by Hillary Clinton donors and organizations run by billionaire George Soros. The actions taken by sponsors of ships in the fleet may be illegal under EU law and possibly run the risk of aiding ISIS operatives hiding among the migrant population.

I. A Fleet Of NGO Operated Ships In The Mediterranean Operate Around The Clock Delivering Migrants From North Africa To Italy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I unsurprised by this?!?

And who will the people of Europe blame when the next physical outrage, or the next act of terrorism is perpetrated upon them, courtesy of these illegal immigrants?!?

And what about stopping the wars which made them immigrants/refugees in the first place?!? I sure as hell wish someone in the bowels of power in Europe or DC had a reasonable answer for that!!

But in the meantime, these illegal immigrants should ONLY be settled on properties George Soros, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton own; I mean, after all, it is only right and proper that they should be "culturally enriched" as well!!

Feb 10 11:02

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE APPROVED A WEEK AFTER CO-OWNER'S PIPELINE SPILLED 600,000 GALLONS OF OIL IN TEXAS

On January 30, 600,000 gallons (14,285 barrels) of oil spewed out of Enbridge's Seaway Pipeline in Blue Ridge, Texas, the second spill since the pipeline opened for business in mid-2016.

Seaway is half owned by Enbridge and serves as the final leg of a pipeline system DeSmog has called the “Keystone XLClone,” which carries mostly tar sands extracted from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. at a rate of 400,000 barrels per day down to the Gulf of Mexico. Enbridge is an equity co-owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, which received its final permit needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 7 to construct the pipeline across the Missouri River and construction has resumed.

The alignment of Native American tribes, environmentalists, and others involved in the fight against Dakota Access have called themselves “water protectors,” rather than “activists,” out of concern that a pipeline spill could contaminate their drinking water source, the Missouri River.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because of the delay in the permitting process, the Dakota Pipeline's construction may well be so intensely value engineered to the point of its breaking down, and contaminating the Missouri River, as the Native American tribes and environmentalists protesting its construction have feared.

Feb 10 11:01

Here We Go Again - More Hypocrisy From Liberals - CNN Wants To Bannish Kellyanne Conway From The Airwaves.

I want to start this report by taking you back to a time past. In 2012, Susan Rice, Barack Obama's national security adviser, lied on five news shows, saying that the attack on the Benghazi compound was "spontaneous" and the direct result of a "heinous and offensive video." We all know now that was a deliberate lie concocted by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. We, also know that the Administration immediately knew it was a lie, but yet, they sent Rice to do her interviews by telling an outright lie to the world. Yet, no one spoke of banning Susan Rice from the airwaves, but that was the Liberal's mistake, and all was forgiven.

Feb 10 10:57

LOVING OUR SERVITUDE IN AMERICA'S PLANTATION ECONOMY

The only possible output of low social capital is rising inequality.

One of the themes I've been addressing since 2008 is the neocolonial-plantation structure of the U.S. economy. The old models of colonial exploitation that optimized plantations worked by cheap imported labor (or situated in peripheral nations with plenty of cheap labor) have, beneath the surface, been adapted to advanced capitalist democracies.

The adaptations have been so successful that not only do we not even recognize the Plantation structure--we love our servitude within it.

As noted yesterday, the current mode of production optimizes the commoditization of everything: computer chips, fish and chips, labor, expertise, everything.

Feb 10 10:52

HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN LAWYER GOES TO WORK FOR SOROS-FUNDED SUPER PAC

The lawyer who represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her doomed presidential election recount efforts has reportedly joined the board of a progressive super PAC financed by billionaire George Soros and focused in part on issues of voting rights.

CNN reported:

The super PAC Priorities USA has brought Democratic superlawyer Marc Elias onto its board and plans to focus on fighting state-level GOP efforts to restrict voting access in courts and legislatures.

During the most recent presidential election, Priorities USA served as a pro-Clinton super PAC. Soros provided at least $8.5 million to the group, including $6 million in December 2015 and another $2.5 million in August 2016, public records show.

The Hill reported in January 2016 after Soros’s first contribution:

In the last 6 months, the super-PAC raised $25.3 million, meaning that Soros’s contribution accounted for almost a quarter of its fundraising haul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but...I am a little fuzzy here.

What, precisely, does "...GOP efforts to restrict voting access in courts and legislatures." mean, please?!?

Does it, perchance, have to do with showing an ID when you vote?!?

I would like to politely remind the DNC, just in case they have, collectively, developed a bad case of SMD on this issue (selective memory disorder) that voting is not only a right; it is also a privilege of citizenship.

When I go to my bank, and request to take a hunk of cash out of a check I am depositing, or buy a cashier's check, I am required to show my ID; why should it be any different when I vote, please, to prove I am who I say I am?!?

And how difficult, in the 21st century, please, is obtaining a state ID?!? The short answer is, NOT, and if a person is unable to obtain a state ID, why is this so?!?

And here are the short answers to the question of why former Obama supporters either went for Trump, or stayed home.

First, Hillary Clinton and the DNC stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders.

Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy

Secondly, one has to ask, reasonably, just what the Obama administrations actually did for African American voters. The short answers are revealed in the following links.

How Barak Obama Failed African Americans

Obama's failed Black legacy

9 Facts Shatter Obama's Claim that Black America Is Better Off Since He Took Office

President Obama insults Blacks again

In short, when it came to the African-American community, the chasm between Obama's perceived notions of what he had accomplished for them, and reality, was huge, gaping, and bitterly disappointing in the extreme, and the community clearly understood that.

Then, the DNC decided to nominate a woman with more geopolitical baggage than Kim Kardashian has on a photo shoot; a grand manipulator of the politics of both personal destruction and victimhood, who was absolutely unfit for the office of President, due to that baggage, and temperament, and "magically believed" that they could cram such a candidate down the collective throats of the American voter.

THAT exploded in the DNC's face spectacularly on election day.

So will this drive to encourage illegal voting, with which to sway the outcomes of the next elections backfire on the DNC and Soros in just such a manner?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it!!

Feb 10 10:37

A SHOCKING PICTURE WAS JUST FOUND IN SEN. JEFF SESSIONS DESK! IT’S GOING VIRAL AND FOR GOOD REASON!

Elizabeth Warren was banned from speaking last night over her repeated attacks against Senator Jeff Sessions. Warren was reading a 30 year old quote by Coretta Scott King in an attempt to make Sessions look like a racist.

Feb 10 10:35

‘Uncharted territory’ as Lake Oroville rises toward damaged dam

The turbidity, or cloudiness, of the water running into Feather River Hatchery in Butte County, roughly 75 miles north of Sacramento, was “off the charts,” said Harry Morse, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Normal turbidity levels tend to be about 10 units, while Thursday’s recordings soared into the 400s, he said.

“This is just uncharted territory,” Morse said.

Workers were moving the millions of young fish, said to be about three months too young to safely release into the wild, about 10 miles down the river via giant tanker trucks to a facility at the Thermalito Afterbay far enough off the river that they should survive, Morse said.

Feb 10 10:25

NYC MAYOR TELLS PEOPLE TO GET OF THE STREETS - New York Under State of Emergency Due To Snow Blast

Travel was treacherous as Suffolk and Rockland counties declared a state of emergency. Many schools throughout the region would remain closed for Friday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City schools would be OPEN on Friday.

Feb 10 10:15

Something Dark Is Looming And It's Headed Our Way

FBI are investigating the black hooded individuals at Berkeley. It's official common core has made Americans children stupid. Congressman looking to abolish the Department of Education.

Feb 10 10:08

The West Is Finished, But Why? Frightened Lives

Despite certain economic and social setbacks, the Western Empire is doing remarkably well. That is, if we measure success by the ability to control the world, to condition the brains of human beings on all continents, and to crush almost all substantial descent, at home and abroad.

What almost entirely disappeared from life, at least in such places like New York, London or Paris, is that simple human joy, which is so obvious and evident when it exists. Paradoxically, in the very centers of power, most people seem to be living anxious, unfulfilled, almost frightened lives.

Feb 10 09:56

Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Throwing Dog Off 145-Foot Cliff Twice: L.A. County DA

On Sept. 26 and 28, Raya allegedly threw the dog, named Mary Jane, from a cliff in the 1300 block of Luella Drive to a ravine 145 below, the release stated.

He was remanded into custody at his arraignment after probation was revoked in the case, according to the release. His bail was set at $65,000.

Raya faces a possible maximum sentence of three years and eight months in jail if convicted on the charges, prosecutors said.

Feb 10 09:34

A gaping hole continues to grow in the spillway of America's tallest dam - causing massive erosion and threatening major overflow 

A gaping hole in the spillway for the tallest dam in the United States grew Thursday and California authorities said they expect it will continue eroding as water washes over it but the Oroville Dam and the public are safe.

Earlier this week, chunks of concrete flew off the nearly mile-long spillway, creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole. Engineers don't know what caused the cave-in that is expected to keep growing until it reaches bedrock.

But faced with little choice, the state Department of Water Resources resumed ramping up the outflow from Lake Oroville over the damaged spillway to keep up with all the runoff from torrential rainfall in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Feb 10 09:24

108 ARRESTED IN ILLINOIS IN SEX STING; 752 ARRESTED ACROSS US

Among those arrested in Harris County were a high school principal, a college professor and a fireman, the sheriff's office said. An alleged sex seller who traveled to Houston to make money during the Super Bowl and was shot in the head by an alleged sex buyer. Three alleged sex buyers were arrested in Houston for trying to solicit a minor for commercial sex over the internet. Another alleged sex buyer had his 4-year-old son with him when he was arrested, the sheriff's office said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more sexually repressive a society becomes, the more you see this kind of thing.

Feb 10 09:14

Supreme Court Reversal Rates: Evaluating the Federal Courts of Appeals

This is the ABA report. They refer to the 9th Circuit as a Rogue Court!

So the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit end up at the bottom of their “class.” Do
reversal rates of 80% and 83%, for the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit, respectively,
compared to a median reversal rate of 68%, call for the label “rogue” courts?

Feb 10 09:10

TRUMP MAKES MASSIVE PLEDGE TO MILITARY IN HIS FIRST EVER ADDRESS TO SERVICE MEMBERS

During his first remarks to service members as president, Donald Trump on Monday vowed to support America’s military. “We have your back, every hour, every day, now and always,” Trump declared, later adding “Our administration is at your service.”

Feb 10 08:30

WOW: Joe Scarborough Tells Robert Kennedy Jr. About His Autistic Son & Says "WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT THAT THIMEROSAL CAUSES AUTISM!"

Many years ago Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Appeared as a guest on the Morning Joe to discuss autism and vaccines. The host of the show, Joe Scarborough, who first remarks that he worked at a law firm with Kennedy, admits his son has a form of autism and tells Kennedy, "WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT THAT THIMEROSAL CAUSES AUTISM!" Scarborough, a former congresman, says DEADLY IMMUNITY, is "A GREAT NEW BOOK." He talks about politicians and federal bureaucrats and asks "why are they sitting back and letting our children be poisoned? It's a CYA (cover your ass) operation." He encourages Kennedy to run for public office and concludes by assuring Kennedy, "I will defend your honor whenever any Republican says anything nasty."

Feb 10 08:25

Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center - Netc.com

Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center - Netc.com is an Early Warning Radiation System that takes data from private radiation monitoring stations and EPA network and creates a RBL ( Radiation Background Level ) for each 3000+ stations everyday.

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

Feb 10 07:49

We Thank Trump for Exposing the Reality of the U.S – Ayatollah Khamenei

In its 200 years of expansionism, the US has paused too seldom and too briefly to consider the culture, history, lives and dignity of other lands.

Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying.…

In his February 7th speech, Leader Khamenei has wisely rejected the “threats” already issuing from the Trump Administration. Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying. I wholeheartedly applaud the emphasis on “dignity” and respect—respect for treaties between democratic governments, respect for the cultures and lives of citizens of this fragile, shrinking planet.

Feb 10 07:44

Until .01% arrests for OBVIOUS crimes of illegal Wars of Aggression, looting, lying, assume Trump is another tool of US rogue state empire. Prima facie facts show .01% agenda under ‘WrestleMania Trump’ for war within and without: civil war and war on Iran

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

prima facie: Latin for "at first look," or "on its face," referring to a lawsuit or criminal prosecution in which the evidence before trial is sufficient to prove the case unless there is substantial contradictory evidence presented.

This article presents:

Three videos presenting current evidence of the Trump Administration’s escalation of lying war rhetoric on Iran, and evidence of orchestrated corporate media propaganda of domestic “chaos” that might have an endgame of martial law to crush opposition to ongoing US rogue state empire.

Summaries and links to articles with overwhelming factual documentation to prove ongoing US rogue state empire, lying rhetoric for illegal war on Iran, ongoing lie-started and illegal War of Aggression of Israel on Gaza, and complicit “coverage” of these crimes by corporate media.

Feb 09 19:23

Spare us! Hollywood luvvie Richard Gere arrives in Germany to praise 'courageous' Merkel

PRETTY WOMAN actor Richard Gere has hailed Angela Merkel's courage in the handling of the migrant crisis as he attacked Donald Trump's "chaotic" leadership.

Feb 09 17:40

French nuclear power plant explosion: Blast at Flamanville station 'does not cause radioactive leak'

Several people are being treated for smoke inhalation after an explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant in France.

Authorities said there was "no nuclear risk" following the blast in Flamanville shortly before 10am local time (9am GMT) on Thursday.

"It is a significant technical issue but does not constitute a nuclear accident," Olivier Marmion, director of the prefect's office, told AFP, adding that the explosion occurred outside the nuclear zone.

Feb 09 17:34

FLOOD WARNING

A dam in Elko County, Nevada has failed and the National Weather Service is warning people downstream to prepare. In this exclusive look from Chopper 5 you can see at least two sections of the earthen dam at Twentyone Mile Reservoir have been washed out by raging water. We know roads near Wells and Montello are flooded and closed. BE SAFE! Do not drive through standing water.

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