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Aug 20 14:30

Social Media Censorship—Here Are The Deep Basics

The obvious answer staring us in the face is: Google and Facebook and You Tube, for example, the largest social media corporations, are not “free companies.” -- They’ve been in bed with the intelligence community for a long time, and they favor wall to wall surveillance of the population. They favor the “liberal” version of a policed State, where correct opinions are let in the door and incorrect opinions are shut down.

Aug 20 13:36

Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content

Major social media firms have for months been answering to calls of conservative censorship.

Trump's latest comments come just two weeks after major tech firms suspended or banned conservative radio host Alex Jones.

Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 20 11:31

Power-Hungry Amazon Sticking Rural Americans With Tab For Data-Center Expansions

Amazon, through negotiated tax incentives and secret deals with power companies and politicians, has perfected the art of sticking rural Americans with the tab for their power-hungry data centers, reports Bloomberg.

Power companies, like politicians, actively pursue Amazon. In that way, the company fits into a long U.S. tradition of shifting costs from businesses to poor residents, who already pay about three times more of their income on utility bills than do wealthy households, according to a 2016 ACEEE study. The difference these days is that data-center operators, unlike manufacturing plants, can’t claim to be engines of job growth, says the ACEEE’s Elliott. -Bloomberg

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unshocked at this revelation.

Aug 20 11:27

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Autism In Children

Pregnant women with higher levels of a banned pesticide that’s still found in many foods today are more likely to have children diagnosed with autism, a new study finds.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, is an insecticide widely used after its development in the 1940s. It’s particularly known to help prevent malaria, typhus, and other insect-borne diseases. Of course, it was also extremely useful for farmers and anyone else who found themselves frequently bugged by insects. The pesticide became commonly used across the world, but by the late 1950s, its dangerous effects on the environment and wildlife began to come into light; consequently in 1972, as it became clearer that it was unhealthy for human exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in America.

Aug 20 11:21

Torture and Abuse in America’s Global Gulag

Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners.

America and Israel are the only developed nations officially permitting the practice.

The Bush/Cheney regime “Torture Memo” discarded all legal restraints.

It authorized extreme interrogation methods amounting to torture, including infliction of “intense pain or suffering” short of what would cause “serious physical injury so severe that death, organ failure, (loss of significant body functions), or permanent damage.”

It swept away habeas rights, due process, and equal protection under law – core legal protections for everyone charged, detained or imprisoned.

The Obama regime continued illegal torture and abusive practices. So do hardliners in charge of Trump regime’s geopolitical policies.

America’s gulag prison system operates at home and abroad, including unknown numbers of global black sites in numerous countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A country which tortures, or outsources torture, has lost both its moral compass, and its very soul.

Aug 20 10:52

Pentagon Spokesman: US to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed

Col Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq, says that US troops are intending to remain in Iraq “as long as we think they’re needed.” He says this is vital to the stabilization efforts in post-ISIS Iraq.

This is in keeping with other comments out of the Pentagon, where officials more or less uniformly envision a permanent US military presence in Iraq, and have not been shy in saying so. President Trump, however, disagrees, and has said he’s keen to withdraw troops once ISIS is defeated.

It’s not unusual for President Trump not to see eye to eye with the military brass on long-term troop deployments. Iraq seems to be unusual, in that instead of openly disagreeing with the president, the Pentagon’s comments appear to totally discount his opinion, and present their own plans as a foregone conclusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Col. Sean Ryan, a word, please: has anyone run this "We'll be in Iraq forever" memo past Iraq's current elected leader, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Aug 20 10:50

Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point On Yemen?

Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.” This feigned ignorance is particularly fatiguing. CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel professed the same know-nothingness in March when he told Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that CENTCOM cannot track whether coalition missions burning US fuel and firing US munitions are responsible for strikes against civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Yemen is ANYTHING but a civil war; Saudi Arabia has attempted, with US enabling, to put down the Houthi rebellion for over 3 years now, with precious little success.

And the steerable bomb, used in this assassination of children, was supplied by the US. Jim Carrey got it right with his cartoon:

Jim Carrey Takes Aim at Yemen School Bus Bombing as Crime of US.

Here is the image of packaging for the bomb:

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US

But you see, this isn't the first time children have been assassinated in Yemen, courtesy of US bombs, used by the Saudis in Yemen, using US "guidance", or mid-air refueling: and I warn you; the images are very graphic.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs.

Congress should show some collective "male attributes" and repudiate the use of US forces or weaons for these actions; but chances are, President Trump being President Trump, that Congress will be over-ridden by an Executive Order, continuing these practices.

After all, Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen (Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman), and the Butcher of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu. There is something about the sheer raw power necessary to order people assassinated which fascinates, and attracts, this President.

Aug 20 10:25

Ongoing Purge Of Dissenting Voices Almost Claims Another Victim

Since Julian Assange was gagged earlier this year, state-sponsored censorship has attempted to snuff out the light of independent and alternative media voices from across the political spectrum. In the first half of August, this process appeared to escalate drastically. As Disobedient Media reported earlier this week, outlets from Infowars to Telesur have faced the wrath of technocratic social media giants.

The escalation of establishment censorship has been stunning. Just last week, former State Department official and whistleblower Peter Van Buren's Twitter account was suspended under dubious circumstances. Consortium News wrote of his suspension:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who are the corporate presstitutes other than "pushers" of the US Deep State agenda, which is generally a narrative preparatory to justifying some new war?!?

Van Buren simply stated the obvious, with his challenge, and was summarily punished for it.

And the reason for the timing of this purging has to be to subvert and silence as many anti-war independent voices as possible, in preparation for the coming war against Iran.

Aug 20 10:20

WATCH: CITIZEN ANNOUNCES HE'S RUNNING AGAINST CORRUPT SHERIFF, HIS HOME IS RAIDED, WIFE KIDNAPPED

In the land of the free, practicing democracy is often futile and even more often, highly corrupt. Illustrating the corrupt nature of this process is a case out of Georgia in which a sheriff with a history of alleged criminal activity is accused of harassing, intimidating, and even arresting innocent people who challenge his authority.

On August 10, Robert Hawes, a former deputy with the Clayton County sheriff’s department, announced that he would be running against the incumbent Sheriff Victor Hill. Days later police would be in his home, kidnapping his wife.

“This sounds like an effort to intimidate a potential political opponent, which is in my mind, not an appropriate use of law enforcement powers,” Harvey Newman, professor emeritus at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University told AJC. “We want people to feel able to speak truth to power. But this appears to be an effort to, if not silence that, to at least intimidate it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour is amazingly common in this country, for those with any power to wield.

Aug 20 10:15

JUDGE IN BROWARD COUNTY DOCUMENTS CASE DECIDES THE FIRST AMENDMENT DOESN'T COVER THESE PUBLIC RECORDS

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the newspaper flouted her order that portions of a school district report about Cruz should remain shielded from the public. In the future, she declared, she will consider listing exactly what the newspaper can and cannot print.

What's worse is the judge stated in court the Sun Sentinel did something devious to expose the supposedly-redacted information, when it was actually the Broward County School Board that failed to do its job properly.

“You all manipulated that document so that it could be unredacted,” Scherer said. “That is no different than had they given it to you in an old-fashioned format, with black lines, and you found some type of a light that could view redacted portions and had printed that. It’s no different.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just what is this judge so keen about the public not knowing regarding this school shooter?!?

Would it be prior interactions on the part of the school with Cruz, or the possibility that he was on - and/or trying to quit - some form of SSRI medication?!?

Aug 20 10:09

DEA MAKES SHOCKING MOVE, ORDERS INCREASE IN CANNABIS PRODUCTION BY 500% TO FIGHT OPIOID CRISIS

In an interesting turn of events, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a ruling which will greatly increase the amount of marijuana that can be grown legally for research purposes. In the same report, the DEA announced that they will be attempting to reduce the production of problematic opioid pharmaceuticals.

The amount of marijuana that can be grown previously had been roughly 1,000 pounds, but will be increasing to 5,400 pounds in 2019.

According to the filing, these numbers are quotas that “reflects the total amount of controlled substances necessary to meet the country’s medical, scientific, research, industrial, and export needs for the year and for the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks,” DEA said.

Aug 20 10:07

FACEBOOK SUSPENDED A LATIN AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK AND GAVE THREE DIFFERENT REASONS WHY

it was unexpected when Telesur English blinked out of existence on the 13th, and even stranger when Facebook struggled to explain its own actions. At the time of its suspension, Telesur received this boilerplate message from Facebook:

Hello,

Your Page “teleSUR English” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorised individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

The Facebook Team

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a two word remedy for this kind of behaviour from Facebook: abandon Facebook!!

There are media platforms which do not do this; find them, use them, and avoid Facebook as though it were the plague.

Aug 20 10:02

APPLE REMOVES THOUSANDS OF APPS IN COMPLIANCE WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT

Apple has removed around 25,000 apps from its service after the Chinese government criticized the company for not doing enough to monitor content.

As the company makes further commitments to China amidst the ongoing trade war, the stakes are getting higher.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. companies are paying close attention to the messages they get from the Chinese government and the state media in this sensitive trade environment, said Ben Cavender, a director at China Market Research Group who focuses on consumer technology and retail.

“They are going to move very quickly to try to rectify that problem, because this is a situation where there could be a lot more backlash in the government in terms of regulations,” Mr. Cavender said.

As big tech companies move across the globe, internet regulations in the EU and China are impacting users in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apple's deplatforming of individuals who may be opposed to certain actions of China's government, and the evaporation of views not specifically held by the Chinese government, will be quick and brutal, in Apple's desire to corner the Chinese market; even far worse than what is going on here in the US at this point in time.

Aug 20 10:01

State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA

Michigan has become the first state to ban the National Security Agency’s intrusive data collection practices by passing a law that prohibits law enforcement and state agencies from turning over personal data to the federal government without due process.

The Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act, or HB4430, will go into effect next month after it passed the Michigan state legislature with overwhelming support and only one “no” vote.

The text of the bill states that its purpose is “to prohibit this state and certain other governmental agents, employees, and entities in this state from assisting a federal agency in obtaining certain forms of data without a warrant; and to prohibit certain uses of certain data collected without a warrant.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Enforcement may be a problem.

Aug 20 09:57

LAND SEIZURES BEGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA AFTER OWNERS REFUSE GOVT LOWBALL BUYOUT OFFER - REPORT

South African authorities have reportedly started seizing white-owned land after negotiations on buying out the properties stalled. The first seizures are targeting game farms in the Northern province of Limpopo.
The government had tried to buy the lands owned by Akkerland Boerdery Ventures for one-tenth of the land’s value, reports City Press, a Johannesburg-based news outlet. The company, which has been running a 3200 hectare (32 square kilometers) game farm, reportedly asked for 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land while the government was ready to offer them just 20 million rand.

“Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state,” reads the letter received by Akkerland Boerdery earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South African farmers had to see this coming, and should have left 20 years ago; the Zimbabwification of South Africa has started in earnest now, and there is no escape, even for farmers whose families have been there for well over a century.

Investors will leave the country, immediately and outright, and food shortages are about to manifest here in earnest.

Aug 20 09:53

Former NSA Contractor Faces “Longest Sentence” Ever Under Espionage Act

Former NSA Contractor Faces “Longest Sentence” Ever Under Espionage Act
A woman in Georgia is facing what some observers are calling “the longest sentence” ever imposed on someone convicted of leaking sensitive federal data to news outlets.

Perhaps the most famous of the whistleblowers was Edward Snowden. As mentioned earlier, he too was an NSA contract employee when he leaked thousands of documents to reporters. He fled to Russia for asylum, and has been living there since 2013.

Snowden sees the president’s prosecution of Reality Winner as an extension of the previous administration’s war on whistleblowers.

“The war on whistleblowers continues under a new White House: the first journalistic source prosecuted under Trump, Reality Winner, was denied a defense, jailed over 5 years. Her ‘crime’? Showing us @NSAGov suspected Russia of hacking an election vendor,” Snowden tweeted.

Aug 20 09:47

Children's literacy levels fall as social media hits reading

Heavy use of social media by children has been linked to lower levels of literacy for the first time.

The landmark study by University College London (UCL), based on 11,000 children tracked from their births in 2000, found their time on social media could be detracting from reading and homework, with a potential knock-on effect on their literacy.

Professor Yvonne Kelly, director of UCL's International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, said the findings suggested a link between “the amount of time young people spend on social media and their levels of literacy”.

Both boys and girls who were heavier users were affected the same. “We looked at whether the more time young people spend on social media, the less time they have for the things that might improve their literacy such as reading for enjoyment and doing homework,” said Professor Kelly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But how is the UK government going to enforce limits to time spent by kids on social media?!?

The short answer is, they really can't, unless they intend to license social medial devices, and make them all the property of the State, to be confiscated at will.

Aug 20 09:43

SATELLITE SHOWS SPRAWLING ‘RE-EDUCATION CAMPS’ FOR CHINESE MUSLIMS IN XINJIANG REGION

More proof has emerged confirming that China has erected expansive ‘re-education centers’ for up to a million or more ethnic Uighurs in what a recent United Nations statement said resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.

The minority Turkic speaking ethno-religious group concentrated in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang has found itself under increased persecution and oversight by Chinese authorities of late as their mostly Sunni Islamic identity and separatist politics have resulted in historic tensions with the Communist government.

A U.N. panel examining human rights inside China wrapped up last week and included a Chinese delegation of about 50 officials which formally denied that prisons have been set up for the Uighur population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying about a factual situation in one's country with a guaranteed lousy optic, is not specific to the US government, it appears here.

Aug 20 09:34

US govt doesn’t think people have intelligence to decipher news, hence censorship – Keiser

“The 60s were probably the apotheosis of the well-informed, educated media savvy American. But since that time... now you have the government saying that nobody in America has the intelligence to decipher what’s right, wrong, accurate, not accurate, fake news, propaganda, real news...”

Keiser also speaks to Max Blumenthal about the current climate of censorship, particularly regarding Facebook.

“Facebook has hired a group called DFRLab, which operates out of the NATO and arms industry-funded Atlantic Council, also founded by Saudi Arabia and a bunch of pro-freedom advocates in the Gulf – including Turkey, which arrests more journalists than any other country,” Blumenthal said.

That firm’s job, Blumenthal explained, is to “market Facebook’s findings and takedowns of these pages, and to justify it they put out a report on Medium.com, justifying taking down these pages which were said to be Russian, they tried to link them to Russia without coming up with conclusive proof...”

Aug 20 08:57

Paul Craig Roberts: The CIA Owns The US & European Media

When I received my briefing as staff associate, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which required top secret clearance, I was told by senior members of the staff that the Washington Post was a CIA asset. Watching the Washington Post’s takedown of President Richard Nixon with the orchestrated Watergate story, that became obvious. President Nixon had made too many overtures to the Soviets and too many arms limitations agreements, and he opened to China. Watching President Nixon’s peace initiatives water down the threat level from the Soviet Union and Maoist China, the military/security complex saw a threat to its budget and power and decided that Nixon had to go. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy had resulted in far too much skepticism about the Warren Commission Report, so the CIA decided to use the Washington Post to get rid of Nixon.

Aug 20 08:36

Another Reason to Quit Facebook

The Trump administration is demanding Facebook open up its encrypted messaging software and let law enforcement snoop on conversations.

The effort is being kept secret, according to Reuters.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

The move will prompt more people to flee the platform.

Aug 20 08:05

Mother-of-two reveals armed air marshals shadowed her every move at Charlotte airport and even recorded when she touched her face before flight to Florida - but TSA claims they don't follow 'ordinary' travelers

Taylor Usry arrived early at Charlotte Airport for a routine business trip to Tampa last month, but she wasn't alone.

A team of air marshals was secretly following and meticulously recording her every move - what she ate, where she sat, and every time she checked her phone.

Two armed agents even followed her on to the flight and continued the surveillance operation in Tampa until she left the airport for her meeting.

The 39-year-old is not a criminal or on any terrorism watch lists - she's an ordinary mother-of-two working as a social media manager for an arts and craft company.

All she did to warrant such extreme scrutiny was visit Istanbul for a work-related course in May, according to TSA records seen by the Boston Globe.

Aug 20 00:58

For Most U.S. Workers, Real Wages Have Barely Budged In Decades

Perhaps part of the problem in wages (beyond inflation) is the fact that most of the "new" jobs created in the US over the past decade have been low wage and part-time service sector jobs, while higher paying jobs have been slowly but surely eliminated. Also, the fact that around 96 MILLION working age people in America are no longer counted as unemployed because they have been out of work for so long they don't get welfare benefits anymore might play a part in the wage issue. Employers know there is actually a LARGE pool of people who might be willing to jump back into the workforce for low wages at anytime. The great lie in employment today is that "there are not enough people to fill existing positions". This is utterly wrong. There are almost 100 Million people ready to roll into what few garbage positions exist, hence, it is still an employer's market, not a workers market.

Aug 20 00:52

Survey Says 66% of Americans Don’t Want to Live in “Smart Cities” Due to Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns. So How Many Don’t Want to Be Exposed to Hundreds of Small Cell Towers, Wireless Sensors, etc.?

According to an August 13, 2018 guest post on SmartCitiesDive.com, 66% of Americans don’t want to live in a “Smart City” because -- Americans like their communities -- Americans are worried about cyberattacks -- Americans are deeply concerned about the mass collection of personal data collection

Aug 20 00:42

65 Years Ago Today, the CIA Conspired with the UK to Overthrow Iran on Behalf of Big Oil

What was once considered a conspiracy theory is now a fact as the government has since admitted to carrying out Operation Ajax that was planned by the CIA in conjunction with MI6 in the UK to exploit the Iranian people and steal their oil on behalf of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) – the British state-owned oil company established in 1908 with this objective in mind and the forerunner of today’s global oil conglomerate BP.

Aug 20 00:34

The Technocratic Global Government Of The Future Is Here

Enter the futuristic space kingdom of Asgardia, endorsed by NASA, and preaching a familiar message of one world government run by elite technocrats … all for the common good and “social justice” of course. But since it’s a kingdom, who will be the monarch? What does this new constitution say about individual rights under technocracy?

Aug 19 09:47

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – The Final Demise Of The Dollar Hegemony? Authored by Peter Koenig via The Saker Blog,

What is really transpiring is that Washington is isolating itself, that the uni-polar world is moving towards a multipolar world, one that increasingly disregards and disrespects the United States, despises her bullying and warmongering – killing and shedding misery over hundreds of millions of people, most of them defenseless children, women and elderly, by direct military force or by proxy-led conflicts –

Yemen is just one recent examples, causing endless human suffering to people who have never done any harm to their neighbors, let alone to Americans. Who could have any respect left for such a nation, called the United States of America, for the people behind such lying monsters?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that there will be a war, or at least some very large, and hostile US/Israeli military attack against Iran to attempt to save US dollar hegemony by Monday, 5 November, and this is why.

The US Deep State's goal, for decades now, is to control all the oil in the Middle East, and insure that such oil is only sold for US dollars.

Sunday, 4 November, is the "drop dead date" given by President Trump for the world to stop buying Iranian crude oil. Some countries have already stated that they will refuse to honor that date, such as China, and will continue to buy oil from Iran.

I think that the US will start with sanctions, but move to a Naval blockade in the Persian Gulf very quickly, to insure that no Iranian oil can get out of that particular bottleneck. I see the US forward deploying from Saudi Arabia; Bahrain, currently home to the 6th fleet; Qatar, and the UAE. Israeli forces, will be used for intelligence, rather than battle forces.

The regime change in Tehran, if it is accomplished, will put a great deal of the world's oil wealth under the command and control of the US, which will insure that it is only sold ... for US dollars.

Aug 19 09:26

The American Empire and its Media

Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Established in 1921 as a private, bipartisan organization to “awaken America to its worldwide responsibilities”, the CFR and its close to 5000 elite members have for decades shaped U.S. foreign policy and public discourse about it. As a well-known Council member famously explained, they transformed the American republic into a global empire, albeit a “bene­volent” one.

Aug 19 09:19

UN CHIEF SUGGESTS DEPLOYING UN-MANDATED ARMED FORCES TO PROTECT PALESTINIANS

The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up UN civilian presence or expanded UN assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday.

The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.

The resolution asked for proposals to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including … recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

Guterres outlined four options, but he did not make a specific recommendation. He noted that all options would need the cooperation of both parties, a sustained cessation of hostilities and additional resources to ensure they were viable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UN Secretary Gutteres, this will only happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Israel will not allow this to happen, period, end of discussion.

Aug 19 09:14

ACTOR JIM CARREY'S ART GOES VIRAL: "OUR MISSILE, OUR CRIME" IN YEMEN

Responding to the now confirmed fact that it was a laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin that killed 40 children while they were riding inside a school bus in northern Yemen over a week ago, actor Jim Carrey has highlighted the crime in his latest art.

In a now viral tweet posted to his official account Friday afternoon, Carrey wrote, "40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen." And added, "Our ally. Our missile. Our crime."

Carrey referenced the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen responsible for dropping the 500-pound bomb on the bus as it made its way through a crowded market in Dahyan in Saada province on August 9th, which both the US State Department and the Saudis had defended as a "legitimate military operation".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really have to wonder why the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Prince Salman) hasn't simply carpet bombed the country yet; I would imagine that this is probably his "next step" in the Saudi genocide against the country.

But Carrey is absolutely correct here; the US is a country complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and that means that every single US citizen has been made complicit in these war crimes.

I keep hoping that Americans are going to wake up to the absolute mess this government has continued to make in the Middle East, by this alliance with Saudi Arabia against Yemen; unfortunately, most of my brother and sister Americans are too mired in their everyday lives to be paying attention.

Aug 19 09:03

JUDICIAL WATCH CALLS FOR RE-OPENING OF HILLARY EMAIL INVESTIGATION AFTER MORE CLASSIFIED INFO FOUND

On Thursday, the watchdog revealed that it had received two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails belonging to Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecured server.

The emails were uncovered by a FOIA lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015 FOIA request seeking all emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Clinton regarding her non-“state.gov” email address.

“These emails were undercovered from the emails that Hillary Clinton tried to delete or otherwise hide from the American people,” Fitton said in a video posted Thursday. “These new emails once again show why the Clinton email investigation needs to be re-opened by the Justice Department.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why this November's midterm elections are so critical; if the Democrats win the House and Senate, all these investigations will be shut down, never to see the light of day again.

Aug 19 09:00

DEMANDING WIDE-REACHING REFORMS AND AN END TO SLAVERY, INMATES IN 17 STATES PLAN PRISON STRIKE

The Nationwide Prison Strike is planned for August 21, the day Nat Turner led an uprising of slaves in 1831, until September 9, the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion in which more than 40 people were killed.

Organizers of the action, which is endorsed by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), have released a list of ten demands for improvements to their living conditions, sentencing policies, and laws that allow for prison slavery.

"All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor," reads the list of demands. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows for "slavery or involuntary servitude...as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prison labor is, unfortunately, very bound into the fabric of the US economy; if that cannot be made to change, then the conditions under which it is performed, needs to.

The American system of incarceration is engineered to fail, miserably, and it succeeds brilliantly at that failure.

One of the most current set of numbers on this indicates the following, and this is from May 2017:

"According to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) about 68 percent of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of their release from prison, and 77 percent were arrested within five years. May 31, 2017"

If these numbers look astonishingly horrific, it is because they are.

True rehabilitation, engineered to get the formerly incarcerated individual back into society, can work; but in US prisons, such programs are rarely instituted, and jail time, many times, leaves the incarcerated individual in worse shape than they were before they started serving their sentences.

This feeds the prison/industrial complex with people who are deliberately stuck into a loop from which they have no escape.

Aug 19 08:45

WATCH: DRUG WAR ADDICTED COPS ATTACK INNOCENT MAN FOR ROLLING A JOINT IN A STATE WITH LEGAL WEED

For almost three years, medical marijuana was legalized in various regions of the state of Nevada. However, recreational marijuana sales only started in specific areas of the state at the beginning of July 2017 because of a law that took effect at that time; this law renders persons that are at least 21 years old and bear valid identification legally capable of purchasing the drug in those regions for recreational purposes. However, as a recent video shared with the Free Thought Project shows, police, lots of them, are still willing to attack and assault people for having the plant.

According to the new Nevada law, pot generally can only be legally imbibed on property owned privately by residents, and it may not be imbibed in any public location on the Strip such as a bar or casino. So, when Josh Martin sat in his truck to roll a joint—on private property—he was well within his rights, according to Nevada law, to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the police officer attacking this man was on SSRI (Selective Serontonin Reuptake Inhibitor) medication.

Aug 19 08:41

VENEZUELA IN CHAOS AFTER MADURO ANNOUNCES MASSIVE 95% DEVALUATION, NEW FX RATE TIED TO CRYPTOCURRENCY

Chaos and confusion erupted across Venezuela, and most stores were shuttered on Saturday, after president Nicolas Maduro announced that the government would enact a massive currency devaluation, implement a new minimum wage, hike taxes, and also raise gasoline prices for most citizens even as the country struggles with the greatest hyperinflation on record, surpassing even that of the Weimar Republic.

"They've dollarized our prices. I am petrolizing salaries and petrolizing prices," Maduro explained in a Friday televised address. "We are going to convert the petro into the reference that pegs the entire economy's movements."

Aug 18 23:52

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – The Final Demise Of The Dollar Hegemony?

Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans – confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations; and also punishing those who do not respect sanctions dished out by Trump, alias the US of A, against friends of their enemies. The absurdity seems endless and escalating – exponentially, as if there was a deadline to collapse the world. Looks like a last-ditch effort to bring down international trade in favor of — what? – Make America Great Again? – Prepare for US mid-term elections? – Rally the people behind an illusion? – Or what?

Aug 18 23:32

If You Want to Survive this Election with Your Mental Health Intact, Turn Off the “News” and Social Media Now

If you want to preserve your sanity and avoid unhappy derangement, turn off all corporate and social media from now to Thanksgiving. -- Since elections are extremely profitable for traditional media / social media corporations, your sanity will gleefully be sacrificed in the upcoming election–if you are gullible enough to watch the “news” and tune into social media. Elections are extremely profitable because candidates spend scads of cash on media adverts. -- The greater the discord and derangement, the higher the media profits. The more outraged you let yourself become, the more time you spend online, generating insane profits for the corporations that own whatever platforms you’re addicted to.

Aug 18 21:38

Facebook 'censors' conservative education page, says it was a mistake, but few are convinced

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident.

PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Aug 18 12:19

Censorship Is What Happens When Powerful People Get Scared

Anyone who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S. tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant.

In the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge Analytica (stuff that had been going on for years) could finally be linked to the Trump campaign. It was at this point that powerful and nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the company’s gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own ends. Rather than hold executives to account and break up the company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the platform. This is where we stand today.

Aug 18 12:19

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS PROVEN RIGHT AS TSA BODY SCANNERS ROLLED OUT AT SUBWAY STATIONS

For years, those who have been paying attention to the ever-expanding police state that is the United States, have been warning of the slippery slope of TSA expansion. For years, these same people warned that TSA would soon be present at bus stations, malls, and subways. And now, this has begun to happen.

Indeed, the Free Thought Project predicted this years ago when several U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle expressed their desire to make travelers lives’ a veritable hell of red tape and insidious surveillance by increasing putative ‘security’ for rail lines, highways, and marine routes by adding presence and screening procedures at Megabus depots, Amtrak stations, and more. Now, it is finally here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately for us living in Hawaii, it is darn near impossible to get from one place to another without flying, and dealing with the whims of TSA's"Grope-Nazis."

But for those of you who can manage it on the mainland, just do not use public transportation any more than you have to. I know this can be tough at times, but the less I have to deal with intrusive pat-downs (to which the "Elites" of this country rarely have to submit), the happier I am.

Aug 18 11:23

TRUMP: "SOCIAL MEDIA IS TOTALLY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST CONSERVATIVE VOICES"

Following the crackdown against Alex Jones and various other pundits on Twitter and other social media outlets, on Saturday morning President Trump joined the big tech censorship debate, and accused social media of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices", claiming that the Trump administration "won't let that happen", and arguing that the platforms should allow both "good and bad" content online amid an escalating debate over social media’s growing censorship and role in policing content online.

"Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others," Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I have no patience for people advocating death, even for people whose life track record (in this case, that of Senator Mc Cain, who has never encountered any potential war he didn't love) has been one of creating misery for third world people who were simply "in the way" of resources the US wanted or wants to expropriate.

I thoroughly believe in documenting the truth as I see it; then letting people decide where they stand on the issue.

That is what, I believe, a true journalist does, even if it is on a blog, like this one.

This is also why I refuse to be silent on the US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, as well as other war crimes, such as those committed against Palestinians by the Israelis.

In reading what Johnstone wrote, I feel that she should have documented the specific acts in which McCain engaged, in terms of his support for these endless, unrelenting wars for resources, rather than advocating for his death; but should Twitter have electronically shunned her for this, when there is much more objectionable content in many of the tweets which are allowed to go forward?!?

Aug 18 11:00

FEDS ASK COURT TO FORCE FACEBOOK TO BREAK MESSENGER'S END-TO-END VOICE ENCRYPTION FOR MS-13 GANG PROBE

In secret court proceedings, the U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to help wiretap Messenger. Facebook has declined, so the Justice Department is asking a judge for an order of contempt.

From the Reuters story:

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is surprising to me here, is that the Department of Justice, for all the money thrown at it annually, to keep its communications capabilities current, has no better tools for surveillance here other than Facebook Messenger; and my question here is, why?!?

Aug 18 10:52

WATCH: COP DENIED IMMUNITY FOR KILLING UNARMED NAKED VETERAN SUFFERING FROM PTSD

Instead of reaching for his pepper spray or his Taser, a DeKalb County police officer drew his gun and killed an unarmed veteran suffering from bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Charged with felony murder and several other charges on in 2016, the officer claims the unarmed veteran was aggressively charging towards him even though witnesses dispute his “official” version of events. Now, a judge has ruled that the former cop is not entitled to immunity based on the self-defense claim.

Lawyers for Robert Olsen had argued he had the right to act in self-defense and that the charges against him should be dropped.

As FOX 5 reports, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee wrote in an order Tuesday that Olsen didn’t show he had reason to believe deadly force was needed to prevent death or serious injury to himself or someone else. The judge cited concerns about Olsen’s credibility and conflicting testimony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on this judge for this decision.

Unfortunately, these wars of conquest have left many of our military in a compromised mental and emotional state, and the concoction of drugs they have been given, haven't helped much at all.

When our Vets are having adverse reactions to the drugs they have been given, they need IMMEDIATE evaluations, and should not have to wait for weeks for them to be "fit in" to the VA's schedule.

From the latest statistics, we understand the following:

VA reveals its veteran suicide statistic included active duty troops also

The article goes on to state:

"The VA released its newest National Suicide Data Report on Monday, which includes data from 2005 through 2015. Much in the report remained unchanged from two years ago, when the VA reported suicide statistics through 2014. Veteran suicide rates are still higher than the rest of the population, particularly among women.

In both reports, the VA said an average of 20 veterans succumbed to suicide every day. In its newest version, the VA was more specific."

This figure is horrifically alarming, particularly for anyone who has family or friends in our military.

Aug 18 10:43

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

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Aug 18 10:41

ROGER STONE: PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN STOP THE INTERNET PURGE

Roger Stone delivers an emergency message to President Trump. As the great patriot purge continues, only he can stop the plans of the globalists and restore American liberty.

Aug 18 10:41

WE'RE ALL LAB RATS IN THE LARGEST-EVER MONETARY EXPERIMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY

There are ample warning signs that another serious financial crisis is on the way.

These warning signs are being soundly ignored by the majority, though. Perhaps understandably so.

After 10 years of near-constant central bank interventions to prop up markets and make stocks, bonds and real estate rise in price -- while also simultaneously hammering commodities to mask the inflationary impact of their money printing from the masses -- it’s difficult to imagine that “they” will allow markets to ever fall again.

This is known as the “central bank put”: whenever the markets begin to teeter, the central banks will step in to prop/nudge/cajole the markets back towards the “correct” direction, which is always: Up!

It’s easy in retrospect to see how the central banks have become caught in this trap of their own making, where they're now responsible for supporting all the markets all the time.

Aug 18 10:39

ISIS GIVEN ‘BREATHING SPACE’ IN PARTS OF SYRIA UNDER US-BACKED FORCES' CONTROL

Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces.
“Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS], having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team reads. The document is dated July 27, but was only released to the public this week.

The slow-down gave IS “breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.” As of June 2018, the terrorist group has been controlling “small pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border,” effectively carrying on with its quasi-state ways.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised at this development?!?

Aug 18 10:15

First Info Wars, And Now PragerU Has Found Itself Being Targeted For Censorship On Facebook

The Alex Jones controversy was never about Alex Jones.

One of the things that I and many others had warned the denizens of the internet about when it was announced that Jones had been deplatformed on a number of networks was that he was just the first. Jones was the toe in the hot tub, or the proverbial canary in the coalmine.

The left’s next censorship move may already be upon us, as the conservative education video channel PragerU has noticed some odd things happening to their channel on Facebook, and by “odd” I mean blatant censorship.

Aug 18 00:33

The 3 Trigger Terms Being Used to Stop Critical Thinking

Next time you see or hear these terms being used, ask yourself what it is about the story that you’re not supposed to think too deeply about. Allow both sides of the argument to share equal time in your mind, and honor the independent, sovereign being within yourself that deserves a chance to make up its own mind about how it wishes to view the world.

Aug 18 00:23

A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018

The crisis of Internet censorship in the West is unfolding now and just now coming into view. It appears that government agencies are heavily influencing these policies, along with monolithic tech companies who are now demonstrating the willingness to allow the political beliefs of executives to influence the business services they provide. Given that these are businesses, it stands to reason that it won’t be long before these companies suffer substantial backlash for crossing the line into censorship and thought control.

Aug 18 00:10

Activist Kicks Off Effort to End Enforcement of Gun Control in Oregon County

The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify in effect many federal actions. As noted by the National Governor’s Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”

Aug 18 00:02

Censorship is the New Front in the War on Consciousness

When a group of people gets together and conspires to deliberately restrict access to points-of-view, opinions, ideas, personalities and information, then those people are engaged in a struggle to control other’s perception of the world. -- Their aim is to control awareness of the diversity of possibilities in how the world is perceived. To shut down imagination. -- To control your consciousness of the world we all share.

Aug 17 10:46

From Boston To Ferguson To Charlottesville: The Evolution Of A Police State Lockdown

Five years ago, the city of Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion.

Four years ago, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was locked down, with government officials deploying a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd, smoke bombs and tear gas to quell citizen unrest over a police shooting of a young, unarmed black man.

Three years ago, the city of Baltimore was put under a military-enforced lockdown after civil unrest over police brutality erupted into rioting. More than 1,500 national guard troops were deployed while residents were ordered to stay inside their homes and put under a 10 pm curfew.

Aug 17 10:35

Bill Cooper Warned about Deep State 20 YEARS AGO

Aug 17 10:00

Twitter Promptly Suspends Tesla Whistleblower Following Tweets About His Former Employer

Earlier tonight, Tripp took to his personal Twitter and began posting photos that he claims help back up some of the assertions that Tesla has denied. “Are you ready,” he asked his followers and proceeded to upload photos of what he claimed to be improperly handled cooling tubes, proof of damaged battery cells being reworked and installed in cars that were sold, and graphics about a high volume of scrap waste. Tripp made many other allegations but what might be his most jaw-dropping disclosure was a listing of Teslas that he claims were sold with “punctured / dented / damaged” batteries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, according to Twitter, you need permission to be a whistle-blower from the party you are blowing the whistle on!

Aug 17 06:50

Has YOUR Twitter account been affected? Social media site continues to cull users in a bid to clean up the platform

Twitter has started banning a huge amount of accounts, with many users taking to the site to bemoan the loss of hundreds of followers in a single day.

The cull started yesterday and had such an impact on numbers that the 'Twitterverse' was swept with the hashtag #TwitterPurge.

The firm is ruthlessly removing accounts, with those who have been previously suspended or banned most likely to see their account deactivated.

Aug 17 00:26

American fascism

Few people ever come to the realism that big government in cooperation with big business (fascism) work together to perpetually extract labor, wealth and liberty from the people.-- The key to this conspiracy is to keep the people dependent on the government under what is euphemistically called “public policy.”

Aug 17 00:23

Sen. Schumer and cronies officially ‘declare’ that mainstream media is not the enemy

The Senate on Thursday went on record declaring “that the press is not the enemy of the people” – a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who declares the opposite on a regular basis.

Aug 17 00:07

Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

It’s time to dump Firefox. Like all the other tech giants, Mozilla is going to abuse and exploit its position of market dominance to control what you read, watch and hear. That’s pure evil, and it’s the kind of evil we’ve all now come to expect from Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Now you can add Mozilla to that list.

Aug 17 00:01

Modern Censorship Is Voluntary

Censorship is an enormous problem that the internet temporarily freed us from. Now we’re seeing the State leverage the tech giants to once again control the flow of information. All of us that are aware of this problem have the solution in our hands. Instead of worrying about it and complaining about it we should migrate off the websites that are being used as blinders and discover new platforms that are building a business around privacy and openness. These tools are available and the more quickly we all migrate to them the move value we will all receive from them. It’s time we all did our part. Just be prepared to read, see and hear ideas that one might not like.

Aug 16 23:27

Los Angeles Is First In US To Install Intrusive Subway Security – All Riders Will “Volunteer”

Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not to be screened won’t be able to ride on the subway.

Aug 16 15:20

Turkey Stocks, Lira Slide After Mnuchin Threatens More Sanctions

The Lira and Turkish stocks are sliding notably after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned that Washington is preparing more sanctions for Turkey due to the lack of progress on the release of Pastor Brunson.

Following a Turkish court's refusal yesterday to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, Mnuchin warned at a White House cabinet meeting today that U.S. has more sanctions prepared for Turkey if Brunson isn't quickly released.

Additionally, as Bloomberg reports, President Donald Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday that Turkey hasn’t turned out to be a great friend to the U.S., and he complained that his administration secured the release of a Turkish citizen from an unnamed country on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behalf.

“We got somebody out for him,” Trump said, from “some place,” but Turkey continues to hold pastor Andrew Brunson. It’s “not right” and a “terrible thing,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I might suggest that Turkey's Edrogan back down here; if economic destabilization does not work, look for DC to try something more drastic.

Aug 16 15:16

Matt Taibbi Warns Censorship Does Not End Well

After Trump’s shocking win in 2016, everyone turned to Facebook and Google to fix “fake news.” But nobody had a coherent definition of what constitutes it.

Many on the left lamented the Wikileaks releases of Democratic Party emails, but those documents were real news, and the complaint there was more about the motives of sources, and editorial emphasis, rather than accuracy.

When Google announced it was tightening its algorithm to push “more authoritative content” last April, it defined “fake news” as “…blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.”

...

It isn’t clear, but within short order, a whole range of alternative sites (from Alternet to Truthdig to the World Socialist Website) started complaining about significant drops in traffic, apparently thanks to changed search processes.

...

Aug 16 15:12

Pompeo Forms "Iran Action Group" To Coordinate All Iran Strategy, Reports Directly To White House

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the United States has formed an "Iran Action Group" within the State Department to guide Washington's post-nuclear deal policy. The group will coordinate all activity and policy related to Iran, including inter-agency initiatives after President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

Pompeo told reporters the action group would be "directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity."

It is to be headed by current State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook, who will in turn report directly to Pompeo. Hook has been a lead negotiator attempting to pressure European allies to significantly alter prior commitments related to the international deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the brilliantly coordinated demonization propaganda to start rolling out of the White House, Pentagon, State Department in huge fertilizer tubs soon, most probably after the Labor Day holiday.

What the hell has Iran actually done to deserve so much attention from the US government?!?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing; but of course, that will not be good enough for Israel, which wants to see Iran regime changed and balkanized.

But of course, Israel is ordering these actions from the US government only at the costs.... of American blood and American money.

Aug 16 15:03

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to "fight and win."

The annual report to Congress, released Thursday, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly build its international footprint and establish regional dominance.

In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible.

"Over the last three years, the PLA (People's Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets," the document states, noting how China is pushing its operations out into the Pacific.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the US military is planning no such strikes against China or her allies in the Pacific?!?

Are we to congratulate the Pentagon for its magnificent grasp of the obvious?!?

Aug 16 15:01

Jonathan Tracy: Free speech or 'no platform'? - a classicist's plea

As a humanities lecturer in classical studies at Massey University, I am disturbed by the recent push toward censorship – or, in the current euphemism, "no-platforming" or "de-platforming" – of dissenting viewpoints, both at Massey and in New Zealand and the Western world as a whole.

This illiberal trend is a betrayal of the heritage of free thought, inquiry, speech, and debate bequeathed to us from the ancient world. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the key distinguishing feature of life under good emperors – as opposed to bad, tyrannical emperors – is that a good emperor leaves you "free to think what you like and to say what you think".

Aug 16 14:57

Detroit Democrat Bettie Cook Scott on Her Asian Opponent: “Don’t Vote for the Ching-Chong”

Democrat Bettie Cook Scott stood outside the polling stations on Tuesday and urged voters not to cast a ballot for her Asian opponent.
Scott told the voters, “Don’t vote for ching-chang!” and don’t vote for “ching-chong.”

The Metro Times reported:

More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

Chang and Scott were running in the Democratic primary for state Sen. District 1. Chang won the election with 49 percent of the vote; Scott came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

What a lovely gal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am appalled at this behaviour, on the part of Scott and her supporters.

Is THIS what the political process in this country has become, post the 2016 elections?!? Then God help us all!!

Aug 16 14:54

2015 United Nations Paper Proposed Government Licensing To “Supervise Content” Online

In recent purge, globalists are following long existing plans to censor internet.
In 2015, the Washington Post warned that the United Nations was attempting to “…transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons“.

The warning came in response to a UN report titled “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls: A World-Wide Wake-up Call“.

The report was promptly withdrawn due to errors with “footnoting”.

Based on a campaign to promote “gender sensitive content” for women and prevent online harrassment and bullying, the report proposed a Chinese style system of government licensing.

Aug 16 14:45

Turkey Ready for War, Says Erdogan, US Involved in Financial Warfare against Turkey

According to the Islamist Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit quoted by Ahvalnews, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is ready for war.

“The secret to successful states is their readiness for war. We are ready with everything we have,” said Erdo?an on Monday in a meeting with ambassadors in Ankara.

According to reports, the US has instrumented a currency war targeted against the Turkish lira.

“Erdo?an’s comments come as the Turkish currency continues to slide against the U.S. dollar following Washington’s announcement of sanctions against Ankara this month”. Ahvalnews

The decline is indicated in the chart below (Bloomberg), from 4.85 Lira to the dollar on July 16 to approximately 5.94 Lira to the dollar on August 16.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Erdogan, a word, please: if one follows the injunction of Hammurabi's code, which advocated "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth", one winds up with a population which is blind and toothless.

So please, let's take a step back from the brink; you cannot get your NATO brothers to stand with you against the US; you do not have the resources
or wherewithal to fight the US militarily; so the only issue with which to "fight", if one can use that word, is economic.

And on that ground, you are losing, mightily.

I would respectfully suggest that Turkish and American ambassadors start speaking with each other, to ratchet down this war of words.

In the end, this posture on your part will only serve to cause the US government to attempt more destabilization against your country, possibly by inciting your Kurdish population to revolt; and if that were to happen, what would happen to your power base?!?

Aug 16 14:36

Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters

Also on Friday, a 14-year-old child inhaled an unknown neurotoxin that has left him in a coma.

The child’s father released this statement August 14th:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Josef Mengele would be so proud of these Israeli "medical experiments" on Palestinian kids!!!

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

In a move Russian officials immediately labeled as “unfriendly,” the Norwegian Defense Ministry has announced that the US will be more than doubling the number of Marines stationed inside Norway, bringing yet more combat troops to Russia’s northern border.

Officially, the US says the troops are there only for “training purposes.” Initially this was presented as a chance for the Marines to learn how to ski, in the event they are at some point doing alpine conflict. Norway’s officials similarly say this is not intended to target Russia.

Yet the US has, for years, been adding more and more troops to countries all along Russia’s frontier, and these deployments to Norway are expected to last at least five years, a long time to learn how to ski if they don’t figure that might include skiing into Russia for a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh.... to teach US marines skiing?!?

This doesn't pass the "smell test"; sorry, Pentagon.

Aug 16 14:27

'You Won't See Your Kids': Reza Aslan Reveals He Was Detained by Shin Bet at Israeli Border

Aslan posted on Twitter that Peter Beinart's expose of his detention by the Shin Bet while entering Israel has prompted him to tell his own detention story.

(THREAD) Peter’s experience has spurred me to share mine.

2 weeks ago, as I was crossing back into Israel from Jordan, I was separated from my family and detained by Shin Bet. “We can make it so you don’t see your kids for a long time” I was warned.

The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with “You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?”

I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Mr. Aslan, did you not understand that Israel has become one of the most Stazi-like nations on earth, and has devolved into an horrifically apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

How in the world could you NOT have known this?!?

But the question I would raise here, is... what else will you do with your new-found knowledge?!?

Most probably, if you want to keep your job, absolutely nothing; as we well understand, criticism of Israel, even for any absolutely legitimate reason, is the journalistic equivalent of swallowing the Koolaid.

Mike and I would love to see Israel, but because of the honest criticism we have leveled at the actions of its government against the Palestinians, even if we got to Ben Gurion Airport, we would most probably be beaten up within an inch of our lives, and turned back around.

Aug 16 13:58

Saudis Spinning the Optics of Dead Schoolchildren

Why do Americans help manage their PR? This week in particular, our role has been shameful.

It has been a trying couple of weeks for Saudi Arabia. First, a tweet from an account associated with the Saudi government appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack if they continued to “stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.” The infographic within the tweet featured an Air Canada jet flying towards the Toronto skyline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, the Saudis, with US "guidance" and mid-air refueling, bomb hospitals, schools, and school buses all the time in Yemen; in their minds, the assassination of innocent school children is utterly no big deal.

To paraphrase the American poet Gertrude Stein, "A genocide... is a genocide.. is a genocide.", pure and simple.

And with a genocide, you kill everyone you possibly can kill, right?!? Schoolkids, women, and the medically fragile elderly; all grist for the US-enabled Saudi death machine, right?!?

I don't know about you, but the cold, hard reality that the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, troubles me very deeply.

Unfortunately, Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to take up residence in a country with the kind of moral compass which would never allow such a thing to happen.

And given that the Yemeni Houthi rebels have proven so resilient over the last 3 years, I have to wonder just why the B.O.Y. (AKA the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman) has not ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country; I am quite sure that his BFF, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, would authorize Raytheon's selling him thousands more bombs in a heartbeat if he wanted them... with which to kill more school children; women, and the medically fragile elderly.

And we have a companion piece to this, also courtesy of antiwar.com:

Slain bus full of children raises questions about the US role in Yemen war

Looks for those questions to go completely unanswered by this administration, which very much believes in killing for profit, and by the mantra "War is good for business!!"

Aug 16 13:41

Taliban Overrun Another Afghan Military Base, Killing 45 Troops

For the second time this week, Taliban insurgents attacked and overran an Afghan Army base in the country’s north, this time in Baghlan Province. The offensive lasted about five hours, and left the Taliban in control of the military base and a nearby police checkpoint.

Starting before dawn, Taliban fighters quickly overwhelmed the police checkpoint, killing nine police, then moved on to the army base. They got to the base in Baghlan-e Markazi District and took that as well, killing another 36 troops.

Baghlan Governor Abdul Hai Nemati says that reinforcements have been sent to try to recapture the area. Checkpoints in the area were reportedly set on fire by the Taliban, however, so not everything can be recovered

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this administration, coupled with NATO, had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would immediately evacuate their troops in Afghanistan out of the country as quickly as was safely possible, negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the rights to the oil pipelines, rare earth minerals, and poppy production.

Of course... that... would be logical.

Aug 16 13:29

United States SAFE Act In The Making: Penned & Promoted By Andrew Cuomo

If Democrats do in fact take over Congress, after the November 2018 midterm elections, and if Andrew Cuomo is elected to a third term as Governor of New York, Cuomo will be taking his plans for a National New York Safe Act to a receptive Congress, where he will lead the pack to destroy the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Of that, there can be no doubt.

Aug 16 13:21

Economic Contagion? Central Banks Are The Real Culprit

It would appear that the only “contagion” is that of central banks; most of all the Federal Reserve. Yet, all we hear about in the mainstream is talk on the trade war and linchpins like Turkey. The public is being regaled with lies, conditioned to accept false explanations about the true cause of a crisis that is about to occur; a crisis which central bankers are deliberately engineering so that they can later promote the philosophy of "simplification" and one-world centralization as a cure-all.

Aug 16 13:17

REPORT SHOWS FDA MANIPULATING AND IGNORING SCIENCE ON KRATOM

In a detailed white paper released today, AKA scientists and attorneys claim, “The FDA has also misled the DEA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with incomplete, inaccurate, extrapolated, and distorted information on adverse events and deaths allegedly associated with the use of kratom to encourage unwarranted legislative and regulatory restrictions on kratom at the federal, state, and local government levels.

The most egregious examples cited by AKA include cases where:

• The FDA failed to adequately disclose and account for material facts from the peer-reviewed Case Report of nine deaths in Sweden that were published in 2011 in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. That report concluded the deaths were actually the result of adulteration of kratom powder with a toxic dose of O-desmethyltramadol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are the drug companies so afraid of this herb to the point of wanting to schedule it?!?

Because when used judiciously and carefully, it can assist in managing pain and stress, without the need of going to a prescription painkiller.

But in looking at using this, there are two things you have to understand, absolutely; the first is the correct dosage for your body weight, and the second is, the quality of the kratom you are buying.

Aug 16 13:02

DEAF 76-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AND ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED JAYWALKING

“Despite recognizing that Mrs. Jin could not hear or understand him, Officer Corvello made no attempts to effectively communicate with Mrs. Jin at any point before or during her arrest,” the suit states.

Within minutes of Corvello watching an elderly deaf woman cross the road with her groceries, Jin found herself surrounded by police — for jaywalking. As officers arrived, they searched Jin and all of her groceries. During the search, Jin produced her California identification card, disabled senior citizen bus pass, and a handwritten card with the name and phone number of Jin’s daughter for emergencies.

According to the lawsuit, Jin was terrified and begged the cops not to hurt her but this was to no avail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this... is what "to protect and serve" looks like these days in California.

Aug 16 12:23

PEPE ESCOBAR: ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN IS WAR ON EURASIAN INTEGRATION

Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard.

The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies China’s New Silk Road – arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century — and overall Eurasia integration.

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Aug 16 10:29

From ‘menace’ to assets: Soros now buying social media shares

Months after denouncing social media as a “menace to society,” controversial billionaire George Soros is again investing into Facebook, Twitter and streaming services Spotify and Pandora, while scaling back his Google holdings.

With hedge funds filing their second-quarter statements with regulators this week, it has emerged that Soros Fund Management LLC is once again investing in Facebook. The fund has also bought shares in Twitter and the two streaming platforms, while selling off some stock in Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com.

News of Soros’s acquisitions have raised suspicions in circles that have long seen Soros as a foe of copyrights.

Aug 16 10:00

THIS IS WHY WE ARE ALL BEING SHUT DOWN

Aug 16 09:49

Human Freedom at the Precipice: The Techno Tyranny Regime has been UNLEASHED

A techno tyranny regime has been unleashed against humanity, and it is far more dangerous than even the threat of nuclear weapons.

The tech giants have now become more powerful than governments. They hold all the keys and control all speech. They can sway elections and blockade narratives that challenge powerful corporate interests. They can even blackmail anyone in a position of power, including U.S. Supreme Court justices and Senators.

They’re run by unelected globalists, accountable to no one. And they have exhaustively demonstrated they will abuse and exploit their power to increase their own dominance at the expense of human freedom.

If the tech giants are not stopped, dismantled and prosecuted, human freedom will be crushed and exterminated. Human civilization will never recover, and “the beast” created in the Left’s desperate ploy to censor one man will quickly turn against humanity, devouring every last shred of freedom now desperately clawing for survival.

Aug 16 09:31

The Internet Just Crowd-funded The Release Of 4,358 CIA Mind-Control Documents

A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIA’s controversial MKUltra program.

John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was demanding to release the documents. Greenewald, who has been filing FOIA requests for two decades, had previously published files on MKUltra, a program best known for dosing individuals with drugs like LSD to research mind control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Greenewald, and good on the crowd sourcing folks on this!!!

This was a dark, and nasty, chapter in American Black Ops, that should:

1. Have its details seen from what it was, in the light of day, and
2. Never be replicated by this or any government again in human history.

Aug 16 09:14

Twitter To "Suspend Accounts For Trying To Evade Suspension"

Having seemingly distracted the world, briefly, from being caught 'shadowbanning' conservatives (or should we say "using quality filters"), by outright-banning other right-leaning individuals (Alex Jones and Peter van Buren forever; and Candace Owen and Ron Paul Institute's Daniel McAdams temporarily), it appears Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has a cunning plan for purging the rest of the world's naysayers from his platform.

It's simple - according to the latest tweet from @TwitterSafety - Twitter will suspend you for trying not to be suspended...

Aug 16 08:57

Facebook restores Telesur page with vague explanation of controversial block

The English language page of the Latin American channel Telesur has reappeared on Facebook after two days. The social network offered a vague technical explanation for the move that sparked concerns of censorship worldwide.

"The team informs me that there was instability on the platform, which caused this problem, but now everything should be in order," Telesur quoted a support technician at Facebook as saying soon after the page was restored.

Telesur’s page had disappeared Monday evening, as Facebook sent a form letter informing the network it might have violated the platform’s terms of use – without specifying which ones and how.

Aug 16 08:55

The Tech Giants Are Risking Crippling Global Lawsuits by Censoring Alex Jones

"Jones should sue the US and the companies that censored him in the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg, France and seek redress both against entities within the US government which issued the illegal order (to be ferreted out in the course of discovery) and against the transnational companies that carried it out."

Aug 16 08:53

Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

Many of us sought out Firefox from Mozilla, an organization with a strong history supporting free speech and open access to information.

But now Mozilla has joined the dark side. They’re jumping in bed with pure evil, pushing an “Information Trust Initiative” that would block independent media sources at the browser level while favoring corporate media giants like CNN, a cesspool of deliberately fake news.

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