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Feb 10 19:45

‘Shameful & disgusting!’ TSA slammed for ‘invasive groping’ of triple-amputee US veteran (VIDEO)

The online community has been outraged by the “shameful” and “disgusting” treatment of a triple-amputee Purple Star veteran of Iraq, who was subjected to an “invasive” search by a TSA agent in Arizona over the weekend.

Strong words of support were voiced for Brian Kolfage after a video surfaced showing the 37-year-old Air Force veteran being “groped” by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer during an invasive frisk on Saturday in Tucson International Airport.

“They groped and searched under his hips and buttocks, his groin and his half-arm, searching for what?” YouTube user James Hoft wondered in the comments to his video of the incident.

Feb 10 11:48

Debt Trifecta At All-Time Highs – Billionaires Panic

The “trifecta” of national, corporate, and consumer debt has reached all-time highs, and could prove to be catastrophic if a recession hits. -- Let’s start by quickly bringing each part of this debt trifecta up to date as much as possible…

Feb 10 11:39

Shady “NewsGuard” organization aims to censor all independent media so that false narratives of establishment media can no longer be challenged

A shady organization of intelligence operatives, propagandists, and their pawns have come together to become the official judge and jury over the internet’s 7,500 most influential websites. This organization, called NewsGuard, will rate each and every news site and warn consumers about “untrustworthy” independent news sites. NewGuard propagandists analyze each site and stereotype its content by either writing an article to promote the site or writing a hit piece to demonize the site.

Feb 10 09:15

Global Elitists Are Not Human

It is often said that “other-izing” people overall can be dangerous and other-izing your enemies specifically can be tactically detrimental. For one, it can lead to a false sense of superiority over those people as you assert some kind of imagined genetic advantage. It can also lead to dangerous generalizations of vast groups as you categorize and pigeonhole millions as being exactly the same when this is rationally impossible. However, other-izing is perhaps the only option when faced with a very particular type of person embracing a very particular brand of ideology; other-izing can become a matter of survival.

I am of course talking about globalists.

Feb 09 16:49

Hero Security Guard Shoots Man Who Began Firing Into Crowd After Argument

Could this have turned into a mass shooting? Absolutely. The one thing that stopped this teen from continuing was a good guy with a gun, no matter how anyone looks at this situation.

Feb 09 15:02

December 2018 NICS Background Checks make Second Highest on Record

With Nancy Pelosi the Speaker, and a Democrat House of Representatives in Congress, we can expect the introduction of numerous restrictive gun laws: I do not expect the highly restrictive infringements on Second Amendment rights to pass. I expect them to give the gun industry a bump.

Feb 09 13:09

Oregon Anti-Gunners Launch Attack; 20 Rounds a Month in One Bill!

Under provisions of SB 501, receipt of a firearm without a valid permit could land someone in jail for up to 364 days, and impose a fine of up to $6,250. Failure to secure a firearm with a cable or trigger lock, or in a locked box, could result in 30 days behind bars and a $1,250 fine. -- But the most alarming tenet of the bill is a restriction on the amount of ammunition someone can purchase in any 30-day period. SB 501 would limit someone to getting 20 rounds a month. Critics say this ammunition limit is nonsense, as it would effectively preclude practice for competitors, and would be a burden on hunters, especially those who hunt waterfowl or upland birds.

Feb 09 12:48

The Court-Packing Threat to the Second Amendment

You might think that with the confirmation of two pro-Second Amendment justices under President Donald Trump, that the Second Amendment is reasonably safe. Well, think again. Those who would seek to take our rights away are not going to just give up. In fact, they have a new plan to deal with a pro-Second Amendment majority on the Supreme Court.

Feb 09 12:17

Not Crazy at all! The real Democrat agenda unveiled: Murder the babies, demolish all buildings, ban guns, block the sun, kill free speech, ban all airplanes and declare a new UTOPIA

Yes, Ocasio-Cortez is clinically insane. But her ideas — which are almost all rooted in communism and fascism — are shockingly popular among the drooling left-wing idiots who now run the tech giants, the media and the U.S. House of Representatives. If these people are allowed to gain power over the country, they will plunge America into an era of unprecedented human suffering, starvation and destitution.

Feb 09 11:57

Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache: Examining the Freak Show

American government has become a collection of sordid and dangerous clowns. It was not always thus. Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning. They are not normal American politicians.

In particular they seem to be pushing for war with Iran, China, Russia, and Venezuela. And–this is important–their behavior is not a matter of liberals catfighting with conservatives. All former presidents carefully avoided war with the Soviet Union, which carefully avoided war with America.

Feb 09 11:47

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launches a targeting operation in Sanaa

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launched a targeting operation in the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa, Saudi state TV reported on Saturday.

The operation targeted a location for storing and preparing drones and launch vehicles in Sanaa.

The coalition added that the operation conformed to international law and that measures were taken to protect civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice the cold, almost clinically detached, tone of the reporting.

And notice also, no images of the attack,with carnage raining down from the skies; and no mention of the number of civilians maimed for life or killed, many of them just infants and toddlers.

And that last statement "The coalition added that the operation conformed to international law and that measures were taken to protect civilians.", was simply cosmetic, to "save face" for when local first responders get to the site, and try, desperately, to untangle the living from the dead.

So Yahoo and Reuters, here is what life looks like in Yemen, courtesy of this Saudi-generated, US-enabled war against this country: (warning: very graphic images)

Images:
Dead, dying, and maimed for life kids, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi Bombing Runs

Images: Yemeni children dead, or dying of cholera, possibly weaponised, and with water resources deliberately destroyed by US-enabled Saudi military

Images of Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, because a US and Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports.

President Trump, I would have never thought for a moment, when you were campaigning, that you would continue to sign off on US aided and abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen; and yet, you absolutely appear to have utterly no moral qualms whatsoever, about the assassinations of the innocent here, not to mention that your good friends in the weapons industry, are making such a killing, both literally, and financially, through this grinding war.

To the American Congress, which is the only body in the US government which can legally declare war, you must, lawfully, and peacefully, reclaim your power in this regard.

It is high time for both a very public, peaceful conversation about this Saudi-led, US-abetted war to happen, followed through upon, with veto-proof legislation Congress passes to get our contribution to this horrific genocide ended.

Feb 09 11:21

US Airstrikes Kill 15 in Somalia; General Warns Airstrikes ‘Not Enough’

AFRICOM claims al-Shabaab was trying to 'illegally tax' civilians
Jason Ditz Posted on February 8, 2019Categories NewsTags AFRICOM, Somalia
US African Command (AFRICOM) has reported that airstrikes against targets in Somalia have killed at least 15 “fighters” from al-Shabaab. Both strikes were in the Lower Shabelle region, with 11 killed Wednesday and 4 killed Thursday.

These are the latest in an ever-growing number of strikes inside Somalia. The US strikes have increased substantially in the past few years, and this year’s bombings have been even more frequent than the last year.

Following the strikes, AFRICOM head Gen. Thomas Waldhauser warned the Senate that despite the escalations, airstrikes were “not enough” to defeat al-Shabaab, and that Somalia’s local forces need to get more deeply involved in the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, at what point General Waldhauser will call for "more American troops" in Somalia, if these air strikes continue to be "not enough."

Feb 09 11:17

Venezuela’s Guaido Won’t Rule Out Authorizing US Military Intervention

With the power struggle between Venezuela’s President Maduro and US-backed interim-president Juan Guaido continuing, Guaido now says he will not rule out personally authorizing a US military intervention to force Maduro out.

Guaido says he will “do everything that is necessary,” saying his goal is to generate “governability and stability to deal with the emergency.” He admitted that a US invasion is a “very controversial subject.”

That’s putting it mildly. Maduro’s ability to maintain power for years has rested on having the support of the military, and portraying his opponents as US puppets trying to foster a coup. With Guaido, the US is now very public about how much they endorse his rule, and how open they are to attacking Venezuela to make that happen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, two words, please, on this possible scenario, and sir, they are "HELL, NO!!"

As you are aware, Russian troops (Either private mercs, or Russian Special forces) have been imbedded with the best of Maduro's military, as of late last month.

Russia has huge financial interests in Venezuela; should those interests be potentially compromised by a US invasion/occupation, there will be hell to pay, sir.

And the other consideration here is, unlike many Americans who are completely ignorant of the real origins of their country, and how those origins came about, the Venezuelan people have a strong sense of their history, and how their country came into being.

Any US government invasion will cause these people to rise up, and cost the US government not only any shred of international credibility it may still have, but also the negative optics of such an invasion, here at home may well cost you re-election in 2020.

Mr. President, in order to win a war which transfers into a lasting peace, the aggressor has to be "on the right side of history"; in a potential invasion of Venezuela, the US government is on the polar opposite path.

You are welcome, sir!

Feb 09 10:57

POMPEO ATTEMPTS TO LINK IRAN, HEZBOLLAH TO CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

During a Wednesday night interview with FOX Business host Trish Regan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several statements that raised eyebrows, such as claiming that Cuba had invaded Venezuela and “taken control” of the Venezuela’s “security apparatus” and that U.S. sanctions illegally imposed on Venezuela “aren’t aimed at the Venezuelan people.”

However, the most surprising claim Pompeo made in the interview was that Hezbollah and Iran were “active” in Venezuela, presenting a national security “risk for America.”

After accusing China, Cuba and Russia of interfering with U.S. efforts to install U.S.-funded opposition figure Juan Guaidó and oust current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Pompeo made the following assertion:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this man gone absolutely bonkers, and swallowed the Koolaid, in order to make that assertion?!?!?

But I can imagine, after Pompeo's having made such a ludicrous statement, what the follow-through action is going to have to be; something in Venezuela, or an American asset overseas, will be hit with a US-generated false flag, to be blamed both on Iran and Venezuela, and off we'll go.

Pompeo and President Trump have to know that, after all the lies about US intentions overseas, coupled with the hard economic truth of why we have invaded so many countries, Americans are both war-weary, and war-skeptical.

If Pompeo stops making reference to this, perhaps it was just a lousy attempt to somehow tie Hezbollah and Iran into this destabilization in Venezuela; but if he continues harping on this, you can bet your sweet bippy that something wicked this way comes, even if the US government has to fabricate it.

Feb 09 10:44

VENEZUELA: AMERICA'S 68TH REGIME-CHANGE DISASTER

The US government has been opposed to Venezuela’s socialist revolution since the time Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Chavez was well loved by poor and working class Venezuelans for his extraordinary array of social programs that lifted millions out of poverty. Between 1996 and 2010, the level of extreme poverty plummeted from 40% to 7%. The government also substantially improved healthcare and education, cutting infant mortality by half, reducing the malnutrition rate from 21% to 5% of the population and eliminating illiteracy. These changes gave Venezuela the lowest level of inequality in the region, based on its Gini coefficient.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda, economic sanctions, and low-key military destabilization; all of these are the toolcraft of US wars, most generally fought for resources of another country (Like Venezuela's most-probable regime-change in the not so distant future).

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in their origin, he has been proven absolutely correct, in following all the wars which the US government has created, and in which this country has been enmeshed since World War II.

I would love to see Mike and I become citizens of any other country on this planet which doesn't indulge in war crimes, but unfortunately, we are both too broke, and far too old, to make that happen.

Feb 09 10:44

Trump's Absurd Claim that Americans Are Free from Government Coercion

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump received rapturous applause from Republicans for his declaration: “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

But this uplifting sentiment cannot survive even a brief glance at the federal statute book or the heavy-handed enforcement tactics by federal, state, and local bureaucracies across the nation.

In reality, the threat of government punishment permeates Americans’ daily lives more than ever before:

The number of federal crimes has increased from 3 in 1789 to more than 4000 today.

Feb 09 10:35

SAUDI ARABIA ACCUSED OF HELPING CITIZENS CHARGED WITH RAPE & CHILD PORN TO FLEE 8 US STATES

Saudi Arabia appears to have been systematically helping its US-based citizens to evade American justice for serious crimes, possibly by providing fake passports and private planes.

Late last year, the Oregonian reported five cases of suspects successfully fleeing charges in the state of Oregon, which was temporarily home to about 1,000 students from Saudi Arabia. But the same news outlet has now discovered a total of 17 cases across eight states and even Canada, suggesting the ploy is an established practice.

Most of the cases involve a similar scenario: after an arrest, the Saudi consulate hires a legal team and eventually posts bail, which in two cases constituted $1 million and $500,000. Once the suspect is released, even if they had surrendered their international travel passport, they somehow manage to leave the country, before then appearing back in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; you need to have a conversation with your BFF, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, about this; because understanding that this has gone on right under your nose, is making you look like a fool to the rest of the world.

The only other option I can think of here, is that because it hasn't mattered that much to you and your agenda with Saudi Arabia, you have decided to let these little murders and rapes go as un-noticed as long as possible.

Feb 09 10:27

CHASE BANK SHUTS DOWN PROUD BOYS LEADER'S PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT

Enrique Tarrio, who is the Chairman of the Proud Boys fraternal organization, had his personal Chase bank account shut down abruptly earlier this week.

In a letter obtained exclusively by Big League Politics, the bank informs him that he must shut down all of his accounts by April 1st, 2019, without giving a reason.

This comes just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes. The website, 1776.shop, is most known for selling the famous “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was spotted in during the late-night arrest at his home.

Tarrio has been facing months of backlash for his affiliation with the Proud Boys, first getting onto the radar in an article published on The Daily Beast, which asserts that people of color are joining white supremacist organizations. Tarrio is both Cuban, and black, and was profiled in that article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happens so frequently as to barely really create a ripple in the codswallop which passes for "corporate news" in the US, but this club of deplatforming is being held over the heads of all who do not accept the current government "Propagenda", (That is, the US government's propaganda, which forwards its agenda, which is nearly exclusively martial in its trajectory.)

The US government is currently conducting failed, endless wars in Afghanistan; Yemen; Somalia; Libya; Iraq; but not content with these military disasters the US government is now trying to achieve regime change in Russia; Iran, and Venezuela.

One would have to guess that the "logic" among those in the bowels of DC is, "We can't compete with emerging economies, like Russia and China, so let's just blow them up to smithereens, so that they will have to start all over again."

And as ugly and immoral as this might seem, the actions of the US government telegraph to me that this is precisely where it is going, into a round of other endless wars for conquest and profit.

I do not know what odds the bookies in Vegas have put on the resurrection of the draft in this country; but were I a betting woman, I would bet that it will not be long before this happens.

To all our readers on the Mainland and beyond, if you have not already picked a point to run to should things get horrific where you are living, now is the time to scope someplace out where you, your family, and your supplies will be safe, at least for a little while; this is as necessary for your prepping as is making sure your kit is current, and you are well provisioned.

Feb 09 10:14

By Threats, Sanctions, and War, Washington Rules the World

One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other. And the United States has also uniquely sought to penalize other countries for alleged crimes that did not occur in the US and that did not involve American citizens, while also insisting that all nations must comply with whatever penalties are meted out by Washington.

Feb 09 10:02

U.S. sues Lockheed, others for alleged kickbacks on nuclear site cleanup

The United States has sued Lockheed Martin Corp, Lockheed Martin Services Inc, and Mission Support Alliance LLC, as well as a Lockheed executive for alleged false claims and kickbacks on a multibillion-dollar contract to clean up a nuclear site, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The complaint alleges Lockheed paid more than $1 million to Mission Support Alliance executives in order to win a $232 million subcontract for providing management and technology support at the Hanford, Washington site from 2010 through the middle of 2016 at inflated rates.

It also says the defendants lied about the amount of profit included in Lockheed's billing rates.

A Lockheed Martin spokeswoman denied the allegations, saying the company "rejects the suggestion that the corporation or its executives engaged in any wrongdoing. Lockheed Martin will defend this matter vigorously."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; how soon will the US government sue its weapons makers for not delivering on time, delivering equipment which does not perform as promised, and has obscene cost overruns?!?

Feb 09 09:58

URGING DEFECTIONS, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REPORTEDLY HOLDING SECRET TALKS WITH VENEZUELAN MILITARY

In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change.

According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official, the U.S. "is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him."

"The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro's side," Reuters reported, "despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most blatant, in-your-face attempts at regime change I think I have ever witnessed this life time.

And trust me, this is not "for the good of Venezuelan people"; it is for massive control of one of the most huge stores of oil on the planet, including more oil just discovered in the Orinoco Basin of Venezuela.

I feel very sorry for the Venezuelan people, for what they have suffered, under American sanctions, and will suffer, as the increasing instability in their country becomes "the new normal."

There have been some conflicting accounts as to how many special Russian troops have been sent to Venezuela; some may be Spetsnaz troops, and others from an independent, Russian mercenary group, like The Wagner Group; but it is very certain that Russia's investment will not be lost without a fight.

This could well set the stage for a "proxy war" over Venezuela's oil holdings, between the US and Russia, and I am seriously hoping that will not happen. But everything I am seeing seems poised to go in that direction.

Feb 09 09:42

The TSA (and other experiments in evil)

Feb 09 09:38

TOP US NAVY ADMIRAL SLAMS $500MN RAILGUN PROJECT AS A ‘CASE STUDY’ IN FAILED INNOVATION

A $500-million project to develop an American electromagnetic railgun, in the makings for over a decade, should be used as a failed “case study” on how not to develop new weapons systems, a top US admiral has said.
“I would say that railgun is kind of the case study that would say 'This is how innovation maybe shouldn't happen,'” the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, told the Atlantic Council. “It's been around, I think, for about 15 years, maybe 20. So ‘rapid’ doesn't come to mind when you’re talking about timeframes like that.”

The futuristic weapon has been in development since 2005 and already cost the US taxpayer a whopping $500 million – and is not expected to enter service in the foreseeable future, if ever, the admiral admitted. Originally the Pentagon envisioned installing the completed weapon on Zumwalt-class destroyers by the mid-2020s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This project has "failed boondoggle" written all over it.

To spend $500 million on a project which cannot work, is an obscene waste of taxpayers' money, and this has to stop.

Shouldn't the military, and the corporations which support them, have a time and cost ratio, and if a developed weapon fails at a far earlier phase than sopping up 500 million dollars, to be abandoned, with all research saved for the next incarnation of a weapon which might have the chance of actually working?!?

Because here it is painfully clear, that there was zero congressional oversight, and no clear exit from the development of this useless concept, which would really put us ahead of Russian or Chinese military technology; and this should be the "gold standard" of any weapon created for our military, and quickly.

Feb 09 09:29

WORRISOME NONSTICK CHEMICALS ARE COMMON IN U.S. DRINKING WATER, FEDERAL STUDY SUGGESTS

Olga Naidenko, EWG’s senior science adviser, notes that it is unusual for researchers to detect PFAS chemicals in drinking water above the EPA advisory level. And she believes the agency’s existing advisory levels for PFOS and PFOA “are not sufficiently protective.” Communities with high concentrations, she says, should be informed.

The stakes surrounding studies of PFAS prevalence, concentrations, and human health impacts are immense. Stricter standards could force U.S. drinking water suppliers to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to remove the chemicals. And they could require those who used the chemicals—including industrial facilities, fire fighters, and the U.S. military—to pay for cleanups and potentially even damages for people who can show their health was harmed by the substances.

Feb 09 09:26

THE U.S. FACES A CATASTROPHIC FOOD SUPPLY CRISIS IN AMERICA AS FARMERS STRUGGLE : SOURCE: MAC SLAVO @ SHTFPLAN.COM

American farmers are battling several issues when it comes to producing our food. Regulated low prices, tariffs, and the inability to export have all cut into the salaries of farmers. They are officially in crisis mode, just like the United States’ food supply.

“The farm economy’s in pretty tough shape,” said John Newton, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. “When you look out on the horizon of things to come, you start to see some cracks.” Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under president Donald Trump’s policies, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring. And with slightly higher interest rates, many don’t see borrowing more money as an option. “A lot of farmers are going to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and have to date. But the longer the trade war goes on, the more that dynamic changes,” said Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Occasionally, one of the Big Box stores has a sale on survival food and gear; the next time that happens, it would make sense for you to invest in something like this.

If you haven't already figured out what you and your family need to "hunker down" for awhile, if it is safe enough where you live to do this, please do so now. This means potable water, dried food, and whatever meds in advance of needing them.

This also means, if you have a kid in school, that you become very familiar about the circumstances of getting your kid OUT of school, should the excrement hit the ventilation system, and which adults (or older siblings) may take them out of school, at your request.

Have a bug-out kit prepared for the car, if you need to get out of town quickly.

Prepping is not some wild, fool's errand; it is an investment in your own, and your family's future, should things go south in this country.

Feb 09 09:17

"WTF IS GOING ON IN DOWNTOWN LA?": ARMY WAR DRILLS CONTINUE ACROSS LOS ANGELES

Having started on Monday, the US Army continues its war drills across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area through Saturday with the goal of enhancing Army Special Forces skills by "operating in urban environments", Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.

“The local terrain and training facilities in Los Angeles provide the Army with unique locations and simulates urban environments the service members may encounter when deployed overseas,” the Army told CBS.

Downtown Los Angeles residents were shocked Monday night when a fleet of Boeing A/MH-6M Little Bird and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters swooped in around them.

This is not the first time residents of a major metropolitan area across the US have experienced a military exercise. For instance, in 2015, Texas residents prepared for Jade Helm 15, an army training exercise which took place in multiple states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The latter possibility makes the most sense; And I say this, because there are many things about to fail, economically, and socially, that might get people protesting to the point of riots which, of course, would have to be put down "with extreme prejudice" by our military, even if it means killing their own citizens.

Feb 09 09:07

JEFF BEZOS PROTESTS THE INVASION OF HIS PRIVACY, AS AMAZON BUILDS A SPRAWLING SURVEILLANCE STATE FOR EVERYONE ELSE

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER HAS engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.

On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.

In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But that’s not the world in which we live: few news events generate moralizing interest like sex scandals, especially among the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning

Feb 08 15:27

AFTER NO-KNOCK RAID GOES HORRIBLY WRONG, POLICE UNION BOSS STEPS UP TO THREATEN PD'S CRITICS

Four Houston police officers were shot -- allegedly by now-dead suspects -- while serving a no-knock warrant on a Houston residence. The no-knock warrant was supposed to make everything safer for the officers, giving them a chance to get a jump on the suspects and prevent the destruction of evidence/officers. But as anyone other than cops seems to comprehend, startling people in their own homes with explosives and kicked-in doors tends to make everything more dangerous for everyone.

Feb 08 13:10

50 Days Until America’s ‘Brexit Prize’ Becomes Reality

The New Republic reports as other publications do that – “A web of wealthy think tanks, lobbying groups, and organizations that seem to blur the line between such distinctions are behind the Brexiteers. These individuals and organizations are bound by a shared dream of deregulating the British economy and opening it up to U.S. markets—billed as the “Brexit prize.”

The American magazine continues:

“The main proponents of a hard Brexit are radical free-market Conservatives with a history of trans-Atlantic ties. A recent blueprint for a future U.K.-U.S. trade policy post-Brexit shined a light on the shared interests their project entails. The proposal listed as contributors a nexus of British and American libertarian organizations and received glowing endorsements from Brexit’s most influential figures.“

Feb 08 12:52

Is slavery alive and well in the United States prison system?

Prison Labor: Modern SLAVERY?

Feb 08 12:27

Another big year expected for gun control in the states

After a significant year for the gun control movement in 2018, momentum for stricter firearms laws in states across the country likely will accelerate this year.

Feb 08 09:51

IS YOUR THINKING YOUR OWN – OR SOMEONE ELSE’S?

We live in a world where everything is crooked – lies masquerade as truth and it’s hard to find a straight path…. There seems to be no limit to the madness going on around us – ethics, morals, common sense and compassion have been thrown under the bus of profit. In this 21st century, hate and division are rampant in every level of society. Millions of people have flipped their humanity switch to off, and unplugged from the heart – we are a divided and manic species.

Feb 07 18:30

Russia Summons US Diplomat Over INF: "Destroy Tomahawk Launch Pads And Attack Drones"

Russia has again slammed the United States for being in breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after the US announced last Friday that it's suspending all obligations under the treaty in 180 days, during which time Moscow till has a chance to return to compliance. But this week in an apparent continuing tit-for-tat blame game, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) summoned the US military attaché in Moscow to issue its own ultimatum.

The MoD reportedly told the US diplomatic representative that the US is in breach, and that it could return to compliance through elimination of its cruise missile launchpads and attack drones — the latter which the Russians said fit the definition of a “land-based cruise missile” under a different form, in accord with the Reagan-era deal.

The message was delivered on Wednesday via a treaty-related memo, the contents of which were first reported by RT as follows:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope the Russian government is not holding its collective breath, that the US leadership will allow that to happen; but the US trashing this agreement, by leaving it, will lead to a huge arms race, by countries other than those which currently have this kind of weapons technology.

Feb 07 16:47

VENEZUELA - U.S. AID GAMBIT FAILS - WAR PLANS LACK SUPPORT

The opposition in Venezuela will probably use access to that 'frozen' money to buy weapons and to create an army of mercenaries to fight a 'civil' war against the government and its followers. Like in Syria U.S. special forces or some CIA 'contractors' will be eager to help. The supply line for such a war would most likely run through Colombia. If, like 2011 in Syria, a war on the ground is planned it will likely begin in the cities near that border.

The U.S. is using the pretext of 'delivering humanitarian aid' from Columbia to Venezuela to undermine the government and to establish a supply line for further operations. It is another attempt to pull the military onto the coup plotter's side:

[I]f the trucks do get across, the opposition can present itself as an answer to Venezuela’s chronic suffering, while Mr. Maduro will appear to have lost control of the country’s borders. That could accelerate defections from the ruling party and the military.

Feb 07 14:20

Pompeo Claims Hezbollah "Active In Venezuela" To Justify Possible US Intervention

Two weeks ago, when remarking sarcastically about the upcoming "requirement" for a US military presence in or around Venezuela where the situation is increasingly looking like a replay of events in Syria pitting the US and "western powers" on one side and Russia and China (and Turkey) on the other, we said that it's only a matter of time before ISIS made a dramatic appearance in Latin America.

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Time for ISIS to make a dramatic appearance in Latin America

We thought we were joking.

It turns out the joke was on us, because - in an apparent failure to come up with an even remotely original narrative for another imminent American intervention - US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday night that, drumroll, "Hezbollah has active cells in Venezuela." Well, we were wrong about ISIS at least.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Pompeo had any physical, or mental, impairment, which could cause him to make a statement like this?!? White house, what the hell is this guy trying to do?!?

I hope to God (and I am NOT kidding on this) that the White House did overnights on this, found it pulled horrifically for the Administration, and thought the better of this.

Unfortunately, just because a strategy would be the most him-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing an Administration could do, is no guarantee it will not do it.

So..... drumroll, please:?!? Watch for a Hezbollah cell in Venezuela allegedly do something awful, to which which the US must, on the most humanitarian of grounds they can conjure, fix by invading the country.

If this is how those in the bowels of power in CD are thinking of regime changing Venezuela, this government, and the world, are all in trouble, and big time.

And why do I say this?!?

Because of the following development:

Russia has embedded 440 Spetznaz Special Forces in Venezuela late January.

Feb 07 12:45

What Cannot Be Remedied Must Be Endured: Evil Gun Control Spreading Nationwide

Despite the fact that no new federal gun control legislation is likely to get through the Republican-held Senate in Washington D.C. (we hope). Various states are advancing new gun laws all over the country, and some are even being endorsed and signed by Republican Governors and lawmakers.

Feb 07 12:40

“The Value Of The Dollar Has No Guarantee Whatsoever”

The statement above is of course totally accurate for a country running budget and trade deficits for over half a century with a total debt, including unfunded liabilities, in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.

Feb 07 12:25

Neocon propaganda group “NewsGuard” now waging new war of total economic terrorism against the independent media

In addition to tagging all independent news outlets as “unreliable” while propping up establishment fake news with official “verified” symbols, the new Microsoft “NewsGuard” web browser plugin is also steering advertisers away from any content that supports President Trump in an attempt to financially suffocate to death all pro-Trump websites.

According to Breitbart News, the neoconservative-run NewsGuard now has a built-in blacklist of online publishers that the information police have deemed as inappropriate for advertisers. Included on this blacklist are both conservative and left-wing websites that aren’t controlled by the deep state’s ministry of propaganda.

Feb 07 12:17

EU DECEPTION: How politicians ‘CONSPIRED to keep truth about Brussels AWAY from people'

In 2003 documentary “The Real Face of the European Union”, journalist Philip Day claimed that the politicians who took European nations into the bloc deceived their citizens and "conspired" to keep the truth hidden.

Mr Day said: “Only in 1994, Chancellor Khol’s foreign policy spokesman, speaking on behalf of the ruling party of Europe’s dominant nation, Germany, clearly revealed the true plan.

"The plan is to create a federal European superstate and, into it, will be merged up to 25 ancient European nations including our own.

"This new country called Europe will have one parliament, one government, one court of justice, one currency, one flag and one anthem.

"That has been the plan all along but those who favoured it knew that people of Europe would never accept it.

"They would never willingly surrendered their freedoms to become just a province in a vast European superstate. So what did they politicians do?

"They conspired to keep the truth from the people.”

Feb 07 12:12

Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons

This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will.

Feb 07 11:48

New border crisis: 1,809 illegal crossing attempts a day, ‘ticking time bomb’

A pro-Trump group has taken the president’s demand for border wall funding to the streets around Capitol Hill, warning that a barrier is needed to thwart 1,809 illegal crossing attempts every single day.

America First Policies, which promotes President Trump’s agenda, has outfitted a truck with a billboard “ticker” that displays the minute-by-minute count of illegal crossing attempts at the U.S.-Mexico border.

So far, there have been some 66,000 attempts this year, and America First Policies said that another attempt occurs every 48 seconds. It based its numbers on estimates from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Experts have estimated that about half of all illegal entry attempts succeed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If people care about the future we will hand off to the next generations, they will support this cause, and this legislation.

Unlike the United States of America at the time the Emma Lazarus poem was created The New Colossus that was a time in America, where people with no skills and few language capabilities, could trade hard work for a decent life, and make it work.

Today, we are now in the AI arena, where unskilled labor will nearly go away, and only the most educated at programming and coding will be able to get higher paying jobs.

And with the Federal Deficit somewhere around 23 trillion dollars (that we know of), where is it going to find they money to feed, and educate these illegal aliens?!?!? It is a gigantic waste of capital which makes utterly no sense.

Australia has an immigration program on a "merit system", and if you have reasonable skills, speak English, and are a relatively non-politically-extreme person, you can have the chance at a temporary residence, followed by a permanent residence, and citizenship, for which your employer may sponsor you.

Forgive me, but this seem both reasonable, and win/win; the country wins, by being able to select "the best of the best", and those immigrants who are invited into the country win, and are granted a work permit.

The US government doesn't have the money, or the time, or the skill set, to train people who come to this country, demanding they be taken care of, who are both skill-impaired, language-impaired, and infected by diseases the US hasn't seen in some time.

I would suggest you call your alleged Congressional Representative today, and tell them that if they do not advocate for, and vote for, a physical border as well, get ready for a "You're Fired!!" by their constituency in the next election.

Feb 07 11:19

BANKS GOT A $21 BILLION TAX WINDFALL... THEN FIRED THOUSANDS AND REWARDED THEMSELVES

Last year major US banks were able to cut their collective tax bill by around $21 billion thanks to the GOP tax overhaul - nearly double the budget for the entire IRS, then fired thousands of employees and tightened lending standards, reports Bloomberg.

By year-end, most of the nation’s largest lenders met or exceeded their initial predictions for tax savings. On average, the banks saw their effective tax rates fall below 19 percent from the roughly 28 percent they paid in 2016. And while the breaks set off a gusher of payouts to shareholders, firms cut thousands of jobs and saw their lending growth slow. -Bloomberg

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Typical.........

Feb 07 11:17

PG&E GAS LINE EXPLOSION ENGULFS SAN FRANCISCO BUILDINGS IN FLAMES

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for bankrupt California utility PG&E, it got worse.

On Wednesday afternoon, PG&E - which filed for bankruptcy last week as a result of $30 billion in legal liabilities resulting from California's massive 2017 and 2018 wildfires its equipment may have ignited - was working to contain a natural gas leak from a pipeline that exploded on Wednesday along a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, setting fire to five buildings and leaving thousands without power in Inner Richmond, while prompting people in nearby restaurants to run for their lives as fire crews worked to get a handle on the soaring flames.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this hasn't been investigated forensically, although I am sure it will be soon, there seemed to be a pattern with PG&E, of not following proscribed safety standards; I wouldn't be surprised if this explosion was a result of that mindset.

Feb 07 11:11

THE US SYRIA WITHDRAWAL AND THE MYTH OF THE ISLAMIC STATE'S "RETURN"

At face value - the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing.

Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived have since been permanently taken back by the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian and Iranian allies - quite obviously without any support from the United States - and in fact - despite Washington's best efforts to hamper Damascus' security operations.

Damascus and its Russian and Iranian allies have demonstrated that ISIS can be permanently defeated. With ISIS supply lines running out of NATO-territory in Turkey and from across the Jordanian and Iraqi border cut off - Syrian forces have managed to sustainably suppress the terrorist organization's efforts to reestablish itself west of the Euphrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no real justification for the US military to be in Syria, no matter how much the talking heads at the DOD and Whitehouse embrace that view; it is simply another "jumping off point" for more US military mischief and destabilization, in the Middle East.

Feb 07 11:07

A 50% Tax Increase On Ammunition Could Be Reality If These People Have Their Way

The push to drive down civilian gun ownership in coastal states via onerous regulation and confiscatory taxes took another small step forward yesterday with the introduction of HB 5700 in Connecticut. State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, one of the co-sponsors of the tax hike, is proud as can be of her bill and announced it via Twitter yesterday.

Feb 07 11:03

 ALABAMA POLICE WILL NOT ALLOW POOR DRIVERS TO LEAVE THE STATE

If you are too poor to pay a traffic ticket or a fine in Alabama the police will not let you leave the state.

You read that right, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will issue poor people "hardship drivers licenses" but you cannot leave.

The mass media is falling all over themselves praising the new law, saying "this rule could help tens of thousands of people, over 20,000 alone had their licenses suspended just for an inability to pay for fines and fees that were assets to them," said Dev Wakeley.

“They will be able to drive to work to school to medical appointments, to civic appointments or civic organization events as well as you know to go out and vote or if they need to do household chores or things of that nature,” says Captain Jon Archer of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Captain Archer confirms that poor people will not be allowed to leave Alabama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This law should, and hopefully, will be challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court.

It violates the 5th Amendment completely, and as such, must be thrown out, or amended in such a way, that it does not stand in the way of poor people traveling.

Feb 07 10:55

LEAKED WIKILEAKS DOC REVEALS US MILITARY USE OF IMF, WORLD BANK AS “UNCONVENTIONAL” WEAPONS

In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One very painful example of how financial houses destabilize emerging countries, is by not letting them repatriate their gold, as happened with the Bank of England, and Venezuela last November:

November, 2018: The Bank of England refuses to release Venezuela's gold.

The article continued:

"Three days ago, when we reported that following Trump's latest sanctions targeting Venezuela's gold sector president Maduro was seeking to repatriate all of Venezuela's gold - some 14 tons - held at the Bank of England, we cautioned that since the BoE "sought to clarify what Venezuela wants to do with the gold", this suggested that despite Venezuela being the rightful owner of this gold, Venezuela was about to face challenges in getting it back."

Those 14 tons of gold could have done much in terms of relaxing Venezuela's financial crisis.

And please, let us not forget the havoc US sanctions and financial manipulations, like Maduro unable to repatriate Venezuela's gold have created for Venezuela, courtesy of both Presidents Obama and Trump:

Three hours ago, Thursday, 7 February: Total pulls all staff out of Venezuela

6 February: PDVSA looks to re-route oil to Europe and Asia, amid US Sanctions

4 February, 2019
Venezuela struggles to pump/ship oil after US Sanctions


28 January, 2019: Venezuela: Trump steps up Maduro pressure with sanctions on Venezuelan oil company

Jan 16, 2017: Obama extends Executive Order, targeting Venezuela for 2nd time, labels Venezuela "an unusual and extraordinary Threat"

(The "serious and extraordinary threat, of course, being the huge oil reserves Venezuela possessed a the time, which have now been confirmed by new exploration in the Orinoco Belt)

Valuing venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt

Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela">10 Mar 2015: Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela

Folks, this push for regime change in Venezuela, has utterly no relationship to Maduro's leadership, as lousy as it might have been.

The US government hobnobs, shakes hands, and makes deals with some of the worst tyrants on the planet, Like the Butcher of Yemen, (Prince Mohammed bin Salman); the Butcher of Gaza, (Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu), and the Butcher of Bahrain, King Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, (who constantly tortures, and indefinitely jails, peaceful protestors who are advocating a constitutional republic, but is the home for the American 5th Fleet).

And here is a companion piece, also from blacklistednews.com, about the coup in Venezuela: IS THIS THE MOST BLATANT US COUP EVER?!?

Feb 07 10:07

 NYPD ORDERS GOOGLE TO STOP SHOWING DRIVERS WHERE THE COPS ARE AT

The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent a cease and desist letter to Google last week, demanding that the company stop allowing its customers to report police checkpoints using their GPS apps.

The report mentioned Google Maps and Waze, the popular GPS app that allows users to share information about hazards on the road, including the presence of police. The app allows drivers to pinpoint the exactly location of police and report sightings to fellow drivers, saving untold people from speeding tickets and arrests due to victimless crimes.

However, the NYPD says that Google is helping users break the law. The letter sent to Google last week focused specifically on the issue of impaired drivers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The issue of impaired driving is real, and scary, reality on today's roads, so I can understand why NYPD would take issue with that.

Feb 07 09:59

VENEZUELA SEIZES ‘US WEAPONS SHIPMENT’ AS TRUMP VOWS TO SUPPORT ‘NOBLE QUEST FOR FREEDOM’

Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country’s authorities announced they’d seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US.
The US-made weapons were discovered at the storage yard of Arturo Michelena International Airport in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. The stash included at least 19 rifles and 118 magazines, high-caliber ammunition, as well as 90 radios and six mobile phones – and was likely sent from Miami, Florida on Sunday, authorities believe. An investigation to determine the intended recipient of the shipment has been launched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: is this the "humanitarian aid" President Trump was contemplating sending?!? Because from where I sit, this... is the polar opposite of humanitarian aid!!!.

Feb 07 09:53

US FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST BDS SUPPORTERS

Pro-Israeli groups have suffered a major defeat in a US court after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association’s (ASA) resolution to endorse the call to boycott Israeli academic institutions as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

On Monday a district court in Washington threw out the lawsuit against ASA, which is the oldest scholarly organisation devoted to the interdisciplinary study of US culture and history. The federal judge ruled that the anti-BDS plaintiffs were unable to explain how they were injured by the boycott, a requirement for the lawsuit to go forward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!!!

Feb 06 20:39

IS THIS THE MOST BLATANT US COUP EVER?

The Venezuela coup currently being orchestrated by the US is so utterly blatant, even by American standards, that large numbers of people are seeing right through it. This is not a black-and-white issue. Yes, extreme socialism can lead to instability and disaster; yes, Maduro is not the greatest leader; and yes, the people of Venezuela are suffering under massive hyperinflation. However, by far and away the largest factor affecting Venezuela now is not Maduro or socialism by rather US foreign intervention.

Feb 06 15:14

Socialist Democrats appalled that Trump would call them socialists

Republican efforts to label the Democratic Party as socialists reached a new level Tuesday night as President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to further that partisan message — prompting groans and grimaces from Democrats.

Feb 06 12:49

Here’s How You Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve Never Used Social Media

The days of having a fully (or even mostly) private life are long gone, it seems, and social media is largely to blame. -- Even if you have deactivated all of your social media accounts – or never had any in the first place – your privacy is not guaranteed.

Feb 06 12:36

Even with massive, coordinated tech censorship of the independent media, the globalist-funded left-wing media is rapidly COLLAPSING

The left-wing media has done its best in recent times to censor independent media, but the joke appears to be on them as they see their empires collapse. Mass layoffs are being seen across sites like BuzzFeed, Vox, Vice, and Huffington Post as readers take advantage of the many credible alternatives available on the internet today.

Feb 06 12:01

The police state goes full Orwellian: Federal court rules no justification needed to place anyone on a “suspicious persons” list

The Left has practically taken over every single institution in America including education, healthcare, entertainment, pop culture and society in general, but it’s not enough: Now they’re coming for the justice system as well.

Feb 06 11:56

No More Groping! Shut down the TSA!!! – Ron Paul

In the 18 years since Congress created the TSA, the agency has proven itself incapable of providing real security, but more than capable of harrying Americans and wasting taxpayer dollars on security theater. Congress should permanently close the TSA and return responsibility for security to private businesses.

Feb 06 11:11

FLASHBACK - Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online.

The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today.

Feb 06 10:44

WOMAN CALLS POLICE FOR HELP WHO SHOWED UP AND KILLED HER SERVICE DOG

Jennifer Weir thought she was going to receive help for her stolen property last month when she called police to report a theft. However, when an officer arrived, instead of helping her, he shot her dog Juniper, killing her.

According to Weir, she called the Mount Carmel police after she came home and found several items missing and assumed her ex-husband had robbed her. Weir says her ex has a restraining order and is not supposed to come on or near the property.

When the officer arrived at Weir’s residence, Weir began showing him around the property. When the pair was in the backyard, Juniper, the 11-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier with hip dysplasia, approached the officer.

Weir said that Juniper was only able to approach the dog because her ex-husband left the gate open, which would end up being a fatal move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, in a sane world, should never have happened.

And most probably, and unfortunately, it will be citizens of the town who will wind up paying for this, in some kind of lawsuit.

Bur I think that every police department in this country should be mandated to have a fund to pay for incidents like this, so that citizens who had nothing to do with this, are spared financial hardship.

Secondly, this officer should pay the costs for another companion dog for this woman; companion dogs save lives, and training them is a large commitment of time and energy.

Feb 06 09:22

Tech giants, social media now run by “left-wing journalist mafia,” warns Bokhari… radical Leftism now controls nearly all “allowed” speech online

Big Tech’s censorship efforts have been the subject of widespread controversy, but as Breitbart senior correspondent Allum Bokhari contends, the tech industry isn’t acting alone. The liberal establishment media has been pushing for increased censorship of their biggest rivals, and they’ve been doing a bang-up job. The independent media was once poised to overtake establishment news outlets.

In the wake of numerous fake news scandals, it sadly comes as no surprise that left-wing media outlets are now “striking back” and trying to silence their opposition. As an overwhelmingly left-wing industry, Big Tech continues to acquiesce to the outrageous demands of liberals without a second thought — even if it means creating a space where only one set of values and beliefs is allowed to be shared and no diversity of thought is tolerated. The sham of “political correctness” has reached its peak — and the liberal media knows exactly how to capitalize on PC culture to get their way.

Feb 06 09:05

‘Combating BDS Act’ passes Senate, 77-23, as Dem presidential hopefuls vote No

This afternoon the Senate by a vote of 77-23 passed S.1, which contains the Combating BDS Act, encouraging states to pass laws that authorize economic punishments against those who support boycott of Israel. Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU, says:

The Senate just passed a bill that tramples on the 1st Amendment rights of Americans. The House should refuse to take it up.

The ACLU led opposition to the bill and is already moving on to the House. It reports:

Should the House take up similar legislation, we urge members to remove the Combating BDS Act from the package of bills due to the threat it poses to all Americans’ First Amendment right to boycott…

Feb 06 08:42

Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find – Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik to make their articles less prominent on the search engine’s news delivery services.

“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said during a Q & A session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday, when asked about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda.”

Feb 05 16:12

Crime News Favors Armed Citizens: Defense Of Life, Liberty, And Property Are Basic Human Rights

The exercise of Second Amendment rights in defense of self or others is not a rare or extraordinary event, but a daily occurrence in the lives of ordinary Americans doing ordinary things. However, most don’t use it in defense of the government. But there could come a time when it is necessary. And that’s what makes it a basic human right. No one should ever be enslaved to the point that they have to die or be stolen from. We’ve already seen what can happen when Nazi’s take over and a nation succumbs to complete socialist rule. Not to mention how brutally bad the democide is when communism takes a hold. -- Democide (when governments kill the people they rule over): the largest killer of humans in history other than natural causes. Ignore all of the evidence, the facts, and the truth to your own detriment. History has a bad habit of repeating itself.

Feb 05 15:37

The Most Depressing Stat Of The Month: The U.S. National Debt Is About To Pass The $22 Trillion Mark

The U.S. national debt is wildly out of control, and nobody in Washington seems to care. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government is currently $21,933,491,166,604.77 in debt. -- In just a few days, that figure will cross the 22 trillion dollar mark. Over the last 10 years, we have added more than 11 trillion dollars to the national debt, and that means that it has been growing at a pace of more than a trillion dollars a year. To call this a major national crisis would be a massive understatement, and yet there is absolutely no urgency in Washington address this absolutely critical issue. We are literally destroying the financial future of this nation, but most Americans don’t seem to understand the gravity of the situation that we are facing.

Feb 05 14:57

Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Diseases Typhus: Los Angeles Descends Into Third World Hellscape

Residents and officials in the city of Los Angeles, California are horrified that their city has descended into a third world hellscape of poverty and disease. The typhus outbreak raging through the city is a flea-borne disease often reserved for socialist and poverty-stricken dystopias such as Venezuela.

But that’s modern Los Angeles. Typhus is spread by fleas hitching a ride on rats. While the general population struggles under the weight of the government (local, state, and federal in LA’s case) and the homeless population continues to climb up, the same cannot be said for the rats that carry fleas the cause typhus. The rat population in LA is doing just fine, however, as piles of garbage dot the cityscape, making it Thanksgiving Day every day for the city’s fat, happy rodents, wrote the American Thinker.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had family in Greater Los Angeles, which have migrated to the mid-west, and I am delighted that they have.

I hope that the local, and national health workers will be able to jump on this outbreak; not being able to do this has horrific potential consequences for the national as a whole.

Feb 05 14:49

Iran warns Israel of a "firm response" if it continues attacking targets in Syria - Fars news

The secretary of Iran's National Security Council warned Israel on Tuesday of a firm and "deterrent" response if it continued attacking targets in Syria.

"If these actions continue, we will activate some calculated measures as a deterrent and as a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson to the criminal and lying rulers of Israel," Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. (Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, it appears that what Syria's Secretary of Iranian National Security has done, has been to nearly guarantee another Israeli bombing raid against Syria.

Feb 05 14:36

The State of the Union: These Are Dangerous Times, and the Government Is To Blame

It is easy to be diverted, distracted and amused by the antics of politicians, the pomp and circumstance of awards shows, athletic events, and entertainment news, and the feel-good evangelism that passes for religion today. -- What is far more difficult to face up to is the reality of life in America, where unemployment, poverty, inequality, injustice and violence by government agents are increasingly norms.

Feb 05 14:20

Maduro Asks International Community to End US’s Threats of War

Venezuela will not allow foreign soldiers to invade, President Nicolas Maduro said calling for dialogue with opposition forces during a televised speech Monday.

“Che, Fidel, Chavez, they are our heritage, they give us strength,” the Bolivarian head of state said, reminding the crowd of supporters of the country’s past struggle for independence dating back to the colonial era to present day.

Since the attempted coup on Jan. 23 led by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, the United States has aligned its forces with the self-proclaimed “interim president,” declaring his unconstitutional claim legitimate, triggering similar calls from its allies around the world and in South America.

Maduro said,

“When our Comandante Chavez passed away, I became president, but my first act was to hold elections. I wasn’t going to govern without elections…why has Sanchez Castejon governed for so long in Spain without convening elections?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As of late last month, Russia has already sent 400 of their elite Special Forces, the Spetsnaz, now embedded with Venezuela's military elite.

IF the US government goes for a decap strike against Caracas, they will not be greeted "with roses at their feet." The Venezuelans are a very proud people, with an incredible sense of both their history and their heritage.

Any invasion of this country by outside entities, will most likely result in a massive guerilla war by the Venezuelans against those forces, and they will most likely win, through time, and attrition.

But the really frustrating part of this, which apparently our troops and civilian leadership never got, from VietNam forward, is that you need to be on the moral, right side of history to win; that has not been the case in US military misadventures in Iraq; Somalia; Yemen; Syria; or Afghanistan.

We will NOT be on the right and moral side of history if the US invades Venezuela.

Here are a couple of related stories, also from globalresearch.ca:

Evaluating Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt

US issues new threats of war for oil Against Venezuela

Interview with Paul Craig Roberts: Maduro would have to arrest Juan Guaido

Feb 05 13:54

Russia blames NATO for dismantling INF due to plans to deploy launchers to PolandMore:http://tass.com/politics/1043106

Moscow is urging NATO to avoid turning Europe into an arena of confrontation, which would certainly happen if US launchers were stationed in Poland.

NATO shoulders direct responsibility for the undoing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty given its plans to deploy US missile defense systems to member states, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

"Unfortunately, Alliance member states have demonstrated that they are not ready for a substantive dialogue on the Mk-41 missile launchers, which are deployed to Romania and are planned to be deployed to Poland next year in breach of the INF Treaty," the statement reads. "These systems are part of NATO’s missile defenses so the Alliance is directly responsible for the destruction of the Treaty," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the time frame would be in 2020 for such weapons to be placed in Poland at the moment, Russia may well feel forced to place their version
of the Mk-41 missile launchers in Kaliningrad soon, which is just 128 miles from the Polish border.

There have been reports of Russian military improvements done there last year, as this story from October, 2018, indicates:

Russian SRBM, air force and nuclear build-up in Kaliningrad, can facilitate a maneuver and transfer of the forces from Kaliningrad and to Poland and the neighboring countries.

Although this work appears to be pretty standard, in terms of facilities refurbishments, note the tone of terror in that list line, when they use the phrase "can facilitate a maneuver and transfer of the forces from Kaliningrad and to Poland and the neighboring countries.", as though this is absolutely a war preparation?!?

Feb 05 13:35

Over 1.9 Million Florida Concealed Weapon License Holders on Alert

A devout anti-gun Commissioner of Agriculture (Nikki Fried) and an even worse anti-gun Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture (Mary Barzee Flories) have taken over the administration of the concealed weapons and firearms licensing programs under the Division of Licensing at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Feb 05 13:32

Lavrov insists terrorists must be prevented from re-grouping as war against IS continues

The fight against the Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia) is not over yet, there is a need to prevent terrorist units from coming together, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University on Monday.

"All who are dealing with the issue admit that it is former officers of Saddam Hussein’s army, dismissed from their positions, that are behind all IS operations that prove to be successful. It does not mean that the fight against the IS is over. As they say, the backbone is broken but some units still remain active and there is a need to prevent them from coming together and eliminate them," Lavrov noted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is both a gentleman, and truly an "adult in the room" regarding geopolitics.

I hope that he gets absolutely universal support from countries from around the world on this issue.

Feb 05 13:28

Putin taunts Trump: 400 Russian military contractors sent to Venezuela in support of Maduro

Russia has repeatedly opposed U.S. suggestions of foreign intervention to install opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, and supported Mr. Maduro’s calls for mediation on the crisis.

The arrival of 400 Russian military contractors after Mr. Trump’s Jan. 23 recognition of Mr. Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, triggered speculation that Moscow was reinforcing Mr. Maduro’s personal security or even preparing his evacuation.

But with Mr. Maduro defying calls to step down, the Russian mission may be more extensive than reported, said John Marulanda, a U.S.-trained intelligence officer and adviser to conservative Colombian President Ivan Duque, an opponent of Mr. Maduro. Mr. Marulanda said the recent Russian arrivals are special forces — Spetsnaz — who are being embedded among Venezuela’s elite military units to better resist any U.S. intervention or internal coup against Mr. Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Spetsnaz are the best of the best soldiers Russia has to offer; think of them as Russia's Special Forces on steroids, both physically, and intellectually.

I would like to hope (and pray) that the US government's response here will not be an attempted military solution to cause Maduro's downfall; if so, the US may well be looking at another Viet Nam with which to deal.

I want to see the people of Venezuela create their own destiny, and not have that imposed upon them, by an outside National entity which wants to replace Maduro with a US-centric government; expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; and insure that those resources are sold to US-centric countries only in US dollars.

Feb 05 13:22

Obama’s propaganda cash to liberal media has just run out… this is why we’re seeing layoffs among left-wing propaganda publishers

Most Americans who don’t earn their living in the news business don’t know that in recent weeks some 2,100 journalists, most of them from online news sources, have lost their jobs in a sort of industry bloodletting similar to the loss of factory jobs over the decades thanks to Left-wing trade policies.

Feb 05 13:14

NBC NEWS, TO CLAIM RUSSIA SUPPORTS TULSI GABBARD, RELIES ON FIRM JUST CAUGHT FABRICATING RUSSIA DATA FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

But the whole story was a sham: The only “expert” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm New Knowledge, which just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.

To justify its claim that Gabbard is the Kremlin’s candidate, NBC stated, “analysts at New Knowledge, the company the Senate Intelligence Committee used to track Russian activities in the 2016 election, told NBC News they’ve spotted ‘chatter’ related to Gabbard in anonymous online message boards, including those known for fomenting right-wing troll campaigns.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tulsi Gabbard is a true American patriot, and one who has earned my respect.

She is a very bright, pro-peace, US Veteran, and a Samoan-American. Her views are only controversial because they run against past- and present- US wars of conquest.

Tulsi Gabbards on the Administration's push for war in Syria

She went on to say that the US government had been funding and training jihadis in the Middle East; she again was proven to be correct.

Tulsi Gabbard: President Trump Ended the Obama-era Program which funded Al Qaeda in Syria

She did go to Syria on a private trip, and did meet its President, Bashar Al-Assad. To the simple-minded, war-centric Jingoists, this was tantamount to treason; after all, wasn't this guy supposed to be the US's arch enemy in the region?!?

And they knew this because the US government kept assuring us that he was some vile dictator, who tortured and killed his own people, right?!?

But there is a question all thinking Americans need to be asking ourselves, and that is: what if that US government agenda has simply been fabricated, in order to achieve a certain geopolitical end, such as regime change in Damascus?!?

Does anyone remember how Saddam Hussein used to be "One of America's best friends" in the region, and how the US supplied weapons to Saddam for his war against Iran?!? And do you remember what turned the US government against him?!?
It was in 2000, when Iraq accepted Euros, rather than dollars, for its oil.


Business: Iraq nets handsome profit by dumping dollar for euro

And that, my friends, was the beginning of the end for the US's "Friend", Saddam Hussein; by accepting Euros for Iraq's oil, rather than dollars, the man signed his own death warrant.

We invaded Iraq in 2003, and Hussein was found "guilty" of monumental crimes against him, tried by a kangaroo court, and executed by hanging.

Bet let's get back to Tulsi, for a moment, please?!? I think this woman was very brave for what she did, which is to try to find out what was really going on in Syria; and for that, her own party denounced her, when - in my world - they should have been eager to hear what she had to say., and should have listened with respect.

This lady put her life on the line to get this information, and for that, she was castigated, called "Un-American", and was called "Russia's favorite candidate for 2020."

I would like everyone in this country, to listen with respect, and do not judge this lady by what is said about her by the Ziocon witch hunters, and the military-industrial complex, because both are pathologically war-centric. Here's her campaign video:

Tulsi Gabbard Enters 2020 election run

This is a person who, I believe, would honestly, and intelligently represent, and do her best to care for, the needs of our citizens. I would be very proud to have this lady representing this country as both President and Commander in Chief.

Please remember: this is a pro-peace Vet, who has served her country; and this is why the Israeli lobby and AIPAC are so bloody scared of her, that they felt compelled to start with a smear campaign against her, from nearly the moment she announced her run.

And Tulsi, unless you do anything which causes my opinion of you to change, I have your back.

I consider you a real American patriot, who wants to find the truth, no matter how distressing or disturbing that truth might be; it is a rare person, with the courage and tenacity to do so, and I believe you to be one of those people.

Feb 05 12:20

UK: HATE CRIME POLICE INVESTIGATE MAN’S “THINKING” AFTER HE CRITICIZED TRANSGENDERISM

A man in the United Kingdom was subjected to a thought police investigation by authorities in Humberside after he criticized transgenderism.

The individual, who goes by the name “Harry the Owl” on Twitter, previously tweeted “trans women are not women”.

In a 10 tweet threat on the incident, Harry explains how he first got a call from his boss informing him that the police wished to speak with him.

After calling the police, Harry was told by an officer “representing the LGBTQ community” that someone had reported him for hate speech and it was the duty of the police to check if he employed any trans people because they would not be in a safe working environment.

In the United Kingdom, so-called “hate incidents” are recorded as such if the offended person perceives themselves to be a victim, a standard which does not require any crime or misdemeanor to have taken place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that no one in the UK dare have an opinion other than that which is completely politically correct, and particularly when it gets posted on line.

But having said that, I would like to hope that my brother and sister human beings can accept each other just as they are, without judgement.

And I hope to heck no one reports me to our State's "Thought Police" for having said so! :-)

Feb 05 12:09

FLOTILLA OF VENEZUELAN OIL TANKERS STRANDED IN GULF OF MEXICO

And in the latest sign that military conflict remains a possibility (after all, both President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton have insisted that the door to a military intervention is still open), when asked about whether a civil war is inevitable, Maduro replied that "no one could answer that question with certainty." While Guaido, who is struggling to convince the Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro and back his upstart parallel government, definitively ruled out a war as an option.

Meanwhile, RIA reported Tuesday morning that Maduro is hoping to arrest the slide in Venezuelan oil production by boosting output to 2.5 million barrels per day (from less than 1 million b/d currently).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is an industrial-strength problem for Maduro, and how he handles it may secure his rule in Venezuela... or destroy it.

Feb 05 12:04

ESCOBAR: MAGA MISSES THE EURASIA TRAIN

While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, instead clinging to military empire...

We should know by now that the heart of the 21stCentury Great Game is the myriad layers of the battle between the United States and the partnership of Russia and China.

Even the U.S. National Defense Strategy says so: “The central challenge to U.S. prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition by … revisionist powers.” The recently published assessment on U.S. defense implications of China’s global expansionsays so too.

The clash will frame the emergence of a possibly new, post-ideological, strategic world order amidst an extremely volatile unpredictability in which peace is war and an accident may spark a nuclear confrontation.

Feb 05 12:01

Oregon ballot measure introduced that would allow the ignorant liberal MOB to take away nearly all guns from law-abiding citizens

The Oregon Firearms Federation, among other gun rights groups, has vowed to fight the various measures. But as the state’s politics continue to shift overwhelmingly to the Left, gun rights advocates are fighting a losing battle. At some point, the Left will own Oregon completely like it does California and Washington.

Feb 05 11:55

UH OH – PLEASE TELL ME THAT THE U.S. IS NOT ABOUT TO GO TO WAR WITH VENEZUELA…

The U.S. was the first major power to recognize Juan Guaido as the “legitimate” president of Venezuela, and now the UKand most other European nations have also backed Guaido.

But Russia and China continue to back Maduro, and so that sets up a very interesting situation.

Will the western powers go ahead with their plans for regime change even though the international community is divided?

In particular, Russia has a very strong incentive to keep Maduro in power. The following comes from Zero Hedge…

“Russia is now so deeply invested in the Maduro regime that the only realistic option is to double down,” writes senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center Alexander Gabuev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a grave potential for a proxy war here, with Russia and China on Venezuela's side, and the US, (and potentially, Europe, and Israel on the other).

I hope that the resolution of this crisis will be as bloodless as possible; however, unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

And here is a companion piece, also from blacklistednews.com, which provides some insight into the current situation in Venezuela: These are the US companies backing the Venezuelan Coup

Feb 05 11:53

John Bolton’s Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission

Let’s get real. Bolton doesn’t care about the people of Venezuela. If he did the US would not be imposing harsh sanctions that are resulting in malnutrition and starvation. Bolton is using the age-old technique of starving and depriving people so they will overthrow the government (this tactic rarely works—leading me to believe it is inflicted out of pure sadism—leading to the exact opposite reaction).

Feb 05 11:45

 THE COMING GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: DEBT EXHAUSTION

The global economy is way past the point of maximum debt saturation, and so the next stop is debt exhaustion.

Just as generals fight the last war, central banks always fight the last financial crisis. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-09 was primarily one of liquidity as markets froze up as a result of the collapse of the highly leveraged subprime mortgage sector that had commoditized fraud (hat tip to Manoj S.) via liar loans and designed-to-implode mortgage backed securities.

The central bank "solution" to institutionalized, commoditized fraud was to lower interest rates to zero and enable tens of trillions in new debt. As a result, total debt in the U.S. has soared to $70 trillion, roughly 3.5 times GDP, and global debt has skyrocketed from $84 trillion to $250 trillion. Debt in China has blasted from $7 trillion 2008 to $40 trillion in 2018.

Feb 05 11:43

THIS APP WANTS TO TRACK EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN SAN FRANCISCO

On paper, it looks as if San Francisco shouldn’t have a homelessness problem. There are as many permanent housing beds as people who need them. The city spends hundreds of millions of dollars to help get people off the streets, and last year voters approved a measure to raise $300 million annually to tackle the issue by taxing local companies. Yet there are about 7,500 homeless in the city because of soaring rents and the difficulty of treating substance abuse, mental illness, and other health concerns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the City of San Francisco is, collectively, very myopic, in its drive to assess the symptoms of homelessness, rather than the root cause.

The state of Utah also had a challenging homeless situation; here is how they resolved it, at least, partially:

Utah reducedc its cvhronic homlessness by 91%: here's how:

Feb 05 11:35

FIRM FOUNDED BY EX-BLACKWATER BOSS TO OPERATE IN CHINA’S XINJIANG PROVINCE

A security firm founded by Erik Prince, the former boss of the private military company Blackwater, has announced a deal with the Chinese state to operate a training facility in China’s largely Muslim Xinjiang province. In the months following the United States invasion of Iraq, Blackwater was hired by the Department of State to provide diplomatic security at several locations throughout the Middle Eastern country. By 2010, when the company was abruptly sold to a group of private investors, its tactics in Iraq had prompted international controversy. Prince went on to help found Frontier Services Group (FSG), another private security firm registered in Hong Kong. The company provides security training to personnel working for Chinese companies. Its specialization is training personnel of Chinese firms based abroad, mainly in regions of Africa.

Feb 05 11:29

The 13th Amendment ( Doesn’t apply to American slave armies. And things are about to get worse.)

Governments that force their citizens to take up arms against the citizens of other countries do so for one reason: they are engaging in unjust and immoral wars. Waging war in the actual defense of ones country, home, property, and family does not require conscription. If a foreign army landed on the east or west coast of the United States, the government wouldn’t have to conscript a single American to repel a threat or invasion. Americans would flock to the coasts, and use their own guns and ammo. -- Conscription and national service are things that all patriotic Americans should abhor because, as former congressman Ron Paul has well said: “A government that is willing to enslave some of its people can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens.”

Feb 05 11:22

TRUMP: ‘WE HAVE TO PROTECT ISRAEL,’ SHIFTING AGAIN ON SYRIA WITHDRAWAL

ASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump indicated this weekend that some US troops in Syria would remain there “to protect Israel,” in an apparent shift from his earlier insistence on an absolute withdrawal.

In an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS News, Trump was pressed to identify precisely how much of America’s force presence there would be coming home – and how quickly.

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump indicated this weekend that some US troops in Syria would remain there “to protect Israel,” in an apparent shift from his earlier insistence on an absolute withdrawal.

In an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS News, Trump was pressed to identify precisely how much of America’s force presence there would be coming home – and how quickly.

“We’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying. We have to protect Israel,” he replied. “We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re – yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which should have been asked by this alleged CBS reporter, and of course was not is, with all the money and equipment with which the US has gifted Israel, why in the name of heaven does Israel need protecting at all, more than what the US has already given, and committed to give to Israel?!?

Apparently,"amazingly intellectually lazy and woefully uninformed " is the new "standard" for reporting at CBS. Because had she actually bothered to do her homework, she would have understood the following:

US Defense Budget Prioritizes Securing Israel over Deterring IranThis article goes on to state the following:

"Securing Israel. The FY 2019 budget codifies the 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the Obama Administration signed with the Israeli government in September 2016. This MOU offered “the single largest pledge of military assistance in US history”—$38 billion over a decade. The language included in FY 2019 is unprecedented in its scope and content, lavishing US support on one single ally. The decision to help Israel with unmanned aerial systems came after Iran, Hezbollah, and IS flew drones in Syria during the past few years. This US support comes as the Israeli government seems increasingly concerned about the backlash of US-Iranian tensions and the potential for a growing number of heavy rockets and long-range missiles launched toward Israel. The FY 2019 budget urges the Trump Administration to begin talks with the Israeli government to determine “the quantity and type of precision guided munitions in the event of a sustained armed confrontation” with Hezbollah and Hamas."

Please let that number sink in : $38 billion dollars over ten years. means that Israel will be receiving $3,800,000,000 per year over 10 years.

So if, in fact, Israel is being provided getting nearly 4 billion dollars per year for the next decade, courtesy of the highly generous US taxpayers, (who, of course, had utterly no say in this matter), then why is this nuclear-armed, self-proclaimed theocracy, pathologically incapable of defending itself against Syria, or, in fact, Iran?!?

And forgive me, President Trump, but is it not totally illegal for the US government to give any aid or military assistance to Israel because it refuses to have its nuclear sites inspected, and to join the NNPT, as Iran has done, because such aid is in flagrant violation of both the Mann Act, and the Symington Amendment?!?

just doing a little "reality check" here, sir.

Sorry, Mr. President, with these statements regarding the the reasons for the US military staying in Syria, you just threw logic right smack on its head, and it is suffering from a severe concussion.

The US presence at al-Tanf in Eastern Syria, has utterly nothing to do with "defending Israel", but everything to do with having a military "beach head" for a potential invasion of Iran.

The maps tell the story:

Map of the Middle East

Al Tanf: why it matters

This is also the reason why US troops will not be leaving Iraq any time soon, either, even though the Iraqi government has asked it to leave, and so far, nicely.

And Mr. President, you would do well to remember the most powerful politically man in Iraq right now, but who holds no office: Muqtada Al Sadr.

If you do not remember his influence on the timing of the first US military withdrawal from Iraq, you might want to have one of your researchers take a look.

And you might want to look at a companion piece. also from blacklistednews.com, and based on the above referenced interview:

Trump kneels - again - before AIPAC

Feb 05 11:11

Uh Oh – Please Tell Me That The U.S. Is Not About To Go To War With Venezuela…

Because going to war with Venezuela is one of the stupidest ideas that I have heard in a very long time, and President Trump must not do it.

Feb 05 11:00

The Manure-Spreaders of Media Sensationalism

Classic manufactured “news:” Report on an uncorroborated hate crime. Plant unverified details. Repeatedly blame white male Trump supporters. Stoke Hollywood outrage. Enlist the godfather of hate crime hoaxes to call on the president to denounce phantom attackers. Reap clicks and publicity. Indict all skeptics as racists and haters. Repeat. -- Smears first. Facts later. How much deader can American journalism get?

Feb 05 10:27

CNN ADMITS: SAUDI ARABIA SUPPLIES WEAPONS TO AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN

The Saudi-led coalition provided US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Salafi militias and other factions taking part in the intervention in Yemen, in violation with their agreements with the US, according to a CNN investigation.

The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America’s sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones,” CNN reported.

According to the investigation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE used the US-made weapons to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape.

However, by handing off the military equipment to third parties, the Saudi-led coalition is in breach of its agreements with the US, according to the US Department of Defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That old statement "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", only goes so far, and apparently, no one from the Pentagon was looking at these deals when they went down.

But what amazes me, was that it was a CNN team doing the reporting; one has to wonder if this lone story was a bid for sympathy, in light of the reality that they lost their "credibility battle" years ago.

Feb 05 10:06

TALIBAN LAUNCH DEADLY ATTACKS AS THEY ATTEND AFGHAN PEACE TALKS

The Taliban has killed at least 47 people in separate attacks in Afghanistan, despite the beginning of peace talks with Afghan officials in Moscow.

The armed group launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Kunduz on Tuesday, killing 26 members of the security forces, Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council said.

There were at least 23 soldiers and three members of the local police force among those slain.

According to Ayubi, 12 troops were wounded in the Taliban onslaught, which lasted for over two hours until reinforcements arrived at the besieged base and the attackers were repelled.

"Day by day, the security situation is getting worse in and around Kunduz city," said Ayubi, adding there are fears the city could again fall into the hands of the Taliban as it did briefly on two occasions in recent years - in September 2015 and in October 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, logically: were these actually Taliban, if what they are looking for in Moscow is peace?!?

Or were they forces determined to attempt to insure that US and NATO troops stay?!?!

Peace talks and simultaneous attacks?!?

Forgive me, but this just doesn't make sense.

Feb 05 09:59

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR EXPLAINS HOW BIG PHARMA COMPLETELY OWNS CONGRESS

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pesticide Round Up, is a perfect example, as science has been showing for decades how incredibly harmful it is for human health and the environment, yet it’s approved as ‘safe’ for use in the western world. It’s no mystery why glyphosate is illegal in the majority of countries around the world. The same goes for genetically modified foods, which is what Round Up was designed to be used on. Years ago, a lawsuit forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods.

“As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals – and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe.” – Jane Goodall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most horrific perversions of the system that allows chemicals like glyphosate to become part of the "food chain" we eat, not to mention our children are eating.

Please, be part of the solution by educating the managers of the places you go to find food, that their parent companies may well be indicted in a class action lawsuit, for carrying this chemical, or others with the potential for causing great harm to the people who consume them.

Feb 05 09:52

REAL-TIME CRIME CENTERS TO SPY ON MOTORISTS IN REAL-TIME

Not content with Real Time Crime Centers (RTCC) forcing businesses to spy on customers in real-time. Homeland Security has now decided to use RTCC's to spy on motorists in real-time.

Last month an article in the Baton Rogue Proud revealed that the Baton Rouge Police Department's RTCC will be using red light cameras to spy on motorists.

"Baton Rouge Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel said the verbiage of the new contract with Verra Mobility, the traffic camera company, allows BRPD to access those live camera feeds."

Verra Mobility's slogan is, "A new kind of smart mobility company focused on safe cities, smart roadways and the connected systems that tie them seamlessly together." Roughly translated, Verra Mobility is using their Smart City surveillance cameras to help police spy on everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the question remains: with this glut of data, how will the Watchers be able to make decisions, in real time, about what is a danger to society.. anf what is not?!?

Feb 04 20:24

65-minute video: Professor Jim Fetzer’s legal testimony for Sandy Hook lawsuit could be bigger than King Family civil trial

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Jim explains in three paragraphs from The Sandy Hook “Pozner v. Fetzer” lawsuit for dummies:

“On 27 November 2018, the Minneapolis law firm, Meshbesher and Spence, Ltd., filed a suit against me on behalf of its client, Plaintiff Leonard Pozner, for defamation… I do not want the case to be dismissed. I want to have a formal, legal resolution.

The Complaint is narrowly drawn to focus on assertions I have made–no doubt, hundreds of times–that the death certificate that Leonard Pozner gave to Kelley Watt is a fabrication, where the Complaint cites two instances in which I made that assertion, one from Ch. 11 of the book, NOBODY DIED AT SANDY HOOK (2nd edition, 2016), which I edited, and one from “How We Know Sandy Hook Was A FEMA Drill, Nobody Died, for an Anti-Gun Agenda” (5 August 2018), published as a contribution to SANDY HOOK TRUTH: MEMORANDA FOR THE PRESIDENT (2018).

Feb 04 18:53

This Russian Oil Giant Is Driving Putin Toward Showdown With Trump In Venezuela

in 2017 Caracas awarded licenses to Russian oil giant Rosneft for the development of two offshore gas fields, via Reuters.

In total Caracas owes Rosneft $3 billion, according to Gabuev, which could lead to "a new sort of proxy conflict in America’s backyard," which is at once economic, political, and could increasingly turn to proxy military intervention. Indeed the Kremlin has already accused the US of "meddling" in the affairs of a sovereign country in order to foster a "slow motion coup".

"Any solution to the internal political crisis in Venezuela is possible only by Venezuelans themselves," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. "Imposing any solutions or efforts aimed at legitimizing the attempt of usurping power is, in our view, just direct and indirect meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs," Peskov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is beginning to look more ominous by the moment; Putin and Rosneft are going do everything within their power - short of a proxy war, if possible - to protect their interests, and the return of the money loaned.

But looking at this huge number, my sense is that if "soft diplomacy" will not work against Trump, the Russians may well believe that a war may well be their only option.

Feb 04 18:27

Defending the Second Amendment in School

High school and college are already hard enough. But when you are a Second Amendment supporter, it can be downright perilous at times.

Feb 04 18:19

How Do You Beat The Bankers At Their Own Game?

Those that have been following events for several years know they are under attack by an enemy that has no face and means to do them great harm. Nothing less than their sovereignty and freedom is at stake. Absolute control over people and resources is the ultimate goal.

Feb 04 11:00

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: WASHINGTON RESURRECTED THE ARMS RACE

The meetings in Beijing during January 30-31 between Washington, Russia, China, France and the UK apparently failed to preserve the commitment to prohibit intermediate range nuclear weapons. Washington stuck to its determination to withdraw from the historic agreement of Reagan and Gorbachev to destroy all land-based intermediate range nuclear missiles. This US withdrawal from a nuclear weapons reduction agreement follows the George W. Bush/Cheney regime’s withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty. Indeed, since the Clinton regime, every US president has produced worsening trust between the two major nuclear powers.

No good can come of this as Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the Beijing meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By doing this, President Trump has decided to define himself, geopolitically, as some sort of unspeakable hybrid between Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort, where "bad" competes with "worse than bad", on a moment by moment basis.

Now, what to name this evil entity; Darth Trumper? Lord Trumpdemort? Well let's try Lord Darth Trumpdemort (LDT, for short, and that should make him happy; after all, one of his BFFS in the Middle East, is known by his tag of 3 initials MBS, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman).

But all kidding aside, if there was ever a time when this country absolutely, and desperately, needed a Department of Peace, which would be tasked with providing alternatives to get, or create the outcome, the US government wants to see, without resorting to war, that time is now.

And yes, I know that with weaponry, the US has a great deal of "catching up" to do with both the Russians and Chinese.

But that having been said, what I am hearing is that sweet sound of a collective financial orgasm coming from every CEO of every weapons manufacturer in this country.

Congrats, guys, you must be feeling pretty special right now; you have subsumed this President into your "War-o-Rama Killing Machine", which will make the possibility of some kind of a just and lasting peace, nearly impossible.

And were I a betting woman, one of those ramp-ups to a coming world war, will most probably be some kind of "false flag" on American assets somewhere around the world, to be used as the justification for the resurrection of the draft in this country; that's right, you read that correctly.

So I must ask this question; will walking away from this treaty, as LDT has done, mean that having the ability to murder even more people in the space of one minute, actually make this country more safe?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer here, is "HELL, no!"

What prevents wars, is both enlightened foreign and domestic policies, and unfortunately, right at this moment in history, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has neither.

It was rudderless, until the Neocons got LDT completely absorbed in its philosophies and to sign off on its action plan, with a huge "To Do" list, including Iran; Africa; and whatever other country on the planet has incredible natural resources, like Venezuela, which, of course, needs a "humanitarian intervention" to make sure that its government is US-centric; that those resources will only be harvested by companies that are US centric, and that those resources ... are only sold in the American collar.

Lather; rinse; repeat. How in the name of heaven, can I make this more clear to you?!?

And the most frightening, depressing, and crazy-making aspect to all of this is, that even if the American people stood up to LDT, and said, "You're Fired!", please trust me when I say that there is already another LDT in waiting, created by the the military industrial complex and the Deep State, ready to step in to continue the agenda toward a world war.

Americans are still suffering under the delusion that when it comes to national, Presidential elections, they have a choice, when the real "choices" are those vetted and approved by the military-industrial complex; the American Deep State, and the most powerful of corporations, both here, and internationally.

Feb 04 09:53

MARINE VET FILMS TRAFFIC STOP FROM HIS PORCH; CALIFORNIA COP GIVES HIM A CONCUSSION

A California cop gave a Marine veteran a concussion for nothing more than filming a traffic stop.

"That's fine," Burrell responds. The officer starts handcuffing Burrell, and tells him to "stop resisting."

"I'm not resisting you," Burrell says, as the officer threatens to take him down. "Stop fighting or you're going to go on the ground," the cop says.

It's hard to see what happens next, and the camera eventually goes dark. "He handcuffed me and threw me into this wall here," Burrell tells KGO. "Swung my body into that pole there, where I knocked my head. He took me to the car and detained me and told me I was going to jail." Burrell wrote on Facebook that he suffered a concussion as a result of the officer's actions.

Several seconds later in the video, the officer can indeed be heard saying: "That wasn't very smart, man. Now you get to go to jail."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this ... is how the city of Vallejo 's police are interpreting the oft-used, but seldom honored phrase, "To Protect and Serve", particularly when it comes to minorities, I would be "voting with my feet" and leaving this place just as quickly as I could, making sure that I let the Mayor of this city know precisely why this decision was made.

Feb 04 09:42

Bokhari: A Left-Wing Journalist Mafia Now Runs Silicon Valley

The Internet once seemed poised to utterly destroy the establishment media. In an era where everyone with a phone and a social media account could reach an audience of millions, the need for professional journalists gatekeeping information seemed pointless.

Yet journalists have savagely fought back against the social media companies that once threatened to displace them. Today, one angry email from a left-wing journalist is enough to get a tech giant to frantically manipulate its algorithms — or even create manual blacklists — to appease them.

Feb 04 09:28

BRITAIN’S SECRET PROPAGANDA “INTEGRITY INITIATIVE” TARGETS RUSSIA

In a desperate attempt to cover its tracks, the propaganda network linked to Britain’s security services, the Integrity Initiative (II), has wiped its website and locked its Twitter account “pending an investigation into the theft of data.”

The decision was taken shortly after the Anonymous hacking group released new II documents targeting Russia as supposedly the greatest threat to world peace, based on claims that it is the country most likely to use nuclear weapons.

The documents reveal yet more of the disinformation campaign used to justify NATO preparations for war with Russia, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Minutes from a joint workshop of the Institute for Statecraft (IfS), which runs the II, and the US government-funded Center for Naval Analyses discuss what would happen if the “West” intervened to “push back” a Russian advance in the case of a localized conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would call this "the Duplicity Initiative"; why would Russia lob off a nuclear bomb against first strike target, understanding absolutely the consequences of such a move?!?

It is highly more likely that NATO and the West were exploring "false flag" scenarios, to blame on Russia, and then, head straight into a war against it.

I would strongly caution both President Grump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, that neither country should even be entertaining such thoughts at the moment, because neither country has the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing which would create a positive outcome in a war against Russia right now.

And until THAT is remedied and sorted by both countries, I would like to hope that more peace-centric leaders come to power in both countries, and that they will openly commit to a strategy of "engage, don't enrage", as a way of tampering down geopolitical tensions.

Feb 04 08:43

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE CALLS BILLIONAIRE SHAKEDOWN IN RIYADH’S RITZ-CARLTON A LUCRATIVE SUCCESS

A total of about $107 billion has been recovered as a result of the detention of scores of Saudi royals and businessmen in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2017, according to the kingdom’s anti-corruption commission.

It said the assets collected from the 87 detainees came in a mix of cash, real estate, companies, and securities. The commission, which was headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), referred more than 60 people to prosecution, saying that 56 of them had “other criminal cases against them.” Eight other people “refused to settle despite the existence of evidence against them, and they were referred to the public prosecutor.”

MBS, who called the anti-corruption campaign a “shock therapy,” has declared it a lucrative success. He told Bloomberg earlier that $35 billion had been collected from the prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Anti-corruption," MY ASTROLABE!!!!!

Let's call it by its real name: submitting to pure and utter robbery, or spend time in one of Saudi Arabia's jails, very probably, for some crime they most probably did not commit, and to be sentenced to be tortured, or executed by a Kangaroo court which only exists to insure they invoke precisely the outcome the Prince wants to see.

Oh, Yeah, baby... That's justice, Prince Bin Salman style!!

It is profoundly unsettling to me, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman, and Israel's Prime Minister, the Butcher of Gaza.

I think, at some deep and profound level, Trump is actually envious that both men can pretty much do what they want, in their respective countries (and beyond) with impunity, including war crimes, as neither country has a written Constitution, nor are signatories to the ICC.

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