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May 14 18:09

Martin King assassinated by US government: new 36-minute interview of King Family civil trial verdict

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Dr. King’s 2-minute message to you (full 1967 speech to end the Vietnam War):

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of Martin's assassination/wrongful death. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King Center fully documents the case, with full trial transcript (to more fully explain the following summary of trial evidence, here is the best article I've found).

May 14 14:33

Organic Farm to be Forcibly Sprayed with Roundup

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May 14 12:59

Monetary reform hero, Stephen Zarlenga, passes. His 38-minute last remarks for ~$1 million per average US household benefits, 9-minute 2012 interview to replace the Federal Reserve

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Stephen Zarlenga wrote the best book on monetary history and reform I’ve encountered, The Lost Science of Money, created the largest and most influential organization (The American Monetary Institute), and organized 12 annual conferences.

Stephen’s 38-minute talk at the 2016 Monetary Reform conference that summarizes the history of framing reforms I’ll document in this article at ~$1 million per US household (there are some auditory gaps, but you’ll get the points):

RT’s 9-minute interview regarding ending the Federal Reserve:

May 14 10:37

MASSIVE CORPORATE CONSOLIDATION OF LOCAL NEWS UNDERWAY

In a deal that will allow one broadcasting company to reach 72 percent of U.S. households through ownership of local news stations, it was reported this week that Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for nearly $4 billion.

Such a move wouldn’t have been possible a few weeks back, but Donald Trump’s new Federal Trade Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, just began implementing sweeping changes to previously established media ownership rules. Bloomberg explains:

“A Sinclair-Tribune merger was made easier last month when the FCC restored a rule that allows TV station groups to count just half of their coverage area for Ultra High Frequency stations to comply with a 39 percent nationwide cap set by Congress.”

Reporting on the news, Democracy Now invited the president and CEO of Free Press, Craig Aaron, to comment on the significance of the purchase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why you need to be paying all the more attention to what you are getting from independent media resources, as the Sinclair/Tribune merger will mean that the Deep American State has handed its corporate presstitutes even more power to regurgitate the propaganda necessary to sell you both more wars, and more personal disenfranchisement, at every level of your life.

I will adamantly refuse to accept more poverty and more wars as the "new normal", thank you very much!!

May 14 09:17

JAMA ADMITS 30% OF DRUGS APPROVED BY FDA-APPROVED ARE SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS

Close to one-third of drugs approved by the FDA are found to have safety problems, according to a research report from The Journal of the American Medical Association.

JAMA’s report stated that these safety issues, known as “postmarket safety events,” are “common after FDA approval, highlighting the importance of continuous monitoring of the safety of novel therapeutics throughout their life cycle.”

The study sought to identify the “frequency of postmarket safety events” of FDA-approved drugs. It revealed that 222 “novel therapeutics” were approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010. Out of those 222 FDA-approved products, there were 123 safety issues later found in 71, or 32 per cent, of the approved drugs. Actions taken for the 71 drugs included withdrawal of the substance, new safety announcements highlighting discovered risks, and issuing “black box” warnings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do we get the attention of the CEOs of those companies continuing to make pharmaceuticals with intense problems in use?!?

Possibly, making the marketing of unsafe drugs a felony, which gets coupled with jail time for the execs who sign off on these drugs, knowing that there may well be intense problems for patients taking the drugs down the road?!?

Because a 30% problem rate with drugs is simply unacceptable, period, end of discussion.

And this study demonstrates that the manufacture, and sales of these drugs is not about health; it is about money, period, end of discussion.

May 14 09:06

CENTCOM BREAKS "FREE PASSAGE" DEAL - ITS ALLIES WILL HAVE TO BLEED FOR THIS

On Friday the U.S. "Inherent Resolve" command of its operations in Syria and Iraq released an statement that points to unnecessary intensified fighting about the city of Raqqa and elsewhere.

The Syrian Arab Coalition and their Syrian Democratic Force partners completed the liberation of the Tabqah Dam, as well as the city of Tabqah and its nearby airfield May 10.

The Kurdish forces obviously made a deal with the ISIS rearguard. They offered free passage (safe conduct) to the ISIS fighters if those would dismantled their demolition charges on the Tabqa dam and leave their heavy weapons behind. The ISIS group accepted and fulfilled its part of the deal. The dam was saved. The ISIS forces withdrew.

The Kurdish commander had made the right decision. Any fighting around, on or within the dam structure could have led to a catastrophic dam failure which would have killed ten-thousands (at least) further down the Euphrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what we have here is catch and release, make a deal, then kill later?!?

May 14 08:44

FBI Insider Reveals Why Jason Chaffetz Is Being Forced Out Of Politics

Jason Chaffetz is retiring from politics because elite Democrats, working on behalf of the financial industrial complex also known as the Rothschild’s central banking scam, threatened his children’s lives, according to an FBI insider.

Chaffetz effectively ended his career as an uncompromised politician when he pushed through the bill to audit the Federal Reserve, the FBI insider explains.

“You don’t go after the Fed. Nobody goes after the Federal Reserve and gets away with it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 13 18:33

Dutch Documentary Details Trump’s Ties To Russian Oligarchs and Israeli Mobsters

This is business as usual in politics and in international finance. I still don't understand why it's a big deal for Trump to have done business with the Russians, Israelis or other despots, but not for US oil companies?
that said, it is interesting none the less.

Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and a history of illegal racketeering.

May 13 10:03

Comey declines to testify before Senate committee

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not appear in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday.

Comey had been invited by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and top Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia. Their panel is investigating Russia’s election meddling and allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Warner announced that Comey would not be appearing before his panel in an interview on MSNBC Friday.

The session would have provided Comey a first chance to discuss with lawmakers the circumstances of his firing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch this move from "invited" to "subpoenaed" in a heartbeat.

May 13 09:55

Turkish PM: US Promises Kurds Won’t Stay in Raqqa

Speaking to reporters today during an official visit to London, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says that the United States has assured Turkey that even though the Kurdish YPG is being used to invade ISIS’ capital city of Raqqa, they will not keep control of the city after the battle.

These assurances appear to have been made to try to placate Turkish outrage over US plans to arm the YPG with heavy weapons for the Raqqa battle, and for the US choosing to back the YPG in the offensive against ISIS in general, something Turkey has repeatedly condemned.

Kurdish officials have never said anything about conquering Raqqa for somebody else, and it would be unusual for the group to be willing to commit so heavy to the invasion of a city if they didn’t have designs on incorporating it into their self-declared autonomous region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would the Kurds be fighting at all, if not for an independent Kurdistan?!?

The US government and military need to be very clear as to their ultimate intentions here; otherwise, they may well find Turkey leaving NATO, and leaving them with a vast hole in their garrisoning of the Middle East.

May 13 09:48

Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Call for North Korea Talks

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks.

The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks they consider diplomacy to have “failed,” and President Trump appeared very dismissive of the new push for diplomacy today, saying he would only accept discussion with North Korea “under certain circumstances.”

Trump didn’t make clear what those circumstances would be, naturally, but did appear to reject the need for talks in the near term, bragging that he’s handling North Korea “very well, very firmly” without diplomacy. The State Department added that they want North Korea to “cease all illegal activities” for the possibility of talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: your ultimatum to South Korean President Moon reeks with hubris.

And please remember; ultimately, without negotiation and diplomacy, there is absolutely no opportunity to move forward toward peace, and away from war.

May 13 09:37

SYRIA - "THE REGIME WILL BE THERE" - U.S. CONCEDES RAQQA ... AND THE SYRIAN EAST?

A new Wall Street Journal piece, primarily about the ISIS held city of Raqqa on the Euphrates, casts doubt on long term U.S. plans for such an occupation. Its core quote:

"We won’t be in Raqqa in 2020, but the regime will be there."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this article is correct, there are reasons to be hopeful about the ultimate outcome in Syria.

If it is not, we are looking at a direct military conflict in Syria with Russia, and that would be horrific.

May 13 09:10

$500 TRILLION IN DERIVATIVES “REMAIN AN IMPORTANT ASSET CLASS”: HILARIOUSLY, THE NEW YORK FED

Oh, and the unintended consequences of trying to regulate a monster.

Economists at the New York Fed included this gem in their report on a two-day conference on “Derivatives and Regulatory Changes” since the Financial Crisis:

Though the notional amount [of derivatives] outstanding has declined in recent years, at more than $500 trillion outstanding, OTC derivatives remain an important asset class.

An important asset class. A hilarious understatement. Let’s see… the “notional amount” of $500 trillion is 25 times the GDP of the US and about 7 times global GDP. Derivatives are not just an “important asset class,” like bonds; they’re the largest “financial weapons of mass destruction,” as Warren Buffett called them in 2003.

Derivatives are used for hedging economic risks. And they’re used as “speculative directional exposures” – very risky one-sided bets. It’s all tied together in an immense and opaque market interwoven with the banks. The New York Fed:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the economic dam bursts, and we know this is a case of when, and not if, those derivatives will economically sink the institutions which hold them.

May 13 09:03

US APPROVES $2 BILLION MISSILE SALE TO UAE

It looks like the weapons manufacturers win again as the US approves selling weapons to a foreign military known for terrorist actions.

The United Arab Emirates’s recent military decisions include violently ending democratic protests in Bahrain and participating in Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen. There have recently been massive protests against the Saudi Arabian/UAE terrorism against Yemen civilians, including using US supplied chemical weapons. The UAE participated in the terrible crimes that some call a genocide, and now they will be armed with another $2 billion dollars worth of US supplied weapons.

The Pentagon has issued a statement today confirming that the US State Department has signed off on a $2 billion sale of US-made Patriot missiles to the United Arab Emirates, adding to the tiny Gulf nation’s ever-growing military arsenal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful that US weapons manufacturers are making a killing under President Trump's watch, both literally and figuratively.

May 13 09:00

THE ‘SOFT COUP’ OF RUSSIA-GATE

Where is Stanley Kubrick when we need him? If he hadn’t died in 1999, he would be the perfect director to transform today’s hysteria over Russia into a theater-of-the-absurd movie reprising his Cold War classic, “Dr. Strangelove,” which savagely satirized the madness of nuclear brinksmanship and the crazed ideology behind it.

To prove my point, The Washington Post on Thursday published a lengthy story entitled in the print editions “Alarm at Russian in White House” about a Russian photographer who was allowed into the Oval Office to photograph President Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The Post cited complaints from former U.S. intelligence officials who criticized the presence of the Russian photographer as “a potential security breach” because of “the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics.”

May 13 08:55

MASSIVE CORPORATE CONSOLIDATION OF LOCAL NEWS UNDERWAY

In a deal that will allow one broadcasting company to reach 72 percent of U.S. households through ownership of local news stations, it was reported this week that Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for nearly $4 billion.

Such a move wouldn’t have been possible a few weeks back, but Donald Trump’s new Federal Trade Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, just began implementing sweeping changes to previously established media ownership rules. Bloomberg explains:

“A Sinclair-Tribune merger was made easier last month when the FCC restored a rule that allows TV station groups to count just half of their coverage area for Ultra High Frequency stations to comply with a 39 percent nationwide cap set by Congress.”

Reporting on the news, Democracy Now invited the president and CEO of Free Press, Craig Aaron, to comment on the significance of the purchase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please stay aware and conscious by reading WRH!! :-)

May 13 07:33

US Approves $2 Billion Missile Sale To UAE

It looks like the weapons manufacturers win again as the US approves selling weapons to a foreign military known for terrorist actions. The United Arab Emirates’s recent military decisions include violently ending democratic protests in Bahrain and participating in Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen. There have recently been massive protests against the Saudi Arabian/UAE terrorism against Yemen civilians, including using US supplied chemical weapons. The UAE participated in the terrible crimes that some call a genocide, and now they will be armed with another $2 billion dollars worth of US supplied weapons.

May 12 15:22

The Evil War Congress (Owned by the merchants of death)

It all brings to memory the days of McCarthyism – a shameful period of recent American history. This new body is to be modeled after its Cold War predecessor – the Active Measures Working Group, which operated at the height of the Cold War, when some mid-level officials in the US State Department sought a more robust effort to counter «aggressive Soviet propaganda».

May 12 12:20

Well Duh! 14 Years Later, Condoleezza Rice Reveals Real Reason for Iraq Invasion

Ex-George W. Bush-era national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, one of the architects behind the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, has admitted that bringing democracy to the Middle Eastern country was not the real priority. Speaking to Sputnik, Norwegian political scientist Georg Jakobsen said that the US's real goal was to impose its own model on Iraq.

Speaking at a meeting at the Brookings Institution, a leading DC think tank, on Thursday, Rice revealed that "security," not democracy, was the real motivating factor behind the US invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Iraq's case, the former national security advisor (who also later served as Bush's secretary of state) revealed that the US "didn't go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq. We went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who we thought was reconstituting weapons of mass destruction, and who we knew had been a threat in the region. It was a security problem."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, when this lady doubles down on disseminating bovine excrement, she really doubles down!!

Secretary Rice, a word, please; the world knows that you are lying, yet you continue to lie about the real motivations for both wars. You use the word "security" when what you meant was ECONOMIC security, because, as Karl Marx once noted, all wars are economic in their origins.

In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was selling their oil for other currencies than the US dollar; in Afghanistan, it was about securing the pipeline rights, and rights to the abundance of mineral riches in that country, and making sure that all that was only sold in US dollars.

It's that simple, and because the world knows you are lying about these issues, you will never be believed, in anything you say, even if what you say happens to be (accidentally) the truth.

May 12 12:16

THE DECADE-LONG U.S. CAMPAIGN TO FOMENT SYRIA’S “REVOLUTION” AND UNSEAT ASSAD

Though many trace the beginning of the ongoing conflict in Syria back to the Arab Spring protests of 2011, the seeds of war were sown as early as 2001, when the U.S. decided to declare Syria an enemy. The events that followed would send the country into a violent downward spiral.

May 12 11:49

Palestinian mass hunger strike takes dramatic turn

More Palestinian prisoners are joining the mass hunger strike which entered its 26th day Friday, with the campaign assuming global proportions amid worsening health conditions of hundreds of strikers languishing in Israeli jails.

Sawt al-Asra (Voice of Prisoners) radio cited anonymous sources as saying that nearly 100 Palestinian inmates from different political factions have decided to join the hunger strike.

The radio estimated that nearly 1,800 prisoners are currently participating in the strike. However, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club put the figure far higher, saying more than 3,000 prisoners are taking part in the strike.

Israeli authorities have, however, claimed that fewer than 1,000 prisoners are participating in the strike.

The Fatah Central Committee, considered the Palestinian movement’s top decision-making body, called on Thursday for all its members in Israeli prisons to join the hunger strike immediately.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Israeli guards start losing these men to either malnutrition, or NG forced feeding gone wrong, the excrement is going to hit the ventilation system big time, both within the prisons, and within both Israel and Palestine .

And Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; the world is watching the outcome of these hunger strikes; please don't do something utterly foolish with these political prisoners.

May 12 09:52

FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: "Pay the Ransom"

Netflix isn't alone: Agencies and others are balancing demands for money against the fears of stolen data ending up online.
Phones are the lifeblood of a talent agency like UTA, but on April 11, its IT department discovered an intruder lurking in the voicemail system and computer network and quickly decided to shut them down, sending agents to conduct business on their iPads. Soon thereafter a demand from a hacker arrived: Pay a ransom or watch the agency's most confidential data get posted online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where is the great and grand NSA in all this to champion We the People, suffering from epidemic hacking attacks?!?

AWOL; nowhere to be found, of course!!

May 12 09:46

‘Shattered’ Revelation: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump’s supposed support from “white nationalists.”

The authors detail how Clinton went out of her way to pass blame for her stunning loss on “Comey and Russia.”

“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying.

The book further highlights how Clinton’s Russia-blame-game was a plan hatched by senior campaign staffers John Podesta and Robby Mook, less than “within twenty-four hours” after she conceded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could have only been the Frankenstinian brainchild of people who were, collectively, and pathologically, incapable of taking responsibility for Clinton's loss.

And she lost for some very solid reasons; first, she stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders.

Second, she has more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot, and will, undoubtedly, go down in history as one of the most thoroughly corrupt politicians in this country's history.

Third, she has the nauseating stench of entitlement and inevitability which just reeks out of every pour, when she speaks.

And lastly, she is a consummate war monger, who absolutely doesn't have the temperament for the job of President.

She was damaged goods way before she stole the nomination from Sanders, and the Democratic National Party had better wrap their heads around that reality, and soon, or it will be positioning itself for massive losses in elections ahead, no matter how good their vote-rigging may be.

May 12 09:38

Kadima! En Marche!

After having successively elected an agent of the CIA and an employee of the emirs of the Gulf to the Presidency of the French Republic, the French have been ripped off a third time, this time by an Israeli product. They believe that they have chased away the spectre of fascism by voting for a candidate supported by NATO, the Rothschilds, all the companies of the CAC40 and the unanimous Press. Far from understanding their mistake, they are still in a trance, and will probably not wake up before the end of the general elections.

May 12 09:24

Running the MSM and Academia — The CIA, as its own documents show

Although it is a document outlining their desire to become more open and transparent, the deception outlined by various whistleblowers (example) requires us to read between the lines and recognize that the relationships shared between intelligence agencies and our sources of information are not always warranted and pose inherent conflicts of interest.

May 12 09:17

Netanyahu’s War on Press Freedom

A free press and right to dissent are endangered. Western media operate as virtual press agents for power, reliable independent media called fake news.

In America, digital democracy is threatened, truth-telling assaulted. Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai calls Net Neutrality’s days “numbered,” wanting an online level playing field for everyone abolished.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu shuttered Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) with less than two hours notice, ending a near half century of public broadcasting, a staple on Israeli television, its first news program – IBA to be replaced by Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC).

On its final night, anchors openly wept. Journalists blasted the shutdown on air. The final broadcast ended with staff singing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, sounding more like a dirge because of grief felt by all.

Anchor Haim Yavin on air called closure of IBA and its Mabat news program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu doesn't like the free press, because he cannot control it; but what is left of it in Israel appears to be fading away, exponentially, which is very much to Netanyahu's liking.

Unfortunately, in this portion of the 21st century, it is reasonable to state that the Israeli experiment in "democracy" has died, assassinated by an unwillingness to honestly deal with the questions of an independent Palestine; its development of a massive police state; and having become an horrifically apartheid theocracy with nuclear weapons.

May 12 09:13

The American Imperium Is Going Down? What Is America’s Goal in the World?

We have lost control of our destiny. We have lost the freedom our Founding Fathers implored us to maintain — the freedom to stay out of wars of foreign counties on faraway continents.

May 12 09:09

Minnesota Dept of Health needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population

Hey, since many of the refugees and other immigrants now causing expensive infectious diseases to spread in the state are a result of Obama’s migration policy, maybe he could contribute his $3 million speaking fee to Minnesota as a partial payment to handle the crisis!

Here is the latest news generated by the recent Measles epidemic in Minnesota. As of Tuesday there were 50 diagnosed cases, most (45) are in the ‘Somali community.’

And, we are told that refugees don’t cost state and local taxpayers a dime!

From Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart:

Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger sounded an alert on more frequent and costly threats to the public health, referencing measles, tuberculosis, and even the Zika virus and syphilis, according to a statement released by the MDH on Wednesday as reported by Hometownsource.com.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems only reasonable to me that these ill immigrants should only be allowed to live on the properties of those Congressional representatives,and other US Federal officials who approved allowing them into this country, so that they could have a close-up, and personal, knowledge of the unintended consequences of welcoming really sick people into this country.

May 12 08:17

Kashmir: Civilians killed as India, Pakistan trade fire

Islamabad, Pakistan - At least two civilians have been killed on either side of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, officials say, as the South Asian neighbours traded artillery and small-arms fire.

Pakistan's foreign office said on Thursday that a man called Muhammad Rizwan was killed by Indian shelling on in the village of Subzkot, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. At least two other people were wounded in the exchange of fire, it added.

A 35-year-old woman was killed on Thursday in the Nowshera area, in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers attacked Indian military posts with automatic weapons and mortars along the highly militarised Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed countries. The woman's husband was wounded in the shelling, police said.

READ MORE: Deadly attacks hit Indian-administered Kashmir

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sometimes looks like this madness between India and Pakistan over Kashmir will never end, and ultimately lead to a nuclear confrontation between these nuclear-armed countries.

And unless and until this is sorted, all foreign aid to these countries, except for food and medical, should be strictly forbidden internationally.

The Kashmiri people need, and deserve, a referendum, to decide, in a free and fair vote, if they want to be independent; stay with India; or become a part of Pakistan.

And unless and until this happens, the loss of innocent civilian lives on both sides will continue, and India and Pakistan will continually be on the precipice of war.

May 12 08:06

Southern Yemen Leaders Launch Secessionist Bid

In a move that is simultaneously seen as undermining the Saudi War in Yemen and also a virtually necessary consequence of that war, a group of political, military, and tribal figures, led by former Aden Governor Aidaroos Zubaidi, have announced that they are launching a formal movement for the secession of South Yemen, making the announcement with the flag of the former country.

South Yemen was conquered by North Yemen in 1994, unifying the country under northern ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh ruled unified Yemen until 2012, when Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi was appointed to replace him. Hadi resigned in 2015, leading to the Saudi invasion to try to reinstall him by force.

Northern Yemen is controlled by the Shi’ite Houthi movement now, while the Saudi-backed forces of Hadi rule the south, with the country once again split largely along the historic border. There was always some southern nationalism within Yemen, and the war’s de facto split has brought it back to the fore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear House of Saud, the Saudi government, and the the government of the Unhinged States of America; welcome to the wonderful world...of unintended geopolitical consequences!!

May 12 08:02

Trump Rejects Digital Catapults for Aircraft Carriers, Demands Return to ‘Goddamn Steam’

In the course of his interview with Time Magazine, President Trump revealed an exchange during a recent tour of the USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier, during which he discovered that newer US aircraft carriers like the Ford use digital catapult systems for launching aircrafts.

Trump was apparently livid with the discovery, saying that digital “sounded bad to me” and demanding that the aircraft carriers go back to using “goddamn steam” for their launches, claiming it would save hundreds of millions of dollars.

There’s no evidence to support the money-saving suggestion, and the switch to the digital EMALS launchers was seen by the Navy as a necessary one. Steam-based launchers, which use the steam produced by the carrier’s nuclear power plant, are described as high-maintenance system with no feedback control, and that’s just the start of their problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; a return to steam would be the equivalent of demanding that the US Army return to horses and buggies for transport; not a very practical idea.

And if it is humanly possible for you to do, please withhold public judgement on any technology about which you know absolutely nothing, as was the case here.

Technology is great, when it works; your job, sir, as President, is to make sure that America's weapons manufacturers understand that they will deliver their products on time; that they work as advertised, and that they are within the original budget, or there will be real consequences, and not just fines.

May 12 07:52

South Korea President Wants to Limit US Sanctions on North

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has, in the day since his inauguration, engaged in a series of conversations with leaders from around the region and the world, and today insisted that he wants to see any sanctions imposed against North Korea done only parallel to negotiations with them.

Moon, who has long advocated peaceful reunification with North Korea, has made clear he wants a return to the Sunshine Policy, and the attempt to return to the old policy of trying to improve relations, and to avoid military confrontation.

The Trump Administration has rejected diplomacy in recent months, talking up either a military solution or the imposition of new sanctions. Moon likely figures he can avoid the former by accepting the later, though even here he insisted sanctions should only be used as a way to get North Korean officials to the bargaining table.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This approach will absolutely not be to the liking of those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

I would highly suspect that as I type this, those individuals who see war as the best, and only answer, for American geopolitical disputes, are contemplating either a decap strike against South Korean President Moon (by some "lone nut assassin", of course), or a false flag to be blamed against North Korea, or both.

Please remember; the massed US naval fire-power hasn't gone away from the Korean peninsula.

So President Moon, whatever personal security you have around you right now, you had better double or treble it; the American Deep State is perfectly comfortable playing the "frenemy" card, so you had better be sleeping in your Kevlar undies right now.

May 12 07:22

US Fighter Pilots Set to Fly Israeli Skies in Joint Air Force Drills

The US Army has confirmed that Israeli and US pilots will be engaging joint drills this week at Uvda Air Force Base near the Israeli city of Eliat. Aircrews will be trained in a number of exercises at the base’s advance facilities while other squadrons train in the Negev Desert.

While the role of enemy aircraft will be played by the Israel Defense Forces' "Flying Dragon" or "Red" Squadron, based at Uvda, teams will operate “enemy” missile launchers and radars and infantry troops will be acting as terrorists, according to the Jerusalem Post. Haaretz reported that a number of F-15 fighters have already been sent over by the US; the "Flying Dragon" squad flies F-16 jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder here who the potential "targets" are supposed to be; but right now, were I a betting person, I would bet either Iran or Syria, or perhaps both.

But the problem here, stretched out on the Bosendorfer, and napping for the moment, is the 6,000 LB gorilla in the living room, and that is the presence of Russia in Syria, and Russia's oft-stated promise to assist Iran militarily, should a foreign government attempt to invade it.

War with Russia over Syria and/or Iran?!?

That those collectively in the bowels of power in both the Unhinged State of America, and Tel Aviv,should even be "thinking" in this direction is collective, hubristic madness.

May 12 07:08

A TALE OF TWO JUSTICE SYSTEMS – WALL STREET VS. MAIN STREET

One of the major objectives of this site over the years has been to highlight the demoralizing and extremely destructive reality that two completely different justices systems exist in America — one for the wealthy, powerful and connected, and another for everyone else. While there will always be some element of this in any society of humans, extremes can and do occur, and the pendulum now has shifted in these United States to extremely dangerous Banana Republic-like levels.

Nowhere is this divergence of justice more in your face and deplorable than with respect to how Wall Street financiers are treated compared to the rest of us. Not only was the industry rewarded with endless financial lifelines and zero executive prosecutions after it destroyed the global economy, but the industry continues to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants, with zero repercussions. It doesn’t take genius to understand that if there’s no risk in committing financial crimes, you get a lot more of them.

May 12 07:03

FORMER TOP BUSH OFFICIAL ADMITS WAR ON IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH DEMOCRACY

George Bush’s National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice was speaking at the neo-con Brookings Institution when she said the following,

“We didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq we went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein… It was a security problem”.
She also stated,

“I would never have said to President Bush (to) use military force to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan”.

Iraq threatened the ability to American financial institutions and arms dealers to expand with impunity because Iraq by 2003 had been cut off from the western financial and corporate apparatus. Iraq didn’t threaten anyone’s security, but it did threaten the expansion of certain western interests in the region. Could this be the ‘security’ about which Miss. Rice spoke?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is, and has always been, a pathological liar.

This bloody, unnecessary war, was about securing Iraq's oil, and making sure that it was only sold for US dollars.

And on that premise, the war in Iraq has been a smashing success for the money junkies, no matter the blood and money spent.

May 12 06:56

ROUNDUP IN VACCINES

Glyphosate, a chemical ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screening results from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri which show the DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb, Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb and HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 and Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23, (Merck) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate.The MMR II (Merck) vaccine, which CDC whistle blower Dr.William Thompson has linked to autism, had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines, at 2.671ppb. Subsequently, multiple rounds of additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The presence of glyphosate in vaccines just made the entire process of getting your kids vaccinated a lot more scary, because this chemical is a known carcinogen.

Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Cancer

May 12 06:39

ROUNDUP IN VACCINES

Glyphosate, a chemical ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screening results from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri which show the DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb, Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb and HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 and Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23, (Merck) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate.The MMR II (Merck) vaccine, which CDC whistle blower Dr.William Thompson has linked to autism, had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines, at 2.671ppb. Subsequently, multiple rounds of additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason this finding matters is that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
Glyphosate is carcinogenic

This makes the dangers of vaccination very much worse than they were before this finding.

May 12 06:37

ROUNDUP IN VACCINES

Glyphosate, a chemical ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screening results from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri which show the DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb, Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb and HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 and Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23, (Merck) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate.The MMR II (Merck) vaccine, which CDC whistle blower Dr.William Thompson has linked to autism, had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines, at 2.671ppb. Subsequently, multiple rounds of additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason this finding matters is that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
Glyphosate is carcinogenic

This makes the dangers of vaccination very much worse than they were before this finding.

May 11 18:20

President Assad Rules Out Making Concessions on Syria's Sovereignty

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday he would not make concessions on sovereignty, independence and national interests of his country, in an interview with BELARUS’ ONT channel.

"All the things related to sovereignty, national interests, the constitution, and independence are not the prerogative of the president and he cannot make concessions regarding them. I make concessions on personal issues which are of no importance to the people, the crisis, and they are not required of me anyway," Assad said as translated and quoted by state SANA news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well then so much for an independent Kurdistan, unless he is driven out of office, and Damascus is "regime changed"; but I can guarantee you, if the US and coalition forces try this, they will be be fighting Russia in Syria.

And the US military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is why this entire approach is dicey as heck.

May 11 18:16

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 18:10

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 14:41

This Cover Up Involving Loretta Lynch Just Got More Serious

Millions of Americans believed the fix was in when Hillary Clinton escaped criminal charges for sending classified information over her private email server.

And at the center of this controversy was Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

But FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony is beginning to raise new questions about her role in the cover up.

When Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was asked about a document written by a Democratic operative.

The memo declared that Lynch would protect Clinton from any criminal charges.

The New York Times reported:

“During Russia’s hacking campaign against the United States, intelligence agencies could peer, at times, into Russian networks and see what had been taken. Early last year, F.B.I. agents received a batch of hacked documents, and one caught their attention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am feeling that this may well be the tipping point against the antics of the entirely corrupt Clinton cartel, and there will be a tsunami of charges against many of their members.

May 11 14:34

5 Stories Everyone Is Ignoring While The Mainstream Media Obsesses Over Trump Firing Comey

A 'power hungry president' has 'kicked a power player out of office', and the mainstream media is having a field day. Headlines have obsessively focused on Trump’s termination of FBI Director James Comey and the implications that come with it, drawing comparisons to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal and questioning Trump’s decision to fire the man who was leading an investigation into the president’s own alleged misconduct.

While the drama currently unfolding will certainly have profound implications for the present and future, the theatrics playing out on telescreens around the country are hardly representative of the bigger picture in the United States. As millions of Americans fix their eyes and minds on the ongoing developments, other stories are lurking behind the curtain — and reveal far more about the struggles we face.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged States of America, love distraction and misdirection, to keep you from looking at the issues which really matter.

May 11 14:26

Saudis Plan $40 Billion US Investment To "Cement Ties With Trump"

Having gone all-in on a Hillary Clinton victory ahead of the elections, Saudi Arabia has quickly pivoted in its "appreciation" of the Trump administration, and having realized that the fastest way to Trump's heart is through the US Treasury's bank account, it is preparing to invest an "unprecedented" amount of money in the US. According to Bloomberg, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will announce plans to "deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure." The investment will likely be unveiled as early as next week when Trump is scheduled to visit the kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; this assures that the US military will continue abetting the Saudi genocide in Yemen, and continue to be a partner to its war crimes.

May 11 14:21

Bangladesh prime minister says Clinton personally pressured her to help foundation donor

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business.

The Office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina confirmed to Circa that Mrs. Clinton called her office in March 2011 to demand that Dr. Muhammed Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, be restored to his role as chairman of the country’s most famous microcredit bank, Grameen Bank. The bank’s nonprofit Grameen America, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. Grameen Research, which is chaired by Yunus, has donated between $25,000 and $50,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is PRECISELY the kind of action Clinton Cronies expected, when they contributed to the Clinton Foundation.

May 11 14:11

US Sponsored “Regime Change” in Venezuela is Now Official. US National Security Advisor McMaster Calls for a “Quick, Peaceful Solution”

United States National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster released an official statement Saturday expressing the need for a “quick and peaceful solution” to Venezuela’s “ongoing crisis”.

The press release was made public after McMaster met with Venezuelan opposition leader and current National Assembly President Julio Borges at the White House earlier that day.

It reads:

“They [Borges and McMaster] discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections.”

Despite the deadly unrest, opposition leaders have said that they will boycott a constituent assembly called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a way out of the impasse and have continued to call for their supporters to take to the streets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonisation and destabilization of Venezuela continues apace, courtesy of those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

May 11 14:05

U.S. New “Plan B” for Syria: Military Escalation

According to the Pentagon, it isn’t necessary to tarnish Syrian President, Bashar Assad, for the U.S.-led coalition’s large-scale invasion to Syria. It is enough to make ISIS cross the Jordanian border. Such a scenario was discussed by Assad at the end of April this year.

This time Washington decided to rely on the Free Syrian Army (FSA), that began an offensive against ISIS in Syria’s Daraa, located about 13 kilometers north of the border with Jordan, on May 9, 2017. Apparently, according to the coalition command, the FSA will force the Islamists to leave their positions and cross the Jordanian border.

In its turn, this could be an ideal pretext for the coalition’s immediate ‘defense’ of its ally. So, according to our sources, more than 400 units of US military equipment and more than 4,000 soldiers have already been deployed along the border between Syria and Jordan. This fact indicates the ongoing preparation for the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach, that this "exercise" is simply a cover for a planned invasion of Syria, to be set up by the use of a false flag.

And if, in fact, the US military does this, how, please, does the Pentagon and White House believe Russia is going to react?!?

I can absolutely assure you; President Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Sergei Lavrov, will NOT be holding hands, and singing "Kumbyah", should such a situation develop.

May 11 13:43

How To Smuggle US Nuclear Triggers to Israel

New DHS files raise questions about Arnon Milchan’s US visa.

On May 3, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security released the most detailed files to date on the 1979-1983 Richard Kelly Smyth/Arnon Milchan/Benjamin Netanyahu krytron smuggling ring. The 100-page dossier (PDF) answers important questions about how highly sensitive US nuclear weapons technologies were smuggled out of the country in the early 1980s.

The pages leave two key questions unanswered. The first is why Arnon Milchan was not indicted alongside his co-conspirator Richard Kelly Smyth. The second is why in 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry granted Milchan a long-term visa to reside in the United States even after career Department of State officials initially refused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does this not surprise me, nor surprise me that Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, was involved?!?

May 11 13:32

Gaza's Health Ministry warns: Palestinian Authority to stop sending medicine, baby formula to hospitals

‘This decision has destructive implications for the chronically ill and children,’ a ministry official says, adding he sees Ramallah's decision as a political one.

The Palestinian Authority is to stop providing medicines and baby formula to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, which could have disastrous consequences for residents in the Strip, the Health Ministry in Gaza warned Tuesday.

The director general of the Gazan Health Ministry’s pharmacy department, Dr. Munir al-Bursh, was quoted on a number of Palestinian websites identified with Hamas as saying this was a political decision. He is in contact with senior officials in the Health Ministry in the West Bank to determine the meaning of the decision – which was announced by Ramallah on Tuesday – and how long it will be in effect, he said.

Haaretz reported last month that the PA was taking a number of steps to punish the Hamas government in Gaza, and that the PA intended to reduce health expenditures in Gaza this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Punishing sick people, and sick children, as a "political message", President Abbas?!?

That, sir, is criminal in the extreme.

May 11 13:25

Retired General: Jordan Won’t Support Ground Invasion of Syria

A new round of joint military exercises has fueled considerable speculation among Jordanians that their government may be about to participate in a surprise US invasion of Syria. The speculation was growing to the point Syria issued a statement yesterday warning them against doing so.

Those familiar with the situation say it’s likely an idle rumor, however, with retired Gen. Mousa al-Odwan, a former special forces commander, saying he doesn’t believe the Jordanian government would offer direct military support in the event of any ground invasion of Syria.

Jordanian political analysts appeared to agree with this assessment, saying their nation’s military is in no position to get into a protracted involvement in a ground war in Syria, and that doing so would have “dire consequences” for the nation’s military and its stability.

While Jordan isn’t on good terms with Syria, their official stance is that the Syrian Civil War should be resolved peacefully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would certainly like to hope that General Mousa al-Odwan's assessment of the situation is correct.

However, the following images are very disturbing, from zerohedge.com, a blog which is very, rarely wrong:
Drone Images Expose Major US, Jordan Military Build-up On Syrian Border

There could, however, be an other explanation: as reported at aljazeera.com on 7 May:Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise

May 11 13:11

FBI Agents Furious With Comey Ready to Come Forward: ‘They Are Going to Talk’. “There should have been a complete search

“There should have been a complete search of their residence,” the agent pointed out. “That the FBI did not seize devices

May 11 13:09

NEW FBI BOSS: TRUMP LOOKS AT SURVEILLANCE STATE ADVOCATE MIKE ROGERS

President Trump is considering the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to replace James Comey, according to Bloomberg.

Rogers is a seasoned swamp veteran and an ardent supporter of the surveillance state.

In 2013, he voiced his support for NSA surveillance programs. “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated,” he said.

In 2006 as a congress critter, he voted to allow electronic surveillance without a warrant, a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. He voted to let the government gather intelligence without congressional oversight and also voted to extend the PATRIOT Act.

Rogers voted for $78 billion in “emergency” funds to keep the pointless wars going in Iraq and Afghanistan and also voted against bringing the troops home. He voted yes to declare the Iraq occupation part of the endless war on terror.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lord, please tell me that even though President Trump may be looking at this guy, please tell me that President Trump will have a second thought, and go for someone who is at least to some degree morally upright!!

May 11 13:04

“PEOPLE ARE MOVING AROUND ON TOP OF THIS POWDER KEG”

A half-hour before dawn, the pedestrian bridges that connect the Venezuelan towns of San Antonio and Ureña with the Colombian city of Cúcuta begin to fill with people. The traffic is circular, as it has been for years, with large numbers crossing in both directions — but those headed into Colombia are greater in number.

Venezuelans crossing the border are easily distinguished by their luggage. Many drag rolling suitcases behind them, bulging at the edges; others lug duffel bags and cardboard boxes on their shoulders. Some even have their cats and dogs in pet carriers.

In January, 47,095 Venezuelans entered Colombia, more than double the number from January of last year. Some 21,000 of them crossed into Norte de Santander, the state of which Cúcuta is the capital. Here and at other points along the nearly 1,400-mile border, the situation is beginning to feel like a refugee crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot stand for very much longer, as the center, in Venezuela, both socially, and economically, cannot hold.

May 11 11:55

BREAKING: Voter fraud investigations - executive order establishing bipartisan presidential advisory commission

Pres. Trump signed on election integrity.

It begins. Democrats will crap in their pants.

Bernie Sanders- Trump just announced a commission to examine voter fraud. The only problem with that is there is virtually no voter fraud in this country.

May 11 10:08

Kansas City mom humiliated, shamed after forced to pee in cup on United flight, she says

United just can't seem to learn! United needs to fire the entire crew on planes where this kind of stuff happens. Another lawsuit for sure. How humiliating!

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City mom says she was humiliated and shamed on a United Airlines flight with her family.

She had to go to the bathroom, and flight attendants handed her a plastic cup. Then, they shamed her and told her they would report her.

Nicole Harper is the mother of two and has an overactive bladder. She says she was heading home from Houston with her family when she really had to use the restroom.

May 11 09:30

The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook

Nations are beginning to take more seriously the control of their respective information space after years of allowing US-based tech giants Google and Facebook to monopolize and exploit them.

Vietnam, according to a recent GeekTime article, is the latest nation to begin encouraging local alternatives to the search engine and social media network in order to rebalance the monopoly over information both tech giants enjoy in the Southeast Asian country today.

Google and Facebook: More than Search Engines and Social Media

The two tech giants and others like them may have appeared at their inceptions to political, business, and military leaders around the world as merely opportunistic corporations seeking profits and expansion.

However, Google and Facebook, among others, have become clearly much more than that.

May 11 09:21

POLICE GIVEN ACCESS TO DHS’S MASSIVE BIOMETRIC DATABASE

According to an article in Texas Public Radio, law enforcement will now have access to DHS’s biometric database. “Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database…” Letting police have access to everyone’s biomterics is asinine and the potential for abuse will be astronomical.

May 11 08:57

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets

Aetna Inc. will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it.

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May 11 08:04

Exclusive–James Comey ‘Threw the Reputation of the FBI Under the Bus,’ Says Bureau’s Former Assistant Director

The former assistant director of the FBI tells Breitbart News that President Donald Trump fired bureau director James Comey for legitimate reasons.

“He was fired for cause in my view,” James Kallstrom informs Breitbart News. “When the referral came to the bureau close to a year ago, Comey knew at that point, if not soon after, that the Justice Department had no interest in conducting a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. They would never approve a grand jury and they would never approve an indictment.”

Kallstrom faults Comey for presiding over a “sham” investigation of Clinton. From granting unnecessary immunity deals to conducting an interview of Clinton not under oath to too slickly issuing a document dump the day after the Fourth of July, the FBI deviated from standard-operating procedure during the investigation of the former secretary of state’s reliance on private servers to send and receive classified material, Kalstrom says.

May 10 15:30

4 People, Including A Baby, Have Died In A Jail Run By Potential Trump Nominee Sheriff David Clarke

Four people, including a newborn baby, have died at the Milwaukee County Jail since April. One man, a 38-year-old with mental health issues, died of “profound dehydration.” For a facility with a population cap of 960 that previously averaged a couple of deaths per year, the string of deaths is concerning.

During his visit, Shanksy said he was alarmed by the “extremely large number of vacancies” at the facility, particularly for medical positions.

May 10 15:28

Sheriff's jail under scrutiny after inmate dies of thirst

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is one of the most outspoken political figures in the criminal justice system.But he's been particularly quiet about a recent inmate death that happened in a jail he oversees.

"The man that just recently died of thirst was essentially tortured," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of the activist group Voces de la Frontera.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Terrill Thomas died of "profound dehydration" in solitary confinement in 2016. He went seven days without liquid. Jail staff reportedly cut off Thomas' water supply in his cell and didn't turn it back on.

May 10 12:39

Exposed: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation Connection

flashback -- A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism

May 10 11:24

S. Korea's new president willing to visit rival North

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump.

Moon, speaking during his oath of office as the first liberal leader in a decade, also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system in southern South Korea. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These statements and sentiments will be characterized by the American Deep State as "double plus ungood", and not the outcome they had wanted, particularly in light of the following:

New South Korean President wants to resolve THAAD issue through negotiations with China and US

So, what should be celebrated as a breath of fresh air for both North and South Korea, is most probably being viewed as an horrendous turn of events by the ever war-centric creatures in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

The question is, what are they actually willing to do about it, short of a decap strike against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Unfortunately, this move in a peaceful direction by President Moon may well be thwarted by the American Deep State; it is a matter of when, and how, and tensions on the Korean peninsula will most probably be kept artificially high, courtesy of the US government, to achieve their goals, if possible.

May 10 11:12

The last president to fire an FBI director? Bill Clinton

It's been 24 years since a president fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1993, President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns. It was the first and only time to happen in U.S. history. That is, until Donald Trump fired James Comey.

Sessions, appointed by Ronald Reagan, had been under investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during George H.W. Bush's final year in office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So before Democrats get all huffy and "morally outraged" about the canning of Comey, they may well need to take a look at their own party's history of doing precisely the same thing under Clinton.

May 10 10:58

Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies

Sessions announcement on prison sentencing is a corrupt payoff to the private prison industry,pure and simple. Wonder how much stock he and Trump have in the private prison industry?

WASHINGTON — Private prison companies, which stand to make big gains under President Trump’s tough new immigration orders, also have contributed big sums to pro-Trump groups, including the organization that raised a record $100 million for his inauguration last month.

For-profit prison companies' hopes for significant gains under the Trump administration already are coming to fruition. On Thursday, the Justice Department rescinded an Obama administration order to phase out the use of private-prison contracts in the federal Bureau of Prisons.

May 10 10:55

SOURCES CLAIM THAT COMEY FIRING COULD RESULT IN RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS, POTENTIAL NEW CLINTON PROBE

In the wake of Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey citing “serious mistakes” and mishandling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, emerging information appears to indicate that in the aftermath of Comey’s firing the FBI intends to begin releasing documents on the Clinton investigation and the Department of Justice may request a second look at the investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Couldn't happen to a more deserving person than Hillary Clinton!! :-)

With Comey no longer there to protect her, she's got no hedge/insurance that her actions will not be met with intense scrutiny.

May 10 10:52

Jeff Sessions' Role in Expanding Private Prisons Is Deeper Than You Might Think

"Some of the biggest backers of Donald Trump's presidency were for-profit prison operators, who bask in his tough stance on illegal immigration and glowing reviews of their industry," TV One's Roland Martin explained on Monday.

"I do think we can do a lot of privatizations and private prisons; it seems to work a lot better," Donald Trump told Chris Matthews in an MSNBC town hall on March 30. "When Obama made the decision [to phase out private prisons] in August, the next day, a subsidiary of GEO group, one of the nation's largest for-profit prison operators donated $100,000 dollars to the pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now," Martin explained.

May 10 10:50

SEATTLE MAYOR WANTS TO TAX DIET SODA TO FIGHT "WHITE PRIVILEGED INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM"

Back in February, Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray called for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugary soft drinks in order to "improve Seattle's educational opportunities for students of color." Per Lynx Media, the tax was expected to raise some $16 million per year.

Of course, when someone on his staff pointed out that a tax on sugary drinks would disproportionately impact the minorities that he was apparently trying to help, Murray knew that something drastic had to happen. So that's when he decided to launch a new attack against the most recognizable symbol of "white privileged institutionalized racism" on the planet: DIET SODA!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

Are the mayor and city council, perchance, drinking the same water as are California legislators, who want to tax all space launches which happen in their states, by the mile, and have declared that up to 62 one miles, vertical, belongs to the state of California?!?

California Wants To Tax Space Flights... By Miles Traveled

This is the only thing to which I can attribute this utter nonsense on the part of the Seattle government.

If the Seattle City Council wanted to do something positive here, it would ban all sodas which use caramel coloring to make it brown, because this chemical is carcinogenic.Coloring used in some sodas poses cancer risk to consumers, study suggests

May 10 10:25

FBI RELEASES 'STUDY' OF LAW ENFORCEMENT'S PERSECUTION COMPLEX

In what may be an attempt to bolster now ex-FBI director James Comey's oft-derided "Ferguson Effect" claims, the FBI has released a "study" that gathers facts feelings from law enforcement officers around the US and attempts to build a narrative somewhere between "life is unfair" and "there's a War on Cops." It's not a study. It's an opinion poll with the word "study" appended to it.

In short, the Ferguson Effect theory is this: cops are afraid to do their jobs because they're undergoing intense scrutiny in the wake of controversial shootings. It's bullshit, but there are plenty of law enforcement officials willing to stake their reputations on assertions that portray their officers as cowards. Faced with heightened public scrutiny, officers are apparently deciding to do less work than before, supposedly to head off any misrepresentation of their tactics.

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We have a member of HPD as a neighbor, and they are one of the most nice, personable people you could imagine. They take their job very seriously, and wouldn't harm anyone unless they absolutely had to.

But the extreme militarisation of America's police force, both in terms of military equipment, and Israeli IDF training, has created an emotional "safe space" for the expression of extreme brutality to the point of murder, and stories demonstrating this vicious change in how policing is done are legion.

IF police want there to be less anger at how they are doing their jobs, they need to change the way they are doing their jobs, so that there are no more atrocities, such as the one the world witnessed in Ferguson.

Ferguson unrest: From shooting to nationwide protests

May 10 10:14

JEFF SESSIONS WANTS TO BRING BACK LONG MANDATORY PRISON SENTENCES FOR MINOR DRUG OFFENSES

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing policy changes set in place by the Obama administration that eliminated harsh punishments for low-level drug crimes and could direct federal prosecutors to again charge drug offenders with crimes carrying the most severe penalties, according to U.S. officials.

The change, if adopted, would overturn a memo by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to avoid charging low-level defendants with drug offenses that would trigger severe mandatory minimum sentences. Only defendants who met certain criteria, such as not belonging to a large-scale drug trafficking organization, a gang or a cartel, qualified for the lesser charges under Holder’s instructions.

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Attorney General Sessions, a word, please: What follows is for the users, not the dealers; drug addiction is a disease, and should not be criminalised, any more than having cancer should not be criminalised.

Have you not heard of Portugal's success in dealing with addiction?!? What they did was to decriminalise small amounts of drugs for personal use, but urged counseling of those addicted, and the results were amazingly positive.
Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin

Would it not make sense to learn from other countries' successes in this area?!?

But if you do not, I want to ask a question; how much of your personal portfolio, please, is invested in private prisons?!?Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies

Because, sir, this is the ONLY reason I can possibly conceive for your having become "stuck on stupid",championing a policy which we know fails both the individual addict and society in general, and does not make the American public more safe.

May 10 09:56

EMERGENCY CREWS BEGIN WORK ON COLLAPSED NUCLEAR FACILITY TUNNEL - LATEST UPDATE

During a routine surveillance of the area this morning, a 20-foot-wide hole in the roof of one of the tunnels was observed, leading to the precautionary sheltering of employees and notifications to area counties and states. After no contamination was detected, the shelter in place order was lifted and employees were sent home from work early as a precaution. Workers continue to monitor the area for contamination as a crew prepares to fill the hole with clean soil.

The approximately 360-foot-long tunnel where the partial collapse occurred contains 8 rail cars loaded with contaminated equipment. That tunnel feeds into a longer tunnel that extends hundreds more feet and contains 28 rail cars loaded with contaminated equipment. The hole opened up in the shorter tunnel near where it joins the longer tunnel. The tunnels were sealed in the mid-1990s and are checked periodically.

And now one of them has collapsed...

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Our American infrastructure continues to collapse around us; and with a nuclear site collapse, this is about as serious as is a heart attack.

Yet, the US government is perfectly comfortable giving 38 billion dollars to Israel over 10 years, US gives Israel 38 billion dollar in military aids over 10 years but this could not have been fixed in time to prevent the collapse?!?

Where the hell are the US government's priorities here?!? Trust me, they are not about We the People.

And despite all the reassurances that this has been sorted, and handled, I have to wonder how long it will be before the workers at this site, and/or their children, will come down with radiation-induced illnesses.

May 10 09:33

SCHOOL BANS UNVACCINATED KIDS AFTER IMMUNIZED CHILDREN START CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK

Close to one-quarter of students at a California elementary school have been directed by school officials to stay home for three weeks due to a small onset of chickenpox cases that began in March.

The chickenpox outbreak at Mariposa School of Global Education in Augora Hills, California is unique because the first case of chickenpox discovered at the school was found in a student who had been fully vaccinated.

Daniel Stepenosky, the superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District that includes the Mariposa School, acknowledged to CBS Los Angeles that three students were found to have chickenpox. “A kindergartner, a first-grader, a third-grader. The first case happened around mid-March. The student was immunized, however still contracted chickenpox.”

According to local newspaper The Acorn, Stepenosky noted that “(It’s) interesting . . . the first of three cases was a student that was fully immunized. . . . He was the vaccinated one.”

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And I would almost bet real money that the one question which will NOT be asked here is, did the unvaccinated kids have chickenpox (which the article does not state) or did the chicken pox vaccine act in such a way that the vaccinated kids wound up with chicken pox anyway?!?

That is the "avoid the question at all costs" question which should have been asked here, and wasn't.

May 10 09:28

ISRAELI PARLIAMENT MOVES TO CEMENT ISRAEL’S STATUS AS AN ETHNOSTATE

Israel’s parliament gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill defining the country as the “national home of the Jewish people” which downgrades Arabic from official language status.

The bill, supported by 48 against 41 of the Knesset’s 120 members, seeks to “defend (Israel’s) status as a Jewish and democratic state”, said Avi Dichter, the bill’s sponsor, of the ruling Likud party.

On Sunday, ministers gave the bill the initial green light.

It needs to be debated by a parliamentary committee and voted on three more times in the plenum before it becomes part of the country’s so-called “basic laws”, which are similar to a constitution.

It would give special status to the “Jewish and democratic” nature of Israel, to the Jewish calendar and to Hebrew as Israel’s official language.

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This legislation, if passed, will give more legitimacy toward an Israeli "Final Solution" against its Palestinian population, and this will be accomplished with an absolute vengeance which will make the civilized world shudder.

May 10 09:23

Torture Chamber Challenge

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John Lamb seems to be holding a rather fun challenge outside the Nevada prison of having people go into a makeshift replica (of a 3x3 wooden box cell) to represent a 3x3 cement cell Ammon Bundy was put in some nights ago ( to help raise money for Ammon's Attorney's to be able to represent him).

So the 3x3 wooden box cell Mr. Lamb built outside the Nevada prison is being called I believe, "The Torture Chamber Challenge" and these videos show how people taking the challenge react.

Remember, these people can leave the box when they want. Ammon Bundy cannot.

May 10 07:06

EXPOSED: The 140 shock orders EU is demanding Greece to adhere to for a bailout deal

A SHOCK document has been released revealing the 140 EU orders Greece must obey before the release of the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout.

The extensive list of austerity measures, including crippling pension cuts and major tax rises, could devastate the stricken Mediterranean country already on its knees as it is scrambles to meet strict requirements.

May 09 23:15

Young Mom Dies in Jail Cell as Video Shows Officers Laugh & Gawk at Her — Lawsuit

At 4:43 a.m., according to the lawsuit, surveillance camera footage shows one of the guards looks in on her and “starts laughing and jumps back at what he sees.”

The cop was laughing at the fact that Nunnally had urinated on herself. He then called in the other officers to gawk at the young mother — as she died. Despite seeing that she’d urinated on herself, the officers did nothing.

When the ambulance was finally called — after the officers fulfilled their sadistic desire for horrific entertainment — it was too late.

Nunnally’s death was entirely preventable. However, because police chose to gawk and laugh at her as she died, instead of render aid, her children will now grow up without their mom.

The lawsuit will now seek to hold those officers responsible.

May 09 21:59

Edward Snowden Twitter Account

Edward Snowden?Verified account @Snowden 7h7 hours ago

Edward Snowden Retweeted Edward Snowden

This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you.

Edward Snowden added,
Edward SnowdenVerified account @Snowden
Set aside politics: every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html
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Edward Snowden?Verified account @Snowden 7h7 hours ago

Set aside politics: every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work.

May 09 18:30

Europe: How Billions Vanish Into the Security Industry Black Hole

The European Union spends billions on research into advanced technologies meant to make society safer. But our investigation – with 22 journalists in 11 countries – shows that the generous subsidies are mostly good for one thing: filling the coffers of the security industry.

May 09 14:15

Wall Street funded Communists

Know your history. Communism is another Bankster Project!

Professor Sutton stated, “Western textbooks on Soviet economic development omit any description of the economic and financial aid given to the 1917 Revolution and subsequent economic development by Western Firms and banks.” “In the Bolshevik Revolution we have some of the world’s richest and most powerful men financing a movement which claims its very existence is based on the concept of stripping of their wealth,” declared Allen. “[M]en like the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Schiffs, Warburgs, Morgans, Harrimans, and Milners.”

May 09 11:34

Chicago Gangs Turn To "Armor-Piercing Rifles" In Police Ambush

Last week we noted that Chicago's police officers were taking their own lives in record numbers...the devastating consequence of having to work everyday in the "war zone" that is Chicago (see: "Chicago Is A War Zone": Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average).

Now, yet another brutal weekend of violence and an ambush of police officers sitting in an unmarked vehicle offers a small glimpse of what Chicago police officers have to face on a daily basis. The escalation in violence this weekend even prompted Chicago's police department to issue a new bulletin warning officers of an ongoing gang war in which "gunmen are using weapons powerful enough to pierce bullet-proof vests" which shows an increasing tendency to "arm themselves with weapons most associated with soldiers in battle." Per the Associated Press:

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So, this is what Rahm Emanuel's Chicago has come to; a gang-riddled war zone, with bullets flying on every corner.

May 09 11:31

Trump Approves Plan To Directly Arm Kurds; Turkish Lira Tumbles

Update: Reuters confirms that the US arming of yet another ethnic group in the middle east is now a "go"

WHITE HOUSE APPROVES SUPPLYING WEAPONS TO YPG FIGHTERS IN SYRIA - U.S. OFFICIAL TELL REUTERS
WEAPONS TO HELP YPG FIGHTERS IN RAQQA OFFENSIVE, NO TIMELINE DISCLOSED FOR START OF SUPPLYING ARMS

Turkey's 'sultan for life' Erdogan will not be happy. NBC News is reporting that two US defense officials have confirmed President Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia - an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.

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President Trump, a word, please; re-drawing the maps in the Middle East to your liking may well have consequences you and your team may not have considered, and may well not be of your liking.

Your pretext here is having the Kurds fighting ISIS/ISIL, but it is a completely false premise.

ISIL/ISIS was a deliberate creation by the US government to prevent the Syrian government from continuing, and supposedly create regime change in Damascus.

Michael Flynn: The Rise of the “Islamic State” (ISIL) Was “A Willful Decision” of the Obama White House: Former DIA Chief

The creating of an Independent Kurdistan, to be cobbled together from territory currently claimed, respectively, by Turkey and Syria, will cost a great deal, in blood and money, and neither country is willing to give the territory up for the creation of such a country.

Al-Assad will either have to be assassinated, or regime changed by a vote; and Turkey's Erdogan may well pull Turkey out of NATO, which would put the alliance at great strategic discomfort.

And lastly, Mr. President, Russia's Putin will not stand idly by when the US and Kurdish forces attempt to carve up sovereign Syrian territory; this arming of the Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria will be seen as a definite attempt at Syrian destabilisation, and tantamount to an act of war it.

May 09 11:03

US Says We Fly Where We Want in Syria

Washington, Pentagon. The US has responded to Russia’s creation of “no fly zones” in Syria by indicating the US will fly “wherever it wants” and “whenever it pleases” according to Pentagon spokespersons.

The Coalition forces headed by the US will strike at the Islamic State anywhere in Syria, including in the security zones established by Russia, Turkey and Iran, In Russian news agency reports citing a Pentagon representative.

Earlier, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum on the establishment of security zones in Syria. According to the memorandum, check points and observation centers will be established along the borders of these security zones. The zones exclude aircraft from hostile action.

When answering the question whether the Coalition will stop the flights over these security zones, the Pentagon official said that the Coalition will carry on with its operations as usual, with no regard for Russia’s plans to end air strikes in the region.

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Well, it sure as heck didn't take that long for Sec Def Mattis to come to his conclusions about flying through these security zones; which means that pilots flying through these regions risk getting shot down by Russian and Syrian ground forces or aircraft.

I am profoundly uncomfortable with the Pentagon making potential sacrificial lambs out of these pilots.

May 09 10:58

Is the US Preparing A Ground Invasion of Syria? Drones Spot Hundreds of US, Jordanian Armored Vehicles at Border

The US and Jordanian militaries may be prepping a massive invasion of Syria, intelligence reports gathered from surveillance drones suggest.

Damascus is reportedly on high alert after some 400 American and Jordanian military vehicles were located at a Jordanian military base near the Syrian desert border earlier today.

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I would like to hope that is not the case, because that will put US troops directly in confrontation with Russian and Syrian troops; that most probably means World War III for sure.

What I would like to hope - and pray - we are seeing , is simply the following:
Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise: some 7,400 troops from 20 nations taking part in Eager Lion military drills, 'the largest and most complex to date'.

These exercises (if, in fact that is what they are) are scheduled to end 18 May.

May 09 09:50

US Says ‘Yes’ to Nuke Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treaty

Twice in seven days the United States shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles toward the Marshall Islands, but the same government refused in March to join negotiations for a new treaty banning nuclear weapons.

In late March, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley explained why the US would boycott the "treaty ban" negotiations that began March 27 at the UN in New York City. Haley said about nuclear weapons, "[W]e can’t honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them, and those of us that are good, trying to keep peace and safety not to have them." North Korean president Kim Jong-un could have said the same thing about his seven nuclear warheads, especially in view of US bombs and missiles currently falling on seven countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya – and engagement in massive war games off the Korean peninsula.

US military: "We are prepared to use nuclear weapons"

May 09 09:41

Lawmakers ask VA to explain lethal methamphetamine experiments on dogs

It ought to be obvious by now folks. The US is run by a bunch of demonic psychos!

Nine Democratic lawmakers have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why the agency is conducting taxpayer-funded experiments in which dogs are killed to study the effects of methamphetamine and antidepressants on their brains.

In a letter to the department’s inspector general, Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada and eight Los Angeles-area lawmakers said details of the experiments on Dobermans are “alarming.”

May 09 09:40

Trump's Advisers Reportedly Propose Plan to Change US Strategy in Afghanistan

Advisers to US President Donald Trump have worked out and proposed a new plan that could significantly change the situation in Afghanistan expanding the military activities against militants, local media reported.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a group of Trump's military and foreign policy advisers had proposed a strategy aiming to push the Taliban terrorist movement, outlawed in Russia, to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.

According to the news outlet, the plan implies strengthening of the Pentagon's role in anti-Taliban struggle as it could be allowed to make decisions on the issues related to the number of troops in the country, as well as their presence at the battlefield and to attack the terrorists not only with the use of drones.

The program could result in reverse of the steps of ex-US President Barack Obama reducing the country's presence in Afghanistan along with the costs of the operation, the newspaper added.

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Negotiations between the Taliban and Afghani government?!?

A breath of logic in this accursed, and never-ending war?!?

Well, colour me stunned, if it actually happens!!

May 09 09:34

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground.

Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters in the Syrian capital, but he cautioned it was "premature" to say whether the deal would succeed.

"There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations," al-Moallem said. "The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centers."

Though he did not specify who the military police would be, he appeared to be referring to Russian observers already in Syria.

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Translation: it appears that the US government and the rebels it has been arming and training, will completely ignore the de-escalation zones.

May 09 09:28

BRITAIN’S MINORITY REPORT STYLE ‘PRE-CRIME’ PROGRAMME UNEXPECTEDLY UNEARTHED

Today we live in an age where there is a technology battle front being waged against citizens of the West and the people are losing it on every front – nowhere is that battle raging most in Western democracies than in Britain. Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. Widely reported just a few days ago, it appears the government has just awarded itself the ability to monitor and surveil the live communications of the British general public at will. In addition, it also forces encryption backdoors to be made available to the authorities by privacy driven communications services such as WhatsApp. This is an exploit that will see a considerable degrading of security for everyone in Britain, which will inevitably lead to hugely increased hacking by criminals.

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May 09 09:27

WASHINGTON'S REAL MOTIVES IN NORTH KOREA AND AFGHANISTAN - PSYCHOLOGY, GEOPOLITICS & RARE EARTH METALS

In Geopolitics, and especially when dealing with countries that you are technically still at war with, credible threats, combined with shows of force are irresponsible provocations, that can easily spin out of control. Both sides are off the rails, which isn’t all that surprising if you really think about it. Kim Jong-Un and Donald J. Trump are operating at roughly the same intellectual and emotional maturity level. Their psychology is remarkably similar. They’re both thin skinned, manicured, bullies, who mask their insecurities with pretense and bluster; tiny minds who make themselves feel bigger by putting others down. And here they are playing chicken with the nuclear trigger; like they’re auditioning for a part in an Idiocracy prequel, or Team America Part II.

May 09 09:27

CBS:Vaccine Injured Veterans Denied Benefits

We just wrote a story about service men who were forced to get an anthrax vaccine (some refused and were court-martialed) because they were worried about the side effects. Well, servicemen and women are still being forced to take vaccines and live with the side effects, only now, they are also being denied benefits if the vaccines cause permanent damage. Please watch the video below and forward it to everyone you know.

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This absolutely bites, and is an officially horrible stance by the US government and its military.

This smallpox vaccine has a known side effect of periocarditis, or myocarditis, and this has been documented by the CDC itself:

Cardiac Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination --- United States, 2003

This has been known since 2003, for heaven's sake; so why has the US military continually have given been giving this vaccine to our men and women in uniform since that time, when the known dangers were very clear at that point?!?

The short, and rather cynical, but true answer, is to make its manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur Biologics Company, richer.

And the other, interesting factor to consider?!?

This vaccine uses a live virus, and I have to wonder if this is the link to episodes of myocarditis and periocarditis in those vaccinated.

As reported at the FDA site about this vaccine:

How does ACAM2000 work? The vaccine is made from a virus called vaccinia, which is a "pox"-type virus related to smallpox but causes milder disease. ACAM2000 cannot cause smallpox; it does not contain the smallpox virus, but rather the "live" vaccinia virus - not dead virus like many other vaccines. For this reason, attentively caring for the vaccination site is important to prevent the virus from spreading from the vaccination site to other parts of the body, or to other people. ACAM2000 is administered differently than the typical "shot" associated with most vaccinations. A two-pronged stainless steel (or bifurcated) needle is dipped into the vaccine solution and the skin is pricked several times in the upper arm with a droplet of the vaccine. The virus begins growing at the injection site causing a localized infection or "pock" to form. A red, itchy sore spot at the site of the vaccination within 3-4 days is an indicator that the vaccination was successful; that is, there is "a take." A blister develops at the vaccination site and then dries up forming a scab that falls off in the third week, leaving a small scar.

May 09 09:01

'NO EVIDENCE RUSSIA INFLUENCING VOTER TALLIES IN...50 STATES' ? US EX-INTEL CHIEF

"Can we agree that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the election?” asked Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana) during the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Monday.

Yes," Clapper and Yates replied.

"Did they succeed?" asked Kennedy.

“We could not make that call,” replied Clapper.

"The only thing we said was we saw no evidence of influencing voter tallies in any of the 50 states, but we were not in a position to judge whether ? what actual outcome on the election," added Clapper.

Kennedy then asked "Have you ever leaked?"

“Not wittingly or knowingly,” replied Clapper.

"Classified or unclassified?," said Kennedy.

“Unclassified is not leaking," remarked Clapper as laughter erupted in the room.

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So, at the end of the day, presenting sound and fury, signifying nothing, Clapper's proof that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election is....zip, nada, nothing!!

This was simply a witchhunt, with Russia as the victim, in order to allow more demonisation against it.

And BTW, it is Clapper who needs to be educated on evidence and documentation of said evidence, which he absolutely did not have!!

May 09 08:53

SYRIA: THE NEW GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR MOVING EAST

The de-escalation agreement for four fighting zones in Syria has come into effect. The battles between Syrian government forces (red) and the foreign supported "rebels" (yellow) has ebbed in the north, in Idleb and north Hama, in the south round Deraa, around the besieged "rebel" enclaves north of Homs and east of Damascus in east-Ghouta. That does not mean that those areas are peaceful or safe. In the north Turkey is scrimishing with U.S. supported Kurds (purple), in Deraa governate ISIS is infighting with other Jihadi "rebels" and in east-Ghouta various "rebel" groups are trying to eliminate each other.

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IF this can hold, it ultimately means victory for the Syria government, which is not the outcome those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America want to see happen.

However, that being said, I wouldn't bet against an ultimately large contingent of American-backed rebels sticking a monkey wrench in the works on this soon.

May 09 08:47

TENSIONS RISE AS US ANNOUNCES MILITARY DRILLS NEAR EMBATTLED VENEZUELA

The involvement of the U.S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U.S. The drill, dubbed “Operation: America United,” will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U.S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to “ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.” Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.

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Interesting timing of this drill!!

May 09 08:42

POLICE CLAIM THE PUBLIC CAN'T USE "WORDS IN THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY" TO FIND OUT ABOUT FACIAL RECOGNITION

According to an article in Muckrock, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) doesn't want the public to know about their 'secret' facial recognition cameras.

Police in Minneapolis are going to great lengths, to keep the public from discovering how they're being spied on.

Last weekend, Tony Webster was notified that the HCSO was asking the Supreme Court to postpone the release of their facial recognition documents.

“I sent the [FOI] request to a bunch of different agencies in the Twin Cities metro area and the state police, and for the most part none of them had any problem complying with the request in a proper manner. They provided the documents and emails and it was really no big deal,” he says. All except for the HCSO, in the county which seats Minneapolis and thus the most populous in the state.

The Star Tribune revealed that the HCSO has been secretly using facial recognition cameras since 2013.

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I have a brilliant notion of how to prevent any kind of terrorism against the US and US assets overseas, and that is for the US government to stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure those countries are western-centric, even if that means regime change, then insuring those assets are only sold in US dollars.

You're welcome! :-)

And for next year's Super Bowl, just don't go. But explain, very publicly, why you will not only not be going, but that you won't watch it on TV, which means that the advertisers will have spent their millions ... for absolutely nothing.

I really dislike how the Federal and State governments have gone all "Code Napoleon" (one is always considered guilty until proven innocent) on the rest of us in this country.

May 09 08:40

Middle School Student Suspended For ‘Liking’ Gun Photo

A middle school student at Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio was suspended for 10 days for the simple act of ‘liking’ a photo of a gun on Instagram.

We repeat – the child ‘liked’ a photo of a gun.

The image of an airsoft gun had the caption “Ready,” which the school apparently interpreted as meaning the student was ‘ready’ to use it.

May 09 08:34

FIRST VACCINATED VERSUS NONVACCINATED PEER REVIEW STUDY PUBLISHED

Finally, it’s happened; the first vaccinated versus nonvaccinated children’s health peer review study has been published in the Journal of Translational Science [1]. The study titled “Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12- year old U.S. children” is published as an open access text, thankfully, which everyone—bar none—should read, especially if you are a parent or grandparent.

With 71 References and nine charts, it clearly represents documented proof of what the authors were able to ascertain, when in the Conclusions they state:

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So, bada BOOM, there you have it!!

May 09 07:12

ACLU Lawyer admits Trump Travel Ban Would Be Constitutional --- if Hillary issued it

ACLU tells court that Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional because Trump created it

May 08 13:38

Assange just tweeted this video; "Here's James Clapper's previous testimony to Congress about WikiLeaks when he was still DNI"

Sean Spicer Mocks Democrats: Maybe Sally Yates Will Tell Us How Russia Kept Hillary from Wisconsin?

May 08 09:47

When Your 'Country' Became A Fallacy

Since 1871 the United States president and the United States Congress have been playing politics under a different set of policies and rules.

May 08 09:28

Victim of Yemen's war: the death of Jamila, aged 7

Look at that little girls face. That is what Americans allow the ghouls in the district of criminals to do to children all over the Planet. SHAME!

By Abduljabbar Zeyad | HODEIDAH, Yemen

Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the malnutrition ward of Yemen's Hodeidah hospital.

Too weak to resist the march of disease and hunger in her war-battered country, the seven-year-old's tiny frame was swathed in a childishly bright green shroud and lowered by sobbing relatives into a dusty grave on Tuesday.

May 08 08:57

March On: Washington May Be Pushing Syrian Kurds' Plan to Extend Territory

Kurdish leaders are pushing for US support for a plan to extend their territory across Syria to the Mediterranean Sea, in order to create a trade route and bolster Kurdish enclaves in the North. The move may run into stiff local opposition.

In a mainstream media interview, Hediya Yousef, head of the Kurdish federalism project, said the Syrian Kurds wanted more territory in the North, in return for helping the US retake Raqqa from Daesh. He claimed the Kurds had a "legal right" to create a trade corridor to the Mediterranean.

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Has anyone been discussing this with either the Turkish or Syrian government?!? Neither is going to be too pleased, in light of the establishment of a US-backed, independent Kurdistan.

May 08 08:54

Paul Craig Roberts - American Democracy: A Dead Man Walking

At the Valdai discussion club, Putin summed up Western democracy, which I paraphrase as follows:

In the West, voters cannot change policies through elections, because the ruling elites control whoever is elected. Elections give the appearance of democracy, but voting does not change the policies that favor war and the elites. Therefore, the will of the people is impotent.

People are experiencing that they and their votes have no influence on the conduct of affairs of the country. This makes them afraid, frusrated, and angry, a combination of emotions that is dangerous to the ruling elite, who in response organize the powers of the state against the people, while urging them with propaganda to support more wars.

May 08 08:10

Thomas Jefferson: Government’s Role is Defense of God-Given Rights

When declaring independence from King George III’s tyrannical rule, Thomas Jefferson wrote that men are born with God-given, “unalienable rights,” and the government’s duty is to protect those rights.

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Obviously, our current oligarchy has another idea!

May 08 07:59

War And Empire: The American Way Of Life

In the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s 1991 attempt to annex Kuwait the U.S. deliberately destroyed much of Iraq’s water and sewer infrastructure.

The Pentagon even admitted on its website that these acts would lead to mass outbreaks of disease. These were certifiable war crimes under international law. After Saddam’s defeat the U.S. also imposed widespread sanctions on his regime that included preventing necessary medicines from reaching Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens perished as a result. In an infamous interview in 1996 Madeleine Albright, then the Secretary of State, was asked to justify the deaths of 500,000 children. She defended these atrocities by saying “I think this is a very hard choice but we think the price is worth it.” Twenty-one years have elapsed since Albright uttered her rationalization of this vicious barbarity and it has been virtually “disappeared” from the collective memory of Americans. But it is far from being the only one.

May 08 07:56

Federal Judge Declares Constitution Void, Threatens Civil Defendant With Death

Most Americans believe that we have a reasonably fair justice system with scholarly judges at the helm. Well, how about a federal judge who suspends the Constitution, confiscates all of a litigant’s assets, orders him not to hire defense counsel, and pronounces his orders enforceable by death?

That’s exactly what federal Judge Royal Furgeson did to Internet pioneer Jeff Baron, in a case that, New York lawyer David Relkin says is “the most outrageous denial of a person’s basic constitutional and human rights in this Country since the abolition of slavery.”

In the Texas case, Judge Furgeson “sentenced” Baron to an unprecedented “human receivership” to enable the judge’s lawyers to loot Baron’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Trust.

His offense? Baron was accused of not paying his lawyers enough money — “charges” that were later proven to be completely fabricated.

May 08 07:54

Archimedes: WikiLeaks drops latest #Vault7 batch detailing network hacking tool

A user manual describing an alleged CIA tool known as ‘Archimedes’, purportedly used to attack computers inside a Local Area Network (LAN), has been released by WikiLeaks. The latest batch is the seventh in the whistleblowing organization’s ‘Vault 7’ series.

May 08 07:52

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after 'battle' comments: Tasnim

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant", Tehran's defense minister was quoted as saying on Sunday after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran.

"If the Saudis do anything ignorant, we will leave no area untouched except Mecca and Medina," Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying.

"They think they can do something because they have an air force," he added in an apparent reference to Yemen, where Saudi warplanes regularly attack Iran-aligned Houthi forces in control of the capital Sanaa.

Dehghan, speaking to Arabic-language Al-Manar TV, was commenting on remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said on Tuesday any contest for influence between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and the revolutionary Shi'ite theocracy ought to take place "inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the current Iranian government; a word, please.

With President Trump's current "bromance" with the House of Saud, in terms of allowing US weapons to be sold to the Saudi Military, at massive profits for American weapons manufacturers, were I Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan, I would, perhaps, speak a little more cautiously.

The Deep American State elements of the Unhinged States of America, would love nothing better than to find a justification for a military attack against Iran; attacking Saudi Arabia would give them just such an excuse.

So please, let's ratchet down the tensions here, OK?!?

May 08 07:37

Liberal son of war refugees projected to win S. Korea vote

A former anti-government student leader, Moon Jae-in stands poised to succeed ousted leader Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the slain South Korean dictator who jailed him in the 1970s.

Moon, the current front-runner in Tuesday's election, has led a life that seems custom-made for a starring role in South Korean opposition politics.

The son of North Korean refugees, he waited in line as a boy in war-ravaged Busan for free U.S. corn flour and milk powder. Imprisoned as a university student for trying to topple South Korea's military rulers, the dictatorship later forced Moon into South Korea's elite special forces. He became a human rights lawyer and then rose to what the media called "King Secretary" to the last liberal leader of the country, with whom he worked to reconcile with North Korea. He later defended that mentor from corruption charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, this man gets elected tomorrow, look for either a massive false flag to happen, to be blamed on North Korea, or an assassination attempt against him, because his policies are not to the liking of the American Deep State and the people in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

May 08 07:32

The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world

The attempt, according to the ministry, involved “the use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance” and the advantage of this was it “does not require access to the target (as) their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months”.

The person directly responsible was allegedly a North Korean working for the foreign intelligence agencies.

A CIA spokesman refused to comment on the allegations.

But although such a claim cannot be dismissed as totally outlandish – given the long list of US involvement in coups and assassinations worldwide – the agency was forced to cut back on such killings after a US Senate investigation in the 1970s exposed the scale of its operations.

Following the investigation, then president Gerald Ford signed in 1976 an executive order stating: “No employee of the United States government shall engage in, or conspire in, political assassination.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep American State, as represented by the CIA, continues to have its collective hands soaked in blood.

May 08 07:27

Russian outlet Sputnik falls out of D.C. media orbit with denied bid for Capitol Hill credentials

Sputnik, a news service owned and operated by the Russian government, has lost its bid to be permanently credentialed on Capitol Hill over its direct ties to Moscow.
The Congressional Periodical Press Gallery has denied Sputnik’s request for a permanent media pass, Politico reported Friday, dashing for now the outlet’s odds of closer access to Washington’s movers and shakers.
Composed of a rotating group of accredited journalists, the Periodical Press Gallery assists bona fide print and digital correspondents with press-related questions and issues concerning the House and Senate, according to its website. Additionally, gallery membership also lends to approved outlets receiving greater access on Capitol Hill while also typically opening doors to other centers of power in Washington, like the White House and Supreme Court, Politico reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is a "canary in the coal mine moment" here, with regard to the further demonization of Russia in the Unhinged States of America, in preparation for war against it.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

I will continue to read its English language version until it is made unavailable (and when that happens, you had better have your prep gear well and truly under control), as I find it very pragmatically fact-based, in most of the articles it carries.

May 08 07:19

OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTI-PROTEST LAW IMPOSING HUGE FINES ON “CONSPIRATOR” ORGANIZATIONS

A STATUTE AIMED at suppressing protests against oil and gas pipelines has been signed into law in Oklahoma, as a related bill advances through the state legislature. The two bills are part of a nationwide trend in anti-protest laws meant to significantly increase legal penalties for civil disobedience. The Oklahoma law signed this week is unique, however, in its broad targeting of groups “conspiring” with protesters accused of trespassing. It takes aim at environmental organizations Republicans have blamed for anti-pipeline protests that have become costly for local governments.

The statute Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin approved Wednesday was rushed into immediate effect under a provision that declared the situation “an emergency.” It will dramatically increase penalties against protesters who trespass on property containing a “critical infrastructure facility.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This law should die an ignominious death, if in fact it is ultimately tested at the Supreme Court Level; however, given the state of American jurisprudence at this moment in this country's history, one has to doubt that arguments against it might even get heard.

Yes, I am cynical; but there are moments when I just cannot keep up!!

May 08 07:15

Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise

Jordan and the United States kicked off Eager Lion, an annual military exercise with about 7,400 troops from more than 20 nations taking part, on Sunday.

US and Jordanian officials said the manoeuvres would include border security, cyber-defence, and "command and control" exercises to bolster coordination in response to threats including "terrorism".

"Joint efforts and coordination and the exchange of expertise ... are needed at the time when the region is facing the threat of terrorism," Jordanian Brigadier-General Khalid al-Sharaa, who will head the exercise, told reporters.

US Major-General Bill Hickman, deputy commanding officer for the American army in the region, said this year's Eager Lion exercise - the seventh so far - is "the largest and most complex to date".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder who they are planning to invade NEXT in the Middle East?!?

May 08 07:10

These Nuclear Breakthroughs Are Endangering the World

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers – Russia and NATO in Europe, and the US, North Korea, and China in Asia – Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, “exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.”

Writing in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists, Matthew McKinzie of the National Resources Defense Council, and physicist and ballistic missile expert Theodore Postol conclude that “Under the veil of an otherwise-legitimate warhead life-extension program,” the US military has vastly expanded the “killing power” of its warheads such that it can “now destroy all of Russia’s ICBM silos.”

May 08 07:05

At Least 50 Afghan Soldiers Killed as Pakistan Overruns Border Checkpoints

The situation at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is always tense, particularly after Friday’s exchange of fire between the two sides, but appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control, as Pakistani forces have attacked and destroyed several checkpoints along the Chaman border, which connects Balochistan to Kandahar.

At least 50 Afghan soldiers are reported dead, and over 100 wounded, as Pakistan reports they’ve destroyed five separate checkpoints in “retaliation” for Afghan fire. There was no news of new Pakistan casualties since Friday’s exchange of fire.

Locals say that the border crossing was closed earlier in the day by Pakistani security officials, and has remained so, with loudspeakers ordering all villages on the Pakistani side of the border evacuated until further notice. Helicopter gunships are reported overhead, and over 2,000 families have been displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may get ugly, and very quickly.

May 08 07:00

ISRAEL THREATENS TO LEGALIZE APARTHEID, OPENS DEBATE ON BECOMING SOLELY JEWISH STATE

“Discrimination has received a legal stamp. The danger in this law in that it establishes two classes of citizen — Jewish and Arab,” said Ayman Odeh. Israel has greenlighted a national debate on a controversial bill that would anchor the apartheid state’s status as solely a Jewish one, further discriminating against Arabs and setting up a further barrier to a peace process with Palestine.

May 08 06:57

NORTH KOREA IS A MAJOR OPIUM PRODUCER, MAKING IT A PRIME TARGET FOR THE CIA

hen the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium trade” after the leader of the fundamentalist group had declared the substance to be un-Islamic. At the time, Afghanistan’s opium was used to produce 75 percent of the world’s heroin.

May 08 06:54

Obama Shows Why Wall Street Has Two Parties And We Have None

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth be told, the American people have utterly no representation in government, whatsoever; just the major corporations which own politicians through political contributions, and that is just a fact of life Americans need to understand.

May 08 06:38

WHAT'S KILLING THE MIDDLE CLASS?

The rising asymmetry of rewards within our economy has many drivers.

We all know the middle class that actually owns capital and wields political influence is shrinking. As I noted last week in Redefining the Middle Class: It Isn't What You Earn and Owe, It's What You Own That Generates Income, defining the middle class by household income alone is a misleading metric, as it leaves out the critical factors of debt and ownership of productive assets.

A household may have an income of $150,000 and appear well-off by that metric, but if they are mired in debt and own virtually no productive assets or wealth that can be passed on to future generations, they aren't middle class--they're well-paid proletariats.

So what's killing the middle class? If you read the dozens of articles on the decline of the middle class in the mainstream (corporate) media, you soon discover there's a short list of the usual suspects:

1. Globalization / outsourcing

May 08 06:30

Hillary Clinton Ties Herself To Macron’s Victory Over Le Pen, Attacks The Media

Hillary Clinton attempted to tie herself to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s runoff victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday.

Clinton posted a tweet calling Macron’s election a victory for “the world” and a “defeat” to the hackers who released Macron’s emails to the public shortly before the election, but then turned the focus towards herself, claiming “the media says I can’t talk about that.” Clinton is known to have staffers carefully craft and edit her tweets before posting.

The tweet is the latest step in Clinton’s return to politics amid public speculation that she will run for president a third time in 2020.

While speaking at a televised women’s event last week, Clinton declared herself a member of the anti-Trump “resistance” and blamed FBI Director Jim Comey and Russian interference for her loss to Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And there you have it; Just as she is pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for what happened at Benghazi, she is also pathologically incapable of understanding why she lost last year's election.

And she lost it because she is perceived (and rightly so) as thoroughly corrupt; carrying more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot; absolutely not having the temperament for the job; painfully incapable of connecting with the Democratic Party's base; and imbued with a snotty sense of inevitability of her ultimate political victory.

She may have been the American Deep State's "wet dream", in terms of her martial proclivities; but unfortunately, President Trump is proving himself thoroughly pliable to its agenda.

The wars continue, and increase; and what is left of the middle class is continuing to get snuffed out of existence, economically; and I hate to admit this, but I am seeing a very dystopian vision of the future of this country at this moment.

May 07 11:13

Saudi Exceptionalism: Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it

It’s hard to fully capture the irony — not to mention sheer repulsiveness — of Donald Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip as US president.

The decision marks yet another rapid rhetorical turnaround for Trump. Candidate Trump was not a fan of the Saudi kingdom. In fact, he was not shy at all about calling Riyadh out in ways that his political opponents dared not dream of.

Trump’s righteous indignation and anger towards the Saudis dissipated almost immediately, however, upon taking office. This has been much to the delight of Washington neocons who have been eager to see more aggressive US policy toward Iran, Riyadh’s top regional foe.

As for all that money Clinton accepted? Well, Saudi cash is just fine if it lines the pockets of arms manufacturers Lockheed, Raytheon and BAE Systems. To quote Voltaire: When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion.

Arms deals and Yemen slaughter

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Through this US-enabled Saudi slaughter of Yemeni people, the United States of America has been - and continues to be - a complicit and willing partner in Saudi war crimes.

I don't know if it bothers you, but it very definitely bothers the heck out of me!!

May 07 10:56

What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat'

Earlier this week, during his testimony in the United States Senate, FBI Director James Comey said that Russia is the "greatest threat of any nation on Earth" to the democratic process in the United States.

During the hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey what kind of "threat" Russia presents to the "democratic process."

"Certainly, in my view the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability," Comey answered.

He also claimed that Moscow is still involved in attempts to influence politics in the United States.

Commenting on Comey’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing: "I think that’s the view of the FBI. We rely on them and the rest of the intelligence community to provide the president with updates on what they are learning."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Comey did not elaborate on evidence against Russia; all he has are allegations, with utterly no substance behind them, with which to demonize Russia, because he understands that the American Deep State ultimately wants war against both Russia and China to destabilise the ruble and the yuan.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 10:35

California Wants To Tax Space Flights... By Miles Traveled

It appears that California's politicians & regulators spend all their time trying to figure out how to tax something new. They will never reform, it’s always give me more.

They want to tax space travel per mile and claim 62 miles above California belongs to the State. Sooner or later, they will want a tax from all satellites that just pass by their state once a day.

The space launches are taking place from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara.

Any company should look for prosperity in Texas or Florida and forget California.

The state is beyond help at this stage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a native California, I know I could never go back there to live; unfortunately, the state has, collectively, lost its mind.

May 07 10:31

The Inflection Point: Venezuela's Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

One month ago, when discussing the latest "explosive" turn in Venezuela's political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters. Overnight, according to Thor Halvorsen of the Human Rights Foundation, this "inflection point" appears to have arrived when he observed in a Tweet that "the military in parts of Venezuela has begun to defect. They are now marching *with* the protesters. Dozens of soldiers are under arrest."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am quite certain that there are a number of people in the bowels of DC who are very pleased with this outcome, and may well have been instrumental in bringing it about.

I am sure also that there is a "candidate du jour" the US government has waiting in the wings to bring Venezuela into the US dollar hegemony, once Maduro is well and truly overthrown.

May 07 09:12

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FIGHTS IN COURT TO PREVENT TOP CIA OFFICIAL FROM TESTIFYING ON TORTURE

MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS after President Obama formally ended the CIA’s torture program, the Trump administration is fighting to block the CIA’s new deputy director from providing a deposition about her role in pioneering the agency’s most abusive torture techniques.

The Trump administration appointed Gina Haspel as deputy director of the CIA in February, attracting criticism from human rights advocates due to her former role in abusive interrogations. The move was interpreted as a public sign of the administration’s approval for some of the CIA’s most brutal abuses after the 9/11 attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised that President "Deep State" Trump should be making such a move, to defend one the chief torturers from the Bush administration?!?

May 07 09:08

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsIn Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), says that seven million Yemeni people are on the brink of famine. "I am shocked to my bones," said Egeland, following a five day visit to Yemen. "The world is letting some 7 million men, women and children slowly but surely be engulfed…" Egeland blames this catastrophe on "men with guns and power in regional and international capitals who undermine every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine, as well as the collapse of health and educational services for millions of children." Egeland and the NRC call on all parties to the conflict, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, the US and the U.K. to negotiate a cease fire.

This weekend, the situation stands poised to become dramatically worse with the apparently imminent bombing, by Saudi Arabia, one of the US’ closest allies, of the aid lifeline which is the port of Hodeida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The citizens of Yemen are dead people walking, about to be assassinated by the twin plagues of slow famine by starvation, or a quicker, but no less brutal end, through Saudi bombing strikes, to bring back the rule of the Al-Hadi government.

They are generally poor; and in wars like this, the poor are irrelevant,and whose lives should be snuffed out as quickly as possible.

It appears that the House of Saud; the Saudi government and Military, and the US government and military have, collectively, had their consciences surgically removed, to allow this genocide to continue, because it is the means to the end of re-installing the US-appointed Yemeni puppet, Mansour Al Hadi.

I am rather astonished that the US military hasn't been using MOABS and other bombs to completely destroy the civilian population here, because at the end of the day, this appears to be the Saudi and US government and military's design intent.

May 07 08:59

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Carrier Parked Off Iran Complains Iranian Surveillance a ‘Nuisance’

The USS George H.W. Bush, an American aircraft carrier parked perpetually off the coast of Iran, appears to have attracted the attention of Iran, and officials say that Iran’s use of surveillance drones to keep an eye on the massive US warship is a “nuisance.”

Officials also hyped the presence of small Iranian naval boats operating off the coast of Iran, claiming them to be “naked aggression” for sometimes being close to the US carrier, despite also appearing to have never actually left Iranian waters by all indications.

US officials have repeatedly made a big deal about Iran having ships off their own coast, while Iranian officials have responded by saying that they think a better question is why the US warships are 7,500 miles away from their own territorial waters, and constantly looming around Iran’s coasts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does the Iranian military have aircraft carriers right off the Gulf of Mexico?!?

the short answer here is, no.

I rest my case.

May 07 08:55

Israel: Doctors refusing to force treatment on Palestinian hunger strikers must find their own replacement

Doctors who refuse to force treatment on hunger striking Palestinian security prisoners whose lives are in danger must find another physician willing to treat the patients, the Health Ministry ordered.

Over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli prisons, mostly Fatah members led by Marwan Barghouti, began a hunger strike on April 17, demanding additional privileges, and most are still continuing with their strike.

In a letter distributed to Israeli hospitals on Wednesday, the Health Ministry refreshed the regulations and procedures concerning hunger strikers as part of the preparations for treating the striking prisoners, hundreds of whom are still not eating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Force-feeding prisoners through an NG tube, is no easy feat, even if the person doing so is both well-trained, and completely humane, as the British found out during the time of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.

Some of these men are still going to die, and become martyrs for their cause, which is the polar opposite of the outcome Israel wants for these prisoners.

And when word gets out, the furor from the Palestinian community is going to, possibly, take a very brutal, and unexpected course.

May 07 08:49

US Dismisses Ban on Aircraft Over Syrian Safe Zones

A day after the US gave tepid support for the establishment of Syrian safe zones to try to separate combatant forces and reduce the amount of fighting, they appear to have noticed that this might get in their way of their own attacks across the country, and are pledging to ignore the demilitarization of the zones.

Back when Turkey and the US were both super keen on the idea of safe zones, a big selling point was the imposition of no-fly zones over the areas, to keep the civilians within getting bombed. This was also a big obstacle, as the US wasn’t totally clear it could do this without declaring war on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what, precisely, the Vegas odds of the US government getting into direct military confrontation with Russia over Syria might be, but I would imagine, right now, that they are quite good.

May 07 08:43

Iraqi Prime Minister Says No US Combat Troops Will Remain After Daesh Ousted

Iraq's prime minister has said there will be no lingering US combat troop presence in his country after the battle to remove Daesh is finished, contradicting earlier reports.

Officials from both countries on Thursday reportedly said talks were ongoing regarding maintaining US combat troops in Iraq after Daesh is ousted, but Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Twitter on Friday that no US troops would stay on.

Here We Go Again: US May Keep Troops in Iraq Even After Daesh Is Ousted

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May 07 08:38

Putin ‘orders Gazprom to start laying pipes along Turkish Stream’s sea route’

Gazprom will be ready to start laying pipes on the Turkish Stream offshore section in several days, the company’s CEO Alexei Miller told Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 4, as Russia’s TASS reported.

Putin has ordered Gazprom to start laying pipes on sea stretch of Turkish Stream pipeline.

“We will be ready to start laying the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in several days,” Miller said, as quoted by the Russian news agency.

The Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project agreement between Turkey and Russia was signed on Oct. 10, 2016, and ratified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 7.

The project, which was announced by Putin during a 2014 visit to Turkey, is set to carry gas from Russia under the Black Sea to Turkey’s Thrace region.

One line, with 15.75 billion cubic meters of capacity, is expected to supply the Turkish market, while a second line will carry gas to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a big deal, in light of the US government's objections against such a pipeline, because of how it will benefit Russia, economically, particularly in light of the natural gas which will be sold to Russia.

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