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Mar 05 09:17

French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism

There is a pushback in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s speech to a major Israel lobby group last month vowing to criminalize anti-Zionism.

More than 400 intellectuals, artists and activists have signed an open letter to Macron that was published on 28 February in the national newspaper Libération.

“Mr. President, we are French citizens who respect the laws of the republic, but if you adopt a law against anti-Zionism, or if you officially adopt an erroneous definition of anti-Semitism that permits outlawing it, please know that we will break this law with our words, our writing, our art and our acts of solidarity,” the letter states.

“And if you decide to pursue us, to silence us, even to imprison us for that, well, you can come and get us.”

Mar 04 21:12

Extreme leadership: Champions of game-changing facts for humanity so fearful & stupefied they’re afraid to look

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“If somebody asks them, ‘Why, what evil does he practice or teach?’ they do not know, and cannot tell; but in order that they do not appear to be at a loss, they repeat the ready-made charges which are used against all philosophers about teaching things up in the clouds and under the earth, and having no gods, and making the worse appear the better cause; for they do not like to confess that their pretense of knowledge has been detected — which is the truth…” Plato, Apology of Socrates, 23d

Wise practice and challenging competition produce increasing expertise. Arguably, the most important area to practice and compete is to upgrade living conditions on Earth for a planet dominated by historical rogue state empires annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions (and here).

After 42 years of such practice and competition, these are my current “top 3” conclusions:

Mar 04 16:20

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet "Oligopoly"

The Directive will be voted on at the end of this month, and its Article 13 requires that online communities, platforms, and services prevent their users from committing copyright infringement, rather than ensuring that infringing materials are speedily removed.

In a new official statement on the Directive (English translation), Kelber warns that Article 13 will inevitably lead to the use of automated filters, because there is no imaginable way for the organisations that run online services to examine everything their users post and determine whether each message, photo, video, or audio clip is a copyright violation.

Kelber goes on to warn that this will exacerbate the already dire problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

Mar 04 15:55

Sorry Mr. Pence, The Venezuelan Military Aren't Rubes

We all know that this coup attempt by the US and Guaidó failed because we all saw the anti-Maduro thugs on the Colombia-Venezuela border throw a tantrum when they realized their error. Once these CIA stooges realized the trucks of aid weren’t crossing the border they just decided to burn them and blame it on Maduro (which has also failed).

But why did it fail?

In the weeks leading up to the latest coup, multiple US officials spoke publicly (and privately) to members of the Venezuelan military urging them to turn on the Bolivarian Revolution. For the sake of simplifying this argument, let’s focus in particular on the promises made by the Vice President of the US, Mike Pence.

Mar 04 15:51

California to Tax Anything & Everything They Can Think Of

So enjoy life while you can. Governments only look at the immediate future and never tomorrow. Hence, they are doing their best to ensure the decline and fall of everything thanks to their complete mismanagement and self-interest. Representative governments have never worked for once you have career politicians, they will never place the interests of the people before their own.

Mar 04 14:33

No Relief From Lies, Incessant Lies, & Damnable Lies About Your Guns ~ VIDEO

The aims of the Radical Left is insidious. But, it has access to money; lots of it. And the Radical Left is well organized. The ruthless internationalists, who seek to destroy our Nation, orchestrate the radical Left's every move; provide the Radical Left with its talking points; create the Left's agenda, and tick off the items on the agenda, once accomplished. It is all a well-planned, orchestrated subterfuge. It is all a carefully calculated, ruthless scheme to take the Nation from the American people, without the American people even knowing it is happening.

Mar 04 11:39

US Navy Declares F-35C Stealth Fighter "Ready For Combat"

The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation published a statement last week declaring its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35C stealth fighter jets are operationally ready for war.

After several decades of testing and development, the service announced Thursday that the fifth-generation fighter had achieved Initial Operating Capability, indicating that it has passed all tests to be flown on combat missions.

Thursday's announcement came after a squadron of the F-35Cs qualified and deployed with the San Diego-based Nimitz-class supercarrier, Carl Vinson.

“The F-35C is ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” said Commander Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller. “We are adding an incredible weapon system into the arsenal of our Carrier Strike Groups that significantly enhances the capability of the joint force.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope to heck that the US Navy will not have to walk this back.

Mar 04 11:37

As Guaido Re-Enters Venezuela Monday, Bolton Threatens US Action If He's Detained

US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to re-enter Venezuela on Monday after previously meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and other regional leaders in Colombia last week, and after visiting with the president of Ecuador on Sunday. The Maduro government, including Venezuela's Supreme Court, has said he could face up to 30 years in prison for violating a prior travel ban placed on him — something which the US has balked at, saying it would take action if Guaido were prosecuted or harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: had Juan Guaido been chosen as the US's "sacrificial lamb", ultimately to be assassinated by the very elements he trusted for safe passage back home?!?

Will his imprisonment/"neutralization" by US alphabet soup agencies be his end, if he really goes back to Venezuela today, to create a larger outcry?!?

Assassinations are as Deep State American as apple pie; I seriously doubt that Guaido has even though about this, but right now, he really needs to consider this possibility, given the number of times this has happened on the international stage.

Mar 04 11:25

MSNBC YET AGAIN BROADCASTS BLATANT LIES, THIS TIME ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS’ OPENING SPEECH, AND REFUSES TO CORRECT THEM

MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a defining attribute of a news outlet: a willingness to acknowledge factual errors, correct them, and apologize. That they not only allow their lies to stand uncorrected but reward their employees who do it most frequently – especially when those lies are directed at adversaries of the Democratic Party – proves that they are, first and foremost, a political arm of the Democratic establishment.
The most recent example is as glaring as it is malicious. On Saturday in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders delivered his first speech for his 2020 presidential campaign in front of thousands of people. MSNBC broadcast the speech live, and anyone can watch the full 2-hour event, or just Sanders’ full 35-minute speech, on YouTube.

As a result, there’s no confusion possible about what was said. Everyone can see it with their own eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the people we might turn to, to actually report the news, are proven rotten to the core, there are only two remedies: never watching them again, and a short letter/email to their president, Phil Griffin, explaining (in small words) why you will never watch them again.

Mar 04 11:12

HUAWEI CFO SUING CANADA, ITS BORDER AGENCY AND POLICE FORCE

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
A Huawei executive is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force, alleging that they arrested, searched and interrogated her before informing her she was under arrest.

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant, said on Sunday they had filed a notice of civil claim in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Canada arrested Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, at the request of the United States on December 1 at Vancouver's international airport.

Meng and Huawei face US charges of conspiring to violate Washington's sanctions on Iran.

The suit said that instead of immediately arresting her, authorities interrogated Meng "under the guise of a routine customs" examination and used the opportunity to "compel her to provide evidence and information".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, in light of a trade war between the US and China, is a thoroughly lousy thing for the US to have done; the optics are wretched, and has caused nasty blowback against our Canadian supporters as well, with arrests of Canadian officials in China.

Mar 04 11:05

NETHERLANDS RECALLS IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN TIT-FOR-TAT; FOLLOWS EU CHARGES OF IRAN "TERROR PLOTS"

In a diplomatic tit-for-tat the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran after members of its diplomatic staff at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Monday.

"[We] Have decided to recall the ambassador in Tehran for consultations," Blok said in a tweet. "The decision follows the expulsion of two Dutch embassy staff. That is unacceptable."

Though the immediate reasons for this latest spat between the two countries remains unclear, tensions have heightened after the European Union first began accusing Iran of "assassination attempts" and state-sponsored "terrorist plots" in Europe.

Last month Iran slammed EU charges as "groundless" — charges which Dutch officials had helped push into the open in tandem with other European leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the EU actually prove about these "alleged Iranian terror plots"?!?

Probably absolutely nothing.

Mar 04 11:02

UK UNDER PRESSURE FROM US TO ADOPT AGGRESSIVE ANTI-BDS POSTURE IN POST-BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The UK is under pressure to adopt a more aggressive posture towards the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in exchange for better trade deals with the US in post-Brexit negotiations between the two countries.

Details of the post-Brexit trade negotiations-which suggest Britain is unlikely to get softer treatment than other US allies-were released last week in an 18-page document by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), led by Robert Lighthizer. Listed amongst the “negotiating objectives” of the Trump administration is a demand for the UK to take a more hostile stance towards BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One had to expect this from Israeli politicians regarding BDS, as Israel girds its collective loins for the upcoming 9 April elections, and Netanyahu has been caught, red-handed, enmeshed in corruption scandals, for which he will most probably be tried.

Mar 04 10:55

CHINA ACCUSES ARRESTED CANADIANS OF STEALING STATE SECRETS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
China has accused two Canadians currenctly held there of acting together to steal state secrets and intelligence, according to state media.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested in China in early December soon after the detention in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, who is currently facing extradition to the United States.

On Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency cited unidentified Chinese authorities as saying Kovrig violated Chinese laws by acting as a spy and stealing state secrets and intelligence with the help of Spavor. It was the first time the two men's cases have been linked.

It said Kovrig often entered China using an ordinary passport and business visas and acquired information from Spavor, his "main contact".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Chinese "arm-twisting" on Canada, regarding the fate, extradition, and trial of Meng Wanzhou in the US.

It will be interesting to see how Canadian officials deal with this.

Mar 04 10:50

SNITCH SWITCH: SMART ASSISTANTS WITH “MORAL AI” COULD CALL POLICE ON OWNERS WHO BREAK LAW

SOURCE: THE NEW AMERICAN
Reprinted with permission from TheNewAmerican.com.

Call it Terminator meets the second-grade tattletale, but some “experts” have suggested that electronic home assistants could be programmed with moral artificial intelligence (AI) that could decide whether to report its owners to the authorities for breaking the law.

As the Daily Mail reports:

Academics at the University of Bergen, Norway, touted the idea at the ACM conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society in Hawaii.

Marija Slavkovik, associate professor the department of information science and media studies, led the research.

Leon van der Torre and Beishui Liao, professors at the University of Luxembourg and Zhejiang University respectively, also took part.

Dr Slavkovik suggested that digital assistants should possess an ethical awareness that simultaneously represents both the owner and the authorities — or, in the case of a minor, their parents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why, in our home, other than our cell phones, there will never be a digital AI, folks.

Mar 04 10:47

SINGLE MOTHER OF THREE ARRESTED, THROWN IN JAIL—OVER UNPAID MEDICAL BILL

La Porte, IN — A traffic stop for a missing sticker on her car led to a single Indiana mom’s arrest last month—after police discovered this mom was a “criminal” because she was unable to pay her medical bills.

Melissa Welch-Latronica didn’t know why police stopped her last month as she was not breaking any laws. The officer told her that she failed to put the 2019 sticker on her license plate, so he needed to see her driver’s license and registration.

As she waited for her citation over a license plate sticker—which was in her car—another cop pulled up.

“I have no felonies or anything on my record,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many many years ago,, I worked in the collection department of a large auto-leasing firm in West LA.

My boss was one of the most smart, kind, gentle, and honorable people for whom I had ever had the privilege of working, by the name of Mel Leeds.

What Mel would do, if there was an outstanding debt by a lessee, (particularly if the car had been repossessed) was to move heaven and earth to find a way to have the lessee create a "promissory note", to get the lessee to pay something every month, to get the bill payed down, and avoid a court date, and he was amazingly successful in how he did this.

Missing the court date was a major problem here, but having had this work experience with Mel, I think that corporations can, and should, have a heart, when someone is overwhelmed with medical problems, and desperately need to get help.

Mar 04 10:21

Feminist Spreads Period Blood on Her Face to Break ‘Stigma’ of Menstruation

Feminism is another NWO ism designed to destroy the Family. Looks like it also destroyed this woman's mind. Gross!

A 26-year-0ld Instagram feminist spread menstrual blood on her face in an attempt to break the “stigma” around menstruation.

Mar 04 10:01

MILITARY INTERVENTION AND MERCENARIES, INC. (MIAMI)

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation.

The city of Miami, Florida may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anything which cannot be achieved and won legitimately by the Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika is now won illegitimately, and sheeple simply don't seem to be able to tell the difference, which just scares the living daylights our of me.

This country has become the Evil Empire Americana, very much like the Star Wars saga, where Princess Amidala (now Senator Amidala) makes the following observation: "So this... is how liberty dies; to thunderous applause!" - (Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith).

Mar 04 09:48

MADURO SO FAR DEFIES ODDS IN U.S. REGIME CHANGE EFFORT | OILPRICE.COM

Venezuela is scrambling to find buyers for its oil, hoping to keep revenue streams alive even as Maduro loses control of Citgo.

The U.S.-based subsidiary of PDVSA officially severed ties with its parent company in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, according to Reuters. The American government is trying to shift control of Citgo into the hands of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Citgo has stopped sending payments to PDVSA, and Gauidó has appointed a new board to the company. Some Venezuelan employees working at Citgo in the U.S. returned back to Caracas.

Citgo is one of the major prizes that the U.S. has tried to wrestle away from Maduro as part of the American regime change campaign in Venezuela. Citgo is the eight largest refiner in the U.S. at 750,000 bpd, and it owns pipelines and retail gasoline stations. The company is a key source of revenue for the Venezuelan government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The operative words in the title of this articles are "so far".

Abrams (and the warhawks) are in this for the long game, and complete control over Venezuela's oil.

Yesterday, Guido announced that he would be coming back to Venezuela in the near future, and encouraged supporters to demonstrate, to create a lot of "noise" against Maduros, so that his homecoming could be drowned out by it.

I am very sure that he has a very specific set of "instructions" from one, or more, of the US's "Alphabet Soup" agencies as to how and when to accomplish this goal.

Mar 03 13:08

California Democrat spills the beans, says “gun confiscation” is the ultimate goal to “prevent all gun violence” … but who will carry it out?

Shall not infringe. Shall not infringe. Shall not infringe. How many times do the gun-grabbing Democrats in Congress need to hear these three simple words before they get it through their thick skulls that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects and guarantees Americans’ God-given right to bear arms, is non-negotiable? -- Apparently a few more times, as House Democrats are busy scheming up legislation that would make it much more difficult for the people of this country to rightfully buy, sell, and possess firearms. And their ultimate end game, as openly admitted by California Democrat Mike Thompson during a recent press conference, is to eventually confiscate everybody’s guns.

Mar 03 13:01

Confirmed: There Is A “Retail Apocalypse” Happening Right Now: 465 Major Store Closings Announced In Last 48 Hours

While U.S. stock markets are still holding up around record levels and many tout a health economy, it looks a whole lot different on the ground. -- This week, over a span of just 48 hours, four major retailers announced 465 nationwide store closings.

Mar 03 12:35

CBS News Wants Guns for Them.. But Not for You ~ VIDEO

I missed these details at first. A TV news crew was the victim of a recent robbery attempt. This was a video crew from the local CBS affiliate in San Francisco. The crew was protected by an armed guard. This is interesting because CBS condemned ordinary citizens for being armed. The network said it is unwise for you or me to have a gun for self-defense of our family while CBS protected their camera equipment with armed guards. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning. -- I can’t trust a news organization that has one set of rules for them and another set of rules for us.

Mar 03 09:34

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU. The documents include details of how Facebook:

Mar 02 09:53

OVER 600 TONS OF LEAKED OIL EXPECTED TO RUIN HERITAGE-LISTED SOLOMON ISLANDS REEF

A terrifying environmental calamity has engulfed the Solomon Islands after a bulk carrier ran aground in last month’s cyclone Oma, threatening the future of a sensitive UNESCO World Heritage site.

The government of the small island nation has demanded urgent assistance in controlling the spill, which has already leaked over 80 tons of oil into the sea and surrounding shoreline and continues to gush into the nearby coral reef, causing a devastating impact on the environmentally sensitive region.

On February 5, the Hong Kong-flagged Solomon Trader, built in 1994, was loading bauxite from a mine on Rennell Island before the cyclone sank the ship onto a coral reef.

Over 660 tons of oil remain on board the leaking vessel along with the ship’s full load of bauxite, the key ore used to make aluminum. The ship was chartered with Indonesian company Bintan Mining Solomon Islands Limited, but its ownership remains unclear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cyclones are horrible things.

But that being said, why did the captain of the ship not check local weather reports, indicating this was coming?!? And what pushed him to continue the journey, with a ship that was 25 years old, and heaven only knows what its condition was, before the journey began.

This looks to me like a reckless run for profits, even facing the catastrophe that both the owner of the ship, and its captain, almost absolutely, had to know.

Right now, the captain, the chartering company, and the owner need to be arrested, and perp walked to the scene of the damage, tried, and convicted by a jury of their peers, and sentenced to hard jail time, and that the chartering and owners of this ship be liable for any and all damages to the Solomon islands, and must pay restitution.

Here are some images of the damage the spill has caused:

Solomon Trader’s Bunker Spill Continues Without Containment

Mar 02 09:34

  CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM BARRED MILLIONS FROM TRAVELING IN 2018

Your bags are packed, your rooms are booked, you’re all set for your vacation; there’s just one problem, the government has canceled your tickets.

As early as 2014, China began conceptualizing a Social Credit System (SCS), sort of like a credit score for citizen behavior where behaviors deemed good for society are rewarded with privileges and bad behaviors result in a poor score and loss of privileges. China has since been working to test its new method of population control and has been slowly conscripting citizens into the system. Now, a new report acquired by the Associated Press, suggests millions of would-be travelers had their plans canceled as a result of the SCS in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't think that your alleged Congressional representatives are not LUSTING IN THEIR HEARTS to reimagine such a system for the US, the Constitution be damned.

Mar 02 09:30

WALMART REPLACING OVERNIGHT SHIFTS WITH "LABOR-SAVING MACHINES"; ELIMINATES STORE GREETERS

As part of the company's streamlining process, Walmart is eliminating the overnight shift that restocks the aisles at about 300 stores, and while it will aim to transition those employees to other hours, it will most likely end up firing most of them especially since the impacted stores are primarily smaller ones with lower annual sales or customer traffic.

At the same time, Walmart is accelerating its robotic rollout and is the expanding the use of a backroom conveyor system that takes boxes of products from trucks and scans them to speed their delivery to the shelves. The so-called “FAST Unloader” machine will be in 1,700 stores by the end of the year, up from 400 now, leading to even more mass layoffs of highly unskilled workers.

The moves show how Walmart, despite strong sales, is grappling to keep a lid on operating expenses -- especially as labor and transportation costs and e-commerce investments weigh on margins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah," Walmart Compassion"!! What a flipping joke!! And Greg Foran, company President, I would like to politely suggest that you are not fooling anyone with this codswallop.

In fact, I would almost be willing to bet that when the furor winds down, these greeters will be fired at 61 days, rather than at 60.

Given the ageism in American society (i.e., if potential employees are not young, cute, and handsome/beautiful, and will work for a pittance, they are worthless), one has to wonder just what jobs these folks will be able to find, and in a rapidly shrinking economy, to boot.

Mar 02 09:27

Koch Brothers Announce Plans to Intervene in GOP Primaries in Support of RINO, Open Border, “Free Trade” Republicans

The Koch Brothers network announced they will intervene in GOP primaries in support of RINO hacks and open borders Republicans.

The Kochs are not happy with the direction of the country under President Trump. They want Paul Ryan-like Republicans who can push trade policies that wipe out the US middle class.

Mar 02 09:18

PROSECUTOR DECLARES FREED TEXAS DEATH ROW INMATE ALFRED DEWAYNE BROWN INNOCENT, PAVING WAY FOR STATE COMPENSATION

Alfred Dewayne Brown spent nearly a decade on Texas’ death row before his conviction was thrown out by the courts. But despite being freed in 2015, he didn’t qualify for the state payout given to those wrongfully convicted because he was never declared “actually innocent.”

On Friday, that changed. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg held a press conference announcing that an outside attorney she had assigned to investigate the case had found Brown innocent, paving the way for Brown to receive $80,000 for each year he was wrongfully in prison plus smaller monthly payments over the course of his life. She filed an amended motion in the trial court. That motion is expected to be approved and clear Brown's last hurdle to get compensation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way the chain of evidence is handled here in the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, is absolutely frightful; and if you ever read some of the files from "Innocence Project", it will be enough to curl your hair, without any chemicals needed. innocence project

Innocence Project

These are good people, trying to right some horrific wrongs in the US judicial process.

Mar 02 09:15

China’s Social Credit System Barred Millions from Traveling in 2018

Your bags are packed, your rooms are booked, you’re all set for your vacation; there’s just one problem, the government has canceled your tickets.As early as 2014, China began conceptualizing a Social Credit System (SCS), sort of like a credit score for citizen behavior where behaviors deemed good for society are rewarded with privileges and bad behaviors result in a poor score and loss of privileges. China has since been working to test its new method of population control and has been slowly conscripting citizens into the system. Now, a new report acquired by the Associated Press, suggests millions of would-be travelers had their plans canceled as a result of the SCS in 2018.

Mar 02 09:07

FAMILY RAIDED BY COPS, THEIR CHILDREN KIDNAPPED—FOR NOT BRINGING SON TO ER FOR A FEVER

The nightmare for this family started 4 days ago when they brought their toddler to the doctor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine because he had a fever. The fever had gotten pretty high, 105, so the doctor told the family to take the baby to the ER.

When the family got back to the car, however, they took Heber’s temperature once more and noticed that it had dropped significantly. His temp fell to 102, which is no reason to head to the ER.

“He’s acting normal. He’s dancing with his sisters in his car seat. And I take his temperature and it’s 102,” said Beck.

For those who may be unaware, it is not necessary to bring your toddler to the ER for a fever. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, if a toddler has no other symptoms with fevers under 104, you just need to make them comfortable. What’s more, they only recommend seeking medical attention after repeated fevers of 104 or higher—which is what this family did.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Parents with small children, please move from Arizona, and vote with your feet, making sure that the current Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, understands why you are leaving.

Intelligent parents, who love their children, should not be put at the mercy of the industrial/medical complex, which can immediately decide to call for police to invade your home, and take your children from you.

Mar 02 09:02

REVEALED: FACEBOOK’S GLOBAL LOBBYING AGAINST DATA PRIVACY LAWS

Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment
Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation that has targeted hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU. The documents include details of how Facebook:

• Used chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist memoir Lean In to “bond” with female European commissioners it viewed as hostile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at these developments.

Facebook has long been the 4th arm of US government, and its surveillance capabilities make it the "poster child" for digital dismemberment, should one's thoughts differ, in any way, from what the official narrative might be.

Mar 02 08:42

Former CIA Whistleblower: Yes, Even the US Post Office Is Spying on You

You may remember that last year some nut was arrested for mailing bombs to prominent Democrats, media outlets, and opponents of Donald Trump. Less than a week after the bombs went out, a suspect was arrested. Almost immediately, video turned up of him at a Trump rally, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hate and chanting for the camera. He was soon tried, convicted, and jailed.

End of story.

But it wasn’t the end of the story. The investigation into the bomb incidents focused attention on an almost unknown federal surveillance program—one that poses a direct threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of every American. It’s called the “Mail Cover Program” and it’s run by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Yes, even the Post Office is spying on us.

Mar 01 17:04

The House Just Passed A SECOND Extreme Gun Control Bill

For the second day in a row, gun-grabbers in the US House of Representatives have passed an extreme gun control bill.

Mar 01 16:25

Every Democrat Presidential Hopeful for 2020 Hates the Second Amendment

We students of American history know and understand “gun-control” was the spark that started the entire American Revolutionary War. Those pitiable, embattled farmers who bravely, audaciously blocked the bridge at Lexington and Concord in 1775 are our magnificent ancestors. They blocked that bridge, because British regular troops were coming to forcibly confiscate their privately-owned flintlock rifles (the “assault weapon” of the era), and they knew it. How far we’ve come in 243 years. King George III is back, banging on our very door. He wants us to let him back in.

Mar 01 16:16

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Headed to Senate Floor

Last week, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs passed three anti-gun bills out of committee that could come up for a vote on the Senate floor.
Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bills 600, 621, and 1466. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator.

Mar 01 16:16

Meet The Kakistocracy - Tjeerd Andringa on The Corbett Report


Kakistocracy is defined as “rule by the worst.” Today on the program Dr. Tjeerd Andringa of the University of Groningen joins us to discuss his theory of how the kakistocracy uses child abuse to perpetuate their control, both over the victims of that abuse and its perpetrators. We also discuss what the vast majority of decent and moral people can do about this problem.

Mar 01 13:12

Cops are accused of child 'torture' after footage emerges of officers shoving and screaming at kids as part of a prison-inspired program to scare them into not committing crimes

Footage has emerged of South Carolina sheriff's deputies violently shoving children and screaming in their faces as part of a prison-inspired disciplinary program for troubled youth.

The video, which was shot by the Charlotte Observer, shows children and teenagers being disciplined by officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

The program, called Project STORM, is aimed at high-risk youth and involves parents sending their children to prison for a weekend to teach them a lesson.

While the program has been running for several years, some psychologists have slammed the recent footage saying the treatment the youth are subjected to is child abuse.

The children who participate in the program - some as young as eight - are handcuffed and treated like real criminals in an attempt to help curb unruly behavior

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really bothers me about this program, is the belief by both parents and police, apparently, that the only thing that will turn a child around is absolute, wiled-eyed, heart-pounding fear, and being treated roughly.

And my question is, why do incidents like these kids have done, never seem to happen in the private sector?!? Is it because they are engaged by teachers who diagnose and reached out to at the level of understanding they have achieved, and work from there?!? I know that here in the Islands, the Kumon Schools have an excellent reputation for turning kids' behaviour- and school work- around?!?

When I see families succeed, I see environments where kids are given structure, love, and a "you can do it" attitude. My brother and sister-in-law have two wonderful daughters, and this is what they were raised with, and came out quite well.

The greatest killer of education, and future potential, universally, is low expectations of a child, and that is a really horrible thing to do.

Mar 01 12:48

Canada Allows Extradition Of Huawei CFO To Move Forward

In a landmark - if widely expected - decision, the Department of Justice in Ottawa has ruled that extradition proceedings against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on the same day that President Trump and President Xi struck their trade truce in Buenos Aires, will proceed.

Though whether or not she will face trial in the US must still be determined by a Canadian court, a process that could take months or even years, the fact that her extradition is moving forward is still a big moment in a case that has captivated investors and elicited threats of retribution against Ottawa from Beijing.

Meng is wanted in the US on charges of fraud and sanctions violations for her alleged role in deceiving HSBC and other banks into processing transactions for Huawei that were purportedly linked to Iran. US prosecutors filed roughly a dozen charges against Meng and Huawei in January, as well as a formal request for her extradition, according to the BBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was the absolutely most perniciously stupid thing for the White House to do at this very sensitive point in trade relations between the US and China,

Mar 01 12:38

Trump to expel dozens of Maduro loyalists from the US

The Trump administration is expelling dozens of officials loyal to Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro from the United States, a top administration official announced Friday.

“Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal from the Venezuelan people or undermine Venezuela’s democracy are not welcome in the United States,” Special Envoy Elliott Abrams told reporters at the State Department. “Neither are their family members, who enjoy a privileged lifestyle at the expense of liberty and prosperity of millions of Venezuelans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The optics on this appear churlish and infantile, all at the same time.

First of all, if these people who supported Maduro, going home, if they can make it, most probably means a hail of bullets for them and their families, by either US soldiers, special ops, or mercs.

And then, you have the following companion piece, also from freerepublic.com:

Trump Sanctions Top Maduros Military./ This article goes on to state:

"“We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

The move came the same day Trump's State Department announced it was expelling dozens of Maduro loyalists from the United States.

The new Treasury blacklist includes a major general with the Venezuelan National Guard, three senior officials responsible for Venezuela’s internal defense, and a colonel in the state national police force. The United States also sanctioned a commander of the FAES, a special police squad “known for their violent role in suppressing dissent from Maduro’s political opponents,” according to the Treasury Department bulletin."

I frankly think that these two measures, taken so quickly, are the prelude to an attempt at military intervention very soon.

Mar 01 12:31

Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: “There Is No Turning Back”

Simultaneous with this weekend’s planned confrontation, the US military escalated its war plans. CNN reported that

“the US military has flown an increased number of reconnaissance flights in international airspace off the coast of Venezuela during the last several days to gather classified intelligence” in possible preparation for a military intervention.

On Saturday, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló reported that the Venezuelan military threatened to “open fire” on an American ship that entered Venezuelan territorial waters without permission. Though the ship was registered in Vanuatu, it was flying under a US flag in violation of international maritime law. US officials claim the ship was carrying 200 tons of “humanitarian aid.”

Venezuelan officials allege that US “humanitarian aid” includes weapons shipments to Colombia. Last Wednesday, Colombian armed forces leader Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jiménez traveled to Florida, where he met with leaders of US Southern Command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, it is on; needing to distance himself from the problems of the Kim Jun Un summit in Hanoi, and the horrific accusations Cohen made against Trump in his testimony to Congress, President Trump may well feel compelled to redirect focus on Venezuela, and very quickly.

I truly think that this will be his next ploy, and we need to be conscious and aware this weekend, because my sense is, that this will be the time when he will want to move forward.

Mar 01 11:53

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

A U.N. human rights expert has published a draft list of questions to measure countries’ privacy safeguards, a first step towards ranking the governments that are potentially doing the most snooping on their own citizens.

Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

Cannataci’s role investigating digital privacy was created by the council in 2015 after Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. surveillance, and he has strongly criticised surveillance activities by the United States and other countries.

Mar 01 11:29

Who are the “Brutal Dictators”?

Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are.

We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of thousands with our weapons, our command and control, our mercenaries, our air support and our terror bombings.

We are dictating our will by destroying these and other countries, by changing “regimes”, by setting up non-democracies throughout the world.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really irks me, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen, is the US government's willingness to be involved with war crimes, in order to get what they want accomplished, no matter the bloodshed, no matter the pain.

I remember, as a kid, swallowing whole the notion of how the US was always "the good guy" in international politics; but growing up, with the hideousness of the Vietnam War, and other endless military interventions after that, in Chile; Central America; Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; and Somalia, how in the name of all that is decent, can one talk about the US government as "the good guy internationally, with a straight face?!?

I sure as heck can't.

The pattern is painfully obvious; regime change; pacify the citizens of the regime changed government (most generally at the point of a gun or knife); have US-centric countries expropriating the resources of the conquered country; and only selling those resources in US dollars.

Wring, wash, repeat.....

But I predict that there will ultimately a point.... where the US will find itself in a position where they can no longer mow across whole continents with its military machines with which to do this.

Unfortunately, the only two ways of stopping this are... a complete economic collapse of this country, or a world war in which the US government loses its shirt. And by the way, I hope that neither of these two outcomes come to pass; but unless the US government changes its behaviour, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, had better get their bunkers in order; this could be one terrible mess!!

Mar 01 11:13

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Arreaza Holds UN Marathon for Peace: Usurper Guaido Urges Military Intervention and War

In a herculean effort to prevent war, and protect the integrity of his country, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a breathtaking schedule of events at the United Nations, including a meeting with the Secretary-General, consultations with the envoys of 60 member states supporting Venezuela’s sovereignty, a press conference the evening of February 22, speaking at a Security Council meeting February 26, and presenting an address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on February 27.

Mar 01 11:10

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

The background to this is an incident in the Kerch Strait at the end of November. Russian ships off the coast of the Crimean peninsula — which was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 — seized two Ukrainian Navy boats and a tug by force of arms. Deborah Sanders of King's College London told DW that Europe reacted "quite slowly" to the incident in the Kerch Strait via diplomatic channels, so a "more military" approach was chosen, meaning an increased naval presence. Sanders, an expert on defense and security in the region, said the US had taken on an informal leadership role, the aim being to send a clear signal to Moscow that the Black Sea is not Russian waters. She pointed out that the balance of power in the Black Sea has shifted in Russia's favor, and that Kyiv is worried about a blockade of Odessa, the country's most important port. Since the annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian navy has been stationed in Odessa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DW, you just lost your credibility - and my respect - with this bit of codswallop.

Are your English language editors so brazenly stupid that they would deliberately blink and miss on one of the most important stories of 2015?!?

You used the word "annexed" twice, indicating that this is how the Russian/Crimean relationship was formed; and that, as you know, is a complete, and utter lie.

President Obama admitted in a 2015 interview, that the US had brokered the deal to get Yanukovich, the duly elected Ukraine President, run over by the proverbial bus, leaving the door open in Kiev for Poroshenko to enter.

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

Sorry, DW, this is one doozy of a lie about how Crimea became a member of the Russian Federation, that I CANNOT UN-SEE!!

You owe you readers one hell of an apology for this, DW.

You're welcome!! :-)

Mar 01 10:37

UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza

Officials say killings are part of Israel's 'obligation'

Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an “independent inquiry” into the protests at the Gaza border.

Every Friday, for months now, Palestinian protesters have rallied near the Gaza border to protest the Israeli blockade. Every Friday, Israel shoots a large number of people. The investigation ruled that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe Israel violated international law.

The report noted that 154 out of 183 people killed by Israel in that time were entirely unarmed. They noted Israel had repeatedly, deliberately shot children and journalists, as well as disabled protesters. International law, needless to say, frowns upon those sorts of deliberate killings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in the name of heaven motivates heavily armed IDF members to assassinate Palestinian kids?!?

Where is doing this protecting the citizens of Israel?!?

The only understanding which I can come to, is realizing that in maiming and assassinating Palestinian kids, the IDF is taking away as much of the Palestinian future away from their families as they can: it is just...that...simple.

Mar 01 10:29

Pakistan to Return Captured Pilot as Tensions Ease

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that he has ordered the release of the Indian pilot captured earlier this week in a shoot-down over Indian airspace. Khan described his return as a “gesture for peace.”

The shoot-downs are part of several days of escalating violence along the Line of Control, with the two large, nuclear-armed states escalating their military action, and describing themselves to remain “on high alert.”

Though this announced release has clearly eased a lot of the tensions, military on neither side seems willing to admit it. India’s military says they “welcome” the release of their pilot, but said they would not say if they think this will amount to a deescalation of the conflict itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful here....

Mar 01 10:26

Australia to reopen notorious migrant detention center after govt. fails to block medevac bill

The Australian government will be reopening the Christmas Island detention center, likened to a maximum security prison, after the opposition streamlined a bill to allow migrant detainees to seek medical help on the mainland.
Australia's conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that the detention facility in the Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean his government worked hard to shut down would be reopened to accommodate potential new arrivals and detainees, who might be transferred from the Nauru and Manus Island offshore migrant detention camps.

The setback in the conservative government's effort to scale down the controversial migrant detention program is a response to a new amendment to a medical evacuations bill, championed by the Labor party, which enlisted the support of the Greens and crossbench MPs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wrestle with this because, morally, because I hate to see people suffering and struggling, as illegal immigrants do struggle in environments like this; that being said, as draconian as it is, this policy has kept the Australian people safe from illegal immigrants in a big way.

What the Australian Parliament should come up with, is a different, more responsible way in which they treat their illegal immigrants.

Mar 01 10:18

Rick Sanchez blasts Israel loyalty oath sweeping US

Mar 01 10:17

Eight Indian fighters took on 24 Pakistani jets in unprecedented dogfight — media

According to the NDTV broadcaster, the Indian Air Force’s planes prevented the Pakistani fighters from delivering precision strikes against ground targets on India-controlled disputed Kashmir region.

Eight fighter jets of the Indian Air Force took on 24 Pakistani jets in an unprecedented air combat over the India-controlled disputed Kashmir region, India’s NDTV television reported on Thursday.

According to the TV Channel, the Pakistani Air Force strike group included eight F-16s, four Mirage-3 aircraft and four Chinese-made JF-17 "Thunder" fighters. The other aircraft were escort fighters to protect the Pakistan strike formation from any retaliation.

"The large Pakistani attack formation was detected at 9.45 am, when they came within 10 km of the Line of Control," the TV Channel reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a companion piece to this I think our WRH readers should see:

New Delhi and Islamabad have long been at loggerheads over the disputed Kashmir, having fought three wars over the territory. The smoldering conflict escalated on Tuesday, when the Indian military launched an airstrike, claiming it bombed out terrorist camps on a Pakistani-controlled area of Kashmir to avenge an earlier suicide blast that had killed 42 paramilitary troopers. Islamabad then announced that it downed two Indian aircraft and captured one pilot. On Wednesday, India in turn claimed that it shot down a Pakistani fighter jet and lost one of its own aircraft while repelling an attack.

RT spoke to Rajiv Sikri, Former Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Yasir Masood, Pakistani political analyst, about the underlying causes of the conflict and what to expect as it unfolds.

The issue of 'terrorist camps'
The exchange of fire started with India carrying out an airstrike at a remote valley in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, claiming it killed "a very large number" of fighters with the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group that had assumed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

Sikri called the attack "a preemptive action" based on intelligence gathered by the Indian military. He said India wasn't aiming to foment the conflict with Pakistan, since the strike did not target either military or civilian infrastructure.

READ MORE: Domestic posturing or true escalation? Analyst fears new Kashmir incident prelude to global conflict

"Countering terror is an international obligation of all states," Sikri said. He argued Islamabad is to blame for the flare-up, as it targeted Indian servicemen in response. He accused the Pakistani government of being reluctant to uproot the terrorist group and said India should be allowed to do it on its own.

One thing is clear India will reserve the right to take action against terrorist camps and activities that Pakistan is encouraging

Islamabad and New Dehli, should be working hand in glove, to prevent the existence of any terrorist camps, on either side of the Line of Control.

I think we will know if the fragile cease-fire existing at this moment is going to hold, or be breached with impunity, by the end of the weekend.

And right now, I am praying that the people of both countries, and the Kashmiris, will want a peaceful solution which has the capacity to remain long-term.

Mar 01 10:07

Court to unseal Christopher Steele deposition

The depositions given by former British spy Christopher Steele and a longtime associate of John McCain must be unsealed, a federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro overruled the objections of both Steele and David Kramer to make the depositions public. The pair gave testimony in a lawsuit brought against BuzzFeed in December 2018 by a Russian Internet entrepreneur.

The businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, was referenced in the infamous dossier compiled by Steele about President Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. Gubarev objected to BuzzFeed’s publishing of the dossier in January 2017, which accused him of using his companies to hack into computers owned by the Democratic National Committee.

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The depositions could be released as soon as March 14.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bring the popcorn, folks, this is about to truly get interesting!!

Mar 01 10:04

THE NEXT MANDATORY VACCINE BATTLEGROUND: HOMESCHOOL CHILDREN

SOURCE: CRYPTOGON
Via: Vaccine Impact:

As we have frequently reported here at Health Impact News, legislative efforts are underway in many states to remove parental choice for childhood vaccines, with new proposed bills removing religious and philosophical exemptions to childhood vaccines which are mandated as a requirement for school attendance.

More: The next mandatory vaccine battleground comes to US homeschools

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not an anti-vaxxer; but I think that parents should have the right - and the responsibility - of deciding what is best for their own child to receive.

And to anyone who has not yet seen the film "Vaxxed", I suggest that you find it, and view it; see how much it "sways" your opinion about infant and child vaccination.

AND PLEASE, READ THE BLINKETY-BLANK INSERTS WHICH COME WITH THE VACCINES, OR GET THE INFO ON LINE!!

Mar 01 09:59

DO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TAKE TOO MANY PRIVATE TRIPS TO ISRAEL WITH AIPAC?

One of every three members of Congress boarding a jetliner on a privately-funded all-expense paid trip overseas has Israel as their final destination. Only one out of a hundred ever visits Palestinian territories as a final destination.

AIPAC differs from many other groups funding private trips because of its foundational foreign ties. AIPAC lobbying began in earnest in the 1950s by a former employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Isaiah Kenen – who received ongoing payments from Israel to set up public relations and lobbying in the US. Kenen was paid by the Israeli government to receive congressional delegations in Israel after major aid packages were passed into law.

A typical AIEF itinerary consists of numerous briefings by Israeli government officials, trips to historical sites, and lavish restaurant visits and hotel stays. Absent from the itineraries are any briefings on Israel’s nuclear weapons triad or meaningful visits to Palestinian refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that every US politician who visits Israel, should be visiting Palestine also; there has to be a political solution possible, but it will not come unless our Congressional representatives see for themselves what is going on in Palestine, and speak to Palestinians.

Mar 01 09:52

DECADE OF ATTEMPTS BY CACI TO BLOCK ABU GHRAIB TORTURE LAWSUIT END AS JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE

A private contractor has tried to prevent a lawsuit challenging their role in the torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib a total of sixteen times.
Now, the lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology, filed 13 years ago, finally has a date for a trial after a federal judge denied another motion to dismiss.

The trial is scheduled for April 23, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

“More than ten years passed for us to reach this point and achieve justice,” plaintiff Salah Al-Ejaili said. “We faced a lot of obstacles along the way that we had to surpass and we stayed patient because we wanted to win our right to equality in the law.”

Al Ejaili, an Iraqi and former reporter for al Jazeera, was detained at Abu Ghraib for about six weeks. When he arrived, he was allegedly forced to strip naked and put a bag on his head as personnel shouted at him to confess.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This judge... has just become my new heroine!

We, as Americans, have to take the values we tell the world we hold dear, and constantly uphold them; violence and torture should never be tolerated, in the questioning of prisoners of war, ever, period, end of discussion, because it doesn't work (except to pry confessions from the tortured), and because it makes the world laugh at our wretched moral hypocrisy, when we do not uphold these values in all circumstances, and at all times, no matter what.

Mar 01 09:44

HEZBOLLAH CONDEMNS UK DECISION TO ADD IT TO TERROR LIST

Lebanon’s Hezbollah today condemned the UK’s decision to add it to its list of “terrorist groups”.

“No country in the world that embraces, finances and supports terrorism has the right to accuse the party [i.e., Hezbollah], or any resistance movement, of terrorism,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

The move, the group added, “reveals how the British government is only a follower in the service of its American master.”

Yesterday, Britain’s parliament voted to officially label Hezbollah as a “terrorist group”.

As of next Monday, membership in – or support for – the group will be considered a criminal offense in the UK, carrying sentences of up to ten years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist who staunchly hates violence of ANY kind of used by any group to further its agenda, I would politely suggest this law coming into being in Great Britain, reveals to what degree the UK is held in held sway in the nearly hypnotic, mesmerizing trance... of Israel.

And Israel is a country which officially uses violence against the Palestinians as a form of control 24/7; I strongly reject that as well.

We need to come to the place in our evolution, as the collective family of humankind, where we sense the connection among all people of this earth, understanding that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter race, color, or creed, on this precious journey together, before we manage to blow this planet to kingdom come.

Mar 01 09:16

VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION ACCUSED OF TORCHING WAREHOUSE STORING HUMANITARIAN AID FROM MEXICO

Venezuelan authorities have accused the country’s opposition of starting a fire at a warehouse in the port city of La Guaira in the state of Vargas, which was storing vital aid from Mexico that had arrived just days earlier.

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Government officials described the incident as a result of “terrorism” by opposition members. The blaze ripped through facilities belonging to the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), the program responsible for distributing subsidized food in Venezuela.

Se incendia galpón en el puerto de La Guaira, almacén de los CLAP. VÍDEO: @laverdadvargas pic.twitter.com/5VArn2a7Eg

— Sergio Novelli (@SergioNovelli) February 27, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One really has to wonder, if in fact the opposition actually did this (I mean, who in their right mind would want brother and sister citizens, and their kids, starving to death, if food was available?!?

I think a true investigation of the crime would find a far different reason for it, than that given by the Maduro government at this time.

Mar 01 08:54

POLICE IN CANADA ARE TRACKING PEOPLE’S ‘NEGATIVE’ BEHAVIOR IN A ‘RISK' DATABASE

Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent.

Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces—Ontario and Saskatchewan—maintain a “Risk-driven Tracking Database” that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people’s lives. Information in the database includes whether a person uses drugs, has been the victim of an assault, or lives in a “negative neighborhood.”

The Risk-driven Tracking Database (RTD) is part of a collaborative approach to policing called the Hub model that partners cops, school staff, social workers, health care workers, and the provincial government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes me very worried about Canadians who may be "targeted" by people with an axe to grind, turning in their neighbors just out of spite or contempt.

I wonder who has the job of "looking after" Christian pacifist activists, who are completely against war as an immoral way of resolving international situations, and look to document the truth as they see it.

Mar 01 08:50

US ARMY TAKES 50 TONS OF GOLD FROM SYRIA IN ALLEGED DEAL WITH ISIS

As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die.

According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist group would give up 50 tons of gold across eastern Syria’s Deir el-Zour province in exchange for safe passage.

The precious metal, worth about $2.13 billion, was plundered by the self-designated “caliphate” as its reign of terror spread across Syria and Iraq between 2015 and 2017.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reports that local sources claim U.S. Army helicopters have already transferred the gold from the U.S. forces’ base in Kobani, the Kurdish-controlled city that lies close to Syria’s northern border with Syria. A portion of the gold was also distributed to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which dominates the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder to what ends the remaining gold will be accountable to the people of the US.

Feb 28 15:27

Universal Background Check Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support

H.R.8, known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, passed the US House of Representatives. The bill passed the chamber of Congress by a vote of 240 to 190. News media outlets like CNN claim that the bill passed with bipartisan support. Looking at the breakdown of the vote, the proposed law did not enjoy as much bipartisan support as CNN claimed. The bill will now move to the Senate where it most likely will be dead on arrival. The Republicans hold the majority in the Senate, and it would take a super majority of 60 to advance the bill to President Trump's desk.

Feb 28 15:11

Millions Of Americans Are Getting Angrier: Tax Refund Shortfall Hits $46 Billion

As UBS calculates, the realized net payments to households are now running below the bank's forecast, with the cumulative shortfall rising to a whopping $45.5bln, an amount which could have significant adverse implications on Americans' spending habits if most taxpayers had expected their 2019 refund to be similar to 2018.

Feb 28 14:33

If “gun-free zones” actually worked, then 98% of mass shootings wouldn’t happen in them

Since 1950, in fact, a whopping 97.8 percent of mass public shootings, or 98 percent rounded up, took place in areas where signs had been posted indicating that guns were not allowed there. Whether spelled out or designated with a giant red strikethrough symbol over a handgun, the messaging was clear in almost every instance: guns are prohibited in this area, so you’re not allowed to shoot anyone here.

Feb 28 14:29

Say Goodby To Your Guns, As Gun Laws Continue to Pile On

Currently, in NYC, it is all but impossible for a citizen to legally own any kind of gun, and gun ordinances (administered by a bloated and corrupt bureaucracy) are so voluminous and poorly-written that for even legal gun-owners to avoid violations is impossible. Of course, that’s the way Democrats want it.

Feb 28 13:52

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran

At the top of Pompeo’s list are demands that Iran end its support for Hezbollah, including its supply of ballistic missiles to the Lebanese Shiite organization, and the “halt [to] further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.”

Those demands reflect an extraordinary agreement in December 2017, reported in the Israeli press, between the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government on a joint strategic work plan that included precisely those points on Pompeo’s list—countering Iranian ballistic missile development, as well as the supply of more accurate missiles to Hezbollah through Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars would be absolutely the most lousy way to create peace in the region; but apparently, the Trump Administration, collectively, doesn't have the smarts to figure that out, and has been so totally overwhelmed by Netanyahu's gusty rhetoric on Iran, that they cannot even imagine a moderate try at getting Iran and Israel to the negotiating table, at least on some issues of concern to both countries.

And with the bribery charges finally being brought against him, Netanyahu may well want to start such a war very quickly, so he can declare a "national emergency", postponing the April elections to another time down the road.

Just as a wounded animal is most dangerous when it has been wounded, so is a politically wounded leader at their most destructive when that has happened; perhaps, Netanyahu never really imagined it was coming, but his having to deal the fallout of today's charges may accelerate the cries for war against Iran.

He desperately needs some kind of misdirection away from himself, and toward the alleged" bad guys"; unfortunately, after the blow up of the Trump/Kim Jung Summit in Hanoi, President Trump, and particularly those around him, may well feel that they need the same kind of situation happening for Trump, to refocus the national attention elsewhere.

We may well see a series of situations ratcheting up around the Middle East, with some phony false flags to be blamed on the "usual suspects" (Iran, Syria), and off the world goes to war.

Feb 28 13:29

Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so he could be in Israel on Thursday, when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit may issue decisions on several criminal investigations against the prime minister.

The prime minister had postponed his meeting with Putin from last week because of “domestic political affairs,” the Kremlin announced at the time.

Prior to the start of their meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that Israel is “determined to continue our vigorous action against the attempts by Iran, which calls for our destruction,” according to the Israeli leader’s office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel will continue to attempt to provoke a response leading to a real Iranian push-back against Israel in Syria, and now that the bribery charges aren't even cold, Netanyahu has given a stunningly apocalyptic, hubristic vision of how he sees the future of countries in the Middle East with which Israel doesn't get along very well.

It's going to be straight-out, never-ending war; of course, he expects that the costs in blood and money to be paid by (who else?!?) the American government, and ultimately the American people.

Were I a Jewish voter in Israel, I would be afraid of where he thinks he wants to lead this country, post-elections; very afraid, in fact.

Feb 28 12:49

US JUDGE LETS ABU GHRAIB TORTURE CLAIMS TO GO TO TRIAL AFTER 10-YEAR DELAY

After 10 years of delay, a federal judge has ruled that three former inmates who say they were tortured at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison can go forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor.

Arlington-based CACI Premier Technology asked the judge Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit. The company, which supplied the Army with civilian interrogators, argued that the government's refusal to declassify key facts is making it impossible to defend itself.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema acknowledged CACI's frustration but said the lawsuit can move forward even though the government says certain facts like the identities of the interrogators are state secrets that can't be declassified.

The case is now slated to go to trial in April. While other pretrial matters remain unresolved, Brinkema told both sides that "you should expect if you don't settle this case, it'll go to trial."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US tortures, or outsources torture, it does several things.

First, it makes this country look like a bunch of sniveling hypocrites, in terms of honoring human rights in the breach, rather than the observance of those rights.

Secondly, it demonstrates that with all our alleged "reverence" for the Rules of Law, torture, to get someone to say something as a "confession under duress of torture", is believed to be perfectly acceptible.

Third, it gives the leadership of any country which doesn't particularly like the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, carte blanche to do the same thing to American civilians and military personnel. Please do think about that one for awhile.

Back in World War II, there was a German intelligence officer by the name of Hanns Scharff; The German Intelligence Officer who treated US and Brit POWs with Kindness

This man was so respected that after the war, he was invited by the American military to teach his methods to American Intelligence Officers.

It is a damned shame that the US didn't have someone with Sharff's methods, or temperament, overseeing Abu Ghraib, and bravo to Judge Brinkema's stance on this.

It never bloody should have happened in the first place.

Feb 28 12:32

AIRSTRIKES, TANKS HEADING TO THE BORDER AND PLANES SHOT DOWN – INDIA AND PAKISTAN ARE IN A STATE OF WAR

War has erupted in Asia. India is the second largest country in the world by population, and Pakistan is the fifth largest, and they both possess large nuclear arsenals. If this conflict continues to escalate, things could get really, really bad very quickly. On Wednesday, military aircraft were shot down by both sides, there was shelling across the border by both armies, and in recent hours videos have been posted of Pakistani tanks and Indian tanks both heading to the border. Once one army crosses the “Line of Control”, it is going to be very difficult to get the two sides to sit down at the negotiating table. War is one of the elements of “the perfect storm” that I have been warning you about, and I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of the conflict that we are going to see in 2019.

The Pakistani military was greatly embarrassed by the successful Indian airstrikes on Monday, and on Tuesday military aircraft from both sides were shot down…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan has said, publicly, that this pilot will be returned tomorrow, as a "good faith" gesture to India; I do not know if it will be enough, soon enough, to call off the "dogs of war" on either side.

Feb 28 12:29

Facebook Eliminated Over One Billion Page-Views to Conservative Websites in 2018 – Now, Thanks to James O’Keefe, We Have Proof This Was The Plan

Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.

Conservatives dominated social media in 2016 where they were able to get the truth uncensored. Facebook ended that in 2017 and 2018.

Feb 28 12:28

LIMITING YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS IN A SURVEILLANCE STATE

In China, evading the watchful eyes of the government sometimes feels like an exercise in futility. The place is wired with about 200 million surveillance cameras, Beijing controls the telecom companies, and every internet company has to hand over data when the police want it. They also know where journalists live because we register our address with police. In Shanghai, the police regularly come to my apartment; once they demanded to come inside.

That said, China is big, and the government less than competent. Sometimes the police who come to my door have no idea I’m a journalist. Usually the higher-ups who deal with my visa don’t know about the house visits. The lack of coordination means one of the best things to do is to try to slip through the cracks. Basically, protect yourself but also leave an innocent trace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you think this kind of surveillance won't be coming to the US soon, you had better revisit that conclusion, and fast!!!!

Feb 28 12:22

OWNERS OF COMPANY THAT BOUGHT ABORTED BABY PARTS FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARE ARRESTED

The arrest of Roberto and William Isaias was gratifying to Operation Rescue, which published an investigative research report on October 27, 2016 – just days before the Presidential Election that put Donald J. Trump in office – that detailed their crimes in Ecuador, dubious dealings with the Obama administration, their business with Planned Parenthood and the aborted baby body parts trade.

“We understood that this family was in the U.S. under suspicious circumstances, and that they had committed crimes in Ecuador and Southern California,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We had hoped that one day they would return to Ecuador so that justice could be done, but their arrests still took us by surprise.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note their connections to Obama and Clinton.

From where I sit, this was a very excellent "collar" , and one wonders just what they will say, to get a better "deal" when pressed about how Obama and Clinton helped them.

Feb 28 12:17

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals "Routine Supression" Of Conservative Content

A former Facebook employee turned whistleblower has revealed that the social media giant engages in "routine suppression" of conservative pages through various methods, confirming internal documents and presentation materials Project Veritas obtained from a Facebook insider.

The employee, who left Facebook in 2018 and was later hired by Project Veritas, along with screenshots from a Facebook workstation "show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as "[e]xisting strategies" taken to combat political speech," according to Veritas, such as "deboosting" - by which the visibility of certain content is reduced algorithmically based on certain keywords.

Feb 28 12:14

WATCH: COP PUNCHES HANDCUFFED TEEN THEN FELLOW COP GETS CAUGHT TRYING TO DELETE VIDEO

Miami, FL — Two corrupt cops have been charged with crimes this week after one of them punched a handcuffed teen for no reason and the other helped him cover it up.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Manuel Regueiro and his partner in crime, Officer Alexander Gonzalez were arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and evidence tampering respectively.

Despite not punching the handcuffed teen, Gonzalez is actually in more trouble than Regueiro because he was caught tampering with the evidence of the crime which is a third-degree felony. According to authorities, Gonzalez tried to destroy the video evidence of his friend punching the teen by removing the batteries from cameras. Obviously, that does not remove the footage, so their ill-thought out plan was a disaster before it began.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if these two "peace officers" (if one can call them that, after this disaster) were trained by the IDF?

Did you know that many Florida police, and police from other states, have been trained by the IDF: WITH WHOM ARE MANY U.S. POLICE DEPARTMENTS TRAINING? WITH A CHRONIC HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR – ISRAEL

This means that, upon coming back from their training, these police will most probably treat the people they arrest much like the way the IDF treats Palestinians; abominably.

Feb 28 12:08

Over 6,000 Ontario Students Will Be Suspended From School Because They Are Not Vaccinated

Ontario schools are taking action and ensuring students are properly immunized. A total of 6,129 Ontario students will now be getting suspension notices from school because they are not vaccinated. These suspensions will be handed out to students in the Waterloo area of Ontario.

Feb 28 12:06

FTC SLAMS TIKTOK WITH RECORD FINE FOR SPYING ON PRE-TEENS

HIT OR MISS
TikTok, the video-sharing social media app that works like a cursed reincarnation of Vine, just got slapped with a $5.7 million fine for collecting personal information about its pre-teen users.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Wednesday that TikTok agreed to the settlement after allegations that the app knowingly and illegally stored the names, email addresses, and locations of users under the age of 13. The FTC’s fine is the largest to ever be imposed for a violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), according to the FTC’s statement — and a heartening sign that regulators are unwilling to cede privacy protections for young internet users.

PARENTAL CONSENT
Part of the reason for the severe fine might be because TikTok received thousands of complaints from concerned parents without changing its business practices.

Feb 28 12:04

Here’s How You’ll Die When the SHTF (and How to Prevent Your Untimely Demise): This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

When it hits the fan…I mean REALLY hits the fan in a permanent kind of way, the most likely outcome is death.

That’s not pretty, and I’m well aware of it. I always try to be positive and optimistic, because for me, preparedness is the ultimate act of optimism, but sometimes we have to look at the numbers and face some things that are pretty terrifying. The first reality check is that some research says that only 3 million Americans are preppers. That means that 315 million Americans are not preppers. Some experts predict that within 30 days of the power going out, 50% of Americans will be dead. Within a year, an astounding 90% of the population will be dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Daisy Luther is a person for whom I have the highest respect, in terms of her understanding of what it takes to stay alive in a crisis.

I am not a "gloom and doom" person, but with so many potential hot spots raging on the planet, reasonably attempting to keep yourself, and the people you love, safe, is a very good thing to do.

Feb 28 11:59

An ARMS RACE: Deadly AI Tanks, The U.S. Military’s Next Project

The United States military is going to attempt to build deadly artificial intelligence-driven tanks. Dubbed Project ATLAS, this type of tank would lead to the first autonomous ground combat vehicles.

According to Quartz, the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) would theoretically give a tank the ability to do everything necessary to take down a target except pull the trigger. A human operator will still need to actually fire the weapon that will kill another human being. The United States Army has already called on experts in the field to help it develop this deadly technology. Eventually, it will allow a ground combat vehicle such a tank to automatically detect, target, and engage enemy combatants – without the risk of the operator losing their life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is terrifyingly amazing, how soon science fiction becomes science fact.

But the question I must ask is, how are these units going to protect us better than a slightly more-cooperative, less-unhinged foreign policy, which would keep the American military out of harm's way?!? To me, that would be the sensible thing to do.

Because right now, I am seeing geopolitical decisions being created in the bowels of power in DC, and also seeing their trajectory , which will have the creation of the next world war written all over them.

You can laugh if you want to; but I would suggest that the laughter will soon be replaced by a sense of dread when the US returns to conscription, which it may well do under President Trump.

Feb 28 11:51

The Looming U.S. Government & Private “Debt Trap” Threat

The signals from financial markets today indicate that we could be on the verge of a new credit crisis. The looming debt trap threat has ensnared millions of Americans, and they firmly believe that their government (which is $22 trillion in debt) will somehow protect them and save them from themselves.

There will come a time when no one will loan the government any more money. When that time comes, if you are dependent on the government for either welfare or a salary, you’ll be in a world of panic. But it won’t be much easier for those who are dependent on themselves either. At that point in time, the government will attempt to steal more money from producers to try to make up for their horrible spending habits. The economy will plunge into ruins taking society and the American standard of living with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the single most important things you can do right now, is to start getting your credit cards payed down, or payed off.

Feb 28 11:48

Ford "Quietly" Laying Off Thousands From Its China Joint Venture

At a time when global auto sales are grinding to what feels like inevitable prolonged recession, the world is taking many of its industry cues from China. Which is why it is notable that Ford's China JV would be laying off "thousands" of workers according to the NYT.

Thousands of the JV's 20,000 total workers are expected to be laid off as a result of weak auto sales in the world's second largest economy - a sign of continuing weakness for autos (and the overall economy) heading into the second quarter of 2019. Layoffs recently "quietly begun", according to additional reporting from Reuters. Neither Ford nor its China JV, formed in partnership with Changan Automobile Group, had a comment on the reported layoffs Wednesday morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are looking, globally, at a very anemic economy, and I am concerned that this will continue to haunt the economy for at least the rest of this year.

Feb 28 11:45

The "Disintegration" Of Global Capitalism Could Unleash World War 3, Warns Top EU Economist

A senior European Commission economist has warned that a Third World War is an extremely “high probability” in coming years due to the disintegration of global capitalism.

In a working paper published last month, Professor Gerhard Hanappi argued that since the 2008 financial crash, the global economy has moved away from “integrated” capitalism into a “disintegrating” shift marked by the same sorts of trends which preceded previous world wars.

Professor Hanappi is Jean Monnet Chair for Political Economy of European Integration?—?an European Commission appointment?—?at the Institute for Mathematical Models in Economics at the Vienna University of Technology. He also sits on the management committee of the Systemic Risks expert groupin the EU-funded European Cooperation in Science and Technology research network.

In his new paper, Hanappi concludes that global conditions bear unnerving parallels with trends before the outbreak of the first and second world wars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not challenge this EU writer that what he sees happening, is certainly happening; but that being said, however, it is the problem of global capitalism failing, massively, particularly for those in society who are the most vulnerable, which has brought us to this point in human history.

Feb 28 11:31

Pakistan To Release Captured Indian Pilot As "Goodwill Gesture"

Before international intermediaries even had a chance to step in to try to quell the escalating conflict, the Indian military started digging bunkers and deploying tanks along the border with Pakistan as the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi - who is struggling to revive sagging poll numbers in the final weeks before a crucial election - told Islamabad that it would not negotiate for the release of captured pilot Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was taken into custody by Pakistani jawans after his plane was shot down Wednesday following an aerial skirmish that led to downed planes on both sides.

Fearing not only a military escalation, but also the pressing financial economic concerns as his country seeks another bailout from the IMF, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said during a joint session of Parliament on Thursday that the captured pilot would be released as a "gesture of goodwill" on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Khan has got to be doing a lot more than just this, if he thinks that such and act alone, will cause the Indian government to relent here.

There need to be ministerial talks at the highest level, to begin to get the process of the final resolution on Kashmir going.

This will take a great deal of moral courage on both sides, as I would imagine the process will be a referendum asking Kashmiris if they want to stay with India; become an independent country; or join with Pakistan.

I would much prefer seeing this worked out sensibly, in a series of negotiations, rather than see Kashmir bleed yet one more time, over angers which are, ultimately, not the fault of the Kashmiri people; India has promised this referendum for years, but never seemed to get the least bit serious about it; now would be a very good time for them to get serious, and then respect the outcome, however that comes down.

Feb 28 11:21

Ralph Northam's Wife Schools Black Kids On Slavery Using Raw Cotton

Virginia's first lady Pam Northam has come under fire after handing raw cotton to two black eighth-graders during a tour of the Governor's mansion, and suggested the students imagine what it was like under slavery to pick said cotton, according to the Washington Post. One of the students was the daughter of a Virginia state employee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in the name of Heaven is wrong with this woman?!?

Is she so completely deaf, dumb, and blind, to how this was going to make these kids feel?!?

These kids know their history a lot better than she does, that is for certain.

But the lessons these kids need to learn, are the new skill sets necessary for getting a really good job today; and imagining picking cotton, is NOT one of those skills.

Feb 28 11:15

Israeli Attorney General Indicts Netanyahu On Charges Of Bribery, Fraud & Breach Of Trust

Three months after Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general pursue charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged involvement in "Bezeq Walla Affair", it appears an indictment is finally being handed down on Thursday, much to the longtime leader's chagrin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This indictment comes at a crossroads for Israel, with a "geopolitically wounded leader", in Netanyahu, now in charge right before the elections due in April.

Wounded animals (and geopolitically wounded people), are very dangerous; I shudder to think what Netanyahu has in mind to do between tomorrow, 1 March, and the election which I believe is due 9 April

Feb 28 11:10

Has Trump Overplayed His Hand With Saudi Arabia?

Authored by Tim Daiss via Oilprice.com,

Last year, President Donald Trump successfully convinced Saudi Arabia to help keep a lid on global oil prices by ramping up production. The Saudis acquiescence to Trump’s tweets at the time were likely appeasement to the president for placing fresh sanctions against Saudi Arabia’s middle eastern nemesis, Iran. Moreover, most concede that Riyadh was a deciding factor in swaying the president to withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. Consequently, Saudi Arabia’s kowtow to Trumps’ tweets was a returned favor.

However, when Trump later granted waivers that allowed several countries to keep importing Iranian crude, oil prices started their nosedive during the last quarter of the year, catching Saudi Arabia flat-footed, and according to many accounts furious at the president for what they saw as a betrayal of trust.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sometimes wish President Trump had a sense of the "bigger picture", when it comes to the global economy; and right now, in terms of international relations, the US looks like the proverbial bull in the china shop, threatening wars against any country the President doesn't particularly like, or more importantly, wants to regime change.

Sometimes, it appears, he truly believes that he can do that all by himself.

Feb 28 09:03

Wake Up, America! (Artificially created rights violate the natural law and destroy freedom)

The bottom line to all this is that artificially created rights implemented through government force constitute a violation of natural law, a violation that leads ultimately to tyranny. Worst of all, those who do not believe such a thing to be possible in the United States of America are sure to be caught unprepared. Do not allow yourself to be included in this group of wishful thinkers.

Feb 28 08:47

Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals

The massive purchases of ammo and weapons by non-military federal agencies, like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), that first began under the Obama administration has continued unabated under the Trump administration, while receiving less media coverage.

According to a report released last December by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and recently highlighted by Forbes, the mass purchase of ammunition, weapons and other military-grade items by ostensibly civilian government agencies has continued up through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the latest year for which data is available. The report also found that many agencies had misreported the amount and size of their ammo and weapons purchases to the GAO by a significant degree. In one case, the GAO found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had actually spent eight times more on weapons and ammo than it had disclosed to their office.

Feb 28 05:46

'Gun Violence Is the Real Emergency’ (NOPE!)

Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of supporters and journalists that in her view, gun violence is the real emergency. Such a statement, in the context in which she made it, should send shivers down the spines of all who believe in personal liberty protected by the Constitution.

Feb 28 05:24

The Doomsday Scenario for the Stock and Housing Bubbles

The Doomsday Scenario for the stock and housing bubbles is simple: the Fed’s magic fails. When dropping interest rates to zero and flooding the financial sector with loose money fail to ignite the economy and reflate the deflating bubbles, punters will realize the Fed’s magic only worked the first three times: three bubbles and the game is over.

Feb 27 17:23

U.S. House Passes Extreme Gun Control Bill, President Trump Threatens VETO

Today, the newly minted anti-gun leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives passed its first gun control measure by a 240 -190 vote, offering further proof that anti-gun politicians are more interested in scoring cheap political points than doing their jobs and passing meaningful legislation that would make Americans safer.

Feb 27 15:42

Democrat Party Leaders Are Sick in the Head ~ VIDEO Proof

What this tells me is New York Governor Cuomo is okay with a one-way massacre occurring at the scene of one of his “gun-free school zones” but not in any room where he is in attendance. In fact, not only is this imbecile okay with it, he finds the suggestion to protect “the children” with the same means of protection he brazenly uses, laughable. -- Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing laughable about what I just wrote, that a Governor of a U.S. state would not afford “the children” he supposedly wants to protect, the very same protection he insists upon for himself.

Feb 27 14:55

We Just Want a “Safer America” Swear Gun Banners

Liberal progressives are today working tirelessly to similarly convert all American gun-owners to outcasts, all “suspects,” all dangerous “dissidents.” Fellow citizens, who know what is good for themselves, will shun us completely, lest they share the same fate.

Feb 27 14:29

Online Censorship: The Cure is Worse than the Disease

Fake news is a big problem. And as I’ve written, technology is about to make a lot worse. -- But censoring online content to combat fake news is equally problematic. And it doesn’t matter where on the political spectrum your opinions lie…it’s a problem for everyone.

Feb 27 14:08

The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

Uncle Sam wants you. -- Correction: Big Brother wants you.

To be technically accurate, Big Brother—aided and abetted by his corporate partners in crime—wants your data. That’s what we have been reduced to in the eyes of the government and Corporate America: data bits and economic units to be bought, bartered and sold to the highest bidder.

Feb 27 13:36

Unsustainable: Medical bills cause TWO-THIRDS of all U.S. bankruptcies

Despite the fact that more Americans than ever are now “covered by health insurance,” research has determined that “about 530,000 families each year are financially ruined by medical bills and sickness” – and the vast majority of these families have health insurance.

Feb 27 12:33

Hate Crime Hoaxes: The Bad and the Good

Black people, as well as homosexuals, should condemn these hoaxes, but so far, most have remained silent. If police are right that Smollett’s claims were a dastardly hoax, it will cause doubt to be cast on future real claims of assault based on race and sexual orientation. It also will have a negative impact on race relations. This is not something to be taken lightly. If Smollett is found guilty of a felony as he is charged, he should suffer heavy penalties, including jail time. There’s a lesson to be learned from one of Aesop’s fables, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

Feb 27 11:03

Radiation Remedies

Dateline: Planet Earth, 24th July, 2013

The map(s) formerly above, dated from April 2011. They've been "disappeared." So, I've invited an image of Dr. Strangelove. Meanwhile, unreported but ongoing, the Fukushima reactors continue in meltdown, with explosions of Plutonium, etc. from the MOX-fuel reactor No. 3. All into the global Jet Stream and rad-cess into the Pacific Ocean. Problem is monstrous; Let's talk solutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With potential war "hot spots" coming up all around us right now, and with the number of nations currently nuclear-armed, this is an article I felt very strongly I needed to share; please also share with your family and friends.

The woman who wrote this, has had all of her articles in this area gutted by Google, in their never-ending quest to keep people in the dark about what is really happening right now, in terms of potential radiation exposure, and offers practical solutions against it.

Feb 26 16:17

Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

he Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”

Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.

In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, why in the name of heaven are you making an already insane US policy toward Cuba worse?!?

Sir, just in case you have blinked and missed it, we are trading extensively with a country with which we were at war, and that country is Vietnam, where you and President Kim Jung Un will be meeting in a summit soon.

Sir, forgive me, but engaging - rather than enraging - countries with which we have profound, fundamental disagreements, may do a lot more for a successful American foreign policy.

Why not start with inviting some gifted students, maybe at the highschool level, from Cuba, and have Americans who speak Spanish, go to Cuba for a year?!? Each kid could stay with carefully screened host families.

And Mr. President, and Mike Pompeo, please remember the following; IF we do what you are planning, you may well see Russia patrolling just out of US waters, to make certain that the US has no plans for a decap strike on Havana.

Gentlemen, if this is where the US country is thinking of doing, I would strongly caution patience, and some opportunity to allow for travel and trade. President Trump, please reconsider.

And there is a relatively short documentary I would like both you and SOS Pompeo to watch: Tuning with the Enemy

This will give you both a sense of what it is like to live in 21st century Cuba.

The gentleman doing the documentary is desperately trying to get pianos to Cuba, because many of the kids who play, have had their existing pianos eaten to dust by termites so they have no understanding of what the music they are playing should sound like.

and Senator Rubio, what gives you the right to throw terroristic tantrums at Maduro, warning him that he will wind up just like Libya's Gaddafi"?!?
Rubio tells Maduro that he will wind up like Gaddafi

Is a decap strike against Caracas already in play?!?

Feb 26 15:42

The military's four new Humvee replacement Joint Light Tactical Vehicles are not ready to be deployed due to 'safety issues, being difficult to maintain and the doors don't open properly'

The military's four new Humvee replacement Joint Light Tactical Vehicles are not ready to be deployed due to 'safety issues, being difficult to maintain and the doors don't open properly'

The military reported test results of it's four Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs)
They were all found to be 'not operationally suitable' for use on the battlefield
The Close Combat Weapons Carrier in particular was 'not operationally effective'
The findings revealed problems including inaccurate health monitoring systems, doors opening, difficulty loading missiles and not enough cargo space
The military plans to order 55,000 JLTVs for use by the Army, Marines Corps and Air Force, which would partially replace their Humvees
The military intended to start rolling out the JLTVs to the branches in early 2019 .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did a little research on this, and the company which manufactures these miserably created vehicles, and that company is: Oshkosh Corporation.

They make just under a billion dollars yearly.

IF I were the President of a company which consistently produced such dreck, I would apologize immediately to the military brass who ordered it, pick these up at Oshkosh's expense, and get these pieces of equipment made to work, with a huge charge against the company by the military.

This is a huge embarrassment for the company, and not one of these Carriers should have gone out before thorough testing.

These are the kinds of horrific manufacturing practices with which the US military should not have to put up.

Feb 26 15:06

HERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ABOUT PREDICTIVE POLICING IN AMERICA

Earlier this month, Motherboard published an investigation which detailed how law enforcement agencies nationwide are using and have used PredPol, a controversial software that claims to be able to predict crime.

Feb 26 14:33

Colorado Moves To Bypass Electoral College To Stop Trump: Will Assign Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner

Certain political elements within the United States simply can’t deal with the fact that our Founders created a voting system that ensured limitations on mob rule stemming from a handful of cities throughout the country. To protect the rights of all Americans, including those living in smaller rural counties, they came up with the electoral college, a method by which all Americans from varying backgrounds and ideologies can be represented during a Presidential election.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton officially won the Popular Vote, garnering more total votes than Donald Trump, but because of an Electoral College victory, Trump ultimately became President.

Every time a Republican happens to win a Presidency, Democrats argue that the Electoral College is an archaic election method not representative of a democratic government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason for the electoral college is as follows:

The Reason for the Electoral College

The article then goes on to state:

"The reason that the Constitution calls for this extra layer, rather than just providing for the direct election of the president, is that most of the nation’s founders were actually rather afraid of democracy. James Madison worried about what he called “factions,” which he defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear – which Alexis de Tocqueville later dubbed “the tyranny of the majority” – was that a faction could grow to encompass more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” Madison has a solution for tyranny of the majority: “A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”

Feb 26 12:55

As The Perfect Storm Approaches, Most Americans Are Partying Instead Of Preparing - Michael Snyder, at the Economic Collapse Blog.

I can’t think of a time when Americans were more apathetic about getting prepared, and yet this is exactly the time when the urgency to get prepared should be at the highest.

Feb 26 12:46

Mass Shootings Happen In ‘Gun Free Zones’ 97.8% Of The Time

You read that right: Since 1950, 97.8% of mass public shootings happen in so-called gun-free zones. As if we, the People of The Gun needed another reason to avoid these locations whenever possible.

Feb 26 12:42

US Announces New Venezuela Sanctions, Reiterates Threats

US attempts to impose regime change in Venezuela continued apace Monday, with Vice President Mike Pence’s promise of new “concrete action” coming in the form of a new round of sanctions against the Maduro government.

Pence reiterated that “all options are on the table,” and that the US would not rule out removing Maduro militarily from power. They may have less support for doing this than they initially figured, however.

Brazilian officials are saying they only want a “non-military solution” to Venezuela and are absolutely opposed to the US invading. On top of this, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao says Brazil will not allow the US to use their territory in any such invasion.

Past indications are that US invasion of Venezuela was to come through deploying large numbers of troops to Colombia and invading that way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever told President Trump that such a regime change operation would offer no counter resistance to that happening, was either deliberately giving the President really bad information, or they need to have their heads examined.

Feb 26 12:18

ISRAEL EX-MINISTER SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS FOR SPYING FOR IRAN

A former Israeli minister has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for spying for regional rival Iran, the prosecutor said, after admitting to the charges last month.

Gonen Segev was convicted in January when the Israeli justice ministry said he reached a plea deal after confessing to severe espionage and passing information to an enemy country with the purpose of harming Israel.

Prosecutor Geula Cohen confirmed to journalists outside the Jerusalem court that the judge had accepted the plea bargain and issued the sentence.

Segev, energy minister from 1995 to 1996, was indicted in June. The Shin Bet internal security service said at the time that he was recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria.

Investigators found that Segev made contact with officials at the Iranian embassy in Nigeria in 2012 and that he visited Iran twice for meetings with his handlers, the Shin Bet said.

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