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DICTATORSHIP

Jun 23 14:02

Provoking Iran Could Start A War And Crash The Entire World Economy

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Tensions in the Persian Gulf are reaching a point of no return. In recent weeks, six oil tankers have been subjected to Israeli sabotage disguised to look like Iranian attacks to induce the United States to take military action against the Islamic Republic. Some days ago Iran rightfully shot out of the sky a US Drone. In Yemen, the Houthis have finally started responding with cruise and ballistic missiles to the Saudis’ indiscriminate attacks, causing damage to the Saudi international airport of Abha, as well as blocking, through explosive drones, Saudi oil transportation from east to west through one of the largest pipelines in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government and Military could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US and its military, will not do it.

I am relieved that Trump did call off the airstrike, but the question remains, as to what both the US and Israel plan to do now, since the airstrikes were called off.

But the biggest "clout" President Trump had, when he took office, was the US's support for the P5+1 deal, from which he has withdrawn American support.

I would imagine that Iranian leadership must be thinking that President Trump might be slightly bi-polar, to make such a "switcheroo" on the the actual attack, just 10 minutes before declaring he had done it. I think, reasonably, the Iranians can find no comfortable "middle Ground" with this President, consider his withdrawing the US from the P5+1 agreement.

So what does President Trump have with which he can negotiate now ?!?

He's got an industrial-strength "Frenemy" with Israel's Netanyahu, who will use every opportunity to trap President Trump into a no-win, horrific war, which will most certainly be a war of attrition; in fact, I would rather count on Israel to attempt to pull another "USS Liberty event" (That was when Israel attempted to destroy an American Naval ship, and desperately tried to blame Egypt for it) if they think they can get away with it.

And let's not forget Trump's other BFF in the Middle East, regional neighbor and huge oil producer in Saudi Arabia, currently being run by the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman.

How much actual military support against Iran can President Trump expect from both Bin Salman, and the Saudi military?!?

President Trump needs every good opportunity to hand, with regard to Iran; unfortunately, he has very little to offer right now, except for a (potentially deferred) invasion, which will never resolve either the political, and/or economic issues in the region.

Jun 23 10:04

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near YouA tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

The tech entrepreneur Ross McNutt wants to spend three years recording outdoor human movements in a major U.S. city, KMOX news radio reports.

If that sounds too dystopian to be real, you’re behind the times. McNutt, who runs Persistent Surveillance Systems, was inspired by his stint in the Air Force tracking Iraqi insurgents. He tested mass-surveillance technology over Compton, California, in 2012. In 2016, the company flew over Baltimore, feeding information to police for months (without telling city leaders or residents) while demonstrating how the technology works to the FBI and Secret Service.

The goal is noble: to reduce violent crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you "prevent" violent crime? What this guy is explaining, is full-frontal surveillance, not crime prevention.

City and State legislators understand how to prevent crime, or at least, most of it. And what is key is that:

1. We educate all of our children, as though it matters for all our kids. Be on the cutting edge of changes in the workforce, and how they will effect your students when they graduate, so that they will be educated for those jobs which will still exist in American society.

2. Lower class size, so that kids who are behind the 8-ball educationally, can catch up. Because if you lose a kid in elementary school, that young adult will probably put himself, or herself in harm's way, (stealing, running drugs, and winding up in prisons with no real hope for behaviour modifications, to prevent these episodes from happening in the future.)

3. Teachers, stay as close to the parents (or legal guardians) of the kids you teach as possible, maybe face timing, or Skyping with them, on a monthly basis.

4. Analyze why private schools are having more success in teaching children, than do most public school teachers are right now, according to open-sourced records.

5. Find out what really works, in a way that makes kids excited about coming to school on a daily basis.

6. Cities and States in the US, start legalizing all drugs, to take a big bite of cartel revenue; if you do this, then kids will become less incentivized to get involved with gangs.

7. Stop "teaching to the test", because at the end of the day, each child has their own unique way of understanding material. If they are right in their understanding, so much the better, but let them come to the answers by independent means.

8. And get rid of teachers' unions. Once tenured, a really not-well-performing teacher, is almost impossible to fire, no matter what they have done, or not done.

9. Teach kids to work collaboratively; working with and within a group, gives kids the opportunity to work with others, respectfully, and intelligently; that is never a handicap, for the people who learn these skills early.

I know that I have said a few things here that are going to get me in deep "kim chee" (hot water), particularly with teachers and teachers' unions; but perhaps, these are words which needed to be said, particularly at this moment in time, when our kids are having a hard time learning, and are not measuring up to the academic accomplishments of other kids internationally, along with some horrible insights about inner-city public schools in this country:

Can you skip 47 days of high School, and still graduate?!? The story goes on to state:

"Can you skip 47 days of class and still graduate? In Maryland's largest school system, the answer is yes. But the larger question is, in make up tests, how are these kids managing to get a passing grade without attending classes?

A Formula for Failure in L.A. Schools - Los Angeles Times

Developing Countries Lead in Education Innovation: Old-line government schools are failing many children, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries

And we have a google reference to the following: "The U.S. ranks 17th in educational performance. According to the report, The Learning Curve, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States ranks seventeenth out of forty countries ranked in overall educational performance. Finland ranks first."

Government School Cheating Scandal; How teachers learned to cheat

And Mr. President, in order to "make America Great Again", you have to make American education the best in the world, in order that it "stay great."

You're welcome!!

Jun 23 08:33

OREGON SENATE CLOSES DUE TO ‘POSSIBLE MILITIA THREAT’ AFTER REPUBLICAN WALKOUT

SOURCE: FOX NEWS

The Oregon state Senate closed Saturday after a “possible militia threat” from a right-wing group -- amid a broader drama over a walkout by Republican lawmakers over looming climate change legislation.

Right-wing groups posted their support for the 12 rebel Republicans on Friday, including one group -- the Oregon Three Percenters -- who joined in an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in 2016.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for Senate President Peter Courtney told The Associated Press that the Oregon state police “recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat.”

Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been "monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviors were realized."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would tend to think of this as some Government-intelligence Psych-Ops, guaranteed to frighten both the Oregon legislature, and the people of Oregon.

The people from Oregon who I have met, tend to be very level-headed, and never hungry for this kind of confrontation.

Jun 23 08:29

US NED-FUNDED MEDDLING EXPOSED IN THE PHILIPPINES

The most recent manifestation of this can be seen in the Philippines where Manila has accused media front Rappler, founded by long-time CNN bureau chief Maria Ressa, and others of representing foreign interests and conspiring with foreign intelligence agencies in direct violation of the nation's constitution.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in its defense of Rappler would claim:

First were the politically motivated state charges that funding provided to the news website Rappler by a U.S. philanthropic foundation represented a violation of constitutional provisions barring foreign control or ownership of Philippine media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the charges by the Philippine government prove true, it would certainly not be the first time, that US media-operators in foreign countries, were accused of illegal activity.

Jun 23 08:17

JOHNSON & JOHNSON FACES MULTIBILLION OPIOIDS LAWSUIT THAT COULD UPEND BIG PHARMA

SOURCE: THEGUARDIAN.COM

Day after day, the memos flashing across screens in an Oklahoma courtroom have jarred with the family-friendly public image of Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical giant best known for baby powder and Band-Aid.

In one missive, a sales representative dismissed a doctor’s fears that patients might become addicted to the company’s opioid painkillers by telling him those who didn’t die probably wouldn’t get hooked. Another proposes targeting sales of the powerfully addictive drugs at those most at risk: men under 40.

As the state of Oklahoma’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has unfolded over the past month, the company has struggled to explain marketing strategies its accusers say dangerously misrepresented the risk of opioid addiction to doctors, manipulated medical research, and helped drive an epidemic that has claimed 400,000 lives over the past two decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; there are some drug companies which should be sued out of existence, and very much because of their sharp marketing tactics.

Jun 22 11:29

US ADDS SAUDI ARABIA TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING BLACKLIST

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The United States yesterday added Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries that do not play a sufficient role in fighting human trafficking.

According to the US’ annual report on human trafficking, Saudi Arabia has failed to prevent large scale violations committed against its foreign labour force, Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star reported.

The US also accused Cuba of human trafficking under the guise of a program to send doctors abroad, pointing out that similar action has been taken against 22 countries.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said of the countries named in the report: “If you don’t stand up to trafficking, America will stand up to you.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if true (and I would not bet against it), why does the US continue to sell weapons to the Saudis, if they hold human life so cheaply, as to endorse and allow human trafficking in their country?!?

IF I were the Butcher of Yemen (I mean, Prince Mohammed bin Salman), I would think that this would be a pretty damned ugly accusation, and at least try to make it appear that my government is "trying to do something constructive". to combat it; and yes, some times, "changing the optics" can make whatever a country is doing, look "reasonable."

But nothing; not even a response to the charges, is what we get with Saudi Arabia here.

And why?!?

Because the Prince understands that absolutely nothing will stand in the way of those weapons he continues to order and buy from the United States, with which to continue his genocide in Yemen.

I can almost hear someone putting this question to President Trump, and him responding with a "NOT sorry!" in response.

After all, war is always good for business, in President Trump's perspective, because it means record revenues for our weaponry designers and manufacturers.

But President Trump, at what moral costs to this country, do these sales pose?!?

I see countless articles, talking about the mounting violence of American adolescents against other kids; against their teachers; family; and police officers.

Is some of this violence due to kids being given SSRI medications, or trying like heck to get off these medications? Absolutely, but we have to look at another factor here.

But I think that one of the real reasons for this violence, and one which is generally treated as though it were Kryptonite, is that kids see people in very high positions of national power, murdering other people in war, and believe that if those heads of state ordering these wars, can get away scott-free with their assassinations, why shouldn't these kids get off scott-free as well as well for their actions?!?

They generally don't have a sophisticated understanding about what absolute, unrestrained power means, and what is done, frequently, to maintain it, like the (most likely signed off upon by the Prince) assassination of Adnan Kashoggi, in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, for example.

Jun 22 10:52

MORSI 'KILLED' BY EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT, SON SAYS

'HE WAS MURDERED'
Morsi's death was mourned by many people around the world, including in Turkey, where mosques held special prayers on Tuesday, while leaders in Malaysia and Qatar were among those offering tributes.

However, the reaction has been largely muted in many capitals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key ally of Morsi, said this week that the Egyptian government should be tried in international courts for the death of the former president.

"Mohamed Morsi flailed on the courtroom floor for 20 minutes and the authorities did not help him. This is why I say Morsi did not die, he was murdered," Erdogan told supporters on Wednesday at an election rally in Istanbul.

"We, as Turkey, will follow this issue and do everything possible for Egypt to be tried in international courts for Morsi's death," he said, calling on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take action towards this end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, Color me unsurprised by this possible revelation.

And why, at the very first sign of his distress, was he not given medical aid?!? That seems very fishy to me.

Jun 22 10:40

US CYBER COMMAND REPORTEDLY LAUNCHED A CYBERATTACK AGAINST IRAN AS TRUMP NIXED HIS MILITARY STRIKES

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
United States Cyber Command on Thursday reportedly launched an operation against an Iranian spy group with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, despite President Donald Trump's last-minute scrapping of a direct military strike, former intelligence officials said in a Yahoo News report.

The Iranian group is believed to have supported the limpet mine attacks against two tanker ships earlier last week, which resulted in the US increasing its military posture against the country. The group reportedly tracked and targeted both military and civilian vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My real concern this weekend, is that Israel will conjure something up something absolutely wicked, from which the US government and military will not be able to walk away.

IF President Trump thinks that such a thing is impossible, because he and Netanyahu are such BFFs, I would strongly caution him to think again; this wouldn't be the first time Israel tried a stunt like the attack on the USS Liberty, which Israel tried to blame on Egypt.


New Evidence Proves Israel Attacked USS Liberty With Orders to Kill 294 Americans

The article goes on to state: "America is commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Israeli attack on USS Liberty.

This article was first published on November 14, 2014

Fresh evidence presented in an exclusive Al Jazeera investigation into the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 Americans proves the incident was not a mistake. Since 1967 the ‘official story‘ has been that Israel simply misidentified the American ship as Egyptian for several hours. Israel apologized to the United States and for several decades we’ve been led to believe that this could be the only explanation for why Israeli jets and torpedo boats would launch rockets, missiles and torpedoes at an American target for more than two hours.

A new documentary called ‘The Day Israel Attacked America” airing on Al Jazeera was produced and directed by award winning British film maker Richard Belfield. Thanks to the audio evidence obtained by Belfield, it is finally possible to prove the survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty were right all along. The survivors have always been extremely confident that Israel’s intentions were to sink that ship and kill everyone on board so Egypt could be blamed for the tragedy. Why? To convince President Lyndon Johnson (and the American public) that we needed to declare war on Egypt. This is the definition of a ‘false flag‘. (can you say 9/11?)"

Jun 22 10:08

AMAZON GETS U.S. PATENT TO USE DELIVERY DRONES FOR SURVEILLANCE SERVICE

Amazon.com Inc is exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user’s property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described.

According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around the property under surveillance. Any image or data that the drone captures outside the geo-fence would be obscured or removed.

The application for the patent was filed by the e-commerce giant in 2015 and granted on June 4.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What about people who do NOT want to to have their properties surveilled in such a way, and have therefore NOT given this consent?!?

I somehow, do not have a "warm and fuzzy feeling" about the use of these surveillance drones!!

Jun 21 10:24

IN GUANTÁNAMO CASE, U.S. GOVERNMENT SAYS IT CAN INDEFINITELY DETAIN ANYONE — EVEN U.S. CITIZENS

FOR OVER 17 years, Moath al-Alwi has been held at Guantánamo Bay without charge. A Yemeni citizen, al-Alwi is one of Guantánamo’s “forever prisoners,” those whom the U.S. government has not charged with a crime but is unwilling to release. On June 10, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in his case, the latest setback in al-Alwi’s long effort to obtain due process rights. Even though the court wouldn’t take al-Alwi up, Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote that it would only be a matter of time before the court had to grapple with the forever prisoners and the scope of the government’s power to hold them.

The Supreme Court rejection — and Breyer’s comments — briefly brought al-Alwi’s case back to national attention. Little noted, however, were the eyebrow-raising assertions that the government has made in this case about its powers to indefinitely detain not just al-Alwi, but anyone — including U.S. citizens.

Jun 21 10:01

The “Secret Research Project” – an IRS List, an NSA Database, and Resulting “Files” on Americans…

A brief refresher is needed for those new to the story. In April 2017 Judge Collyer wrote a highly critical FISA Court opinion following discoveries by Director Admiral Rogers of government contractors accessing the NSA database, and extracting illegal search results from the electronic records of every American.

The scale of abuse was incredible [SEE HERE] and the surveillance issues had been covered up for years. Collyer cited the Obama administration as having “an institutional lack of candor” in their responses to her and the FISA court. The judge focused her criticism after a review of the period 2012 through April 2016.

Using the non-compliant admissions by NSA Director Mike Rogers and the results of the compliance audit, Judge Collyer used the period of November 2015 through April 2016 to gauge the scale of abuse at 85 percent. Eighty-five percent of all database search queries were unlawful

Jun 20 11:27

Morsi’s Death Represents the Demise of Hope for Democracy in Egypt

Professor Seif Da'na discusses the circumstances under which former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi collapsed and died and the Egyptian government's fear of an uprising

Jun 19 23:04

NZ Gun owners 'angry and frustrated' and some say they won't hand in their now-illegal firearms

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners is exploring legal action over the Government's gun buyback scheme over what it says are unfair prices.

And council spokeswoman Nicole McKee said that while the council is urging its 40,000-odd members to abide by the law, some have told her that they don't intend to hand in their now-illegal firearms.

"Some of the offered prices for higher-end firearms are well out of kilter. We're talking thousands of dollars," McKee said.

"It may get down to a point where we have to look at court action on behalf of our members, and that is something we will be looking at under advice from our lawyers

Jun 19 17:36

US Navy says mines used to carry out Gulf tanker attack 'bear a striking resemblance' to those used by Iran – and reveal investigators have removed fingerprints from the ship

By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE

The US Navy says mines used to carry out a Gulf tanker attack 'bear a striking resemblance' to those used by Iran, as investigators retrieve fingerprints from the ship.

The Navy today displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet removed from a Japanese vessel, one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday.

'The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades,' said Commander Sean Kido at the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), near the Fujairah port in the UAE.

He added that fingerprints retrieved from the stricken Japanese vessel would be used to mount a criminal case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the author of this piece of codswallop; Mr. Ibbitson, did you actually take what Commander Kido told you as pure gospel?!?

Number one, against what data bases could the US intelligence agencies possibly compare these prints?!?

Did Commander Kido believe that Iran's President Rouhani would just open their own databases to American investigators on the case?!?

I think we have a resounding, thuddling NO coming forth as Iran's answer here.

And secondly, this issue of "bearing a striking resemblance to Iranian missiles which have already been publicly displayed in Iranian Military Parades.." Just because something "looks similar"to something people think they have seen in Iranian military parades, does not mean that the missile is the genuine article.

And 3rd, why, in the name of heaven, would Iran do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, as to try to do something menacing in the Persian Gulf, when they are desperately striving to stay away a US and/or Israeli attack against it?!?

Gentlemen, the short answer is, they would not; not in a zillion years, period, end of discussion.

And to our readers and listeners, this flim-flammery surrounding these incidents, are beginning to sound like desperation on the cusp of madness; people both inside the beltway, and many of our closes allies are having one heck of a hard time with this; and for good reason.

Jun 19 15:24

Facebook content moderators break NDAs to expose shocking working conditions involving gruesome videos and feces smeared on walls

A report from The Verge reveals new details about the appalling working conditions at Facebook’s content moderation site in Tampa.

Three former content moderators working for Facebook’s vendor, Cognizant, agree to break their nondisclosure agreements to go on the record about the conditions.

Workers report a dirty office environment, pressure to work through illness and shocking videos they were forced to watch.

Jun 19 13:34

Josh Hawley Introduces Bill to Put Washington In Charge of Internet Speech

Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) is introducing legislation to clamp down on free expression online, under the pretense of fighting tech-company "bias" against Republicans.

Hawley's solution is to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a measure that prevents individual users of internet platforms and the companies that run them from being treated as legally indistinguishable from one another. Without it, digital companies and the users of their products (i.e., all of us) could be sued in civil court or subject to state criminal prosecution over content and messages created and published by others.

State attorneys general have been howling about Section 230 for more than a decade because it means that only the federal government can criminally prosecute internet intermediaries. Thus, state prosecutors don't have the opportunity to seize assets and bring in big financial settlements themselves.

Jun 19 11:05

DOWNING OF US MQ-9 DRONE OVER HODEIDA SHOWS DIRECT US INVOLVEMENT IN YEMENI WAR

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
HODEIDA, YEMEN — News that a U.S. government drone was shot down over Yemen’s port city of Hodeida has provoked anger among local residents, who say it is clear evidence of direct U.S. involvement in a war which has resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, and has left almost 25 million people in need of aid.

On Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said in a statement that on June 6 Houthi fighters shot down a U.S. government MQ-9 Reaper drone using an SA-6 surface-to-air missile, adding that the altitude at which the drone was shot down “indicated an improvement over previous Houthi capability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 4 years, the US government and military have been aiding an abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

This means that Yemeni babies, toddlers, and children have been blown to smithereens, courtesy of US mid-air refueling, and "guidance."

I must warn you; I am attaching a set of "lose your lunch" images, but it is apparent that these atrocities haven't even penetrated the thinking of most Americans; but they need to.
Images: Yemeni kids killed, courtesy of US enabled Saudi bombing raids

More images: Yemeni kids getting killed, maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing:

More images; Yemeni kids killed, courtesy of US-enabled saudi bombings

Because US and Saudi military have blockaded Yemeni ports, as Yemen has to import much of its food, children are dying from starvation.

Images: Yemeni infants and children, dying of starvation

Because the water infrastructure has been totally destroyed, courtesy of US-enabled bombing, cholera and dysentery run rampant.

Yemeni kids, infected with, and many dying from, cholera

Anyone who can look at these images, and not feel at least a modicum of compassion, and sadness, at what is going on in their names, and with their tax dollars, cannot possibly be human, and have obviously had their conscience surgically removed.

It is time, brother and sister readers, for a national discussion, about the US's enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Remember that admonition, "If you see something, say something!!" And RIGHT BLOODY NOW, PLEASE, would be a reasonable moment to express your thoughts and feelings about the US aiding Saudi war crimes in Yemen to your alleged Congressional Representatives. Please don't be loud or abusive; just present the facts as you know them. Copy this article, if you feel you need to; and let these people understand that We the People understand what is happening; it is a genocide, which deserves no more US support whatsoever, period, end of discussion.

I would like to hope that with these links, there are a couple of issues which will clear up certain false premises about what the Federal government is willing to do, to achieve a geopolitical end, which you may have entertained all your life, until just this moment.

1. The US military will never assist in the assassination of the innocent: WRONG!!

2. The US military will not assist other governments in "winning" a war against its enemies, when only true, honorable, and hard-won negotiations can resolve the issue: WRONG!!

We Americans are all, now, citizens of a war crimes-centric government, and we have been, pretty much since World War II. The question is, now that we know, what can we do?!?

As a Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but peaceful protesting, under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution, is something we all need to be thinking about right now.

Remember what ultimately pulled this country out of Viet Nam?!? Thousands of protestors, marching in DC, to advocate for the ending to that despicable war.

Think about that for a moment, would you, please?!?

Jun 19 10:00

‘AGE OF DIGITAL TERRORISM’ IS COMING, IMPACT MAY BE AS DANGEROUS AS WMDS – MOSCOW

SOURCE: RT
Terrorist groups exploit the internet for hacking and global outreach, the impact of which could soon become no less dangerous than that of weapons of mass destruction, a senior Russian security official warned.

The rapid development of technology allows terrorists to “even more actively” use the internet for “recruitment, attracting funds, hacking and other cybercrimes,” the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Yury Kokov, said at a security-themed event in the city of Ufa in central Russia.

The official said the internet has become the “main mechanism” for various extremists to “control their scattered forces and resources,” while there are currently around 30,000 “extremist and terrorist websites” online.

This allows us to conclude that an age of technological and digital terrorism is approaching. In terms of consequences, [this type of terrorism] may be comparable to the weapons of mass destruction in the nearest future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deputy Secretary Kokov, with all due respect, this digiterror is already here; have you not seen the chaos in the US city of Baltimore, because its computers got hacked with ransomware?!?

Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks:
A ransomware attack means Baltimore citizens can’t pay their water bills or parking tickets.

To the best of my understanding, this issue has not yet been resolved.

And there is another reason these terrorists are training "frogmen"; that is to destroy fiber optic cables, which connects countries for communication purposes.

Jun 19 09:41

VOX, AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION PARTY, HAS 24 SEATS IN SPANISH PARLIAMENT AND 3 IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT.

Spain's far right party, Vox-es, has demanded an explanation from Youtube, as to why their account was suspended "without any explanation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer is transparently simple; Youtube doesn't like their perspective, therefore, the channel had to be closed down.

This is the digital violence of this world's very monied far left; deplatform; demonetize; and destroy the work anyone, who has the temerity not to think precisely, as they do.

Jun 19 08:42

The US is cruising toward collapse but still trying to bully the world

There isn’t much to report that I haven’t already reported. What goes on is more of the same but the attitude seems to have changed. A new development is the Global Eye-Roll and at this rate it may turn into an Olympic sport before long.

Jun 18 13:36

US Will Spend $86 Billion on Intelligence Agencies in 2020 - Here’s the Breakdown

While most of us are aware of the massive U.S. intelligence network, we rarely see exactly how much this network costs taxpayers. In this posting, I want to look at the budget for the Department of Defense's Military Intelligence Program or MIP as well as the National Intelligence Program or NIP. Fortunately, in a June 2018 Congressional Research Service report on intelligence community spending, Micheal DeVine provides us with a detailed look at spending on both the National Intelligence Program and the Military Intelligence program so that we can put the budget requests for fiscal 2020 into context.

Jun 18 10:12

New York State assumes God-like power over people’s bodies by ending religious exemptions on vaccinations

In response to their own contrived fear-mongering about the “threat” of measles, corrupt legislators in New York State have passed an egregious new bill that eliminates all religious exemptions from vaccination, denying New Yorkers the religious liberty that’s guaranteed to them in the United States Constitution.

According to reports, the Senate voted 36-26, while the Assembly voted 77-53, to scrap all opt-out provisions for vaccines in the Empire State, save for those issued directly by doctors for medical reasons. And Andrew Cuomo, who sees nothing wrong with murdering babies both inside and outside the womb, is fully onboard with this tyranny.

Jun 18 09:46

When Censorship Moves Way Beyond Alex Jones

Everyone right of center is now at risk of progressive de-platforming. Breaking up the social media monopolies may be the only fix.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out the comments and play "spot the schill."

Jun 17 14:56

Amazon is selling a bracelet that gives you an electric SHOCK you when you eat too much fast food, bite your nails or spend too much time on the internet

Inventor Maneesh Sethi says that while it isn't as powerful as a shock from a tazer, it still delivers enough voltage to shock you make you jump.

I can see endless downsides to this tech.

Jun 17 10:16

FBI NEVER SAW CROWDSTRIKE UNREDACTED OR FINAL REPORT ON ALLEGED RUSSIAN HACKING BECAUSE NONE WAS PRODUCED

SOURCE: CONSORTIUMNEWS.COM

The FBI relied on CrowdStrike’s “conclusion” to blame Russia for hacking DNC servers, though the private firm never produced a final report and the FBI never asked them to, as Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

The revelation came in a court filing by the government in the pre-trial phase of Roger Stone, a long-time Republican operative who had an unofficial role in the campaign of candidate Donald Trump. Stone has been charged with misleading Congress, obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.

The filing was in response to a motion by Stone’s lawyers asking for “unredacted reports” from CrowdStrike in an effort to get the government to prove that Russia hacked the DNC server. “The government … does not possess the information the defendant seeks,” the filing says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Jun 17 10:11

"THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN:" IRAN WARNS IT WILL BREACH URANIUM STOCKPILE LIMITS IN 10 DAYS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Iran certainly isn't planning on backing down in the face of Washington's accusations about the country's role in last week's tanker bombings, and as a result, the possibility of a boots-on-the-ground military conflict in the Islamic Republic cannot yet be ruled out. Making an already tense situation infinitely more precarious, Iran on Monday reminded the world that it's preparing to violate the terms of the Iran deal during the next ten days.

By increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium, Iran is bound to elicit accusations that it's once again working on a nuclear bomb.Tehran has always maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but American neocons like John Bolton have warned that this was merely a ruse, and that Iran could target American allies like Israel with a missile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) For a second, I had hoped that this was the polar opposite from what the Iranian government had said; unfortunately, bopping over to www.presstv.com, the pr outlet the Iranian government, this was precisely what they had stated.

Iran's enriched uranium stockpile to surpass 300 kg from June 27: AEOI spokesman

It goes on to state: "Tehran has said it may go even further by July 8 unless remaining partners to the deal -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- help it circumvent US sanctions and especially enable it to sell its oil.

Kamalvandi said there is still time for European countries to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal is officially known.

Folks, this is an attempted "power squeeze play" to attempt to insure that Iran's oil gets paid for and distributed, in spite of US sanctions. Europe can either fold to the Americans, and not buy Iranian oil, which will kick this upgrade to uranium enrichment into high gear, or figure out how to buy Iranian oil, with full US sanctions in place.

And remember: the enrichment upgrade about which they are talking, is symbolic only, to demonstrate that they have been playing by the rules all along, as the IAEA has attested, in their reports; because it takes 90% + enrichment to create a nuclear weapon.
Source: Popular Science (Mar, 1950) via Modern Mechanix.

This article goes on to state: "In order to build a nuclear bomb, you need “enriched” uranium. That’s a simple way of saying that you need to use uranium that is 90% or greater made up of the U-235 isotope, whereas natural uranium is 99.2% U-238, which is useless for making things go boom.

Will someone, preferably, someone with a science background, please gently mention this to President Trump, and quickly?!? Because right now, I am reasonably certain the the phone line for his direct-connect to Netanyahu, has Trump spinning, like a turbo-charged, industrial strength top, to advocate in favor of an invasion of Iran.

But Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a word, please: you have just handed the US, and Israel, the "smoking gun" through which they are going to justify an attack against your country; and trust me, they are most probably not even going to begin to wait until either 27 June or 8 July.

And unfortunately, sir, most Americans have no clue as to what is happening here, because their background in hard sciences has been deliberately dumbed down by an educational system which doesn't want, or encourage, critical thinking, or questioning of the official government narrative. And, unfortunately, this makes the likelihood of positive US support for such an action, increase.

I understand that your economy is really hurting, because of the US sanctions on the sale of your oil; but sir, even though this is largely symbolic, this was absolutely the worst, officially horrible decision you could possibly have made under these circumstances; therefore, I am asking you to please reconsider.

Jun 17 10:07

US: Florida passes bill suppressing free speech on Israel, Palestine

Israel has been granted protection from its critics by the state of Florida in recent amendments to the Florida Educational Equality Act (FEEA), which includes provisions that suppresses free speech. Under new definitions of anti-Semitism adopted by the American state, limits have been placed on discussions of the plight of the Palestinian people and underscoring the brutality of Israel’s occupation.

The bill is likely to open the door for criminal charges to be levelled against human rights activists and critics that advocate a single democratic state in which Israeli Jews, Palestinians and all others are granted full, equal rights. Supporters of the Palestine cause face the prospect of being silenced on the grounds that calls for equality under a single democratic state is deemed to be an attempt to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination and that such a call for non-discrimination questions Israel’s right to exist.

Jun 17 09:58

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH UNDER ATTACK

Mike Adams’ 3 million person Facebook account for Natural News was taken down earlier this week.

Now perhaps subscribers understand why we’ve been putting such strong emphasis on health stories in the last year.

We saw this coming a year ago – and now it’s here.

EVERYTHING that is in opposition to Big Pharma is going to be under aggressive attack.

Jun 17 09:02

LAM IN LIMBO AS TENSIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG PROTESTERS, BEIJING INTENSIFY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
On Sunday, more than 2 million Hong Kongers, more than one-quarter of the city-state's population, took to the streets in what were the biggest marches in Hong Kong since the dawn of Chinese rule. Even after City Executive Carrie Lam 'indefinitely' dropped the hated extradition bill that had catalyzed the protest movement on Saturday, a march planned for Sunday went ahead anyway. It was the biggest march yet, a sign that a popular mandate to oust Lam and secure the release of all of those arrested during the marches - the movement's two biggest remaining demands - was strong.

Calm returned to the city on Monday, though small bands of students continued to protest, while workers engaged in scattered strikes.

Hong Kong markets rewarded the city executive for withdrawing the extradition bill, with the Hang Seng index outperforming broader Asian benchmarks. Homebuilder shares, which sold off sharply during Wednesday's violent protests, led the rebound.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to the leadership of these protests; now that the extradition bill has been rescinded, please be very careful about the timing of the next demonstrations, and what issues you feel are critical to your movement.

The Chinese military is huge, and surveillance is everywhere. And if Chinese President Xi Jingping wants this movement crushed, he will do so, no matter how badly the optics may look, if he feels you are a threat to his political power.

Jun 17 08:53

BERKELEY, CORNELL PARTNER WITH FACEBOOK TO IDENTIFY 'FAKE NEWS'

SOURCE: CAMPUS REFORM
Facebook is partnering with the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland to identify fake news.
The tech giant is investing $7.5 million into projects at the three schools, according to a UC Berkeley news release. The two Berkeley professors who will work with Facebook are Hany Farid and Alexe Efros, who are both part of UC-Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Farid has been a longtime critic of social media companies and the danger that doctored videos and images pose online. The professor has commented on this subject for CNN and admitted to the school that he is “skeptical” of the new partnership with Facebook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to look at that last paragraph, and laugh; of course, censoring out conservative content is absolutely the design objective of this project, and to push unthinking readers away from Facebook's censored sites.

Facebook has, very willingly, become a critical part, and a proud member of 4th element in in US government, alongside Twitter, and Google.

So now, we not only have the Judicial; Congressional; Executive branches of government; but also the Surveillance branch of the unhinged, surveilled, state of Amerika.

And and to those Foggy Bottomites in the Bowels of Power in DC; George Orwell's masterpiece novel, "1984", was a cautionary tale; NOT A HOW TO MANUAL;!!!

Jun 17 08:41

GULF OF OMAN: UNCONVINCED EU FOREIGN MINISTERS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AFTER US CLAIM IRAN IS BEHIND TANKER ATTACK

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
EU foreign ministers remained unconvinced by US allegations that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two Gulf tankers as they arrived at a meeting on Monday.

There was strong support among EU countries for an independent UN investigation and calls for more evidence – with the UK relatively isolating in its support the Trump administration’s line.

One foreign minister invoked the spectre of US misuse of intelligence over Iraq as a reason for scepticism, as representatives of the 28 countries arrived at the council meeting.

The ministers will discuss the incident in the Gulf of Oman over lunch, with Sudan, trade policy with Cuba, and the situation in Venezuela also on the main agenda.

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said the EU states “continue to gather information” while Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands was “interested in any clarifications that can be made available”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "IRAN DID IT!" scenario is collapsing like a rogue souffle' most probably cooked by a combination of US and Israeli "False Flagmeisters", who were so convinced of their own codswallop, that they believed there was utterly no need for subtlety here, and never thought that there would be one moment of push back from any quarter, and particularly not the US's allies in Europe.

So I would like to politely remind all Foggy Bottomites currently in the bowels of power in DC, of a statement made by President George Bush, right before Iraq was invaded: he lied, on national TV, stating that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction".

After that, I was never able to believe anything any representative of the US government ever said, again, and probably never will in the future.

Our European friends are very right, to ask for hard evidence here.

And President Trump, a word, please; lying to the American people, or creating a false flag, because Israel wants the US to invade Iran, is no good reason, either to lie, create a false flag with which to justify that lie, or to do Bibi Netanyahu's bidding here.

An invasion of Iran, which has not done any bit of harm to this country, other than not selling all of its oil in US dollars, is going to create the optics that it is actually the United States which is a "rogue country", both incapable of keeping its promises, demonstrated very clearly, by the US's withdrawing from the P5+1 Agreement, and with an itchy "trigger finger" concerning invading sovereign countries for their resources, to make sure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

And Mr. President, I am having an extraordinary difficult time, believing that this.... would be what you want your legacy, as President of this country, to be about.

Jun 17 08:11

China is harvesting organs from detainees, tribunal concludesVictims include imprisoned followers of Falun Gong movement, China Tribunal says

An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement.

The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said in a unanimous determination at the end of its hearings it was “certain that Falun Gong as a source - probably the principal source - of organs for forced organ harvesting”.

“The conclusion shows that very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason, that more may suffer in similar ways and that all of us live on a planet where extreme wickedness may be found in the power of those, for the time being, running a country with one of the oldest civilisations known to modern man.”

He added: “There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sir Geoffrey, a word, please: apparently, you blinked an missed a bit from your higher education at St Dunstan's College, and that is, one cannot prove a negative.

Notice the following statement: "He added: “There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”

It appears in this regard, what you have is hearsay, and not tangible evidence.

And, sir, working without financial compensation, doesn't mean that there is not an agenda to be championed here, and verbally, the last two paragraphs included are the linguistic equivalent to "the money shot" in photography:

There have been calls for the UK parliament to ban patients from travelling to China for transplant surgery. More than 40 MPs from all parties have backed the motion. Israel, Italy, Spain and Taiwan already enforce such restrictions.

China insists it adheres to international medical standards that require organ donations to be made by consent and without any financial charges. It declined to participate in the tribunal.

Can anyone in their right mind, blame China for not participating, understanding that the judicial "long knives" would be out for them?!?

I rest my case; thank you.

Jun 17 07:56

OPIOID MANUFACTURER INSYS TO PAY $225 MILLION SETTLEMENT AFTER ADMITTING TO BRIBING DOCTORS

SOURCE: BIG LEAGUE POLITICS
One of America’s biggest opioid manufacturers is set to pay a massive federal penalty after getting nailed for bribing doctors to prescribe their dangerous and highly addictive fentanyl painkillers. The distribution scheme of Insys Therapeutics, that pushed potent opiates into the hands of patients that did not need them, has been described as a driving force behind America’s ongoing public health epidemic stemming from use of the drugs.

Insys, an Arizona company that reported almost $150 million in revenue in 2017, contracted doctors who agreed to prescribe their drugs for sham speeches. In reality, the doctors were getting paid for issuing prescriptions of Subsys, the company’s fentanyl-based painkiller medication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; may more pharmaceutical company leaders, who pushed treatments they knew to be addictive, or worse, experience a similar fate.

Jun 16 19:30

U.K. Police’s Plan to Tackle Domestic Abuse: Blunt Knives

*Idiocracy in action*

LONDON — In an attempt to tackle domestic violence, the police in a British county came up with a startling plan: Replace the sharp knives in victims’ kitchens with blunt-tipped instruments to prevent their partners from stabbing them to death.

While the blunt-knives proposal was only one among many by the Nottingham City Council to tackle knife crime, it was immediately singled out for criticism by medical experts and advocates for domestic abuse survivors, who called it “ludicrous” and ill conceived.

*Will they ban frying pans if they are used instead?*

Jun 16 12:17

Congress directs Pentagon to press Saudi Arabia on Yemen refueling bill

Congress wants the Pentagon to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for paying off the last of its overdue refueling bills for the Yemen war.

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released today, calls on Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to notify Congress each month of any outstanding bills for the $299 million cost of the three-year refueling mission until the federal government is repaid in full.

The Pentagon refueled warplanes for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates starting in March 2015. The assistance ended in November 2018, when both sides agreed to terminate the mission as Congress pressed to end US support for the Yemen campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the US Congress, a word, please: yes, I understand that Uncle Sam is now having to play "collection agency" on Saudi Arabia's past-due bills.

But Ladies and Gentlemen of the House and Senate; the core question which must be asked, and answered by you is, what the hell, please, is the US military still doing in Yemen, aiding an abetting Saudi war crimes here?!?

Just because it is an industrial strength "taboo subject" (which the presstitutes ignore, as though it were Kryptonite), doesn't mean that it doesn't at some level, reach a collective sense that things are going very, very badly for the Saudis and the Americans.

Jun 16 10:40

Saudi crown prince calls for a 'decisive stand' against Iran as he blames regime for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says his kingdom does not want war
But he 'will not hesitate to deal with threats to its people, its sovereignty or its vital interests', according to comments published by Saudi-owned newspaper.

The US have also claimed Iranians fired a missile at a US drone in the area hours before the attack but missed, an official told CNN.

The tankers were attacked in strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.

'The kingdom does not want a war in the region but it will not hesitate to deal with any threats to its people, its sovereignty, or its vital interests,' he added.

Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in war - but this has done little to assuage concerns the arch foes could stumble in to conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, coming from the Butcher of Yemen, (Prince Mohammed bin Salman), I hope this statement has calmed down those in the independent media, that they are in "no harm" from possibly having published an opinion about the incident which "did not carry water for either Washington's or Saudi Arabia's accusations".

And that pathetic little black and white, grainy image, allegedly showing an Iranian military personnel, pulling off the limpet mine from the ship?!?

HIGH SCHOOL folks; HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!

A clever middle-school kid with the right suite of software on their computer, could have pulled this off with ease.

But to both President Trump and Prince bin Salman, there is a question which, logically, must be both asked, and answered; why would the Iranian leadership attempt to do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic, when they understand that there are elements in both the American and Israeli governments are SALIVATING to find a "justification" for attacking it?!?

The short answer is, HELL, no!!

And gentlemen, another comment: the Iranian leadership may be many things; but one thing it is not, is stupid; and I also believe that they love their kids, just as much as Americans and Israelis love their children also.

War, here, is completely unjustifiable, and morally wrong.

Jun 16 10:05

More Than 500 Torture Cases Documented By UN In Ukraine Conflict

KYIV -- The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has documented more than 500 cases of ill-treatment, incommunicado detention, and torture by both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists since the conflict erupted in April 2014, the mission’s head said in Kyiv on June 13.

“We believe, however, that this is the tip of the iceberg, as torture is a systemic issue in Ukraine that was exacerbated by the armed conflict,” Fiona Frazer told reporters at a press conference where she presented a new UN report.

In many instances, Frazer said, “the alleged perpetrators are the state security services and the so-called ‘ministries of state security’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I know you are "juggling a zillion chain saws" right now, as we say in our colloquial English, meaning, you are dealing with a number of crises in Ukraine, and trying to triage them at this moment.

But please, as a human being first, and secondly, as a Ukrainian Jew, who understands the horrific depths of ,"faith based" lethal behaviour inflicted on your ancestors, you have to try to get this madness to stop.

I would like to commend to you a little historical study, about the German Nazi in World War II, who refused to torture his English-speaking prisoners of war. The man's name was Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff.

Wikipedia: Hans Scharff

Between both World wars, Scharff studied English, and had a magnificent grasp of the language.

But rather than use the torture techniques well-known - and used - by the Nazi SS upon their prisoners, Scharff used only kindness, even inviting them out for day passes at cultural events. He was able to convince these prisoners that he already knew everything about them, and their operations, when he really didn't, and was a superb interrogator.

When the war concluded, the US military brass was so completely taken by him, that they invited him to give seminars about how his technique worked.

Because, Mr. President, torture...only gets the tortured person to say whatever his torturers want him to say, to get the torture to stop, even if the information is completely, and horribly, wrong.

So, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I - and other thinking Americans - wish (and pray) you "God Speed" on this very tough set of situations you confront, in this "tightrope" walk between Russian, and Western, interests.

And may its resolution come about in a way that is good for all Ukrainians.

Jun 16 09:55

‘Assange extradition should be warning to liberals who believe in American democracy’ – Zizek

The UK’s decision to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US should be taken as a warning to all liberals who still have any faith in ‘American liberal democracy,’ says cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

The Slovenian sociologist told RT that signing of the extradition order is just one of two recent events that really worry him. The other “ominous” event was the Ecuadorian government’s invitation to US authorities to take possession of Assange’s property from its London embassy when he was taken to prison, including book manuscripts, computers and other personal possessions.

“The nightmare is that the accuser was directly invited to take possession of all these documents. This breaks even the elementary the norms of legality,” Zizek explained.

Jun 16 09:54

‘This is about shutting down dissent’ – John Pilger on Assange US extradition case

The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from the UK to the US is not only about locking up the Australian, but about “shutting down dissent” and “investigative journalism,” claims journalist John Pilger.

Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday following the decision to open a new, full US extradition hearing in February 2020, Pilger insisted that the motivation of the American authorities in pursuing Assange was clear to see.

... [It] is quite clear that on a wider level this is an attempt to shut down WikiLeaks and put Assange away, but it’s also about shutting down dissent. It’s mainly about shutting down investigative journalism.

Jun 16 08:47

Credit Scores Could Soon Get Even Creepier and More Biased

Credit scores based on AI and non-traditional data such as your social media profile could usher in a whole new way for banks to discriminate.

Jun 16 08:06

‘Treason!’ Trump slams NYT claim of US cyberattacks on Russia’s power grid as harmful fake news

Following a bombastic report that US government hackers are targeting Russia’s power grid, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the NY Times of spreading fake news detrimental to US credibility and national security.
“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…” Trump tweeted on Saturday evening, before realizing that he forgot to actually dismiss the report of Washington increasingly targeting Moscow in a cyber-warfare campaign as “fake news.”

“.....ALSO, NOT TRUE!” he added in a follow-up tweet, without specifying whether the report was untrue in its entirety – or just the specifics like the targets of US cyber-offenses or their gravity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, here is the article in question:

US Escalates attacks on Russia's Power Grid<

David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth

the article goes on to state: "In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections."

Hey, Dave and Nicky, a word, please: the "loosey-goosey", non-validated, unattributed statements in your article, tell the public absolutely nothing about this situation; it is all inference, and totally unsubstantiated, which of course, your bosses at NYT, are encouraging you to continue slinging, like some non-descript, day's old hash, at your readers.

The attempted character assassinations by NYT against Trump, never end:

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero

How to Defeat Trump in 2020

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The New York Times

5 Key Takeaways From Donald Trump's New York Times Interview

So let me give it to you straight: I am utterly no "Trumpophile", and if you had actually bothered to read any legitimate independent news resources, you would understand my concerns.

The US Military is now at the keening edge of engaging in potential military misadventures against Russia; China; and Iran.

I don't know about you two, but what I am seeing, and President Trump is merely a figurehead in this process, are all the symptoms of the American empire in decline, which can conjure no other way to resolve its geopolitical differences, other than through wars.

Having been "acquired" by Sheldon Adelson, through his massive campaign contributions to Trump's elections Trump has now outsourced US foreign policy in the Middle East to its former Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu Adelson, Who Donated Over $100 Million to the GOP, 'Watching' Results With Trump.In September, the Jewish billionaire Adelson couple pumped $32 million into the GOP

How this has translated into hard US foreign policy in the Middle East, is as follows:

US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Trump Administration about to give Israel $3.8 billion dollars

US Withdraws from the joint comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

President Trump will keep 400 troops in Syria

And now, fast-forwarding to current events:

President Trump blames Iran for current acts of terrorism in the Gulf of Oman

Iran slams US, calls claim of tanker attack "economic terrorism"

The pattern is very simple here; find a country with resources, which allows for those resources to be paid for other than US dollars; destabilize that country; regime-change, to make sure that the leadership remains US-centric; expropriate those resources to which the US has utterly no moral right; and insist on that country's only selling those resources... in US dollars.

Wash... rinse.... repeat.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are, concerning the resurrection of the draft in this country, but right now, I wouldn't bet against it.

Here are some interesting numbers about US military deployment:

2-2019: US military deployments

And even if these military deployments have been an epic fail, in terms of their stated objectives, and what has actually happened in these countries, the US is most likely, never leaving, as leaving, from the perspective of our military leadership, would suggest that the mission had been a "failure".

This... is why the US government's military is still in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Syria; Libya; the Congo; and Somalia.

And just to make sure you do both do not have a raging episode of "selective memory disorder" on this issue (SMD), let me gently remind you, that the President who got American troops enmeshed in Yemen, where they are continuing to aid and abet Saudi forces in their war crimes: Yes, Mr. Cool President Himself, Barak Hussein Obama!

As War on Yemen Hits the 4-Year Mark.
Here’s a Brief History of U.S. Involvement
(As the political tide in the United States finally turns against the war, we must not let its U.S. proponents whitewash their wrongdoing).

The image above the article is captioned: President Barack Obama speaks as King Salman bin Abd alAziz of Saudi Arabia looks on during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House September 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Notice how studiously each is avoiding looking at the other.

So in summation, gentlemen; President Trump can be defeated in 2020; so can we please, possibly let us stick to the facts in doing so, shall we?!?

Because there are plenty enough facts to condemn what he has done, both nationally, and internationally, in what I call "the real world".

And as to The Democrat's "Great Hope" in 2020?!?

Would one - or both of you - please think about doing an article on our Hawaiian Representative, now Presidential Candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, that isn't a "hit piece", because the US's military/industrial complex isn't going to like this woman one bit.

She's a Samoan- American Vet, who has seen combat, in Iraq; she's a very articulate, and level-headed woman, and will be infinitely less careless about throwing "US troops at geopolitical problems on the ground" than have been the previous two administrations.

You're welcome.

Jun 16 06:33

HONG KONG THRONG: PROTESTERS WANT LEADER LAM TO QUIT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Hong Kong - Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched on Sunday in opposition to the government and a controversial bill, despite the city's leader, Carrie Lam, shelving the proposal indefinitely a day earlier.

Crowds filled Hong Kong's Victoria Park early on Sunday afternoon, filing into orderly zones to wait for their turn to embark on an almost four-kilometre route to Admiralty, a downtown business district.

Protesters were largely frustrated with the way the government and Lam, the chief executive, had handled the bill.

Lam has promised to widely consult the public about the bill before making any attempt to resurrect it

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The citizens of Hong Kong, understand their history, as well as the history of mainland China.

Were I the organisers of such a protest, I might want to be very careful, about how protesters approach these "demands".

Lam is obviously an agent of Beijing here, and I would politely suggest to the protesters, that the Chinese government will put these demonstrations down in a heartbeat, if the tempo of these protests...accelerates too quickly.

Jun 16 06:28

YEMEN’S HOUTHIS TARGET TWO SAUDI AIRPORTS WITH MULTIPLE DRONE ATTACKS

OURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Yemen’s Houthi movement launched fresh drone attacks targeting Jizan and Abha airports in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Saturday, adding the installations were out of service, Reuters reports.

The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had intercepted and downed a Houthi drone targeting the southwestern city of Abha.

The Iran-aligned group said multiple drone strike targeted control rooms at Jizan airport and a fuel station at Abha airport.

“The two airports are now out of service. We promise the Saudi regime more painful days as long as the aggression and siege continue on our country,” the group’s armed forces spokesman said in a tweet published by Al-Masirah TV’s account.

The Houthis have launched several strikes targeting Abha airport since Wednesday, when a missile attack against the same airport wounded 26 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis will be sure retaliate, taking as many civilian lives as they possibly can.

It breaks my heart, both to see so many Yemeni non-combatants killed, and the absolutely pathological "tin ear" represented by the Saudi Royal Family, and particularly the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, when almost every expert in the history - and potential future - of Yemen, state, emphatically, that peace can only be created through negotiation, rather than continued bloodshed.

And, of course, there is that "other issue" which none of DC's Foggy Bottomites" want to discuss, ever; and that his how the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen. And before these articles get chopped, and their authors get deplatformed, and demonetized, please google the following:

"The US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen."

I stand amazed that Google's current CEO, Sundar Pichai, has not pulled these web searches.

But don't be surprised if you find them pulled soon.

Jun 16 06:15

THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN DNA SITES AND FACIAL RECOGNITION

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM

BY DAGNY TAGGART

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and outrage) about that technology as well.

Genealogy sites have been making the news of late, mainly for concerns over how our personal data is used – and who has access to that information.

ENGINEERS ARE FIGURING OUT HOW TO MATCH DNA TO FACES IN A DATABASE.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Humankind is, swiftly, falling down into the " digital rabbit hole", where any dystopian government can use this kind of information to tar an innocent person, make it appear that they were at a crime scene, and did the crime, to shut them up, and shut them off, if their narrative or questions did not meet the precise narrative of that government.

This... is truly chilling.

Jun 16 05:43

The Unholy Alliance Between DNA Sites and Facial Recognition

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Jun 16 05:28

MASSIVE POWER CUT HITS ALL OF ARGENTINA

SOURCE: BBC.COM
A massive electrical failure has left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power, according to a major Argentine electricity provider.

Reports said the power cut had also affected parts of Brazil and Paraguay.

Argentine media said the power cut occurred shortly after 07:00 (12:00 GMT), causing trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling.

It came as people in parts of Argentina were preparing to go to the polls for local elections.

"A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," electricity supplier company Edesur said in a tweet.

The combined population of Argentina and Uruguay is about 48 million people.

Among the affected provinces in Argentina were Santa Fe, San Luis, Formosa, La Rioja, Chubut, Cordoba and Mendoza, reports said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just a fluke in the electrical system, in light of the fact that Argentina does use electronic voting machines, and elections were to have started today?

Unsure, but the following article, datelined January of this year, does give room for doubt here:

As Elections Near, Argentina’s Electoral Systems Are Under Scrutiny, Again

Jun 16 05:16

Chris Hedges: No future for our grandchildren unless we ‘overthrow corporate power’

Corporations motivated by insatiable greed endanger us all and must be stopped before it’s too late, veteran journalist Chris Hedges told RT, warning that future generations will suffer immeasurably unless action is taken now.
Appearing on George Galloway’s political talk show ‘Sputnik’, Hedges decried how the “psychopaths” who run the world’s largest multinational corporations are “hurling us all over a cliff” in the pursuit of “short-term profit.”

We’re going to talk about the destruction of the ecosystem that sustains life. And [that’s] what is happening in the hands of the oligarchic elites in the fossil fuel industry – and let’s not forget the defense industry, the largest emitter of greenhouse gasses is the US military.

Jun 15 17:38

'Not Enough': US Version Blaming Iran for Tanker Attacks Questioned by European Allies

The Pentagon earlier released a video, claiming to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a mine from the side one of the tankers targeted in the Gulf of Oman as "proof" of the US accusations that Tehran is behind the attacks. The Islamic Republic has strongly denied its involvement and urged Washington to stop false flag ops in the region.

Some European governments have refused to back the US allegations that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has, for instance, insisted that the footage made public by the US Central Command allegedly showing Iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels' hull was insufficient to corroborate Washington's claims.

"The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me", Maas told reporters on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am at least somewhat hopeful, that our European allies would not believe the codswallop the US government was trying to sell them, on this painfully obvious "false flag."

Jun 15 10:48

Chris Hedges: No future for our grandchildren unless we ‘overthrow corporate power’ (VIDEO)

Corporations motivated by insatiable greed endanger us all and must be stopped before it’s too late, veteran journalist Chris Hedges told RT, warning that future generations will suffer immeasurably unless action is taken now.

Appearing on George Galloway’s political talk show ‘Sputnik’, Hedges decried how the “psychopaths” who run the world’s largest multinational corporations are “hurling us all over a cliff” in the pursuit of “short-term profit.”

Jun 15 10:47

Assange will never see fair trial amid ‘industrial-grade demonization campaign’ – Max Blumenthal

The persecution of Julian Assange, aided and abetted by the silence of the US media, is a “warning shot” to journalists who are openly critical of the US national security state, journalist Max Blumenthal tells RT.

“I see no hope for him receiving a fair trial in a US court,” Blumenthal says, pointing out that not only the US government but its media has mustered only a “muted response” to “one of the most disturbing assaults on journalism and the First Amendment in my lifetime.”

Jun 15 07:42

Is The US Preparing For War With Russia?

Authored by Leonid Salvin via Oriental Review,

The RAND Corporation recently published a document entitled Overextending and Unbalancing Russia. Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options. The study is the collective effort of experienced diplomats, including former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and US Ambassador to the European Union James Dobbins; a professor (Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, National Defence University) and military intelligence branched lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, Raphael Cohen; and seven other RAND researchers who specialise in international relations, the military industry, intelligence, politics, and technology.

It is a practical recommendation for how the US can use Russia’s weakness and vulnerability to further limit its political and economic potential.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but since this seems to be a "public white paper, are the Russians not also reading it, to see what countermeasures they may pursue against the US as well?!?

Jun 15 07:06

F-35 Hit With Cluster Bomb Of Damning Reports As Pentagon Eyes Full Rate Production

Less than 48 hours after Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon reached a handshake agreement on the purchase of a whopping 480 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, an absolute cluster bomb of stories has dropped detailing significant technical issues with the jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To go into full production with a product as flawed as is the F-35 right now, is a really bad decision for Lockheed-Martin to take; as flaws continue to become known, the company's reputation will be well and truly shredded.

Jun 15 06:58

Beyond Blaming Iran, Trump and Aides Divided on Next Step: Trump continues to say he wants diplomacy, not war

Given nothing more than a grainy video that doesn’t show much of anything, and a couple of tankers burning at sea, the Trump Administration has proven themselves united in a way rarely seen, declaring Iran wholly and directly to blame.

That’s where the unity appears to end, however. Officials are always keen to blame Iran for anything that might stick, and as for what to do after that, they all seem deeply divided, and their talking points vary wildly.

President Trump was quick to blame Iran, citing the dubious Centcom video as proof, and declaring that they are “in deep, deep trouble.” Beyond that, however, he reiterated that he wants to negotiate with Iran, and that he’s “in no rush” to actually have the talks. He also continues to say he’s not interested in a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two companion pieces, also appearing at antiwar.com today, and they are:

US SecDef wants to focus on building global consensus against Iran after tanker attacks

and MIKE POMPEO SAID CONGRESS DOESN’T NEED TO APPROVE WAR WITH IRAN. 2020

It would seem, to an impartial observer, that both men are working just as hard as they can for Israel, to insure that the Israeli-desired US/Iranian war happens right on cue, to give Netanyahu the best possible "lift", in advance of the snap Israeli elections in September.

So, I have a question: why have both men not registered as "foreign agents", in service to Israel?!?

Because right now, I would politely suggest that their goals and objectives, have absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the American people, but everything to do with the sustaining of the current geopolitical power structure in Tel Aviv. That is just the reality.

And please remember, unlike the image of "Poor Little Israel" in which many American and Israeli politicians, like to frame Israel's current military capabilities,as though this country was completely and utterly incapable of taking care of themselves, this country is bristling with nuclear arms, and other weapons, courtesy of, you guessed it, the American Taxpayer!!!

And because Israel refuses to sign the NNPT (which Iran has, BTW), and allow their nuclear weapons to be inspected, they are, theoretically forbidden to get any weapons or money from the US under the Symington Amendment; but, of course, with Israel, is always that "special arrangement", which allows our politicians to break the law with impunity, and give it an embarrassment of riches, in terms of money, and new weapons.

So to sum up, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Presidential Advisor Bolton, if Israel believes Iran to be an "existential threat", let Israel take care of it militarily, because they can.

This is absolutely not our fight.

And should the US decide to fight Iran, what is to prevent Russia from stepping into the fray on Iran's side, seeing how well they have done in Syria, getting rid of the US trained/funded jihadis?!?

Gentlemen, right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the funding; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any war against either Russia or Iran.

Oh, and BTW: when have you decided to bring back the draft?!? Just checking, gentlemen, just checking.

Jun 15 06:36

CHINESE COMPANY MAKING F-35 PARTS?! EMBARRASSING ‘DISCOVERY’ FURTHER ERODES ‘HUAWEI SPYING’ HYSTERIA

SOURCE: RT
After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about, rendering the fuss over omnipresent Beijing spies increasingly silly.
Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever made. While the UK’s Ministry of Defense insists the company is an established supplier to the defense industry and presents “no risk,” months of flogging the China-spying narrative have done their job, and UK media and politicians are up in arms over this “shocking revelation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

LORD, PLEASE MAKE ... THIS IDIOCY STOP, AND I MEAN THE US PERSECUTION OF HUAWEI .

Jun 15 06:23

CNN'S CAMEROTA: 'IT'S OUR JOB' TO TEACH VIEWERS TO 'SHUT DOWN' CONSERVATIVE ARGUMENTS

SOURCE: NEWS BUSTERS
By Joseph Chalfant

On Friday's New Day, coverage again returned to a recent ABC News interview in which President Trump expressed a willingness to accept foreign information about political opponents. A panel of guests gathered around to spew their takes on the situation, with host Alisyn Camerota livid at Fox News and Republicans for pointing out that the Clinton campaign received dirt on Trump from Russia in 2016.

Camerota was blind to the correlation between the DNC-funded Steele dossier and the situation Trump described during his interview. Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was employed by Fusion GPS to obtain information on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Steele used Russian sources to gather this information. The fact that it’s a crime for a foreign national to provide information of “value” to a candidate to influence an election is a violation of federal law was lost on the host:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have just got to love the irony here, when the DNC did precisely the criminal act, of ordering, and paying for the Steele dossier, when it had absolutely zero relationship with reality!!

OK, Alisyn; Auntie Claire here, and I will deliver this in a bite-sized, pre-digested sound byte, so that it might be possible to get your head around it: what the Democrats did was not only illegal, but was a perfectly, howlingly immoral attempt to smear Candidate Trump with this dirt, which never, really, existed in fact.

I would hope that President Trump will look past this nastiness, and go on about the business for which US voters hired him.

But I would take this another step further, and suggest, that this is a place where his 2020 campaign should go, either.

And in closing, I will politely suggest to you that "fact free" is NOT the "new normal" for your viewers; why in Heaven's name, do you believe that thinking viewers are turning the corporate presstitutes off in record numbers, and coming to the independent media instead?!?

Just asking.......:-)

Jun 15 06:12

FOOD SECURITY: LARGEST ANIMAL EPIDEMIC IN HISTORY IS DUE TO INDUSTRIAL FARMING

SOURCE: NAKED CAPITALISM
Jerri-Lynn here. This Real News Network interview with Rob Wallace of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps discusses what’s caused the current outbreak of African swine flu – the largest animal epidemic in history – which is currently rampaging throughout China and other parts of Asia. Pork prices have shot up 40% globally. This epidemic is just one pressure on food prices; others include India’s drought and the US midwest floods (which Lambert has posted about here and here).
GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese are going to want their hands around this, and quickly; this illness will drive food prices up like crazy.

Jun 15 06:09

HONG KONG SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL EXTRADITION BILL AFTER BACKLASH

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there were 'inadequacies' in the bill [Kin Cheung/AP]
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that a debate on a controversial extradition bill will be suspended, after hundreds of thousands of people in the territory protested against it.

"There were indeed inadequacies, the bill has caused a lot of division in society," Lam said on Saturday. She said there were supporters on both sides of the debate over the legislation.

The extradition bill would allow Hong Kong's chief executive to send suspected offenders to places with which the territory has no formal extradition agreement for trial.

It would apply to Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling in the city to be sent to mainland China and has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong's international financial status.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful that China backed off of this bill; if China's leadership thought Tia-man Square was tough to suppress, they have absolutely zero understanding of how, had this legislation been passed, the people in Hong Kong, would have reacted.

Jun 15 06:04

5,200 people in ICE custody quarantined for exposure to mumps or chicken pox

Overcrowded border facilities

DHS officials have said the sheer volume of people coming across the border is overwhelming facilities. McAleenan told lawmakers this week that the increasing number of migrants has hurt the morale of border officials and exposed them to sicknesses.
"Their morale is impacted. They're tired. A lot of them have gotten sick. They've been exposed to flu, chicken pox, measles, mumps -- all kinds of challenges in terms of the medical care," McAleenan said. "They're spending time overnight in hospitals instead of patrolling the border."
Late last month, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general released a report detailing some of the issues facing border patrol facilities amid the swell of migrant arrivals.
In particular, the IG found "dangerous overcrowding" and unsanitary conditions at an El Paso, Texas, Border Patrol processing facility following an unannounced inspection, according to a new report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, if this is part of a deliberate plan,to flood the country with diseased illegal aliens, so that the chain of command at ICE, has no other alternative but letting them in, and taking care of them when they surrender themselves.

Jun 15 05:57

IN COURT, FACEBOOK BLAMES USERS FOR DESTROYING THEIR OWN RIGHT TO PRIVACY

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before members of both houses of Congress and told them his company respected the privacy of the roughly two billion people who use it. “Privacy” remained largely undefined throughout Zuckerberg’s televised flagellations, but he mentioned the concept more than two dozen times, including when he told the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees, “We have a broader responsibility to protect people’s privacy even beyond” a consent decree from federal privacy regulators, and when he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “We believe that everyone around the world deserves good privacy controls.” A year later, Zuckerberg claimed in interviews and essays to have discovered the religion of personal privacy and vowed to rebuild the company in its image.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing!!

Jun 15 05:55

US GOV NARRATIVE BLAMING IRAN FOR OIL TANKER ATTACKS FALLS APART IN HOURS

OURCE: THE GRAYZONE
The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
BY BEN NORTON
The Donald Trump administration’s evidence-less accusations against Iran have fallen apart within a matter hours.

But these US allegations did manage to disrupt an important meeting of Asian leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, where Tehran was hoping to make diplomatic breakthroughs to ease a crippling American economic blockade.

On Thursday, June 13, two oil tankers traveling through the Gulf of Oman on their way to Japan suffered from mysterious explosions. The cause of the incident was not clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Violent acts like this, do not happen for only one reason, like stunting Iran's chances for anything to come out the the conference at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; the US and Israel thought such charges would be a slam-dunk, and off the American people could be lied into yet another war, with absolute stupidity, as to how the US got there.

But the Vampire-like "Kill Iran" monster, created courtesy of the US and Israel, is not dead, but only sleeping for awhile.

As hard as FAUX News was pushing this yesterday, when you would get segments about this both at the top and bottom of the hour, it was painfully obvious, that the US government was going to see if this "trial balloon", would actually work with those polled, or was going to die an untimely death. It looks as though the overnights, may have put the issue of a potential war with Iran, on a back burner, at least for this second.

But we all have to stay awake, and alert; Netanyahu is in deep kim chee at home, for not being able to form a coalition, which led to the dissolution of the Knesset, to followed by a snap election in September.

We're half-way through June right now, and give or take, 90 days from that election.

If Netanyahu really wants to look "butch" for his constituents, he is going to have to find a way to create a false flag the US government doesn't see coming, to get the US to respond militarily before the elections, to give him "gravitas", at being able to lie the leader of the free world into yet another senseless, thoroughly avoidable, stupid war.

Jun 15 05:41

RUSSIA TO BAN VPN PROVIDERS THAT REFUSE TO AID CENSORSHIP

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Back in 2016 Russia introduced a new surveillance bill promising to deliver greater security to the country. Of course, as with so many similar efforts around the world the bill actually did the exact opposite -- not only mandating new encryption backdoors, but also imposing harsh new data-retention requirements on ISPs and VPN providers. As a result, some VPN providers like Private Internet Access wound up leaving the country after finding their entire function eroded and having some of their servers seized.
Last March Russia upped the ante, demanding that VPN providers like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish, and HideMyAss help block forbidden websites that have been added to Russia's censorship watchlist. Not surprisingly those companies balked at the request, and now Russia's moving on to what was the goal from the start: banning these companies from doing business entirely.

Jun 15 05:35

PROSECUTORS DISMISS ALL CHARGES IN FLINT WATER SCANDAL, PROBE TO START OVER

SOURCE: RT
Michigan’s attorney general has dropped all pending criminal charges related to the Flint water contamination crisis, opting to restart the investigation. No official has been held accountable for the scandal to date.
The office of Michigan AG Dana Nessel on Thursday dismissed charges filed by the previous state administration against eight individuals in connection to the crisis. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the state can reindict the same individuals in the future.

Flint suffered a major public utilities crisis between 2014 and 2015, when the city administration catastrophically botched a project to swap Flint’s municipal water source. The project, designed to cut costs for the nearly-bankrupt city, resulted in massive lead contamination that risked poisoning thousands of residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there is a Statute of Limitations concerning charges which have been brought, it is very possible that the original state actors, who made these horrific choices about water for Flint, the originally charged perps, could potentially walk, scott-free.

Jun 15 05:27

AMERICA’S LEGACY OF REGIME CHANGE

When the United States joined the race for empire at the end of the 19th century, that was the tactic it used. It sent a large expeditionary force to the Philippines to crush an independence movement, ultimately killing some 200,000 Filipinos. At the other end of the carnage spectrum, it seized Guam without the loss of a single life and Puerto Rico with few casualties. Every time, though, U.S. victory was the result of superior military power. In the few cases when the United States failed, as in its attempt to defend a client regime by suppressing Augusto Cesar Sandino’s nationalist rebellion in Nicaragua during the 1920s and 30s, the failure was also the product of military confrontation. For the United States, as for all warlike nations, military power has traditionally been the decisive factor determining whether it wins or loses its campaigns to capture or subdue other countries. World War II was the climax of that bloody history.

Jun 15 05:25

3M STUDY FOUND PFAS IN FOOD NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO

SOURCE: EWG.ORG
WASHINGTON – Laboratory tests conducted nearly 20 years ago that have gone largely unreported found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemical known as PFAS a number of popular supermarket foods.

The tests were commissioned by 3M, the giant chemical company that first manufactured the two most notorious members of the PFAS family, PFOS and PFOA. Last year, 3M paid $850 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the state of Minnesota that showed the company knew for decades about the health hazards of PFAS but hid that information from the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "only way" of getting rid of them in your diet, is making as sure as you can, that they were never there in the first place, and make as sure as you can, that the food you and your family are eating is organic.

Jun 14 12:34

US GOV NARRATIVE BLAMING IRAN FOR OIL TANKER ATTACKS FALLS APART IN HOURS

The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Jun 14 11:00

OIL TANKER ATTACKS ECHO PERSIAN GULF'S 1980S 'TANKER WAR'

Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz this week show how one of the world's crucial chokepoints for global energy supplies can be easily targeted, 30 years after the U.S. Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict called the "Tanker War."

Jun 14 10:36

BEHIND THE SYRIAN NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: HOW AN OPPOSITION FRONT GROUP BECAME WESTERN MEDIA’S GO-TO MONITOR

Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group’s seamless connection to Syria’s opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention.

Jun 14 09:12

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Unipolar Moment is Over

The Russia-China strategic partnership, consolidated last week in Russia, has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.

Jun 14 08:16

EU and Russia Reportedly Agree to Ditch Greenback in Bilateral Transactions

The decision comes a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US dollar as a tool of pressure while speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission for the Energy Union, have agreed to set up a working group that will deal with a transition to using the rouble and euro in bilateral payments, Russian media outlets reported, citing Siluanov’s spokesman, Andrei Lavrov.

Both sides have reportedly emphasised that the use of national currencies will be mutually beneficial, as it reduces certain risks for entrepreneurs in Russia and the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is huge, on the part of the EU.

Jun 14 08:11

F-35 Program Is "F***ed Up", Puts American Pilots In Severe Dogfight Disadvantage

Two of the three versions of Lockheed's beleaguered F-35 fighter jet suffer from previously unreported problems that could put the Joint Strike Fighter at a serious disadvantage in a dogfight with an adversary, according to documents obtained by Defense News.

If left unresolved, the following 'category 1' glitches will be icing on the cake of Lockheed's $400 billion quagmire (partial list via Defense News);

When the F-35B vertically lands on very hot days, older engines may be unable to produce the required thrust to keep the jet airborne, resulting in a hard landing.
After doing certain maneuvers, F-35B and F-35C pilots are not always able to completely control the aircraft’s pitch, roll and yaw.
Supersonic flight in excess of Mach 1.2 can cause structural damage and blistering to the stealth coating of the F-35B and F-35C.
Cabin pressure spikes in the cockpit of the F-35 have been known to cause barotrauma, the word given to extreme ear and sinus pain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes absolutely zero sense, and why the Pentagon is putting up with these failures... is beyond me, completely.

The only explanation I can find, is that of the fact that Lockheed-Martin is a huge campaign contributor to both sides of the aisle, so its executive board believes that it can create fighter jets with multiple strings of interlocking problems, and it doesn't have to raise a finger to fix these issues.

As most of you know who frequent this blog, I absolutely abhor war, as the only way for the US government to resolve its geopolitical differences with other countries; but that being said, when war happens, I believe that all who wear an American uniform, should be given the best this country has to create in terms of weaponry.

And right now, that just isn't happening. Russia and China are far beyond what the US can produce, in terms of weaponry capability and reach.

So please, engineers at Lockheed Martin; fix this; your country needs you to be making the best in terms of our weaponry you can create.

Jun 14 08:00

School's Purpose Is Indoctrination

Authored by Sofia Carbone, via HumanEvents.com,

The near sole purpose of present-day academia is indoctrination. This is a fairly bold thesis, but the evidence is in its favor.

The increasingly progressive leftist agenda is sweeping through academia and conservatives are passively watching it happen.

The left is genius when you think about it.

Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.

The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

Jun 14 07:57

From Dollar Hegemony To Global Warming: Globalization, Glyphosate, And Doctrines Of Consent

Authored by Colin Todhunter via Counterpunch.org,

There has been an on-going tectonic shift in the West since the abandonment of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971. This accelerated when the USSR ended and has resulted in the ‘neoliberal globalization’ we see today.

In the report, Rancourt references Michael Hudson’s 1972 book ‘Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire’ to help explain the key role of maintaining dollar hegemony and the importance of the petrodollar to US global dominance. Aside from the significance of oil, Rancourt argues that the US has an existential interest to ensure that opioid drugs are traded in US dollars, another major global commodity. This explains the US occupation of Afghanistan. He also pinpoints the importance of US agribusiness and the arms industry in helping to secure US geostrategic goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A pretty dismal accounting, but nevertheless, absolutely true.

Jun 14 07:52

Beijing Slams Washington, Warns US To "Stop Interfering In Hong Kong Affairs Immediately"

After senior American senators introduced legislation on Thursday requiring that the US president to protect Americans from the effects of the proposed Hong Kong extradition law, sanction individuals responsible for abducting booksellers, journalists and activists, senior Chinese officials on Friday were predictably less than thrilled, as well as requiring the State Department to re-certify Hong Kong's sovereignty every year to maintain its special trading relationship with the US.

And while more Hong Kong officials urged the government to 'pause' the process for passing the extradition bill, senior Chinese officials have reportedly summoned officials from the US embassy in Beijing to issue a stern warning to Washington not to interfere in the situation in Hong Kong

CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS LODGED STERN REPRESENTATIONS TO U.S. REGARDING HONG KONG
CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS SUMMONED SENIOR U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIAL IN BEIJING

Jun 14 07:50

Dire Straits Of Hormuz

Iran is suffocating under US sanctions, a known instigator of such actions via proxies, and threatening the EU with walking away from the nuclear deal if they won’t help it out. An attack like this would be incredibly reckless…unless they are desperate enough to up the ante to see if a war-averse White House will press ahead with another ruinous Middle East conflict ahead of the 2020 elections and in the face of a Cold War with China. If that is the case then expect more provocations and more Risk Off even as Iran calls this all “beyond suspicious”, “economic terrorism”, and “sabotage diplomacy”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's Netanyahu had to disband the Knesset after the last election, because he couldn't create a coalition of parties which worked, and next snap elections will come in September of this year.

With the corruption trials looming ahead of him, coupled with his failure to hold the Knesset together, Netanyahu is now a geopolitically wounded candidate; and and political candidates are at their most reckless when they are wounded by a series of events, as he has been.

My hunch, is that Israel is looking at creating some huge false flag, to be blamed on Iran, and will absolutely dwarf the harm caused by the other bombings we have seen so far in the Gulf of Hormuz.

Netanyahu is feeling the pressure of time, so in working backward from the next Israeli election, he is going to attempt to time this false flag when it will do the most good for his candidacy; but that is still very hard to determine.

With the US showing a grainy video of an alleged Iranian attempting to get non-working mine off the bottom of a ship, regurgitated by the talking heads at very close to the top of the hour, I am thinking that Netanyahu will want to do this sooner rather than later; he may well believe that with the pressure of the snap election in September, he doesn't have time to wait.

I would suspect that the Foggy Bottomites will be doing some poling, during this weekend, to see what the optics may look like, with a huge, allegedly Iranian false flag, followed by an American war against the country. I hope and pray, that the optics will be horrific.

And as I have seen in recent years, just becomes something is so ham-fistedly, pig headedly stupid for the US government to do, is no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jun 14 07:21

Lira Slides After Turkey Vows It Will Retaliate To US Sanctions Over S-400

Two weeks ago, when Trump started rolling out tariffs left and right as a political punishment weapon for any sovereigns who presented hurdles to
Next on Trump’s train of terrifying tariffs: Turkey.

The reason is simple: Turkey's now official stance that it would proceed with concluding the Russian S-400 missile deal despite vocal opposition from both the US president and Congress. And now, Turkey, too, is bracing for what now appears inevitable as it refuses to budge on its commitment to the Kremlin.

Overnight, Turkey said it would hold firm in its commitment to honor its purchase of Russian air defense systems, warning the US that it is prepared to take "reciprocal steps" in reply to any sanctions imposed by Washington, effectively admitting that sanctions by the White House are only a matter of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; the more you inflame a country, in terms of attempting to punish it for its choices of weapons defenses, the more that country will turn toward other countries whose policies it feels are more in line with its own.

What you have done here, is make Turkey ripe for acquisition by a Iranian/Russian sphere of influence. So sir, I must ask: was this your design objective?!?

Or is this yet another of the "unintended consequences" of your foreign policy failures with the tariffs so far?!?

Jun 14 07:10

Japanese Tanker Owner Denies Ship Hit By Mine, Says Crew Saw "Flying Objects" Before Attack

For a moment on Thursday, it appeared that the US Navy had produced the 'smoking gun' to which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had alluded during his statement from earlier in the day: CENTCOM footage which the Navy said purported to show Iran's IRGC 'caught in the act' of trying to remove an unexploded mine from the Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers damaged in Thursday's attacks.

CENTCOM said the video it released showed the IRGC removing an unexploded limpet mine from the side of one of the tankers, suggesting Tehran had sought to remove evidence from the scene.

After the video's release, Iran continued to deny any involvement in the attacks. And perhaps now we know why.

Because in comments that cast the entire narrative promulgated by the US in doubt, Yutaka Katada, the president of Kokuka Sangyo, the owner and operator of the Kokuka Courageous, said Friday that he doesn't completely believe Washington's version of events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US narrative on this, has more holes than does a pasta colander; the US should walk away, with as much grace as humanly possible; however, they are doubling down on their claims this morning,continually having looped the very grainy video that a clever 10 year old could have crash-edited together, as evidence that Iran moved a mine from one tanker.

I would far more believe President Katada, president of and owner of the vessel of the ship, in terms of what he believed he saw, and his naval background tells me that he is a credible witness; this means, of course, you will never hear another word out of him, except in the Independent media, like WRH.

Jun 14 06:51

The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS

Global Research Editor’s Note:

First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington.

The newly-declassified document continues:

Yes, you read that correctly:

… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime ….

In other words, the powers supporting the Syrian opposition – the West, our Gulf allies, and Turkey wanted an Islamic caliphate in order to challenge Syrian president Assad.

Sure, top U.S. generals – and vice president Vice President Joe Biden – have said that America’s closest allies support ISIS. And mainstream American media have called for direct support of ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks; don't you just love it?!?

Jun 14 06:46

Syrian Families Released from the Infamous Rukban Concentration Camp

Dozens of Syrian families have been released from the US-controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Al-Tanf, southeast of Syria.

The released families arrived at the Jaligam crossing in Homs eastern countryside after spending years in forced displacement and detention by the US forces illegally in that remote desert area and their terrorist groups of ISIS and its Maghaweer Thawra affiliates.

US forces and their alternative armies of terrorists hold thousands of Syrian civilians in the Rukban Concentration Camp in the worst humanitarian conditions who fled ISIS invasion to their villages to be directed by the US-sponsored FSA terrorists to a makeshift disgrace of humanity concentration camp at the furthest corner of Syria where they have been held for years now.

Crimes against Humanity: America’s Rubkan Concentration Camp in Southern Syria: 40,000 Held Hostage

Webmaster's Commentary: 

History is not going to remember the US invasion and occupation of Syria very kindly.

Jun 14 06:42

US to Jail 1,400 Immigrant Children at WWII Japanese Internment Site

The Pentagon announced yesterday that the Trump administration will detain 1,400 immigrant children at the site of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp, Fort Sill Army Base in Lawton, Oklahoma.

The decision, announced Tuesday as Trump denounced immigrants and socialism at a rally in Iowa, is a calculated political maneuver.

“Immigration really is the defining issue of 2020,” Trump said in Des Moines shortly after the Pentagon announcement. “When it comes to immigration, Democrats no longer represent American citizens. … The Democratic Party is really now the socialist party.”

The decision to re-open the internment camp at Fort Sill is a further milestone in the breakdown of democratic forms of rule and a sign that the government is reviving the worst crimes in American history as official state policy. It is a signal to Trump’s extreme right-wing supporters that the government is prepared to enact more openly dictatorial forms of rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The title is already treading down a treacherous pathway, by describing these kids as "Jailed"; and David, I hear you; but the US government has minor kids for whom they have chosen to be responsible.

To try to educate these children successfully; inspire them with high moral standards and point them toward a successful life in the 21st century, can only be described as a very daunting task.

I think that how we do this, is just as important as what the government is doing here. How these kids are treated, and what success stories may come out of this, will define our nation in the years to come.

But if there is any blame to lay, it is on the parents of kids who just abandoned them on the US side of the border; kids need families, and to dump a child, so that they have no chance to be rejoined with their families, is truly a criminal act.

But let's try to give the program the benefit of the doubt, and hope that all educators, and child welfare professionals, will work with these kids to give them the best life possible, under the circumstances.

So in closing, David, I am curious as to what you think would be a better idea, and in what other facilities you would like to see the Government house these kids?!? Because unless you have a workable alternative, and as painful as that memory of these detention camps are, it may have been the best alternative they could find.

The hidden history of these detention camps should be brought into the light of day, by people like you,and never forgotten; I understand that one of the stars on Star Trek, George Takai, lived with his parents in such a camp when he was very young,and the emotional scarring is still very present for him.

I would like to hope that school volunteers, working various community leaders, can make arrangements to come down to visit these kids, and create some bonds.

And yes, this is an horrendous choice; but let us hope that good people around this facility will make the kids' tenure here, less awful than it might have been otherwise.

Jun 14 06:17

Obama Admin Purged 12 Years of ICE Speeches on Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Inauguration

Hours before President Trump took office, the Obama administration scrambled to purge 12 years worth of transcripts spanning hundreds of speeches from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website, according to the Daily Caller‘s Jason Hopkins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How like him: the "Cheat in Chief", down to the last minute of his Presidency!!

Jun 14 06:15

Pence Goes to War: America Will be Fighting Forever

Most media commentary on the speech was either shocked or pleasantly surprised by Pence’s prediction that the graduating officers would soon be at war. He said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In order to feed soldiers into these upcoming wars, a draft will almost certainly have to be reinstated in the US.

And this time, the US military will not be coming only for your sons; they will be coming for your daughters as well.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but I would imagine, that they are getting higher by the hour.

Jun 14 05:51

Convenient “Tanker Attacks” as US Seeks War with Iran

“…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it.” (emphasis added)

– Brookings Institution, “Which Path to Persia?” 2009

All Too Convenient

This news of “attacked” oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz blamed by the US on Iran – comes all too conveniently on the heels of additional steps taken by Washington to pressure Iran’s economy and further undermine the Iranian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder why the US and Israel continue to trot out the same old "game plans" which had worked so well as the justifications for former wars, like the war in Viet Nam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, but cannot possibly work now?!?

Well, let's say that President Bush's regime changed all of that.

And the reality is that, ever since President Bush went on his savage media campaign against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, lying to Americans and the world, that Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction", which Bush absolutely knew were not there, thinking Americans could no longer believe or trust anything this government says.

Thinking Americans understand that what drives the trajectory of US foreign policy, is its ability to expropriate foreign resources, to which it has absolutely no moral right; insure that the government of that country is "US/Western centric", and that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

So, there you have it, very neatly and simply packaged.

And until, and unless, the US loses another major war, this will simply keep continuing,no matter the utterly ruinous costs to our country.

The American people have absolutely zero choice, because no matter how many times we vote in national elections, our two Presidential candidates have been thoroughly vetted by the military industrial complex, the large corporations which have "specific expectations" about what they will get, by going along along with one of the two candidates.

So we vote, yet absolutely nothing changes, except the locales of the wars; the catastrophic slip in most of our standards of living; the infrastructure is left to crumble; our Vets wind up sleeping rough in our sleep; our "education system" is complete rubbish, and families living in their cars, have become the "new normal".

Welcome to the 21st Century's Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika.

Jun 14 05:29

Saudi Arabia says it has stepped up readiness level, committed to supply oil markets

Khalid al-Falih condemned the strikes against the tankers — one of which carried methanol from Saudi Arabia — in the Gulf of Oman, which followed an attack last month on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the United Arab Emirates.

He said the energy ministry of the world’s top oil exporter and state oil giant Aramco had raised the level of readiness to deal with “such aggressive terrorist acts” and reaffirmed the kingdom’s commitment to the reliable supply of oil to international markets, the state news agency SPA said.

American and Saudi officials have blamed Iran for the May 12 sabotage of tankers off the UAE’s Fujairah bunkering hub that lies outside the Strait of Hormuz, a charge Tehran denies.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has assessed, based on intelligence, type of weapons used and level of expertise needed, that Iran is responsible for Thursday’s attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khalid al-Falih,and Secretary of State Pompeo,until you have some tangible proof, other than a grainy video a 10 year old child could have shot, you have utterly nothing with which to accuse Iran on this.

Jun 14 05:23

Libya parliament chief allied to Haftar rules out talks before Tripoli captured

CAIRO/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The head of the Libyan parliament aligned with eastern forces trying to seize the capital from the internationally-backed government said on Thursday there could be no peace talks until they had captured the city.

Forces led by Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli in early April but the assault has stalled in the face of resistance from local armed groups aligned with the U.N.-recognised government there.

Haftar and his backers say they are trying to free the capital from militias which they blame for destabilising Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

Haftar’s critics accuse him of trying to seize power through force and deepening a conflict between factions based in the east and west of the sprawling North African country.

The campaign on Tripoli has left at least 653 dead and displaced more than 93,000, according to the United Nations, as well as causing extensive material damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is all about Libya's oil, and in which country's denomination it will be sold.

Haftar's conquest of Tripoli, will definitely put him, and his troops, in the "driver's seat", in terms of setting up those oil valuations,and accepted currencies.

Jun 14 05:19

TEAM OF AMERICAN HACKERS AND EMIRATI SPIES DISCUSSED ATTACKING THE INTERCEPTSam Biddle, Matthew Cole

OPERATIVES AT A controversial cybersecurity firm working for the United Arab Emirates government discussed targeting The Intercept and breaching the computers of its employees, according to two sources, including a member of the hacking team who said they were present at a meeting to plan for such an attack.

The firm, DarkMatter, brought ex-National Security Agency hackers and other U.S. intelligence and military veterans together with Emirati analysts to compromise the computers of political dissidents at home and abroad, including American citizens, Reuters revealed in January. The news agency also reported that the FBI is investigating DarkMatter’s use of American hacking expertise and the possibility that it was wielded against Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation; both the US and the UAE want to slam down logical and peaceful dissent, in order to drive their collective governments' agenda.

Jun 14 05:15

Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own

By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself.

President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in Moscow during the height of the US-Iran crisis in May. They were right.

To date, Trump has threatened military action against North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. But, while he has caused tremendous damage to ordinary people with tariffs and economic sanctions, he hasn’t started any new wars. Countries around the world can now, after two years of Trump, distinguish between genuine military aggression and bluster.

But Ivan Konovalov, head of the Center for Studies of Strategic Trends, notes that each country has its own political, military, and economic interests in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Netanyahu pushes a "false flag" in the Persian Gulf or beyond against Iran, Trump's hands may well be tied in trying to get out of it, without a war against it.

Jun 14 05:10

House Panel Approves $733 Billion Military Bill, Drops Low-Yield Nukes

The House Armed Services Committee has passed a $733 billion version of the annual military spending bill. The vote was 33-24, largely along party lines, and will send this version to the House floor for a vote.

Once the House passes a version of this bill, it must be reconciled with the Senate version. That’s going to be a big job this year, as there are some major differences in the bills on some key subjects of debate.

One of the biggest issues is the question of low-yield nuclear weapons. The House bill ends funding for the low-yield nuclear missiles, and bars their deployment. A last minute Republican amendment in committee to preserve the weapons failed.

Low-yield nukes are intended by the Pentagon to be more usable, tactical weapons, that would have a much lower threshold for deployment. This was the source of support among hawks, but also the source of much opposition, concern that more usable nukes would usher in an era where nuclear warfare is more routine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normalizing the use of ANY nuclear weapons, is utterly obscene.

Jun 14 05:06

Why would Iran attack two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz?

In a brief press conference Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed no doubt about who attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying Iran was “responsible for the attacks.”

He did not, however, immediately offer any proof of the intelligence behind that assessment.

The attack certainly bears the hallmark and capabilities of previous aggressive actions undertaken by Iran and its paramilitary cohorts in the Persian Gulf.

But questions abound over who actually stands to benefit most from an attack in a region beset by violence and convoluted proxy conflicts raged between and Iran and Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Was the attack carried out by Iran, or other Gulf States seeking to sow conflict ? or did the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps operate outside of Tehran’s directives to further its own agenda?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the short answer is, they wouldn't

Jun 14 05:02

Iran's Air Defence Chief: 'We Are Warning the Enemy…Move as Far Away As You Can From Our Border

Strained relations between Washington and Tehran got worse last month after the US parked a carrier strike group in the Arabian Sea and built up its presence in the Middle East while accusing Iran of involvement in the sabotage of four tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Iranian Air Defence Force commander Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard has urged Tehran's adversaries to keep their distance from the country's frontiers.

"We are warning the enemy: there is no safe zone for extraterritorial military aircraft in Iranian skies... Even approaching Iran's borders would be met with a strong response. Thus, I advise you to move as much away [from Iran's borders] as you can," the commander said, as quoted by PressTV.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately for General Sabahifard, the reason the US and aligned forces have kept a respectful distance, is that optics demand a far greater "false flag" to be blamed on Iran, than what has happened recently.

Jun 14 04:58

Iranian Mission to UN 'Categorically Rejects' US Claims Regarding Gulf of Oman Attacks

In a Thursday statement, Iran's mission to the United Nations announced the country rejects the US claim that Tehran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day.

"Iran categorically rejects the US unfounded claim with regard to 13 June oil tanker incidents and condemns it in the strongest possible terms," reads the mission statement.

Tehran's remarks follow US Central Command's deployment of the US Navy destroyer USS Mason to the Gulf of Oman after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo labeled Iran responsible for torpedo attacks on the oil tankers Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, we have the USS Bainbridge, and the USS Mason heading over to the Gulf of Oman?!?

Jun 14 04:55

Israel strikes Gaza for 2nd night in response to rocket fire (VIDEO)

The IDF has struck “terrorist targets” in the Gaza Strip for the second night in a row. The strikes were launched in retaliation for rocket fire from the enclave which reportedly hit a Jewish educational facility in Sderot.
The strikes on early Friday morning reportedly targeted at least two locations around Gaza City, in the vicinity of the airstrikes Israel has conducted a day earlier. Following the initial air strikes, the IDF artillery fired two shells east of Rafah in the southern Strip, a Wafa correspondent reports, noting that it is difficult to assess the casualties or damage yet.

Jun 14 04:53

Oil Prices Spike After Gulf of Oman Tanker Incident

Oil prices spiked on Thursday after two vessels were seemingly attacked in the Gulf of Oman, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes.

Fears of military conflict between Washington and Tehran in the aftermath of the incident involving The Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous tankers sent the oil price up over 4.5%, with Brent crude hitting $62.64 per barrel and US crude touching $53.45, dragging oil away from the five-month lows struck last night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was perfectly predictable, given the tensions in the region.

Jun 14 04:50

US sends destroyer to Gulf of Oman tanker incident site as Pentagon says ‘no interest’ in new war

The US has dispatched another warship to the Gulf of Oman, but says it has “no interest” in engaging in a new Middle East conflict. The State Department accused Iran of attacking two tankers there, which Tehran denies.
Guided missile destroyer USS Mason will join the destroyer USS Bainbridge on station near the Kokuka Courageous, a damaged tanker just outside the Persian Gulf, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Thursday, adding that “Iranian small boats” were spotted in the area.

No interference with USS Bainbridge, or its mission, will be tolerated.

The Florida-based combat command called the attacks on tankers “a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.”

"We have no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East,” CENTCOM added. “We will defend our interests, but a war with Iran is not in our strategic interest, nor in the best interest of the international community.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have a sister article, also from rt.com on the incident, and the dispatching of the USS Bainbridge. And notice regarding the Bainbridge, the following statement is made: " No interference with USS Bainbridge, or its mission, will be tolerated."

Folks, I don't know about you, but to me, this telegraphs that something wicked this way comes, courtesy of those whose responsibility it is for creating false flags in both the US and Israel. I don't know how long it will take the USS Bainbridge to reach its destination,but I would expect that shortly before this happens, we will be looking at another incident, to blame again on Iran.

And the title of this companion article is Backing Pompeo's ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident is a massive anti-Iran online propaganda campaign

And it goes on to state: "Twitter has announced that it is removing 4,779 accounts associated or backed by Tehran, the latest strike in the ongoing anti-Iran campaign perfectly timed to coincide with the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was already blaming Iran hours after the incident, offering not a shred of proof aside from a few other dubious incidents in the Middle East that the US has previously pinned on Iran, without evidence.

Even the mainstream media has initially been reluctant to take his word for it, mostly because the narrative is so improbable. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe was in Tehran, promising to use his "utmost effort" to de-escalate tensions, when as if on cue, a Japanese ship was hit along with a Norwegian vessel."

I am almost certain, that something horrific is going to happen on, or right before, the USS Bainbridge reaches the Persian Gulf; the next couple of days should tell the tale.

Jun 14 04:37

SUDAN'S TOPPLED PRESIDENT OMAR AL-BASHIR CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Sudan's public prosecutor has charged jailed former President Omar al-Bashir with corruption, according to state media.

Al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested in a coup by the military on April 11 after months of mass protests against his 30-year autocratic rule.

The SUNA news agency on Thursday quoted an official source as saying that al-Bashir "had been charged under foreign exchange possession materials, the heinous and suspicious wealth and emergency orders".

No other details were given.

Al-Bashir, who has not been seen in public since his arrest, had already been charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

Prosecutors had also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and financing terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that this means, in general, a better deal for Sudanese civilians, now that Al-Bashir is gone.

Jun 14 04:34

SAUDIS RELEASE DRAMATIC VIDEO OF "IRAN-ORDERED" HOUTHI MISSILE ATTACK ON AIRPORT TERMINAL

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Amid fast escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf surrounding Thursday morning's mysterious "attacks" on two tankers which US officials are already blaming on Iran, Saudi Arabia has released CCTV footage of this week's previously reported Yemeni Houthi missile attack on a civilian airport terminal in the southern part of the kingdom.

"The Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia, through its media, claimed full responsibility for this terrorist act using a cruise missile – as they claim- which constitutes a clear recognition and full responsibility for the targeting of civilians and civilian places that are subject to special protection under international humanitarian law, this may amount to a war crime,” a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Col. Turki al-Malki, said in an official statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's do something amazing, and actually think, for a moment, can we please?!?

What is the logic of an Iranian move like this, when its leadership is desperately attempting to stave off potential attacks from Israel; Saudi Arabia; and the US?!?

The short answer is, there is zero logic in this move; and although Iranian leadership may be many things, stupid... is not one of them.

Jun 14 04:29

US WIPES OUT AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES UNIT IN MAJOR FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT

SOURCE: ANTIWAR.COM
By Jason Ditz
For the second time in less than a month, US forces carried out airstrikes “in self defense” in Afghanistan, only to discover that they were actually attacking Afghan security forces. The Wednesday strike ended up wiping out an entire unit, though officials have yet to disclose the exact number of deaths, beyond it apparently being everyone present.

The previous attack saw US ground troops believing they were under fire, and the warplanes attacking police, killing 18. In this case, too, US officials said they believed the troops came under fire, and the airstrikes targeted the Afghan forces, who had been firing machine guns.

Despite all the talk of self defense and US troops being “under effective fire,” officials insist not a single US casualty occurred. US officials expressed “regret” for the deaths of Afghan partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is TWICE within a period of less than 30 days; what the devil is wrong with our military in Afghanistan, when this becomes "The New Normal"?!?!

Jun 13 19:39

MailChimp blocks sending of all emails about vaccine awareness; here’s what to use instead

Multiple sources are now telling Natural News that MailChimp, an online hosted email list sending service, is blocking all emails that seek to inform recipients about vaccine safety issues. This is affecting dozens of local vaccine awareness organizations who had built email announcement lists using the MailChimp subscription engine. Now they cannot send emails to their own lists.

Even worse, MailChimp is reportedly preventing email list owners from exporting their email lists, meaning that MailChimp is, according to our sources, holding email lists “hostage” as a kind of economic punishment for those who dared challenge the medical status quo and question the safety of any vaccine.

Effectively, MailChimp is now operating as a branch of the CDC’s “vaccine deep state,” enforcing its speech police to prevent anyone from questioning the official narrative on vaccines.

Jun 13 13:43

Netanyahu Vows More Preemptive Attacks Against SyriaSays Israel will attack in a 'systematic and consistent manner'

Following Syrian reports that they’d foiled an Israeli attack near the Golan Heights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to launch even more preemptive attacks against Syria into the future.

Netanyahu said Israel was facing “unending” tests, and that they would continue to attack in a “systematic and consistent manner” to ensure that Syria never establishes any capability to threaten Israel.

In practice Israel has been attacking targets in Syria on a regular basis for months now, and indeed has spent much of the Syrian War feigning neutrality while backing rebel groups, and attacking pro-government forces on every pretext, and often with no pretext at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia is going to put up with this nonsense, before it hits back, or threatens Israel in such a way, that it cannot refuse Russia's desire for Israel to stop these attacks?

Jun 13 13:38

US Senate Upholds Arms Sales to Bahrain and Qatar

In two surprising votes held on Thursday, the Senate rejected bills by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to block US arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar. The Bahrain vote was 43-56, and the Qatar vote was 42-57.

Sen. Paul has been leading pushes against selling US arms to countries with authoritarian governments. In Thursday’s comments he declared that “dumping more weapons into the Middle East won’t get us any closer to peace.” He also urged the US to “stop sending arms to people who abuse human rights.”

The Senate leadership dismissed such concerns, saying that Bahrain and Qatar would find arms somewhere even if the US didn’t sell them. Emphasis on the importance of the two nations centered on them hosting America’s 5th Fleet and Central Command headquarters, respectively. The White House had threatened to veto either of the measures if they’d passed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What absolutely sickens me, here, is that the US Government, headed by our Merchant of Death In Chief, President Trump, in its weapons sales orgy, has decided that it is simply a financial deal, and who the heck cares about who gets killed or maimed for life, from these dictatorial regimes.

To those who fully understand President Kennedy's quote in 1962; "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.", this country is in "deep kim-chee" (trouble) with these sales of weapons to the heads of brutally autocratic states in the Middle East.

This country is making enemies out of those people who have peacefully demonstrated, and found themselves at the receiving end of all the brutality their countries can dish out.

Let is take a look at one of the most recent outrages with one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen, aka Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Saudi teen faces execution for crimes allegedly committed when he was ten

This article goes on to state:

"There have already been at least 104 executions in Saudi Arabia in 2019, with ESOHR putting the number at 107 and Amnesty at 104.

“The Saudi Arabian authorities have a chilling track record of using the death penalty as a weapon to crush political dissent and punish anti-government protesters - including children - from the country’s persecuted Shia minority,” Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf has said in a statement.

She has added that “There should be no doubt that the Saudi Arabian authorities are ready to go to any length to crack down on dissent against their own citizens, including by resorting to the death penalty for men who were merely boys at the time of their arrest.”

News.com.au, got the story almost straight: Saudi teen faces beheading and crucifixion for protesting as a child

So, hey, Saudi Government, I have "a modest proposal"; why don't you sell rights to the event, livestreamed, while your murdering officials torture, crucify, then behead this kid?!?

Wow, wouldn't THAT provide "magnificent optics" for the real processes of the Wahabbi judicial system, protected by the Saudi monarchy, in Saudi Arabia?!? Hey, let's let the WHOLE WORLD SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING, FOR ALLEGED CRIMES HE COMMITTED WHEN HE WAS 10!!!!

And President Trump, who has become this nation's "Merchant of Death in Chief", with regards to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, a word, please: I do hope that the Butcher of Yemen, does send you some images of this crucifixion, torture, and beheading of this kid, if it happens; and I say this to you, sir, because you need to fully understand the Saudi Monarchy's Wahabi concept of "justice"; I think that looking at such images, may give you the kind of "grounding" you desperately need, with regard to future weapons sales to the Saudis, and other oppressive countries in the region, like Bahrain.

Jun 13 13:03

12THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE TRAJECTORY OF OVERLY SUCCESSFUL EMPIRES

It’s difficult not to see signs of this same trajectory in the U.S. since the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1990.

A recent comment by my friend and colleague, Dave Fairtex, on the Roman Empire’s self-destructive civil wars that precipitated the Western Empire’s decline and fall made me rethink what I’ve learned about the Roman Empire in the past few years of reading.

Dave’s comment (my paraphrase) described the amazement of neighboring nations that Rome would squander its strength on needless, inconclusive, self-inflicted civil conflicts over which political faction would gain control of the Imperial central state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every individual, like every civilization, has a life cycle; a beginning; a middle, and an end.

I do not see our alleged representatives actually doing nearly anything constructive in Congress; what I see... is the petulant, arrested development behaviour of people who are supposed to be taking care of their country, lost in the bubbling ooze, of their own personal and professional vendettas, and wanting to make that priceless "inside knowledge" they get, 24/7, to work for them, economically, as best they can.

Ladies and Gentlemen in Congress; we have infrastructure which is crumbling; Veterans sleeping rough in our streets, and a National Debt, which is horribly out of control. US:
NATIONAL DEBT: $22,025,629,973,683

Yes, you read that correctly: we are looking at a $22 trillion deficit.

So, Congress; a word, please; every time you pull another "Gotya!!" moment on the opposite side of the aisle, we understand that you are not doing what we hired you to do, which, I seem to believe, was assisting with the actual governance of the country.

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