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May 31 10:32

PUTIN HAS REJECTED IRAN'S S-400 MISSILE REQUEST OVER SOARING GULF TENSIONS

Bloomberg reports that Russia's President Putin has rejected a controversial Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems on the basis of current soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington following accusations of "sabotage" attacks on oil tankers and a pipeline in the gulf region.

The breaking report cites a senior Russian official and other unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter:

The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow May 7.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, Putin has proven himself one of the few "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

This guy has the "horse sense" to know when to push (as he did with Syria's government, in terms of assisting it get rid of most of the US trained, funded, and armed jihadis), and when to back off (not giving Iran the requested S-400 missile defense system.)

I think world history, will treat this man very kindly, in years to come...

May 31 10:07

Tech giants now pushing ANTI-knowledge to keep humanity dumbed down and trapped in mental prisons

Far from helping people access knowledge and facts, search engines like Google now push anti-knowledge — the opposite of knowledge — in order to keep people dumbed down.

The evil tech giants are now systematically de-platforming all channels and sources of real human knowledge, awakening and truth. For the topics that really matter, the only information that’s allowed to be found on Google, Wikipedia, iPhone apps, YouTube or Twitter is anti-knowledge, or “false facts” that defy reality and indoctrinate the masses to believe in delusions rather than see what’s really happening in the world around them.

In other words, on every topic that matters — science, medicine, vaccines, climate, history, politics, biology, culture and more — Big Tech systematically suppresses useful knowledge that might empower humans and replaces it with anti-knowledge that keeps people dumbed-down and trapped in mental prisons.

May 31 09:55

US TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS N. KOREA EXECUTED SENIOR DIPLOMAT AFTER HANOI SUMMIT FAILURE – POMPEO

SOURCE: RT
Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he’s ‘checking it out.’
“We've seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Pompeo told a news conference in Berlin Friday, answering a question about reports in South Korean media that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Choi had been executed by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“We’re doing our best to check it out. I don't have anything else to add to that today.”

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo daily reported Thursday on the execution of Choi and four other high-level officials, following the breakdown in negotiations at the Hanoi peace summit in February of this year.

For its part, North Korea has yet to comment on the allegations, though the secretive state has used executions to cover up public failures in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report is very troubling, and I hope that President Trump's administration can get to the bottom of it.

but the Trump Administration has to realize, that for true denuclearization to happen in North Korea, it, too, has to demonstrate some "faith in action", which , so far, just hasn't happened.

More and more, the Trump administration is proving that its continued mantra of "my way.. or the highway!" just isn't working.

May 31 09:37

VIGILANTES HELPED STEVE BANNON’S GROUP WITH PRIVATE BORDER WALL NEAR EL PASO

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
PEOPLE IN THE El Paso area were stunned to learn on Memorial Day that a new segment of border wall had just sprung up in their midst, seemingly out of nowhere. Though it is already hundreds of feet long and snakes up a high mountain, it was initiated secretly, in just a few days, on private property that for long has been so off-limits to the public that even reporters have feared going near.

The massive, imposing barrier is planned to be about a half-mile long. It’s being erected by We Build the Wall Inc., a crowdfunded effort spearheaded by ultra-right military veteran Brian Kolfage. In December, Kolfage called for people to donate for a privately funded border wall to be built on private land. He said his plan would bypass problems created by Congress, the courts, and legal opponents such as the American Civil Liberties Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, for any of you who actually know me, you will find me a lover of all people, from everywhere.

But We, as a People, have some very hard choices to make about immigration.

When I was a kid, growing up in Burbank, California, it was made very clear to me, by my parents, that I needed every possible skill to become a contributing member of society.

Language was critical; being able to do simple math... was critical. These were the life lessons my Mom and Dad worked tirelessly, to instill in me; and those values took hold, to the point where, at this point in my life, I am an entrepreneur and published composer, who has a very clear vision of who she is, and what her capabilities are.

Illegal... is not a race. It is the description of anyone who comes here illegally, and expects that the US government will pay for their kids' education; for their health care; and for their sustenance, having broken the laws of this country, to be here.

And the logical question, from someone who has lived here all her life, approaching their alleged "golden years", but still working pretty much full time, is ...why?!?

What the heck did I ever do to these people?!?

And the short answer is, nothing.

So why should I be expected to pay for healthcare, education, and sustenance of people who have broken American law, to be here?!?

The short answer is, I shouldn't have to.

This is not the America of Emma Lazarus, who gave us the beautiful poem "Give me your tired, your poor... your huddled masses earning to breathe free." This is the America where people who can do computer code are welcomed, because these days, computers run most businesses, and most manufacturing. People with skills, welcome; and sorry; this country cannot become the place where non-achievers can totally rely on the Federal government to help them out, when they have absolutely nothing to give back.

That... is simply the reality of 21st century life in the USA.

May 31 09:13

ASSANGE TOO SICK TO APPEAR AT HIS OWN EXTRADITION HEARING

SOURCE: ANTI MEDIA
(ANTIWAR.COM) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unable to attend a court hearing in London on US attempts to extradite him, with his lawyer saying he is simply too ill to make an appearance and has been relocated to his prison’s medical ward.

A statement from WikiLeaks reported Assange’s health had “significantly deteriorated” from his seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy, and in his seven weeks in British prison, he has gotten worse and is losing a lot of weight.

The court has adjourned the extradition hearing until June 12, and has indicated that it will be held inside Belmarsh prison at that time, which may allow Assange to attend, health permitting.

Assange is facing 50 weeks in prison in Britain for hiding in the embassy. The US wants him extradited, and charges already disclosed under the Espionage Act would have him facing 170 years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that Assange is being gradually poisoned with something that will not show up at an autopsy, but is killing him, none the less.

May 31 09:05

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUES BAYER'S MONSANTO OVER PCB CONTAMINATION

SOURCE: REUTERS
(Reuters) - Los Angeles County sued Monsanto Co on Thursday, seeking to force the unit of Germany’s Bayer AG to help pay for reducing PCB contamination in dozens of bodies of water.

The most populous U.S. county, which has about 10.1 million people, said the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in products sold by Monsanto many decades ago has caused widespread environmental contamination, forcing it to spend money to retrofit its stormwater systems and prevent further damage.

Los Angeles County said Monsanto had long concealed its knowledge that PCBs were harmful, and created a public nuisance because their presence interferes with commerce, fishing, navigation, swimming and other water-based activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point where Monsanto/Bayer will be sued out of existence; I cannot predict when, but right now, it seems...inevitable, for all the evils Monsanto has created, and desperately tried to cover up.

May 31 09:00

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIEDPublished: May 31, 2019Share | Print This SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIED
Published: May 31, 2019
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SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

(Support Free Thought) - As TFTP reported in 2017, a jury found probable cause to bring criminal charges against seven jailhouse employees in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas for cutting off the water to his cell until he died of dehydration. Since then, three of the officers were found guilty and handed down insultingly low sentences. And now, the taxpayers are taking the brunt of the responsibility as Thomas’ family receives a $6.75 million settlement.

“It reflects the callous disregard for Terrill Thomas’ life,” Ed Budge, a Seattle-based attorney who was part of the legal team representing Thomas’ estate told CNN on Wednesday. “We are satisfied that the settlement reflects the atrociousness of what happened, and it’s an appropriate result for this case.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these idiot jail employees thinking?!?

What was the psychological "win" here, and why did they feel it was "necessary" against this particular inmate?!>?

That the brutal "insanity factor" of what they were doing, did not ring alarm bells with senior employees, reflects very poorly on a system which, in its essence, encourages recidivism, and insures that a big, fat budget for a system which cannot, and will not, work for rehabilitation, continues.

As most of you who read this blog understand, I have a "hug and a punch" relationship with the film maker Michael Moore. (and Michael, just to relieve you from any possible anxiety, my "punch" is a gentle arm on your shoulder- i do not hurt people, period, end of discussion).

But his film "Who do we Invade Next?!?" was brilliant. And in one of the segments, he goes to a Swedish prison on an island. The architect who created the facility, made it seem more like a dorm, than a prison. The constant goal is rehabilitation, not punishment.

The deep, open intellectual and moral wound, in American prisons, is that we have made the choice to punish, but not to rehabilitate.

And the recidivism rate from US and Federal prisons, just... sucks, of course assuring that there are big, fat, budgets which do absolutely nothing toward rehabilitation, in the American prison system.

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism:
A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)Five in 6 (83%) state prisoners released in 2005 FIGURE 1
across 30 states were arrested at least once during Annual arrest percentage of prisoners released in the 9 years following their release. Te remaining 30 states in 2005
17% were not arrested afer release during the 9-year Percent of released prisoners follow-up period. 50
About 4 in 9 (44%) prisoners released in 2005 were
arrested at least once during their first year after release 40
figure 1). About 1 in 3 (34%) were arrested during
their third year after release, and nearly 1 in 4 (24%) 30
were arrested during their ninth year.

These numbers should be a massive embarrassment to the Federal and State Governments, but apparently, are not.

May 31 08:39

Facebook’s shareholder meeting was a sad display of impotent groveling, and it’s the future in store for many other investors

As upset as many may have been, there was absolutely zero chance Facebook investors were going to oust Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday or even curtail his power in any way.

The outcome of the company's annual shareholder meeting was determined years before it even began.

That plain fact shouldn't just gall Facebook's shareholders. It should worry investors and policy makers as a whole. That's because the number of would-be Facebooks is growing, and their shareholders and the public will have similar trouble gaining control of them should they ever go off the rails like Zuckerberg's company has.

May 31 08:30

AUSTRALIA: CHINESE LASERS FORCED MILITARY PILOTS TO LAND

SOURCE: FUTURISM.COM
BLINDING LIGHT
Australian navy pilots claim that they were forced to land their helicopters after Chinese militia boats aimed lasers at them during a routine exercise over the South China Sea.

The laser-induced, precautionary grounding is just the latest of many similar accounts by pilots from the U.S. and elsewhere, according to The Guardian — but now the Chinese government is denying that the incident ever took place.

I’M RUBBER YOU’RE GLUE
A spokesman for the Chinese military told reporters on Thursday that the account is “not consistent with the facts,” according to The Associated Press.

The spokesman, Wu Qian, said that Australia ought to “reflect on itself” instead of blaming China.

EXTANT QUESTIONS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had the opportunity to visit Australia, many years ago, when Mike was working there.

The one thing that I both observed, and admired, was "Sidneysiders'" forthrightness, when saying that something actually happened.

From what I experienced there, I believe the pilots in this matter; it is not in the Australian moral code, to lie about what was seen, or observed.

May 30 17:45

Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox

Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop current ad blockers from working efficiently.

And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users.

The proposal – dubbed Manifest V3 – will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a revamp of the permissions system. It will mean modern ad blockers such as uBlock Origin – which uses Chrome’s webRequest API to block ads before they’re downloaded – won’t work. This is because Manifest V3 sees Google halt the webRequest API’s ability to block a particular request before it’s loaded.

May 30 11:42

Catalan independence leader 'BLOCKED' from EU Parliament despite winning MEP election

CATALAN independence leader Carles Puigdemont was blocked entering the European Parliament despite being elected as an MEP last weekend.

May 30 09:12

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arrest Over ‘Contempt of Cop’ Charge, Limits Right to Challenge Police Use of Retaliatory Arrests to Punish Speech

In a setback to First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling protecting police from lawsuits by persons arrested on bogus “contempt of cop” charges (ranging from resisting arrest and interference to disorderly conduct, obstruction, and failure to obey a police order) that result from lawful First Amendment activities (filming police, asking a question of police, refusing to speak with police). In Nieves v. Bartlett, the Court ruled 6-3 to dismiss the case of Russell Bartlett, an Alaska resident who was arrested after he refused to be interrogated by police and intervened after police attempted to question other people. Although the Court recognized that people have a right to be free from a retaliatory arrest over lawful First Amendment activities, it ruled that if police have probable cause for the arrest, the person cannot sue for a free speech violation unless they can show that someone else was not arrested for the same actions.

May 29 12:00

European leaders will delay Brexit AGAIN and AGAIN to avoid getting the blame for a No Deal if Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab try to tear up the withdrawal agreement

Brussels will fight any attempts by Britain to leave with No Deal by trying to force multiple Brexit delays on the UK, it was claimed today.

The EU is said to be preparing to extend Article 50 more than once if the new Tory leader tears up Theresa May's deal with the bloc.

Candidates Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey have all said that they would pull Britain out with No Deal unless the EU rips the Irish Backstop from Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement.

But Eurocrats are ready to shove Britain 'back to the wall' - and delay Brexit after October 31 - if a hard Brexiteer takes over as Prime Minister.

A source told The Sun: 'The new Prime Minister doesn't have any ownership of the deal so the withdrawal agreement seems to be off the table. But similarly No Deal is off the table - the only solution is extensions until something changes in the UK'.

May 28 11:04

Turkey Invades Northern Iraq In Operation Against Kurdish Militants

Turkey has launched a cross-border operation into neighboring Iraq against Kurdish militants in a mountainous northern region of the country.

The Turkish defense ministry confirmed its military unleashed a barrage of artillery fire and air strikes on Monday afternoon before ground forces entered northern Iraq to “demolish the caves and shelters that are being used by terrorist groups and to eliminate terrorists” — a reference to the outlawed PKK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are not going to see this on NBC; CBS; MSNBC; or FOX.

So what, please, does the US government do here, side with the Kurdish, who have been successfully exterminating ISIS jihadis in the US government's behalf, or side with their NATO ally, Turkey, in this attack?!?

Because either way the US government goes in on this conflict, it is nearly certain that it will need to completely destroy one, or the other, of these warring factions.

This is geopolitical insanity, and if the US decides to favor Turkey's excuses for this incursion here, it will be sending the painfully clear message, that it is pathologically incapable of being an honest broker for peace in the region, particularly where the Kurdish people are involved.

May 28 10:41

Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire

The Israeli military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position after an Israeli warplane came under fire. Syrian TV earlier stated that Israel had carried out a missile strike in Syria’s Quneitra province.
According to SANA, one officer was killed and two others were injured in the attack on a military site east of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra countryside. It added that the Syrian Air Defense attacked an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Syrian airspace near the southern suburb.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed that it was their jet making a routine flight in northern Israel that came under fire. The Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed the warplane and it was able to complete its mission successfully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything Israel ever does, to any of its regional neighbors, is always defended, as "normal and routine."

May 28 10:37

EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’

Anti-establishment forces had major gains in the EU elections because voters are tired of parties refusing to challenge Brussels, analysts told RT, saying the results also show that migration is still a top issue.
Euroskeptic parties made considerable gains in the European Parliament elections, leaving the bloc’s establishment parties badly battered and searching for answers. Ultimately, analysts told RT, it illustrates how Europeans have run out of patience for politics as usual.

In the past, whenever the EU found itself in trouble, Brussels would always remedy the crisis by calling for more European integration, Dr. Werner Patzelt, a political science professor at the Technical University of Dresden, noted. And until now, Brussels always got its way.

“This time it was different,” Patzelt told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a turning point for the EU; I hope their leadership absorbs the true meaning of this vote.

May 28 10:20

Russia invites Taliban, Afghan officials to Moscow meet

Afghan politicians are set to attend a two-day meeting with the Taliban in Moscow this week, officials confirmed Monday, as fighting continues to rage in Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks between the US and the militants.

The meeting -- set to run the 28th and 29th of May -- will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a 14-member delegation was heading to Moscow, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's top political leader.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator and former deputy minister of foreign affairs, will also attend, Mujahid said in a statement.

From the Afghan political establishment, former president Hamid Karzai is set to make an appearance, with his spokesman Yousof Saha suggesting the Afghan and Taliban delegations might meet on the sidelines for informal talks, but he noted nothing was guaranteed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Russia is even trying here, I think, bodes well for a possible resolution to this horrific conflict.

I do consider both Russia's President Putin, and his foreign ministry director, Sergei Lavrov, to be a could of "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

Fingers crossed, and prayers uttered, that this meeting may provide a positive place from which to move forward on peace talks with the US.

May 28 10:13

Trump Claims US Not Seeking 'Regime Change' in Iran

Donald Trump is currently visiting Japan, whose prime minister is said to be considering serving as a mediator in possible peace talks between Iran and the United States.

The United States is not looking to overthrow Iran's government, President Donald Trump said on Monday, as tensions between the two countries flared with Washington deploying troops to the region.

"I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It [Iran] has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We are not looking for regime change, I just wanna make that clear," Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo, adding that he thinks "we'll make a deal" with Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; and forgive me, but I am getting "Intellectual Whiplash", as your rhetoric seems to slam Iran's leadership one day, then holds it upright the next, as though it consisted of people with whom you can actually deal, geopolitcally.

Sir, I do not believe that I am alone in this feeling.

And President Trump, I feel morally obligated to share the following concern; Israel's Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman, want to see Iran obliterated, and carved up into little fiefdoms, so that it cannot threaten them economically.

I do sense that a "false flag", to be blamed upon Iran, may happen against either American or Saudi troops, or interests, or both, very soon; perhaps on, or around, 4 July, which is one of our national holidays when, normally, this event pulls people together and, lets them celebrate the opportunities available here, no matter their ideological differences.

Mr. President, should such a thing happen, your first reaction has to be one of extreme Presidential discretion, not an immediate striking back, because you will most likely will be given false information from those who wish to see Iran fall.

To avoid a potential war with Iran, I suggest that you start engaging with Tehran and their leadership, at high levels.

Like maybe, yesterday, please?!?!

You need to also put intense pressure on Netanyahu and Prince Bin Salman, (both your BFFs in the Middle East, right?!?) to start sending envoys to Tehran.

Netanyahu understands that he can achieve a peaceful relationship with Iran, but doesn't want to do it, because Tel Aviv always tries to keep its citizens scared excrementless, of neighboring countries, and is constantly reminding its citizens to "be afraid; be very afraid."

But ultimately, the only way for the Jewish State of Israel to continue to exist, will be to "cage the rage, ...and engage" with all of its regional neighbors.

Do you remember, as a Dad, looking at your kid's report card, and seeing that it's "works well with others" column was nicely checked off, positively?!?

President Trump, that is precisely what has to happen here, between all interested regional governments.

And lastly, Mr. President, in the Chinese language, the symbol for crisis... and opportunity are one in the same. Please, I urge you to remember this, when thinking about the US geopolitical approach to Tehran, and how to achieve a positive, constructive, and lasting outcome here.

May 27 15:27

Verhofstadt Hitler

May 27 13:27

THE BEST WAY TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS IS TO STOP SENDING TROOPS TO WAR

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST

By Carey Wedler

Every Memorial Day, Americans pay their respects to soldiers who have died while fighting for the US military. Though the good intentions and courage of those who enlist in the armed forces are admirable, the best way to honor those individuals on this holiday—and every day—is to stop sending them to war.

This pro-peace sentiment is often conflated with disrespect for the troops: If you don’t support the government’s wars, you must not support the soldiers fighting in them. However, considering the great cost to human life inflicted by military conflicts—the immense suffering soldiers, their families, and civilians in battleground countries endure—scaling back the size and scope of military programs is not only the best way to respect the troops but also a necessary measure to preserve liberty and freedom.

MILITARISM

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why it is so critically important to have independent media around, particularly right now, because the corporate presstitutes only regurgitate what the Government tells them to, in order to provoke specific responses from their viewers on specific geopolitical issues.

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in nature", he was stating the absolute,ugly truth.

We're told that wars are "to protect the homeland, and American way of life, for glory, and valor, and honor of one's country."

But if you break wars down to their most simple components, you can see that this is not really true at all.

In Iraq, it was about who sold Iraq's oil, and in what national currency it would be sold; and today, Iraqi oil is only sold in US dollars.

In Afghanistan, it was all about the pipelines, who controlled them, and in what currency for which the oil was sold, which are US dollars at this point. There are the other issues, most critically, those of developing rare earth elements Mining in Afghanistan ; and access by the US's alphabet-soup agencies to opium poppies, from which heroin is made: Images: US military guarding Afghani poppy fields

And no, these were not photoshopped.

In Libya, it was about controlling its oil and the currency in which it would be traded, and also Moamar Gadhafi's threat to sell Libya's oil in gold backed dinars, rather than US dollars. Gadhafi's gold money plan would have devastated the US dollar

Unfortunately, its current civil war, which began immediately after Gadhafi was assassinated is not helping: The War Economy, and Haftar's battle for Libyan oil wealth

In Yemen, the war we don't hear about much, the US is aiding and abetting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And why?!? Take a look at the following, and it will be very easy to understand.

The major resources of Yemen...are oil and natural gas. And do they accept US dollars for their oil?!? Not at the momentStudy: Sanaa
Center for Economic Policy
, which makes them our "enemy", as well as Saudi Arabia's.

Folks, it is time to wake up here, and understand that the reasons/excuses/justifications for these endless wars always go back to money, and in what currencies natural resources are traded.

All the rest that you will hear, are pretty lies, wrapped up in a cheaply made US flag.

May 27 12:50

NORTH KOREA CALLS JOHN BOLTON "DEFECTIVE HUMAN PRODUCT" , "WARMONGER" 

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
North Korea on Monday called US National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he claimed that Pyongyang's recent short-range missile tests were a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, according to CBS News, citing an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman.

The comments come amid President Trump's visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during which the North Korean nuclear discussions are likely to be high on the agenda.

North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9, ending a pause in launches that began in late 2017. The tests have been seen as a way for North Korea to pressure Washington to soften its stance on easing sanctions against it without actually causing negotiations to collapse. -CBS News

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The North Korean government does have a point here; true negotiations are NOT "My way...or the Highway!", which has basically been Bolton's approach to North Korea all along.

In sum, Bolton is demanding that North Korea give up EVERYTHING, all at once, without the US doing anything to act as a countermeasure of trust.

This is not "negotiating"; this is bloody US State corporate state blackmail.

May 27 12:43

NEPAL ON HIGH ALERT FOR GENERAL STRIKE AFTER EXPLOSIONS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Security forces in Nepal have been on high alert amid a general strike on Monday called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people and wounded seven more in the capital.

Two vehicles were burned in Makawanpur district southeast of the Nepali capital, while schools and main markets remained closed in Kathmandu, according to local media.

Normal life has been affected across the country as the Maoist splinter group, which calls itself the Communist Party of Nepal, enforced the strike.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspected involvement of the splinter group, whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place on Sunday.

Police arrested 12 members of the banned outfit in connection with the blasts, according to Bishwa Raj Pokharel, a police spokesman.

The Maoist splinter group was banned in March and many of its members were arrested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hope (and prayers, if you are so inclined) for the people of Nepal, that they be able to get away from the violence, and come together in dialogue and negotiations.

May 27 12:28

PENCE TELLS SOLDIERS: SOME OF YOU WILL DIE FOR ISRAEL

SOURCE: KURTNIMMO.BLOG

This isn’t exactly what Mike Pence told the graduating class of West Point on Saturday. He said it’s “a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” which means, of course, people will die, not simply soldiers but countless innocent others.

Pence tells West Point graduates it's "a virtual certainty" they will go to combat as Iran tensions escalate https://t.co/7V80F7KLZ9 pic.twitter.com/gWEtnuUcHS

— The Hill (@thehill) May 26, 2019

Pence’s “battlefield for America” is a brazen lie. America has but one reason to wage wars in the Middle East—and that reason is Israel.

The trillion dollar wars past, present, and future in the Middle East—in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran—do not in any way benefit the US, and instead have made America an international outlaw.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurt absolutely nails it here.

And President Trump, a word please; what this country needs, and desperately, as in, YESTERDAY, is a Department of Peace, with an ability to demonstrate to you how geopolitical tensions can be diffused through intelligent, hard-won, moral negotiations rather than wars.

Mike and I are volunteering to do this for you, and right now!!!

You are welcome, Mr. President!!!! :-)

May 27 12:18

NEW FLORIDA LAW BANS RELEASE OF MASS SHOOTING RECORDINGS

SOURCE: WGCU.ORG

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that prohibits Florida's government agencies from releasing photos, video or audio that record the killing of a person in an act of mass violence.

The new law was signed Thursday and takes effect immediately.

The bill was written after last year's school shooting in Parkland that left 17 people dead. It says the exemption to the public record law is needed to protect victims' families from trauma and to prevent the images or recordings from inspiring others to kill.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Tom Lee of Hillsborough County, has said he is aware that such recordings can help the media keep authorities accountable after a mass shooting but pointed out that news organizations can petition a judge to access the images.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, just how Senator Tom Lee defines "news organisations"?!? Are they simply the outlets for Federal and State Governmental Codwallop, carefully crafted to create specific reactions in their audience?

Are they the usual corporate presstitutes and waresspondents on corporate channels like CNN; MSNBC; and FOX?!?

What about a small organisation, or an individual, looking to research some aspect of a mass shooting?!? Let's say, what about an organization like "Judicial Watch", which has a brilliant track record of uncovering Federal governmental malfeasance through their investigations?!? And Judicial Watch, you are definitely among my heroes of cyberspace.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet, that the answer from the Bench would be "HELL, NO!!", but of course, wrapped all around some kind of obscure legalese, as to why the information cannot be released.

And I have to ask; what are Florida officials so concerned about that a private investigator, or blogger, might discover, that they don't want the public to know about?!?

Is it, perhaps, that the shooter might have been on, or coming off of some SSRI medications, which have a proven track record of causing delusional, and violent behaviour?!?

I think this country deserves to know; big pharma, which makes these prescription drugs, doesn't want us to know, because this kind of medication is greatly profitable for them. But understanding this, my curiosity is peaked.

And if you have never seen, or heard of a website titled:
www.ssristories.org, I strongly suggest that you visit it, particularly if your teenage kid's school counselor, or physician, is recommending it for your child.

May 27 11:55

KURT NIMMO - BREITBART, INFOWARS: DEFENDERS OF MASS MURDER AND ETHNIC? CLEANSING

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

Over at Reddit, somebody posted an Infowars video where a host sitting in for Alex Jones claims the corporate media in the US is making up “fake news” about Israel.

This is neocon and Likudnik propaganda. It is well-known by neutral observers that The New York Times, The Washington Post, and their ilk have consistently defended, glossed over, or ignored the manifest crimes of the Israeli state. The apartheid state of Israel excels in murdering women and children—and medics, journalists, and activists (Rachel Corrie comes to mind)—and because it is Israel, it gets a free pass.

The Infowars host, the kid talking to the camera, is a know-nothing. He is trapped in a vicious circle of hatred for Democrats and “leftists,” in response to their hatred of Republicans and “conservatives.”

Meanwhile, the crimes continue, more brazen than ever. Donald Trump has served as an over-the-top booster for Zionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Kurt!

We had hoped, when President Trump got elected,that at least some of what he said on the campaign trail would be honored; we were dead-wrong, and have had to, publicly admit that.

It has become very telling to both of us, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East are two mass murderers: The Butcher of Gaza, Benyamin Netanyahu, and the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince bin Salman.

Unfortunately, President Trump seems to be entranced by, and attracted to, people with both a ton of money, and the power to kill, at the utterance of a word, or with a signature from pen on paper, and suffer absolutely no consequences for it.

I am now certain, at some level, the President envies these guys, for what they can get away with.

And let's all remember; upon becoming Commander in Chief, this President also became the USA's Merchant of Death in Chief, hawking American arms to all those who would listen, and buy, like Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The US government is aiding and abetting war crimes in both Gaza and Yemen, at a level of unprecedented bloodshed, plus that of all the wars, past or soon to be, the US government has incited, or will soon incite, in places like Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; and Somalia, and perhaps soon, against Iran.

Kurt,I feel for you on this, I really do.

Our choices really stank in 2016; we had either a millionaire who although had his name attached to a book, "The Art of the Deal" (fully ghostwritten, I might add), but cannot appear to negotiate his way out of a paper bag, or a woman with more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!!

As you well know, Kurt, primaries do not decide who our presidential candidates will be, but the huge corporations and the military/industrial complex do.

This is why Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign will get stopped in its tracks, because she is the polar opposite of a war monger, and the military industrial complex does NOT want to grind their "swords into plowshares"right now.

Remember in the film "Iron Man", when the Tony Stark character "gets awakened" to all the evil his company has done with weapons previously, and calls for a complete overhaul, and what nearly happens to him after he makes the announcement that he is doing this?!? Hint: it's called, nearly getting assassinated?!?

No respectable weapons maker's CEO wants something like that to happen to them; that is why they have their conscience surgically removed, before any kind of "Come to Jesus" enlightenment can possibly happen to them.

May 27 11:20

JONATHAN POLLARD, US SPY FOR ISRAEL, COMPLAINS OF NEGLECT BY ISRAELI STATE

Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied on his country for Israel in the 1980s, and is now free after spending 30 years in prison, has spoken of his frustration with the Israeli government, which it claims has forgotten about him. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Navy, was released from an American prison in 2015, after serving a lengthy sentence for selling US government secrets to Israel. Throughout Pollard’s time in prison, the government of Israel lobbied for his release, claiming that the convicted spy did not harm American interests, but was simply trying to help Israel. But the US Intelligence Community and successive American presidents consistently rejected Israel’s claims, arguing that Pollard’s activities were severely detrimental to US interests. Pollard was eventually released after serving the entirety of his sentence. Ever since his release, Pollard has been required to wear an ankle monitor at all times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Pollard, I think I can clear up the confusion here, just a little.

Every contact with every Israeli official would be well and truly monitored by US intelligence; Tel Aviv doesn't want to be reminded of what it didn't continue to get after you were arrested; and the American government doesn't want to be reminded of how naive they were when you were doing that US intel theft for Israel, right under their very noses. Neither the Israeli or Us government want their people to know how much your intel compromised American intelligence at many critical levels.

href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/576453/posts">Why Johnathan Pollard should never be released The article goes on to state: "In the course of my own interviews for this account, the officials who knew the most about Jonathan Pollard made it clear that they were talking because they no longer had confidence that President Clinton would do what they believed was the right thing -- keep Pollard locked up. Pollard, these officials told me, had done far more damage to American national security than was ever made known to the public; for example, he betrayed elements of four major American intelligence systems. In their eyes, there is no distinction between betraying secrets to an enemy, such as the Soviet Union, and betraying secrets to an ally."

Hope that about clears it up for you, Mr. Pollard.

May 27 11:07

FACIAL RECOGNITION: BRITAIN FACES A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

SOURCE: SPIKED-ONLINE
Automated facial recognition (AFR) is the state’s latest, and most invasive, surveillance technology.

Since 2015, three police forces – South Wales, Metropolitan and Leicestershire – have made use of AFR in controversial live trials. Now, South Wales Police have been taken to court by office worker Ed Bridges, who started a crowdfunding campaign when he felt his privacy had been violated by AFR.

Bridges’ legal challenge has been backed by civil-rights organisation Liberty, which argues that the indiscriminate deployment of AFR is equivalent to taking DNA samples or fingerprints without consent. According to Liberty, there are no legal grounds for scanning thousands of innocent people in this way. It also claims the technology discriminates against black people, whose faces are disproportionately flagged by mistake, meaning they are more likely to be stopped by police unfairly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the British government, a word, please.

George Orwell's "1984" was a cautionary tale; NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL!!

May 27 11:02

CHINA'S AUTOMATED CENSORS CRANK UP AS TIANANMEN SQUARE 30TH ANNIVERSARY NEARS

It's the most sensitive day of the year for China's internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China's robot censors are working overtime.

Censors at Chinese internet companies said tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and image recognition.

"We sometimes say that the artificial intelligence is a scalpel, and a human is a machete," one content screening employee at Beijing Bytedance said, who asked not to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't think for a second that those in American government wouldn't just love to have this ability also, to steer clear, informationally, of those foul-ups, bleeps, and geopolitical blunders, which have caused so much pain around the world, and also at home.

The first part of this kind of censorship, in this country, has already begun, with Google's, Twitter's, and Facebook's deplatformings.

I suspect that that rest of it, will be swift, and painful to those who do not already have sites these three entities can't crash.

May 26 20:14

Flashback: We were lied to! Secret document FCO 30/1048 kept truth about EU from British for 30 years

Annabelle Sanderson, a Brexit expert and former advisor to Nigel Farage said: “Despite all the claims from politicians of many parties that the EU was not about becoming a central state this 1971 document shows that is exactly what the plan was.

“Arch Remoaners from Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories need to check this out and ask themselves why they are MPs if they don’t actually want Westminster to be in charge of this country.

“We voted for Brexit what needs to happen is a proper clean break from Brussels so we can once again become a sovereign nation with money being spent in this country on services we need and have Parliament and courts making and ruling on the laws.”

May 26 10:28

BIPARTISAN THIRST FOR MORE WAR: 75% OF CONGRESS CALLS ON TRUMP TO BOOST INTERVENTION IN SYRIA, TO ‘PRESSURE’ IRAN AND RUSSIA

SOURCE: BEN NORTON, GRAYZONE PROJECT

WHILE TRUMP THREATENS IRAN AND VENEZUELA WITH NEW WARS, 400 CONGRESS MEMBERS, INCLUDING LEADERS FROM BOTH PARTIES, WANT TO INTENSIFY THE EIGHT-YEAR WAR ON SYRIA, TO WEAKEN IRAN, RUSSIA, AND HEZBOLLAH.
While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action.

Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all federal US lawmakers — have signed an open letter calling on President Trump to escalate the war in Syria, in the name of countering Iran, Russia, and Lebanese Hezbollah.

Top Democratic Party leaders have joined hawkish Republicans in a bipartisan demand that the far-right president “address threats in Syria” and “demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to remember; unlike the President, (who has to put his money into a blind trust, before he takes the Oath of Office), Senators and Congressional Representatives, can put their money, in terms of investment, anywhere they wish.

One has to wonder, just how many of them are invested in either companies which provide weaponry, or other military-supportive companies, like those who create medicines, or food, for our troops.

When wars come, companies like these, make incredible profits, as well do their stockholders. So, when our "alleged" representatives feel that they can "justify" wars (in which, I might add, their kids will most probably not be fighting), they will do so, at the drop of a hat; hell, they have nothing to loose, right?!?

Wars represent a terrible failure of imagination, for most logical folks.

And of course, Israel and AIPAC, are encouraging these was against their enemies, so the costs will only be borne, in American blood, and American money.

May 26 09:01

CHINESE STATE REPORTERS CAUGHT "SNOOPING AROUND" NATO BASE, GERMANY INVESTIGATES

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Journalists representing China's main state media outlet are in hot water after they were seen filming NATO military equipment and asking probing questions of German soldiers about their daily routines and military jobs.

The incident has threatened to alight fresh controversy related to European and US suspicious of aggressive global spying tactics by Beijing, not the least of which is Chinese firm Huawei's rollout of next-generation 5G products inside Germany, which Berlin has controversially been favorable to, resulting in the Trump administration notifying the German government in March that the US would limit the intelligence it shares with German security agencies should Berlin move forward in permitting Huawei to build the country's mobile-internet infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The first question I would need to ask is, are why did the Chinese reporters do this so ham-fistedly, in order to draw attention to themselves?!?

The second question I would have to ask, is why did the NATO personnel at the site allow this to happen in the first place?!?

Folks, I need to suggest here, politely, that this may have been an exercise in entrapment on the part of NATO, and was engineered to focus, for Americans and Europeans, on the "China Bad Syndrome", which has been bandied about, in Europe, and the US, for quite some time.

May 26 08:41

VIDEO SHOWS COPS RESPOND TO HOSTAGE SITUATION BY KILLING THE HOSTAGE—NO ONE FIRED

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles police previously released graphic body camera footage, showing officers opening fire on a man armed with a knife who’d taken a 49-year-old woman hostage. In the shooting, police killed both the man with the knife, and the innocent hostage. Now, the department is claiming that the officers who opened fire on the innocent women are being “disciplined.” However, they will face no criminal charges and will likely not even be fired.

On Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel ruled that two of the three cops who responded to the scene that day violated department policy on the use of deadly force. It will now be up to LAPD Chief Michel Moore to decide exactly what “discipline” measures he will take with the officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to tell you; Mike and I are very grateful, not to be living in Greater LA, where we used to live many, many years ago.

But the decision making process here, was utterly flawed, because an innocent civilian got killed.

One has to wonder; were these police personnel on SSRIs, or just coming off of them, to promote this kind of behaviour?!?

May 26 08:35

Bloomberg Gun-Ignorance Course Continues Bloomberging Rights Away

For starters, the 2nd Amendment is described as “a legal and political challenge” to gun control and “the elephant in the room” when talking about gun policy. Constitutional rights should not be considered “challenges” to any worthwhile endeavor, but that sort of (un)subtle bias is present throughout the week two presentations.

May 25 14:56

DONKTUM: Restricting the Range of Consciousness

The time to defend free speech is now, and the place is wherever you stand. We must be hyper-vigilant because the outrage addicts and crypto-fascists will never stop hunting thought criminals. We must defend speech we abhor just as vehemently as the speech we like. We must not let voices be silenced and their owners disappear into the black bag of deplatforming.

Comments at: https://twitter.com/CarpeDonktum/status/1132401710301941760

May 25 07:32

DEFYING CONGRESS, TRUMP SETS $8 BILLION-PLUS IN WEAPONS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA, UAE AND JORDAN

U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

May 24 13:30

Bombs to Break Through Syrian Army Lines - Russian MoD

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Terrorists in the Idlib de-escalation zone are preparing up to four vehicles filled with explosives to help them break through Syrian army defensive positions, the commander of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said on Friday.

According to Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, more than 800 militants, at least seven tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles and 15 pickup trucks with heavy machine guns have already arrived in the southwest of the Idlib de-escalation zone. Illegal armed groups are bringing in reinforcements, weapons and military equipment to ??the town of Kafr Nabudah in Hama province.

May 24 13:15

Schiff Claims Trump 'Conspiring' With Barr; Says Investigating Russiagate Origins "Un-American" 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says that President Trump and Attorney General William Barr are 'conspiring' to "weaponize law enforcement against their political enemies," calling the DOJ investigation into the origins of the Russia probe "un-American."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THAT is complete, and utter, bovine excrement, and Schiff knows this.

May 24 13:07

White House To Send Another 2,000 Troops To Counter "Credible" Iranian Threat

Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured his interviewers on Fox News that the threat from Iran is totally "real" and "credible" - though he once again refused to get into specifics. But whatever the threat might be, American troops in the region will soon be able to sleep a little easier, because the White House and Pentagon have reportedly agreed to send "roughly 2,000" additional troops to the Middle East...to help protect American forces in the region.

Other reports put the number at closer to 1,500. Trump met with Pentagon leaders Thursday evening where they decided to move ahead with the troop deployment to CENTCOM, which oversees all American troops in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does our Secretary of State, not understand, that he is TELEGRAPHING a false flag, to be blamed against Iran?!?!?

May 24 13:02

"Retaliation Is Imminent": Here Are China's "Nuclear" Trade War Options

Almost exactly one year ago, when the US-China trade war was still in its early stages and when conventional wisdom (wrong, as it usually is) dictated that the two sides would never escalate to the "tech cold war" stage we have now as it is in "nobody's interest" to launch an all-out trade war, we listed what were Beijing's five at the time "nuclear" retaliation options; these included currency depreciation, sales of US Treasurys, blocking of US services, curbing of oil shipments and a rare-earth metal export ban, crippling US supply chains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump, apparently is pathologically unable to see, is that the word "negotiations": takes honest, give and take, not "My way, or the Highway!!

I am still very concerned, about the degree to which the US is trying to militarily rattle them, by these so-called "Freedom of Access" journeys in the South China Sea by our Navy; unfortunately, trade wars can morph into shooting wars very quickly.

May 24 12:42

Trump Bypasses Congress To Approve $8 Billion In Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, UAE

Not long after he reportedly agreed to send another 1,500-2,000 troops to the Middle East in yet another show of strength to combat an increasingly belligerent Iran, President Trump steamrolled Congress on Friday to approve $8 billion in arms sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia and expedite delivery, WSJ reports.

The administration invoked a rarely used provision of American arms control laws to bypass Congress and approve the weapons sales, citing the escalating tensions with Iran as justification. WSJ's sources said the $8 billion figure encapsulates a package of 22 separate deals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suspect, that this new weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, isn't, at least, right now Iran-focused, but the continued stalemate in Yemen, which has the US fighting on the side of the Saudis, with no end in sight.

The Butcher of Yemen, is probably going to use most of this hardware to do carpet bombing of the country, so very few are left alive; in fact, in the corporate warmonger feeds, I still am hearing not a word about Yemen, from those annoying talking heads, just what a "threat" Iran is (supplying no specifics, of course). My potential "window" for an israel-delivered "false flag", to be blamed, of course, on Iran,would be any time between this Monday, 26 May, through Thursday, 4 July.

May 24 12:21

Preparations for War: NATO Intelligence Activity Around Russia’s Borders

In addition to the militarization of Eastern Europe, NATO partakes in active intelligence operations – be it by land, sea and air.

There are numerous reports of various intelligence (spy) aircraft going and even entering Russian airspace, and the Russian Aerospace Forces intercepting them.

Officially, NATO has 14 Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft with their radar domes, stationed at NATO Air Base (NAB) Geilenkirchen, Germany.

The fleet is involved in the reassurance measures following the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and in the tailored assurance measures for Turkey against the background of the Syrian crisis.

Under normal circumstances, the aircraft operates for about eight hours, at 30,000 feet (9,150 meters) and covers a surveillance area of more than 120,000 square miles (310,798 square kilometers).

May 24 12:11

Israel: “Wiped off The Map”. The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran

Global Research Editor’s Note

The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged “Wiped Off the Map” statement by Iran’s president was never made.

In the light of recent US threats directed Iran, we are reposting this important article.

Iran does not constitute a threat to Israel.

The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran’s head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war on Iran. the article provides of media manipulation and “propaganda in action”.

Iran is blamed for refusing to abide by the “reasonable demands” of “the international community”.

In recent developments, Iran is persistently described as threatening the security of Israel. And Israel is described as instrumental in determining US foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the $64,000 dollar question here is, if the US invades Iran, what will Russia and China's parliaments do?@?

Sit back and sing, "Kumbya"?!?

I rather think not!!

May 24 11:32

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg – LiterallyThe US-funded Israeli military is shooting so many unarmed Palestinians that the UN is warning of an amputation crisis in Gaza

My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He’s lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg.

He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can’t do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg.

Andrew is incredibly lucky.

The medical catastrophe that left his hand and foot so terribly damaged didn’t kill him. But when his limbs never healed even after a decade, he decided to undergo the amputations. It was his choice, and it was made much easier because he knew what lay ahead: the most advanced artificial limbs ever imagined. The kids call him Bionic Man now.

Andrew is lucky for another reason: He doesn’t live in Gaza.

According to the United Nations, 1,700 young Gazans are facing amputation, mainly of their legs, in the next two years. They’re among the 7,000 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza shot by Israeli snipers over the last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone targeting children non-combatants, is a monster in my world; what kind of psychotic, amoral piece of work, deliberately targets Palestinian children?!?

But their may be a deeper answer for this; when you wound or kill children, you maim or kill the future of a society.

That is precisely what is going on here.

May 24 11:18

Immunity bill submitted to Knesset with Netanyahu indictment pending

The Israeli Knesset is considering legislation that would grant government officials immunity from criminal prosecution, and just so happen to spare Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from three looming corruption indictments.
If the proposed amendment to the Immunity Law passes, elected officials could not be charged with a criminal offense unless the 120-member Knesset and the Knesset House Committee agreed to waive immunity. Should Netanyahu’s Likud Party secure a coalition and outnumber its rivals, the measure could effectively place them above the law for as long as they serve in government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing here, is so predictable, that you could have set your watch by it.

May 24 10:49

First Batch of Declassification to Include ‘Bucket 5’ – FBI Docs Exonerating Papadopoulos and Carter Page

President Trump on Thursday evening announced that at the recommendation of Attorney General Bill Barr, he has directed the Intel Community to quickly and fully cooperate with Barr’s investigation into surveillance activities.

President Trump ordered declassification of the intelligence related to the spying on his presidential campaign in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This why the timing on Telly yesterday, featuring the Puddling Pel (as in the Nancy) who went ballistic, accusing Trump of a cover-up, and wanting for Congress to impeach him, only to be later exonerated in the Senate.

As these revelations drip-drip-drip into the American consciousness, Americans will realize who the real criminals were in Russiagate.

Now, having said that, there are many things President Trump has done, with which I have not agreed, such as withdrawing the US from the P5+1 deal with Iran; and I am hoping that the guy doesn't have this country on a path to nuclear armageddon with either Russia or China; but that being said, I firmly believe that this information will give my brother and sister Americans, a taste of the excrement sandwich the Demonocrats have been attempting to force down our collective throats, and decide that they no longer deserve the honor of representing the people of this country.

May 24 10:11

Trump gives AG Barr authority to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign surveillance

President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: "The heads of elements of the intelligence community... and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review."

"Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get out the popcorn, folks, THIS is going to be some executive-strength, grand unfolding to watch as the facts emerge!!!!

May 24 10:07

HEAD OF REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS SAYS ISRAEL SHOT JOURNALISTS INTENTIONALLY

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The director-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday that the Israeli army had deliberately targeted journalists in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Christophe Deloire was speaking to the Jerusalem Post, having received the Dan David Prize in Tel Aviv on behalf of the international press freedoms watchdog.

“It is a war crime to target journalists because they are journalists,” Deloire told the paper. “When Israel shot those journalists [during the Great Return March protests], it was intentional.”

“The journalists could be clearly identified as journalists, with cameras and jackets and it could not be just by chance,” he added.

Referring to the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza protests, Deloire pointed out that the report “confirmed what we already considered a fact”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by these revelations; the Israeli government, and the IDF will do ANYTHING to keep the truth of these horrific attacks on Palestinians from getting out, as much as is humanly possible.

May 24 10:03

CRITICISMS OF NEW SAT ADVERSITY SCORE CONTINUE TO MOUNT

SOURCE: JENNIFER KABBANY VIA THE COLLEGE FIX
Authored by Jennifer Kabbany via The College Fix,

The recent decision by the Scholastic Aptitude Test to add a so-called adversity score to test takers’ results for college admissions’ officials to weigh has been almost universally panned.

Few think it’s a good idea to give students an “overall disadvantage level” ranking.

First, conservative scholar Heather Mac Donald laid out several big problems with the new index, noting it’s basically affirmative action and reinforces the soft bigotry of low expectations.

The College Fix’s senior reporter Christian Schneider also weighed in, calling it “just another invitation for fraud.”

“Clearly, lying about one’s racial identity is wrong – but in a country where racial makeup is growing more complex and college admittance is as competitive as ever, students can hardly be blamed for trying to give themselves a leg up,” he opined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I graduated from college with a 3.75 GPA; and I had a "learning disability" which was not even uncovered until Mike and I started dating.

He took me to a safety-approved gun range, and as someone who always thought of themselves to be right-handed, I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn , or the target, with my right hand.

Mike looked at me, smiling somewhat knowingly,and said: "Giggles and grins, honey, try doing this with your left hand; and I was able to hit the target much more toward the center, and indeed, in the center frequently; I was right handed, left-eye dominant, which is described as "mixed brain dominance", which is why, to this day - at 70 - I cannot, for the life of me, sightread a piano score, cold. (And yet, I am a published composer! :-)

I wish these kinds of things could be diagnosed, and treated very early in all of our childrens' educations; it would make their subsequent learning, far easier, and much more successful.

May 24 09:54

WE FINALLY KNOW WHERE THE SCANDALOUS OZONE-DESTROYING CHEMICALS ARE REALLY COMING FROM

SOURCE: CARLY CASSELLA @ SCIENCEALERT.COM
It's been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade or more.

After much speculation, the whereabouts and magnitude of these harmful emissions has been confirmed in scientific research. As earlier reporting in The New York Times had already suggested, they seem to be coming from the northeast coast of mainland China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, geopolitically, here is one of the West's "cage the rage, and engage" opportunities,by not screaming "China bad!" for this happening, but collaborating with China's top scientists, getting the Chinese government's blessing, to work with them to reduce this.

In my world, collaboration trumps confrontation, nearly every darn time.

May 24 09:49

EPA CYBERSECURITY WEAKNESSES ARE GOING UNTRACKED AND UNPATCHED

SOURCE: NEXTGOV
The Environmental Protection Agency has a detailed process for dealing with new cybersecurity weaknesses: develop a plan to remediate with clear goals and milestones, then attack the problem. The only issue: Those plans aren’t being logged, managed or tracked, according to the agency inspector general.

The agency created an automated tool for logging vulnerabilities that will take time to remediate and track progress through official plans of action and milestones. According to an inspector general report released Tuesday, many of those plans were never entered into the system, meaning they were never tracked and, in some cases, the vulnerabilities were never patched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This ... is officially horrible, and the US government needs to find a better way of organizing, and tracking, what is going on at the EPA with their computers.

May 24 09:47

DARPA TO CREATE MIND-CONTROLLED WEAPONS

BY DAGNY TAGGART
Last year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that it was seeking noninvasive ways “to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery.” The techniques would “allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons.”

The agency wants to create mind-controlled weapons of war, as it (vaguely) explained in two recent press releases.

To achieve this goal, DARPA recently formed a program called Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3).

DARPA WANTS SOLDIERS TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL MACHINES WITH THEIR MINDS.
According to a press release published on May 20, 2019, the agency has awarded funding to six companies to support N3:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, what could possibly go wrong with systems like that, except for everything?!?

I would counsel extreme caution in the development of this technology; there is so much room for so much to go completely haywire, that it is hard to know where to start evaluation of severe potential problems, both for the weapons,and the soldiers who use them.

May 24 09:42

 NXIVM TRIAL: MEXICAN FORMER TEEN SLAVE TESTIFIES AS MORE MEXICO TRAFFICKING CONNECTIONS EXPOSED

SOURCE: BIG LEAGUE POLITICS
A former NXIVM sex cult slave named “Daniela” testified Thursday in the trial of cult leader Keith Raniere, noting that she joined the cult at age 16 in 2002.

The alleged visa and immigration fraud involved in Daniela’s years with the cult underscores the extent to which NXIVM had deep connections to powerful people in Mexico, including Emiliano Salinas, the son of a former Mexican president.

Robert Gavin of the Albany Times-Union reported:

The witness said her tourist visa and her father's visa were taken in Atlanta in October 2004. She went back to Mexico, she said, and Raniere arranged for her to fly to Canada and get picked up on Christmas Eve and taken to Albany. But the plan had problems.#NXIVM #NXIVMTrial

— Robert Gavin (@RobertGavinTU) May 23, 2019

I reported earlier:

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It will be interesting, to see how deep the "friendships" of the cult members, reached high up in political terms; it may be that some US politicians may need to "retire" to "spend more time with their families", if the real ugly hits a wall here, and names are named.

May 24 09:34

SUPERBUGS AND THE ULTIMATE ECONOMIC WEAPON: FOOD

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH
The food-exporting superpowers are easy to identify.

As my esteemed colleague Michael Snyder chronicled in a recent Zero Hedge post, world agricultural production is under assault from extreme weather and diseases such as African swine fever. Floods & Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet; Is A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Everyone understands extreme weather is a danger to food production. The overuse of antibiotics is less well understood. As this article explains, most antibiotics are given to livestock, which then become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant microbes, which are known as superbugs once they develop immunity to all conventional antibiotics.

Are antibiotics turning livestock into superbug factories?

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This is the reason, that you need to know how your food is processed, and what has been done to it, in order to build, as much as possible, an antibiotic-free lifestyle.

I know that most moms and dads I know, would rather buy fresh, organic meat, with which to fee their families; some chains have started doing this, at least for a small selection of meats and vegetables; this is starting to happen at both our "big box" store, and the smaller grocery store we patronize.

So please, the next time you are at your favorite store, ask your butcher, and your veggies supervisor, to make more available for you, in terms of organic produce and meat.

Yes, it will be a lot more expensive, which is why you need to learn to use meat as a "seasoning", rather than the full course in your meals. But the opportunities for creating a healthier life for yourself, and your family , will be well worth the cost.

May 24 09:29

Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange’s Espionage Charges

The US Department of Justice issued an 18-count indictment against Julian Assange for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg about the dangerous implications this move has for journalism in the United States

May 24 09:09

POLITICS OF OIL: CITGO BOND HOLDERS FACING A GUAIDO HAIRCUT

Reuters reports that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has hired Cleary Gottlieb, a Washington law firm skilled in debt negotiations, to help him on the path he hopes will bring him to power.

May 23 16:12

BBC Question Time FURY: No Brexit Party panellist AGAIN despite leading EU election polls

Mr Farage hit out at BBC Question Time last week after it didn’t feature any Brexit Party candidates.

He told a crowd at a rally in Wolverhampton: “We can choose to buy different newspapers.

“We can choose to listen to different commercial radio stations.

“Where I have a problem is when we are effectively taxed £150 a year just to have a television in our house.

“When the public service broadcaster does not put a single representative of this new party on any major television programme, even when we have gone from nothing to topping the polls."

May 23 15:52

The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld

AT&T can claim up and down that it’s asked for permission to use customer information to do this, but there is simply no possible way the average customer has ever even read their AT&T contracts, let alone puzzled out that they’re signing up to be permanently tracked and influenced by targeted media in this way.

May 23 12:25

Vast Majority Of Americans Reject Attack On Iran; Half Expect War "Within Few Years"

War with Iran remains a deeply unpopular prospect among the American people, but a new opinion poll conducted by Reuters and polling organization Ipsos found there's not much optimism concerning the likelihood of getting entangled in a future conflict. The poll released Tuesday found that half of all Americans see the US and Iran being at war "within the next few years".

As of early this week it appeared the White House as well as Pentagon were firmly signaling the US has climbed down the escalation ladder, with statements claiming the US military build-up near the Persian Gulf of the past two weeks had forced Iran to put its planned actions against US troops "on hold" in order to "recalculate".

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Netanyahu wants this war, and at double-march speed time.

He cannot wait for Trump to turn around and do something logical here, so I would say that a reasonable "window" for a false flag event, to be blamed on Iran, would be between Monday, Memorial Day, and Thursday, 4 July, which is the US's main patriotic event.

Please understand that I would hate like heck to be right; but this is what I see, looking at, with all the pieces of the puzzle in view.

May 23 12:20

Bill Blain: "Xi Is In Much More Trouble Than We Think"

In terms of market action, trade fears really seem to have settled in as the dominant theme on markets. But if markets are simply wondering when there will be a solution, then they may be waiting for the wrong thing. While the mood remains negative as the market waits for a US/China agreement/resolution, maybe the new long-term reality is an increasingly and deliberately bifurcated global economy? The US and its allies vs China. If it sounds familiar – it should in terms of 1945-89. The West won the last Cold War on the same basis – and the economic benefits accrued to the free capitalist states, a theme the Neo-coms are increasingly banding around. You just imagine the scene in the war room: “This is time Mr President..”

May 23 12:16

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told her Democratic colleagues that President Trump "wants to be impeached" in order to be vindicated by the Senate, according to ABC News. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told her Democratic colleagues that President Trump "wants to be impeached" in order to be vindicated by the Senate, according to ABC News.

Pelosi made the suggestion during a Thursday morning meeting according to two Democratic aides, who said that Pelosi also called Trump's actions "villainous."

The aide said that Pelosi was implying that she will stick to her current plan to keep investigating the president and his administration without jumping to impeachment, but Pelosi didn’t explicitly say that in her remarks. -ABC News

Pelosi's comments come one day after she and President Trump traded barbs after a contentious White House meeting in which Trump effectively said that Democrats' efforts to continue investigating him were getting in the way of bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure spending.

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Pel strikes again; but this time, I think it is "misdirection", to keep attention focused on Trump, rather than on the Demoncratic antics which brought the country to Russia-gate in the first place.

May 23 12:08

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.
UNICEF: A History of Taking Advantage of Disasters to Mass Vaccinate

It should be noted that UNICEF and WHO distribute these vaccines for free, and that there are financial incentives for the Kenyan government to participate in these programs. When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries. (See: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial in India.)

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The enforced sterilization of young women, who have not consented to this or fully understand the vaccine's real purpose, should be allowed, in a large class-action lawsuit, to sue the people who manufactured and distributed this vaccine, and receive compensation; but, of course, because these women are not monied, this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

May 23 12:01

Blaming Dead Pilots Brought to You by Boeing

The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 7373 MAX airplane crashes.

Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Asking questions and making statements were 39 members of the House – 22 Democrats and 17 Republicans – who during the 2018 election cycle took in a total of $134,749 – or an average of $3,455 each from Boeing in campaign contributions.

Inoculating their interests from responsibility, blame, shame and liability were the Boeing lobbyists and lawyers swarming the Capitol.

The chair of the subcommittee, Rick Larsen (D-Washington) ($7,048 from Boeing in 2018, $101,134 over his career), artfully steered the hearing away from Boeing’s corporate responsibility for the deaths of the passengers on the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes that crashed within five months killing all 346 passengers on board.

May 23 11:52

US Is About to Sanction the World if They Don’t Stop Purchasing Russian Weapons

The CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions concept of economically punishing countries that continue to purchase Russian and Chinese arms is about to become much more effective after the forthcoming global application of the “European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme”, which will see the US sanctioning states that don’t progressively transition away from their current multipolar suppliers to American ones instead.

Adding a carrot of sorts to the traditional sanctions stick, the US will help countries fund their new American purchases, which will supposedly incentivize them into complying with Washington’s demands. This new policy represents a much more muscular approach to “military diplomacy” than before and shows that the US properly understands the challenge that Russia and China’s own application of the same poses to its global interests.

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I would not characterize this as "military diplomacy" I would characterize it as "blackmail diplomacy", pure and simple.

May 23 11:46

Gaza exit permits: Aisha's lone journey for cancer treatment

Israeli permit system prevents some parents from accompanying their sick children to hospitals outside of Gaza Strip.

Gaza City - Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache.

Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital, where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent's worst fear confirmed.

Aisha was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"The news hit me like a thunderbolt," Mona Lulu, Aisha's mother, told Al Jazeera from her home in the al-Bureij refugee camp.

Aisha underwent urgent surgery in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City but she needed a medical transfer to go to the Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for further treatment.

But when it came time to decide which of her parents would go with her, the family found the decision was out of their hands.

"Her mother and I applied and we both were rejected," Aisha's father Wesam said.

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Just when I think that the Israeli government cannot get any more putridly foul, it does something that amazes me, by its ability to go even lower.

The kid is 5, for heaven's sake; and that she has to go alone for these treatments?!?

If an afterlife exists, (which I believe does), there has to be a special place in hell for the Israeli bureaucrats who made this decision, with an absolutely tone-deaf response to the needs of a kid who needs treatment.

Shameful, Israel!!

I keep hoping that you will find a way to rise above this kind churlish pettiness, in these kinds of situations, but I keep getting clobbered, every time something like this happens, and it happens far too frequently.

May 23 11:37

We’ve Hit a New Low in Campaign Hit Pieces

Recent efforts to sandbag Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard are crude repeats of behaviors that helped elect Trump in 2016.

Last week, the Daily Beast ran this headline: “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists”

That was followed by the sub headline: “The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.”

The Gabbard campaign has received 75,000 individual donations. This crazy Beast article is based on (maybe) three of them.

The three names are professor Stephen Cohen, activist Sharon Tennison and someone using the name “Goofy Grapes,” who may or may not have once worked for comedian Lee Camp, currently employed by Russia Today.

Last week, the Daily Beast ran this headline: “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists”

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OF the folks out there running, who have declared, because my favorite, right now, would be Tulsi Gabbard. She is a pro-peace Vet who has seen military action; a woman; and someone with Samoan ancestry, so she understands the value of putting military programs under the proverbial microscope, to see if they are really necessary.

But it is her pro-peace stance, which will get her marginalized; the major corporations, along with our Merchant of Death in Chief, love wars, because wars bring profits to the warmongers, and the bankers.

May 23 11:28

Iran president seeks wartime executive powers following US tensions

Iran's president has told a group of clerics that he is seeking expanded, wartime executive powers to better deal with an "economic war" triggered by the Trump administration's pullout from the nuclear deal and escalating US sanctions.

The state IRNA news agency reported late Monday that President Hassan Rouhani cited the 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able to bypass other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war.

The report didn't say what the new powers would entail but quoted Rouhani as saying that "today, we need such powers".

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COME ON, can you blame the guy, looking at an impending war with the US would do to his country for heaven's sake?!?

The short, logical answer is, no.

May 23 11:24

China: U.S. resembles 'Don Quixote' in seeing other powers as threats

China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilising, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavours.

“The Cold War mentality has come back to drive the security strategy and policy of a major power,” China’s disarmament ambassador Li Song told the Conference on Disarmament, a long-stalemated arena for arms talks at the United Nations in Geneva.

“In particular the U.S. keeps saying other countries make it feel unsafe – this is truly baffling,” he said.

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Ambassador Song appears to be correct, in his assessment.

And I would add, that many people, who in the last election, believed that Donald Trump would be better choice as President, are now feeling "getter's remorse"; the man doesn't seem to understand that the word "negotiations" means honest give and take by each side; it is NOT "my way OR THE HIGHWAY"

May 23 11:17

SecDef Orders New Limits on Military Reporting to Congress

Pentagon says new limits actually "increase transparency".

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has issued a new memo imposing major new restrictions on the methods through which the Pentagon and defense officials are allowed to share information with Congressional offices or committees.

The policy imposes serious limits, telling officials to only give Congress official summaries instead of actual plans, and sets officials within the Pentagon who decide whether a Congressional request can be proven to be legitimate.

This is clearly intended to further limit information sharing at a time when many in Congress are complaining they’re already not being kept sufficiently informed. Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) warned that the new policy is overstepping the Pentagon’s authority, by “presuming to determine what warrants legislative oversight.”

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"increase transparency", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is engineered to build a ruggedized, encrypted intel fortress about critical information, so that Congress cannot hear about the foulups, bleeps, and blunders perpetrated by the Pentagon, in its relentless, insane pursuit of wars of conquest.

So Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, a word, please; there has to come a time when we desperately need, at the national level, to have a Department of Peace, to give the President alternative ways to go about his international agenda, rather than blowing people, and things, up.

And sir, forgive me, but that time... is now.

May 23 11:09

Senate Committee Rejects Requiring Congress Sign Off on Iran War

Congress never authorized a US war in Iran. Under the US Constitution, Congress has sole authority to do that, so that’s seemingly an important deal. With the US engaged in other unauthorized wars, however, it has been little more than a side note, and the Trump Administration has considered Congressional involvement in the process to be optional, at best.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) led an effort on Wednesday to try to reassert Congressional authority, by trying to preemptively de-fund any US war against Iran unless Congress authorized it ahead of time.

This proposal was brought forward at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and immediately failed, 13-9. Murphy said this vote would remind the administration that they don’t have authorization for the war.

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It has never been so painfully clear, in the history of the US Congress, that those in it, have had both their consciences, and spines, surgically removed.

May 23 11:06

Pentagon Plans to Send 10,000 US Troops to Middle East to Confront Iran

Citing ongoing US-Iran tensions and the secret intelligence on Iranian “threats” officials keep mentioning, CENTCOM is requesting that the Pentagon approve substantial numbers of additional US ground troops to be deployed somewhere in the Middle East.

Though initial reports claimed that CENTCOM was only requesting “about 5,000” ground troops, subsequent reports said that the Pentagon are preparing a plan to present to President Trump seeking 10,000 troops.

It’s not clear where these troops could be stationed, though officials emphasized they would be purely defensive. It is unlikely Iraq would welcome a large influx of US troops, however, especially when it is presented as being directed against neighboring Iran.

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President Trump, a word, please: these acts will be viewed as preparations for a war against Iran.

And it appears to me, that CENTCOM is getting rather drunk on its own cork, and not looking at the gaping "holes" in the US military posture.

And what happens, please, if China and Russia decide to enter the fray on Iran's side?!?

And have you not noticed that the further this country drives Iran away, with sanctions, etc., the closer it is moving toward partnerships with Russia and China, to the point of doing away with any transactions which used to be done in US dollar denomination?!?

Sir, please wake up, and direct CENTCOM to come up with any other way of "dealing" with Iran's alleged aggressions," which doesn't involve committing the US troops to another senseless, stupid war.

And Mr. President, please remember; in 2016, you were hired by the American people to move this country forward, on a platform of peace and prosperity; if you commit to another war, you are bailing on that platform.

May 23 10:55

DRIVERS BEWARE: THE DEADLY PERILS OF TRAFFIC STOPS IN THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE

You’ve read enough news stories, seen enough headlines, and lived in the American police state long enough to be anxious about any encounter with a cop that takes place on the side of the road.

For better or worse, from the moment you’re pulled over, you’re at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

This is what I call “blank check policing,” in which the police get to call all of the shots.

So if you’re nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be.

Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.

May 23 10:53

EVEN BEFORE THE RECESSION HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN, SOME LARGE U.S. FIRMS ARE LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS

By Michael Snyder

If the U.S. economy is “booming” and very bright days are ahead, then why are many large U.S. corporations laying off thousands of workers? Layoffs are starting to come fast and furious now, and this is happening even though the coming recession has not even officially started yet. Of course many are convinced that we are actually in a recession at this moment. In fact, according to John Williams of shadowstats.com if the government was actually using honest numbers they would show that we have been in a recession for quite some time. But the narrative that the mainstream media keeps feeding us is that the U.S. economy is “doing well” and that the outlook for the future is positive. Well, if that is true then why are big companies laying off so many workers right now?

Let’s start by talking about Ford Motor Company. On Monday, they announced that they will be laying off approximately 7,000 workers…

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Snyder nails this one on the head.

Right now, I am very blessed to be an entrepreneur with a couple of very happy clients.

May 23 10:50

MOSSAD AND THE RISE OF THE VC-SPY ALLIANCE

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

The growth of intelligence agencies in the 21st century has been powered by the development of new technologies, created by start-ups, which are powered by intelligence agencies. This unvirtuous circle of money and espionage is a new and daunting challenge for civil liberties and human rights groups.

The U.S intelligence community has a venture capital organization, Inqtel, founded by the CIA in 1999. Israel’s Mossad has Libertad Ventures, founded in June 2017.

As The Times of Israel reports:

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How deliciously ironic: the name of the organization, "Libertad" (meaning liberty) is the polar opposite from what Mossad wants its software to do; Mossad's goals here, are to assist Israel in regime change of any country it doesn't much care for (and that would most probably be the entire rest of the Middle East), or viciously mischaracterize individuals who believe in a fair shake for Palestine, as "supporters of extreme terror" (and I have to bet, as peace activists, our names are somewhere in their data base).

The goals of this company are not to encourage any real win/win relationships, but to give Israel the "edge" it believes it needs to surveille other countries, without leaving a trace of the intrusions

May 23 10:39

U.S. IN VENEZUELA: IS STARVATION A WEAPON OF ‘REGIME CHANGE?’

SOURCE: DEEPSTATEBLOG.ORG

The United States is seeking to shut down Venezuela’s emergency food aid program, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The stated goal of U.S. policy is combating the corruption of the Venezuelan government. The unstated reality is that the Trump administration is doing exactly what it accuses the Maduro government of doing: weaponizing access to food.

The emergency food program—known by its Spanish initials, CLAP—is the main food source for an estimated 15% of Venezuelans and a critical supplement for a far larger percentage of the population. Officials in the Maduro government, including top military brass, “are using the CLAP program to steal from it, launder money, and for political control,” the senior Treasury official said. “Corrupt Maduro continue to seek illicit revenue streams, even as the Venezuelan people and economy sink deeper into despair,” said another senior Treasury official, Sigal Mandelker, the undersecretary for sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weaponizing food, and taking it away from people who really need it to survive, is a really nasty way of attempting to create regime change in Caracas.

In fact, such actions can be described as war crimes against a civilian population.

And right now, the Unhinged, surveilled, State of Amerika, takes the prize for war crimes in the 21st century; against Yemeni kids; Libyan kids; Iraqi kids; Venezuelan kids; and places about which we don't know all over the planet.

To understand that your government is sponsoring war crimes, all around the world, is a very difficult place to which one has to come, in taking this all in.

I, for one, am very frustrated with this government, for having the dubious distinction, of being the #1 perpetrator of war crimes on this planet.

And folks, one of two things will happen because of this; the US government will either have a soviet-style collapse, or start a world war which will devastate the entire planet.

May 23 10:25

THE PENTAGON ASKS TRUMP TO SEND THOUSANDS OF U.S. TROOPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST AS TENSIONS WITH IRAN CONTINUE TO RISE

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The more steps that we take toward a war with Iran, the more likely it becomes that somebody will do something really stupid that will actually trigger one. By cutting off Iran’s oil exports, we are threatening to completely wreck their economy, and at this point they feel backed into a corner. And the Iranians have already watched the U.S. invade two countries that they share a border with (Afghanistan and Iraq), and so it is understandable that they are a bit paranoid that it could happen to them too. President Trump keeps saying that he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but the Iranians do not believe a single word any U.S. politician says. Instead, they watch what we actually do very, very closely, and the fact that the Pentagon wants to deploy thousands of new troops to the Middle East is definitely going to freak them out. The following comes from Fox News…

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Unfortunately, just because something is one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US and its military could do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it.

And there is a paragraph after the last one I copied, which I don't believe at all; the writer of this article, characterizes Iran's leadership as "insane", and frankly, I wouldn't go there.

I think that the Iranians care as much for their kids, and their country, as we do for our kids and our country. In reading presstv.com (an English language version of Iranian state-approved news), you see kids, young men and young women, competing in both sports, and intellectual combat, like building and programming robots, and mathanasium challenges.

One of the best, highest ranked global universities for computer science, to be found in Iran

They understand that they live in the 21st century, and want their kids to be as competitive and ready, as they can possibly be.

So Mr. President, a word, please: any kind of invasion/attack against Iran, of course, preceded by a "false flag, to be blamed against it, (most probably courtesy of Mossad) is NOT what We the People wanted, when they voted you into office. They hired you to run this country on a peace and prosperity platform; not more endless wars.

And please understand, that if you do this, Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will not give a rat's anus, if we wind up with hundreds, or thousand American troops dead or maimed for life.

Israel is always eager for other countries to fight their wars for it, so that the costs in blood, and money, will only be absorbed by those proxy fighters, and not Israel.

And there is another question about this potential for further deployment of Americans in the Middle East; what happens when Russia and/or China, decide to come in on Iran's side?!?

Do you remember what happened in Syria, when Russian troops and weaponry got rid if most of the jihadi there (including those paid for by US tax funds?!?)

Sir, please don't back away from asking this of Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan; as of an article dated 16 May, at bloomberg.com stated:

US "Evidence" of Iran Threat readied for Release by the Pentagon. The article went on to state:

"The evidence may be released within a day, according to one of the officials, because the White House recognizes it needs to disclose more documentation to skeptical allies, U.S. lawmakers and the public.

These include images of the two dhows, slow-moving vessels that U.S. analysts believe were carrying cruise missiles that are designed to attack land targets and would be fired directly from the boats rather than shipped to other locations, according to one of the defense officials.

The vessels could be easily disguised among the many dhows that transit the Persian Gulf in routine commerce -- unlike the easily spotted speedboats that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has long used to intimidate crews of oil vessels from other nations and occasionally to harass American ships in the Persian Gulf"

Translation; they are "cherry picking" the data, to make it appear that there IS a credible threat from Iran, and that is what will be shown to Congress and to you, President Trump.

And Mr. President, forgive me, but if US lawmakers, the public, and allies may be characterized as being "skeptical", about these claims, please remember the following: The US government flat out lied about "Saddam Hussein's having alleged "weapons of mass destruction", to get the Iraq war going

It was all about the oil, and insuring that it was only sold in US dollars, and Iraq is still one hot, sticky mess from that never-ending war.

Mr. President, you and Congress may state the need for "confrontation", because Israel wants to get this war going quickly, as they are unsure if you are getting "cold feet" about it; but sir, if you do this, it will be another war, based on lies, to create confrontation where there could possibly be collaboration.

US governmental credibility has been well and truly flushed, when you ordered that the US withdraw from the P5+1 Agreement; please don't make this any worse than it already is, as the Middle East is already on the cusp of disaster.

May 23 09:52

PLUNDER – WHAT IS IT & WHO DOES IT?

France is the home of Frederick Bastiat whose philosophy of economics and freedom is noted and summarized below. Obviously, the leaders of France either never heard of Bastiat, or reject his philosophy out of hand.

In 1850, Frédéric Bastiat’s political theory was published in his work The Law. In this work, the Frenchman vigorously challenged what he believed to be a perversion of the real meaning of law and justice and called on his countrymen to seek true liberty that leads to prosperity. In France today, the people’s liberty has been plundered – that’s thanks to socialism – hey AOC; check it out!!!

For the sake of brevity, his work can be distilled down to a few basic points in question-and-answer format:

May 23 08:50

SAN FRANCISCO PD EARNING UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION FOR RAIDING A JOURNALIST'S HOME DURING ITS INTERNAL LEAK INVESTIGATION

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
When the San Francisco Police Department decided to externalize its internal investigation of a leaked document, things got unlawful and unconstitutional in a hurry. Deciding the best way to sniff out the leaker of a police report detailing the death of prominent public defender Jeff Adachi was through the front door of a local journalist, the SFPD now has a lot of explaining to do.
The SFPD raided journalist Bryan Carmody's home supposedly to find information that would lead them to one of its own officers. Carmody is a stringer and had shopped around a copy of the police report someone inside the SFPD leaked to him. None of this is criminal. Nothing about Carmody's information-gathering fell outside of the law. If anyone broke the law, it was the officer or PD employee who gave him the report.

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I shudder at how incredibly violent,PC, and lawless SF has become; I was born there, and always used to love to go up and visit; Right now, I wouldn't
go back, even if I were paid to do so.

May 23 08:45

GOLDMAN AND JPM SET THEIR SIGHTS ON THE “LITTLE PEOPLE’S” MONEY

When Goldman Sachs was negotiating its deal with New York City in 2005 to build its new headquarters building at 200 West Street, one of its requirements was that it have a seat along with the New York City Police Department in a taxpayer-funded spy center to keep the Main Street riffraff under surveillance. Goldman wanted the new surveillance center to be in place no later than December 31, 2009. Curious, isn’t it, that Goldman was prescient enough to think that the pitchforks might be coming out after an epic crash on Wall Street. The spy center was, indeed, built and both Goldman and JPMorgan Chase were given seats, along with the New York Fed, Citigroup and others. (See Wall Street Firms Spy On Protesters in Tax-Funded Center and 60 Minutes Takes a Pass on Wall Street’s Secret Spy Center.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by these moves.

Why people are investing in the stock market, during these volatile times, is a mystery to me, unless they have inside information which nearly guarantees that such investments are "bullet-proof"; of course, this is information to which both houses of Congress are privy, and because they are not required to put their investments into a blind trust, as is the President.

Let's, for example, look at the financial wellness of The Pel, and her husband: After the historic 2018 midterm elections, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was again confirmed to the role of speaker of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2019.
As a couple, Pelosi and her husband have a combined net worth between -$58.7 million and $72.1 million.
Until 1987, the career politician worked in unpaid roles.

So, after she has made the statement in her news conference today, that "President Trump is after his own interests, not the people's interest", one has to wonder; what sweetheart deals has this lady made, to earn The Pel and her hubby, somewhere +/- $65 million dollars per year?!?

May 23 08:35

AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE DANGER OF GMOS, YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER WANT TO EAT GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD AGAIN

Every single day, most Americans eagerly gobble down foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically-modified without ever considering the consequences. Most of us simply assume that the federal government would never allow us to eat GMOs if they were not safe. Unfortunately, it appears that the federal government has completely failed us. The material that I am about to share with you is deeply disturbing, and after reading this article there is a very good chance that you will never want to eat genetically-modified food ever again. But at this point it is almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, because they are in almost everything. Unless they are specifically designated “organic”, most corn, soy, canola and sugar beets grown in America today have been genetically modified, and almost all packaged foods contain ingredients derived from at least one of those sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Playing with the building blocks of life, in the food chain, can be hazardous to your health; and Congress does nothing about this, because they get huge amounts of campaign money from companies like Sygenta and Monsanto, to look the other way.

May 23 08:31

NO WONDER OBAMA INTEL CHIEFS PANICKING – TRUMP TO DECLASSIFY “BUCKET 5” RUSSIAGATE DOCS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

As Congressional Democrats insist on conducting post-Mueller probes into President Trump and those around him, much of the recent infighting and backpedaling we’ve seen from former Obama intel chiefs is starting to make sense.

Appearing with Fox News‘s Sean Hannity Tuesday night, The Hill‘s John Solomon revealed that according to his sources (and Hannity’s as well), President Trump will begin declassifying ‘Russiagate’ documents in the next 6-7 days.

Among those will be the so-called “Bucket Five” – documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016, which included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page – including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen.

According to John Solomon, #declas is coming in 7-8 days; looks likely after POTUS Japan visit and just before a visit to UK, or between 5/29 and 6/2.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely why we had that"Pelosiopolous" moment yesterday (a place for those living in that deluded and dangerous mental construct which is near that of Nancy Pelosi) when "The Pel" accused President Trump of a "cover-up."

It was all planned political theatre, just as Kabuki-like, as one could imagine, and carefully scripted by those who pathologically fail to understand, that when they are prone to these outbreaks of bad, but well-timed, political theatre, the people who hired these people to represent them, are the ones who suffer.

I am watching the crawl on Faux right now, and it is as though nothing else but else but this wretched mud slinging matters. The Pel is speaking right now, again, accusing President Trump of a "cover up". Of course, she really has nothing;, but in the fog-filled, ambien-esque reality of fact-free, political theatre, emotional couching and attempted emotional manipulation, are much more important than facts.

The Pel is stating that President Trump's priority "is his personal interest, not public interest"; I would really like to know precisely what she means, because she has, so far, said a great bunch of nothing, and now has made the statement that President Trump has "pulled a stunt", and "wants the US to be on a path to impeachment." This is how she is laying the groundwork for impeachment. But as we know with the impeachment spectacle of her BFF, President Clinton, during one of his "infidelity fests" with Monica Lewinsky, the accusation does not always mean conviction.

Folks, we are hovering on the verge of World War 3, precisely because Congress has virtually abnegated its responsibility to declare war in Iraq; Somalia, Afghanistan; Libya; Yemen; and here comes the wind-up, and the pitch, for a war against Iran, whose only collective "crime" has been, that it has refused to allow its oil to be sold only in US dollars.

We the People cannot tolerate this lack of action by Congress, and this vile, vituperative "misdirection" by The Pel, and if, somewhere between Memorial Day, and the 4th of July, we see a huge false flag to be blamed on Iran, (most probably courtesy of Mossad), please don't tell me we didn't warn you, that this was coming.

May 23 07:58

ICE SEEKS TECH TO TRACK ELECTRONIC DEVICES—EVEN THROUGH TIME

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for a cloud-based subscription service that can pinpoint the exact locations of cellphones, laptops and other connected devices—even going back in time.

ICE is searching for geolocation services technology that can give an accurate location—either pinpoint or a designated polygonal area—for connected devices within a specific time window. The service should be able to identify locations going back at least two years or more.

According to a request for information posted Monday to FedBizOpps, ICE agents may use the service to locate electronic devices from geolocation data obtained through providers and applications, though it is unclear if the service could be used to pull geolocation data from confiscated devices. The service should be to pull data from numerous sources, including “Wi-Fi, Apps, Software Development Kit (SDK), Bidstream, Beacons, etc.,” and then reduce that information to a single data point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am actually having a hard time in understanding why ICE would be putting out this RFI, other than to spy even more intensely on innocent civilians, who are doing nothing wrong.

I would be interested in the percentage of illegal aliens who come across our Southern border, who are actually set up with cell phones and laptops; my sense would be, doggone few, because if they have cell phones and laptops, they most probably would be doing reasonably well, economically, in their countries of origin.

Color this, should it get fulfilled, just another illegal data grab against ordinary Americans.

May 22 15:10

Huawei: ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant

UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.

ARM instructed employees to halt "all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its subsidiaries to comply with a recent US trade clampdown.

ARM's designs form the basis of most mobile device processors worldwide.

In a company memo, it said its designs contained “US origin technology”.

As a consequence, it believes it is affected by the Trump administration's ban.

One analyst described the move, if it became long-term, as an “insurmountable” blow to Huawei’s business.

May 22 14:18

MOSSAD AND THE RISE OF THE VC-SPY ALLIANCE

The growth of intelligence agencies in the 21st century has been powered by the development of new technologies, created by start-ups, which are powered by intelligence agencies. This unvirtuous circle of money and espionage is a new and daunting challenge for civil liberties and human rights groups.

May 21 20:11

Controversy as Trade Me sells 'It's ok to be white' T-shirts

Trade Me has been slammed for selling "It's okay to be white" stickers and T-shirts, with the Human Rights Commission saying there's no place for it.

Nelson seller vjm_publishing has both stickers and T-shirts for sale, saying the slogan will show buyers are "capable of thinking for yourself".

He describes the products as "Counter-signal the Marxists and other anti-white bigots with these decals, featuring the most successful /pol/ meme of 2017!

"An 'It's okay to be white' T-shirt will let people know that you are not a racist who thinks that a child can be born into sin if others with the same skin colour have acted badly in the past.

"Wear this shirt as a white person to troll your local Communists, or wear this shirt as a brown person to troll stuck-up middle-class urbanites. Either way it's funny!"

Trade Me told Newshub it doesn't intend to remove the post, and said the listing does not breach its rules and regulations.

May 21 18:47

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced an Espionage Bill, charging ahead with new laws intended to criminalise any British copycats of Edward Snowden – and allowing a future crackdown on Huawei.

The bill, said Javid, "will bring together new and modernised powers, giving our security services the legal authority they need" to tackle foreign spies operating on UK soil.

"The areas this work will consider includes whether we follow allies in adopting a form of foreign agent registration and how we update our Official Secrets Acts for the 21st century," the Home Secretary said at New Scotland Yard earlier today.

He also called for new treason laws, which he said would be aimed at people who "betray" Britain, whether at home or abroad.

May 21 11:18

POMPEO TO IRAQ: STAND WITH US AGAINST IRAN OR MOVE ASIDE

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi leaders that if they are not going to stand with the US against Iran, then they should stand aside, AP reported.

Pompeo’s message came last week as he met with Iraqi leaders to discuss the mounting tension between Washington and Tehran.

The news agency said the message was relayed to it by two Iraqi officials who refused to be named, pointing out that Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad came as intelligence had received information about Iranian threats to US interests in the Middle East.

“There are fears that Baghdad will get caught again in the conflict between Washington and Tehran after recovering from the effects of its war on the Islamic State,” the news site reported, in reference to Daesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this unbearably tone-deaf rant has to do with Pompeo's taking graduate level classes from Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, in both hubris and chutzpah?!?

Iraqis have every moral, and reasonable right to be concerned about the US potentially using their country as a "base from which to attack Iran."

But there was one guy who most probably wouldn't have wanted to speak to Pompeo at all; that is, the most powerful man in Iraq who holds no office; that would, of course, be Muktada Al Sadr.

And this is because his coalition won control of Iraq's Parliament: how painfully ironic that had to be to the US government and Military?!?!?

He was also the spiritual leader of the Mahdi Army, against which the US was continuously fighting in Iraq. He was also the guy who said, that if US troops did not leave precisely at the moment specified by the SOFA agreement, US military would become "fair game" for his fighters.

His now being in control of the Iraqi Parliament, has to be one of the worst nightmares for the defense department and state department.

And of course, you didn't hear this from most of the Corporate Pressitutes, but yesterday, Moktada al Sadr, with other Iraqi clerics, made the statement:

Iraqi Shiite Figures warn that a US war against Iran, would cause Iraq to burn

The article goes on to state:

"Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said any political party that would drag Iraq in a U.S.-Iran war “would be the enemy of the Iraqi people.” al-

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery.

The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy. No injuries were reported and no group immediately claimed the Sunday night attack.

Shortly after, President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iran not to threaten the United States or it will face its “official end.”

So President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, a thought here, please; just a small caveat; it is said that Muktada al Sadr keeps in very close touch with the commanders of his former Mahdi Army.

IF the US declares war on Iran, and uses Iraqi soil from which to stage their attack, how long would it take this guy, to "get the band back together", in terms of US military having to fight off both Iranian military, and his Mahdi Army?!?

Gentlemen, the honest, short answer is, "not long at all".

I sure hope that at least ONE of you is getting more than a few sleepless nights about this potential.

May 21 10:32

Expert Psychologist Banned From Twitter Over Controversial Statement on Gender Identity

Ray Blanchard, the groundbreaking psychologist who helped craft the diagnostic and treatment procedures for clinicians dealing with transgenderism, was blocked on Twitter this weekend when a handful of his tweets on the issue were flagged for “hateful conduct”.

This is how Twitter and Facebook both have been silencing any ideas that challenge the left-wing narrative, a fact we know all too intimately here at Activist Mommy.

Any facts that challenge the leftist narrative are deemed “hateful” and you’ll find yourself punished on social media for WrongThink before you even know what hit you

May 21 10:05

CORPORATE MEDIA SETTING UP IRAN AS NEW "THREAT" THAT MUST BE CONFRONTED

Authored by Janine Jackson via Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting,

The Washington Post editorial’s headline (5/14/19) had the US “drifting” toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the “world’s superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism.”
If we can still call things “surreal,” that would describe watching corporate media do the same things they did in the run-up to the Iraq War, things they later disavowed: the credulous repetition of administration claims about the supposed threat; the reliance, for interpretation of “intelligence,” on officials with well known records for manipulating intelligence; the stenographic reporting of ‘troubling’ actions by the enemy state, that later have to be walked back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; this hyped up, potential military confrontation with Iran, is one of the most ludicrous creations of your Administration.

We understand that Netanyahu, and Sheldon Adelson, are pushing you to the max to have the US start or trigger this war, as they have tried a number of administrations ago (so that the IDF doesn't have to fight Iran, but the costs in blood and money, will be totally those of the American people).

But the only reason for it, would be economic in nature, because Israel wants Iran broken up, so that it will get lost in its own internal squabbles, and not be a practical, economic threat any longer.

When citizens are defending their homeland, and there's lots of skin in the game, if you will, they will fight, to the death, if they have to, to keep the foreign fighters away from their doors.

And what if Russia and China weigh in on Iran's side?!?

They know, President Trump, what the US has in terms of weaponry, troop strength, manufacturing, and financing.

They also know that at least that we know of, the National Dept is running around $22 trillion right now.

The US government is broke, desperate, and may use this war to attempt to distract ordinary people from understanding, what has happened to the economy since your watch began.

For the monied, it's wonderful; for those of us who are not... not quite so good.

I fear that in order to feed these endless wars and occupations you have approved (by not pulling out our troops from some, or all of these quagmires) we are going to see the reinstitution of the draft in this country, to keep up military strength.

And THAT, sir, will be the moment the fertilizer hits the ventilation system.

And I say this, because many Americans are now awakened to the reality that all wars are economic in nature; how likely, then, are they to respond to a draft when they know the all wars are bankers' wars, and that financial institutions profit big-time, from wars and death?!?

This may lead to riots of such a nature that local police and military members are unable to put them down "with extreme prejudice".

Then what, Mr. President?!?

I would like to politely suggest, that if you are so impossibly incapable of "caging the rage and engaging" with world leaders, this needs to be made the responsibility of someone else, please, who can.

The "mesmerizing effect" you have on your base, doesn't cut it with world leaders who really understand the meaning of the word "negotiation", and always work to "be the adults in the room." with rational judgement, and a willingness to compromise.

Right now, on the international stage, two of those poster people, for being adults in the room, are Sergei Lavrov , and his boss, President Putin; they are constantly trying to take the "military/political edge off" of world situations, and look where negotiations can be win/win; unfortunately, sir, the world, right now, is seeing you churlish; impetuous; ill-mannered, and very much an arrested adolescent, wearing some very luxurious grown people's clothing.

May 21 09:26

THANKS TO FACEBOOK, YOUR CELLPHONE COMPANY IS WATCHING YOU MORE CLOSELY THAN EVER

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
Among the mega-corporations that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors, in constant contact with the one small device you keep on you at almost every moment. A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Unhinged, surveilled, State of Amerika, now has a forth arm: it is called "surveillance", and that is what that smarmy triumverate, Facebook; Twitter, and Google, collectively bring to the US government table.

May 21 09:21

ESTABLISHMENT NARRATIVE MANAGERS STRUGGLE WITH NEW SYRIA PLOT HOLES

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

It has been about a week since the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) published a leaked internal document from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria last year. The document, whose authenticity the OPCW has confirmed, contends that the official story which was used to justify an air strike by the US, UK and France about poison gas being dropped on civilians from Syrian government helicopters is scientifically implausible, saying “In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being delivered from aircraft.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this revelation; The Russian/Syrian military have made short shrift of most of the jihadi extremists thee; the US narrative for actually BEING in Syria, never made a shred of sense, except for marking out a toe-hold in that country, for any upcoming military action against Iran.

May 21 09:05

ESCOBAR: "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" OR CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION?

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR VIA THE SAKER

Talk about a graphic display of soft power: Beijing this week hosted the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.

Organized under the direct supervision of President Xi Jinping it took place amid an “Asian Culture Carnival.” Sure, there were dubious, kitschy and syrupy overtones, but what really mattered was what Xi himself had to say to China and all of Asia.

In his keynote speech, the Chinese leader essentially stressed that one civilization forcing itself upon another is “foolish” and “disastrous.” In Xi’s concept of a dialogue of civilizations, he referred to the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as programs that “have expanded the channels for communication exchanges.”

Xi’s composure and rationality present a stark, contrasting message to US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign.

WEST VS EAST AND SOUTH

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have always thought highly of Pepe Escobar, and consider what he has to say very well nuanced, and intelligent; but this Administration's goose-stepping, mind-numbed, attitude of "my way or the highway" that is always talking up this "clash of civilizations, doesn't seem to realize that there can, and should be, "A Collaboration of Civilizations", for the sake of peace, and the future of this planet.

I know that many of you who read "WRH" have kids around them they love and adore; our little family of two has a number of kids like that, in our extended family, who are just discovering the practical magic of intellectual growth, and a positive sense of self.

I want these kids to grow and prosper, and find their place in the world as they mature; I am certain that the Chinese people want that for their kids as well.

But this consistent, militaristic posturing by the US government, coupled with the reality, that its military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to actually win a positive result in a war with China; and one can see, through the examples of history, how trade wars can mushroom quickly into shooting wars.

I do not want to see the US continue to attempt to resolve all of its geopolitical differences with war, which seems, at this point in the Trump Administration, to be the only thing it believes it can use to do that.

And we have seen "just how well" that "solution" has worked out in Afghanistan; Iraq; Syria; Yemen and Libya; and the other "less covered US engendered wars. the short answer is, it has not, and Lord, please save us from one more damned quagmire.

Mr. President, the chances of us meeting socially are severely limited; I am not one of the monied, nor connected, except for being connected to the ideal that it IS possible to resolve our differences without war.

May 21 08:40

CITIES ARE ADOPTING REAL-TIME FACIAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
Because there is no Federal legislation preventing its use, cities are gobbling up China-style facial recognition systems. Individual cities can easily block this surveillance technology, but citizens are sound asleep and completely oblivious to the destruction of their own civil liberties. ? TN Editor
Civil Liberties Activists trying to inspire alarm about the authoritarian potential of facial recognition technology often point to China, where some police departments use systems that can spot suspects who show their faces in public. A report from Georgetown researchers on Thursday suggests Americans should also focus their concern closer to home.

The report says agencies in Chicago and Detroit have bought real-time facial recognition systems. Chicago claims it has not used its system; Detroit says it is not using its system currently. But no federal or state law would prevent use of the technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is going to keep America safe from crime?!? I really don't think that these real-time surveillance is going to cure the problem.

What will cure it, is, initially removing the stigma and curse, of low expectations, both in schools and in families, and the common culture, for our ALL of our kids.

Remember that brilliant James Olmos film, "Stand and deliver"?!? This was based on a true story, where a high school math teacher gets his kids, primarily Hispanic, to register for a math championship, which they won;and then lost, because the school "testmeisters" believed that they had cheated, somehow, without a shred of evidence.

These kids came back for a second competition, and won again, and this time, the win was allowed to stand; one teacher had made them proud, and gave them the knowledge they were really capable of doing anything to which they set their minds.

Would that all teachers in this country believed that.

Too many of our children "graduate" from high school, illiterate; innumerate; and lack the ability for critical thinking, which are all desperately needed for anyone to succeed in this society. This has to change.

Then, we need to have a thriving economy, not just for the monied; but also, for those just starting out in the work force, so that they can get decent jobs which actually matter.

We also need strong families, and strong social/religious institutions, where kids learn to express themselves in a loving, kind, manner, to keep them from getting into gangs, where time is somewhat structured for them, but in a way that structured time, doesn't feel "like a prison".

And one thing I have noticed about kids acting out; it never seems to be at a Waldorf School; or a Montessori school; it seems to happen, over and over, at our public schools.

And the worst possible outcome of a kid acting out today, is to be sentenced to a private, juvenile detention facility.

The US's School to Prison Pipeline

May 21 07:35

MILLIONS OF INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS HAD THEIR PRIVATE CONTACT DATA SCRAPED AND EXPOSED

SOURCE: TECHCRUNCH.COM
A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online.

The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour.

From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained their private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazon: OUCH, come on, you (should be) better than that!!

And BTW, those "product liability" lawsuits will be coming, and not in the far future either. When this was a nascent technology, just in its "incubator phase of development.", one might understand the value of this.

But not, thank you very much, in 2019.

May 21 07:26

OUTRAGE AS TEXAS SENATE PASSES 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL' BILL THAT WOULD HIT PIPELINE PROTESTORS WITH UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON

Sparking outcry from indigenous tribes and environmental groups, the Texas state Senate on Monday passed industry-backed Republican legislation that would hit pipeline protestors with a third-degree felony and up to ten years in prison.

"Here in Texas, members of the legislative body are looking to pass laws that harshly criminalize free speech and the right to protest," Juan Mancias, Tribal Elder with the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, said in a statement.

"We will continue to support and fight beside the indigenous communities in Texas to make sure these unconstitutional laws do not stand."
—Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that this law, as an egregious affront to free speech, peaceful protests, and the First Amendment to the Constitution, is heard at the Supreme Court level, and tossed on its head.

The other issue that has to be considered, is how many times, these protestors have been proven right, in terms of concerns of pipeline leakage or breakage, which was absolutely not sabotage.

Dakota Access Pipeline Leaked

The Indigenous Peoples' War against Pipelines

Friends of Nelson County

Pipeline plagued by by Lawsuits and delays

May 21 07:08

Now It's Comey Vs. Lynch: Someone's Lying Again

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about whether she told him to refer to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a "matter" instead of an investigation in a September 2015 meeting.

While testifying last year at a closed-door House Oversight Committee hearing last June, Comey said Lynch had pressured him to minimize the significance of the Clinton email probe - an encounter which he says left him questioning her impartiality, and - along with Lynch's clandestine tarmac meeting on a hot summer's day in 2016 - contributed to his decision to hold a July 2016 press conference announcing the FBI's conclusions.

"The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me," said Comey. "That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.'"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to delight in the spectacle of the Clintionistas... eating their own!!

May 20 14:20

CITY STEALS ELDERLY MAN'S HOME FOR HAVING A CLUTTERED YARD, FINES HIM $60,000

Ron Mugar never committed a crime, never harmed anyone, yet he’s found himself in the middle of a government-sponsored thievery ring designed to separate citizens from their money. Now, Mugar is currently facing an uphill battle against thieving bureaucrats in his city who are attempting to rob him through immoral and unconstitutional legislation.

May 20 10:36

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country's involvement in the Yemen civil war.

In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

May 20 04:12

US PROSECUTORS TO 'HELP THEMSELVES' TO JULIAN ASSANGE'S POSSESSIONS

Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.

May 19 21:10

TRUCKERS FACE YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRANSPORTING LEGAL HEMP BECAUSE OF COPS 'JUST DOING THEIR JOBS'

Because government is the antithesis to freedom, industrial hemp has been banned nationwide since 1937 ostensibly due to the plant’s similarities to marijuana. Many have speculated that this move was also due to the fact that cannabis is in direct competition with the pharmaceutical industry by providing far safer alternative treatments as well as directly competing with the petrochemical industry. However, all this changed in December after President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement act of 2018, legalizing industrial hemp on a national scale. But thanks to a police state, dependent on locking people in cages for a plant, three truckers in Idaho are facing down horrific prison sentences for carrying it.

May 19 20:40

Revealed: US pressure on Ireland over Israeli settlements bill

US politicians and lobbyists applied pressure on the Irish government before it passed a bill banning goods from illegal Israel settlements, including threatening the immigration status of Irish people in the US.

Documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request by the TheJournal.ie reveal lobby groups and US politicians sought to influence the Irish government to stop the passage of the Occupied Territories Bill, banning the sale of goods from illegal Israeli settlements. The bill passed in both houses of Ireland’s parliament in December and January.

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