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Sep 26 09:32

US-China Trade War: All Trump Actions in Service of 2020 Election Win - Economist

In June 2018, Washington imposed the first round of tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to respond in kind. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of import duties and are engaged in talks to settle their trade-related disagreements.

Earlier in September, US President Donald Trump said the United States would delay imposing an additional 5 percent tariff on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports until 15 October.

Sep 26 09:27

Save the banks? No thanks.

Sep 26 07:34

To Fix the Economy, Fix Healthcare

Sep 26 06:59

The Military Officials Who Knew Saudi Arabia Would Fail

While it’s seems axiomatic that most Americans suffer from historical amnesia, that’s not necessarily true for the U.S. military. And as America and Iran were sprinting towards a military confrontation last week, a recently retired senior U.S. military officer expounded on what he called “the bumbling, incompetent and feckless stupidity of it all.”

The target of the officer’s ire was not Donald Trump (whom he admires) or Mike Pompeo (who he doesn’t), but Saudi Arabia’s March 2015 decision to go to war against the Iranian-allied Houthi tribal movement in Yemen —“which is,” he argues, “how all of this nonsense got started in the first place.”

He explained: “We didn’t see the [Saudi] invasion [of Yemen] coming and we were shocked when it happened. But we were pretty blunt. We told them, ‘you can’t win and you’ll bankrupt your country. It’ll be a quagmire.’ And we were right.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, the US- backed, Saudi war on Yemen was actually called by many of our distinguished Military Vets as a truly losing proposition" but they were utterly neither respected for their views, and not listened to.

Talk about "a catastrophic failure of imagination" regarding Yemen, which lives on in the Trump administration until this very day.

Sep 26 06:32

Have Stock Investors Gotten Too Complacent?

Sep 26 06:29

John Rubino – Beware of the Fed Repo Man

Sep 26 05:54

'GRIEF AND ANGER' IN YEMEN AFTER US-BACKED SAUDI BOMBING KILLS SEVEN CHILDREN, NINE OTHERS

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
Warning: This story contains graphic images and video.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition attack on Yemen Tuesday killed 16 people, including seven children, the latest massacre in the years long conflict.

"These children should not be victims of this conflict," Save the Children in Yemen country director Tamer Kirolos told Middle East Eye. "Yet, they have paid the highest price imaginable. We're calling for an independent investigation into the attack and for perpetrators to be held to account."

(@MohammedHojily) September 24, 2019

The attack was took place in Dhalea province, an area controlled by Houthi rebels, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen—backed by the U.S. government—has raged for over four years.

According to Al Jazeera, the Houthis had hoped for a mutual drawdown in hostilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, here's a shoutout to one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman !!

GREAT job in Yemen, yesterday; wow, 7 kids killed; how many pregnant Yemeni women did your soldiers kill, BTW?!? We know you just LOVE numbers like that!

You know what the IDF says (now, covertly,) about that, regarding pregnant Palestinian women right?!? "One Shot, Two Kills!!"

And if there is anyone reading this, who does not have the innate intelligence to understand that the foregoing is a very furiously angry piece of sarcasm, please leave this site at once, and apply to "TwitFace" to upload your very own second brain cell.

It may hurt, a little.

Here are some images, courtesy of some ballsy reporters in the region, and have not been filtered out of the article, as twitter has done with the above reports. To themindunleashed.com: Bravo for this, and bless the videographers, who wanted to share this footage. Warning: very graphic videos

Images: another savage massacre in Yemen, courtesy of US aided and abetted, by the US military

Please look at these images, even though I understand you may want to turn away from them. This is being done with your tax dollars, but more distressingly, in your names.

Look at this family, grieving inconsolably, trying to protect what is left of the children's corpses, in one video, and how gently they are putting the stones over the bodies, in an unmarked grave.

This, folks, is what this massacre will most probably achieve, with the complete signoff by both the Saudi Government, and the US government; after the Houthi attacks against two Saudi oil refineries on the 14th, the Houthis said that no more attacks of this kind will follow. but only if the Saudis stop their attacks in Yemen.

Well the Butcher of Yemen, has just responded, through this massacre, that Saudi Arabia will bomb, and continue to bomb civilians in Yemen, no matter what.

The chess pieces are starting to fall in place, if one is paying minimal attention.

Saudi Arabia has chosen not to step down on their assaults on Yemen, because of the bombing of those Saudi refinery units.

So look for another bombing of Saudi infrastructure, but this time, with massive civilian casualties, most probably carried out by the Sufis, but to be blamed on Iran.

Look for American defense infrastructure to perform moderately less badly than it did the last time, when it was a 100% failure (how, please, can that be an "accident"?).

Such a bombing would create the "red meat/bloody shirt "justification" for a massive bombing of Iran, courtesy of Saudi Arabia; Israel; and the US,even if it was not Iran which did the bombing, and they know it.

Sep 26 05:54

'GRIEF AND ANGER' IN YEMEN AFTER US-BACKED SAUDI BOMBING KILLS SEVEN CHILDREN, NINE OTHERS

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
Warning: This story contains graphic images and video.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition attack on Yemen Tuesday killed 16 people, including seven children, the latest massacre in the years long conflict.

"These children should not be victims of this conflict," Save the Children in Yemen country director Tamer Kirolos told Middle East Eye. "Yet, they have paid the highest price imaginable. We're calling for an independent investigation into the attack and for perpetrators to be held to account."

(@MohammedHojily) September 24, 2019

The attack was took place in Dhalea province, an area controlled by Houthi rebels, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen—backed by the U.S. government—has raged for over four years.

According to Al Jazeera, the Houthis had hoped for a mutual drawdown in hostilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, here's a shoutout to one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman !!

GREAT job in Yemen, yesterday; wow, 7 kids killed; how many pregnant Yemeni women did your soldiers kill, BTW?!? We know you just LOVE numbers like that!

You know what the IDF says (now, covertly,) about that, regarding pregnant Palestinian women right?!? "One Shot, Two Kills!!"

And if there is anyone reading this, who does not have the innate intelligence to understand that the foregoing is a very furiously angry piece of sarcasm, please leave this site at once, and apply to "TwitFace" to upload your very own second brain cell.

It may hurt, a little.

Here are some images, courtesy of some ballsy reporters in the region, and have not been filtered out of the article, as twitter has done with the above reports. To themindunleashed.com: Bravo for this, and bless the videographers, who wanted to share this footage. Warning: very graphic videos

Images: another savage massacre in Yemen, courtesy of US aided and abetted, by the US military

Please look at these images, even though I understand you may want to turn away from them. This is being done with your tax dollars, but more distressingly, in your names.

Look at this family, grieving inconsolably, trying to protect what is left of the children's corpses, in one video, and how gently they are putting the stones over the bodies, in an unmarked grave.

This, folks, is what this massacre will most probably achieve, with the complete signoff by both the Saudi Government, and the US government; after the Houthi attacks against two Saudi oil refineries on the 14th, the Houthis said that no more attacks of this kind will follow. but only if the Saudis stop their attacks in Yemen.

Well the Butcher of Yemen, has just responded, through this massacre, that Saudi Arabia will bomb, and continue to bomb civilians in Yemen, no matter what.

The chess pieces are starting to fall in place, if one is paying minimal attention.

Saudi Arabia has chosen not to step down on their assaults on Yemen, because of the bombing of those Saudi refinery units.

So look for another bombing of Saudi infrastructure, but this time, with massive civilian casualties, most probably carried out by the Sufis, but to be blamed on Iran.

Look for American defense infrastructure to perform moderately less badly than it did the last time, when it was a 100% failure (how, please, can that be an "accident"?).

Such a bombing would create the "red meat/bloody shirt "justification" for a massive bombing of Iran, courtesy of Saudi Arabia; Israel; and the US,even if it was not Iran which did the bombing, and they know it.

Sep 26 04:34

China's August Rare Earth Exports To US Jump Amid Threat Of Export Ban

According to a new report from Reuters, China's exports of rare-earth magnets to the US in August jumped to the highest level in years, pointing to US firms scrambling to build stockpiles as China, the biggest rare-earth metals and alloys producer in the world, could slash flows of the minerals if the trade war continues to escalate into 2020.

New data from the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China shows shipments of rare-earth magnets to the US rose 1.2% MoM to 452 tons. Exports to the US were 6.2% more than last year, and the highest monthly total since Jan. 2017.

Rare-earth exports to the US have been increasing since President Xi Jinping visited a magnet factory in May, with January to August shipments to the US up nearly 24% YoY to 2,984 tons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To have put this ban into place, without numerous, defense-in-depth, resources getting contracted to fill the expected gap (which apparently, was something for which the Trump Administration totally, and catastrophically, failed to do), reminds me of the one-line from the American comic, Ron White, "You CAN 'T FIX STUPID!!"

Sep 26 04:23

The Brexit Battle Shows Democracy Is Only Allowed When The Regime Likes The Outcome

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

The United Kingdom's Supreme Court ruled "illegal" a parliamentary tactic used by PM Boris Johnson to ensure Brexit would be carried out on October 31, more than six months after Brexit was supposed to take effect.

While the court wasn't ruling on Brexit, per se, the context of the situation makes it clear the ruling is really just the latest move from the UK's political class designed to postpone Brexit yet again.

Given the history of EU-related referenda in Europe, we can already guess how the situation will play out. British voters will either be asked to vote again on Brexit - so that this time, they can get it "right" - or the Brexit agreement will be constructed in such a way that Brexit will be a British exit in name only.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS, from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

This is only going to inspire the Brussels Inquisitors of the EU, to treat the UK as a despicable colony which should be consistently ignored, except concerning what taxes which can still be bled from it.

Sep 26 04:16

"Chaotic Mess:" Global Shipping Industry Rattled By US Sanctions On China Tanker Firms 

The global shipping industry was thrown a curveball on Wednesday when the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Chinese entities and people who it accuses of deliberately purchasing oil from Iran in violation of Washington's sanctions against Tehran, Bloomberg reported.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions on five Chinese nationals and six entities, including a unit of COSCO Shipping Corp., who were knowingly violating restrictions on purchasing Iranian petroleum.

"And we are telling China, and all nations: know that we will sanction every violation," Pompeo said at a conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NYC.

Bloomberg spoke with oil traders who canceled bookings with sanctioned entities and let provisional charters lapse as they wanted to avoid being caught up in the fight between Washington and Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lack of oil transport is going most probably going to drive up the price of oil intensely, at least for a limited period of time.

And the question I have here is, will the US Navy be ordered to interdict foreign ships suspected of carrying contraband cargo?!?

Because THAT, friends... is tantamount to a declaration of war.

Sep 26 04:02

Danske Bank Executive At Center Of Massive Money-Laundering Scandal Found Dead

ERR reported on Wednesday that after several days of local police searching for Aivar Rehe, who was in charge of Danske Bank in Estonia from 2006 to 2015, was found dead in the forest near his home at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, near the capital of Tallinn.

Estonian Police started searching for Rehe on Monday after he disappeared, reports indicated he was mentally unstable and at risk for suicide.

On Tuesday, local police told ERR that he was "a threat to his own life and well-being."

By Wednesday, ERR confirmed that all signs pointed to suicide, well, that is at least what the local media is reporting.

Danske Bank's Estonian branch is at the heart of one of the largest money-laundering scandals, with €200 billion ($220 billion) of suspicious funds flowing from Russia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan, for at least a decade. The amount of money that was transferred was equivalent to 10 times Estonia's GDP, mostly originating from Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the upper management at the bank already has its "sacrificial goats" ready for the stew pot, as this article states: "Ten former employees, most low/mid-tier ones, are suspects in the investigation."

But what is interesting as how some intriguing bits of information were released, for example: the bit about "reports" (by whom, please?!?)which " indicated he was mentally unstable and at risk for suicide.", which by Tuesday, had morphed into police reports, stating: "local police told ERR that he was "a threat to his own life and well-being."

Also notice; there are no collaborating accounts from his family or his friends, that the above was ever true.

I think that ultimately, this guy was a "live liability" for to the criminals manipulating the system, who knew exactly what had happened, and precisely what to do to prevent this man from talking; people like this have paid assassins on speed dial, for just such a job, and who understand how to artfully conceal a true murder... as a fake suicide.

Sep 26 03:40

Why Is Iceland The Focus Of Washington's New Trade Strategy?

Authored by John Owens via SafeHaven.com,

Less than a month after his failed attempt to buy Greenland, Trump is now shifting attention to another Nordic nation—Iceland—but rather than offering to acquire the country, the U.S. administration is considering a sweet deal in free trade.

As it stands, the U.S. and Iceland have no bilateral investment treaties or Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), though they do have a bilateral taxation treaty and a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).

Iceland currently ranks as the 94th country in total trade value with the US with a monthly total of $666. In July, US exports to the country totaled $383.71 million and Imports totaled $282.44 million, a surplus of $101.26 million.

In June, the US Department of Defense said it planned to invest some $60 million in military construction in Iceland in 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are, on a number of occasions, a moment when the Trump Administration's goals seem a lot more realistic when they are spelled out, as this article has done.

Sep 25 18:26

Liquidity Crisis

Sep 25 17:59

This Law Allows Hospitals To Kidnap You For Profit

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

An 89-year-old man named Robert Allen was feeling depressed after Christmas. He went to the emergency room, and told the doctor that he had thoughts of hurting himself. Using his powers under the Baker Act, the doctor sent Robert to a mental health facility called North Tampa Behavioral.

North Tampa Behavioral has a problem letting patients go. Robert repeatedly told the facility he would like to leave. But after the three days, the hospital refused to release him. This is actually illegal.

It turns out that the hospital has a huge financial incentive to hold patients against their will. One night at North Tampa Behavioral costs $1,500. And given that the hospital admits thousands of patients each year, a few extra nights really adds up.

Sep 25 14:45

That Time Keynes Had a Point

Sep 25 09:00

5 Tips on How to Pay Off That Student Loan Before You’re 30

By Chloe Anagnos

College isn’t the best option for everyone. Some will do just as well if not better by learning their craft through apprenticeships or by simply enrolling in a trade school. But when college is part of your calling and you simply cannot juggle a part-time job and school, taking on student loans might be your only option.

If this is your case, don’t despair. It is true that the government’s long history of getting involved with the student loan industry made the situation worse.

But despite the evidence, regulators don’t seem ready to get out of the picture just yet, meaning the cost of a college education will continue to rise...

Sep 25 08:08

Buckle Up, It’s About to Get Ugly

Sep 25 06:59

The Fed Created The Everything Bubble And A Liquidity Crisis — What Happens Next?

By Brandon Smith

It’s an interesting dynamic that the Federal Reserve has conjured in the decade after the 2008 credit crash. They spent several years using artificial stimulus measures to inflate perhaps the largest financial bubble in the history of the US, and then a couple years ago something changed. They addicted markets and investors to easy cash only to then cut off the flow of monetary heroin. The system was so dependent on the Fed’s “China White” that all it took to give everyone the shakes was interest rate hikes to the neutral rate of inflation and a moderate balance sheet selloff. Now, the system is dying from shock and it’s too late for intravenous stimulus to save it.

For many this might seem unprecedented, but it’s really rather common...

Sep 25 05:20

Syrian Army Prepares for Escalation in Golan Heights

On September 21, an EW unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted and took control of a large quadcopter-style unmanned aerial vehicle over the town of Erneh, near the contact line between the SAA and the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights.

According to local sources, the UAV was likely operated by Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used similar UAVs in its attack on a Hezbollah media center in Lebanon’s Beirut on August 25. In own turn, Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, claimed that the UAV was not belonging to the IDF. Lt. Col. Adraee said that the UAV may have been “Iranian”.

Following the incident, the SAA has reinforced its positions near the Golan Heights.

The situation is escalating in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone, where militants have resumed their attacks on government positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So we have come to the point, where Israel and Syria duking it out militarily, over the Golan; this could get nasty in a heartbeat.

And please do not forget; Russia has aided Syria, militarily, when it was fighting the US-trained, equipped, and jihadist groups were allowed to function.

Sep 25 05:19

Financial Storm Clouds Gather

Sep 25 04:51

Saudis Threaten Iran on Behalf of the USFM says US patience 'not inexhaustible'

While President Trump has said that the US is not interested in a war with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, took to a UN meeting to suggest that US military options are still being considered.

While it seems a bit presumptive for the Saudi FM to decide to speak to US policy, his comments that US patience is “not inexhaustible” seems to be directed both at threatening Iran, and at trying to get the rest of the world on board with the conflict.

Al-Jubeir says that the UN report on the attack will be available soon, and that there is a whole list of options, including military options, still being considered, with him wanting to mobilize international support for what is to come.

Sep 25 04:29

HOLES IN US BURNING SAUDI OIL FIELDS NARRATIVE COULD SPARK WAR WITH IRAN

Published: September 24, 2019
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SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are escalating to new heights, drawing the United States into a confrontation with the Islamic Republic after a sophisticated attack targeted Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facility — the largest oil processing facility in the world — knocking out half of the country’s oil capacity, or more than 5 million barrels a day, and leaving the oil fields in flames.

The attack was nothing the Kingdom had seen before or expected: According to U.S. and Saudi intel, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were launched and went undetected by both American and Saudi radar systems. The weaponry even went unnoticed by the U.S. military base nearby, the Prince Sultan Airbase, which is guarded by an American Patriot missile defense system and over 500 U.S. military personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I, personally, would like to go back to Russia's suggestion at the UN, that time be taken for a full, clear, and that an impartial group of forensic scientists, with no axe to grind, collectively, be brought together immediately, to determine cause and the perpetrator.

Because what the US and Saudi government are trying to do, at least from my perspective, is run with the accusation that Iran did this, attempt to control the narrative, and declare Iran the bad guy.

In this instance, taking time to analyze what has happened, with credible forensics, is absolutely the more wise course of action, whereas clumsy haste, could definitely engender World War III.

Sep 25 04:17

PAKISTAN THREATENED INDIA WITH NUCLEAR WAR AND NO ONE NOTICED

SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
(TMU Op-Ed) — In a recent interview with Al-Jazeera, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan made some controversial statements regarding the use of nuclear weapons against India.

First, Khan started off by saying he was anti-war—a “pacifist.” He then developed his stance, stating that “when two nuclear-armed countries fight, if they fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war.” However, this scenario, as Khan described, is “the unthinkable.”

Khan went on to say:

“If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice; either you surrender or you fight ‘til death for your freedom, I know Pakistanis will fight to death for their freedom.

So when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, to the death, it has consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We here at WRH did take this very seriously, and do, thank you very much; Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan, iks a very serious guy, and I would like to hope that, with all the hoopla with which Modi was received in Texas, concerning an energy deal, that President Trump (gently) pulls him into a side room, and says, "Prime Minister Modi, I don't know quite what you have been thinking, but to completely reorder your government and Constitution, to cancel out all autonomy for Kashmir, was one big, fat, hairy no-no!!"

But what is even worse, is the reality that China provides Pakistan with a great deal of its weaponry and training; the US has agreements in place with India; getting pulled into a world war, due to treaties, was how the world wound up with World War 1.

Sep 24 15:40

All Options Including Military on Table After Probe Into Aramco Attack Completed - Saudi FM

The drone attacks on two major Saudi Aramco plants at Abqaiq and Khurais were carried out on September 14. As a result of significant damage done to the facilities, the production of about 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, or about half of Saudi Arabia’s total daily output, was temporarily suspended.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has announced that Riyadh is considering all options, including military, after the probe into the attacks on Aramco oil facilities is completed.

"We want to mobilise international support, and we want to look at all options - diplomatic options, economic options and military options - and then make the decision," he said, speaking in New York on Tuesday at a conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, in Diplospeak:

"We did not have the amount of support necessary for an immediate military action against Iran; the US overnights were utter crap, so this whole sordid thing is going to have to be pushed to the next level, including attacks not only against Saudi facilities, but also against innocent civilians; we need a bloody shirt to to wave, as our "Pearl Harbor", to get people excited about getting into yet another mindless war, which could go global, and see civilization simply end on that note.

Sep 24 11:12

Trump reveals that San Francisco is guilty of environmental violations due to rampant homelessnessBy: newsguy76

Sep 24 11:08

Trump Labor Dept Slammed for ‘Wholly Inadequate’ Overtime Pay Rule That ‘Leaves Behind Millions of Workers’By: newsguy76

Sep 24 08:26

City Shuts Downs Preschoolers’ Farm Stand Citing Zoning Violations

By Kerry McDonald

It’s like something out of The Onion: city manager shuts down preschool farm stand out of fear that, if allowed, “we could end up with one on every corner.”

Alas, this is not satire. It’s the current predicament facing the Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. In an area where access to fresh fruits and vegetables can be limited, this preschool has stepped up to prioritize growing and selling fresh produce from its school gardens. According to recent reporting in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Little Ones has often sold its produce with generous discounts to local food stamp recipients and other neighbors and has been acknowledged as a leader in the farm-to-school healthy food movement...

Sep 24 07:58

Free Markets Promote Those Who Peacefully Improve Others’ Lives

By Gary M. Galles

Dog-eat-dog, “survival of the fittest” rhetoric has long been a favorite grenade thrown by opponents of private property, voluntary exchange systems (i.e., capitalism without crony as a modifier). But it is striking that they never answer a central question without which their verbal assaults are logically meaningless—fit for what?...

Sep 24 06:04

"The Dam Could Break On Thursday": Here Are 12 Quotes That Signal Democrats Are Primed To Impeach Trump

Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

It looks like they are really going to do it. The Democrats are actually preparing to begin impeachment proceedings, and as you will see below, one senior House Democratic aide is warning that “the dam could break on Thursday”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is all the Democrats have, before 2020, they are in a terrible place, and apparently, would rather resemble a circular firing squad right now, than to sort out the real needs and concerns of the American People, as things get horrifically broken down in this country; middle-age plagues have now become commonplace in major cities, and our infrastructure decays from budget delays in fixing them.

Sep 24 05:58

Saudi Airstrike Hits North Yemen Mosque, Killing Five Civilians

Saudi warplanes attacked a mosque in northern Yemen’s Amran Province early Monday, according to local media, killing at least five civilians. All the slain were members of the same family.

It’s not entirely clear why the mosque was attacked, though the Saudis have been bombing northern Yemen with increased frequency over the past several days, and most of the strikes don’t seem to be hitting anything military-related.

If anything, Friday’s proposal for a truce by Yemen’s Houthi movement seems to be driving the Saudis to carry out even more aggressive and frequent attacks, so as to remove any doubt that they are not on board with it.

And while the airstrikes in north Yemen are causing civilian casualties, the real problem is likely yet to come, as the Saudis have begun a new offensive against the port city of Hodeidah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just... swell, Saudi Arabia; you have let the Houthis know that you will not take advantage of the proposed cease-fire.

Of course, what this means, is the following: at some point, the Houthis will strike deep into Saudi territory, perhaps over another large petroleum refining center, and let their drones do the talking.

And this time, there may well be be injuries, and massive casualties (the Saudi military, enabled by US troops, routinely bombs hospitals; mosques, and schools.)

More impotent US missiles will be quickly installed in Saudi Arabia, but will most probably do more not much more to defend either the Saudis, or US troops stationed there, than did the last round of missiles.

And then what?!? It will most probably destroy any chance for Saudi Arabia's ARAMCO's IPO, upon which the Crown Prince Bin Salmin,has desperately built his plans for a new, modern economy, to move forward.

And without this IPO being successful upon launch, the economy, and future leadership of the country, may well be "up for grabs."

And please remember; last June, a senior Russian official made the following statement: Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks.

Sep 24 05:54

Iran says new US sanctions target Iranians' access to food, medicine

Iran’s foreign minister on Saturday denounced renewed US sanctions against its central bank as an attempt to deny ordinary Iranians access to food and medicine and said the move was a sign of US desperation.

Shades of Madeleine Albright,may her demonic soul rot in Hell!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8

Sep 24 05:44

Eating meat could be banned like smoking, says top barrister, as he calls for new crime of 'ecocide'

Eating meat could be banned like smoking, one of Britain’s foremost barristers has predicted, as he called for the offence of ‘ecocide’ to be introduced to prosecute those who damage the nature on a massive scale.

Michael Mansfield QC warned that the farming of livestock for meat was destroying the planet and called for legislation to criminalise those who cause global warming and the wilful destruction of wildlife . In a message delivered at the launch of the Vegan Now campaign, which encourages people to stop eating meat and dairy, Mansfield said he had a ‘single message’ to make ecocide a crime.

“I think when we look at the damage eating meat is doing to the planet it is not preposterous...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but looking at this gentleman's girth, one could actually wonder if he is personally as much of a vegetarian as he claims to be.

And secondly, when something is declared illegal, like meat, the monied can still get it illegally, and selling it for huge prices, while poorer people are going to have the devil's own time getting the protein they need, particularly for pregnant moms.

Sep 24 05:41

Bankrupt Illinois Cities Forced to Cut Services to Fund Pensions

Back when Harvey was first intercepted last year, Wirepoints reported that comptroller confiscations could wreak havoc on hundreds of Illinois communities, potentially creating a domino effect. Hundreds of Illinois’ 650 pension funds have not received their statutorily required contributions from their respective cities in recent years, meaning the intercept law could go into wide usage under a broader crisis scenario. In the most recent analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue data, nearly half of the 650 funds were not properly funded in 2017 (see details below).

That domino effect could be exacerbated given that municipalities have virtually no control over their own pension funds. State law sets all the rules and pensions are protected by the Illinois Constitution, meaning that in a market downturn, the pension funds may have little choice but to demand more intercepts.

The intercept law was first utilized in 2018, when Harvey, Illinois,

Sep 24 05:32

Alarming VA Report Totals Decade of Veteran Suicides

23 Sep 2019
Military.com | By Richard Sisk
The Department of Veterans Affairs released an alarming report Friday showing that at least 60,000 veterans died by suicide between 2008 and 2017, with little sign that the crisis is abating despite suicide prevention being the VA's top priority.

Although the total population of veterans declined by 18% during that span of years, more than 6,000 veterans died by suicide annually, according to the VA's 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report.

The report did not take into account the possible effects of VA's programs aimed at outreach and removing the stigma of seeking help for mental health. Overall, though, the data show the suicide rate is increasing.

In 2017, more than 6,100 veterans died by suicide, an increase of 2% over 2016 and a total increase of 6% since 2008, the report found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers... are nearly off the chart crazy, and again, point to one issue; once our military are "in country", and they really understand what they have been asked to do, which is to "neutralize" populations (usually through assassinations, or other forms of murders) so that the US can control their government and their resources, ending up with thost resources sold in US dollars, and only US dollars.

And even if these troops were never called up to participate in the fighting, they have an extraordinarily sharp sense, that in all the justifications the "Warminals" dish up, none really ever make logical sense.

So, out of desperation, the Military medical does what they have been told to do; sedate them just hard enough that they, hopefully, will not be reliving images of the nightmare scenarios they have heard, about ground strikes, or wedding parties assassinated, and children stepping on unexploded cluster bombs, which can rip a child's body to shreds.

And for some people, this exposure to the monstrousness of war, is all that is necessary to plunge them into the deep, downward sliding of depression, and winding up in the abyss of uncontrollable despair, after finding out that something has gone horrifically wrong with their government, but they are not able to fix it.

Sep 24 04:56

CBI Governor: US Using "Blunt" Knife against Iran

Considering,China is investing several hundred billion in Iran.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2122435/chin...

"Many central bank governors of the regional states have emphasized that the US weapon has become dull and they were happy with the good conditions and stable economy in Iran and voiced pleasure that the US sanctions cannot be effective anymore," he said.

Hemmati said that despite the US pressures, many countries were willing to cooperate and underlined their friendship with Iran.

The CBI governor said that during meetings with his counterparts, he elaborated on the Iranian nation's resistance and the government's plans to diffuse the US maximum pressure on the country.

Sep 24 04:55

Rouhani’s Plan Offers US, Saudis Path Out of ‘Dead End’ Their Policies Create

Rouhani’s Plan Offers US, Saudis Path Out of ‘Dead End’ Their Policies Created© REUTERS / Handout
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As Washington uses questionable evidence to call on other nations to condemn Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to take a much different approach and use his time at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week to propose a cooperative agreement to stabilize and secure the Persian Gulf region.

“I will also get the Iranian nation’s message across to the international community,” Rouhani said Monday after touching down in New York for the 74th UNGA. “The Iranian people are suffering from a cruel economic war. Iran is a nation of resistance and wants everyone to return to their commitments and laws.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely, and prayerfully, that Rouhani does get a chance to speak tomorrow. The guy isn't a monster; just someone attempting to keep an elected government in place, and take care of his people

But with all the hoopla around him and this visit,I would not bet against Israel and the US creating some kind of "false flag" which would require his returning home early for "emergency consultations" with other members of his government.

Sep 24 04:43

HAITI: PHOTOJOURNALIST SHOT IN FACE AS SENATOR OPENS FIRE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

SOURCE: THEGUARDIAN.COM
Two men including a photojournalist have been shot and injured by a Haitian senator who opened fire outside the country’s parliament, amid chaotic scenes as the government attempted to confirm the appointment of a new prime minister.

Chery Dieu-Nalio, an Associated Press photographer, was wounded in the face and a second man, Leon Leblanc, a security guard and driver, was also injured in the incident in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on Monday.

Although doctors were reported to be removing bullet fragments from Dieu-Nalio’s face, the injuries are said not to be life-threatening.

Before leaving the scene, Leblanc told reporters he had seen Jean Marie Ralph Féthière, a senator from the north of the country, draw a handgun as he tried to leave the parliamentary precincts through a crowd of protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what the motivation here could have been, but after all, it is Haiti, where the US has laundered money, and drunk deep of the country's corruption and US-engendered servitude.

Sep 24 04:40

REPORTS OF WEDDING PARTY BOMBING INDICATE US FORCES HAVE MASSACRED AT LEAST 70 AFGHAN CIVILIANS IN ONE WEEK

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
Dozens of Afghan civilians are dead, local officials said Monday, following operations carried out late Sunday by U.S. and Afghan forces targeting al Qaida fighters.

The incident in the southern province of Helmand, which came just days after a U.S. drone strike killed at least 30 farm workers in eastern Nangarhar province, highlights the fragile situation for civilians as the U.S. enters its 19th year of war in Afghanistan.

Details on exactly how many people were killed and who was responsible for the Sunday attacks remain unclear, a fact attributed at least in part to the area being under Taliban control. The U.S. has blamed the "majority of the deaths" on al Qaida. U.S. and Afghan officials say they're investigating.

The New York Times reported:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the Pentagon and State Department, that punishing an entire population for the sake of getting a few more "scalps" on its belt, is a war crime.

Sep 24 04:27

A HALF-DECADE LATE, NY POST ADMITS ISIS IS RUN BY NATO MEMBER TURKEY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
It's that time once again: over the weekend Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for perhaps the twentieth time warned his army is making preparations to act on its southern border with Syria, saying it will take unilateral steps to create a "safe zone" amid accusations the US is dragging its feet implementing agreements to push Syrian Kurdish forces from the border.

This as yet another 'conspiracy theory' gets belatedly confirmed as conspiracy fact by the mainstream. The New York Post asks "Why isn’t the media covering Turkish President Erdogan’s ties to ISIS?" — well, it's at least been endlessly reported here and other places for about the past half decade. Better late than never, we suppose. The report details:

The evidence of Erdogan’s direct, personal and institutional support for ISIS and related jihadi groups is so extensive, the wonder is why the American media is not paying more attention to it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer to that last question, is as plainly obvious a it is painful: the Presstitute whorespondents who want their "access" never denied, never look at what is really going on, but allow themselves to be "misdirected" by a government which, if examined collectively and logically by its people, would immediately demanded to resign.

But you see, all the wars in the Middle East and beyond, serve only the agenda of the US's "Deep State". This is why connecting the dots is of no use and purpose to those alleged whorespondents, because their "daily bread" is earned by spreading lies and creating misdirections, the real purpose of which is to lull Americans into a state of near-vegetative somnolence, until the "next big crisis" du jour is presented, and the US government and military, are, of course, expected to act, as though a US-led war is the only answer to the problem at hand.

Sep 24 03:54

Defiant Facebook Buys Startup Focused On 'Controlling Computers With Your Mind'

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg visited Capitol Hill to try and 'win friends' in Congress. It was his first big trip back to Washington since the contentious House and Senate hearings last year, where the Facebook chief was accused of sometimes treating lawmakers with disdain (who can forget 'senator, we run adds'?).

The timing of his trip is starting to make more sense. Thanks to a flurry of federal and state investigations, for the first time in its existence, Facebook is facing the very real risk of being broken up. Several lawmakers have asked whether breaking Facebook into Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook wouldn't be better for consumers. Facebook agrees that something should be done to regulate social media and other Internet companies, but it doesn't think the bipartisan anti-trust movement that formed in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is the right path.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When this technology becomes mature, robust, and capable, I have to wonder if DARPA isn't going to attempt to "immediately buy out the Zuke", for trillions, and adapt this technology for virtual weapons control, to develop for the US weapons program.

Sep 23 22:41

Brother Bezos

Televangelism used to be where the easy money was . . . preaching about the End Times – which never came – and promising salvation, for a fee.

Put your hands on the television set and pray with me!

Insert tongue-talking gibberish here . . . and send in your $20.

Now the money’s in preaching eschatological “climate crisis” – formerly just “change” – and selling electric cars, to salve the soul.

Sep 23 17:37

Video: How to Legally Not Pay Taxes

Sep 23 16:23

Luongo: Did Trump Just Fall Into Aramco's Trap?

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, 'n' Guns blog,

Now that I’ve had a week to process it, the attack on the Saudi Abqaiq oil processing facility was more than a brilliant operation, it was a trap.

And, unfortunately, President Trump just fell in it.

My initial reaction to this was that it could have easily been a false flag to gin up a war with Iran on the eve of Israeli elections. The initial spate of questions hadn’t been answered adequately.

As the week went along, however, it became clear that the responses from all concerned to this attack that the those that took responsibility for it, the Houthis in North Yemen backed by Iranian technology, were the ones that did it.

And it all comes down to the same thing, the Saudi Aramco IPO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, scuttling the Aramco deal, by making Saudi Arabia look incapable of defending its borders, and its oil refining capabilities, was the point all along?!?

I have a great deal of respect for Luongo, and his analyses, as in this case, may well be bang spot on.

I just hope and pray, that things stay quiet here; because if they do not, we may well be looking at the US government and Military, slogging their way, damn nearly unconsciously, into an horrendous war which may prove "past the point of no return" for all the countries enmeshed therein.

Sep 23 14:58

The U.S. Department of Terrorism

Department of State"

"The Iranian regime is the most destabilizing force in the Middle East and the world’s top sponsor of terrorism. That’s why the U.S. launched a campaign of maximum pressure. It’s producing maximum results."

This Big Lie production about Iran’s alleged malevolence toward its neighbors has dramatic music and graphics to support an obvious falsehood—Iran is the number one terror state in the world.

In fact, that designation is reserved for the United States government and its junior partner, Israel.

History is replete with examples—from both world wars to dozens of imperialist ignited brush fires including Vietnam and Iraq. As for Israel, it has been at war with its Arab neighbors for well over 70 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American who cares about her country, and a Christian Pacifist Activist, it has been hard to process all of the information, with which children in a public school, are forced to endure.

The beauty; the soul; the kindness; ingenuity; enthusiasm, and generosity of individual Americans, are, unfortunately, never really represented by a US government which alleges that it represents us, but generally only in the worst ways possible.

Unfortunately, that has become the case with the Unhinged, surveilled, State of Amerika; public wars are waged against created enemies, with public money, ultimately for private gain.

The pattern is brazenly simple, in its execution; a country, with incredible resources, is vilified as "the enemy" throughout the corporate, presstitute media; then, efforts are made to regime change; install a western/US centric government in its place; then foreign governments are brought in to "expropriate" those resources, to which they have no moral right, and these resources only get sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

And IF the US winds up going to war against Iran, with Russia already having stated: Iran won't stane alone if US attacks it through one of its highest-ranking diplomats last June, we are looking at the following line-up: Russia, Iran, (and possibly China), on Iran's side, with the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

Unfortunately for both the US government and its weaponry makers, the US military proved itself completely impotent to prevent those two strikes against Saudi Arabian oil processing facilities a week ago; in fact, this could be construed as a 100% failure rate, on the part of US weapons, during that military encounter.

But the worst thing which can go wrong, has already gone horribly wrong, for both this US government and its State Department, right after 9/11, when we were told that both Afghanistan was "protecting Osama bin Laden", and Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction".

Both statements were lies, upon which military campaigns were premised, and during which a great number of American service members, died, or were crippled for life.

When any government decides that it is perfectly acceptable to lie, in order for the monied, to obtain the financial benefits of war, that government is no longer a reasonable, responsive, and cohesive voice of the people it allegedly represents.

It then becomes a monster, a frankenstein of its own creation, repeatedly lashing out against whoever, in the independent media, will not "peddle" their propaganda, and attempt to make life thoroughly miserable for them.

This.. is the current state of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika.

And looking at past precedents in global history, I would suggest, that the state of this nation, will dissolve in one of two ways; either, a complete financial breakdown, or a world war which will bring about total destruction to the entire planet.

Sep 23 13:54

Occupation good for Palestinians, says Israeli opposition chief

Benny Gantz, chief of the Israeli army during Israel’s 2014 massacre in Gaza, is borrowing apartheid South Africa’s talking points to boost his election campaign.

Gantz heads the allegedly center-left opposition coalition hoping to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s elections later this month.

In a campaign attack on Israel’s prime minister, Monday, Gantz declared that, unlike Netanyahu, he would have allowed US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit Israel and the occupied territories.

Had they visited, Gantz claimed, they would have seen “with their own eyes” that “the best place to be an Arab in the Middle East is in Israel … and the second best place to be an Arab in the Middle East is the West Bank.”

Gantz’s contention that Israeli military occupation and colonization is a blessing to Palestinians is a direct echo of South Africa’s apartheid rulers who insisted that their brutal white supremacist regime was good for Black people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not post this because it is "new news"; I am posting this, because I think that this is something which those Christians who are very loyal to Israel, and support it unthinkingly, really need to see, and understand.

I do not know what the Hebrew translation for "useful idiots" is, but I am quite certain that it is a muscularly derogatory comment, made frequently by those same leaders in Tel Aviv, plotting for the entire destruction of the Palestinian people, who love the money - and the adoration - which Christian Zionists who offer in huge amounts of both.

Sep 23 13:20

Howdy, Modi! Tens of thousands, including Trump, meet India’s PM in Texas

Over 50,000 people showed up for the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston, Texas, giving India’s PM a rock star-level welcome. President Donald Trump joined him on stage as the two leaders lauded US-India ties.
People gathered hours in advance for the massive rally at Houston’s NRG Football Stadium with a music and dance show featuring around 400 artists. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name was chanted long before his appearance – a welcome for a foreign leader rarely seen on American soil.

Sunil Deodhar
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@Sunil_Deodhar
The man who has single handedly transformed the global image of India, PM @narendramodi Ji receives a hero's welcome in Houston,Texas. No other world leader has achieved anything close to what Modi ji did today. India had truly risen, India has truly arrived. GLOBALLY.#HowdyModi

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; just in case all of your "first string advisors", have avoided mentioning this to you, you probably need to know, that India and her Neighbor, Pakistan, are very close to a shooting war over Kashmir.

Both are nuclear-armed. And before you really decide that this guy is about to become your newest, BFF, please note what the Indian government did right after massive demonstrations in the Kashmiri region, was the following:

iNDIA ABOLISHES KASHMIRI AUTONOMOUS STATUS This was done at a moment that all Kashmiri linksto the internet, had been silenced.

The situation between both countries is in a horrific state, with Modi still believing that his "catch phrases" are somehow going to make a difference; so, Sir, when the excrement hits the fan, and a hot shooting war over Kashmir starts, please remember that Pakistanis are very dependent upon China to assist it in military affairs, and we understand from recent posts that Pakistan's leader, Prime Minister Kahn, has made the following, and terrifying suggestion: ‘surrender-or-death’ scenario

Mr. President, I understand the emotional "high" during your rallies, I get it;but President Trump, you, and the other honorable Adults in the Room, internationally, have to start working the phones as quickly as you can, between New Dehli and Islamabad, to avert a catastrophe which may well pit the US and China into a monstrous proxy war between India and China, over Kashmir.

Let's, please, tamp this down, before there is a miserable, irrevocable shooting war, which could go nuclear in a heartbeat.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Sep 23 12:41

MYSTERY TOWERS GOING UP ALL OVER CINCINNATI AREA

SOURCE: CRYPTOGON
These towers are going up and the cities don’t know which companies are building them? This is incredible.

Via: WCPO:

But the FCC allows these towers to go in with almost no local approval. The FCC and FAA claim there are no proven links between 5G cell service and health effects, and say local residents have no reason to fear these new towers.

But Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard told us a few months ago that even he, and other county officials are left in the dark.

“The ownership is a big question,” Hubbard said. “And I have asked that. We are having a hard time finding out who actually owns it.”

That means no one has publicly stated who owns the mysterious Cleves tower, or any of the others popping up across the Tri State. It has no company name on the base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the "Watergate" character "Deep Throat" said, in the film version, "You have to "follow the money", because that is where you are most apt to find the telling information you need to make a case for ownership.

Sep 23 10:14

A important fact about fiat

Sep 23 07:42

7 Technologies That Transformed Warfare

War has a long history that dates back to the dawn of civilization, but armies have come a long way since the spear, or the bow and arrow. Advances in technology have led to faster airplanes, laser-guided weapons, and unmanned, bomb-carrying vehicles.

Here are seven technologies that have transformed warfare.

Sep 23 07:39

The Invention Of Guns

The invention of guns followed the development of the explosive black powder in China. The first guns were simple tubes from which to shoot explosive charges, but gradually they were made easier to load, aim, and fire. Guns revolutionized warfare and effectively ended the age of the armored knight and the castle stronghold. They have had a profound effect on human history.

Sep 23 07:21

The Saudi Arabia Drone Attacks Have Changed Global Warfare

The devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities by drones and missiles not only transforms the balance of military power in the Middle East, but marks a change in the nature of warfare globally.
On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft – disabled half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent.

Oil production facilities and the desalination plants providing much of the fresh water in Saudi Arabia are conveniently concentrated targets for drones and small missiles.

In other words, the military playing field will be a lot more level in future in a conflict between a country with a sophisticated air force and air defence system and one without. Similar turning points in military history have occurred when the deployment of an easily produced weapon suddenly checkmates the use of a more complicated one.

Sep 22 14:46

Putin Shocked St. Petersburg Forum Participants with Frankness

Putin makes Megan Kelly look silly

Things that sometimes with humor, sometimes harshly, said Vladimir Putin today, have already spread to the headlines of the world media. Why does the West sit on our heads and chew bubble gum? Will Russia help break up NATO? Who restricts Germany's sovereignty? All this was said in St. Petersburg. The key event of the International Economic Forum is a plenary session. Participating, in addition to the Russian Leader, are the Prime Minister of India and the President of Moldova.

Sep 22 14:37

Use of “Hidden Debt Loophole” Spreads Among Australian Corporations

Contractors in Aus are waiting 3 months to get paid unless they take a cut.

Reverse factoring, by contrast, is a much more pernicious form of supply chain financing that is being used by large companies to effectively transform their supply chain into a bank. Put simply, if suppliers want to get paid in a reasonable period of time, they must pay an intermediary for the privilege. But importantly, in most countries there is no explicit accounting requirement to disclose reverse factoring transactions.

Sep 22 14:28

'Vaguely troubling': Negative yielding debt hits $US17 trillion

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has underlined the extent to which once "unthinkable" financial trends are now "routine," after the global stock of debt with negative interest rates hit $US17 trillion ($25 trillion).

In its latest quarterly review, the BIS noted that as global interest rates have plunged, the amount of corporate and government debt trading at negative rates has surged.

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