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May 23 16:52

Exposure to Flower Pesticides Gives Children Hypertension

In Ecuador, roses for Mother's Day sold around the world is major export crop, but pesticides used to grow and treat those flowers may be affecting health of children living nearby...

May 23 16:49

Homeschoolers Sleep Better and Eat Healthier Than Normies

Study finds better sleep, diet habits help homeschoolers counter shortfalls in formal exercise. Homeschoolers see no added health risks over time. 

Years of home-schooling don't appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study...


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May 23 16:46

Pregnant Women Living Near Fracking Wells Have Higher Concentrations of Metals

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women’s exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking)...

May 23 16:34

Auckland Transport, MBIE defend use of Hikvision gear as Chinese face-recognition, surveillance camera maker joins Huawei on US blacklist

Chinese surveillance camera and facial recognition technology company Hikvision will follow Huawei onto Trump Administration's security blacklist within weeks, according to a New York Times report - a move that could put heat on local Hikvision customers such as the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) and Auckland Transport.

The blacklist stops US technology companies supplying banned Chinese companies with components.

*NZHerald now has some stories as pay to view, so to read more, you need to subscribe. They need the money.*

May 23 16:29

Westpac warning: Capital proposals will add $6000 a year to cost of average Auckland mortgage

Proposed changes to increase the amount of capital banks hold could add $6000 a year to the cost of an Auckland mortgage and have a "significant negative impact" on the economy, Westpac bank is warning.

The New Zealand arm of the Australian-owned bank has today made public its submission to the Reserve Bank's proposed capital changes.

Submissions closed last Friday on the RBNZ's proposals which include a near doubling of the minimum common equity banks should hold from 8.5 per cent currently to 16 per cent.

The proposed increase is designed to make banks safer and better designed to handle periods of financial stress by holding enough capital to reduce the probability of a financial crisis in New Zealand to a one in 200-year event.

*Someone knows what's coming...*


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 16:04

The Terrible Truth About This 'Viral' $7K Tiny House on Amazon

Sorry if all this downer news dashes your tiny house dreams ... but we thought you'd want to know.

Moral of the story? Amazon may sell many things, but high-quality, fully fledged homes may not be its forte quite yet. So beware!

"Unfortunately, it will fool a lot of people," Bennett says.


May 23 15:55

Huawei’s Android Replacement Smartphone OS Will Be Called HongMeng- Report

After Google restricted Huawei’s use of Android for its future smartphones, effectively cutting off Huawei from everything Google other than the Android Open Source Project, new reports from Chinese media have come out with the claim that Huawei’s in-house operating system (OS) for its smartphones will reportedly be called HongMeng.

While it’s been an open secret that Huawei has been working on its own operating system as a contingency plan in case the US-China trade war escalated the way that it now has, apparently, the company has been working on the new OS since as far back as 2012. The reports in the Chinese media are also claiming that the OS is being tested already and will gradually replace Android on Huawei’s hardware soon.


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 15:41

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers [Updated]

Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.

While the method by which RobbinHood ransomware infected the network of Baltimore City two weeks ago is still unknown, insiders within city government have pointed to the incomplete efforts by the Office of Information Technology to get a handle on the city's tangle of software, aging servers, and wide-flung network infrastructure. Baltimore isn't even the only city to have been hit by ransomware in the last month—Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cartersville, Georgia, both had electronic payment systems taken offline by ransomware this month. Greenville, North Carolina, was struck by the same RobbinHood ransomware affecting Baltimore in April.

May 23 15:39

Huawei builds its own chip factory in Cambridge to counter Arm blow

Huawei is to make its own chips at a new factory in Cambridge UK technology hotspot as it fights back from the latest backlash from the US-China trade war.

The chip factory is slated for the 550-acre former Spicers site at Sawston for which Huawei recently paid £37.5 million, as first revealed by Business Weekly.

It appears the Chinese ICT giant had anticipated escalation of the bitter China-US impasse in making the Cambridge land acquisition as part of multi-billion dollar investment in the UK economy.

May 23 15:34

It's Getting Way Too Easy to Create Fake Videos of People's Faces

Researchers at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow developed a way to create "living portraits" from a very small dataset—as few as one photograph, in some of their models.

The paper, "Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models," was published on the preprint server arXiv on Monday.

The researchers call this few- and one-shot learning, where the model can be trained using just one image to create a convincing, animated portrait. With a few more shots—as few as eight or 32 photographs—the realism improves even more.


May 23 15:32

Former Obama Labor Secretary Bans Travel From LA County to Alabama Over Abortion Law

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, led by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, a former cabinet member in the Obama administration, has voted to ban travel to the state of Alabama over their new pro-life law.

Solis authored a motion to ban travel associated with official county business to the Yellowhammer State for a period of one year, and the board voted in the affirmative.

The ban specifically excludes certain emergency response needs that may arise. One also has to wonder just how much business officials from Los Angeles County would have in a state over 2,000 miles away.

May 23 14:52

UFO proof? Pentagon FINALLY admits previous alien spacecraft investigations

The US Department of Defence has made a dramatic u-turn about UFO sightings. The Pentagon has finally admitted it has investigated UFOs as part of secretive initiative, after an official used the phrase “unidentified aerial phenomena”. And the significant shift in policy comes after the US Navy also changed its official guidelines on reporting UFOs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another thing to distract the American people from the rush to war.



Owl 1
May 23 14:44

OUTRAGE As U.S Senate Approves $400 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Venezuela… Controlled By Guaidó!

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Venezuelan Emergency and Democracy Development Assistance (Verdad) Act that would give $400 million in “humanitarian aid to Venezuela,” Sen. Bob Menendez said in a statement.

“Update: VERDAD Act passes out of committee”, Menendez said via Twitter. “This is the most comprehensive effort to confront the crisis in Venezuela. We’ve set up the structure for the Trump [administration] to boost [Venezuela’s] democracy movement — doubling humanitarian aid [and] expanding sanctions against [President Nicolas] Maduro’s officials”.

Menendez explained that the measure would also reaffirm US support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and the opposition-led National Assembly, and establish US policy to pursue “a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the Venezuelan crisis”.

May 23 14:42

New Jersey could let 14-years-old get vaccines without parental consent


May 23 14:32

Iran Allegedly Transfers S-300 to Persian Gulf Amid Tensions With US

The reports come just a few weeks after the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in what White House National Security Adviser John Bolton described as a "clear and unmistakable message" to Iran.

A video has emerged on social media allegedly showing Iranian vehicles transporting its S-300 air defence systems and other military equipment to the coastal city of Asaluyeh in the southern province of Bushehr — an area along the Persian Gulf.

May 23 14:29

Pelosi Says She ‘Prays’ for the President, Urges Family to Stage Intervention

Nancy Pelosi continued to take personal shots at Donald Trump’s mental state, saying his recent “temper tantrum” has led her to “pray for the President.”

It is the latest escalation in the war of words between the House Speaker and the White House.

On Wednesday, the President walked into a scheduled meeting with Democrat leaders on infrastructure, blasted them over conducting “phony investigations,” and promptly walked out.

The fiery one-sided exchange was apparently in response to Pelosi’s allegations that Trump was engaged in a “cover-up.”

Pelosi opined that Trump’s reaction was that of an unwell man.

May 23 14:13

Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled



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May 23 14:01

FLASHBACK - Lawsuit Challenges U.S. “Ambiguity” Toward Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal

In 1958 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion designated super-lobbyist Abraham Feinberg as the North American coordinator to raise funds for Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Feinberg was a natural choice. He bundled Israel lobby funds for Democratic presidential campaigns from Harry S Truman to Lyndon B. Johnson. In the 1940s he led the charge to successfully beat back Justice Department attempts to prosecute a huge network of false front organizations illicitly smuggling surplus U.S. WW II weapons and equipment to Jewish fighters in Palestine for Israel’s “War of Independence.” On the atomic front, Feinberg chaperoned U.S. charities channeling hundreds of millions of tax-exempt donations into Israeli research organizations—such as the Weizmann Institute of Science—working on the bomb.

May 23 13:22

“FREE” COLLEGE WON’T IMPROVE EDUCATION


May 23 13:01

Comcast Plans In-Home Health Surveillance and Medical Tracking Device

By Nicholas West

“Comcast is already in talks with hospitals about taking on shared savings — if it can keep people from expensive emergency room visits.” — CNBC

It is becoming clearer each day that new technologies are further highlighting the great expanse between intention and application. As with all technologies of value, medicine has pitted the powerful desire of human liberation from suffering and the pursuit of a longer life up against the powerful desire to create centralized systems of management, both for profit and control.

The fact is that Big Data and its attendant analytics is irresistible for central authorities...

May 23 12:42

India has ended Iranian oil imports: envoy

India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington said Wednesday, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened US sanctions.

India had already sharply decreased its imports from Iran and bought one million tonnes of crude in April, the last month before Washington stepped up its pressure campaign against Tehran and ended all exemptions to sanctions, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.

"That's it. After that we haven't imported any," Shringla told reporters during a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election victory.

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".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 12:23

Will Deutsche Bank Fail THIS Summer?

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.



Owl 2
May 23 11:57

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 11:44

Yemen in sobering photos

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has released a dozen photographs, which it has described as a harrowing depiction of the current state of nature in war-torn Yemen.

To get its hands on the pictures, the humanitarian body enlisted the services of six young Yemeni photographers from six different regions across the country, which has turned into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis over five successive years of a Saudi Arabia-led war.

Some reports have put the death toll from the war at tens of thousands. The whole country itself is teetering at the edge of outright famine, while al-Hudaydah, its lifeline western port is under the strict control of the invading Saudi-led coalition.

May 23 11:43

Yemenis warn of more retaliatory attacks as Saudi war rages on

Yemeni forces have warned of more retaliatory attacks as the Saudi war continues to claim civilian lives. Yemen’s Ansarullah also rejected Saudi allegations about the movement’s plan to attack holy sites as big lies, and part of new plots.

May 23 11:42

Yemeni forces release footage on Abu Dhabi airport ?strike

Yemen's Joint Operations Command Center has released footage verifying a retaliatory attack on the Abu Dhabi International Airport carried out last year, which had been denied by officials of the United Arab Emirates.

The video shows a Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle flying at low altitude before it fires a missile, setting two trucks parked at the airport ablaze.

The attack took place on July 26, 2018 when Yemeni army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched an airstrike against the airport using a domestically-built long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle.

Abdullah al-Jafri, a spokesman for Yemeni air force and air defense, said at the time that the drone attack on Abu Dhabi International Airport had halted flights to and from the airport, adding that this was the first time that Yemeni forces used a drone to attack the airport.

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”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 11:37

Xi Jinping’s Rare Earth Visit Highlights Weak Spot in U.S. Trade Strategy

When Chinese President Xi Jinping unexpectedly toured a rare earth mining facility following the announcement of U.S. sanctions on Huawei, the message was unmistakable: China is prepared to use its domination of raw materials used in virtually all high-tech manufacturing to gain leverage in the trade dispute.

China is the largest supplier of rare earth materials that are used in everything from mobile phones to nuclear power to guided missiles. Xi’s visit highlighted the fact that just as Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE require U.S. technology for their products, U.S. technology and national security manufacturers rely on Chinese rare earths.

May 23 11:36

NYT Confirms Hunter Biden Bank of China Deal, Leaves Out Key Details

A Tuesday New York Times article confirms revelations in Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book Secret Empires regarding the $1.5 billion deal Hunter Biden’s private equity firm secured from the state-owned Bank of China while his father was vice president; however, the Times omits key details that call into question statements made by Biden’s associates about the foreign financial deals engulfing his father’s 2020 presidential campaign in scandal.


May 23 11:35

Spygate: Obama Admin Cut Situation Room’s Video Feed During Meetings on Russia Investigation

In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday, Barr commented that the intelligence community’s early handling of the Russia investigation may raise questions. He noted it was first handled at a “very senior level” and then by a “small group.”

Barr stated:

The thing that’s interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved. I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened. The fact of the matter is, Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities.

May 23 11:34

US promise of Palestinian ‘prosperity’ falls flat at UN

The Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan drew criticism at the United Nations Wednesday, with European and UN officials saying Palestinians should not be coerced into selling off rights to run their own country.

Addressing the UN’s top body in New York, Jason Greenblatt, the United States envoy on the Middle East, talked up a meeting about boosting the Palestinian economy in Bahrain next month that marks the start of a new US-led peace initiative.

The “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop, to be held in Manama on June 25-26 and co-hosted with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders who want their political demands to be addressed in any solution to the decades-old conflict.

May 23 11:33

Trial update: confronting apartheid in Berlin’s criminal court

As the brutality of Israel’s systemic apartheid is being unveiled, human rights activists who speak up about Israel’s crimes against humanity become a target of political persecution. Berlin is currently witnessing a crackdown on freedom of expression as German authorities yield to Israeli government pressure to criminalize dissent. Whereas Berlin has positioned itself as the last bastion for Zionism over the past decades, activities to challenge it are of a growing concern for the authorities. Recent efforts to suppress such critical voices include the German Parliament’s anti-BDS Resolution as well as the violent arrests, deletion of video evidence and literally gagging of protesters at IsraelTag. These along with the revoking of Rasmea Odeh’s European visa and the cancellation of her public talk with poet Dareen Tatour, at the behest of the Israeli government only weeks earlier.

May 23 11:32

Despite Palestinian boycott, UAE and Saudi Arabia to attend US-led conference in Bahrain

Palestinian officials are doubling down on their plans to boycott a US-led conference in Bahrain next month aimed at garnering regional support for President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

The White House announced Sunday that it will be co-hosting what it described as an “economic workshop” with the Gulf country, aimed at encouraging Arab economic investments in the Palestinian Territories, as part of the US strategy in the region.

The US administration will use the conference, which is set to take place June 25-26, to unveil the first part of Trump’s long-awaited “deal of the century,” which emphasizes “economic opportunities” for Palestinians over core political issues like the status of Jerusalem, control of borders, and the fate of refugees.



Owl 3
May 23 11:31

An answer to the question, ‘Why do you care so much about Israel/Palestine?’

Several years ago, a student in my Israel-Palestine course approached me after class with a question. Why, he wanted to know, did I care so much about this subject?

The student liked my course, considered it fair-minded and had no complaints about the way I was teaching it. Though he didn’t share many of my critical views about Israel he understood and respected them. But why, he was wondering, did the subject so consume me? Why did my relationship to this history feel so intense, so visceral?

Had I been a staunch defender of Israel the student probably wouldn’t have found my emotional investment surprising. Especially since I was avowedly Jewish it would have seemed to him “normal” for me to be teaching a class extolling Zionism and Israel. But what could be driving a Jew to invest so much critical energy in the subject?

It was an honest question.

May 23 11:30

Republicans push BDS bill to paint Dems as anti-Semites, and party leadership falls for the trap

Mast is attempting to bring to a vote H.R.336, the companion bill to S.1, sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and passed by the Senate in February by a 77-23 vote. The bill, which authorizes military aid for Israel and Jordan and imposes additional sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria, also contains the controversial Combating BDS Act, a measure which failed to pass during the two previous congressional sessions.

The Combating BDS Act encourages states and local governments to pass laws prohibiting government contacts with anyone who does not sign a McCarthyite loyalty oath pledging not to boycott for Palestinian rights. Judges in Texas, Arizona, and Kansas have ruled these laws to be violations of the First Amendment and the American Civil Liberties Union called the bill “unconstitutional”.



Taboola
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".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 11:25

Michael Cohen had more than 1,000 calls and texts with company linked to Russian oligarch after Election Day, unsealed warrant applications reveal

Jailed former longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen had more than 1,000 communications with the head of a Russia linked firm after Election Day 2016 – and banked more than $400,000 in just five months from the company, unsealed warrants revealed Wednesday.

The information about Cohen was contained in five warrants that prosecutors obtained at the start of the Russia probe.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered yet another of his blistering critiques on the probe, which he termed a 'hoax' that was run by 18 'angry' Democrats.

The warrants tell an alternate story, with numerous suspicious transactions running through an LLC, Essential Consultants, that Cohen initially set up to process payments to porn star Storm Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 11:24

Ontario Considers Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith for Christians

The nation of Canada has been giving us a chilling vision of what it looks like when a western nation completely succumbs to the dangerous ideology of multiculturalism, the cultural Marxism that always inevitably restricts the rights of some to pave the way for the rights of others.

There is no equality in multiculturalism.

Christians have faced increasing adversity in Canada as of late, but new proposed legislation that would make it a crime to publicly express one’s faith is a chilling new low.

In the proposed legislation, it would become illegal for Christians to make any public displays which are deemed hateful to Muslims, LGBT people, and other victim groups as designated by the left. The bill has been dubbed “Prohibiting Hate-Promoting Demonstrations at Queen’s Park Act, 2019,” is part of Canada’s anti-hate laws and would give the government complete freedom to ban all things Christian.

May 23 11:23

Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness

Even more striking than the scale of need are the shifting demographics of who is eating here and why. The homeless population is getting younger, staffers say, and more likely to have children and full-time jobs. In one hour, over taco salad and Fanta, I meet fast-food employees, a former car salesman who lost his home in the financial crisis and a pregnant 31-year-old whose baby is due the same month her housing vouchers run out.

But the biggest surprise about St. Vincent’s may be the state in which it’s located. Just four years ago, Utah was the poster child for a new approach to homelessness, a solution so simple you could sum it up in five words: Just give homeless people homes.

May 23 11:21

You’re kidding: Washington cemetery hosts goat yoga among the headstones

A gentle breeze blew through the Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, a more than two-century-old site whose weathered headstones stand in tribute to some of the District’s most notable residents, from John Philip Sousa to Marion Barry. It was a balmy Saturday morning and the atmosphere was solemn — except for the bleating of no fewer than 15 baby goats.

They were there, of course, for yoga.

It was Washington’s first foray into goat yoga, an activity that pairs meditative poses with what amounts to an all-ages petting zoo. The concept originated in 2016 in Oregon, at a birthday party. It was never meant to be a thing. But now it’s a thing.

May 23 11:20

Mysterious Quakes Worldwide Might Be Linked to Birth of Submarine Volcano

The birth of a unique submarine volcano near a French island located between Africa and Madagascar could shed light on a puzzle that has baffled scientists since last year. In 2018, seismic sensors detected strange low-frequency ripples thousands of kilometres away from the discovered developing volcano.

The baby submarine volcano, situated 50 kilometres away of the tiny French island of Mayotte, might be linked to a series of mysterious earthquakes, the results of a French scientific mission suggested, according to National Geographic.

May 23 11:19

Pentagon Mulls Sending More Troops to Middle East to 'Enhance Force Protection'

The United States may consider sending thousands more American troops to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, CNN reported, citing three US officials familiar with the matter.

Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has affirmed that the Pentagon was considering sending more US troops to the Middle East as one of the ways to strengthen protection for American forces there amid tensions with Iran.

"What we're looking at is: are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East? It may involve sending additional troops", Shanahan told reporters outside the Pentagon.

May 23 11:18

Journalists Charged With 15 Felonies For Undercover Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Take Hit In Court

Journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who exposed suspect dealings at taxpayer-funded abortion mill Planned Parenthood via undercover videos, were denied a request to halt criminal prosecution, a press release from The Thomas More Society said on Friday.

May 23 11:18

Scott Adams: Biden, Infrastructure Theater, Word-Thinking, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1131560677942878209

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels…back in the news again
Political season is upon us, and some odd traffic coincidences
We’re left to guess why traffic patterns suddenly altered
The fact we can’t tell why…portends regulation
Lack of social media algorithm transparency…
…IS the end of our Republic
Not necessarily a coordinated conspiracy, but same result
Joe Biden has no legislative accomplishments
A career in politics, and NO accomplishments to show?
VP candidate traditionally boring, watered-down version of POTUS
Biden was more boring than President Obama
Now Biden has to select his own VP, that’s even more boring
CNN and MSNBC producing stories out of colorful words
CNN reports Pelosi says she’s getting under POTUS skin
Social media wasn’t able to obtain their desired result in 2016

May 23 11:17

Ukraine opens high treason case against Poroshenko over Kerch Strait incident

The state investigation bureau has opened the criminal case against Poroshenko based on a statement submitted by ex-Deputy Head of the Administration of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, and attorney Andrei Portnov on May 20. The lawyer requested instituting criminal proceedings against Poroshenko on criminal counts committed by the supreme commander-in-chief in the November 25, 2018 incident when a group of Ukrainian naval ships was transiting the Kerch Strait.

"Poroshenko’s actions were aimed at deliberately provoking the Russian Federation for retaliatory and easily foreseen aggressive actions in a tense situation, which caused losses in the inventory of the Ukrainian Navy," the lawyer’s statement posted on his Facebook says.

Ukraine’s state investigation bureau confirmed on Tuesday it had opened the criminal case related precisely to the Kerch Strait incident late last year.

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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