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Sep 13 11:31

Remember when Wikileaks Exposed Clinton/Podesta As Occultists?

Spirit Cooking

Let’s just say it out loud…

The most powerful people in our country are either outright occultists, are comfortable with witchcraft and Satanism, or are moving and shaking among those who are.

Sep 13 10:19

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie

The latest round in their campaign was U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s disingenuous and falsehood-filled speech at the American Enterprise Institute last week. The speech is useful in one sense: it provides a handy summary of just about every creative and mendacious argument that die-hard opponents of the JCPOA have been cooking up since the agreement was signed. Unfortunately, it is neither an accurate guide to the agreement, to its current status, nor more importantly, to U.S. interests.

Among other things, Haley claimed — falsely — that the deal “gave Iran what it wanted up-front, in exchange for temporary promises to deliver what we want.” The truth is about 180 degrees from this claim: Iran gave up enriched uranium, destroyed 13,000 centrifuges, dismantled the Arak reactor, let the U.N. install monitoring devices, implemented the NPT Additional Protocol, and a host of other measures — all before the United States or anyone else began lifting sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, Under President Trump's watch, are stumbling into a war against Iran after successfully pushing it out of the P5+1 Treaty.

This ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move on the part of the USSA, may result not only in a war against Iran, in the name of "regime change", but also a war against Russia, which has consistently pledged to come to Iran's rescue, should it be attacked militarily.

And the greatest cheerleaders for such a war are none other than President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman.

So President Trump, let me please strongly caution you about the horrific, and dark, consequences for such initiating such a war, where the US will absolutely NOT be on the right side of history: both Netanyahu and Prince Salman are hounding you for regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money, and the costs will outweigh the benefits by too wide a margin to even be conceived as a rational plan.

Time to think this one through carefully, appreciate what the US DOES have as a signatory to the P5+1, and come up with a Plan B.

Sep 13 09:56

16 years ago, we began a “war on terror” that will never end

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, a prescient Hunter S. Thompson column from the day after the attacks was shared on social media. Thompson wrote at ESPN on Sept. 12, 2001:

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

Thompson couldn’t have been more right. More than a decade and a half since the attacks, the United States has led regime change in Iraq and Libya and is still bogged down in the longest war in American history in Afghanistan. During that time, Al-Qaeda has been diminished but remains. A group even more extreme that al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (also sometimes known as ISIS), has risen in the power vacuums created by U.S. interventions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika will most probably self destruct in one of two ways; either in a world war it has generated, but is unable to win for many complex reasons, including not being on the moral side of history, and not having the weapons, troop strength, manufacturing, or money to successfully see it through to its end positively, or ... through a complete economic collapse.

I wish I could come up with a third, positive, rosy view if what may be coming, but I honestly cannot.

Sep 13 09:48

Trump Says North Korea Sanctions Are Nothing Compared to What Must Be Done

President Trump appeared very dismissive today of having successfully gotten new sanctions against North Korea through the UN Security Council. Trump referred to the resolution, which was watered down from initial US demands to get China to sign off, as “not a big deal,” saying he wasn’t sure if it would have any impact at all.

Given the instability of the situation and US threats of war, anything that’s not a big deal might be good news. That would be the case, if President Trump weren’t saying that he intends to follow it up with much bigger moves against North Korea.

Speaking during a meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister, Trump says much tougher measures are needed, and that the Monday sanctions pale in comparison with what’s likely to “have to happen” to North Korea in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Unilateral Moves" the US may make, could possibly borrow a page from those items not included in the UN Sanctions, such as tasking US Naval and Coast Guard ships with interdicting North Korean and other ships bound for North Korea, and demanding that the cargo be inspected.

Such a move, in international Naval Law, is considered an act of piracy, if not an outright act of war.

Sep 13 09:40

Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Pivoting From NATO

ISTANBUL — In the clearest sign of his pivot toward Russia and away from NATO and the West, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey had signed a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.

The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey’s ties with the United States and European Union have become strained.

It is certain to stir unease in Washington and Brussels, where officials are trying to keep Turkey — a longtime NATO member, and an increasingly unlikely candidate for European Union membership — from entering Russia’s sphere of influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too late on that last one; Turkey is now definitely "Under the influence" of Russia, as witnessed by this deal.

Sep 13 09:35

Catalan independence: Police told to seize ballot boxes

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended the law that was to become Catalonia's transitional constitution if it declared independence. Prosecutors in Barcelona have ordered police to seize election resources.

The Madrid-based court preventatively suspended a second law relating to Catalonian independence on Tuesday, news agencies quoting unnamed Spanish court sources reported, adding another legal hurdle for separatists.

Prosecutors in Catalonia also on Tuesday ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election fliers or other items that could be used in the banned referendum, news agency AFP reported.

The court, Spain's highest authority on such matters, had already suspended the law and decree calling for a referendum on Catalonia's independence to be held on October 1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, THAT is really going to go over well with the Catalonian people!!

Sep 13 09:31

North Korea Slams ‘Evil’ Sanctions, Vows Faster Nuclear Push

North Korea rejected the latest round of United Nations sanctions on the isolated state, and vowed to accelerate its plans to acquire a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. homeland.

In its first official response to the new resolution, North Korea’s foreign ministry released a statement on state-run media saying the sanctions justified its nuclear push and strengthened its will to “follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over.”

“The adoption of another illegal and evil ‘resolution on sanctions’ piloted by the U.S. served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right,” the ministry said, according to the Korean Central News Agency. “The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence,” KCNA said, using the country’s formal name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not the rhetoric coming out of North Korea, but precisely what Kim Jung Un is really prepared to do, coupled with a potential confrontation by the US, and approached by China and Russia as an issue which must be resolved diplomatically, avoiding all military confrontation.

The question of possible scenarios dealing with North Korea's nuclear push become more complicated, in light of President Trump's having vowed on the campaign trail that he would never allow North Korea to develop a working nuclear missile.

So one has to ask: how does he honor that in a way that China and Russia can sign off on?!? China has already warned the US that should the US strike first, they will take North Korea's side, militarily.

China warns Trump: we will back North Korea of the US strikes first

It appears, with the promises he made regarding North Korea's nuclear program, that President Trump has painted himself into a corner, and one has to wonder just what his "way out" is going to be, if in fact it is NOT a military confrontation with North Korea.

Sep 13 09:10

HILLARY CONFRONTED DURING BOOK SIGNING: “WHAT HAPPENED TO SETH RICH?”

Hillary Clinton was confronted by Laura Loomer during her book signing for What Happened moments ago, with Loomer asking Hillary, “What happened to your 33,000 emails?”

The event was held at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Hillary’s new book, What Happened, has been panned by critics as yet another example of Clinton’s inability to take personal responsibility for her election defeat.
“So the American people would like to know, what happened to your 33,000 emails?” What happened in Benghazi?” asked Loomer, to which Hillary responded, “Go read the book.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of confrontation should (peacefully) happen at every book signing Hillary does to promote this miserable, blame-game, piece of codswallop!!

And BTW, her publisher has already discounted the price by 40%!!

What Happened To "What Happened": Amazon Slashes Hillary's Book Price 40% Before It Hits Shelves

Sep 13 09:04

CHILDREN HELD HOSTAGE DURING DISTURBING 9/11 DRILL BY SCHOOL OFFICIAL THREATENING TO KILL THEM

Honolulu, HI — In America’s modern-day police state, it seems the state knows no bounds as to how far it will go to keep children and adults in a perpetual state of fear. A recent lawsuit out of Hawaii illustrates the extent of the American fear culture and how its insanity is tormenting and traumatizing America’s youth.

For more than 10 minutes, middle school children were held hostage by a raging lunatic in a mask, swinging a hammer while threatening to kill them all. Naturally, officials claim this drill, involving a school official wearing a mask and holding a hammer while threatening to kill children, was done for the “safety of those children.” Well, Michelle and Eddie Chavez aren’t buying that excuse.

According to a report from Courthouse News, the couple has since filed a federal lawsuit over this incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever engineered this lockdown drill should be sacked; unfortunately, because of a hyper-robust union culture here on Oahu, that probably won't happen until pigs fly.

But think about it; what these drills do is inculcate is a culture of fear and helplessness into children.

This is precisely the kind of dumbed-down, fearful, follow-orders, no thinking for yourself, mentality that those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika wish to "educate" our children to become; as adults, it makes them more easily controlled by sophisticated propaganda, and more easily "sold" on things like wars, and austerity, so that those in the Bowels of Power can pursue their agenda with impunity.

Sep 13 08:51

'VARIABLE SPEED LIMITS' ALLOW POLICE TO CHANGE SPEED LIMITS ON A WHIM

A nightmare driving scenario, is slowly making its way across the country. As states begin installing 'Variable Speed Limits' (VSL) and granting law enforcement access to speed limits, which can be changed on a whim.

Imagine you are cruising down the highway, obeying the posted speed limit of 75 MPH only to find out that you're being ticketed for driving 15 miles over the speed limit.

How can this happen you ask?

In cash strapped America, it is now possible for the police to change speed limits using VSL's. States like Wyoming, Oregon, Georgia, Washington, Utah, New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota. have already begun using them

The USDOT is paying states $1 billion to use VSL's to create 'aggressive congestion-relief programs'.

But how will states payback the $1 billion?

By ticketing motorists of course.
States claim VSL's aren't used to create speed traps

The Georgia DOT claims, VSL's aren't being used to create speed traps...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our Bovine Excrement Detector just rekitted and imploded, on this last story.

Our 18 year-old crudmobile is limited to city streets, because it is close to being on its last legs, and Mike doesn't want to strain its capacity any further than he has to.

But I can imagine how completely frustrated a careful motorist must be, driving what they think is the speed limit, then having that limit changed in order for cops to write tickets to fill the till.

Sep 13 08:49

WHY ARE US UNIVERSITIES ARMING THEMSELVES WITH GRENADE LAUNCHERS?

A program that supplies university police with surplus military equipment is enjoying a renaissance under Trump and Sessions. Most of the military gear is going to campuses in states with the highest poverty rates, where the weapons will be used not only to repress student protests but also to perpetuate racial and class divides between campuses and their surrounding communities.

Sep 13 08:46

RAND PAUL PROPOSES DEFENSE BILL AMENDMENT TO REPEAL WAR POWERS

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote on an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) tomorrow. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) presented an amendment seeking to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This will be the first time the Senate has held a vote regarding the AUMF since 2002.

The amendment would not only repeal the 2001 AUMF, but would also repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. The 2001 AUMF was passed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, while the 2002 AUMF was passed in order to authorize the Iraq War.

The amendment would also require Congress to hold a vote to approve any future authorization of military force. According to Sen. Paul, most senators do not want to take any responsibility for America’s ongoing wars, and would rather refuse to vote on authorizing any future wars.

If passed, it would be six months before the amendment would go into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this bill is a nuanced and moral stand by Rand Paul, I frankly don't see its passing in the Senate.

the acceptance of money from Defense contractors, overt and covert, coupled with the absolute lack of taking any responsibility for the havoc and devastation these horrific American wars have cost this country and the world, is just too comfortable a place for most Senators to leave.

Congress has stopped representing We the People for quite some time now; the only entities they represent are those large corporations which pay them to do so.

They have become useless and irrelevant, for all the "Kabuki theatre" of the election process in this country.

Sep 13 08:45

The Government Begins Censorship Of Media Through Disingenuous Means

The death of free speech is imminent. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can see that the United States mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine designed to brainwash the masses into a lemming-like agreement with the government.

And now, it’s oh-so-ironic that the same government that tells the media what to report on in order brainwash the public is seeking to quiet those who disagree and label them as “propaganda.” Some may call it fake news, others just want a different opinion rather than the left-leaning media hysteria we are accustomed to. But now, media outlet RT (Russia Today), founded in Russia will have to register with the United States as “foreign media;” which will forever give it the inaccurate title of “propaganda.”

Sep 13 08:30

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Riley may be thoroughly invested in the orthodoxy of this position, and/or financially invested in big pharma, but until a true study of a potential causal relationship between these inoculations and miscarriage, she cannot definitively say that there is no relationship.

Sep 13 07:06

ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN, SAUDI ARABIA SETS UP PANEL AND CLEARS ITSELF OF WRONGDOING

A panel set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate civilian casualties found a series of deadly air strikes largely justified, citing the presence of armed militiamen at the homes, schools and clinics that were targeted.

Sep 12 17:04

Social cooling: Does the fear of surveillance make you self-conscious about what you click on?

You're on social media, scrolling for something to capture your attention, and you pause.

There's an image or link that looks interesting. But if you were to click and others — your friends, your family, your employer — were to find out, would that be embarrassing?

While the internet and social media have made us more interconnected than ever, it's also meant constant surveillance by companies — in other words, the feeling that on the internet, we are always being watched. Our clicks are logged, categorised, interpreted and rated.

It's leading to what Tijmen Schep, a Dutch technology critic, calls "social cooling" — a society of increasing social conformity and rigidity, in which we self-censor or second guess what we do online for fear of repercussions.

Sep 12 12:05

The United States Of Hubris

If anyone should have any questions about whether the United States of America is not the most aggressive, warlike, and terroristic nation on the face of the earth, its latest proposed action against the supposed rogue state of North Korea should allay any such doubts.

Last week, the US circulated a draft resolution which it intends to present to the UN Security Council that would give the American Navy and Air Force the power to interdict North Korean ships at sea to determine if they were transporting “weaponry material” or fuel and that US forces would be given “the right” to use “all necessary measures” to “enforce compliance.”*

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question which must be asked, at this point in its history, is whether the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika are going to disappear as the result of a world war, or simply a sheer, economic collapse?!?

Because it is looking to me that we are headed to either one of those destinies as a nation; and unfortunately, there is no middle ground whatsoever here.

Sep 12 11:56

USDJPY Slumps On North Korea Threat About "Next Measures"

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS ONLY ONE PATH - DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR FORCES: IFX

NORTH KOREA DEVELOPING, IMPROVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS MEANS TO DETER U.S. HOSTILE POLICY - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA ABSOLUTELY DISMISSES U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, THEY ARE UNLAWFUL - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS OUR NEXT MEASURES WILL THRUST U.S. INTO WORST PREDICAMENT IT HAS EVER KNOWN: IFX

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Verbal belligerence against the US and UN is Kim's stock in trade; the questions Washington's leadership have to ask, realistically, are, what is he actually prepared to do, against the US, and when does he intend to do it?!?

Sep 12 11:50

Stockman Exposes America's Fiscal Doomsday Machine

Maybe the Democrats did win the 2016 election. Or at least the the Deep State and its accomplices among the beltway political class, K-Street lobbies and the media did.

That’s because the media won a giant victory against something they deplore and despise more than anything else - the public debt ceiling. They sanctimoniously admonish that it’s a relic of the nation’s fiscally benighted past. They operate on a belief that this is an episodic tendency to threaten America’s credit and to offer Capitol Hill an opening to grandstand about the fiscal verities is a blight on orderly governance.

So the Donald’s latest burst of impetuosity — agreeing with Sen. Schumer to permanently abolish the public debt ceiling — has descended on the beltway like manna from heaven. Not Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or even the Great Texas Porker, Lyndon Johnson, dared to utter the thought of it — at least not in polite company.

Sep 12 11:45

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For "Significant, Disturbing Story" About Wasserman Schultz

Last week the Washington Examiner reported that Hina Alvi, the wife of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now-infamous former IT staffer Imran Awan, had struck a deal with federal prosecutors to return to the U.S. where she currently faces charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. The deal with prosecutors mandates a return to the U.S. during the "last week of September 2017" and is structured so that she will not be arrested in front of her children.

Now, if you're the cynical type, then it might have struck you as somewhat odd that Alvi would agree to return from Pakistan, the place to which she successfully fled specifically to avoid the charges she now seems to be embracing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely what DWS (Debbie Wasserman Shultz) will do, or to what lengths she will go, to avoid indictment, coupled with a jury verdict against her, leading to jail time?!?

IF the Clintonistas expect her to take the fall for Clinton's dark doings, they may just want to reconsider.

Sep 12 11:29

FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting

Federal law enforcement agents working the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud probe said the couple, along with other members of the family, were never properly vetted for Congressional security clearances.

Instead the clearances, which provided the Awans access to dozens of Congressional Democrats computer networks and IT systems, were likely approved absent each individual background file getting “fully investigated.”

“I seriously doubt they could have passed a full background (check),” one FBI insider said. “These clearances were pushed through.”

FBI insiders used the word “forged” to describe the process of what happened to the Awan files. Federal law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case divulged:

Either someone with clout in Congress, or higher, made sure the Awans received their security clearances despite glaring problems or the investigators pushed their files through for approval as part of a systemic breakdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these charges are true, how many other Awans are floating about in DC, unvetted and unchecked, hacking and securing classified information from all sorts of Government officials?!?

Sep 12 11:17

Syria Summary – A New Clash Looms in Syria’s East

When the Islamic State siege on Deir Ezzor was broken by the Syrian Arab Army we asked:

Will the SAA cross the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor to retake the valuable oilfields east of it? Or will it stay south of the river and leave those oil fields to the Kurdish U.S. proxies in the north?

To cross the river is clearly desirable but also potentially contentious.

Since then several convoys of military bridging equipment have been seen on the road to Deir Ezzor. It is now obvious that the SAA will bridge the river (all regular bridges have been destroyed by U.S. bombing) and send significant forces across. New questions now are: When, where and with what aim?

The hatched areas of the map show possible next aims for the U.S. proxy campaign (yellow) and the Syrian government forces (red) in their fight against ISIS (grey) and against each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question in my mind is not a question of if, but when US forces connect (unpleasantly) with Russian and Syrian forces over these oil fields.

War with Russia could be triggered on many fronts, like Ukraine, Iran, or Syria; it appears that those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, are thinking seriously about the best scenario to "sell' to the American people as the justification for doing this.

Unfortunately for them, however, the citizens of this country have become very war-skeptical and war-weary, and are beginning to demand of those power brokers in the USSA, that they resolve their geopolitical differences with true diplomacy, and rational, moral hard-won negotiations, rather than through bombs and bullets.

The cost, in American blood and American money, has just been far too great to continue upon this path to national economic self-destruction;and remember that no 16 year-old teenager alive today has ever lived on a planet where the USSA wasn't at war, declared or undeclared, with some other country.

Sep 12 10:55

Lieberman warns Syrians any confrontation will ‘end badly for them’

After Syria threatens repercussions following airstrike attributed to Israel the state's Scientific Studies and Research Center, Israel’s defense minister issues tough warning against following up on threats, warning Syria ‘not to test us, because we take threats seriously.’

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday issued a threatening message to President Assad's regime in Syria, saying "I strongly suggest to our neighbors in the north not to try us or make threats," while warning any confrontation would "end very badly for them."

Regarding the attack attributed to Israel in Syria, Qassem said that it was not a prelude to the war and that there was no need to blow the situation out of proportion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me see if I can get my head wrapped around this; Israel attacked Syria, then told Syria it had "better not" reciprocate?!?

All Syria did, post bombing, was to register a complaint at the UN, which, as a UN member, it had every right to do!

Syria files complaint with UN against Israel following strike on military site

Sep 12 10:43

UN Nuclear Watchdog Defends Iran Deal

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is responsible for verification of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. This means they offer monthly assessments, all of which have affirmed Iran is in total compliance with its requirements under the deal.

Monthly reminders of that fact are increasingly seen as insufficient, however, with the US government publicly attacking the pact and making wild accusations of unspecific Iranian violations. Now, IAEA officials feel obliged to publicly defend the concept of a deal, the nature of this specific deal, and Iran’s compliance all at once.

IAEA chief Amano Yukiya today defended the deal’s verification program as the “most robust” ever, noting that the IAEA has dramatically increased its number of inspections in Iran since the deal was signed, calling the pact a “clear and significant gain.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above was posted at antiwar.com, accompanied by the very troubling headline below:

Trump to weigh more aggressive strategy on Iran

I would very strongly caution President Trump against taking a more martial posture against Iran, and will politely remind him of the following: his BFF in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Beyamin Netanyahu, is constantly clamoring for regime change in Tehran; but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

His perspective on Iran is thoroughly clouded by as much anti-Iranian propaganda the Israelis, and AIPAC, can steer his way.

And then, there is the sure and certain reality that if hostilities escalate into a shooting war between the US and Iran, Russia will most likely come to Iran's aid militarily.

Sep 12 10:28

Senate Leaders Attempt to Limit Debate on Repealing AUMF

Senate officials are hoping to get to a final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a military spending bill in excess of $700 billion. Getting to that vote, however, means dealing with all the military and war-related amendments in the bill.

Senate leaders appear to have decided that the easiest way to get around this is to severely curtail debate on certain particularly controversial issues, with an 89-3 vote today agreeing to limit procedural debates on the matter.

Sen. Paul intends to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The amendment is seen as politically awkward for some hawks, who argue that they want to create a new AUMF that explicitly covers current wars, but who are reluctant to see any limitations placed on the way America’s wars are waged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real problem with the AUMF, as it is currently written and acted upon, is that it has given Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump a "blank check" for funding wars to their liking, but has absolutely neutered Congress' abilities, and responsibilities, for waging wars, as they are given power to do by the Constitution.

And the last thing Congress doesn't want to have to do, is own responsibility for these wars when they go "mammary glands vertical", as they have in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, 16 years on.

Sep 12 10:11

The Sandcastle: Decline From Democracy To Tyranny Is Inevitable

That’s not a pleasant thought to have to consider, but it’s a fact, nonetheless. In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse from their government. This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy. Like the destruction of a sandcastle by the incoming tide, it requires time to transpire, but in time, the democracy, like the sandcastle, will be washed away in its entirety.

Sep 12 10:07

Russia to US: ‘Stop destroying our relationship, start solving problems you’ve caused’

The much-touted meeting between US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon and Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Helsinki has produced no breakthrough, with Russia confirming that further retaliatory measures against US diplomats are imminent.
“We urged them to stop destroying Russian-American relations and undermining international law, and to occupy themselves with solving problems that have arisen not due to any fault of our own,” said a statement from the Russian foreign ministry at the conclusion of the first day of a two-day summit.

READ MORE: Diplomatic war: From Obama’s expulsion of Russian embassy staff to Trump’s closure of SF consulate

When asked if this meant that further restrictions against the US diplomatic corps in Russia will happen within a month, Ryabkov told the Sputnik news agency that he “doesn’t think it will take as long as that.”

Read more

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika want to engineer a new "low" in our relationship with Russia, so that war can ultimately be the only possible outcome.

To those who champion such an outcome, I can only counsel: be careful what you wish for.

Because right now, given its current state, the American military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The weapons Russia field tested in Syria, which have performed so capably, are now in high demand.

And what fluster-cluck has been visited upon the US military, courtesy of Lockheed Martin?!?

I give you ... the F-35.

F-35 grounded due to oxygen problems

F-35 grounded indefinitely due to oxygen problems

F-35 won't have a chance in real combat

Donald Trump should cancel the failed F-35 Fighter Jet Program

F-35 Threat Library Still Way Too Slow; Light Pilots Cleared to Fly By COLIN CLARK"

The F-35 is still horribly broken

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

I rest my case.

Sep 12 10:03

Latest Attack on Sputnik a 'Symptom of a US Media Unused to Competition'

The FBI has questioned former Sputnik employee Andrew Feinberg as part of an ongoing Congressional investigation into whether the agency is a 'Russian propaganda network' worthy of a registry in the US Foreign Agents Act. Speaking to Sputnik, respected author and journalist James Petras explained what was really at the heart of this political circus.

Sep 12 09:17

Private Company Surveilling People Online, Selling Info to Law Enforcement, Govt Agencies

A private company is turning a profit by surveilling people online and then selling valuable information to law enforcement and government agencies.

According to The Washington Post, the company, Babel Street, offers “a subscription called Babel X” which trawls through “some 40 online sources, scooping up data from popular sites such as Instagram and a Korean social media platform as well as inside ‘dark Web’ forums where cybercriminals lurk.”

The Pentagon was the subscription’s first customer, and some users pay more than $20,000 a year to use the service.

Sep 12 04:03

FBI Investigation Into Sputnik Indicates Serious Censorship Problems

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the FBI probe into Sputnik indicates serious censorship problems in the United States, describing the action as a move contradicting pluralism and freedom of the press.

"We do not have detailed information, but in any case, interrogations of journalists or ex-journalists in connection with journalistic activities certainly do not speak in favor of pluralism of opinion and freedom of the press. They rather speak about serious problems with censorship and limiting the work of the press," Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that the Kremlin is concerned.

Moreover, Peskov noted that the work of foreign correspondents in Russia is not restricted.

Sep 12 03:47

Sputnik, the Russian News Agency, Is Under Investigation by the FBI

The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

As part of the probe, Yahoo News has learned, the bureau has obtained a thumb drive containing thousands of internal Sputnik emails and documents — material that could potentially help prosecutors build a case that the news agency played a role in the Russian government “influence campaign” that was waged during last year’s presidential election and, in the view of U.S.

Sep 11 12:38

US DOJ uses WWII-era legislation to demand that RT supplier register as a ‘foreign agent’

The company that supplies all services for RT America channel, including TV production and operations, in the US, has received a letter from the US Department of Justice, claiming that the company is obligated to register under FARA due to the work it does for RT.

Adopted in 1938 to counter pro-Nazi agitation on US soil, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, exists so that “the people of the United States are informed of the source of information (propaganda) and the identity of persons attempting to influence US public opinion, policy, and laws.”

There are 401 entities in the active FARA register and include tourist boards and lobbyists, but no media outlets, which have traditionally been exempt from the legislation.

"The war the US establishment wages with our journalists is dedicated to all the starry-eyed idealists who still believe in freedom of speech. Those who invented it, have buried it," said RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

Sep 11 12:10

MASSIVE RUSSIAN, NATO WARGAMES SET TO BEGIN AMID MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS OF PROVOCATION

As the two old, cold war adversaries, Russia and NATO, prepare to begin massive war games to show off their respective military strengths, it was the UK's turn to accuse Russia first of "testing the West" by conducting war games on NATO’s eastern flank in its biggest military exercise in four years. Speaking on BBC's “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia's exercise "is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong. Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We’re seeing a more aggressive Russia. We have to deal with that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO, having outlived its usefulness, post World War II, seems to have had to conjure up a bogeyman to justify its existence in the 21st century, and seems to have settled upon Russia as the "villain du jour" right now.

But looking at troop movements recently, in which NATO troops literally have Russia surrounded, any stupid miscalculation, any miscommunication, could trigger a shooting war which thinking people in Europe or Russia wants at all.

Let's collectively cross our fingers that things go precisely as planned, and that there is no "volatility" as a result of these Russian war games.

Sep 11 11:57

WELCOME TO 1984: BIG BROTHER GOOGLE NOW WATCHING YOUR EVERY POLITICAL MOVE

Google has taken the unprecedented step of burying material, mostly from websites on the political right, that it has deemed to be inappropriate. The problem, however, is that the world's largest search engine is a left-leaning company with an ax to grind.

Let's face it, deep down in our heart of hearts we knew the honeymoon wouldn't last forever. Our willingness to place eternal faith in an earth-straddling company that oversees the largest collection of information ever assembled was doomed to end in a bitter divorce from the start. After all, each corporation, just like humans, has their own political proclivities, and Google is certainly no exception. But we aren't talking about your average car company here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer, if you do not want your life surveilled by Google, is to use alternative search engines which are censorship free, like Yandex, or DuckDuckGo, while you still can.

Sep 11 11:52

RON PAUL: POLICE STATE WAS PLANNED, 9/11 JUST ‘PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY’ TO IMPLEMENT IT

Sept. 11, 2001, is remembered for a number of reasons, and one of the most important, which often goes unnoticed, is that it was used as an excuse to degrade the liberties of Americans through the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act.

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 26, 2001—just 45 days after 9/11. The act passed in the Senate with a vote of 98-1, and it passed in the House with a vote of 357-66.

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul was one of the few who voted against the act when he was in the House of Representatives, and he has been speaking out against it ever since. Paul is also known for his presidential campaigns, and when he was seeking the Republican nomination in the 2012 election, he reminded the world of one of the most crucial aspects of the PATRIOT Act.

Sep 11 11:47

16 YEARS AFTER 9/11 AND US GOVT HAS PROVEN THEY “HATE OUR FREEDOM” JUST AS MUCH AS TERRORISTS

“They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” – George W. Bush addresses the nation on September 20, 2001 — 9 Days after the attacks

Those of us who are old enough to remember a time before 9/11 can recall “the good old days” before the police state was ramped up to the militaristic control grid that it is today.

We remember a time before fear became the only thing that your television fed you. Sure, the propaganda machine and the war machine has existed long before 9/11, but since that fateful day, the fear peddlers and the tyrants have cranked it up a notch – or ten.

Freedom diminishing step one: The TSA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Think about it; Google's algorithms can now push a search for an "unfavorable narrative" so deeply down, that it cannot be found.

And new legislation continues to be proposed to side-step the First Amendment to the point where it is utterly meaningless.

If ever there was a time to peacefully push back against this slo-mo diminution of our rights, which has made some men, like Michael Chertoff , filthy rich by manufacturing the equipment the TSA uses to "Code Napoleon" you (literally declaring you are guilty, through their "pat down process" before being proven innocent, before boarding a flight), right the heck now is the time.

Sep 11 09:13

FLASHBACK - DUMBING US DOWN WITH BEX: The 9/11 Report A graphic adaptation

By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is approaching. In 2006, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón published part of their graphic novel, The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, in Slate. The book interprets the 9/11 Commission Report with images. To mark the annivesary, Slate is reprinting the first chapter below.

Here is a primary example of the condescending mentality that infects the so called eatablishment!

Sep 11 08:18

9-11 Research: An Attempt to Uncover the Truth About September 11th, 2001

We all know the official story of September 11th: four jetliners were hijacked by groups of four and five Arabic men armed with box cutters, who proceeded to fly three of the four jets into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Subsequently the World Trade Center Towers, weakened by the impacts and fires, collapsed into piles of rubble. The FBI had compiled a list of hijackers within three days, and it was so obvious that Osama bin Laden had masterminded the operation from caves in Afghanistan, that there was no need to seriously investigate the crime or produce evidence. The "retaliatory" attack on the Taliban would soon commence.

Sep 10 08:40

Escaping the Traps of Corporate Impostor Government

Sep 09 11:58

Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: Islamist extremists’ next rallying call?

A version of this article first appeared in South China Morning Post. The version here is published by permission of James Dorsey.>>

Sep 09 11:03

Here's Hartford's Risky Plan To Strongarm Concessions From Its Creditors

After Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin had warned Thursday that the capital of the wealthiest state in the US could be broke in as little as two months, city officials scheduled a conference call with bondholders to begin restructuring talks, according to Bloomberg.

As we noted earlier, Hartford’s financial troubles have been compounded by a broader crisis in the state government. But the city’s yearslong descent into insolvency has been hastened by corrupt and incompetent political leaders, fleeing middle-class residents – and now the hollowing out of the insurance industry that once provided a crucial tax buffer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move could well blow up in Hartford's face.

Sep 09 10:57

Hackers Can Now Cause Blackouts On America's Electrical Grid, Report

It was inevitable that someday, hackers would have the ability to exert control over the U.S. electrical grid. According to the computer security firm Symantec, someday is today.

Hacking attacks over the last several months that targeted U.S. energy companies have been able to gain "operational control" over systems, thus threatening blackouts across the U.S., says Symantec.

The hacker group known as DragonFly 2.0 was able to gain control in at least 20 places, according to the firm.

Wired:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why preppers understand the value of generators, and battery operated appliances.

Sep 09 10:55

"The Guy is Hiding Something": Top Hillary Aide Suggests Bernie Colluded With Russia Too

The length to which Hillary Clinton and her team will go to shift blame onto others for President Trump’s victory last November is stunning.

Adam Parkhomenko, a long time aide to Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter Friday evening to rant about how great his boss’s presidential campaign was in 2016, while taking shots at her primary opponent Bernie Sanders.

In the middle of Parkomenko’s thread, the Clinton aide insinuates something quite explosive - Bernie Sanders may have colluded with Russia in the Democratic primary.

“PS…you seem to ignore the Russia support online for Bernie during the primaries. The guy is hiding something. Not sure I want to know what,” the aide tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A working definition of being a "personality-cult" Democrat in the 21st century: "pathologically incapable of letting go of the lies about why one's anointed candidate did not win the elections, coupled with a pathological inability to face the dark truths of why they did not win."

Sep 09 10:44

AT HOME IN GAZA

Wissam Nassar, a Gaza-born photojournalist who has worked in the coastal enclave for the past eight years, has seen it all. He lives a life surrounded by war and reconstruction but finds the most authentic images he makes as a photographer in the subtler moments of reprieve.

“My family and I are refugees,” Nassar tells TIME, as he recalls growing up in Gaza as one of eight children from what he calls a very “working class family.” Nassar was first inspired to begin documenting Gaza’s most turbulent times while in college. He began his professional career covering the past three Israeli-Hamas wars in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share these images with everyone you know, and ask them: why is the US government supporting a wretchedly apartheid Israel, a bristlingly nuclear and conventional weapons-armed nation, which persists in generating this open-air misery for the people of Gaza from which they cannot escape?!?

Sep 09 10:30

State Dept Approves $3.8 Billion Arms Sales to Bahrain

The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s many, many human rights problems.

The $3.8 billion sale is almost entirely going to Lockheed Martin, who will be providing 19 F-16V fighter jets, along with substantial upgrades to the nation’s existing fleet of F-16s. Raytheon will be selling 221 anti-tank missiles to go with it.

Sales to Bahrain were supposed to be suspended, as Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) had threatened to hold them all up until they resolved tensions with Qatar. In the end, however, Congress is said to have signed off through normal channels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a "double Picard face-palm moment", at velocity, upon reading this.

It's truly ironic: the issue of "human rights", which the US government bandies about as "problems' for countries where it wants regime change, never seems to be an obstacle, when the State Department signs off on huge purchases of US weapons by some of the most revoltingly dictatorial regimes on the planet, such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, due to what the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America get out of those relationships.

The Al-Khalifa monarchy, and its corrupt, violent crackdown on peaceful, democracy-centric protestors is well documented.

These people are thrown into prison, tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit, then sentenced by kangaroo courts to huge amounts of prison time in the worst imaginable prisons on this planet.

But hey, because Bahrain is the home to the Navy's 5th Fleet, that makes the torture, and the vile suppression of human rights coupled with assassinations of the Country's Shia majority JUST PEACHY, in the eyes of my government.

So by the US government's obscuring Bahrain's in-your-face human rights crisis, it has now paved the way for huge defense corporations to be able to sell them weapons, isn't that just wonderful!

No, this is not "wonderful"; this transaction is a bloody stain upon the collective moral conscience of this country, if this country still even has something like this left, which I have to question.

Sep 09 10:08

US Assault Ship Loaded with Joint Strike Fighters Heads to North Korea

The USS Wasp is sailing from its homeport in Virginia to Sasebo, Japan, to join the US Navy’s 7th Fleet and bring Washington’s most advanced fighter jets to North Korea’s backyard.

The Wasp, an Amphibious Assault Ship and lead ship of her class, doesn’t have quite as much surface area for jets to take off and land as the larger Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, but the ship will still bring a new squadron of carrier-compatible F-35B aircraft to the 7th Fleet’s area of operations.

The F-35 B jets have the AV-8 B Harrier’s capability of taking off vertically, as a helicopter does, while also being able to operate in the air like fighter jets.

Placing the Amphibious Assault Ship in proximity to the Korean Peninsula “ensured that our most technologically-advanced air warfare platforms are forward deployed,” USS Wasp Cmdr. Andrew Smith said in an August 30 release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not auger well for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Sep 09 10:04

SENATE BLOCKS RAND PAUL’S BILL TO GIVE MONEY TO HURRICANE VICTIMS INSTEAD OF FOREIGN DICTATORS

As estimates to fix the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey reach over $100 billion, the U.S. Congress has pushed for a bill that would raise the national debt in order to pay for it. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suggested a different solution—why not make cuts to foreign aid in order to help Americans in need?

“My amendment, the ‘America First’ amendment, would take the money from money that we were going to send to foreign countries,” Paul said. “We send billions and billions of dollars to countries who hate us. We send billions and billions of dollars to countries who burn our flag. I think it’s a very simple choice that when we’re looking at those in need in our country, we quit sending money to other countries.”

Paul noted that with the current budget, American taxpayers are funding a failed foreign policy by sending billions of dollars to countries such as Afghanistan, where President Trump recently promised to continue the longest war in U.S. history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely logical, rational, and reasonable; which is why it had absolutely zero chance of getting passed by the Senate!!

Sep 09 07:08

Culturally Responsive Teaching: connecting education to communities of color begins with Truth they are ongoing targets of illegal US .01% rogue state empire

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” ~ Desmond Tutu, 2008

Sep 09 07:07

Case study of LAPD and Palantir's predictive policing tool: same corruption; new, empirical respectability

UT Austin sociologist Sarah Brayne spent 2.5 years conducting field research with the LAPD as they rolled out Predpol, a software tool that is supposed to direct police to places where crime is likely to occur, but which has been shown to send cops out to overpolice brown and poor people at the expense of actual crimefighting.

Sep 09 05:08

Democratic Rep. to introduce bill limiting free speech at universities

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced he will introduce a bill to limit free speech or “hate speech” at universities and colleges and force the schools to report hate crimes to local law enforcement.

His logic behind the bill is to require universities to demonstrate they have programs in place that will define for students “what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech.” Brown said funding will be set aside in a grant for institutions unable to secure the resources to create the programs.

Sep 08 13:09

China Tips its Hand: How it Would Prevent a US Attack on North Korea

The unanswered question of the past several weeks is “What would China do to prevent a US attack on North Korea?” Well, the Chinese began to answer that question with military exercises and deployment of air defense forces designed to expand the roles of anti-missile units in size and scope of territory defended. RT News released an article on September 6 entitled China carries out live-fire exercise fending off ‘surprise’ overseas attack, and here is an excerpt:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American military is singularly unprepared to fight a war against China over North Korea, because it doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive result in a war against China.

Sep 08 13:04

Jim Kunstler Warns, America Is About To Become An "Even More Fragile Place"

Further proof, as if more were needed, that God is rather cross with the world’s number one exceptional nation: Hurricane Irma is tracking for a direct hit on Disney World. In the immortal words of the Talking Heads: This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.

Houston is still soggy and punch-drunk, with a fantastic explosion of breeding mosquitoes, and otherwise it’s not even in the news anymore. This week, the cable networks had their scant crews of reporters scuttling around Florida, asking the people here and there about their feelings. “What’s gonna happen is gonna happen….” I think I heard that one about sixty times, and there’s actually no disputing the truth of it.

Sep 08 12:53

Washington’s Draft UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea

n its current form, a draft US sponsored SC resolution on the DPRK is unacceptable to Russia and China, calling for:

an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong-un and other designated DPRK officials;
designating additional “WMD-related items,” including specified materials, equipment, goods and technology;
designating “conventional arms dual-use and munitions” and related items, including specified materials, equipment, goods, and technology;
designating vessels used to transport coal, its purchase by other countries prohibited;
authorizing UN member states to interdict and inspect North Korean vessels at sea in international waters;
banning exports of crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum products and natural gas to the DPRK;
prohibiting textile exports to the country;
preventing illicit (sic) DPRK coal exports through Rajin;
banning the hiring and use of North Korean workers by other countries; and

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergei Lavrov is someone I consider "an adult in the room" in the vicious playpen which is international politics.

But I have to tell you, very frankly, that the way the language has been structured, insuring that China and Russia cannot possibly approve this resolution, will be the "trigger" which will enforce the Treasury's threat to
impose a ban on all US trade with dozens of nations that trade with North Korea."

Such sanctions cannot possibly be construed as anything but a prelude to a war against North Korea.

Sep 08 12:39

Nigeria cholera outbreak threatens more than 1 mln people in refugee camps

At least 1.4 million people uprooted by Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria are living in 'cholera hotspots', prey to an outbreak of the deadly disease which is sweeping through camps for the displaced, the United Nations said on Thursday.

An estimated 28 people have died from cholera in the conflict-hit region, while about 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including at least 145 children under the age of five, said the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF).

The outbreak was first identified last week in the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which is the heart of jihadist group Boko Haram's brutal eight-year campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

About 1.8 million people have abandoned their homes because of violence or food shortages, U.N. agencies say, and many live in camps for the displaced throughout northeast Nigeria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, like the cholera epidemic in Yemen, is an absolute catastrophe.

Sep 08 12:36

Anonymous anti-BDS group publishes ‘blacklist’ of boycott supporters in New York

Early last week, an unidentified group launched a shadowy website identifying New Yorkers believed to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights—placing their photos, social media links and email addresses on a “blacklist” located at OutlawBDS.com. The list features ninety-seven individuals divided into the categories Campuses, Public & NPOs and Private Sector Activists.

Among those who appear on the so-called blacklist are professors, journalists, students, non-profit staff-members and executives.

Project OutlawBDS claims it was established by a group who “consider themselves to be analytical in their approach to the BDS movement,” whose stated intention is to “provide support for New York State Senate Bill S2492,” the latest attempt to pass anti-BDS legislation in the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only language Israel understands, regarding their treatment of the Palestinians, is economic; this is why, in my opinion, the BDS movement, in the most peaceful way possible, must continue.

Sep 08 12:32

The Slow Poisoning of Our Soldiers, Families on U.S. Bases

While it is generally understood that the U.S. Armed Forces are among the world’s largest polluters, it is not generally recognized that some of the most significant pollution occurs here in the United States at military bases and facilities.

As most pollutants have the greatest effect on those whose immune systems are not fully developed, their impact on military dependent communities, whose populations are disproportionately young children and pregnant women, are of particular concern. Everyone living in communities which host military installations, however, is at great risk, as chronic toxicity—the exposure to and ingestion of toxins over an extended period—can be devastating even to those with fully developed immune systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This government cannot possibly "for the troops" while they allow this slow-mo poisoning of our troops and their families.

This has got to get sorted, and NOW, thank you very much!!

Sep 08 12:29

Haley Debuts Trump’s Case for Ending Iran Nuke Deal

While UN ambassador Nikki Haley certainly didn’t come to the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday to praise the nuclear agreement with Iran, she insisted she wasn’t there to bury it either.

But we think she doth protest too much. Because that is exactly what she set out to do.

“I’m not making the case for decertifying (the agreement),” she told her rapt AEI audience. “I’m just saying if he (president) should decertify, he has the grounds.”

Haley then warned for what would not be the last time that we shouldn’t just assume that the Iranians were “doing the right thing.”

“What if they weren’t doing the right thing?” Haley presupposed, “And when that 10-year (expiration) hits … they start a nuclear war?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley, a word, please!

Your Wikipedia bio states the following:

"She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in accounting."

I notice that in no part of your education, were you ever documented as having taken any courses in physics, nuclear technology, or nuclear weaponry.

Those highly trained and skilled member of the IAEA, who DO have the education and training to make an intelligent judgement in these matters, have certified Iran to be conforming to all aspects of the P5+1 , for the 8th time in a row, since the accord was reached.

And under what grounds can President Trump possibly claim decertification, when the IAEA claims that there are no grounds for his doing so?!?

Also, apparently you didn't get the following memo, or chose not to read it, appearing at sputniknews.com just two days ago:

Iran Condemns Pyongyang's Nuclear Tests

The article goes on to state:

"According to Iranian parliamentarian Morteza Saffari Natanzi, who is a member of the country’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Iran is against nuclear weapons tests by any country and strongly condemns Pyongyang’s latest test of an alleged hydrogen bomb, the Iran Front Page reported.
"Based on a religious decree by Iran's leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], Tehran is totally against any production of weapons of mass destruction," he said in an interview.

"'Iran has a nuclear program that included a research reactor, uranium mines, uranium processing facilities and uranium enrichment plants. It maintained for decades that its nuclear program was purely peaceful and civil, but was slammed repeatedly with sanctions by the US and the UN, alleging that Iran was secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapons program.

The Iranian lawmaker voiced his concern over the growing number of nuclear weapons in North Korea, saying that North Korea's missile tests are Pyongyang's way of showing the United States that they are indeed powerful, especially since the United States has a history of interfering in world politics."

So, Ambassador Haley, THIS is the country from which the US expects a nuclear war, when they have initiated no wars whatsoever over the last 200 years?!?

Please, the world understands, very clearly, that Israel desperately wants regime change in Iran, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

Whatever Tel Aviv is paying you to projectile-vomit this codswallop, it cannot possibly be enough!!

Sep 08 12:08

Israeli Intel Chief: Military Working to Attack Enemies ‘Near and Far’

While refusing to confirm or deny reports of Israel’s overnight attack on a Syrian military base, IDF military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Harzi Halevi bragged of the Israeli military’s capabilities, saying they would continue to attack enemies “near and far.”

Maj. Gen. Halevi made it very clear that when he says “enemies,” he mans Iran, playing up the “threat” posed by Iranian forces in Syria, as well as Iranian forces in Iran. He played up the “precise intelligence” which Israel has for targeting them everywhere in the region.

These comments were echoed by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who also dodged the question about attacking Syria, but said that Israel was “ready and determined to defend ourselves,” also playing up the idea that this would be against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Defense" for the Israeli government, has most generally translated as "offense" against peaceful countries in the region with which it steadfastly refuses to get along.

I would, however, politely issue a caveat for both Maj. Gen. Halevi and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman: any Israeli-generated war against Iran will almost certainly mean a war with Russia, as both Russian military and civilian leadership have, collectively, gone on the record as stating that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to Iran's aid militarily.

And gentlemen,I would politely ask you to please, collectively, disabuse yourselves of the notion that Americans are eager to sacrifice more blood and money to what is essentially an Israeli cause; Americans, after having been lied into those debacles which are the war in Afghanistan,and the war in Iraq, are both intensely war-weary, and war-skeptical.

What may be seen nationally as an Israeli imperative for regime change in Tehran, doesn't translate well at all to most American working people, no matter how hard AIPAC pushes this agenda: that Tehran must be regime changed, to please Israel, but America must bear the brunt of all the costs, both human, and financial, to accomplish such an end.

Sep 08 12:03

The horrors of ‘the first 9/11’ are routinely overlooked

On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile was ousted by United States-backed forces in one of the Cold War’s defining moments. Allende himself was killed during the coup while his presidential palace, La Moneda, was extensively bombed. Many thousands of Chileans were either murdered, “disappeared”, imprisoned, and coerced to emigrate or enter exile. Allende’s widow and family were forced to go into hiding in Mexico for many years.

Sep 08 11:43

Here Is the Syria Report Withdrawn by the U.S. Holocaust Museum

As Daily Intelligencer noted yesterday, the U.S. Holocaust Museum is at the center of a burgeoning controversy over its decision to conduct a study, through its Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, about whether the United States could have taken a more active role in the Syrian civil war for the sake of protecting civilians, hundreds of thousands of whom have died in the conflict — many as a result of the shelling, torture, gas attacks, and other atrocities committed by Bashar Al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is enlightening to understand just who Leon Wieseltier is, and why he so adamantly criticised the outcome of this study.

Profile:
Leon Weiseltier

A staunch Zionist, Weiseltier was profoundly unhappy about the US government's more limited used of force in Syria, meaning that the much hoped for "regime change" in Damascus was not going to happen, in spite of the US government's having funded, trained, and armed many of the jihadis who were supposed to make the Al Assad regime crumble.

And please note: Israel and its cheerleaders, like Weiseltier, constantly clamor for regime change in the Middle East, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money.

Reading the redacted study, at the bottom of this article, can be very... useful.

Sep 08 11:41

URGENT: SOUTHFRONT’S WORK IS FULLY BLOCKED ON YOUTUBE

The project’s YouTube channel received two community guidelines strikes over the past 48 hours. With two community guidelines strikes, SouthFront cannot upload new videos on YouTube. Work on YouTube is now fully blocked.

Sep 08 11:26

US Seeks UN Permission to Board North Korean Ships

Despite Russian opposition already having effectively killed the chances of a total oil ban on North Korea being enforced, the US is still pushing the plan at the UN Security Council. It’s not just a ban, however. The US wants permission to militarily enforce it.

The resolution includes broad language allowing the US Navy and Air Force to capture and board North Korean ships at sea, and to use “all necessary measures” to force them to reveal if they are complying with the ban.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley is looking for a vote by Monday, though it seems like any language within the bill about interdiction of North Korean ships is likely to be removed at the behest of both China and Russia if the resolution is to survive at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should such a completely reckless and irresponsible act move forward, either on the part of the UN (which is doubtful) or the US Department of Treasury (which is more likely), it will be interpreted as an act of war by both North Korea and China, and will be responded to accordingly.

Sep 08 11:15

Iran Condemns Pyongyang’s Nuke Tests, Says War 'Imminent’ Without Talks

According to Iranian parliamentarian Morteza Saffari Natanzi, who is a member of the country’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Iran is against nuclear weapons tests by any country and strongly condemns Pyongyang’s latest test of an alleged hydrogen bomb, the Iran Front Page reported.

"Based on a religious decree by Iran's leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], Tehran is totally against any production of weapons of mass destruction," he said in an interview.

Iran has a nuclear program that included a research reactor, uranium mines, uranium processing facilities and uranium enrichment plants. It maintained for decades that its nuclear program was purely peaceful and civil, but was slammed repeatedly with sanctions by the US and the UN, alleging that Iran was secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, THIS... is a statement you will NEVER be allowed to hear from the US corporate presstitutes and whorespondents!!

Well spoken, Majlis Member Natanzi: WELL SPOKEN!! :-)

Sep 08 11:06

China’s Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump that North Korea nuclear issue must be solved via talks

China is focused on solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through talks and peaceful means, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Wednesday (Sept 6).

The United States and South Korea have asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear test on Sunday that Pyongyang said was a advanced hydrogen bomb.

Washington and its allies have said there is a growing urgency for China, North Korea’s top trading partner, to apply more pressure on its already isolated neighbour to get it to back down on its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes.

China “unswervingly” works to realise denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and to safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation system, Xi told Trump, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am glad that there is dialogue on North Korea between President Trump, and his counterpart, Xi Jingping.

But that being said, if Kim Jong Un orders that a missile be fired tomorrow, which is the anniversary of the founding of the Country of North Korea, as many North Korea watchers are anticipating, all bets may well be off.

President Trump may well believe that he has "got to do something" to demonstrate American resolve; and that "something" may well be a full-blown military response, coupled with a decap strike against Kim, and the whole of Pyongyang.

IF China comes in on the side of North Korea, we may well be looking at World War III.

Sep 08 10:53

ISRAEL LAUNCHES AIR STRIKES ON SYRIA AND ASSAD'S "WAITING GAME"

Immediately after Israel's latest unprovoked strike on Syria we posed the question, did Benjamin Netanyahu just panic? The answer is yes, Israel is now acting from a position of desperation as it has failed in its goal of regime change in Syria. Overnight (Wed. evening/Thursday early morning), Israel attacked a Syrian military base near the town of Masyaf at about 3:00 a.m. which Syria has now confirmed in a statement that warns of "serious repercussions". Syria reported two troop deaths in the attack. It appears to have been a massive strike - grainy photos show a large fireball lighting up the night sky outside of Masyaf.

But this is the reason for Israeli media and defense officials quickly claiming that the strike at Masyaf was on a chemical weapons facility: they know the "humanitarian" angle sells in the West, especially when coupled with allegations of civilians being gassed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported in salon.com:

Seymour Hersh Casts Doubt on Reported Syrian Gas Attack

Right now, Netanyahu and his wife have been the targets of corruption probes in Israel. I do not know if these attacks are an attempt at "misdirection" of the national and international press, but the reputations of both of them havebeen irreparably damaged, making Netanyahu, geopolitically, a very wounded animal.

And nothing is more dangerous in this world than a geopolitically wounded animal, because it is impossible to know precisely where they will lash out, or why.

In his diminished emotional and intellectual state, Netanyahu may just haul off and attack Iran directly, expecting that the US will scream "We'll fight with you!" when a war against Iran most probably translates into a war with Russia, which the US military is thoroughly unprepared to successfully undertake.

Netanyahu is scheduled to address the UN on 19 September.

Benjamin Netanyahu to Address the UN the Same Day as does Trump

Look for more intense, mad-dog, foaming at the mouth histrionics, and more bashing of both the Palestinian leadership, and that of Iran.

Sep 08 10:25

TWO FLORIDA NUCLEAR PLANTS ARE IN IRMA’S PROJECTED PATH — AND ONE IS ALREADY LEAKING

Perhaps more concerning is that the Turkey Point plant’s old cooling canal system has been leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay. The New York Times noted last year that a study found “elevated levels of salt, ammonia, phosphorous and tritium, a radioactive isotope that is found in nature but also frequently associated with nuclear power plants.”

Though the levels of tritium were reportedly too low to harm people, they were enough for scientists to determine that the plant was the source. Environmentalists worried about marine life and the plant’s owners’ slow reaction to remedy the leak. It’s unclear how a hurricane might affect the already leaking facility.

Regardless, Robbins says Florida Light & Power is prepared to shut down the sites if it looks like Irma will hit them. “If we anticipate there will be direct impacts on either factory we’ll shut down the units,” he told the Miami Herald, noting doing so is a gradual process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is very concerning, and I don't know precisely how reassured I am with the understanding that both plants will be shut down in anticipation of the landfall of Irma.

Sep 08 10:22

Chris Wray, FBI director: No sign of White House interference in Russia probe

said he has “enormous respect” for Mr. Mueller and full confidence in others assigned to the probe.

Sep 08 10:19

SON OF WORLD’S MOST ANTI-DRUG PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING $125M IN METH

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has made a name for himself carrying out a most brutal war on drugs, publicly urging police and civilians to summarily execute drug users and dealers. This campaign of mass murder has so far claimed thousands of lives.

President Trump even called Duterte in April to praise him personally, saying, “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem.”

What would the bloodthirsty president say if his own son, Paolo Duterte, was involved in drug dealing?

That question might be answered pending the result of a Filipino Senate investigation. While his father is hell-bent on a drug war crusade, Paolo is accused of being involved in a $125 million shipment of crystal meth from China into the port in Manila.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether in the Philippines or the US, people in positions of well-connectedness believe that they are absolutely above the law; and if you don't believe that, just ask Hillary Clinton!

Image: Hillary Clinton posing with known and convicted Drug Felon, Jorge Cabrera

Sep 08 08:10

How Kim Jong-un would escape in caves if a nuclear war occurs

This is a really cheesy story focusing on how Kim Jong-un and his favorite stash of Swiss Cheese will be very difficult for the US to take out.

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will escape to a vast complex of underground tunnels if a nuclear war breaks out — with a huge supply of his favourite cheese.

Aiden Foster-Carter, an expert on North Korea and honorary senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, said that Kim Jong un is unlikely to go without his favourite treats in the event of war.

He added that the dictator had to retreat from public life after eating too much Emmental cheese after receiving a huge shipment of it from Switzerland.

When asked about whether Kim will stockpile his favourite cheese, he added: “I’m sure that wherever he goes he’ll be provided for.”

Sep 07 18:25

Toys R Us Hires Bankruptcy Law Firm

Toys R Us, with 1,694 stores globally, has $5.2 billion in long-term debt, according to its latest quarterly report, and sports a negative equity of $1.3 billion. Quarterly sales declined 4.8% year-over-year, to $2.2 billion. This isn’t a one-quarter dip: sales are down 15% from the same quarter in 2012. And the net loss jumped 30% year-over-year to $164 million.

The company needs to restructure its debts, particularly $400 million that is coming due in 2018, and a bankruptcy filing is one of the options, “sources familiar with the situation” told CNBC on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to result in a lot of economic dominoes falling, if this firm cannot get the funding it needs, and has to resort to bankruptcy.

Sep 07 18:03

Hurricane First Responders Sue Chemical Plant After Breathing Chemical Fumes

A Houston-area chemical plant is being sued by seven first responders who are seeking a total of $1 million in damages for respiratory injuries sustained after an explosion in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey released noxious fumes.

Houston lawyers Misty Hataway-Cone and Kimberley Spurlock are suing the Arkema company for gross negligence, accusing the Crosby, Texas, plant of ignoring "the foreseeable consequences of failing to prepare" for the hurricane despite advanced warning of the storm’s destructive potential and past experiences with flooding. The plant lost its ability to cool heat-sensitive compounds contained in trailers filled with dangerous chemical compounds when it lost electricity, leaving the trailers susceptible to explosion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Arkema should be sued out of existence for this.

Sep 07 17:50

Photographer: Simon Dawson/BloombergThree Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Trio didn’t know about the intrusion when selling, firm says
Shares tumbled in late trading after company disclosed breach
Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers.

The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said.

The credit-reporting service said late Thursday in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Plodder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10 b5-1 scheduled trading plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these men did not know about about the breach, why, precisely, did they unload these stocks at about precisely the same time?!?

And Ms. Gurzmer, a word, please: If you think that the American people are going to believe this tripe, I would refer you to President' Bush's lie about "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."

Look at the timing of the transactions; 29 July; and 2 August; there is no way that the breach would not have been the reason for the selling of these shares.

Your cleverly concocted bit of codswallop will be swallowed whole by anyone; Equifax, once highly respected, will now be eschewed, as though all of your employees had instantly become antibiotic-resistant plague-carriers.

Sep 07 13:33

US Army prepares forces in South Korea for WMD attack

The US Army wants its forces deployed in South Korea to train for a potential attack with the use of hazardous materials, which could be radioactive or chemical.

The Army’s 718th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD) in South Korea should be taught to be able to identify hazardous materials, “know how to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations,” as well as to be able implement decontamination procedures, according to the contract proposal which the Army posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
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It is expected to be a two-week training course, taught on-site at the US Camp Humphreys base in South Korea.

The US has around 25,000 troops deployed in the country, at some 80 sites across the country.

In late August, the Pentagon posted another proposal for contractors to build walls around four US bases in South Korea to protect them from a potential attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could the US Military be telegraphing any more loudly that the "false flag event" du jure, to be blamed on North Korea as a justification as war against it, will be a faked chemical or radiological attack?!?

I rather think not!!

Sep 07 13:28

Top Eight Carcinogenic Food Additives and Ingredients Banned Nearly Everywhere Except in the US

You see, most countries around the world have a universal healthcare insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set and maintained by a government committee. That means the government wants their citizens to be healthy in order to protect the people and the national budget. In America, however, the sicker the citizens get, the more money gets pocketed by the government, the sick care industry, and of course the toxic food industry, all of which have free reign over the US regulatory industries, such as the FDA, the CDC and the USDA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please pass this article to friends you care about; then, give this article to the managers of the grocery stores you patronize, and see if they know about the damages these chemicals cause, and let them know you will no longer buy anything with these chemicals in them, even if that forces you to buy your groceries at a health food store, for a much higher price.

The medical industrial complex makes a living by somewhat ameliorating the damage done by food toxins used by Big Agra, which wind up damaging the human system.

But why do we have (alleged) Congressional Representatives who refuse to legislate against the use of these toxins?!?

The logical answer here, is that these same alleged Congressional Representatives are most probably bribed by those very same companies which use these poisons.

Sep 07 13:21

Israel strikes deep in Syria, said to hit military facility

Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria Thursday, killing two soldiers, the Syrian army said, in a stronghold of President Bashar Assad that is also heavily protected by the Russians and Iranians.

The airstrike targeted a facility near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, described by some as a missile producing factory, amid Israeli outrage over Iran's growing influence in the war-torn country.

Other reports suggested the facility was tied to Syria's chemical weapons program.

In a statement, the Syrian army said the Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from Lebanese air space, and warned of the "dangerous repercussions of such hostile acts on the security and stability of the region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In his last audience with Russian President Putin, Netanyahu made the comment that Israel would continue hitting Syria to prevent an Iranian presence here. He has now done precisely what he promised.

There will most likely be repercussions from this bombing, which may well be asymmetric in nature.

Sep 07 13:07

The Southern Poverty Law Center Has $69 Million Parked Overseas

The Southern Poverty Law Center invests almost 20 percent of its nearly $320 million endowment fund in offshore equities and other investments. The 2016 annual report of the Alabama-based civil rights organization reports $69,093,576 of "non-U.S. equity funds" among the assets comprising the total endowment fund of $319,283,961, a fund the SPLC describes as a "plan for the day when nonprofits like the SPLC can no longer afford to solicit support through the mail because of rising postage and printing costs." (Given that 2016 contributions topped $45 million, that day has not yet arrived.)

Although the details of most of the SPLC's foreign investments are unknown, the portfolio includes at least several million dollars in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda, as Joe Schoffstall reported in the Washington Free Beacon last week. The Beacon quoted two financial industry executives who expressed surprise and incredulity about the SPLC's offshore investing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love that acrid smell of hypocrisy, coupled with irony, in the morning!!

Sep 07 13:00

Neocon Creep” and the Trump Administration

the urge to shape and control US foreign and war policies is strong in neoconservative circles. The critiques from the AEI stable of advisors and op-ed writers alone on a Presidency under constant attack from the domestic left and a generally neoconservative TV, radio and print media, can be very effective. The center and left leaning thinktanks in D.C. all embrace aggressive interventionism abroad, and advocate for it.

Sep 07 12:54

Top Eight Carcinogenic Food Additives and Ingredients Banned Nearly Everywhere Except in the US

You see, most countries around the world have a universal healthcare insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set and maintained by a government committee. That means the government wants their citizens to be healthy in order to protect the people and the national budget. In America, however, the sicker the citizens get, the more money gets pocketed by the government, the sick care industry, and of course the toxic food industry, all of which have free reign over the US regulatory industries, such as the FDA, the CDC and the USDA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please pass this article to friends you care about; then, give this article to the managers of the grocery stores you patronize, and see if they know about the damages these chemicals cause, and let them know you will no longer buy anything with these chemicals in them, even if that forces you to buy your groceries at a health food store, for a much higher price.

The medical industrial complex makes a living by somewhat ameliorating the damage done by food toxins used by Big Agra, which wind up damaging the human system.

But why do we have (alleged) Congressional Representatives who refuse to legislate against the use of these toxins?!?

The logical answer here, is that these same alleged Congressional Representatives are most probably bribed by those very same companies which use these poisons.

Sep 07 12:45

The US-Pakistan Standoff: Trump’s “Anti-Pakistan Strategy” is Directed against China and Russia

Beijing showed support to Pakistan right after Trump’s Afghanistan speech saying the country has made great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. China’s foreign minister who was already in Pakistan on a visit agreed with Pakistani officials to maintain high level military, security and economic cooperation.

China’s “One Belt, One Road” project pumping US$ 55 billion into neighbor is alone a magnet to Pakistan’s Government. The US is opposed to China almost equally to Russia for disputed Islands in the South China Sea as well as its claims of standing by North Korea in the event of war with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump wanted to push Pakistan into the Chinese/Russia economic/geopolitical orbit, he certainly did a fantastic job in doing that with his Afghanistan speech!!

Sep 07 12:37

WELLS FARGO CAUGHT WITH ANOTHER 1.4 MILLION FAKE ACCOUNTS,

WILL ANYONE EVER GET JAILED?

Sep 07 12:10

Netanyahu Bars Al Jazeera's Israel Chief From Government Press Seminar on Freedom of Speech

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Government Press Office to remove Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau chief Walid Al-Omari from a state-sponsored seminar on freedom of speech planned for Thursday.

"The prime minister instructed that legal steps be taken to deny press passes of all Al Jazeera journalists working in Israel and to close their offices in Israel," the GPO announced in a Facebook post.

Last month, the GPO announced its intentions to revoke the press accredidation of an Israeli Al Jazeera correspondent over comments he made on another TV network last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, is painfully slow on the uptake, when it comes to irony!!!

Apparently, he can not even begin to comprehend the optics of this ban!!

Sep 07 12:04

U.S. forces apologize for 'highly offensive' Afghan propaganda leaflet

A senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized on Wednesday for a “highly offensive” leaflet which contained a passage from the Koran used in the Taliban militants’ banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.

The Taliban said the leaflet showed American hatred of Islam, adding that it had launched a suicide attack near the entrance to the U.S. Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in revenge.

The image, distributed by U.S. forces in Parwan province, north of Kabul, on Tuesday, showed a section of the Taliban’s banner superimposed onto the side of a dog - an animal considered unclean by Muslims. The banner contains a passage from the Koran in Arabic.

“The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam,” Major General James Linder said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard facepalm, upon reading this!! :-(

Double Picard Face Palm

Sep 07 12:00

'Horrific' accusations of torture, sex abuse in Bahrain

Bahrain has brutally cracked down on opponents over the past year with security forces jailing, torturing, and sexually assaulting more than 160 government critics, rights groups said on Thursday.

Between June 2016 and June 2017, at least 169 Bahrainis have also been threatened, harassed, and banned from leaving the Gulf island nation, Amnesty International said in its report, 'No one can protect you': Bahrain's year of crushing dissent.

"We have heard horrific allegations of torture in Bahrain. They must be promptly and effectively investigated and those responsible brought to justice," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"The government of Bahrain has managed to crush a formerly thriving civil society and reduced it to a few lone voices who still dare to speak out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

Today you held a press conference with Emir Al-Sabah from Kuwait.

You also mentioned Bahrain by name, as being one of America's BFFs in the region.

So here is what must be the quid pro quo for you: you have bonded our country, geopolitically, to a barbaric dictatorship which rapes, beats, hangs, and tortures peaceful demonstrators, in return for the continued use of its housing the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Historically, those in the bowels of power in the Deep State of the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika, have had absolutely no qualms about getting in bed with dictators, if those country's dictators suit Amerika's needs. Look at Pinochet's Argentina, and the Shah's Iran, for unequivocal proof of this.

But Mr. President, at what moral cost to your Presidency, have you done this?!?

The realities of the brutality of the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy toward their Shiite minority have been thoroughly documented; there is no room for saying that this is not happening.

When this country gets cozy with dictatorships, for various geopolitical gain, it broadcasts that those alleged American ideals of democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech are simply a charade, to be well and truly flushed, when a "deal" can be made with a foreign dictator; the US relationship with Bahrain, given its appalling human rights record, is one of those moments when the hypocrisy of such actions is laid absolutely bare, for all the world to see, Mr. President.

Sep 07 11:33

HRW: Egypt torture likely 'crime against humanity'

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Wednesday accused Egyptian security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable "crime against humanity."

The New York-based rights group said security services in the North African country used torture as a "systematic practice" against suspected opponents of the government.

Rights groups have regularly accused Egyptian security services of practising torture, something the interior ministry has denied.

The government has acknowledged there have been "individual" cases of torture, and several policemen have been tried and sentenced for violent deaths in detention in recent years.

"Human Rights Watch believes the torture epidemic in Egypt likely constitutes a crime against humanity, due to its widespread and systematic practice across Egypt," the group said in the report.

It said it had interviewed 19 former detainees who detailed the methods of torture, which include electrocution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How reminiscent of Americans torturing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib!!

I just have to wonder; where did the Egyptian military learn about these techniques of torture, which the US government has sanctioned, and used, or outsourced the use of, against prisoners of war?!?

Sep 07 11:28

Israel Plans Expansion of Largest Settlement in East Jerusalem

The Israeli settlement of Nof Zion has struggled historically, as it was built in the middle of a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerssalem. Officials are looking to give out building permits to greatly expand the settlement, making it the largest built within a Palestinian neighborhood.

Discussion is set to begin Sunday on the new permits. If approved, this would bringing the settlement to in excess of 200 families. The expansion will cut even deeper into the existing neighborhood, which is sure to fuel anger about the move.

The discussion and presumptive approval will take place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is out of the country, visiting Latin America before capping off a 10-day trip at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of the Israeli government, from its inception, has never been peace, but physical expansion, and by any means necessary.

With the approval of this settlement, they will be cutting more territory from the Palestinians in East Jerusalem, for Jewish-only settlers.

The adding insult to injury against the Palestinians has been a tried-and-true Israeli gambit for all of its existence.

And unfortunately, with President Trump in the White House, its Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, feels that he can get away (nearly literally) with murder against the Palestinians, including stealing their land in East Jerusalem.

And if you think my claims about Israel's wanting middle-eastern territory is false, please take a look at the following map of Erez Israel, which is the physical extension of Israel into other countries, claimed by the Biblical kingdom of Israel, and so coveted by its Zionists:

Map: Erez Israel

See how many bits and pieces of other existing sovereign countries Israel would have to nibble off to reach its goal here?!?

And, more importantly, have the leadership in Egypt; Syria; Iraq; Lebanon; and Saudi Arabia "received the memo" that this is, ultimately, Israel's design intent, here?!?

Sep 07 10:50

Aung San Suu Kyi says 'terrorists' are misinforming world about Myanmar violence

Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation” about violence in western Myanmar that has forced more than 140,000 Rohingya refugees into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The de-facto leader of Myanmar is under growing pressure to halt “clearance operations” by security forces in Rakhine state. The United Nations secretary-general has warned that the operations could verge on ethnic cleansing.

Senior Myanmar officials said on Wednesday the country was lobbying powerful allies to ward off a UN security council resolution on the issue, as accusations emerged that security forces have been laying landmines along the Bangladesh border to prevent fleeing Rohingya from returning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Ahn San Suu Ki, this is what you attempt to do when you can no longer control the narrative?!?

If you think, my dear lady, that the world is going to swallow this codswallop whole, you had better think again.

I present, for your, and the world's education, current images of Myanmar paramilitary/police burning down the homes of Ethnic Roihingyans, and turning those left into refugees:

Images: Rohingya Muslim village 'burned by Burmese army'

At least 30,000 Rohingya trapped in Myanmar mountains without food

Myanmar: What sparked latest violence in Rakhine?

Villagers slaughtered in Myanmar 'massacre', reports of women and children among more than 100 dead

Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar?

images: Rohingya people being tortured and their homes burning by Mayanmar police and military, August 2017

These images, and the people who took them, and wrote about them, do not lie. And these people, war-zone photographers and writers, are among the most brave, honorable people one could find, if their goal is to tell the truth they see on the ground.

And if everything was so peachy keen wonderful for the Rohingyas in Myanmar, why have you refused to allow UN humanitarian relief in, and why are journalists now excluded from your country? It is because the narrative you wish to spin about the situation with the Rohingya people doesn't match the reality on the ground that they would see?!?

Is this vile behaviour toward the Rohingya peopleMyanmar's "Final Solution" against them?!?

And you know enough about history to understand precisely what the phrase "Final Solution" means. It means ethnic cleansing unto death; genocide, if you will.

It is a damned pity that the Nobel Committee has no mechanism with which to rescind its Nobel Prize, when the prize winner is acting in a completely immoral and thoughtless way, post award; because if anyone was ever a true "poster child" for such a mechanism to be invoked, it is you, my dear, and right the heck now!!

Sep 07 09:57

EU Court Rules Against Hungary, Slovakia ‘Refugee Resettlement’ Challenge

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected Hungary and Slovakia in their challenge of ‘refugee resettlement’ quotas being imposed by Brussels, prompting a stern response from both governments who appear intent to continue the battle.

Sep 07 09:44

Google is NSA

Google wants to be Big Brother’s eyeballs on you. All us Internet gurus knew this since before the NSA was found out spying on everybody. But now the Mountain View boys are more determined than ever to filter your information, and to obliterate any semblance of truth reaching people.

Sep 07 09:43

US Will Send 3,500 More Troops to Afghanistan

One week after the Pentagon announced an escalation of the Afghan War of an unspecified size, anonymous US officials are saying that the deployment will be about 3,500, bringing the total size of the US forces in the country to 14,500.

The Pentagon would officially neither confirm nor deny the figure, saying that they will not comment in any way on the numbers until there is an official announcement. This figure is roughly in line with expectations of the size of the deployment.

This is, however, expected to only be the first deployment in a much broader open escalation announced by President Trump last month. It’s not clear that subsequent deployments will be announced at all, with or without numbers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, have collectively, solemnly, examined the sacrificial entrails, and then whispered into President Trump's ears "This time, it will be different, honest, we promise, Donald!"

I would like to very politely remind these gentlemen that doing something precisely the same way, over and over, and yet , somehow, miraculously, expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

This fear of being perceived as "failing to win" by the US military, 16 years on, has been the largest stumbling block to any rational, realistic thinking on Afghanistan.

What the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, and NATO, should be doing is evacuating their troops as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Sep 07 09:20

9 THINGS THE MSM DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE WAR IN YEMEN

About two and a half years ago, Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen and began an occupation to prop-up the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Saudi’s air strikes deliberately target homes. Tens of thousands have died. Millions are at risk of famine. The siege has triggered a globally-unprecedented cholera epidemic. And people can’t even flee the country because the airport is closed at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

Corporate media barely covers Yemen at all. Not only do they leave many key pieces of information out, they blatantly lie to reinforce their imperialist narrative. Here, Geopolitics Alert will attempt to debunk many of the most common myths and explain the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other things that MSM doesn't want you to know are as follows; and warning: the images used are highly graphic, but I have deliberately chosen them to bear Christian witness to what is happening here.

1. The US enables the Saudi genocide in Yemen by selling them the weapons, and providing "guidance" to their airstrikes. They strike homes, markets, hospitals, with absolute impunity. And here is the devastation those airstrikes create:

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi Airstrikes

Please remember; this genocide is created, in part, through your tax dollars and in your name.

2. Because Yemeni ports are being blockaded, through US/Saudi troops, no food can get in, so children are not dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

And of course, with malnutrition comes disease: Yemen is now facing one of the most severe epidemics of cholera (and perhaps, a weaponised strain) with grownups and children dying in staggering numbers every day:

Images: Yemeni adults and children, stricken with cholera

And not content with that, the Saudi military has used depleted uranium weapons in Yemen. This poisons babies in the womb, and leads to massive birth defects; stillbirths; and massive cancers.

Images: Yemeni infants deformed through exposure to depleted uranium in the womb

And not content with THAT, Saudi soldiers have been using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen. These weapons burn flesh right though to the bone:

Images: Saudi soldiers using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen

The stark, hard reality here, is that the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America have been colluding with the Saudis by partnering in war crimes with them; there is just no other way to say this, than to blurt it out.

I am profoundly, morally uncomfortable being a citizen of a country, and government, which indulges in war crimes, as though it is "no big deal"; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to be able to immigrate to a civilised country which does not engage in war crimes.

But having colluded in the creation of war crimes in Yemen, both President Trump and Saudia Arabia's Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, now deserve new titles; for President Trump, it is Merchant-of- Death-in-Chief, and for Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, it is the Butcher of Yemen.

Sep 07 08:38

ESCOBAR EXPOSES REAL BRICS BOMBSHELL: PUTIN'S "FAIR MULTIPOLAR WORLD" WHERE OIL TRADE BYPASSES THE DOLLAR

MEET THE OIL/YUAN/GOLD TRIAD

It’s when President Putin starts talking that the BRICS reveal their true bombshell. Geopolitically and geo-economically, Putin’s emphasis is on a “fair multipolar world”, and “against protectionism and new barriers in global trade.” The message is straight to the point.

The Syria game-changer – where Beijing silently but firmly supported Moscow – had to be evoked; “It was largely thanks to the efforts of Russia and other concerned countries that conditions have been created to improve the situation in Syria.”

On the Korean peninsula, it’s clear how RC think in unison; “The situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict.”

Putin’s judgment is as scathing as the – RC-proposed – possible solution is sound; “Putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile. The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep State in the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika, will certainly do every thing in its power, including waging war, rather than allow this to happen; this is why we are seeing such an acceleration of demonisation, on steroids, against both Russia and China, courtesy of the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents.

Sep 07 01:07

Dear Russia: An Enemy Is Not a Partner — Paul Craig Roberts

Russia cannot be both sovereign and part of the West, and China cannot afford to confuse self-preservation with economic deals with America. If the two powers capable of constraining Washington’s unilateralism show confusion over the consequences, they will make war more likely.

Sep 06 21:34

Liberals in a Tizzy — Walter Williams on purging history

Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia. Allow me to speculate as to the whys of this statue removal craze, which we might call statucide.

Sep 06 16:52

State officials: Expect Obamacare premium hikes, market ‘collapse’

State officials sounded the alarm Wednesday on Capitol Hill about skyrocketing ObamaCare premiums as insurers across the country propose double-digit rate hikes – renewing pressure on Congress to act.

Sep 06 16:28

Building a wall around Trump

From now on, Trump is only to seek input from establishment approved aids and consultants. And for Trump supporters who saw his administration as an opportunity for Washington outsiders to make their mark on national policy, the current state of affairs is a real shame. So what happened? Well, it would seem the name of the hour is John Kelly.

Sep 06 16:23

Trump sides with Democrats on debt ceiling, budget over GOP objections

Congress must pass a budget by Sept. 30 or the government will run out of money. The debt limit needs to be increased this month. Republican Senate leaders had considered combining the debt limit with emergency aid to help the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but were vague about the length of the debt limit extension. Democrats, though, pushed for a three-month extension for both the debt limit and the budget. They felt that would give them time to build constituencies for pet projects, notably immigration and spending.

Sep 06 15:58

The Donald’s Seinfeld Tax Plan – A Big Show About Nothing

Trump said the tax reform package will be introduced on “Wednesday or shortly thereafter,” just before his 100th day in office. While the president would not reveal details about the tax plan, he did say that the cuts will be “bigger I believe than any tax cut ever.” -- Well, we’ve passed the eighteenth Wednesday since that promise. What was actually delivered back then, of course, was a one-page statement of vague principles, fond aspirations and apple pie.

Sep 06 15:51

When Right Is Wrong

As much as I have to remind people (and be a bit harsh) : Foreign aid is simply the looting of American taxpayers. The government has no right to take money from Americans against their will and give it to foreigners or their governments—regardless of the need, crisis, or circumstances, and regardless of where the money goes, how much is spent, what the terms are, or what the supposed benefits are.

Sep 06 15:44

CNN Caught Creating Fake News Again: Adding Words To Syrian Witness’ Statement To Fit Western Narrative

Although the entirety of the Western corporate media machine is worthy of the name “Fake News,” CNN has become the standard bearer of the title. It seems that the organization is doing everything in its power to earn its position as the tip of the spear in the army of “fake news.” Indeed, it is scarcely possible to keep up with the lies, deceit, and half-truths CNN presents to the general public on a daily basis. Occasionally, however, one instance stands out so much that it cannot be allowed to slip by without being addressed.

Sep 06 14:41

Hurricane Irma: Florida sheriff threatens to arrest fugitives at shelters

If you are an illegal alien the Sheriff will give you a pass.If you are an American miscreant you get arrested and go to jail.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is threatening to jail wanted people seeking shelter due to Hurricane Irma.

The sheriff, who is known for his outspoken comments, made the threat in a series of posts to Twitter.

Horstman added officers don't have a way of seeing what crime the warrant is for, so it’s possible those with non-violent misdemeanor offenses could be arrested.

Horstman said undocumented immigrants will not be affected by the policy. She also said that the policy will help the county keep a log at the shelter, which she said is important during a natural disaster.

Sep 06 10:16

Deleting our History : Washington National Cathedral to remove windows honoring Confederate generals — Charlottesville City Council votes to remove Stonewall Jackson statue…

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”. - George Orwell, 1984

Sep 06 10:05

The Deep State: How They Got Their Power To Manipulate For Ultimate Control

While many in the United States firmly believe that the government just isn’t working, it is. But it’s only working for the powerful and rich elites in the government and the media who have a desire to cling to their oppressive control of others and the money many are willing to allow them to steal.

Sep 06 09:37

Susan Rice testifies before House Intelligence Committee today about how she illegally spied on Trump admin. NO BIG DEAL!

Rice has come under fire for her alleged role. Congressional investigators have issued subpoenas to the NSA, CIA and FBI seeking "unmasking" information

Sep 06 09:24

Are You Ready for Your Implantable Microchip?

You’ll be reading a lot about implantable microchips in the future. When do-gooders and governments begin proposing their use to track society’s undesirables, I hope that you have the courage to stand up for their rights. For by defending their rights, you defend your own.

Sep 06 08:45

What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Sep 06 08:43

BIG PHARMA BIAS: FDA GRANTS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ STATUS TO ECSTASY FOR PTSD WHILE PROHIBITING CANNABIS

If there’s one refrain we hear from politicians more than anything else, it’s “I support the troops.” However, their definition of “support” changes with the political wind, and more often than not is a farce.

One example is the ongoing denial of medical cannabis to war veterans suffering from a range of conditions, from chronic pain to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite plenty of evidence—both scientific and real-world—that cannabis effectively treats these conditions, those who purportedly fought for freedom come home only to lose freedom under the War on Drugs.

The Veterans Administration (VA) still prohibits doctors from recommending cannabis or its extracts—including cannabidiol (CBD) which does not produce a high—even though most U.S. states acknowledge the science and have legalized medical cannabis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Typical; and of course, those growing their own cannabis for medicinal use, cannot possibly complete in the area of the "deep pockets" of Big Pharma, when it comes to keeping the people who legislate in their favor, in power.

Sep 06 08:34

Soros Paid Al Gore MILLIONS To Push ‘Aggressive US Action’ On Global Warming

Liberal billionaire George Soros gave former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental group millions of dollars over three years to create a “political space for aggressive U.S. action” on global warming, according to leaked documents.

Sep 06 08:23

CA Bill Designed to Drive Gun Stores Out of Business Headed to Governor

Data from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) show that while 70,000 firearms have been lost or stolen in California since 2011, only a fraction of them were stolen from gun stores (797, representing about 1%). In fact, recent reports have shown that a firearm in the hands of law enforcement officers and agencies is more likely to come up missing than a firearm in the possession of licensed firearms retailers.

Sep 06 08:14

French president Emmanuel Macron backs EU policy to halt Eurosceptic tide after Brexit

EMMANUEL Macron has backed radical new plans which could stop more Eurosceptic politicians joining the European Parliament.

The French president came out in favour of introducing pan-European MEPs to the parliament when Britain leaves.

Brexit in 2019 will leave 73 seats up for grabs in EU elections taking place later that year.

And desperate Mr Macron hopes the proposal will stop the vacant seats being filled by scores of Eurosceptic politicians.

Sep 06 08:09

SPIES, COPS, AND CORPORATE ‘SECURITY’ PROFITEERS TO GATHER IN WASHINGTON

On September 11, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, thousands of spies, police officers, prosecutors, and surveillance profiteers will gather in Washington D.C. for a spying technology extravaganza known as ISS World Americas. On its website, the event organizers describe ISS World Americas as

the world’s largest gathering of Americas Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Defense, Public Safety and other members of the Government Intelligence Community as well as Telecom Operators responsible for cyber threat intelligence gathering, DarkNet monitoring, lawful interception and cybercrime investigations.

ISS World Programs present the methodologies and tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Government Intelligence Communities in the fight against drug trafficking, cyber money laundering, human trafficking, terrorism and other criminal activities conducted over today’s Telecommunications networks, the Internet and Social Networks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Orwellian, with all the contemporary bells and whistles!!

Sep 06 08:04

WELLS FARGO CAUGHT WITH ANOTHER 1.4 MILLION FAKE ACCOUNTS, WILL ANYONE EVER GET JAILED?

As the tally of fake Wells Fargo accounts balloons to 3.5 million, Congress has yet to discipline the executives, while the financial giant has only paid fines. A coalition of 33 groups is now demanding new hearings and for the bank to be held accountable.

Wells Fargo and Company increased its estimate of how many accounts were created by 67 percent Thursday. The mega bank issued shocking new disclosures, showing 1.4 million more bogus customer accounts had been created, a significant increase from previous estimates, the New York Times reported.

In addition, Wells Fargo admitted to yet another impropriety, stating that they enrolled more than a half-million customer accounts into their online bill pay service without notifying them. The embattled bank has since agreed to pay out $910,000 to customers who accrued fees or charges related to the unknown accounts.

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Nothing will happen here; the rich rarely eat their own.

Sep 06 08:01

TOP EU COURT THREATENS POLAND, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC WITH FINES IF THEY REFUSE REFUGEES

Concluding a months-long saga in which central and eastern European nations revolted against Brussels' refugee policies, on Wednesday the European Union’s highest court ruled that EU states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing complaints by Slovakia and Hungary and reigniting an angry row between east and west. The Court upheld the EU’s right to order national governments to take in their "fair share" of asylum seekers, arguing that "the mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did you hear that dull, agonising thud from across the pond?!?

THAT... was the EU, dismembering itself over the issue of refugee immigration.

Sep 06 07:59

Students fight university sanctions after protesting Israeli soldiers

Students are fighting back against a series of sanctions imposed on them by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as punishment for chanting and clapping during a campus event with Israeli soldiers in May.

Administrators launched an investigation into Students for Justice in Palestine following the protest, even though members of the group say that they were the ones who endured days of harassment, including sexual slurs and racist intimidation, by the Israeli soldiers who were invited to give a talk about the Israeli army.

The students believe the harassment was an attempt to provoke a reaction.

Sep 05 19:48

Inspector General Warns Nursing Home Residents Are at Risk of Abuse

On August 24, 2017, Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate action to protect nursing home residents from abuse following a remarkable investigation that found CMS is not enforcing abuse reporting requirements in the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2011. The investigation, like many before it, shows that nursing homes and public officials are often apathetic when residents suffer sexual assaults and other serious crimes.

Sep 05 18:51

Why the “Universal Basic Income” is actually Universal Basic WELFARE for the enslaved masses

The latest insane idea from the political Left is called “Universal Basic Income.” It’s based on the idea that governments should pay everyone a basic “wage” for doing nothing, and it’s justified by concern over robots replacing workers in the years ahead.

But “income” is something you earn, by definition. So you can’t call it “income” if nobody is earning it. The correct term for this is Universal Basic WELFARE. It’s just a grand entitlement handout by governments to keep the sheeple in line while their liberties and dignity are stripped away by a totalitarian state.

The whole point of such a system is to enslave and control the masses by eliminating individual success and turning everyone into a “financial zombie” who’s dependent on the State for their survival.

Sep 05 16:01

REPORT: NSA OFFERED TO GIVE FBI ALL OF HILLARY CLINTON’S MISSING EMAILS. COMEY SAID NO.

The New York Post’s John Crudele had an interesting column outlining how the bogus Democrat/Media/Deep State instigated Trump investigation is backfiring on Democrats as the American people grow increasingly weary of repeated allegations without actual proof.
Beyond that fatigue is something even more concerning for Democrats. The investigation is actually shedding light on wrongdoing by figures like Hillary Clinton and James Comey – NOT Donald Trump.

Check it out:

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There’s a lot going on in the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump/Russia investigation that all the highfalutin’ newspapers that cover politics are still trying to ignore.

Well, investors had better know this stuff before it bites them in the assets. So here goes.

Numerous reports coming out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week said that former FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to refer Clinton for prosecution long before he even interviewed key witnesses, including Hillary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, it very much demonstrates the reality that politicians rarely eat their own.

Judicial Watch..... go.....get him!!!

Sep 05 15:56

The Plight of Rohingya: Myanmar Authorities Are Deliberately Overlooking Atrocities

As maintained by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran is prepared to help adoption of collective strategies by international organizations and Muslim countries in order to solve the ongoing crisis plaguing Myanmar’s Muslim community. This comes as Myanmar’s military has intensified attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

This is while the Muslim community has long been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016. The government claimed that its border guards had come under a militant attack and used it as the pretext to enforce the lockdown without substantiating its claim. The Rohingya had already been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years.

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I will not be silent, about this ongoing genocide, thank you very much!!

And Ahn Sang Su Ki, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?!?

Cowering and hiding behind the weight of your office, will not resolve the problem.

The world is watching, and seeing the enormity of this calamity, courtesy of of a highly nationalistic Buddhist military, cannot be allowed to continue.

And Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, my hat is off to you, sir, and all other Muslim countries looking for ways to help end this religious persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya.

If Buddha is watching this from whatever enlightened spiritual space to which he may have ascended, his spirit is sobbing right now.

Sep 05 13:43

BS : Virgin Islands Allows National Guard To Seize Guns, Ammo Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property the National Guard may need to respond to Hurricane Irma.

Sep 05 13:35

Neocons Are About to Run Amok

What happens next, unfortunately, is not good. We will have to suffer another couple of years of insane foreign policy from Washington. Russia will be treated like the world’s biggest leper colony while Putin, Xi and the rest of the opposition make strategic moves to divest themselves of Washington.

Sep 05 13:33

Patriot Does Not Equal Racist

So maybe, just maybe, instead of labeling Patriot groups as being racist and supporters of Neo-Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, people need to start sitting down with these groups and have dialogue with them. Get to know who they are and what they stand for. I can't speak for all Patriot groups, but I can tell you from personal experience that the ones mentioned in this blog are not racists and they are the main Patriot groups that are erroneously being painted as racist hate groups. Although a picture is worth a thousand words, make sure the picture you are looking at isn't one taken from a skewed, biased point of view. That way the thousand words you choose to use are ones that are actually appropriate. When you choose to use the words “Patriot” and “Racist” in the same sentence to infer they are one in the same, not only are you doing yourself a disservice, but you are doing our Country a disservice as well.

Sep 05 13:22

Making Disasters Worse — Ron Paul on government aid.

Following natural disasters, individuals who attempt to return to their own property — much less try to repair the damage — without government permission can be arrested and thrown in jail. Federal, state, and local officials often hinder or even stop voluntary rescue and relief efforts. The outpouring of private giving and volunteer relief efforts we have witnessed over the past week shows that the American people can effectively respond to natural disasters if the government would get out of their way.

Sep 05 12:12

It's Official: This Is Straight out of Orwell's 1984...

Sep 05 12:05

DOJ is secretly using IRS to investigate Colorado pot shops in guise of audits, lawsuit says

The U.S. Department of Justice is secretly using the Internal Revenue Service to conduct criminal investigations into otherwise legitimate marijuana businesses in Colorado under the guise of tax audits, lawyers for the companies say in an ongoing federal lawsuit.

The IRS called the allegations baseless and illogical, saying inquiries it is making for information from Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division are simply part of its efforts at verifying financial records in determining whether businesses owe more taxes.

The U.S. District Court case, filed by the owners of Rifle Remedies, a medical marijuana business in Silt, is one of several that challenge IRS subpoenas to MED seeking information about how much pot they’ve grown, and to whom and when they sold it. The IRS said it has resorted to the tactic because businesses have refused to offer the information voluntarily.

Sep 05 11:59

#ISpeakforButhaina: Picture of girl in Yemen goes viral

Buthaina Mansour was the sole survivor of a bombing in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, that killed her entire family. An image of her trying to open her eyes despite her injuries has gone viral on social media as a symbol of solidarity with the people in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations to his Royal Highness, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for whom the world can now add yet another honorific to his name: that of the Butcher of Yemen.

An image of one more innocent toddler, maimed for life, and bereft of any family whatsoever; one has to wonder as to the horrific extent of this man's bloodlust, in light of the fact that his Saudi military are killing innocent babies and toddlers; women; and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen, in addition to the Houthi Rebels.

Because the Yemeni ports are closed, so no food can get it, Yemeni children are starving, and dying from complications of malnutrition; and now, is experiencing one of the worst epidemics of cholera the world has seen.

You have allowed your troops in Yemen to use both depleted uranium weapons, causing massive spikes in birth defects, stillbirths, and cancers here, as well as white phosphorous, which burns to the bone, and for which there is utterly no remedy.

And President Trump, you, sir, have enabled this genocide as the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America has authorized billions of dollars in arms sales to this country;

US approves a $1.4 billion sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia

And by doing so, you have distinguished yourself as the Merchant-of-Death-In-Chief of your country: congratulations to you also, Mr. President!!

What we have in Yemen, with US government enabling, is the massive, full-blown, in-your-face commission of Saudi war crimes, with utter impunity, and zero morality, Mr. President: there is no other way to say this.

And every single respected expert on the Middle East consistently say that the resolution of the hostilities in Yemen must, ultimately, political, rather than military.

History will not judge either of you you kindly on this, Prince Salmon, and President Trump.

Prince Salman, you will be remembered as Saudi Arabia's War Crimes Prince"

And President Trump, you will not be remembered as a "War President", but as a "War Crimes President" for these atrocities, visited upon the people of Yemen.

Please understand: I am a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, moral negotiations rather than through war, and cannot, ethically, ever endorse violence.

But when my government refuses to listen to logic, I have a responsibility to witness, peacefully, to the horrors it is inflicting around the world, and shall do so until I draw my last breath.

Sep 05 11:17

Trump Quietly Promises Billions in New Nuke Contracts

The Trump administration has just announced that it is moving ahead with an Obama-era plan to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal, sprucing up the nuclear Triad with a new fleet of land-based missiles, missile-carrying submarines, and air-delivered nuclear weapons that will cost the American taxpayer well over $1 trillion in the coming years. The ostensible purpose behind this modernization effort is to maintain America’s nuclear deterrence capability for decades to come. The harsh reality, however, is that through this nuclear upgrade, America is simply repeating the mistakes of the past, building weapons whose precision and speed will trigger a new arms race with Russia and China as they seek to match this new American capability with weapons designed to sustain their version of nuclear deterrence.

Sep 05 11:05

HOW ‘REGIME CHANGE’ WARS LED TO KOREA CRISIS

The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea, writes Robert Parry.

It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should the US go to war against North Korea, and begin hostilities, China will most likely come into the war on North Korea's side; as to this very real possibility, I would strongly caution President Trump to choose his battles wisely.
I would also suggest that war against China would be a foolish one, because at this point in the US military's existence, it does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

I certainly hope and pray that the current "President Whisperers", comprised of McMasters, Kelly, and Mattis, have been straight and upfront with President Trump, on this; but unfortunately, I sense that these advisors may see war as the only way out, because such actions have worked well economically in the past, when the country was in a financial bind.

But the game has fundamentally changed, in light of the fact that we are dealing with a nuclear-armed China, Russia, and - most recently - North Korea.

Sep 05 10:40

South Korea’s defense minister suggests bringing back tactical U.S. nuclear weapons

South Korea’s defense minister on Monday said it was worth reviewing the redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to guard against the North, a step that analysts warn would sharply increase the risk of an accidental conflict.

As concern over Korea deepened following North Korea’s huge nuclear test Sunday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war.”

Here in Seoul, the Defense Ministry warned that Pyongyang might be preparing to launch another missile into the Pacific Ocean, perhaps an intercontinental ballistic missile theoretically capable of reaching the mainland United States.

President Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, spoke on the phone for 40 minutes Monday night, Korean time — some 34 hours after the nuclear test and more than 24 hours after Trump took to Twitter to criticize Moon’s “talk of appeasement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a move will only escalate tensions in the region, and make it more possible that one stupid mistake, or one mis-communication, could set off the second Korean war.

And President Trump, a word, please: you do NOT criticise the behaviour of a foreign head of state in public, then naively, and stupidly, believe that they will conduct their country's foreign policy according to your dictates, sir.

If you have something negative to say about the policy of foreign leaders, please have the horse-sense to say it privately.

But your very public excoriation of President Moon on Twitter, is absolutely NOT "The Art of the Deal" behaviour; it is the behaviour one might logically ascribe to a megalomaniac, publicly yelling at a head of state, because he has not gotten his way.

Sep 05 10:28

China lodges representations to DPRK embassy over nuclear test

China confirmed on Monday its Foreign Ministry has lodged solemn representations to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) embassy in Beijing over its sixth nuclear test.

"The representations were lodged to the person in charge of the embassy," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.
The DPRK Sunday detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), DPRK's Central Television announced. This was the sixth nuclear test the DPRK has undertaken.

"China's adherence to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and opposition to nuclear tests and missile development by the DPRK is well-known," Geng said.
China has proposed realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula while establishing a peace mechanism. China has also expected the DPRK to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale U.S.-ROK military exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China is proposing is an absolutely, completely reasonable mechanism for ratcheting down the tensions here.

Unfortunately, neither those in the bowels of power in DC, or Kim Jung Un appear to be listening; and this is leading the region to the very cusp of a regional war, which may result in a world war.

Sep 05 10:24

Trump agrees to lift limits on South Korean missile payloads

The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to lift limits on South Korea's missile payload capabilities following North Korea's hydrogen bomb test over the weekend, the White House announced Monday.

During a call between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Trump "gave his in-principle approval to South Korea’s initiative to lift restrictions on their missile payload capabilities,” the White House said in a readout of the call.

“President Trump also provided his conceptual approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea," the statement added.

A spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office confirmed the call Monday, describing the move to lift the limit on the payload of South Korean missiles under U.S.-South Korean guidelines as an "effective" countermeasure, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another move, demonstrating just how close the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika is moving toward war on the Korean Peninsula.

Sep 05 10:13

RETIRED FBI AGENT SUES DOJ FOR RECORDS ON CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY A CLINTON ALLY TO MCCABE'S WIFE

Over the weekend, Judicial Watch announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the DOJ on behalf of retired special agent Jeffrey Danik seeking records related to roughly $700,000 in political contributions made by groups tied to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a long-time Clinton confidant, to the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe...the same Andrew McCabe who was conveniently overseeing multiple Hillary Clinton investigations at the time and even oversaw components of her email investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drip...drip...drip...

The news of this lawsuit is music to my ears!!

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