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Aug 01 18:45

Iran to float pricing for Dollar after Rial’s drastic crash

Iran is working on a plan to create a floating mechanism for pricing the US Dollar to help prevent further depreciation of its national currency which lost its value by above 14 percent within only hours this past Sunday.

The plan would be meant to take the pricing of the hard currency out of the hands of street dealers into a newly established “secondary foreign currency market”.

To the same effect, it would ban the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) from dictating its own rates for the Dollar and would instead peg the value of the hard currency to the actual trading rates as obtained from current transactions between currency suppliers and buyers in a newly established “secondary foreign currency market”.

This would be part of a package of CBI policies which would be unveiled soon for controlling the rates of foreign currencies, Iran’s media reported.

Aug 01 18:41

Israel Chokes Gaza of Gas, Fuel Supplies Over Fire Balloon Attacks

This is the second time Israel has shut the valve on Gaza in the span of a month.

Israel banned the entry of gas and fuel into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, as a response to a new surge of fire balloon and kite attacks originating from Palestinian soil, reports The Jerusalem Post.

"A short time ago Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered that gas and fuel be banned from entering Gaza through Kerem Shalom [a border crossing], starting on Thursday and until such time as there is a new announcement," the minister's spokesperson said.

"The decision was taken in light of the continued terror balloons and continued friction along the [border] fence," the spokesperson added.

This is the second time Israel has resorted to such a measure in the past several weeks. Liberman ordered gas and fuel shut down earlier in July, but reversed the decision after the Palestinian attacks died down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what the Israelis do, they are not going to be able to extinguish Palestinian longing for the Right of Return this time.

But unfortunately, I am betting that with the new "Nation State Law", recently passed by the Knesset, that we will see many more brisk expulsions of Palestinians from homes in which they, and their families, have lived for decades.

Aug 01 18:37

Iran’s Navy Assembles Near Mouth of Persian Gulf, US ‘Monitoring it Closely

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be preparing for a major display of force in the Strait of Hormuz, the only outlet from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, demonstrating its ability to shut down the strategically important waterway.

US Central Command tweeted Wednesday that American forces are closely watching the developing situation, with the Iranian exercise expected to begin in the next 48 hours.

President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark National Nuclear Day, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 9, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord, no miscommunications or misunderstandings between commanders of both US and Iranian vessels in this Iranian naval exercises.

Patience, and true international naval etiquette need to be observed by both sides at all times.

Aug 01 18:33

Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here’s What They Can Do About It

With the advent of the internet and social media, participation in political discussion has become more open to the common citizen than ever before. This is apparently an intolerable side effect that corporate elites would like to do away with.

It is a slightly complex problem, so I’ll try to break it down point by point:

So then, what is the solution?

I would first advocate for the end of the legal protections afforded under “corporate personhood.” When a company like Facebook is sued or prosecuted for its trespasses and criminality, the company itself is treated as if it is a legal person. Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk are not punished: the company is punished. This usually ends in fines which amount to nothing more than pocket change.

Aug 01 18:23

Car Sales Tumble As Automakers Slash Discounts For The First Time In 5 Years

For years, some more skeptical analysts had been stumped by the relentless US consumer demand US for new cars, despite rising household debt levels, stagnant real wages, and concerns about record subprime exposure. Today, we may have found the dynamo that drove purchases to a plateau of between 17 and 18 million units over the past three years: pervasive dealer discounts and incentives.

Almost all major manufacturers reported a sharp drop in U.S. deliveries for July, led by a 15% plunge at Nissan Motor. The reason: for the first time in 55 months, the auto industry - perhaps due to concerns about the impact of auto tariffs - cut back spending on incentives, snapping a streak of monthly consecutive increases that began 4 1/2 years ago, according to J.D. Power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have a number of formerly vacant lots on Oahu, now filled with unsellable autos of every make and description.

Aug 01 18:21

US Tech Giants Are Too Big, Too Powerful, & Now Are Running Into Serious Trouble

Within Google, knowledge about Dragonfly has been restricted to just a few hundred members of the internet giant’s 88,000-strong workforce, said a source with knowledge of the project. The source spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to contact the media. The source said that they had moral and ethical concerns about Google’s role in the censorship, which is being planned by a handful of top executives and managers at the company with no public scrutiny.

“I’m against large companies and governments collaborating in the oppression of their people, and feel like transparency around what’s being done is in the public interest,” the source said, adding that they feared “what is done in China will become a template for many other nations.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coming to the backbone of computer networks in the US very soon: dragonfly II.

Aug 01 18:18

The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles "Explodes" As The Middle Class Collapses

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

If the U.S. economy is really doing so well, then why is homelessness rising so rapidly?

why the number of homeless is surging. For example, the number of people living on the street in L.A. has shot up 75 percent over the last 6 years. But of course L.A. is far from alone. Other major cities on the west coast are facing similar problems, and that includes Seattle. It turns out that the Emerald City has seen a 46 percent rise in the number of people sleeping in their vehicles in just the past year…

The number of people who live in their vehicles because they can’t find affordable housing is on the rise, even though the practice is illegal in many U.S. cities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer is simple; the economy is booming for the 1 percenters, and stagnant for many of the rest of Americans. The wage/inflation gap is horrific, and no one at the top seems interested in how dire the situation really is for many Americans.

Aug 01 13:55

UNITED NATIONS PLANS TO DRAFT A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR SYRIA

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, plans to hold a meeting with Russia, Iran and Turkey regarding the formation of a constitutional committee to draft a new constitution for Syria.

Webmaster addition: Shouldn't that be up to the Syrian people?

Aug 01 12:13

Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here’s What They Can Do About It

The past two years have seen a rather aggressive change in corporate policies toward the very customers they used to covet. Not long ago, CEOs tended to keep their political views mostly in the closet. Companies remained publicly neutral because their goal was first and foremost to make money. When they wanted to influence politics or social norms, they bought politicians — you know, the good old-fashioned way. The big banks still do this by funneling cash to both Republicans and Democrats alike

However, in the wake of the social justice cult frenzy some companies have decided that ideology is more important than profit, and most of these companies are deeply involved in various forms of media.

Aug 01 11:37

Appeals Court Tosses Nationwide Injunction Against Sanctuary City Defunding

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that a San Francisco Judge went too far last April with a nationwide injunction against President Trump's January Executive Order, which would withhold funding from "sanctuary" cities and counties. The panel, however, agreed that Trump may not withhold funding from San Francisco or Santa Clara County for limiting their cooperation with immigration enforcement officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wants the devastation brought about by illegal immigration to Santa Clara County, and San Francisco, to continue.

Aug 01 11:30

The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water

A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

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The second disturbing trend is that while the new water barons are buying up water all over the world, governments are moving fast to limit citizens’ ability to become water self-sufficient (as evidenced by the well-publicized Gary Harrington’s case in Oregon, in which the state criminalized the collection of rainwater in three ponds located on his private land, by convicting him on nine counts and sentencing him for 30 days in jail). Let’s put this criminalization in perspective:

Aug 01 11:22

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s History of Cover-Ups

What some people don’t know about Mueller is that he has a long history of leading government investigations that were diversions or cover-ups. These include the investigation into the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the investigation into the terrorist financing Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the FBI investigations into the crimes of September 11th, 2001. Today the public is beginning to realize that Mueller’s investigation into Russian alleged collusion with the Trump campaign is a similar diversion.

Mueller’s talents were noticed early in his career at the Justice Department. As a U.S. Attorney in Boston during the mid-80s, he helped falsely convict four men for murders they didn’t commit in order to protect a powerful FBI informant—mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.” According to the Boston Globe,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mueller is the consummate, government-entrenched con-man, cover-up poster child for the American Deep State.

Aug 01 11:16

Druze nation-state crisis: Israeli army chief forced to put out fire Netanyahu started

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot’s statements following the Druze community’s response to the nation-state law, referenced a few vital matters, albeit a few days late.

Eisenkot is not allowed at present to relate directly to the law; perhaps we’ll hear his opinion in another five months when his term as chief of staff ends. But he had to relate to the pain of the community, which has gone from criticism voiced by senior retired officers to announcements of resignations by two young professional Druze officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I side with the Druze on this; why continue to work for a military whose political leadership has just thrown them (not to mention the Palestinians, of course) under the proverbial bus with this Nation/State Law?!?

I see many more resignations by Druze officers, as the fallout from the passage of this law.

Aug 01 11:11

Israel sentences Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour to 5 months in prison over poem

An Israeli district court sentenced Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, 36, to five months in prison and a six-month suspended sentence on Tuesday for posting a poem she wrote to social media in 2015.

Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the Galilee, was convicted of three counts of incitement and supporting a terrorist organization last May after a lengthy trial. Prior to sentencing, Tatour had spent nearly three years under house arrest, during which she was banned from publishing and accessing the internet.

During the hearing prosecutors focused on a video posted to social media of Tatour reciting an original poem titled “Resist, my people resist them,” against backdrop images of violent confrontations between Palestinian and Israeli armed forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Israel: you have created another Palestinian martyr out of an artist, who posted on line! Bravo, well-done!

Forgive my sarcasm here, but there are moments when the Israeli government doesn't know when, or how, to stop its persecution of Palestinians, without creating martyrs of them.

Aug 01 11:06

Tehran says Trump wrong to expect Saudis to cover loss of Iran oil supply

Iran said on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump was mistaken to expect Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to compensate for supply losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran, after OPEC production rose only modestly in July.

The comments, from Iran’s OPEC governor, came a day after a Reuters survey showed OPEC production rose by 70,000 barrels per day in July. Saudi production increased but was offset by a decline in Iranian supply due to the restart of U.S. sanctions, the survey found. [OPEC/O]

“It seems President Trump has been taken hostage by Saudi Arabia and a few producers when they claimed they can replace 2.5 million barrels per day of Iranian exports, encouraging him to take action against Iran,” Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Reuters.

“Now they and Russia sell more oil and more expensively. Not even from their incremental production but their stocks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil is the lubricant for both commerce... and war.

I hope President Trump will come to understand that these sanctions, and those against anyone buying Iranian oil, are a lousy way to attempt to negotiate with both Tehran, and the rest of the world.

Aug 01 11:02

The Looming War Against Iran

We are by now used to blood and thunder rhetoric between Washington and Tehran. But this time White House policy is clearly being directed by pro-Israel American neocons who want the US military to crush Iran as it did Iraq.

Crushing Iran will leave Israel with unfettered control of the Mideast and its oil – unless Russia or Turkey intervene against Israel, which is most unlikely. Some think Russia and Israel – and the US – have already made a deal to divvy up the central Mideast.

The Pentagon has planned a high-intensity air war against Iran that Israel and the Saudis might very well join. The plan calls for over 2,300 air strikes against Iranian strategic targets: airfields and naval bases, arms and petroleum, oil and lubricant depots, telecommunication nodes, radar, factories, military headquarters, ports, water works, airports, missile bases and units of the Revolutionary Guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Margolis' information is correct (and I have to wonder about where he got the intel on the 2,300 + airstrikes), and Russia has already signed off on the plan because it will give Russia more control of regional oil, this will be a crushing blow for both the Iranian people, and also for the Palestinians, whose cause Iranians have steadfastly supported.

How many more dead and maimed Americans have to fall to insure that Israel's plans for the Middle East will be successfully consummated?!?

At this point in time, when you join America's military, you will most likely die for Israel.

Please share this with anyone you know who is even thinking about enlisting right now.

Aug 01 10:47

THE HOMECOMING: How Ahed Tamimi Became the Symbol of Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Oppression

Ahed’s story drew rare attention to the plight of Palestinian children held in Israeli military prisons — an overwhelming majority of them over stone-throwing incidents or for participation in protests — and the sham court proceedings, abuse and threat-filled interrogations, and extracted confessions to which they are subject. In the weeks before Ahed’s release, The Intercept spoke with more than a dozen formerly imprisoned children, parents of children currently in prison, attorneys and advocates, as well as several members of the Tamimi family. They shared similar stories of predawn raids during which soldiers separated children from their families, physically and verbally assaulted them, blindfolded and handcuffed them, and drove them to interrogation centers where — almost always without an attorney or parent present — they were subjected to further abuse and forced to confess, before being summarily sentenced to months in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government and military believe that they can abuse, torture, and kill Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian children, with impunity; that is why the BDS movement is so critically important, and right the heck now.

Aug 01 10:42

Why am I still in Guantánamo after 14 years?

I am officially a prisoner of war, though the only battle I ever fought back home, as a taxi driver in Karachi, was the rush hour traffic. I was mistaken for an extremist, captured by Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government and sold to the CIA for a bounty in 2002. I’ve now been detained at Guantánamo, without trial, for nearly 14 years.

President Trump’s lawyers argued in court this month that I and other Guantánamo prisoners who have filed habeas corpus petitions could be held by the U.S. government for a hundred years, if that is how long the “conflict” lasts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American Deep State can never, ever admit that they have done anything, or signed off on anything, which is completely, utterly morally wrong; with the indefinite imprisonment of prisoners of war at Gitmo, it has done something horribly wrong.

One of the pillars of American law used to be a right to a fair trial, even for POWs; but that will not happen for the men accused of crimes they may well not have committed. They will simply rot in prison, with no chance of a trial, because there has been enough discovery by their attorneys, at this point, to establish reasonable doubt in the minds of these military judges.

So these men will not be tried: because if they were able to prove their innocence against the charges leveled against them, the American Deep State would have to admit that it had been wrong, and caused something wrong to happen to them.

And in this same insane, Terry Gilliam's "Brazil", gestapo-like, Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, the following occurred just last week: Joe Biden's Niece gets probation in a $110,000 credit card case.

Nice to be connected to the elite in this country, isn't it?!? Far better than being a Middle Eastern POW who knows that they will rot and die in jail at Gitmo, because the American Deep State "Never Makes Mistakes" with whom it imprisons.

Aug 01 10:25

Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans for Government Takeover of the Internet: Reason Roundup

All your base are belong to us. A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in "our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets," it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including "comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation" of the sort enacted in the E.U.

Titled "Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms," the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when "the Soviets tried to spread 'fake news' denigrating Martin Luther King" (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT'S DIFFERENT, because technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Warner, a word, please.

Thinking Americans have utterly no trust in, or respect for, "our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets.", because they understand that they are all rigged in favor of the 1%, not We the People.

Financial markets are constantly being manipulated by those in control of them, as is seen in suppression of gold prices.

This alleged "democracy" of which you speak is always vetted, and carefully crafted, by candidates who will always do the bidding of the American Deep State, major corporations and the military industrial complex. In this very Kabuki-like elaborate theatre we have surrounding state and national elections, the only candidates from which we can chose, are those who have the complete trust of those entities I have described above.

A Free Press?!? Were that the case, why are none of the warrespondents or presstitutes in the corporate media mentioning a word about the debacle and genocide resulting from a US-enabled Saudi military attack against Yemen, where babies are assassinated by Saudi bombing runs, or dying of starvation and disease (possibly weaponised)?!? The Deep State doesn't want a national conversation about this, because the optics are so horrific, so the information is generally suppressed.

Any Stazi-like attempt to control the Internet, will result in failure; people are ingenious at finding ways to get around blockades to electronic communication. And I fear much less any Russian attempt to sway an election (which, BTW, did not actually happen in 2016), than I do my government controlling it any further than it already does, courtesy of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, which algorithmically throttles non-liberal opinions (many times premised on fact), yet allows tweets by people like Independent Mark Roberts, characterizing the First Lady, Melania Trump as a "hoe bag' to stand.

Aug 01 10:02

As US Adds Preconditions, Iran Rejects Offer of Talks

Trump's vow of 'no preconditions' lasts less than 24 hours.

President Trump surprised many on Monday when he announced his willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “without preconditions.” Within less than a day, the administration had already started attaching substantial preconditions to the offer.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, early on Tuesday, began establishing preconditions, saying that Iran needed to commit to “fundamental changes to how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, agree that it’s worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation.”

These preconditions almost certainly make the offer impossible, as the US treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily “malign behavior,” and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the US dishonored earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump's warhawks, with Netanyahu and Adelson cheerleading the moves, are engineering this relationship to go as south as far as humanly possible, and are positioning the President into a very narrow field of play, where war is being presented to him as the "only reasonable option" against Iran.

And what is this malarkey about "malign behaviour" and needing "... changes in how they treat their own people."?!?

And there is one aspect of a potential US war against Iran which I hope is keeping these warhawks up at night; if the US goes to war against Iran, what will Russia do?!?

Because should Russia get involved in such a war, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in Iran against Russia.

Those are just the facts.

Aug 01 09:51

Spain can't absorb 'millions of Africans,' new opposition leader tells government

Spain is the new center of Europe's migrant crisis – and the conservative Popular Party leader Pablo Casado has blamed the socialist government after they accepted migrant rescue boat 'Aquarius,' which Italy had turned away.
The rescue boat, which carried 630 migrants, has been operated since February 2016 by SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Italy and Malta rejected the rescue boat in June, sparking a bitter row within the European Union, with the two countries demanding another member of the bloc take in the migrants on board. The ship ended up docking in Valencia; a move that Casado warned may be seen as a welcome sign for more arrivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Europe itself is at a breaking point, in terms of having already accepted far more immigrants that it can handle, as has the USA.

These immigrants are generally people with no skills; no language capabilities; and no desire to blend into the dominant culture or assimilate whatsoever. They are an absolute dead weight to local economies, and want to enforce their way of life in their adopted countries.

But I will tell you one thing; the Spanish government, police, and military had better enforce their borders as intensely as humanly possible; otherwise, there will be more waves of immigrants with flame throwers running across the border again and again.

Aug 01 09:42

German woman receives large fine for criticising refugees on Facebook

A German cleaning lady received a fine of 1,650 euros for criticising refugees and the country’s asylum policy, news outlet Wochenblick reports.

The woman committed her ‘Orwellian thought crime’ on Facebook, as she said this about refugees:

“Sh*t on the state, steal from people, rape, swirling the eggs, demand money from us and sue the state. That’s what they can. They’re more valuable than gold, our super-skilled people.”

The cleaning lady’s plea for help to the German judiciary was not heard. On the contrary, the district court of Dachau fined the cleaning woman because of “sedition” (§ 130 StGB).

She was given a 1,650 euro fine, as the court’s opinion was that her comment against refugees “scared people”.

Germany’s ‘thought police’ uncovered the case after receiving a message from the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest to Germany's "thought police" that Orwell's novel "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual!!

Fined.... for telling the truth?!?

Aug 01 09:35

‘We are fighting for information about war’: Pentagon curbs media access: Defense Secretary James Mattis has not briefed reporters on-camera in the Pentagon since April, while his chief spokeswoman has not done so since May.

At a mid-July news conference at the Pentagon, AP reporter Lolita Baldor asked Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, about an attack in Afghanistan that had led to the death of an American soldier. But before he could reply, a Defense Department press officer cut in to say that Milley and the three officials flanking him would be answering questions only about the intended topic for the news conference: the announcement of the location of a new command.

The next question went to Jennifer Griffin from Fox News. Over the previous two days, President Donald Trump had roiled the NATO summit in Brussels with verbal shots at the alliance’s members, so Griffin, after opening with a question about the new command, added, “I’m afraid I’m going to have to agree with Lita, we don’t have an opportunity to see you enough. Gen. Milley, have you reached out to your counterparts in Europe after the NATO summit to reassure them that the U.S. forces are staying?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason for this is very simple; the American Deep State does not want the American people to really understand how badly things are going for the American military in Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; Syria; Africa; and Yemen, where US-enabled Saudi war crimes just get worse, with no US coverage, except in independent media outlets like WRH.

IF the US was actually "winning" in these countries, we would see enforced coverage of just how well we were doing; because the US is "not willing" militarily in these countries and continents, there is no coverage, but we won't see any withdrawal of US forces either, because that will "make it appear" that the US military has lost.

Aug 01 09:27

Trump to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Stop Mueller probe 'right now'

Trump calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Robert Mueller's Russia probe immediately, escalating his attacks on the inquiry.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now," the president tweets. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"
The president's attacks on the special counsel have escalated in recent weeks. Trump's attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, made headlines on Monday saying that "collusion is not a crime."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

These political hacks will continue this campaign of threats, annoyances, and dirty dealings right up until the mid-terms.

You will have to fight, harder than ever, in order to maintain a majority in the House and Senate, than you campaigned in your first campaign for President in 2016.

Do not expect that the Democrats will let this go, even for a second, because they are still playing "Gotcha!!" from the 2016 election. What they want is a majority in the House and Senate to insure your impeachment on.... God only knows what, but that is the game plan.

IF you want to be successful, you will have to beat them at their own game.

Aug 01 09:20

Surveillance Cameras Will Soon Divine Your Personality from Eye Movements

Machine-learning techniques promise to make biometric data far more useful for intelligence gathering.

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to show that very subtle eye movements, of the sort you might pick up with a camera, can divine aspects of personality much better than random guessing.

It’s another good example of how the wealth of biometric data that humans produce, once digitized and examined at large scale, can reveal hidden aspects of identity in ways that could be a boon to intelligence gathering.

The German and Australian researchers fitted 42 volunteers with eye-tracking headgear, and had them fill out the NEO Five-Factor Inventory, a personality test that measures traits such as neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.

They then had the subjects go about a normal routine while they quietly collected eye movement data and then used machine learning to categorize the data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if the person surveilled is wearing.... very dark sun glasses?!?!?

Aug 01 09:06

"YOU ARE CRIMINALIZING DIPLOMACY!" PROFESSOR STEPHEN COHEN SLAMS NEOCON MAX BOOT IN CNN DEBATE

Stephen Cohen schooled prominent 'Never Trump' neocon and Council on Foreign Relations member Max Boot on CNN's Anderson Cooper this week on the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit and general charges related to 'Russiagate'.

It's worth watching especially as it underscores why recognized academic experts are rarely given airtime on the mainstream networks if their perspective lies outside the accepted media group-think on Russia.

“I‘ve been studying Russia for 45 years,” Professor Stephen Cohen said as the debate got heated. “I‘ve lived in Russia, and I’ve lived here.”

But predictably Boot cut him off, leveling the standard ad hominem that's become the standard fallback retort to any 'contrarian' analysis, saying Cohen has been “consistently an apologist for Russia those 45 years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder in how many military industrial complex companies Boot is invested, that his only answer to Russia would be "War and Now!!"

Aug 01 08:59

GOOGLE PLANS TO LAUNCH CENSORED SEARCH ENGINE IN CHINA, LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL

GOOGLE IS PLANNING to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept can reveal.

The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans.

Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named “Maotai” and “Longfei.” The app has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government; the finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, considering how much it loves to censor opinions here at home which do not reflect a liberal slant, Google will be right at home in China!!!

Aug 01 07:39

Trump: Sessions should stop this rigged witch hunt

President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired out a barrage of tweets in which he called upon Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop Robert Mueller’s flawed Russian investigation altogether and said that FBI Agent Peter Strzok should have recused himself from day one.

Aug 01 00:08

The United States Is The Largest Prison Camp In The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The United States has the highest incarceration rates in the world. The US not only has a far higher percentage of its population in prison than allegedly “authoritarian” governments, but also has a larger total number of citizens imprisoned than China, a country with four times the US population. The US is by far the largest prison camp in the world.

Aug 01 00:01

The Real “Fake News” from Government Media

In the end, Facebook, Twitter and Google might want to reconsider relying on the mainstream news media led by the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN, and instead include citizen journalists and non-government-sycophant media to provide news and information.

Jul 31 16:05

AMAZON PLEDGES TO CONTINUE SELLING FACE SURVEILLANCE TECH TO COPS

Last week, the ACLU of Northern California revealed that Amazon’s Rekognition face surveillance software identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been previously arrested for a crime. The only problem? They were false matches. Unsurprisingly, the 28 members of Congress falsely matched to the mugshot database were disproportionately people of color. While Congress is only 20 percent people of color, they were 40 percent of those falsely matched by Rekognition.

Lawmakers reacted swiftly to the report. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ed Markey (D-MA) fired off a letter to 39 federal law enforcement agencies, among them ICE and the FBI, demanding information about how they use face surveillance technologies. Senator Markey and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) also sent a letterto Jeff Bezos himself, asking the billionaire for more details about Rekognition and a list of its government users.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Police departments need to educate themselves as to the potentially horrific costs, with lawsuits piling up, as this version of AI continues to make horrific mistakes in its misidentification of people.

Jul 31 16:02

STUDENTS OFFERED GRANTS IF THEY TWEET PRO-ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "democracy" in Israel, if there ever was one, courtesy of the Knesset having passed the "Nation/State Law", turning non-Jewish residents of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem into third-class citizens.

IF you happen to know any students who are looking to profit from disseminating fake news about Israel, please ask them if they have looked at the moral consequences of such activities.

Jul 31 15:48

Freedom of Navigation Doctrine Challenged: The de facto threat to shipping through the Bab al-Mandab must not be allowed to stand

With all the media focus on President Trump’s recent meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a major event took place last week in the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, which received little notice. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have acknowledged that they fired a missile supplied by Iran from the vicinity of the port city of Hodeida that hit a Saudi Aramco tanker. In response, even though there was little damage, Saudi Arabia has suspended all its shipping from transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Clearly, the Houthi rebels have seriously challenged the internationally-recognized “Freedom of Navigation” doctrine. The concept is that the internationally-recognized open waters of the world, including all strategic straits, should remain open and free for all commercial shipping. By extension, this includes the peaceful transit of naval forces as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Admiral Lyons, a word, please: just in case you have missed this development, Saudi Arabia has been at war against Yemen for the last 3 years, sir.

It is a war where Saudi war crimes are enabled by the US government, and the US military. These targets include innocent women, children, the medically fragile elderly, hospitals, schools and residences. Children are starving, and dying of (potentially weaponised) cholera, courtesy of Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports.

These images of Yemen are what people should be seeing in their nightly news, but are not: (warning: horrifically graphic)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated in Saudi bombing runs

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen's forgotten war.

As I am a Christian pacifist activist, I have a moral responsibility to witness to these war crimes, and will never fail to do so, as information comes available from independent resources.

Admiral, I understand your concern about oil traffic not getting affected by this war, in light that the Yemeni Houthi saw this Saudi tanker a reasonable target for retribution against Saudi Arabia.

This kind of attack could potentially continue to go for years, as a retaliation for the Saudi bombing creating a genocide in Yemen.

But Admiral, I do have a modest proposal with which I believe that even you might concur.

International Leaders need to get Saudi Arabia to stop dropping bombs on Yemen, and create an environment where a political resolution between the Houthi rebels, the Yemeni people, and the Saudi government here is possible.

THAT, sir, would cure the problem.

And BTW, concerning your accusation that an Iranian missile was used: where, please, is your incontrovertible proof that this was the case?!? Where is the forensic evidence your claim is actually true?!?

Because unless the world can see the forensics, there is no way to know who manufactured the missile, is there, sir?!?

Jul 31 13:11

Don’t mention Western aggression! The Economist blames polygamy for wars

According to The Economist, polygamy is a key factor in civil wars and conflict. How convenient to blame it all on ‘the natives’ and their ‘backward’ customs, obscuring the role of the US and its allies in destabilizing regions.
In the 1930 Marx Brothers comedy ‘Animal Crackers’ Groucho Marx proposes to two women at the same time. One protests: “But that's bigamy!” Groucho replies: “Yes and that's big-a-me, too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change. I'm sick of these conventional marriages!”

We know the Economist isn’t a great fan of Karl Marx, and it’s doubtful it would approve of Groucho much either – or at least the idea of him taking two wives. You see, it would probably lead to armed conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

Jul 31 13:07

US Plans to Show No Evidence of Collusion with Russia at Manafort Trial

US special counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort during the course of the investigation into alleged collusion between the campaign and the Russian government, but doesn’t plan on bringing any evidence to court regarding that charge in the trial starting July 31.

"The government does not intend to present at trial evidence or argument concerning collusion with the Russian government," Assistant US Attorney Uzo Asonye wrote in a document filed with the court earlier this month.

Instead, the most serious charge Manafort faces is bank fraud (and a lot of it). US District Judge T.S. Ellis III is overseeing the trial hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Washington metro area.

Specifically, Asonye said prosecutors planned to furnish evidence showing that Manafort obtained $16 million in loans in a quid pro quo deal with banker Stephen Calk, who wanted to work in the Trump administration and saw Manafort as a path to achieve that goal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait a moment; isn't Mueller's charge in this case to prove Russian collusion?!?

This is a "Slime-by" on the part of Mueller against President Trump, trying to demonize him by way of these accusations against Manafort, which may well be utterly founded.

But President Trump, should, by this point in time, have learned a very hard political lesson with both Cohen and Manafort; you have to vet the people with whom you are going to surround yourself to the max; otherwise, this kind of thing can happen, courtesy of the Never-Trumpers.

Jul 31 12:12

"I Go Days Without Eating": Some Amazon Workers Left Homeless After Workplace Injuries

Workplace safety incidents have been a major topic of discussion at certain high-flying companies over the last couple of months, but one of the names that hasn’t recently been mentioned has been Amazon. With the release of a new report by The Guardian early this week, that may very well change.

Amazon employees who suffer workplace safety incidents may be forgotten and left behind - with one report of a woman who was literally left "homeless", living in her car in a fulfillment warehouse parking lot and going "days without eating". Other employees claim that Amazon has failed to accept their workman's compensation filings and that the company has tried to "settle" with them for a pittance in a manner that absolves Amazon of all liability.

The new expose published over the weekend came just days after it was widely reported that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth had eclipsed $150 billion after Amazon stock rallied to all time highs after its most recent earnings report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man appears to have all the ethics of a rusty meat grinder; and I am going to get emails from rusty meat grinders for that analogy!!

Jul 31 12:10

BRICTS: Turkey Is Getting Off The US Reservation

This year’s BRICS Summit was a big show. No question. The main event was provided by Turkish President cum Dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan wants to a a “T” to the acronym, making them the BRICTS.

Erdogan also made it very clear Turkey’s shift away from the West will proceed faster if the bullying and marginalization continue. For months now, Turkey has struggled with a crashing Lira and sovereign bond market.

The poster child for the unfolding sovereign debt crisis.

The Trump Administration knows that Turkey is slipping from its grasp. Do you ever wonder why certain countries’ currencies get trashed when others with worse balance sheets or balance of trade don’t?

You should. Because asking that simple question will lead you to asking “Why X? Why Now?”

And in Turkey’s case it is for many reasons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Trump Administration; by pushing Turkey away from the US, you are driving them into an ever-growing relationship with Iran; China; and Russia. Bravo there, well done!!

Jul 31 12:06

NATO Is A Goldmine For US Weapons' Industries

Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer.

It’s got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, after all, the Secretary General of the US-NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that “we don’t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally” and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recorded in its 2018 World Report that “at $66.3 billion, Russia’s military spending in 2017 was 20 per cent lower than in 2016.”

Even Radio Free Europe, the US government's anti-Russia broadcaster, records that Russia has reduced its defence spending.

There is demonstrably no threat whatever to any NATO country by Russia, but this is considered irrelevant in the context of US arms’ sales, which are flourishing and being encouraged to increase and multiply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, is doing very well by this country's military industrial complex.

Jul 31 12:03

Child Brides In Turkey

Authored by Burak Bekdil via The Gatestone Institute,

Where would you like your daughter to be when she is 13? In school, or in bed with a grown man? The answer to this question is largely beyond argument in much of the world. In Islamic societies, however -- including non-Arab and theoretically secular Turkey -- the answer is anyone's guess. Usually in such states, the police power of the government does not fight the patriarchal tradition; instead, it supports it.

Turkey's president from 2007 to 2014, was a 30-year-old man when he married his wife Hayrünnisa (right) when she was 15 years old. (Photo by NATO press office via Getty Images)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Turkey seriously wants to become fully accepted into the family of 21st century nations, this practice has got to stop, period, end of discussion.

Jul 31 11:34

Turley: Paul Manafort Is Probably Going To Jail; Here's What He's Up Against

Authored by Jonathan Turley via The Hill

Paul Manafort gambles against all odds at trial

Hunter Thompson once decried the fleeting fortunes of gamblers as “tomorrow's blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.” Paul Manafort is about to discover if he is one of those “blinking toads.” The trial of the former Trump presidential campaign chairman in Virginia, on more than a dozen criminal counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and reporting violations, is about to begin. Rather than take a plea, Manafort has taken the gamble of a trial and the lingering chance of a pardon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Mueller is doing here is "Sliming President Trump by association", even though these charges do not appear to have any relationship whatsoever with alleged "Russian Collusion".

Jul 31 11:29

Philadelphia Plunders Its Property-Owners For Cash

So, desperate for revenue, the local government has been relying on an old tactic to get their hands on every spare penny they can.

The city of Philadelphia owns the local gas company - Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). It’s essentially a local government monopoly.

And over the last few years, PGW developed an automated system to comb its billing records, find delinquent accounts, and file a lien on those properties.

If you’re not familiar with real estate law, a ‘lien’ is a formally-registered security interest in which your property serves as collateral for a debt.

When you borrow money from the bank to buy a home, for example, the bank registers a lien over your home for the value of the mortgage.

The lien prevents you from selling the home until you satisfy the debt. It also means that if you don’t pay the debt, the lienholder (the bank, or the gas company) can seize the property.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those Philadelphians who can, will start "voting with their feet", and leave the state as soon as possible.

Those who cannot, will be even further marginalized by corrupt and inept city management.

Jul 31 11:23

Iran currency drops 18% in two days

Iran's currency traded at a fresh record-low of 119,000 to the dollar on Tuesday, a loss of nearly two-thirds of its value since the start of the year as US sanctions loom.

The Iranian rial has been crashing in recent days as the country anxiously awaits the reimposition of full US sanctions, starting on August 6.

It hit 100,000 to the dollar for the first time on Sunday and continued its decline, losing 18 percent of its value in less than two days.

On January 1, the dollar was worth 42,900 rials.

The government has been in crisis mode, replacing its central bank chief last week.

The central bank issued a statement on Monday, blaming the currency volatility on the "enemies' conspiracy" and vowing fresh counter-measures "in the coming days".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

August 6th is this coming Monday; one has to wonder what the Iranian government and central bank can actually do to reverse this horrific economic downward spiral.

Jul 31 11:15

Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense Against Gaza

But the fact is, Israel cannot claim a right to use any force in Gaza — whether moderate or excessive, proportionate or disproportionate; whether protesters are unarmed or armed, don’t or do pose an imminent threat to life. If it appears otherwise, that’s because the current debate ignores critical caveats in international law and abstracts from the specific situation in Gaza.

What International Law Says

To justify its use of force in Gaza, Israel claims the right to prevent alien intrusion into its sovereign territory. An Israeli legal commentator observes that this professed concern for the sanctity of the Gaza “border” is opportunistically selective. Israel invades Gaza at will; only when Palestinians seek to cross in the other direction does the fence become sacrosanct.

The Palestinian people in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are struggling to achieve their internationally validated “right to self-determination” (International Court of Justice).

Jul 31 11:08

Heavy Fighting Kills Dozens South of Yemen’s Key Port City

While the first airstrikes against Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah show that fighting is likely to quickly return to focusing on the port itself, in recent days, witnesses say heavy fighting has raged just south of the city.

A lot of the fighting on the ground is in and around Zabid, one of the oldest towns in Yemen and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dozens of fighters were reported to have been killed on both sides of the fight.

The Hodeidah Province was mostly under the control of the Houthi rebels, and the Saudi-led forces are pushing into the area, trying to take over the vital aid port. This is the last aid port under rebel control, and the source of food imports for about 70% of Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The B.O.Y. (The Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Prince Bin Salman) and the US's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, both want to see disease and starvation, and untargeted assassinations coming from the destruction of this Yemeni port to continue, unabated.

And THIS is what that looks like to Yemeni kids on the ground: (warning: graphic images follow)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

And your government is enabling these Saudi war crimes by providing guidance and refueling to the fighter jets causing this genocide.

How does it feel to be a citizen of a country enabling war crimes in Yemen?!? Not very good, is it, living in this (alleged and former) bastion of "democracy", the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika?!?

It takes all the energy and discipline I have sometimes, to look at events like this, and not just fall apart at the seams. But when I look at the faces of the kids in these photos, dead, and dying, I understand that giving up on being a peaceful, Christian witness to these crimes is something I cannot, morally, afford to do right now.

Jul 31 10:57

Suffering starts all over again in Gaza

Fadel Abu al-Qumsan has survived two attacks in the past four years.

Early on 3 August 2014, Israel bombed his home in the Jabaliya refugee camp of northern Gaza. Two of his nieces and his brother-in-law were killed.

In recent months, Fadel, 53, and his family have once again been hurt by Israeli state violence.

On 6 April 2018, Fadel joined the Great March of Return to demand that Palestinians uprooted by Zionist forces in 1948 be allowed to return home.

At approximately 3 pm, he fell to the ground screaming. He had been shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper.

Fadel was roughly 700 meters from the boundary fence between Gaza and Israel at the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel, particularly with the passage of the "Nation State of Jewish people" law, has quickly become the "assassination nation" of the Middle East, when it comes to Palestinians.

Jul 31 10:53

Nazi Gun Control: 450 Floridians ORDERED To GIVE UP Their Guns

More than 450 people in the state of Florida have been ordered to give up their guns by the state government. Under the new law signed by totalitarian governor Rick Scott, the Risk Protection Order aims to “temporarily” remove weapons from gun owners who have been deemed by a judge to possibly be a threat to themselves or others.

Jul 31 10:51

Israel seeks to isolate Palestinians from global support

Two Dutch researchers were detained, subjected to humiliating treatment and abuse and then deported by Israel earlier this month.

Their experience is part of Israel’s policy to isolate Palestinians from the outside world and obstruct the work of human rights defenders.

Israeli security forces took Lydia de Leeuw for questioning immediately after she landed at Ben Gurion airport on 20 July.

Before the interrogation started, she was handed a file with personal details and other information already completed, including a decision by the interior minister to deny her entry.

Over four hours, de Leeuw was strip searched, deprived of her phone and other property and denied access to the Dutch embassy or legal assistance. She was then deported.

Her colleague Pauline Overeem experienced even more severe treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above descriptions represent typical Israeli behaviour, against non-violent peace activists; this is precisely the kind of "greeting' Mike and I would get, if we were ever foolish enough to attempt to enter Israel as tourists.

Again, this is why the BDS movement is so critical; economics is a language spoken, and understood, by all Israelis.

Jul 31 10:45

The Apartheid Prime Minister

There is someone responsible for the nation-state law and that someone is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although he usually leaves controversial decisions to his political partners, this time Netanyahu positioned himself front and center in support of the constitutional discrimination against Israeli citizens who are not Jewish.

Netanyahu made it clear Friday to Druze leaders who asked him to amend the law that he was prepared to give the Druze economic benefits but would not change the legislation’s discriminatory wording. On Sunday he attacked the left (“They need to do some soul-searching”), and demanded that Likud ministers “fight for the truth,” a barb at his right-wing rival Naftali Bennett, who suggested amending the law to accommodate the Druze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! That this actually came out in an Israeli blog; way to go, Haaretz!!

Jul 31 10:43

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The United States military's Africa Command has confirmed that its forces began deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year.

The West African country's government granted American forces permission in November 2017 to arm their drones - but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment.

"In coordination with the Government of Niger, US Africa Command has armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft already in Niger to improve our combined ability to respond to threats and other security issues in the region. Armed ISR aircraft began flying in early 2018," Samantha Reho, spokeswoman for US Africa Command told The Associated Press on Monday.

The armed drones are currently deployed to Niger's Air Base 101 in the capital, Niamey. Reho said the effort was supported by Niger's government, describing it as part of the long-term strategic partnership between the two countries to counter armed groups in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why the hell are US troops in Niger?!?

Well, let's start little refresher course on the natural resources of Niger.

A-Z Mining:
Niger

The article goes on to state: "The natural resources of Niger include uranium, coal, gold, iron ore, tin, phosphates, petroleum, molybdenum, salt, and gypsum. Niger has some of the largest uranium reserves in the world. It also has a good amount of oil reserves. Experts state that Niger’s exports are likely to expand significantly by year 2016."

The US presence in Niger is simply to insure that its government remains US/Western-Centric; that other dissenting groups cannot come to power; that those resources outlined above are only allowed to be developed by Western-centric global entities; and that they are sold only in US dollars.

Jul 31 10:38

New Twitter “Hate Speech” Chief is a Trump-Hating Leftist

The woman selected to help Twitter develop an algorithm which targets “hate speech” is a hardcore leftist who hates Donald Trump.

What could possibly go wrong?

Earlier today it was reported that Dr. Rebekah Tromble, an assistant professor of political science at Leiden University, “will examine echo chambers and uncivil discourse” on behalf of Twitter.

Tromble will help Twitter “develop algorithms to understand the different between intolerant discourse such as hate speech, and disagreement or incivility.”

In other words, she will develop the algorithm which could end up determining what speech is allowed and what speech is banned on the platform.

Given that Tromble is a hardcore leftist who has repeatedly expressed her hatred for Donald Trump and his supporters, don’t expect Twitter to move in any direction other than another giant lurch towards censorship.

Jul 31 10:36

Russian Ambassador Tells Israel: We Can’t Force Iran to Leave Syria

Speaking on Israel’s Channel 10 news, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told the interviewer that Russia cannot force Iran to withdraw its military from Syria, no matter how many times Israel demands them to.

Israel has been demanding Russian intervention for months, but Iran has ruled out leaving unless Syria tells them to. Russia tried to come up with a compromise where Iranian forces would stay 100 km from the buffer zone, but Israel rejected that as well.

Viktorov told the reporters that Iran’s military presence in Syria “is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter.” He added that Russia is “not okay” with any Israeli attacks on Syria, but that it wasn’t up to Russia to prevent them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government loves the "big lie" technique, both to exaggerate their own claims, and also to terrify their domestic population.

It will be interesting to see what Israel does regarding Syria after this announcement; but I would not believe that backing off their attacks against Syria will happen any time soon.

Jul 31 10:32

Korean Generals Meet on Ways to Reduce Military Tensions

Top generals from North and South Korea are to meet Tuesday in the truce village of Panmunjom on various details of how the two nations can reduce military tensions along the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The agreement to ease tensions was reached during a previous summit.

The generals are working on specifics, and that’s likely not to include any hugely unexpected concessions from either side. The number of military guards in Panmunjom may be reduced. Both sides are expected to offer to reduce the number of military posts on their respective sides of the DMZ.

Perhaps the most impactful issue that will be discussed will be the positioning of heavy weapons along the DMZ borders. Both nations are expected to offer to remove some of those heavy weapons, like artillery that threatens to do massive, immediate damage if a war breaks out

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me more than slightly hopeful on this.

But if Kim Jung Un and Moon Jae-In decide on reunification, all bets, in terms of a continuing US military presence in a reunified Korea, may well be off.

Jul 31 10:28

Iran Sees Oil-for-Gold Trade as Viable Solution to US Banking Sanctions

With Sri Lanka already looking to make an “oil for tea” trade deal to keep buying oil from Iran without violating an US prohibitions, Iranian officials continue to explore other barter solutions around the world as an alternative to US-dominated banking.

Hassam Khosrowjerdi, the president of the Iran-Africa Council for Economic Cooperation, suggested that trading Iranian oil directly for gold would be a potential solution that would avoid US banks. Major African gold producing nations would be likely customers.

Ghana was specifically mentioned in Iranian state media reports, noting that Ghana imports oil and other oil products from Iran, and is also the second biggest exporter of gold in all of Africa.

This would not only allow Iran to avoid international banks, but potentially could be a boost for their struggling currency. Iran has been importing gold recently already, according to reports, and a big increase in state-owned gold reserves would doubtless be good for the rial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF other countries are not using banks as a medium of currency exchange, there are a myriad of creative ways to get around US sanctions against Iran; bartering, is surely one of those ways, and there is nothing the Trump Administration can do to stop it, except wage war on every country buying their oil from Iran in this manner.

Jul 31 10:28

A POLICE RUN NON-PROFIT HAS CREATED A NATIONAL TRACKING PROGRAM CALLED "PLACE OF LAST DRINK"

A non-profit association of law-enforcement personnel is being used to track where people drink and much more. Iowa is preparing to use the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association's (NLLEA) "Place of Last Drink" or POLD to collect data on businesses and drivers.

Jul 31 10:21

US-Turkey to Conduct Joint Patrols in Syria, Pentagon Head Mattis Says

The United States and Turkey will start joint military patrols in Syria in a matter of weeks, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Friday.

"I mean, you got to do the training… I think that we’re talking about weeks," Mattis said. "I don’t know how many. Two, four, six, but I don’t think we’re talking months."

Mattis noted there are already Turkish and US patrols on the ground, but they are separate.

"It’s already happening on opposite sides where the two of the patrols go along, and they get to certain points, they wait for the other one to get there," Mattis said. "If somebody gets there first and then they do recognition signals back and forth and they move onto the next one."

Mattis explained all the conditions for establishing joint patrols are being set for them to go forward, and the Turkish and US militaries have put together all the planning while the training equipment has landed at the Incirlik air base in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Mattis and Edrogan believe that there is no such thing as Syrian territorial integrity.

And what happens when they run into either Syrian or Russian forces?!?

It looks as though the US and Turkish governments are hell-bent to prevent any possible real peace here.

Jul 31 10:15

Western leaders realize Poroshenko unable to keep his promises, says Lavrov

Leaders of Western countries express unflattering things to the current Ukrainian leaders when talking with them behind closed doors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday addressing the participants in the Territory of Meanings National Educational Youth Forum on Monday.

"When our Western, at least European, counterparts communicate with the leaders of today’s Ukraine behind closed doors, they tell them some quite unflattering things and seek to have some kind of reaction," the minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The West, and particularly the US government, must be experiencing "Getter's Remorse" over the well and truly failed Poroshenko regime, 4 years on; and the problem is, there is nothing the west can do about it now, having signed off on the (alleged) Great Liberator, Poroshenko.

Bribery and Corruption Laws in the Ukraine

Why is Ukraine's president afraid of the Anti-Corruption Court?!?

Israeli government arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Jul 31 10:01

LEADER OF AL-QAEDA IN SYRIA CONTINUES TO RECEIVE FREE PASS ON YOU TUBE WHILE AMERICANS WHO EXPOSE SYRIAN WAR ARE CENSORED AND BANNED

The following post reveals that as of July 27, 2018, the Saudi cleric leader of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria) Abdullah al-Muhaysini still has his own channel up and running on You Tube. This post is highly important because, not only does it point out that terrorists are being given a free pass by western governments and the Powers That Be in the current age of Internet censorship against western citizens accused of bullying and spreading 'false' news, but it also provides evidence that the leader of al-Qaeda in Syria has been working directly with the White Helmets who are a western funded propaganda construct that has employed terrorists to destroy Syria, terrorists who were recently pulled out of Syria by the Israeli government and are now being repatriated into western countries.

A simple You Tube search provides the evidence that al-Qaeda's leader in Syria is fully operational on You Tube.

Screenshot of currently active You Tube videos of Abdullah al-Muhaysini:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

And yet algorithms for You Tube and Facebook push sites like WRH, which constantly struggles to tell readers the truth, down to where people cannot see us, or hear us, and are subjected to absolute electronic oblivion.

Folks, You Tube and Facebook are simply distractions from the real world, where everything you post is collected and siphoned off to US alphabet soup agencies; it is really better to shun them as though they collectively had the plague.

Jul 31 09:54

MICHIGAN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER CANCER-LINKED TOXIN FOUND IN DRINKING WATER

Michigan officials declared a state of emergency on Sunday after high levels of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were discovered in Kalamazoo County tapwater, reports Mlive.com.

The declaration was made by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R), several days after the toxic compound was found in the water supply of Parchment and Cooper Township.

“This declaration will allow the state to supply additional resources to help with response efforts and ensure the health and safety of residents in Parchment and Cooper Township,” Calley said in a statement, adding "This helps make sure that every resource that is possible is on the table and that we can work as expeditiously together as we possibly can."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between the water woes of Flint (still unresolved as I input this), and now Kalamazoo County, it appears that the whole of the state of Michigan can be very hazardous to one's health.

Jul 31 09:50

A PERMANENT EMERGENCY: TRUMP BECOMES THIRD PRESIDENT TO RENEW EXTRAORDINARY POST-9/11 POWERS

President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year.

But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren't immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a law requiring it to report to Congress every six months on how much the president has spent under those extraordinary powers, USA TODAY has found.

Exactly 16 years ago Thursday, President Bush signed Proclamation 7463, giving himself sweeping powers to mobilize the military in the days following terrorist attacks that crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. It allowed him to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These powers should be immediately rescinded, because 9/11 was an inside job, engineered to get the general public to buy off on an invasion of Afghanistan, because the Taliban refused to lease their oil pipelines for what Bush's DC felt was a "reasonable" amount of money.

9/11 Index of What Really Happened

Jul 31 09:49

‘No matter what platform you use, it’s all under surveillance’

All platforms are completely encompassing surveillance machines and Microsoft is probably just catching up here, releasing its Windows 10 operating system, Chris Kitze, founder of ‘Unseen’ encrypted internet server, told RT.
After the release of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, several tech bloggers have warned that its privacy settings are invasive by default. After signing a lengthy service agreement of 12,000 words the user is affectively giving the system access rights to its private information, including location history, text messages and any information shared via them, personal contacts and calendar notes about plans for exact dates, among other things.

According to the agreement, this data can be stored and preserved if the company considers it necessary.

Jul 31 09:38

Infowars' Alex Jones is banned from Facebook for a month

Following on from a strike for violating YouTube policies, Infowars founder Alex Jones has been hit with sanctions by Facebook for contravening its community standards.

The social network -- which just dropped in value -- removed four of Jones' videos for violating its policies and banned the right-wing conspiracy theorist from using his account for 30 days. In the event of further policy breaches by Jones or his admins, his page could be permanently banned.

Jul 31 09:36

US diplomats secretly met with Taliban without Afghan government

For over a decade, the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they view as a puppet regime controlled by Washington. They have instead sought to speak directly with the United States, without Kabul’s mediation. In 2015, the United States sought to initiate peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha, but the effort collapsed after the Afghan government denounced it and demanded a seat at the table. The negotiation process has remained dormant since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful on this change of both heart, and tactics, by the Trump administration.

A 17 year long military failure is quite enough, thank you very much.

What needs to happen now, is for the Taliban to become incorporated into the fabric of the Afghani government, have representation politically, so that all parties can look at a real chance to end this insane war, and get the NATO and US soldiers out of the country.

Jul 31 09:31

States Sue to Block Downloads of 3D-Printed Gun Instructions

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson leads a group of eight states and Washington, D.C., in suing the Trump administation in case filed in federal court in Seattle. Ferguson alleges that the feds violated both the Administrative Procedure Act and the Tenth Amendment. Besides Washington, attorney generals in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have joined in.

The suit asks for a temporary restraining order nationwide that would cover both the federal government lifting export controls and Defense Distributed from posting the downloads. (Fortune was able to download instructions from Washington State on Monday afternoon.)

Jul 31 09:23

SECOND RUSSIAN SCIENTIST CHARGED WITH TREASON FOR LEAKING TOP-SECRET DATA

he second report of a Russian scientist being charged with state treason came out Monday.

The Moscow Times reported the following:

A second Russian scientist has reportedly been charged with sharing state secrets with another country this month, a week after the high-profile detention of a space researcher on treason charges.

Last week, Viktor Kudryavtsev, a scientist at one of Russia’s leading space research labs, was charged with state treason for a suspected leak of hypersonic missile technology to a NATO country in 2013.

A member of the Public Monitoring Committee (PMC) prison watchdog said last Friday that a second scientist was found to have been detained on treason charges in July, despite prison wards having previously assured observers that only one scientist was being held.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, allegedly, Kudryavtsev leaked this information 13 years ago, why did it take the Russian government another 5 years to realise that this had actually happened?!?

Something else appears to be going on here, and with Russia so far ahead of the US in their fighter technology, and I have to wonder if it is to frighten those currently working its hypersonic technology into absolute silence, so that no more current info about the program gets leaked.

Jul 31 09:12

SUPREME COURT ESSENTIALLY NULLIFIES 4TH AMENDMENT BY DENYING ROSS ULBRICHT'S PETITION

On June 28, 2018, the Supreme Court (Court) denied a petition by Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht that would have forced the Court to address where government surveillance and the Fourth Amendment intersect online. 34-year old Ulbricht, who is currently serving a double life sentence for a non-violent crime petitioned the Court to review his case; specifically, whether the evidence used to arrest and convict him was seized constitutionally or not. The evidence in question was obtained through warrantless government surveillance of the wireless router in his private home. The Court’s refusal to review Ulbricht’s case affirms an outdated legal precedent that essentially nullifies the Fourth Amendment in the age of the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are no longer a nation of laws; we are a nation of people, as this challenge to the Supreme Court regarding 4th Amendment protection proves.

Jul 31 09:03

Alex Jones faces existential courtroom battle over limits of fake news

If the Travis County Sandy Hook case makes it to trial, it could become an epic courtroom showdown, heading into Trump’s re-election campaign, over where to draw the line between free speech and libel in an era of competing claims of “fake news.”

Bankston and Dallas attorney Mark Enoch, representing Jones, will be in a Travis County courtroom Wednesday arguing over Enoch’s motion to dismiss the defamation case under the Texas Citizens Participation Act — a law unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry that was intended to protect citizens’ First Amendment rights from meritless claims intended to silence them. Bankston said the law is being invoked in this case as nothing more than a stalling tactic.

Enoch argues that the suit is a “strategic device” to silence Jones “as well as anyone else who refuses to accept what the mainstream media and government tell them, and prevent them from expressing any doubt or raising questions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We all must stand with Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig on this, or we will all be targets for the "lawfare" to silence us!

Jul 31 00:39

One Bad Apple? Entire Police Dept Suspended Multiple Cops Charged with Conspiracy

All too often those who continuously apologize for crimes committed by police officers are able to justify some of the most egregious instances of outright murder by claiming the officer was a bad apple. Almost as often, however, as TFTP has shown numerous times, the bad apple theory is exactly that—a theory—with no evidence to support it.

Jul 31 00:18

Here’s What We’ve Lost in the Past Decade

The confidence and hubris of those directing the rest of us to race off the cliff while they watch from a safe distance is off the charts. The past decade of “recovery” and “growth” has actually been a decade of catastrophic losses for our society and nation. Here’s a short list of what we’ve lost:

Jul 30 16:37

SAUDI BEGINS SECRET TRIALS OF OPPOSITION FIGURES WHICH IS A MAJOR HUMAN RIGHTS CRIME

Saudi authorities have begun secret trials for a number of detainees including clerics, media figures and academic, social media advocacy group Prisoners of Conscience has reported, warning that the detainees may not be given fair hearings.

Jul 30 15:50

POLICE SAY HANDCUFFED TEEN SHOT HERSELF IN THE HEAD IN A TRAFFIC STOP, WITNESSES ON VIDEO SAY OTHERWISE

A mother is grieving and also crying foul after police say her 19-year-old daughter killed herself during a routine traffic stop. According to the mother, police told her that her daughter was handcuffed when she somehow got a gun and shot herself. But witnesses tell a different story. Dawn Wilson, the mother of 19-year-old Sarah Wilson has come forward to speak out about the inconsistencies in the case and the possibility of something far more sinister than a suicide.

Jul 30 15:40

QUIET SKIES: AIR MARSHALS ARE FOLLOWING THOUSANDS OF RANDOM AMERICANS THROUGH AIRPORTS AND ON PLANES, FOR NO ARTICULATABLE PURPOSE

Federal Air Marshals are furious that they have been tasked to follow thousands of Americans who are not on any watch-list and not suspected of any crime; they shadow these people (who are selected for surveillance on the basis of flimsy criteria like once having visited Turkey) and send minute-by-minute updates to the TSA, noting whether their targets are sleeping, using more than one phone, waiting until the last minute to board their planes, observing boarding areas from a distance, and other innocuous behaviors.

Jul 30 14:01

Federal Whistleblowers Expose TSA’s “Quiet Skies” Secret Surveillance Program for ALL Travelers

It appears that, once again, the government narrative that TSA surveillance and groping is needed to keep Americans safe from the terrorists “over there” is nothing but a justification to violate the rights of everyone.

Jul 30 11:06

AS VA CONTINUES TO HOOK VETERANS ON DANGEROUS OPIOIDS, LOCAL GROWERS OFFER THEM FREE CANNABIS

Santa Cruz, CA – While the United States federal government and the Department of Veterans Affairs continue their efforts to keep cannabis from the people who need it the most, local growers are starting a movement in a state that is known for its “big government,” in an effort to make a difference in their community.

It is no secret that the VA has a history of failing to provide proper medical care for the veterans in its care. In fact, in 2015, a leaked document showed that more than 238,000 veterans died waiting for treatment, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs’ backlog.

When veterans do receive treatment, it comes in the form prescription drugs, many of which are opioid painkillers and antidepressants that are highly addictive, have alarming and dangerous side effects, and have been shown to worsen the symptoms they are supposed to treat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

God bless these people!!

Jul 30 11:03

MORE RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE NONSENSE

The one-party political class fears competition and hates criticism. That’s basically what the Russian election meddling narrative is all about.
The latest accusation comes from Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford. He told ABC News the political class has to “be very aware that the Russians are trying to be able to interfere in our elections every other way they can to be able to harvest information and then to be able to use that against our democracy.”

This is the standard M.O. of tech companies and social media networks. Facebook has done this for years. It installs a cookie on your computer that tracks were you go on the internet. Facebook and others use this information to target consumers. The information is sold to corporations.

The largest collector of personal information is the NSA. But we’re not hearing about the threat it poses to “democracy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that Senator Lankford would be hard-pressed to name even one country in which the United States either desperately tried to flip an election of a foreign government, or funded/supported the winning candidate.

Russia... is not my enemy, nor the real enemy of the American people; that's the job of the one percenters and the military industrial complex, which consistently attempt to misdirect America's attention away from the real problems facing our country, and why those problems exist.

And to the alphabet soup agencies scanning our posts, please don't worry that I will ever advocate the use of violence against anyone; I'm a Christian pacifist activist, who really likes the Biblical admonition: "Be ye wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."

It's that "wisdom thing" to which we will always point our readers and listeners at this website! :-)

Jul 30 10:53

ROTHSCHILD BANK CAUGHT UP IN MONEY-LAUNDERING SCANDAL

Switzerland’s financial regulator has accused Rothschild Bank AG and its trust subsidiary of violating anti-money laundering law in relation to 1MDB, the troubled Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.
According to the regulator, both Rothschild Bank AG and Rothschild Trust AG failed to check where assets from a client came from. The firms reportedly disregarded signs that the funds could be connected to money-laundering and took the money anyway. The companies run by the Rothschild family are also accused of reporting on the issue too late.

“Specifically, they were in breach of due diligence, reporting and documentation requirements,” Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) said in a statement. “Finma will appoint an audit agent to review enhancements already put in place by the institutions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this development; and you have to think about all the times banks and financial services get away with this kind of behaviour, undetected.

Jul 30 10:50

ISLAMIC STATE DRONE PROGRAM STUDY REVEALS NATO RATLINES

Despite attempts by the US and European media to depict the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in cartoon villain terms, it was always clear to serious analysis that the terrorist organization’s fighters, weapons, supplies and money were entering Syria and the result of extensive outside support.

A look at any map of the Syrian conflict, regardless of its source over the past 7 years shows IS and other militant groups maintaining territory with corridors leading directly to the borders of Syria’s neighbors, particularly NATO-member Turkey and US allies Israel and Jordan.

There have been direct admissions from the US itself that it played a role in IS’ creation. A 2013 leaked US Defense Intelligence Agency memo (.pdf) would explicitly note that the US and its allies sought the creation of what it then called a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria, precisely where IS would later establish itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable: ISIS was a created "frenemy", against which the US government could rail when it wanted to as being the "ultimate villain in the Middle East, while the US government was supporting it with weapons and money.

Jul 30 10:45

GOVERNMENT-PHARMA COLLUSION IN MASS DEATHS BY OPIOIDS

—The 2016 law, hamstringing the DEA, still has not been repealed—

The major pipeline for trafficking opioid drugs starts with pharmaceutical manufacturers, who are intentionally distributing opioids far beyond any legitimate need.

2 MILLION OPIOID ADDICTS IN THE US.

300,000 DEATHS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 IN THE US.

A significant percentage of this human carnage results from illegal distribution of opioids.

Here is the open secret:

A 2016 LAW SIGNED BY OBAMA SHACKLED THE DEA (DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION) IN ITS EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON BIG PHARMA TRAFFICKERS.

That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.

And that is the federal government’s role in perpetuating and expanding the opioid crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are non-opioid pain killers which, when used carefully, can control pain without addiction; but of course, many of these are both cheap, and legal, so the information doesn't get out there, and people continue to die from opium addiction.

Jul 30 10:41

THE EU BACKS OFF ITS WAR ON CASH. HERE’S WHY

The European Commission, in its official war on cash, admitted that physical cash is perhaps not quite the source of all evil that many EU institutions, including the Commission itself, had made it out to be. And it has abandoned its war on cash.

In a report to the European Parliament and Council on the viability of EU-wide cash payment restrictions, the Commission made three crucial observations.

1. Cash restrictions would have little effect on terrorist financing

2. Cash restrictions could be useful in combating money laundering but are of limited help against tax fraud.

3. There is no appetite among the European public for EU-wide cash limits.

Jul 30 10:38

MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST TRACKED MISSILE CASINGS USED BY AL-QAEDA AND THEY ALL CAME FROM US BASES

Finally, a journalist for a mainstream UK media outlet is methodically tracking weapons shipment serial numbers and English-language paperwork recovered from al-Qaeda groups in Syria, and he’s literally showing up at arms factories and questioning arms dealers, including officials at the Saudi Embassy in London, asking: why are your weapons in the hands of terrorists?

Veteran Middle East war correspondent Robert Fisk recently published a bombshell report entitled, I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to. In it Fisk recalls a bit of detective sleuthing he’s lately been engaged in after stumbling upon a batch of missile casings and shipment paperwork last year hidden in what he describes as “the basement of a bombed-out Islamist base in eastern Aleppo” with the words “Hughes Aircraft Co/Guided Missile Surface Attack” emblazoned on the side of the spent tubes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the world of reporting geopolitics, Robert Fisk has always been an industrial-strength, tell-it-like-it-is guy.

And the reason he has found these western markings on the bombs and bullets he's looking at, is that the west was supporting these terrorists with weapons and money, to attempt to bring down the duly elected government of Syria.

Jul 30 10:27

Ordinary US Citizens Now Surveilled By Air Marshals As Part Of Secret New Program

If you're a law abiding US citizen, a team of armed undercover US Air Marshals could be following you on your next flight, taking minute-by-minute notes whether or not you engage in such threatening behavior as sleeping on the plane, using a phone, going to the bathroom or talking to other passengers.

The Boston Globe has revealed a new federal program that profiles and surveils ordinary US citizen travelers who otherwise have no legitimate reason for being profiled. The secret program, called "Quiet Skies", was set up to monitor US citizens with no prior record and who don't result in red flags being raised at the airport. The people surveiled and followed in this program are, according to a TSA memo cited by the Globe article, "not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base".

Jul 30 10:23

EMERGENCY: Infowars Banned From The Internet! - ALEX JONES INFOWARS

Jul 30 09:31

How Israel Silences Palestine in EU Circles

The Israeli propaganda machine works internationally to undermine the role of Palestinian NGOs which disclose Israeli violations of international law, and maintain the well-being of Palestinian people.

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal.

The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation campaign.

More than a dozen people call the editors, seemingly on your behalf, and apply heavy pressure to publish the article. One of the callers even tries to bribe them to get it published.

This confuses and intimidates the editors, who have never experienced anything like it.

They fear that publishing under pressure may damage the independence and reputation of their website, which is a news magazine for the European Parliament.

Jul 30 09:13

YouTube Shut Down Swedish Channel Exposing Fake News & Establishment Lies

Fabian Fjälling, also known as Erik Johansson from Granskning Sverige (Review Sweden), joins us for a discussion about the recent shut down of their YouTube channel. Swedish publisher giant Bonnier filed frivolous copyright claims against the citizen journalist media outlet and after three strikes the channel was terminated.

Jul 30 00:27

10 Signs That America Is In Much Worse Trouble Than We All Thought…

You may find it difficult to believe some of the things that I am about to share with you. Instinctively, most of us know that America is in trouble, but recently it has been impressed upon me that things are much worse than I originally believed. Our cities are becoming cesspools, our nation is falling apart all around us, and it seems like the number of sick, twisted and depraved people is multiplying. We still have a relatively high standard of living for the moment, but the only reason we can maintain that standard of living is because we are on the greatest debt binge in human history. And once that bubble bursts, I fear for what this nation is going to become, because things are getting really bad out there. The following are 10 signs that America is in much worse trouble than we all thought…

Jul 30 00:23

War Is a Racket — And so Is The State

If the emperor’s new clothes strike you as ennobling when in fact he’s buck-naked, you can thank government schools and our pro-state culture for ceding reality to authority.

Jul 29 23:55

What the Internet Sales Tax Is All About

What’s offensive about all this is that the Supreme Court didn’t pick up on what is plainly a backdoor tariff foisted on the American people. A Court that’s required to elevate the Constitution, and in doing so ensure that trade among American citizens is regular and free, has empowered cities and states to effectively put up tariff barriers to trade through a wholly invented taxing power. If this is doubted, readers need only ask again if they would cheerfully pay local taxes on transactions made in person, but not in the city or state they live in. Not a chance.

Jul 29 10:06

This Man Went to Prison for Collecting Rainwater

Jul 29 09:42

"God Help Us" - British Army Readied In Case Of Hard Brexit

Just as was extremely evident prior to the actual vote in 2016, scaremongering around Brexit (deal or no deal) is escalating among the cognoscenti or desperate Remain 'told you so'-ers.

Britain's Sunday Times reports that UK ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the "no deal" planning, with helicopters and army trucks used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.

However, as ominous as this sounds, The Sunday Times admits - a number of paragraphs into their "Army on standby for no-deal Brexit emergency" story - that a source inside the Ministry of Defense said they have not yet received "a formal request" to assist the civilian authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scaremongering indeed!!

Jul 29 09:39

Ecuador president says Wikileak’s Julian Assange MUST leave embassy but wants assurances he won’t be executed

Australian-born Assange will eventually need to leave the London embassy where he has been living since 2012, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno says.

JULIAN Assange's legal team says Ecuador is seeking assurances he won't be EXECUTED if he is forced to leave its embassy in London.

Speculation about Assange's future has grown in recent days, amid reports that officials from Ecuador and Britain are discussing how to remove him after revocation of his asylum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Moreno, the American Deep State is very angry at this man, for telling the truth, and may well assassinate him before he has a "kangaroo court trial."

Jul 29 09:20

WHAT DOES GOOGLE KNOW ABOUT YOU: AN (AUTO)COMPLETE GUIDE

Google might just know you better than anyone.

Thanks to the data the tech giant collects in order to sell ads, Google has a wealth of information on you — from what you look like to where you live and where you’ve traveled. The corporation may even be able to guess your favorite food.

Just how does Google know all of this? Jump to our infographic for a quick overview of everything Google knows about you, or check out our full guide by clicking on the icons below.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nearly terrifying, and a very good reason to never use Google again.

Jul 29 09:18

HOW MOSSAD, ISRAEL'S SECRET SERVICE, HAS BECOME THE WORLD LEADER IN ASSASSINS WITH 800 OPERATIONS IN THE LAST DECADE

Forty years ago, Wadie Haddad was one of the world’s most wanted men. Bold, determined, ruthless, Haddad was the founder of the far-Left Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

He trained notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal and masterminded the hijack of an Air France plane that was flown to Entebbe in Uganda and later rescued by Israeli commandos.

Not surprisingly, the Israeli secret service, Mossad, wanted him dead. But six years after they first put out a ‘kill order’, Haddad was still very much alive, living in apparent comfort in Baghdad.

What happened next was worthy of a James Bond thriller. On January 10, 1978, a Mossad agent inside Haddad’s inner circle, known only as Sadness, switched his toothpaste for an identical tube laced with a deadly toxin, developed in a secret laboratory near Tel Aviv.

Every time Haddad brushed his teeth, a tiny quantity of the toxin worked its way through his gums into his bloodstream.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mossad did the same thing to Yasser Arafat, by poisoning his toothpaste with polonium.

But for a country which boasts about itself being a bastion of alleged "democracy" (except for the Palestinians, of course), being #1 in the world for assassinations is, indeed, a thoroughly dubious distinction.

Jul 29 09:11

CRIME RATE IN THE U.K. SOARS WHILE 90% OF RECORDED CRIME GOES UNCHARGED

Homicide and crime rates – including sexual assaults, and knife and gun attacks – continue to rise in the United Kingdom, with 90% of recorded offenses not ending in charges.

A report published last week lays bare the shocking numbers – crimes resulting in charges sat at 11%, with the percentage falling two points in just a year to 9%; down from 15% in 2015.

Since March of this year and the 12 months before, only 443,000 crimes out of 4.6 million recorded resulted in charges.

NOTABLY, THE NUMBER OF RECORDED CRIMES ROSE BY 11% TO 5.5 MILLION OFFENSES – THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE.
Earlier this year, the homicide rate in London overtook New York City – with knife attacks rising by more than 30%. Although crime rates are surging in the U.K.,officer numbers in London have hit a record low.

As it stands, fewer than 1 in 10 of recorded crimes result in a charge, doing little to abate fear that England is undergoing an epidemic of violent crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are truly horrific, and one has to wonder how many of these crimes were committed by immigrants.

What the UK government does not want to admit, is the degree to which these crmes are influenced by the culture wars they are experiencing between born-Brits, and those born elsewhere, who will not assimilate and learn anything about the culture of their adoptive country.

Jul 28 23:17

TSA tracking regular travelers like terrorists in secret surveillance program…

Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

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