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Apr 02 10:01

Cops Brag About Arresting Woman for Pot on Facebook as they Ignore 10,000 Rape Kits

In the fall of 2016, voters in Florida approved the sale of medical marijuana statewide. But if anyone thinks that Florida law enforcement is going to get soft on marijuana as a result, they might need to think again. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office paraded their latest drug bust on their Facebook page this week. They found Kayla Martin, 26, to be in possession of four melted gummy bears and two lollipops, arrested her, and charged her, not only with possession but with intent to distribute. The six tiny pieces of THC-laced candy were photographed, along with the perpetrator, and uploaded to the department’s FB page.

Apr 02 09:18

Spicer Skewers Media For Defending Dr. Farkas, Calls Her Public Admissions of Collecting Intelligence on Trump 'Devastating'

In today's press conference at the White House, Sean Spicer shifted the conversation away from the nothing-burger of who told Chairman Nunes about the Trump team being surveilled by the Obama administration to the public comments made by Dr. Farkas -- the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense specializing in Russia, who said "get as much information as you can" to persons inside the intelligence apparatus -- for the purposes of preserving intel on the Trump team in an effort to hide it from the incoming administration.

Spicer called her comments alone 'devasting' and posited the notion that had the media been treating the Trump administration fairly, they'd be more concerned with the intelligence leaks coming out of the Obama administration -- surveilling Trump and his team -- for reasons that are, indelibly, unclear.

Apr 02 09:07

Judge: Trump incited violence at rally in 2016

An Obama appointee! This is beyond the Pale on the part of this judge.

A federal judge ruled that President Trump during his campaign incited violence at a rally in Louisville, Ky., allowing the case against him and three supporters to proceed, the Courier-Journal reported.

Judge David J. Hale on Friday rejected the free speech defense in the suit against Trump, his campaign and three of its supporters.

The incident in question is when Trump, then a candidate for the Republican nomination, yelled “get ‘em out of here” at a campaign event on March 1, 2016, referencing protesters in the crowd.

Apr 01 11:33

F-35 Continues to Stumble

The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Dr. Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, in his last annual report.

The Joint Strike Fighter Program has already consumed more than $100 billion and nearly 25 years. Just to finish the basic development phase will require at least an extra $1 billion and two more years. Even with this massive investment of time and money, Dr. Gilmore told Congress, the Pentagon, and the public, “the operational suitability of all variants continues to be less than desired by the Services."

Apr 01 11:15

Take Us Off: Two Journalists Sue US Government Over Inclusion on ‘Kill List’

Two journalists are suing US President Donald Trump and other American officials and agencies as they believe they have been erroneously placed on a "kill list" compiled by the Obama administration and which the current administration has maintained. They are asking to be removed from the list immediately.

Apr 01 09:27

What You Need To Know About Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's Son-In-Law And Newly Appointed Advisor

It was Jared who helped prepare Trump for an appearance before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in March, and Jared who helped broker a truce with Fox News when Trump fought with Megyn Kelly, the network's star anchor. After Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, his campaign manager, in June, it was reported that Ivanka had demanded Lewandowski's dismissal for trying to marginalize Jared's influence...Most recently, Jared was on hand to help Trump choose Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate—over and above, it did not go unnoticed, the great nemesis of the Kushner family, Chris Christie.

Apr 01 09:24

I Am Fishead - Documentary Film (2011)


"WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR WORLD? THIS IS A FILM FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW."

Every meaningful change starts with awareness. In our culture, we not only praise psychopaths in the highest positions of power, but in many cases, they became our role models. Challenge your beliefs! We have delved into the world of psychopaths and heroes and revealed something crucial about us.

http://www.fisheadmovie.com/

Apr 01 08:47

YouTube Caught Silencing... The Young Turks Critics? | Louder With Crowder

Apr 01 07:51

Citizens stand up to corrupt L.A. Board of Supervisors members who support illegal immigration

The truth came out at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors – County of Los Angeles meeting when citizens overwhelmingly expressed their concerns over illegal immigration.

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Mar 31 16:42

More Dangerous Than The NSA? The Massive Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

If you’re one of the countless Americans who was distraught to learn of the revelations made by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the mere idea that there might be yet another agency out there - perhaps just as powerful and much more intrusive - should give you goosebumps.

Mar 31 16:31

HOLLYWOOD FILMS SECRETLY DICTATED BY THE CIA

Mar 31 14:34

The Ticking Time Bomb That Will Wipe Out Virtually Every Pension Fund In America

Are millions of Americans about to see the big, juicy pensions that they were counting on to fund their golden years go up in flames in the biggest financial disaster in U.S. history? When Bloomberg published an editorial entitled “Pension Crisis Too Big for Markets to Ignore“, it simply confirmed what a lot of people already knew to be true. Pension funds all over America are woefully underfunded, and they have been pouring mind boggling amounts of money into very risky investments such as Internet stocks and commercial mortgages. Just like with subprime mortgages in 2008, this is a crisis that everyone can see coming well in advance, and yet nothing is being done about it.

Mar 31 14:13

‘Climate science’ isn’t science; it’s religion

The scientific solution is to change the “carbon = pollutant” hypothesis since observation doesn’t support it, but “climate science” isn’t science. It’s religion. Which is why the economy’s only hope rests on a carbon atheist in the Oval Office.

Mar 31 13:01

Here’s Why Italy’s Banking Crisis Has Gone Off The Radar

For a country that is on the brink of a gargantuan public bailout of its toxic-loan riddled banking sector, or failing that, a full-blown financial crisis that could bring down the European financial system, things are eerily quiet in Italy these days. It’s almost as if the more serious the crisis gets, the less we hear about it — otherwise, investors and voters might get spooked. And elections are coming up.

But an article published in the financial section of Italian daily Il Sole lays out just how serious the situation has become. According to new research by Italian investment bank Mediobanca, 114 of the close to 500 banks in Italy have “Texas Ratios” of over 100%. The Texas Ratio, or TR, is calculated by dividing the total value of a bank’s non-performing loans by its tangible book value plus reserves — or as American money manager Steve Eisman put it, “all the bad stuff divided by the money you have to pay for all the bad stuff.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really bad; and the question that comes to mind is, how in the world will the EU and the IMF be able to bail this country out, without invoking extreme financial austerity on the Italian people, much as happened when the Cypress banking system fell apart?!?

And the short answer is, if things are as bad with the Italian economy as they appear, there will be no other way; and all Italian politicians know that should this happen, the Italian people will be very upset.

Mar 31 12:53

NBC Confirms Obama Administration Officials Saved Trump-Russia Probe Docs

Seemingly confirming the incriminating remarks from former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas, on the mad scramble by the Obama administration to collect and preserve intelligence on alleged Russian election hacking before Obama left office, NBC News reports that a former Obama official admits they made a list of Russia probe documents to keep them safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IT appears that the DNC knew they had a losing candidate, at the end of the day, and HAD to find someone to blame!!!

Mar 31 12:53

Mainstream media caught printing more ‘fake news’

Snowden is not and never was a spy for Russia, China or anyone else. He is an American patriot who did more than anyone in decades to unmask the massive operation the U.S. government has to vacuum up all information on all Americans all the time. He’s hero and a true patriot, not a traitor; and should be treated as such.

Mar 31 12:48

Venezuela Bonds Crash As Political Situation Turns "Explosive"

Venezuela sovereign bonds crashed on Friday as a result of soaring political tensions after the annulment of the country's legislature by its high court on Wednesday, a move that ignited protests, invoked international condemnation and prompted the opposition to call for a military response to what it deemed a "coup."

One day after our report on the latest attempt by Maduro to seize unilateral control of the government and to isolate the opposition, the political situation turned "explosive" on Friday when Venezuela's powerful attorney general Luisa Ortega broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro's government after the Supreme Court annulled congress, a rare show of internal dissent as protests and international condemnation grew. As a reminder, the pro-Maduro Supreme Court on Wednesday said it was assuming the legislature's functions because it was in "contempt" of the law. The opposition promptly slammed the decision as a "coup" against an elected body.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that this situation in Venezuela will not end well, and that we may see a great deal more bloodshed, as the political/economic scene crashes into chaos, as we have charted in recent articles about the problems here.

Mar 31 12:22

Is Post-Cold War NATO Heading Towards A Third World War? NATO and Western Militarism in a Multipolar World

The post-Cold War world order was expected to be peacefully unipolar. However, the quarter century since has seen the continuation of war – with the Gulf war, Western intervention in the former Yugoslavia, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and more recently in Libya, Mali, Ukraine, Yemen and Syria – and witnessed a progressive and ongoing shift toward multipolarity as the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts away from the US and the West. The effects of this shift portend further shifts in the established world order and its seemingly stable alliances and increasing the danger of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very much like to give this event a shout-out, and encourage all who can to attend; we are on the brink of absolute catastrophe, if NATO goes to war against Russia, and the West may well not win such a war.

Mar 31 12:17

U.S. To Escalate Its Two Years War On Starving Yemen

The war on Yemen was launched to show the manliness of the Saudi princes. Well, that may not be the proclaimed reason but it is the only one that makes sense. The U.S. takes part in the war because … well – no one knows:

The morning after that NSC news release was posted on the White House webpage two years ago, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, commander of the U.S. Central Command, was asked about the objectives of the U.S. support. His stunning reply remains the most accurate characterization from a U.S. official: “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Other than dropping weapons with an unconscionable lack of discrimination and proportionality, it appears there are no clear goals and objectives to this day.

The U.S. provides planning, intelligence, air-refueling and the ammunition for the Saudi bombing. Without U.S. support this war would not happen at all!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am profoundly morally uncomfortable that my country, the United States of America, has chosen to be actively complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen.

The Saudi military routinely assassinates and maims Yemeni children with their bombing runs:

Images: Yemeni children maimed for life and killed because of Saudi bombing runs

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports has left Yemeni children starving to death of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockade

And due to the massive growth of stillbirths, infant deformities, and cancers in Yemen, it is a pretty safe conclusion to draw that the Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons here:

Saudi Coalition shown to be using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Of course, the effects of depleted uranium, particularly on unborn children in the womb, are well-documented, as the US military saw in Fallujah, Iraq;
now, moms and dads of newborns in Yemen are recoiling at this same, monstrous horror being done to their children, courtesy of the Saudi military.

Images: Yemeni children deformed in the womb through exposure to Saudi depleted uranium weapons

And yet, apparently, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi government; and the US government are perfectly comfortable with poisoning Yemeni children in the womb, and destroying not only their lives, but their families' lives as well.

I am profoundly reminded, in this obscenely callous disregard for human life as reflected in these Saudi military tactics, of the comment made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars, when he was informed that not only men were in the besieged castle, but women and children were also with them. He said, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

I just have to wonder when the massive air strikes, coupled with US boots on the ground, will accomplish this Saudi genocide in Yemen. And my sense of it is, relatively soon.

Mar 31 11:47

Dangerous Crossroads: Russia Fears a US Preemptive Nuclear Attack

According to Russia’s General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir,

“(t)he presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia.”

“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella.’”

“The ABM shield is a symbol of the build-up of rocket forces in the world and a trigger for a new arms race.”

Since the onset of Western-instigated Cold War in the late 1940s, “analysts” in Washington and at the Pentagon believed nuclear war on Russia was winnable.

Madness persists, undermining global security, threatening humanity more than ever with neocons in charge of US militarism and war-making.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find myself becoming rapidly disenchanted with the Trump Administration.

There is a phase from the French language, and that phrase is "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.", translated into English, meaning "The more things change, the more they remain the same."

OF the two candidates last November, I really thought that President Trump would be the one to keep us out of these endless, bloody, and costly wars; unfortunately, what I see coming is a potential headlong war against Russia; North Korea; and Iran, with side notes of regime change in places like Venezuela and Syria.

Unfortunately, President Trump appears to have become a blunt instrument of the American Deep State, signing off on more wars, more misery, and a continuation of more wealth inequality here at home.

My disappointment is visceral.

Mar 31 11:25

No Early Elections: Netanyahu Strong-arms Finance Minister, Kills New News Broadcaster

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon Thursday that puts an end to a political crisis that threatened to see the government dissolved over a new public broadcaster, senior sources say. According to the deal, the broadcaster's news division will be dismantled.
Earlier this month the prime minister announced he was rethinking a compromise to allow Kan, the new public broadcaster to launch, but only following enactment of new legislation giving the government more influence over the new authority.

Netanyahu had threatened to dissolve the Knesset if Kahlon doesn't agree to pass the legislation, which would also ensure political control over all broadcast media outlets in the country. Netanyahu and Kahlon had met five times over the past week in bid to end the crisis.

According to coalition chairman David Bitan, Netanyahu and Kahlon had reconciled their positions and new elections won't take place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the elections will not soon take place in Israel, is a real tragedy for the Israeli people.

Mar 31 11:19

STEINITZ TO JPOST: IRAN’S TRACTION IN SYRIA A GREATER THREAT TO ISRAEL THAN ISIS

As world powers focus on toppling ISIS, Iran is quietly gaining traction in Syria – posing a direct threat to Israel, eastern Mediterranean countries and the entire Arabian Peninsula, according to National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz.

“It’s very easy and convenient to focus on ISIS,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “But we have two challenges in Syria.

One is ISIS and one is Iran.

The greater threat is coming from Iran, and not just from its nuclear program. The most immediate and urgent threat is the Iranian plan to transform Syria, after this horrible, brutal civil war is over, into some kind of extension of Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is both interesting that Yuval makes this fact-free charge, and that the alleged JP journalist recording the interview does not challenge him on this.

While it is true that Russia has used an Iranian base from which to stage bombing raids in Syria last year,

Russia Sends Bombers to Syria Using Base in Iran

However, Iran has no permanent bases in Syria, and in fact, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been foaming at the mouth recently about an alleged Iranian Naval base in Syria...which does not exist.

Bibi Netanyahu furious over non-existent threat of ‘Iranian naval base’ in Syria

And BTW, if you have not seen this video, please do so. It was done by a very charming, bright Israeli videographer, who decided to travel to Iran, and determine how the Jewish people in Iran are doing; the short answer is, they're thriving.

Video: Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Mar 31 10:58

U.S. LIFTS HUMAN RIGHTS RESTRICTIONS ON ARMS SALES TO BAHRAIN

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday lifted the government’s human rights restrictions on arms sales to Bahrain, in a move that Amnesty International called “galling” and “a dangerous signal.”

The State Department notified Congress of its intent to proceed with the sale of F-16 fighter jets and other weapons to the Gulf kingdom without the human rights conditions, according to Senate Foreign Relations Committee spokeswoman Micah Johnson. Congress now has two review periods to examine the trade and raise any objections.

Rights groups noted that Bahrain has a history of oppression against dissidents and participation in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has bombed thousands of civilians in Yemen—one of the six countries included in President Donald Trump’s now-suspended travel ban. (Notably, the Trump administration is also moving to escalate its role in that conflict.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump's administration is rapidly disappointing me, and President Trump is well on his way to becoming the "AFAB President"; (anything for a buck from his defense corporation buddies).

That the flagrant human rights violations going on in Bahrain did not stop the US government from delivering weapons to its government is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

So far, protests have been peaceful here, and I know that Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

But the message the Trump administration is sending here, is "We don't give a damn about human rights, as long as you'll buy our weaponry."

It is a message calculated to give any despot on this planet, massively suppressing their own people, a moment of pure and outright joy.

Mar 31 10:32

EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide Shows Profit Trumps Public Safety

Defying the recommendation of his own agency’s scientists, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has refused to ban a widely used pesticide that’s been linked to learning disabilities in children.

Pruitt’s order, signed late Wednesday, allows chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide that’s been used on crops from broccoli to cranberries since the 1960s, to remain on the market for agricultural use. The EPA proposed in November 2015 under the Obama administration to permanently ban the chemical on food crops, citing potential risks to human health. The move stemmed from a 2007 petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pesticide Action Network North America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; this EPA ruling makes me singularly unhappy.

But as consumers, we have the absolute right to protect ourselves, and those we love, from harmful chemicals like this.

Where ever you buy your vegetables, take a note on what companies produce them. Then call them, and find out if those veggies or fruits are sprayed with chlorpyrifos or glyphosfate.

Persist politely in those phone calls until you get an answer, one way or the other.

Then go back to where you buy your fruits and veggies from, and politely tell them that you can no longer buy certain of their fruits and veggies, because you understand that they are sprayed with harmful chemicals which have been proven to cause brain damage in children.

Trust me, they'll get the message.

Mar 31 10:20

NEW LAW MEANS YOU COULD BE THE SUBJECT OF A VACCINE OR MEDICATION EXPERIMENT WITHOUT YOUR INFORMED CONSENT (VIDEO)

A new law quietly passed last December contains a waiver of informed consent that eliminates the requirement of pharmaceutical companies to let you know if a medication or vaccine given to you or your child is experimental.

Wow. One last Christmas surprise from President Obama.

This is according to Section 3024, “Informed Consent Waiver for Clinical Investigations” of H.R. 32, the “21st Century Cures Act.” Here’s the wording of the text:

Clinical testing of investigational medical devices and drugs no longer requires the informed consent of the subjects if the testing poses no more than minimal risk to the subjects and includes safeguards.

“Clinical testing” is not clearly defined. Furthermore, who the heck gets to decide what “minimal risk” is? The pharmaceutical companies? The FDA? Medical professionals? How incredibly patronizing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I refuse any vaccines because the negative impacts are always swept under the rug, and have done the due dilligence, in terms of understanding what I need to do to myself as healthy as any almost 68 year old woman could be.

Big Pharma really got its money's worth, in terms of supporting President Obama, and this was the last, huge payoff.

Pharma Election Money Backs Obama

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2010/01/12/obama-received-20-million-he...

Obama received 20 million from the health care industry for his 2008 campaign

Big Pharma's Political Contributions

This new law is a cynical reminder that when buying politicians, in order to get political/legal agendas changed in your favor, you need to be sure you are getting what you are paying for; in the case of Big Pharma, that was certainly true, in terms of this waiver of informed consent.

Mar 31 10:11

Connecticut considering weaponizing drones

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates.

Mar 31 10:04

PayPal bans Brother Nathanael Kapner

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought we were past this nonsense!

Mar 31 09:47

WHAT ARE LABORATORY RATS INDICATING ABOUT WI-FI EXPOSURES THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRIES DENY?

One of the recently published papers cited is “The effect of Wi-Fi EMF on object recognition tasks in male rats” Hassanshahi A, Shafeie SA, Fatemi I, Hassanshahi E, Allahtavakoli M, Shabani M, Roohbakhsh A, Shamsizadeh A. The effect of Wi-Fi electromagnetic waves in unimodal and multimodal object recognition tasks in male rats. Neurol Sci. 2017 Mar 22. doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-2920-y. [Epub ahead of print], which has remarkable findings that must be considered as to how they apply to human brains and behavioral tendencies, including interferences with or lack thereof, in view of Wi-Fi gigahertz EMF (electromagnetic frequency) exposures.

Why should everyone be concerned about Wi-Fi and GHz? Well, in the Hassanshahi et al article mentioned above, the rats developed cognition problems from Wi-Fi exposure, which should not be taken lightly or pushed under medical or scientific carpets!

Quoting from the Abstract of that published paper:

Mar 31 09:40

Smile! You’ve just been identified by face recognition technology

Imagine a world where, as you drive into — or even walk through — New York City, your face is scanned and compared to a list of suspected terrorists or other serious criminals. Would this make you feel safe?

Now, imagine that the technology is error-prone, and may misidentify innocent people as suspects. What about now?

These are not rhetorical questions. New York is in the early stages of acquiring state-of-the-art face recognition technology to scan the faces of all drivers commuting between the boroughs of New York City.

The New York Police Department is already using face recognition to investigate crimes, and has done so since 2011. As of last year, its facial identification unit had conducted “more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches, and approximately 2,000 arrests,” according to a former NYPD official who helped establish the unit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if one doesn't have an overdue library book, one has reason to pause over a technology which could snare an absolutely innocent person as a criminal due to faulty software, identifying that person as a criminal.

Psychiatrists in New York may see a sudden uptick in agoraphobia, where people are literally afraid of going outside, for fear of being mistaken for a criminal.

But then again, this technological development dovetails nicely with the US government backsliding into Code Napoleon Law, where people were considered guilty until proven innocent.

Mar 31 09:31

THE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS USING VAULT 7 TOOLS FOR US GOV: US INTEL NEEDS A GROUND-UP REBUILD PART 1

He has been cited and republished by various academic blogs including Defending History, Michael Hudson, SWEDHR, Counterpunch, the Justice Integrity Project, among others.

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available. Yes, they are used on the public. The important part is; it’s not the CIA that’s using them. That’s the part that needs to frighten you.

The CIA, by the definition of its mission, cannot use the tools in Vault 7, and definitely not on Americans. All the tools are unclassified, open-source, and can be used by anyone. It makes them not exactly usable for secret agent work. That’s what makes it impossible for them to use Vault 7 tools directly. Because of the possible exposure for the agency, use of the tools was farmed out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the attackers constantly hacking Mike's site, because he will not stand for a government agenda which is not in the interests of We the People; he will always outsmart you, and figure out what you are doing differently to have caused his site to crash, and fix it.

And ultimately, because you are not on the right side of history, you will fail.

Mar 31 09:27

The world’s first pension crisis

In the late in the 5th century BC, the government of ancient Rome came up with a new idea that has lasted for thousands of years.

Mar 31 09:15

Iowa governor blocks minimum wage hike approved in several counties

Tens of thousands of Iowa workers who received a raise in Iowa could see their pay cut after the governor signed a bill that would roll back the minimum wage throughout the state.

On Thursday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed House File 295, which prohibits any county or city in the state from exceeding the statewide minimum wage of $7.25.

The statewide minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum and has remained at $7.25 since 2008.

Mar 31 09:15

‘EU is particularly good at doing a terrible job’ – Yanis Varoufakis

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described the measures taken by the EU to settle the economic crisis in Greece as a “terrible job.” The comment comes as Greece agrees to new reforms that are set to help the country qualify for cheaper loans.

“Isn’t it yet another piece of evidence that the European Union is particularly good at doing a terrible job, but handling what should be a very manageable crisis,” Varoufakis told CNN on Tuesday.

He noted that, in fact, the goals set for Athens are nearly impossible to reach. “The people at the IMF [International Monetary Fund]… told us that the Greek debt is unsustainable and the austerity that is being [imposed] upon Greece is catastrophic for the program itself.”

Mar 30 15:20

German MEP orders Britain to cut off COMMONWEALTH STATES in latest Brexit demand

A GERMAN MEP is calling on Britain to rescind its relationship with a plethora of Commonwealth states as negotiations continue with Brexit.

The MEP is demanding the UK Government cancel all existing tax haven policies, meaning it would have to cut its relationships with key partners in the Commonwealth in an early Brexit demand.

Prime Minister Theresa May would have to cut off ties with the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Jersey and the Isle of Man if it was to listen to the German MEP.

Almost two and a half billion people live in the 52 independent and equal sovereign states which make up the group whose head is Her Majesty The Queen.

The states all currently trade with Britain, albeit under existing European Union (EU) rules and regulations.

Mar 30 15:10

DEA Seized $3.2 Billion in Cash From People Never Under Investigation – Justice Dept

The US Drug Enforcement Administration seized $3.2 billion in cash over a 10-year period from people who were never under criminal investigation, according to a Justice Department inspector general report. Agents confiscated vehicles, jewelry, and houses, but mostly cash.

Mar 30 12:22

Rep. Dave Brat on Trump’s Anti-House Freedom Caucus Tweets: ‘I Don’t Know Who Has His Ear’

Read the comments.

Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat told reporters in a hallway just off the House floor that he is confused by President Donald Trump’s tweets attacking the House Freedom Caucus for hindering the president’s agenda—specifically the American Health Care Act, or Ryancare.

“I don’t know who has his ear,” said Brat, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and was part of the HFC team negotiating with the White House and the House Republican leadership to amend the Ryancare bill.

Mar 30 12:06

NEW WORLD DISORDER – DISINTEGRATION STAGE COMMENCES

The mainstream media has a new in vogue phrase and you are sure to have heard it by now – ‘the rules based international order (or system)’. The Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London, commonly known as Chatham House commented a several years ago that “Economic and political upheavals are emboldening challengers to the rules-based international system, and to the liberal Western values it embodies. To stay relevant, the system must address three major flaws.”

Mar 30 12:03

Sales Taxes Record $374,793,000,000…

Americans paid a record $374,793,000,000 in general sales and gross receipt taxes to state and local governments in fiscal 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That was up $1,535,980,000—or about 0.4 percent—from the $373,257,020,000 in general sales and gross receipt taxes (in constant 2016 dollars) that state and local governments collected in fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2016 was the third year in a row that general sales and gross receipt taxes set a record.

Mar 30 12:01

Broken America

If you are around someone long enough, eventually they are going to do or say something to offend you. None of us is going to agree 100 percent on everything, and it is a horrible shame to allow one disagreement to ruin what should be a great relationship.

Mar 30 10:25

US Wars Escalate Across Middle East, With No End in Sight

Hardly a week goes by lately without the US sending more ground troops to Syria. At the same time, more troops are headed to Iraq, amid record numbers of US airstrikes and soaring civilian deaths that go along with them. Officials are also pushing heavily for the Trump Administration to sign off on an escalation in direct US involvement in Yemen.

President Trump’s promise to “fight to win” is seen as driving a lot of these escalations, or at the very least giving top military officials reason to think they can push military escalations as a matter of course across the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the signs are that this escalation is far from completed.

This has led to more troops, more strikes, less restrictions, and basically more of everything, though some former officials are cautioning that the one thing that seems not to be coming with it is an escalation of planning for what to do after the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; unless there is a unified and coherent US military strategy for these troop escalations, just throwing more troops at the situations in these countries will not help.

Mar 30 10:21

US Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties to Come in Mosul Invasion

The Pentagon is rather quickly transitioning its narrative on the large number of civilians US airstrikes have killed in Mosul this month, with blanket denials giving way to concessions that it was probable the US was responsible for the killings and now to outright defiance about that fact.

Official comments from top generals, including Gen. Joseph Votel, appear to have moved totally beyond the question of the large number already killed, and are focusing their comments today on the many civilians the US will kill in the days to come, with Votel insisting the US “will try” to avoid endangering civilians with airstrikes, but that it is becoming “more and more difficult” during fighting in densely populated Mosul.

Officials are saying that the soaring death toll was “to be expected” as fighting advanced into the Old City, and no longer appear to be focused on denying any of the killings so much as insisting that killing civilians was a natural consequence of bombing the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: as long as the US military objectives in Mosul are achieved, the Pentagon doesn't give a rat's anus as to how many civilians are killed.

Mar 30 10:20

Second Foundation: Empire Crumbling

In addition to the absolutely quantifiable reasons why the American Empire will collapse, there are demographic, cultural, and societal trends which will contribute dramatically to the fall. The rapidly aging populace, with 10,000 Americans per day turning 65 years old, is the driving force towards national bankruptcy, as this inexorable demographic tsunami sweeps over the fraying fabric of welfare state promises. The onslaught of illegal immigrants and purposeful execution of a plan by the effete liberal elite to weaken our common American culture through the insertion of Muslim refugees into our communities is undermining the shared values which built the country. The immigrants who built this country assimilated, learned the language, worked hard and adopted our common culture. The hordes invading America at this time hate our values and refuse to assimilate. This Soros-funded effort to create diversity havoc throughout the world is part of the globalization one world order plan.

Mar 30 10:07

DEA Seized $4 Billion From People Since 2007. Most Were Never Charged with a Crime

A new government watchdog report finds the DEA grabs cash just for the sake of grabbing cash, raising civil liberties concerns.

Mar 30 09:58

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action

YUP! Trump is a big idiot!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Mar 30 09:54

Trump on Freedom Caucus: 'We must fight them'

Trump is a political idiot!

Donald J. Trump
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@realDonaldTrump

The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!

6:07 AM - 30 Mar 2017 Later Thursday, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash returned fire in the Republican civil war:

"It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment," Amash wrote.

Mar 30 09:17

Democratic Rep: I Bought Underwear On The Internet Last Week

Mar 30 09:05

How many NSA spy hubs are scooping up your Internet data?

Not that knowing NSA's sigint locations will actually help you much...

Mar 30 08:44

12 SIGNS THAT AMERICA HAS BECOME A POLITICALLY-CORRECT MADHOUSE

What in the world has happened to the United States? We are rapidly getting to the point where political correctness is in danger of becoming our national religion. Of course most people would not even call it a “religion”, but for most Americans this unwritten set of rules shapes everything that they think, do and say. Many had been hoping that the spell of political correctness would be broken by the election of Donald Trump, but that obviously has not happened. The forces of political correctness still have a stranglehold on our education system, on all forms of entertainment, on our legal system, and on most of the politicians in both political parties.
The unwritten rules of political correctness are shifting and changing all the time, and if you don’t keep up with them the penalties can be extremely severe.

If you do or say the wrong thing at the wrong time, you could lose your friends, you could lose your job, and you could potentially even lose your reputation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the truth, backed up by hard evidence, becomes "politically incorrect", you are compelled to understand that the society which allows this to happen is headed down a very dark and slippery slope.

Mike and I have been battling against this well over 20 years now, ever since he not only lost his job as a visual effects artist, by asking some politically incorrect questions about the alleged "suicide" of Vince Foster, but also every CGI house in Greater Los Angeles was told that every bit of work on his demo reel was stolen, and none of it originally his.

What the Clintonistas did not factor into their calculus, was that I would stay the course with this man, because I understood precisely the level, and scope, of the evil which had been done to him and his professional reputation, and wanted to see it righted.

We have lost "friends" because of the continued geopolitical fight, and Mike's computer continues to get hacked numerous times each day; but we can live with that, understanding that old World War 2 meme; "if you're catching flack, you're over the target!!"

And this coming May, I am very happy to report, Mike and I will be celebrating the 25th anniversary...of the day we met! :-)

Mar 30 08:43

ZIONIST CREATED ANTI-SEMITISM

Freedom of speech and academic freedom are much cherished freedoms and must also be applicable to critics of politicians of the “Jewish State.” However, the relentless pro-Israel lobby thwarts this important right in Germany and in the world by using infamous and groundless accusations of anti-Semitism. We cannot and must not permit it!

Mar 30 08:34

New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending Classified Information through Unsecured Emails, Special Favors for Clinton Donors

Judicial Watch today released 1,184 pages of State Department records, including previously unreleased Hillary Clinton email exchanges, revealing additional instances of Abedin and Hillary Clinton sending classified information through unsecured email accounts and contributors being given special access to the former secretary of state.

The emails, were obtained in response to a court order from a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a March 18 FOIA request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)). The lawsuit seeks:

All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-“state.gov” email address.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Mar 30 07:54

Jim Rogers Warns Clueless Federal Reserve Will be the ‘Ruin of Us All’

The Fed doesn’t have any idea what it is doing, and this ineptness will be “the ruin of us all,” says Jim Rogers, co-founder of the Quantum Fund, and perhaps the most charming man in the financial world.

Mar 30 07:53

Deep State Challenges White House Security To Kill Trump

Globalists continue to hint toward a Donald Trump assassination

Mar 30 07:15

The End of Truth — Looking back on ‘The Road To Serfdom’ — Hayek Saw It All Coming Over 70 Years Ago

“The desire to force upon the people a creed which is regarded as salutary for them is, of course, not a thing that is new or peculiar to our time. New, however, is the argument by which many of our intellectuals try to justify such attempts.” -- The tragedy of collectivist thought is that, while it starts out to make reason supreme, it ends by destroying reason….” -- And as a reminder, this was written in 1944!

Mar 30 05:21

Taxing ’em Off the Road! Leftist hatred for older cars…

We just can’t tolerate people driving around in cars they can fix themselves, that are paid-for and which aren’t generating enough “revenue” for the government. They won’t put it in such honest language, of course. They never do....

Mar 30 04:58

The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate

This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable choice: confront those who have kept him in the dark about such rogue activities or live fearfully in their shadow. (The latter was the path chosen by President Obama. Will Trump choose the road less traveled?)

Mar 29 18:40

Retired Texas Teachers “Very Fed Up” As Healthcare Costs Set To Triple

It seems President Trump was on to something when he said healthcare in America would "explode," if left alone. ABC reports that retired teachers in Texas are projected to pay double or triple their current premiums for healthcare beginning September 1.

Mar 29 17:09

YouTube Censorship: The Ugly Truth

Mar 29 15:52

Sweden Makes ‘Men’s Violence Against Women’ Compulsory Subject at University

Education about ‘men’s violence against women’ is to become a compulsory component of a range of university courses as part of Sweden’s national strategy for gender equality.

As part of the state-directed changes to higher education, students from a range of disciplines will be meeting with abused women and children during the course of their studies, the government announced on Friday.

Mar 29 15:49

EXCLUSIVE: Republican lobbyist says he has 'evidence' that 27-year-old DNC analyst Seth Rich was murdered after discovering Russian operatives had hacked the DNC and has asked Congress for investigation

By Louise Boyle For Dailymail.com 16:05 EDT 27 Feb 2017, updated 00:18 EDT 28 Feb 2017

A longtime GOP operative is asking Congress to investigate whether or not Russia is behind the murder of a young Democratic National Committee staffer.

Seth Rich, 27, was fatally shot in the back while walking home alone in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. in the early hours of July 10 last year. At the time of his death, he was working as a data analyst for the DNC.

Yesterday I thought: 'Next thing you know they'll blame the Russians and Thr Don for the death Seth Rich!'. Low and behold a quick search revealed they beat me to the punch!

Mar 29 15:14

MORE PC BS : Student grade docked for using ‘mankind’ instead of gender-neutral term…

WHAT A CROCK : “The issue goes beyond ‘political correctness,’ for my colleagues and I recognize that words help to create our reality, power dynamics, and relationships among people,” she told the class. “You are welcome to make a statement about your politics, or conscience, or beliefs by using gender-specific language in your papers, and in many cases gender-specific language is called for, when you can discern with certainty the gender of the characters and author you’re discussing. However, I’ll still have to subtract a point or two for any kind of language that refers to all people as ‘mankind’ or readers as ‘him/he’, for the reasons I’ve outlined carefully above.”

Mar 29 12:52

The Overlapping Crises Are Coming, Regardless of Who’s in Power

Commentators seem to split into three camps: those who see Trump as a manifestation of smoldering social/economic ills, those who see Trump and his supporters as the cause of those ills, and those who see Trump as both manifestation and cause of those ills. I think this misses the point, which is the overlapping crises unfolding in this decade– diminishing returns on skyrocketing debts, the demographics of an aging populace, the erosion of the social contract and the profound disunity of political elites–will continue expanding and feeding on each other regardless of who is in power.

Mar 29 12:39

Death at Your Door: Knock-and-Talk Police Tactics Rip a Hole in the Constitution

No, in the American police state, when you find yourself woken in the early hours by someone pounding on your door, smashing through your door, terrorizing your family, killing your pets, and shooting you if you dare to resist in any way, you don’t need to worry that it might be burglars out to rob and kill you: it’s just the police.

Mar 29 12:29

Colorado Takes Preemptive Action Against Impending Federal Marijuana Crackdown

It’s the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state

Mar 29 12:16

‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths

The Pentagon has admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in Mosul, including the recent loss of dozens of lives under the rubble of a house that was allegedly booby-trapped by ISIS to maximize casualties.

Mounting evidence of an underreported civilian death toll in Mosul has recently been noted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Both organizations have criticized the modus operandi of the US-led military campaign.

Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities – Amnesty

Entire families in Mosul are being killed by airstrikes in their own homes following repeated instructions from Iraqi authorities to stay inside, AI said this week. The NGO emphasized that the coalition forces must have known the strikes were likely to result in civilian deaths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Civilian deaths are of no consequence, as long as the military objective is ultimately achieved by the US government.

This very much reminds me of the comments made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur, against the Cathars.

Upon being informed that women and children were also with the besieged men holding out here, the Papal Legate gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Mar 29 12:10

EU ‘Ready to Intervene’ If Bosnia Violence Erupts

EU and NATO officials are warning against any new moves for secession by autonomous regions within Bosnia, with the EU in particular insisting that they are ready to intervene rapidly if such secessionist ambitions lead to violence in the nation.

The Republika Srpska government, ruling the ethnic Serb-dominated region, has been warning the central Bosnian government against moves against their autonomy, saying that they intend to organize a secession referendum as soon as 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the EU and NATO are ready to go in to this region, guns blazing, should they DARE to have a referendum on secession.

Whatever, please, happened to the concept of "peaceful self determination"?!? Is that not applicable when such a concept is NOT to the liking of the EU and NATO?!?

Apparently, not!!

Mar 29 11:39

Judge Napolitano Returns On Fox News, Stands By Claim Brits Spied On Trump

Fox News' legal analyst Andrew "Judge" Napolitano returned to the air on Wednesday morning, nine days after the network benched him when President Donald Trump cited the Fox talking head as the source of claims that Barack Obama used British intelligence to wiretap him. Napolitano refused to change his story saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network on March 21 for an indefinite period.

Mar 29 09:09

MISSION CREEP: GOOGLE HOME DEVICE COULD ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN IN ON PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS

A professor at the University of Texas thinks that “mission creep” could one day lead to the government listening in on private conversations in people’s homes via the new Google Home device.

Google Home is a newly launched wi-fi connected “smart speaker” that responds to voice commands with relevant information via a virtual speaking assistant. The device is a rival to Amazon Echo, which performs many of the same functions.

According to Dr. Philip Doty, associate dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas, privacy advocates are right to be concerned, especially in light of revelations that the CIA allegedly hacked Samsung Smart TVs to record private conversations.

“We now have a third party presence which not only can listen to us but can record us and share that information with retail giants, with third party information brokers and potentially with government,” Professor Doty told KXAN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the answer is simple; just don't buy the unit, or anything like it, and let these devices become the Edsels of the 21st century!!

Mar 29 09:04

THE SURVEILLANCE STATE BEHIND RUSSIA-GATE

Although many details are still hazy because of secrecy – and further befogged by politics – it appears House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was informed last week about invasive electronic surveillance of senior U.S. government officials and, in turn, passed that information onto President Trump.

This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable choice: confront those who have kept him in the dark about such rogue activities or live fearfully in their shadow. (The latter was the path chosen by President Obama. Will Trump choose the road less traveled?)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American Deep State wants to get President Trump out of office, and by any means necessary, because he is the absolute "stumbling block" to their agenda, which is to keep things precisely the way they are; increase wealth inequality; embrace globalism; and pursue even more wars of conquest, no matter the cost in blood and money.

Unfortunately, President Trump is by no means "out of the woods", in terms of being set up for some kind of epic fail in his presidency, which would be the "excuse" for taking his presidency down, while keeping up the facade that everything is perfectly normal, and the "allegedly routine" transfer of power happens with now Vice-President Pence becomes a done deal without much fuss on the part of the American public.

Mar 29 08:53

THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR NATION INTO A SURVEILLANCE STATE IS ALMOST COMPLETE

The headlines are awash with the recent tensions with North Korea, and most are focused intently upon this act of the play that has been running hot for several years, now. Akin to the proverbial frog in cold water, however, we are not paying as much attention to the surveillance state that is continuing to wrap its tentacles around us. Eurasia is our ally, Eastasia is our enemy…and nobody notices that the chocolate ration has been diminished. While everyone focuses on what is reported in the headline news, everybody misses what is happening right before their eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are moments when I wish to heaven that Mike and I could immigrate to somewhere normal; unfortunately, at our age, and with our finances, that option will remain impossible for us.

Mar 29 08:44

DUI CHECKPOINTS NOW INCLUDE MOUTH SWABS THAT CAN TELL IF YOU SMOKED POT DAYS AGO

San Diego, CA – On St. Patrick’s Day, California’s southernmost metropolis decided to debut a roadside test for those suspected of driving under the influence of cannabis. Several “sobriety checkpoints” were set up throughout the city with the standard invasions of privacy, but this time they added a mouth swab test known as the Drager 5000.

If a cop suspects a driver of being high, they request that he or she take the mouth swab test, and perhaps a field sobriety test as well. They’re trying to gather evidence to incriminate you, although the mouth swab test is not mandatory.

The Drager 5000, already in use in other countries and cities such as Los Angeles and New York, detects the presence of various substances, including THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The problem is, this test has absolutely zero ability to test actual impairment or level of intoxication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

And that thumpa-thumpa sound you are hearing, is that of George Orwell, turning over in his grave at warp speed!

Mar 29 08:40

DOT CREATING A NATIONWIDE SPYING DATABASE OF EVERYONE'S CELL PHONES, BLUETOOTH DEVICES AND LICENSE PLATES

A recent article in the Marin Independent Journal, reveals how Transportation Authorities (DOT's) across the country, are secretly spying on everyone's cellphones, GPS devices and Bluetooth devices. They claim spying is cheaper than other alternatives..

A new study using data collected from mobile devices, details the increasing flow of vehicles into Marin from the East Bay and San Francisco. The DOT claims that "only mobile signals are tracked, not the user’s identity."

Don't believe it.

Spying on motorists electronic devices is cheaper

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) also claims that spying on everyone's cell phones, Bluetooth connected devices and license plates is cheaper than mail surveys.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an obvious, frontal assault on the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which prevents unreasonable search and seizure against the US's citizens, this approach will NOT keep the American people safe from harm's way.

This creates "data overload", where information cannot be useful, because there is just too much of it to make any sense, and the baddies have already encrypted their communications to the point where the US government's "alphabet soup" cannot decrypt it.

Mar 28 15:14

Group sues for answers over government laptop, cellphone searches

Following a massive uptick in the number of cellphone and laptop searches conducted at U.S. border checkpoints, a public interest group is suing the government for answers. Earlier this month, reports surfaced revealing that the number of times Customs and Border Protection agents searched electronic devices jumped exponentially over the past couple of years.

Mar 28 14:03

Twitter Censors Search Terms, Offers No Transparency and Mixed Results

Twitter has upped its censorship game and is now blocking certain terms from showing up on the platform’s built-in search engine. The added filters are part of the company’s plans to reduce harassment on the service. Some of these filters were deployed earlier this month when users were given the option to mute certain types of accounts.

Mar 28 13:29

War in This Mideast Country is 'Becoming a PR Disaster for Saudi Arabia, US

The bloody war in Yemen is turning out to be a PR disaster for Saudi Arabia and the US. Furthermore, the Trump administration considers providing more military support for the Saudi-led coalition. Radio Sputnik spoke with Dr. Christopher Davidson, associate professor in Middle East politics at Durham University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen which include:

The killing and maiming for life of Yemeni children

Images of wounded and murdered children from Saudi war strikes

The starving of Yemeni children to the point of death by malnutrition by blockading their ports:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, courtesy of Saudi Arabia's blocking Yemen's ports

And the massive spike in deformities because children are being poisoned in the womb through the Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen:

Video: Saudi soldiers using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

I am disgusted by the actions of my government in this matter, and its partnership with Saudi Arabia in these war crimes.

But the only thing I can do, as a Christian Pacifist Activist and Witness, is to document these horrors until these horrors stop.

Mar 28 13:12

The Political Parties Are An Illusion Designed To “Relegate The Governed To A Position Barely Above That Of Cattle”

The political parties are an illusion, but there is one thing that is not illusory: the absolute desire of government to rule without the consent of the governed and to relegate the governed to a position barely above that of cattle. The President needs to take the gloves off and throw the Marquis of Queensbury rules aside in order to win. We the People need to help him do it. If not, we’re going to lose this country even before the next presidential election and fall into the hands of the globalists. Should that happen, all our freedoms will die, and so will we as a nation. The time to act is now, and the responsibility to act is ours.

Mar 28 12:02

Forget ObamaCare, RyanCare, and Any Future ReformoCare

As with many another complex, opaque systems in the U.S., only those toiling in the murky depths of the healthcare system know just how broken the entire system is. Only those dealing daily with the perverse incentives, the Kafkaesque procedures, the endlessly negative unintended consequences, the soul-deadening paper-shuffling, the myriad forms of fraud, the recalcitrant patients who don’t follow recommendations but demand to be magically returned to health anyway, and of course the hopelessness of the financial future of a system with runaway costs, a rapidly aging populace and profiteering cartels focused on maintaining their rackets regardless of the cost to the nation or the health of its people.

Mar 28 11:59

You will never hear these truths discussed in the mainstream

Unfortunately, our society is in a period of transition in which the public is skeptical of mainstream media influences, but still pays attention to them. While people are rapidly abandoning these “news sources” for more independent fair, this may be too little too late. As I have outlined above, there are numerous questions which are never asked; numerous solutions that are never presented. The majority remains oblivious to true options and true actions. They remain oblivious to certain truths. The mainstream may have already done all the damage it can do. All that is left is for alternative analysts to pick up the pieces, ask the right questions, fight for the right causes and see if we can salvage this mess in time.

Mar 28 10:28

Baltimore Mayor's Veto of $15/Hr Bill Shows Corporate Wing of Democrats Alive and Well

Labor reporter Mike Elk discusses the potential backlash faced by Maryland Democrats as well as the significance of the Mississippi Nissan workers struggle

Mar 28 10:19

Cheney: Russian Cyberattack On Election Could Be Viewed As ‘Act Of War’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech that there’s “no question” Russia attempted to manipulate the U.S. presidential election and that many would consider that “an act of war.”

George W. Bush’s former No. 2 explained Monday at The Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi that he thinks the “major concern” now facing America is national security. Cheney pointed to Russia’s “cyber warfare, a cyberattack on the United States — the fact that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] took his capabilities in the cyber area and used it to try to influence our election.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vice-President Cheney, a word please; given that you lied outright, through your teeth, to "sell" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the American people, what in the name of heaven (or hell) makes you think you have any credibility whatsoever, with this baseless charge?!?

The short answer is, none, sir.

Please go back to that dark, airless cave from which you emerged to make this speech, never to lie to the American people again.

Mar 28 10:10

AIPAC IS BACK IN TOWN!

Spring in Washington would not be complete without the city’s famous cherry blossoms and the annual “Policy Conference” meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The 15,000 plus participants began arriving on Sunday and will be here at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center until tomorrow morning, at which point many of them will descend on Congress like a swarm of ravenous locusts to make sure that our Solons on the Potomac are doing what is right by Israel.

AIPAC is the most powerful foreign policy lobby in Washington. It’s annual budget exceeds $77 million plus it has an endowment of $100 million. It has nearly 400 employees and also supports local chapters and initiatives throughout the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But this year, something is different; a smell of change in the air, which I hope grows. As reported yesterday by presstv.com:

Americans hold protest in Washington against Zionist lobby

And to those Jewish Americans/peace activists who protested peacefully: bravo, well done!!

Mar 28 09:53

AFTER DRAMATIC OBAMACARE FAILURE, TRUMP NOW FACES A LOOMING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PREVENT

If you thought that the Obamacare debacle was bad, just wait until you see what happens next. The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires on April 28th, and if a new funding agreement is not reached prior to that time, there will be a government shutdown like we witnessed in 2013 starting on April 29th. Unfortunately, as I will explain below, if a government shutdown happens it may go for a lot longer than just a couple of weeks this time around.
April 28th may sound like it is quite some time away, but because the congressional calendar has so many “holes” in it, there is actually not very much time for Congress to act.

If you can believe it, there are only 12 “legislative days” between now and April 28th, and if something is not done on one of those 12 days the government will shut down on April 29th.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is truly one of the most dysfunctional moments in American government I have ever witnessed; and in light of the fact that I turn 68 in a couple of months, I have seen a lot of these!!

Mar 28 09:48

U.S. TO SEND HUNDREDS OF PARATROOPERS INTO MOSUL

On Sunday, reports began emerging that the Pentagon was intending to send more combat troops into western Mosul, the latest in a long line of escalations of US military involvement in the battle over Mosul, with an eye toward getting Iraq’s stalled offensive back on track.

Yesterday, the Military Times finally got the specifics of the deployment, with officials saying that two infantry companies and a route-clearance platoon will be sent to Mosul, paratroopers numbers somewhere around 300 fighters, which will officially be labeled an “advise and assist” operation.

And a “temporary” deployment. Officials have labeled thousands of the ground troops in Iraq as “temporary” to avoid putting them in the official count of how many US troops are deployed to Iraq, even though in this case, as in so many others, there is no specific deadline for ending the deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; this is an open-ended deployment which may last well after Mosul is retaken by the Iraqi government, and we have not a clue as to how many are actually being deployed, or where they might be deployed post-Mosul.

Mar 28 09:40

GOVERNMENT MANDATORY HEALTH CARE IS STILL TYRANNY

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that pulling the GOP leadership's bill to overhaul the US healthcare system from the House floor meant Obamacare would remain "the law of the land" for the foreseeable future.

Government Mandatory Health Care Is Still Tyranny

The failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare proves once again that the establishment power structure maintains their grip on political policy. The incompetence of Paul Ryan is more closely described as a propensity to be a faithful stooge for the corporatist agenda. It is because of this assessment, which reflects the current state of conduct where nothing ever changes or actually improves society that keeps the malevolent system in place. Regretfully, Big Government is now the GOP Platform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What our readers, and listeners, need to do, is to educate themselves about nutrition and exercise, which sounds really basic, but there is absolutely a lot to learn, that your doctors won't tell you, because they are not profitable if you learn to keep yourself as well as possible; it is just that simple.

For example, has any doctor you have ever visited mentioned that turmeric appears to stop and slow the rate of cancer growth in the human body?!?

Turmeric's medicinal properties

Turmeric

Potent Spice Works To Block Growth Of Melanoma In Lab Test

Thought not.

And please, about diet; eat as organically as humanly possible. Yes, I know it will cost more; but isn't a long-term investment in your wellness worth it?!?

Mar 28 09:30

THE OVERLAPPING CRISES ARE COMING, REGARDLESS OF WHO'S IN POWER

No leader can reverse the dynamics of mutually reinforcing crises.

Commentators seem split into three camps: those who see Trump as a manifestation of smouldering social/economic ills, those who see Trump and his supporters as the cause of those ills, and those who see Trump as both manifestation and cause of those ills.

I think this misses the point, which is the overlapping crises unfolding in this decade-- diminishing returns on skyrocketing debts, the demographics of an aging populace, the erosion of the social contract and the profound disunity of political elites--will continue expanding and feeding on each other regardless of who is in power.

Historical analysis seems to swing between the "Big Man/Woman" narrative that views individuals as the drivers of history, and the "Big Forces/it's all economics" narrative that sees individual leaders as secondary to the broad sweep of forces beyond the control of any individual or group.

Mar 28 08:41

This Map Will Show If Your Web Traffic Passes Through an NSA Listening Post

IXmaps wants to “make visible the secret, dangerous, often illegal forms of surveillance that are increasingly becoming part of everyday life.”

Internet data pinballs across national borders, and for Canadians this means potentially exposing it to eavesdropping by US-based corporations and the National Security Agency.

Now, an interactive mapping tool named Internet Exchange Mapping (IXmaps), re-launched for public use today, will show you how—and how easily—you data can be spied on by tracing the oftentimes byzantine routes data takes when traversing the internet.

Mar 28 08:39

‘TREATED LIKE DOGS’: MOM SLAMS ‘POWER TRIPPING TSA’ OVER PAT DOWN (VIDEO)

A US mother says her family were “treated like dogs” and “deliberately” kept from their flight by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport security, who carried out a pat down screening on her child.

Jennifer Williamson’s angry Facebook post said her family had “been through hell” after her son Aaron - who suffers from a neurological disorder - was pulled aside by agents from the Transportation Security Administration and subjected to a security screening.

Williamson said TSA agents delayed the boy for over an hour, thus missing their flight and being re-routed.

“We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW,” she posted. “We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been patted down in such a manner flying from Kauai back to Oahu, and it was all I could do to just hold my tongue, and not scream obscenities at the wretched individual doing the pat down.

I kept saying to myself, almost like a mantra, "Remember, Claire; this is a woman pathologically incapable of getting a job at a fast food place; that is why she wound up as a TSA agent!!"

Mar 28 08:35

Mother films 'horrifying' pat-down of her disabled teenage son by 'power tripping TSA agent who left him traumatized for several hours'

A furious mom has blasted the TSA officers who she says gave her disabled son an 'unnecessary' and 'horrifying' pat-down in a Dallas airport on Sunday.

Jennifer Williamson says that her son Aaron, who has sensory processing disorder, was detained for more than an hour at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport despite not setting off the metal detector.

And although she asked the TSA agent not to perform a pat-down, saying it would upset the boy, the agent went through with it anyway.

Mar 28 08:35

Don’t Expect To Live Much Longer — US Navy Prepares Decapitating Attack Against Russia

As history teaches, an arms race will never make anybody victorious. Nobody gains, everybody loses. It took a series of risky crises, like the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and several cycles of an extremely costly arms race to realize how dangerous the nuclear threat is. The history of arms control reveals the wisdom of Soviet (Russian) and US leaders finding ways to cap their arsenals even in the heat of the Cold War. Now all the efforts applied in the past may go down the drain as the US is going back to the once tried policy of seeking nuclear dominance. Now it starts again at the time the whole system of arms control is on the brink of collapse. The tide must be turned. Nuclear arms control treaties should have become a top priority of the bilateral relationship.

Mar 28 07:54

The Evil of Political Correctness

I believe I first heard the term “political correctness” used on a Saturday Night Live show back in about 1980. And I thought it was just a joke—like most of the things on SNL. But it turned out to be a real thing, and it’s been building momentum, for at least the last two generations. Where is it going to end? I’m not sure, but it’s just one more termite eating away at the foundations of Western civilization itself. People that go along with this stuff aren’t just crazy. They’re actually evil. They’re the same types who rallied around Robespierre during the French revolution, Lenin during the Russian Revolution, Hitler in ‘30s Germany, and Mao in China. It’s a certain personality type.

Mar 28 07:42

Trump was wiretapped "a zillion times"And so were you

Computer expert Dennis Montgomery developed software programs that could breach secure computer systems and collect massive amounts of data.

That system, THE HAMMER, according to the audio tapes, accessed the phone calls, emails and bank accounts of millions of ordinary Americans.

The tapes also reveal that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court (FISA), Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, 156 other judges, members of Congress, and Donald J. Trump were targeted by the HAMMER.

One of the audio tapes made public by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow revealed that Brennan and Clapper particularly targeted and wiretapped Donald Trump a “zillion times.”

Mar 28 07:27

New Law Means You Could be the Subject of a Vaccine or Medication Experiment Without Your Informed Consent

A new law quietly passed last December contains a waiver of informed consent that eliminates the requirement of pharmaceutical companies to let you know if a medication or vaccine given to you or your child is experimental. -- Wow. One last Christmas surprise from President Obama.

Mar 28 07:15

What Are the Republicans Waiting for? Nothing, and here’s why…. They’re thieves and liars like the Dems!

We have a bloated, invasive, intrusive, destructive monstrosity called the U.S. federal government that is out of control. When are the Republicans going to do something about it? We have a welfare state that LBJ could only have dreamed of. When are the Republicans going to do something about it? We have a national debt approaching $20 trillion. When are the Republicans going to do something about it? We have a federal budget of $4 trillion. When are the Republicans going to do something about it? The Constitution is violated on a daily basis. When are the Republicans going to do something about it?

Mar 28 04:28

Concealed Weapon Detection System Being Implemented For The First Time. Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

I envision a lot of law-abiding citizens being approached by security and then being asked to leave the property, simply for concealing their legal firearm. Alternatively, they could be asked to leave their firearm in their car, opening it up to theft. Or, as many casinos have, they will let visitors store their firearm in a safe deposit box on property. Lots of good it’ll do, though, if you need it.

Mar 28 04:04

Report: FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Is ‘Out of Control’

“Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals,” reported The Guardian on Monday. -- “About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports.

Mar 28 03:50

Digital Spies in Your Home (Not Mine)

I have no need to control my appliances by voice command. I have no need to monitor them. I am not going to pay for the privilege of having government agencies and private companies invade my home and record my activities. I suggest you adopt the same attitude.

Mar 27 19:07

2-minute video: Hawaii's government overthrown by US rogue state empire for military dominance, profit. Cultural devastation is all 'We the People' will ever ever ever have until .01% arrests for lie-started illegal Wars of Aggression

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” – President Harry Truman, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, pg. 26.

JuiceMedia's sharp 2-minute history of US government overthrow:

IodProductions90's 2-minute video: US imperialism 1800 - 1900:

The US overthrew the Hawaiian government in 1893 and then annexed the territory against Hawaiian will in 1898. This was in clear violation of treaty, admitted as an unlawful war by US President Cleveland in 1893, and that the “provisional government” created by US oligarchs was both wrong and racist:

Mar 27 16:37

$540,701,000,000: U.S. Property Taxes Hit Record in 2016

Americans paid a record $540,701,000,000 in property taxes to state and local governments in fiscal 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That was up $16,748,620,000—or about 3.2 percent--from $523,952,380,000 in property taxes (in constant 2016 dollars) that state and local governments collected in fiscal 2015.

Mar 27 15:22

Twitter Temporarily Censored Drudge Report Tweets Behind ‘Sensitive Content’ Filter

Earlier today, users on Twitter reported that tweets from the official account of the Drudge Report were being hidden from users behind a “sensitive content” filter.

A screenshot published on the British news site Westmonster revealed the filtering of the Drudge Report, one of the largest and highest-profile conservative sites on the web.

Mar 27 15:13

Soros-Funded Group Gave $50K to Radical Group Antifa Who Provoked Berkeley Riot

The Alliance for Global Justice is funded by a Soros-backed charity called the Tides Foundation, who gave $50,000 to help fund a radical-left group called “Antifa,” who used extreme violence to shut down the event at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos.

Mar 27 13:27

Did the government spy on Trump? Of course. It spies on all of us!

There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the U.S. government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications using Section 702 of the FISA Act. Could it have been then-President Obama? We don’t know. Could it have been other political enemies looking for something to harm the Trump campaign or presidency? It is possible.

Mar 27 13:04

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The "Ultimate Riot Control Truck" Of The Future

One upon a time, the benevolent future was supposed to bemuse with hoverboards, flying cars and interplanetary travel. Instead, according to the folks at Slovakia's Bozena Riot Security Systems, the dystopian future has arrived, and it is made of armored plates and riot gear.

Mar 27 12:58

The Transformation Of Our Nation Into A Complete Surveillance State Is Almost In Place: “You’re Known, Your Vehicle Is Known, Your Daily Itinerary, Shopping Habits… It’s All Being Recorded”

The headlines are awash with the recent tensions with North Korea, and most are focused intently upon this act of the play that has been running hot for several years, now. Akin to the proverbial frog in cold water, however, we are not paying as much attention to the surveillance state that is continuing to wrap its tentacles around us. Eurasia is our ally, Eastasia is our enemy…and nobody notices that the chocolate ration has been diminished. While everyone focuses on what is reported in the headline news, everybody misses what is happening right before their eyes.

Mar 27 12:56

Is Twitter Now Censoring Drudge Report?

In an extraordinary development, Westmonster has found that the world famous Drudge Report has been marked as “sensitive material” by Twitter, with some users now having to OPT IN in order to see tweets. Hardly any tweets from Drudge were visible today when we first logged in.

Mar 27 12:43

Mother 'livid' over son's treatment by TSA at DFW Airport

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess we know where all the pedos go after they get kicked out of the church!

Mar 27 12:41

FBI FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY HAS 'NO LIMITS,' CONGRESSIONAL HEARING REVEALS

If Congress doesn't take legislative action, the FBI's vast and growing facial recognition database could someday soon allow the government to track Americans' "every move" in a breathtaking, nationwide violation of the Fourth Amendment.

That was the takeaway of a scathing hearing in the Congressional Oversight Committee on the FBI's use of facial recognition technology last week.

In June, the FBI's use of such technology was the subject of a damning report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which revealed that the agency's use of the technology was much more far-reaching than privacy advocates had suspected: 30 million photos are contained in the database, and the agency has access to hundreds of millions more—and the majority of subjects committed no crimes.

Mar 27 12:38

Both Judges Who Blocked Trump’s Travel Ban Made Decision Based on Fake News

Evidence that has been central to the two Federal judges behind the March 15th revoking of President Trump’s travel ban was recently found to be false.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 12:00

Breaking: Washington Sponsored State of “Great Kurdistan” To Be Created in Syria And Iraq.

This report is yet to be fully confirmed (GR Editor)

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained proofs of plans to create a state of Great Kurdistan.

According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.

In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, I have to wonder: has the leadership in Baghdad or Damascus been consulted about their involuntarily losing bits of their countries to establish an Independent Kurdistan?!?

Have either of these countries consented to this balkanisation, which is precisely what Israel wanted as an outcome from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq?!?

I have to think that the short answer is, no.

And will this new nation become yet another place from which the US military will be projecting more military power in the Middle East?!?

Mar 27 11:36

US General: 5,000 More Troops Needed for Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson now says he wants another 5,000 US and NATO troops, saying he believes the US needs that many to “break the stalemate” in the war. Nicholson has repeatedly labeled the conflict a “stalemate” in recent weeks, which appears to be an overestimation of the situation, with the Taliban continuing to gain ground against Afghan security forces.

The US has repeatedly run into this problem in Afghanistan, with the government’s forces unable to stand up to the Taliban by themselves, and NATO growing weary of continuing to prop them up. This has led to escalations and deescalation for years, constantly trying to save the Afghan government from outright defeat.

Nicholson argued that because 9/11 involved Afghanistan, a loss in the country would embolden terrorists globally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Nicholson, a word, please.

As you well know, Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11: it is the self-perpetuating lie/narrative that the US government continues to flog as its "justification" for having invaded, and continuing to occupy this country with US and NATO troops.

Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11

There is, after 16 years and counting, absolutely zero military metric by which Afghanistan can be characterised as a military success.

The invasion, and occupation was all about rights to pipeline routes and the rights to that embarrassment of natural resources Afghanistan which Afghanistan possesses.

Pipeline to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's mineral wealth

And lastly, sir,I have an incredible set of concepts which would stop any terrorism against the US or any of its assets overseas, and most probably very quickly:

1. Create working alternative energy which does not leave the US dependent on fossil fuel.

2. Stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which the US government has no moral right.

3. Stop regime changing those countries to become western-centric.

4. Stop insisting that those resources only be sold in US-denominated currency.

YOU'RE WELCOME!!! :-)

Mar 27 11:15

Defense Secretary Seeks Deeper US Involvement in Yemen War

Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to be pushing for the White House to remove all restrictions, placed during the waning months of President Obama’s presidency, on US military support for the Saudi invasion of Yemen, seeking deeper direct US involvement in fighting the Yemeni Shi’ites.

Mattis is said to be pushing National Security Adviser HR McMaster to agree that US support would combat the “common threat” the US and Saudi Arabia face in Yemen, which appears to be continued Shi’ite autonomy in the northern half of the country.

The US, of course, has already been directly involved in the Saudi war in Yemen from the beginning, providing in-air refueling for Saudi warplanes and participating in a naval blockade that has caused massive food shortages across northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word please: by participating in the Saudi genocide in Yemen, which has involved the assassination of wide swathes of civilians, including children; starving Yemeni children to death with malnutrition from the port blockades, and the poisoning of children in the womb through the Saudi's use of depleted uranium weapons, the United States government is complicit in its war crimes.

Mike and I are way too poor, and too old, to be accepted as a citizen of any other country at this stage in our lives; because right now, if Mike and I could, we would!

That being said, I find it morally reprehensible that both you, and President Trump, have absolutely no qualm of conscience about continuing to aid and abet these horrific acts on the part of the Saudi military.

Mar 27 11:01

US Sends More Combat Troops to Mosul in Latest Escalation

Iraqi officials had previously predicted they’d have western Mosul fully “liberated” by the end of March. With just a few days left, the offensive remains largely stalled however, with the offensive moving at a snail’s pace. Hoping to speed things up, the US has announced another escalation, sending more combat troops into the city.

The size of this escalation is as yet unknown, with the Pentagon only announcing that the deployment was being ordered, putting more combat troops into the city for “advise and assist” operations. These appear to be some of the troops previously tapped to go to Kuwait.

The only clue officials would give to the size of the new deployment is that it would not “reunite the entire brigade,” which means that the new deployment is at least less than 2,500. The troops are being considered “temporary,” like many of the troops in Iraq, which means they aren’t part of the official count.

Mar 27 11:00

The Useful and the Useless

It will come as a surprise to many, but governments cannot suspend reality. Their arsenal, when things break down, comes down to their arsenal: the capacity to coerce. Violence or its threat enables governments to exact compliance. Proponents of government power invariably see themselves exercising it. Once the ship hits the iceberg, it will be obvious that governments’ guns are not wands, freeing citizens from the necessity of producing as much or more than they consume. They cannot compel innovators to innovate or producers to produce. While coercive power comes from one end of a gun, none of the powers that produce progress (and the gun) magically materialize at the other end.

Mar 27 10:50

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS GATHER IN MASSIVE PROTEST TO US SPONSORED SAUDI TERRORISM IN YEMEN

Sana’a, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to protest the second anniversary of the invasion by Saudi Arabia, as well as the ongoing military offensive by the loosely U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition of nine nations attempting to crush the Shia Houthi rebellion.

“I participated in the protests against the aggression (by the Saudi-led coalition), maybe our voice will be heard by the world over to stop the war,” the Associated Press quoted protester, Ahmed Mohsen, who, along with war-weary throngs of others — participated to try to call attention to the U.S.’ other major conflict.

“Two years of wanton violence and bloodshed, thousands of deaths and millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security,” railed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, “enough is enough.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only are the Saudi troops murdering and starving children in Yemen:

Images: wounded and killed children by Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi ports blockade

The Saudis are also poisoning the people of Yemen, and causing massive amounts of child deformities and deaths through the use of depleted uranium weapons.

Increase in infant deformities in Yemen suggest that the US/UK supplied Saudi Arabia with depleted uranium weapons

Media coverage of uranium weapons and the spiraling sickness has been meager. Malak Hamden said when she and colleagues published the 2010 Fallujah study, “CNN said something, but no newspapers touched the story.” A BBC reporter told Williams the public doesn’t want to know about uranium weapons. In the meantime, the United States continues to build them. Williams notes that U.S. Patent Office records show Lockheed Martin and Raytheon hold patents for enhanced bombs and cruise missile warheads that include uranium options. Related Stories Putin’s Reckless Nuclear Saber-Rattling Is Just Show Secret Indian Nuke Site Sparks New Arms Race Is Putin’s Half-Baked ‘Secret' Super-Nuke Torpedo For Real? For Soldiers With Gulf War Illness, a Clue to the Mystery in Their Cells Today, with the U.S., Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Russia bombing Syria, and with the Saudis bombing and the U.S. firing drones into Yemen—with some of the same kinds of weapons unleashed in Iraq—it is likely that the people living there, along with fleeing refugees, will suffer just as the Iraqis and veterans have. As Busby notes, uranium oxide dust is like a bomb that keeps going off. “People’s genes are damaged for generations. Scientists found this in 22 generations of mice, after Chernobyl. The only way mutated genes disappear is when carriers don’t have children.”

Warning: horrifically graphic video of Yemeni children born with severe birth defects, generated by Saudi Arabia's use of depleted uranium in Yemen.

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

I think there must be a very special place in hell designated for the people who manufacture these weapons, sign off on the use of these weapons, and use weapons like this.

Poisoning children in the womb is one of the most morally vile, and reprehensible forms of child abuse I can imagine; it not only destroys the child and the child's family: it also destroys the future of a country, because it frightens young couples into not having children, because there is no remedy against this toxic substance, and the damage depleted uranium does to human DNA.

And if you look at the children in the video, you will see that the damage is very similar, or nearly identical to, the damage the US military created in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, where depleted uranium was also used.

(warning: very graphic images)

Images: Fallujah children born with massive birth defects resulting from the US military using depleted uranium weapons

Mar 27 10:44

"They're Like The Praetorian Guard" - Whistleblower Confirms NSA Targeted Congress, The Supreme Court, & Trump

NSA whistleblower William Binney told Tucker Carlson on Friday that the NSA is spying on "all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House."

Binney, who served the NSA for 30 years before blowing the whistle on domestic spying in 2001, told Tucker he firmly believes that Trump was spied on.

"They're taking in fundamentally the entire fiber network inside the United States and collecting all that data and storing it, in a program they call Stellar Wind," Binney said.

"That's the domestic collection of data on US citizens, US citizens to other US citizens," he said. "Everything we're doing, phone calls, emails and then financial transactions, credit cards, things like that, all of it."

Mar 27 10:44

"Much Worse Than Watergate", Former CIA Officer Admits Trump 'Wiretapping' Likely True

The "political appointees" in the intelligence community knew exactly what they were surveilling for, former CIA officer Col. Tony Shaffer told Fox News, adding that the case is "much worse than Watergate by an order of magnitude."

Mar 27 10:15

SAS ON THE STREETS SAS troops ‘to be deployed to London’s streets permanently’ in wake of Westminster attack in bid to bolster security in capital

SAS TROOPS are to be deployed to London’s streets permanently in the wake of the Westminster attack to bolster security in the capital, it’s been reported.

Specialist soldiers will reportedly be placed on standby at a secret location in the city centre for at least the next year.

It comes as a ring of steel was erected around London’s landmarks to strengthen defences and prevent another attack.

Elite officers, normally based in Hereford, will be on an “immediate notice to move” and be armed with special “take-down” bullets, according to the Daily Star.

They’ll also reportedly be able to enter buildings using explosives or “fast-rope” from helicopters on to roofs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears as though the British government is trying to appear to be "doing something" to stop further attacks, but I strongly suspect that these efforts will not be effective.

And the reason I say this, is that what truly drives radicalisation and the ensuing terrorism rising from this radicalism, will never, ever get truly addressed.

The US and UK have a very martial appetite for invading countries; expropriating resources from those countries to which they have no moral right; making sure that the regime changes in those countries produce only Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold in the "correct" currencies, i.e., (soon) the British Pound and the American dollar.

And those individuals in those countries for whom such actions are a really raw deal, have no voice; and if they protest, or become radicalised against this miserable imperialistic treatment, they are shot and killed. Innocents get shot at killed, like the innocent civilians in Mosul who were assassinated by US troops last week.

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians

To the thinking of those who profit mightily from empire, such deaths are simply "collateral damage", and of no consequence whatsoever; but to the people who have lost innocent loved ones, or whose loved ones have been maimed for life, as has happened in the extrajudicial assassinations by US drones in Afghanistan, these murders are a moral outrage.

How long does it take for that moral outrage against the deaths of innocents to be manipulated into revenge, and what form will that revenge take?!?

This is the question that no one in either the UK or US governments want to address; it's the geopolitical equivalent to kryptonite, because neither country wants to admit complicity in creating the problem in the first place, in this resource war.

But I do have a remedy for this, Prime Minister May and President Trump, and I encourage you to listen closely to what I am about to suggest.

The UK and the US have some of the finest universities and engineering minds on this planet. There should be dedicated funding, and joint collaboration of the top researchers in the US and UK on alternative energy resources that can move a tank, or enable a jet to fly.

Only then will both countries be able to end their resource wars, and focus on repairing internal infrastructure; and perhaps healing some of the intense damage these resource wars have done to hapless countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen. The harm from the use of depleted uranium weapons in the last two-named countries will last for generations, as you well know.

Increase in Infant deformities in Yemen suggests USA/UK has supplied Saudi with depleted uranium weapons

Mar 27 10:14

Trump Budget Has Some Good Cuts… But it raises spending on the merchants of death…

It’s interesting that Trump & Co. have cut funding for US allies, culture, education, the poor, and just about everything else except the Pentagon and Israel. Not a penny was reduced from Israel’s recent grant of $38 billion in arms spending over ten years. Not a peep about this from Congress or Trump. An honest war tax would show Americans the real cost of their imperial adventures and spare their children from having to pay for such dumb wars as Afghanistan and the Mideast.

Mar 27 09:42

You have one day to stop Congress from giving away your web browsing history

Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers the power to choose how their ISPs use and share their personal data. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote, and if the House also votes to repeal the rules, the bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The consequences of repeal are simple: ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and Charter will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you. The Federal Trade Commission has no legal authority to oversee ISP practices, and the bill under consideration ensures that the FCC cannot adopt “substantially similar” rules. So unless the bill fails in the House, the nation’s strongest privacy protections will not only be eliminated, they cannot be revived by the FCC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although my browsing history is pretty "vanilla", I am astounded at the arrogance of this government and major corporations, who believe I do not have the right to privacy, as afforded me by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

And at this point in my political understanding of how this country works, I fully understand that am no longer represented by my alleged "Congressional Representatives"; they are, generally simply professional whores, available for sale to the highest corporate bidders.

The one local exception to this is Hawaiian Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard, for whom I have the highest regard and respect.

Mar 27 09:35

ORWELL ROLLS IN GRAVE AS POLICE ROLL OUT UNPRECEDENTED DRONE AIR FORCE TO “TRACK ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR”

The Devon and Cornwall police force, tasked with the patrol of the largest geographical area in England, are pioneering perpetual drone surveillance by establishing an unprecedented 24-hour drone surveillance of its patrol area set to begin this summer.

The police drones, also identified as “unmanned aerial systems,” have undergone smaller tests last year. Multiple reports state that the drones will mostly be used for locating crime suspects and missing persons as well as surveillance of crime scenes.

Drones indeed have a unique ability to scope areas that officers cannot approach on foot. A report published by the Cato Institute acknowledged that drones “allow police to investigate dangerous situations such as bomb threats and toxic spills.” These devices can seen as an advantage for civilians in peril, but they also serve as a troubling mechanism of undermining the personal privacy of a large population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm.... that phrase "anti-social behaviour" can be translated in an incredible number of ways.

I am a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, but constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical problems through ethical, hard-won negotiations, rather than through war.

To the warmongers and presstitutes who constitute the American deep state, do these attitudes and actions make me "guilty" of alleged anti-social behaviour?!?

Unfortunately, at this time in the American republic's history, the short answer is, yes.

Take a good hard look at the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act.

NDAA

Under this law, I can be jailed, indefinitely, with no due process whatsoever for simply thinking about geopolitical issues differently than does my government, and posting it on Mike's blog, even though I never, ever advocate violence as an answer to anything.

Mar 27 09:24

EU SET TO TOUGHEN UP CAPITAL CONTROLS IN GREECE, AS THINGS GO FROM BAD TO CATASTROPHIC IN EU MEMBER STATE

It is not common knowledge (as the EU tries to suppress news that sheds light on the misery of being an EU member state), but Greek citizens have been living with capital controls since 2015.

What does this mean? Simply put it means that Greek people, EU citizens, cannot withdraw more than a designated amount of cash from their own bank accounts.

In the case of Greece, you can only withdraw €840 every two weeks from a bank ATM or in person at a bank teller. If you wish to withdraw more than the designated €840, then you need special permission to access your money held at the bank of your choice.

It was supposed to be a temporary safeguard to avoid capital flight amidst a pathetic Tsipras driven EU revolt, but the capital controls remain to this day and now news is trickling in that the controls will not only last longer, but may even toughen up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I, personally, am waiting for the intelligent political leaders to pull an "Iceland", declare the country's debt "odious", and put the banksters and politicians into hard jail time for the misery and pain they have collectively inflicted on the Greek people.

Mar 27 09:21

TOP BRITISH UNIVERSITIES FOUND PRODUCING ‘FAKE RESEARCH’

Hundreds of allegations of “fake research” conducted at some of the UK’s top universities were reported between 2011 and 2016, figures show.

According to figures released by 23 of Britain’s 24 Russell Group universities following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by the BBC, the scale of fraudulent research is much higher than official Research Councils UK (RCUK) statistics suggest.

The figures reveal at least 300 allegations including plagiarism and fabrication.

Official data, however, suggests about 30 cases were reported between 2012 and 2015.

In response, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry to reassure the public that its monitoring system is “robust.”

Committee Chairman Stephen Metcalfe stressed the importance of reassuring people that public funds are being invested in accurate and trustworthy research.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Mistrust" and a healthy skepticism are very necessary intellectual qualities to have in this part of the 21st century.

Mar 27 09:14

US admits killing 200 civilians in Mosul air strike while world focuses on London terror attack

Amid the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the UK’s Parliament, which killed four people including a police officer, another mass casualty further afield has been buried in the headlines.

Over the weekend the US Pentagon has admitted to another air strike in Mosul, which is believed to have killed more than 200 civilians including women and children.

It has been described as a “humanitarian disaster” by Iraqi Vice President Osama Nujaifi, and United Nations officials said they were “profoundly concerned” by the attack.

Isis' losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit
The Pentagon released a statement, saying it had targeted Isis fighters and equipment “at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties”.

“The coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...respects human life...", MY ASTROLABE!!

The stark, and unassailable reality here, is that the US military will kill ANYONE who, even accidentally, gets in the way of Iraq continuing to be led by a western-centric government, and with all the oil being sold only in US dollars.

And let us not forget that other inconvenient truth about war in the region:

The US Government created Al Qaeda and the ISIS terror group

Mar 27 09:13

Sweden is to vote on the 4th of May to force vaccination on all population.

LEADER. The two MPs Sofia Arkelsten (M) and Jesper Skalberg Karlsson (M) wants to introduce forced vaccination in Sweden. Social Committee prepared the proposal yesterday and Riksdag takes decisions on May 4, 2017. The proposal can now create a public outcry against forced medication with vaccines delivered by one of the most criminalized large companies - GlaxoSmithKline - which gave Sweden narcolepsy.

Text: Torbjörn Sassersson, Refresh. at 20:50

Since the forced vaccination is the same as forced medication, the proposal should be considered very controversial especially after narcolepsy scandal not led to increased security around the dangers of vaccines. Neither the health authorities or the Government has set specific requirements of the industry to eliminate the exogenous additives and residues contained in the vaccine.

Mar 27 09:06

The Deep State’s Dominant Narratives and Authority Are Crumbling

There is indeed a Deep State, but its control of dominant narratives, and thus its source of control and power, is crumbling. The gap between the narratives and the evidence that supports them has widened to the point of collapse.

Mar 27 07:25

Legislation Would Bring Speed Cameras to California

You helped us defeat AB666, the Devil's Bill that would have eliminated your rights when fighting a red light camera ticket. Now there is a new threat to your rights. Assembly Bill 342 would allow speed cameras to be used in California for the first time. And like AB666, the bill makes the vehicle owner responsible for the ticket, not the driver and takes away your right to a trial. While some might view the use of speed cameras as a tool in promoting roadway safety, AB-342 is seriously flawed. It eliminates virtually all current protections afforded to motorists in speed related cases and allows jurisdictions to run speed traps in their cities, ensuring that the program will be used as a revenue generation scheme, not for public safety. You can read here about all the terrible things that will happen if AB-342 becomes law.

Mar 27 06:59

Bill in West Virginia would BAN homeschooling, treating it as child abuse

A new bill proposed in West Virginia could make the act of homeschooling equal to that of child abuse. Lawmakers feel that parents are denying their children an appropriate education. If passed into law, Bill SB 528 would prohibit homeschooling and order CPS investigations for children who had ten or more absences without an acceptable excuse.

Mar 26 09:48

Introducing CCTV-studded, teargas-shooting, water-cannon-ed riot-control killdozer

Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs!

Mar 26 09:44

Congress Needs to Stop Trump’s Escalation of the War on Syria

? During the 2016 GOP presidential primaries and on through to the end of last year’s general election campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump repeatedly derided the fact that the United States had spent upward of $6 trillion dollars on wars in the Middle East because we, in his words, “have nothing to show for it.” One might then have reasonably expected Trump to begin the process of unwinding our overstretched positions in the region when he became president.

But alas.

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That there is utterly zero debate on this (and on the US government's enabling of Saudi Arabia's invasion and occupation of Yemen) disgusts me thoroughly.

Our "alleged" Congressional Representatives collectively have the moral sense of a dead tree stump (and you KNOW I will get enraged emails and texts from dead tree stumps on this analogy!).

But what really, deeply concerns me is, how willing is the US government to go to war with Russia over Syria?!?

Because should the US military escalate even further, it is nearly a dead moral certainty that this will happen.

Russia has been invited by the Al Assad government to get rid of the jihadists, and combined with the Syrian military, are doing just that rather successfully.

The US military has not been invited here, and such a conflict appears to be to be a question of when, and not if.

I just hope and pray that Sec Def Mattis understands that at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the weapons; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the money to ensure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

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