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Jun 13 08:40

They Want to Cut the Main Vein of Yemen. US Supported Naval Blockade, Widespread Famine

The Saudi-led coalition is desperate to be able to occupy Hodiedah province, where the main port of Yemen is located, from which all the essentials of life enter Yemen. The blockade has been in force for more than three years, for weakening the Yemeni front.

Presently, 90 percent of food and medicines come to Yemen via Hodiedah, making the port vital lifeline to Sana’a with some other ports under control of occupying forces. Since Saudi Arabia waged a war against Yemen on 27 March 2017, Saudis have take actions to wrest the major port from Ansar Allah forces. Air raids on the area’s infrastructure and Ansarullah positions is common during the three years of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It annoys me greatly to have to be a citizen of a country which enable s war crimes, as the US government and military are doing right now, in concert with Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Jun 13 03:38

Mass Shootings and Psychiatric Drugs: The Connection

The drugs aren’t the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping up—in schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Jun 13 03:34

Google’s Evil Anti-Gun Censorship Fails

Online firearms retailer Brownells over the weekend had their popular YouTube channel terminated by the video hosting service owned by Google. Brownells’ YouTube channel was in service as of Sunday evening with some 22 million views logged across all videos.

Jun 12 23:56

More Ways Creepy Facebook Spies on You

The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress. They include tracking mouse movements, logging battery levels and monitoring devices close to a user that are on the same network. The 454-page report was created in response to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked during his appearance before Congress in April.

Jun 12 23:24

Feds Collect Record Taxes; Still Run $532.2B Deficit...

The federal government collected a record $1,143,141,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first eight months of fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through the end of May), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Jun 12 15:47

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller asked a Washington federal Judge for a protective order that would prevent the delivery of copious evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, one of three Russian firms and 13 Russian nationals. The indictment accuses the firm of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters.

The special counsel's office argues that the risk of the evidence leaking or falling into the hands of foreign intelligence services, especially Russia, would assist the Kremlin's active "interference operations" against the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is rich!!

Jun 12 12:17

Paul Craig Roberts: In The Western World, Truth Is An Endangered Species

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the world has now, is the independent media; and we should hang on to that for dear life, right now.

IF the independent media is forced to close its doors, collectively, humankind will have nothing but the official government propaganda, and that... can be seriously hazardous to your health.

Jun 12 12:11

Consumer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace Since 2011, Real Wage Growth Slumps

Last night's Singaporean show was the prelude to the rest of the week's real action - central banks - and nothing drives The Fed more than inflation anxiety as exhibited by Core CPI this morning... and it printed hot.

For the 32nd consecutive month, the consensus estimate on the street was +0.2% MoM - and expectations were met - pushing the headline CPI to +2.8% YoY (as expected) - the highest since December 2011...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from financial history, are doomed to repeat it.

Jun 12 12:09

Senate Adds ZTE-Deal-Killing Amendment To "Must Pass" Defense Bill

As was widely expected, a group of senators have successfully attached an amendment that would effectively kill the Trump administration's deal with Chinese telecoms firm ZTE to a "must-pass" defense authorization bill, according to Axios- the latest sign that the movement to kill the deal is gaining momentum, even among Republicans who rarely oppose the president. The measure has found support among a bipartisan group of Senators who claim that the ZTE deal poses potential national security problems, according to Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who introduced the amendment alongside Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. In addition, Van Hollen maintains that the ZTE deal is "genuinely a bad deal" that must be overturned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump will, if it gets that far, veto the deal, and demand that Congress create another budget which does not at all mention ZTE.

Jun 12 12:06

The Real Reason Trump Lost It With Trudeau?

In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank.

“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”

To understand what drives Trump, and explains his exasperation and anger, these remarks are a good place to begin.

Our elites see America as an “indispensable nation,” the premier world power whose ordained duty it is to defend democracy, stand up to dictators and aggressors, and uphold a liberal world order.

They see U.S. wealth and power as splendid tools that fate has given them to shape the future of the planet.

Trump sees America as a nation being milked by allies who free ride on our defense effort, as they engage in trade practices that prosper their own peoples at America’s expense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is reasonable for Trump to be upset, looking at these numbers; I just wish he hadn't gotten so publicly upset.

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:51

As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

At the G7 meeting in Canada in recent days, we witnessed unprecedented clashes between Trump and G7 leaders over the imposition of tariffs on trade. We must now conclude that the event has been relegated to irrelevance, as the G7 has heretofore derived its clout from speaking as one voice. Trump even went further, refusing to sign the final draft of the organization’s joint statement after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump’s trade decisions. Trump showed how little he cares for his allies, leaving the summit a day early to arrive early for the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore to make preparations for the long-awaited encounter between the two leaders.

Jun 12 11:51

Mexican politician who vowed to crack down on crime shot dead while posing for selfie with fan

Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate on Friday night when he was approached by a woman holding a selfie stick who asked him to take a photo with her. Surveillance footage obtained by the Vanguardia showed the 43-year-old politician falling to the ground after being shot in the head by a man who snuck up behind him. Purón, who is survived by his wife and child, reportedly died en route to the hospital.

Note how the woman with the selfie stick just quickly and calmly walks away. I think she was part of the hit team.

Jun 12 11:47

Here was the scene a few moments ago in the Singapore International Media Center when Trump and Kim met for the first time.

“I feel really great,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Mr. Kim said: “It was not easy to get here. There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever you think of this President, yesterday was a truly historic occasion, and one which, if managed properly, can mean a great deal toward the de-escalation of tensions with North Korea, about which the world should feel markedly relieved.

Jun 12 11:44

Violence erupts in Nicaragua capital as police dismantle blockades

Armed anti-riot police and pro-government paramilitary attacked barricades manned by anti-government protesters in eastern Managua, plunging city neighborhoods in violence and chaos in an attempt to stamp out a two-month-old uprising against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Cracks of gun fire resounded through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital as television footage showed turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades.

Activists attempted to push them back by throwing rocks and setting off homemade mortars.

Silvio Jose Baez, an auxiliary bishop of Managua, urged residents to stay inside their homes.

"It is very dangerous because of the presence of violent gangs," he wrote on Twitter. "Don't risk life in vain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope (and pray) that the Catholic bishops can ratchet tensions down, and discourse in the country become more civilized, but in reality, I cannot expect for much here; and this is because this violence has the fingerprints of US foreign policy all over it.

Jun 12 11:39

Report: Netanyahu, White House Working to Drive Wedge Between Palestinians and Gulf States

The Trump administration is working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a rift between the Gulf states and the Palestinians, according to a wide-ranging report on Trump's Middle East policy that was published on Monday in The New Yorker.

The report says that the Trump administration's peace plan, which will likely be much closer to the Israeli government's positions than previous U.S. peace plans, could be used by Netanyahu to divide the Gulf monarchies and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, according to the report, expects the Palestinians to reject Trump's plan, thus creating an opening for the Gulf states to support it and distance themselves from the Palestinian leadership while inching closer towards Israel, with whom they share a common view of Iran as the main threat in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is absolutely not the problem in the region; it is Israel's belligerent, hubristic foreign and domestic policies which are the problem here.

Jun 12 11:36

Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the ‘Authority of Shame’

Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah city Sunday night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) end its sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the small Palestinian enclave.

At least 1,500 protesters marched downtown starting at the central Manara Square at 9:30 p.m., a time when the streets are bustling with people shopping, eating, or enjoying ice cream after breaking their fasts during the holy month of Ramadan.

The protest, led by an independent youth movement, was the largest show of support for Gaza in the occupied West Bank since the Great March of Return was launched in the besieged territory on March 30.

The crowd consisted of mostly young Palestinians, but older protesters and children also joined the demonstration. Palestinians traveled from across the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Haifa, among other places, to attend the protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not blame these people for their upset at lack of progress with the PA, which has only had punitive sanctions against the people of Gaza.

Jun 12 11:28

US Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in NE Syria

As US and Kurdish forces carried out offensives against ISIS in the area, US warplanes carried out airstrikes against the town of Khoeberah, in the mostly Kurdish Hasakeh Province of northeast Syria, killing 18 civilians.

Details are still emerging on the incident, which the Syrian government has confirmed. The majority of the slain civilians are, by their accounts, Iraqi refugees who had fled into Syria during the fighting in western Iraq.

This is a common occurrence on both sides of the border, as ISIS controlled territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and offensives against each side tended to send civilians scattering to any place remotely safer than where they were at.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is extraordinarily accomplished at creating bloodshed, barbaric living conditions, and chaos in those countries it has allegedly "liberated", like Iraq.

And we have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, regarding Turkish strikes in Iraq as well:

Turkey Escalates its PKK Operations; 23 Killed in Iraq

Why in heaven's name is the US government siding with, and consistently using, Kurdish militias in Syria, while it allows Kurds to be slaughtered in Iraq?!?

Jun 12 11:24

Sadr Rejects Revote, Says Iraqis Must Unite to Avoid Civil War

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won the May 12 election, is rejecting calls by other factions to hold a re-run of the vote, saying certain factions are trying to start a civil war with all the allegations around the elections.

Sadr warned it was “time to stand as one for building and reconstruction instead of burning ballot boxes or repeating election just for one seat or two.” Some of the re-vote advocates, like the parliament speaker, lost their seats in the election.

The election’s votes were initially counted electronically, and parliament has since called for a full recount. The fire in Baghdad, at one of the ballot warehouses, has fueled even more claims of a cover-up of the results.

Recounts, the firing of the commission, the burning of the warehouse, and the legal challenges by the commission all look to drag on post-election wrangling before a coalition negotiation can really begin in earnest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man is absolutely correct in his assessment here; and unfortunately for DC, the tenure of his coalition, should it be accepted by those in power in the Iraqi government ,will be an ongoing nightmare for DC.

Jun 12 11:12

UN, Red Cross Evacuate Staff From Yemen Port City Ahead Of "Imminent" US-Saudi Coalition Assault

The New York Times reports that the United Nations is pulling its staff from the besieged Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah as a massive assault on the country's only major humanitarian lifeline appears imminent.

UN staff have played a key role in delivering foreign aid through what is now one of the besieged country's only humanitarian access points to the outside world, through which 80% of all humanitarian aid flows.

The NYT details that the UN evacuation comes after "member countries were told that an attack by forces led by the United Arab Emirates was imminent, according to two diplomats briefed on the matter."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attack will mean the nail in the coffin for Houthi resistance in Yemen; let the US-enabled, Saudi slaughter of innocent Yemeni people continue!!

Forgive my sarcasm here, but I wish that both Mike and I were young enough, and prosperous enough, to imigrate to a country which does not commit, or enable, war crimes; unfortunately, that is not going to happen for us.

We cannot morally accept, or support, the war crimes done by this country around the world, and are ashamed of a government which is no longer responding to the needs and concerns of We the People; truth be told, we are rapidly approaching a time for this country, where the center cannot hold.

And we have a companion piece on this, datelined yesterday, from moonoveralabama.com:

US Grants Approval for Genocide

The article goes on to state: "The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries. There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve."

Jun 12 11:04

Russia to continue efforts to involve Taliban in direct negotiations with Kabul : According to Lavrov, heads of ministries supported Afghan President call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members

Moscow will continue efforts to involve the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) in direct talks with Kabul, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the meeting of CSTO foreign ministers on Monday, adding though that those efforts have failed so far.

According to Russia’s top diplomat, "together with normalizing the military situation in Afghanistan" heads of ministries supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members.

"Russia has long advocated for this kind of dialogue, the Taliban members are part of the Afghanistan’s society. Provided that they abandon a military approach to defending their interests, they should be made direct participants of the political process," he said. "So far the Taliban members have not demonstrated readiness to this kind of dialogue, but we will continue our efforts, particularly on the back of today’s agreements between the CSTO foreign ministers," the minister added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergey Lavrov, and his boss, Russia's President Putin, are to be commended for, yet again, being the "adults in the room" when it comes to geopolitics.

Jun 12 10:55

PEPE ESCOBAR: PUTIN & XI TOP THE G6+1

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, aka G7, while the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) aimed at global integration and a peaceful multipolar order...

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

US President Donald Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a “free trade proclamation”, as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada.

Meanwhile, over in Qingdao, the stunning takeaway was offered predictably by Chinese President Xi Jinping; “President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are thinking long-term; American politicians cannot see their way beyond the next election cycle, and that will be this country's undoing.

Jun 12 10:50

WILL BILDERBERG STILL BE RELEVANT AS THE FUTURE OF WAR IS TRANSFORMED?

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.

Jun 12 10:45

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? U.S. ARMY PLANNING TO DEPLOY AUTONOMOUS KILLER ROBOTS ON BATTLEFIELD BY 2028

United States Army Secretary Mark Esper recently revealed that the military has a strategic vision of utilizing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles on the battlefield by 2028.

“I think robotics has the potential of fundamentally changing the character of warfare. And I think whoever gets there first will have a unique advantage on the modern battlefield,” Esper said during a Brookings Institute event.

“My ambition is by 2028, to begin fielding autonomous and certainly semi-autonomous vehicles that can fight on the battlefield,” he added. “Fight, sustain us, provide those things we need and we’ll continue to evolve from there.”

In a preview of the U.S. Army’s strategic vision, released on June 6, Esper said the integration of these forces would become a critical strategic component, quoting from the document:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the creation of "Norman" by MIT, was a first step toward these killer robots; MIT and DARPA have a long, ongoing relationship.

Meet Norman, the world's first psychopathic artificial intelligence, unveilled by MIT

Jun 12 10:39

Teachers reportedly fearful after MS-13 infiltrates Maryland school

The violent gang MS-13 has infiltrated a predominantly Hispanic school in Maryland, bringing terror and the campaign to recruit young students, with teachers calling the situation a “ticking time bomb.”

William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale has reportedly become a battleground after the gang established its presence at the school.

Fighting, drug dealing, pro-MS-13 graffiti and attempts to recruit immigrant children from Central America have become an everyday occurrence, The Washington Post reported.

“We now have two to three fights per day,” one school employee told the paper, who didn’t reveal his name over fears to lose the job or be targeted by the gang. “At this point, it’s completely out of control.”

School teachers claimed at least a dozen of members of the gang are in the school. The violent activities prompted the school to call the police over 70 times in the 2017-2018 school year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And public law agencies cannot deport these gang members because.....?!?!?!?!?

Jun 12 10:35

OKLAHOMA MAN FREE AFTER 26 YEARS AS MURDER CONVICTION DISMISSED

Johnny Edward Tallbear of Oklahoma City, who spent over 26 years behind bars on a first-degree murder conviction, has been released after a new test of the DNA evidence led to the dismissal of the case against him.
Tallbear, who is now 61, had shackles removed from his wrists and ankles in court and left the building on Monday a free man. It felt “great” to be out of chains, he told the journalists, adding that the first thing he wanted do after getting home was “eat some decent meal.”

“I’ve been saying for more than two decades that I didn’t have anything to do with this horrible crime. I’ve always known that I’m innocent and now the DNA has proved it,” said Tallbear, as cited by the Innocence Project, which facilitated the new testing.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater confirmed that the case was dismissed “based on the DNA evidence that wasn’t available at the time of trial,” which went against all the other evidence that led to Tallbear’s conviction in 1992.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is appalling in this case, is that this man, or any other unjustly accused and convicted person in this country, needed the Innocence Project to get exonerated and released from jail, after having served time for crimes they did not commit; and unfortunately in what passes for American "justice", this kind of situation keeps repeating when it absolutely should not.

Jun 12 10:28

ISRAEL TO PAY $16.7M SETTLERS AFTER DEMOLISHING THEIR ILLEGAL HOMES

Israel will pay 60 million shekels ($16.7 million) in compensation to illegal settler families whose houses are being demolished today.

Fifteen buildings in the illegal Israeli settlement of Netiv HaAvot, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, are due to be demolished by the Israeli government because they are built on private Palestinian land. The structures will be rebuilt nearby on land that is “not privately owned” but still within the occupied West Bank.

The move to demolish the houses has been widely protested by the settlers and right-wing Israeli ministers, including Israel’s Education Minister and leader of the orthodox Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett.

Bennett labelled the demolitions “senseless” and vowed that “whoever wants to raze 15 homes will receive 350 on this hill. This is a difficult night. It is incomprehensible to the residents of the Netiv HaAvot neighbourhood and for everyone who has settled the precious land of Israel,” according to Haaretz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that it is only for Jewish settlers that this compensation is being awarded; Palestinians are never compensated when their housing is demolished for whatever reason the Israeli government can conjure.

Jun 12 10:25

LIBYA "BEFORE AND AFTER" PHOTOS GO VIRAL

A Libyan man who took photos of himself posing at various spots across Beghazi in 2000 has revisited the same locations 18 years later to photograph life under the new "NATO liberated" Libya.

The "before and after" pics showing the utter devastation of post-Gaddafi Libya have gone viral , garnering 50,000 retweets after they were posted to an account that features historical images of Libya under Gaddafi’s rule between 1969 and 2011.

It appears people do still care about Libya even if the political elites in Paris, London, and Washington who destroyed the country have moved on. Though we should recall that British foreign secretary Boris Johnson was caught on tape in a private meeting last year saying Libya was ripe for UK investment, but only after Libyans "clear the dead bodies away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary Clinton loves the concept of assassinations, both character, and outright physical; she must have thought that this was her finest hour as Secretary of State, when Gadaffi was assassinated.

However, in her consistently and heubristically pathological inability to see the logical conclusion of any scenario she created, this decision ultimately sowed the seeds for complete chaos and destruction in this country by way of an ongoing civil war, which, in 2018, shows no signs of ending any time soon.

Way to Go, Hil, congratulations!!

Jun 12 10:13

TRUMP "WAR GAMES" ANNOUNCEMENT SHOCKS SOUTH KOREA, US MILITARY FORCES

In what was perhaps the most surprising announcement to emerge from today's Trump-Kim summit, president Trump agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from North Korea.

As we reported earlier, Trump said the war games were expensive and “very provocative”, and yet stopping them has been called a "major concession", something the US has previously rejected as non-negotiable on the grounds that the exercises are a key element of its military alliance with Seoul, and maintaining a deterrent against North Korea. In return, Trump said Kim had agreed in a joint statement to reassert “his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both a reasonable, and positive step.

Jun 12 10:09

ITIF CLAIMS POLICE USE OF AMAZON REKOGNITION IS “PATRIOTIC”

A few weeks ago, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society”.

“Facial recognition technology has many beneficial uses for society, even when used by the government. Even the use-case that privacy advocates are crying wolf over, facial recognition systems integrated with police body cameras, can benefit society.

The ITIF went on to claim that police body cameras hold “law enforcement accountable and there is no reason to suggest the same cannot be true for facial recognition technology.”

Let’s discuss ITIF’s claim that body cameras hold police accountable.

A 2017 article in Ars Technica reveals that body camera footage is generally not available to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a group, chaired by Robert Atkinson as their President, which takes money from high-tech companies, in order to put the best face possible on technology which erodes the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and attempts to publicly "kookify" and demean those who understand just how corrosive some of this technology is to privacy, and individual human rights.

Jun 12 09:57

TRANSCANADA’S NEW “BEST-IN-CLASS” GAS PIPELINE EXPLODES IN WEST VIRGINIA, CAUSING FIERY BLAST

A newly installed TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday in the remote Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County in West Virginia.

No injuries were reported but flames and smoke from the blast could be seen as far as 20 miles away, residents told local media. Area police told CBS News the fire was "very large—if you can see it from your house, evacuate."

"It sounded like a freight train coming through, or a tornado, and the sky lit up bright orange, and then I got up and looked out the window and flames were shooting I don't know how far into the sky," Tina Heath-Chaplin, of Moundsville, told WPXI.

TransCanada—the same company behind the Keystone pipeline—said the explosion has been contained and an investigation is underway.

"As soon as the issue was identified, emergency response procedures were enacted and the segment of impacted pipeline was isolated. The fire was fully extinguished by approximately 8:30 a.m," the company commented Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cause is probably, most simply, that the company did the installation on the cheap, and cut corners in both materials and installation proceduures, which resulted in the blowout.

Explosiions like this just "don't happen"; they are caused when all the safety regs in place are ignored, to some degree or other.

Jun 12 09:50

Purpose of evil on Earth? More evil = easier for souls to evolve because fierce competition demands work; less evil = harder for souls to evolve because livin’ is easy

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

From what I see and sense, Earth is in a completion phase:
1. The historically-hidden realms of rogue state empires existing on lies played upon human limitations is being revealed.
2. Those of us relatively awake play important roles illuminating crucial objective facts, as best we’re able among stupefied humanity bred and conditioned to obey their wanna-be masters.
3. The point of completion is not “victory for good” but choices of who individuals say they are: either electing psychopathic domination only possible in the dark, or entering the light where all is seen and psychopathic lies/tricks fool no one.

Jun 12 09:30

‘SPECIAL’ TREATMENT AT THE US BORDER

Officer doing the extra special security inspection upon my arrival in
Washington DC: so what is the purpose of your trip to the US?

Me: Doing lectures but the reason you are troubling me as a US citizen is
that you are obeying orders that come down to you from Tel Aviv

Officer (puzzled): What are you talking about

Me: I have gone through this many times and wrote to homeland security and
will likely sue them for continued harassment on behest of Israel. Here is
the letter I received from them with a redress number. Basically,
Washington is being forced by a Zionist lobby to do things on behest of
Israel and that is not good for the US or its taxpayers like you and I

Officer: So what do you lecture about?

Me: various topics from environmental conservation to environmental justice
to human rights and how the colonial apartheid state of Israel uses our US
tax money to ethically cleanse fellow Palestinians…..you can check my

Jun 12 07:54

Homeland Security Is Compiling a List Of All Bloggers, Journalists And 'Social Media Influencers'

As part of its “media monitoring,” the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English. The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

“Any and all media coverage,” as you might imagine, is quite broad and includes “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”

Jun 11 18:53

WATCH: Israeli Authorities Demolish Graves at Historic Palestinian Cemetery

Israeli authorities were caught on video excavating portions of the historic Bab al-Rahma cemetery next to Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. The cemetery is believed to contain the final resting places of two companions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Video from June 5 shows about a dozen men, presumably members of Israel's Nature and Parks Authority, at a work site in the Bab al-Rahma cemetery, through which Israel is planning to build a national park trail.

The cemetery sits adjacent to Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. It is believed to hold the graves of Ubada ibn as-Samit and Shadad ibn Aus, two of the Prophet Muhammad's companions. The cemetery has remained in use for more than 1,000 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, Israel is not only destroying the future for Palestinians; they are also destroying their past, culture, and history, under the pretext of that destruction being necessary to establish "a national park"; morally, however, this is lower than a snake's belly, and in light of the fact that the legal case here is not finished, is deliberately jumping the gun to prevent the possibility that the cemetery will be allowed to stand.

Jun 11 15:29

Police pay Nicky Hager 'substantial damages for unlawful search of his home in hunt for Dirty Politics hacker

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager has accepted a police apology and payment of "substantial damages" following the unlawful search of his home during the investigation into the hacking that led to the Dirty Politics book.

The settlement revealed police had sought information claiming Hager was suspected of criminal behaviour including fraud.

"Police accept that they had no basis for such allegations," the settlement document read.

"Police apologise unreservedly for these breaches of his rights and have agreed to pay Mr Hager substantial damages and a contribution towards his legal costs."

The settlement also included police making a key admission around accessing Hager's banking data - a practice used by police to get people's personal financial information without any legal order.

Jun 11 11:32

Facebook Is Hiring 'News Credibility Specialists' to Identify Sites for Censorship

Zuckerberg is nothing if not an obedient lackey to Washington DC. He may be one of the richest people in the world but that just means he has more to lose should the regime turn against him. He better does exactly as they say and silence establishment critics, or else

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why I do not use Facebook any more.

Jun 11 11:29

Google’s internal handbook instructs engineers to bury Natural News web pages from search results

Google should no longer be considered a search engine, a place where you can freely lookup information. Google does not truly honor your search terms and does not provide honest results from around the World Wide Web.

According to the Google handbook, Google reserves the right to de-list pages “that directly contradict well established scientific or medical consensus for queries seeking scientific or medical information, unless the query indicates the user is seeking an alternative viewpoint.” The institutions and industries that influence Google can now use the search engine to censor out any contrarian or dissenting information that would dishevel their business interests. For instance, articles explaining the truth about chemotherapy or the dangers of psychiatric medication can be buried in Google’s “search engine” because the information “contradicts well established medical consensus.”

Jun 11 11:15

EU President Donald Tusk Worries About “New World Order” Being Dismantled

– The Peasants are Revolting…

Jun 11 11:11

Pressure Builds On Australian Government To Act On Assange Stalemate

June 19 marks six years since Julian Assange sought asylum

Jun 11 11:08

Riverdale Private School Investigates Teacher Over Israel Comments

A history teacher at an elite Riverdale private school is being investigated after some parents took issue with statements he made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to administrators and reports.

Riverdale Country School instructor Shawn Redden’s job was in limbo after he engaged students in a history class following the killing of 60 Gazans by Israeli soldiers during protests in May. Redden went on a “diatribe” against Israel, one parent told the New York Post.

School administrators said Redden is being investigated.

“At Riverdale Country School we believe that there should always be robust dialogue and debate of different points of view. At the same time, all community members –- students, faculty, and staff — must be treated at all times with respect as outlined specifically in our Principles of School Life,” said Head of School Dominic Randolph in a statement.

Jun 11 10:07

Memes in Danger as EU Pushes for New 'Robo-Copyright Regime' - Campaigners

The EU Copyright Directive, due to be put to vote soon, most naturally aims to protect the intellectual property of people who author material uploaded to the internet, but there are a number of potential repercussions that come with the move.

A new provision to the EU Copyright Law, titled Article 13, would lead to the banning of parody content on the world wide web, such as viral memes, campaigners are warning. They noted that the law would paralyze the internet "as we know it," adding it would allow IT giants to monopolize and monitor the online content, that is “control what we see and do.” Most importantly, memes, which fall under the article 13 provision, are also somebody’s original creative work, although derived from other people’s unique content, campaigners stated.

Jun 11 09:16

American Police are Training in Israel Eran Afrati

(EXPLAINS MURDEROUS COPS IN AMERICA)

Jun 11 09:06

Earn $3,500 As Human Vaccine Test Subject At St. Louis Hotel

That’s right, a St. Louis University research team is so desperate to test out new flu vaccines that they are willing to pay people to stay in a flu infested hotel and eventually get a flu shot. The flu virus will be shot as a nasal spray inside of your nose. Following that, you will either get a real flu shot or a placebo. The research team will then monitor your symptoms of the flu and decide how effective the flu vaccine is. There are 24 hotel rooms at the Salus Center ready to host this flu-vention.

Jun 11 08:50

U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security Heads To Charlottesville, VA For An Exercise on "Campus Unrest"

DHS is conducting a "tabletop exercise" today in Charlottesville. "This event will focus on a soft target incident, specifically campus unrest caused by a controversial speaker," they explain.

Jun 11 05:35

35,000 sealed federal criminal indictments in last 6 months + normal rate of ~1,000 per year = endgame imminent for either .01% rogue state criminals or .01% patriot leaders

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

From November 2017 until the end of April 2018, 35,058 sealed federal indictments are entered and waiting to be unsealed. Sealed Federal criminal indictments average ~1,000 per year, according to research by US federal courts. 35,000 in six months seems to mean:

a) .01% arrests for ongoing illegal rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions, OR
b) .01% patriot arrests for the rogue staters to remove voices in alternative media too close to revealing the facts (.01% = ~30,000 Americans), OR
c) just another disinformation rogue state PSYOP to waste Patriots time and energy, OR
d) who knows?

I’ve updated totals of 5,000, then 10,000, then 15,000 sealed federal indictments. My commentary about “Q Anon” hints informs the above conclusions, but Patriots have no reason for rest until .01% arrests remove our .01% "leader" psychopaths from killing in the literal millions every year.

Jun 11 00:07

5 Facts Proving “They Are Coming For Your Guns” Is Not A Conspiracy Theory

Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking “common sense” gun legislation. But in reality, the real issues that lead to mass shootings are being ignored and the rhetoric that is being shared in the name of “safety,” is instead chipping away at the Second Amendment, and in some cases, pushing to repeal it altogether.

Jun 10 09:07

Guardian cartoonist angrily denies picture of Netanyahu, May & Palestinian medic is anti-Semitic

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has strenuously denied his picture, depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, UK PM Theresa May, and an image of murdered Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najjar burning in a fireplace, is anti-Semitic.

The cartoon was spiked by the Guardian’s editorial staff. After which Bell wrote an angrily-worded email to his boss and Guardian editor, Katharine Viner, after claims from colleagues that his cartoon played on anti-Semitic tropes, report Buzzfeed.

Jun 10 08:55

'Anti-Semitism Awareness Act' Is A Brazen Crackdown On Free Speech

Jun 10 07:14

HART: HOMELAND SECURITY’S MASSIVE NEW DATABASE WILL INCLUDE FACE RECOGNITION, DNA, AND PEOPLES’ “NON-OBVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART)database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

Jun 10 05:40

Why is Cardinal Parolin attending a Bilderberg Group meeting?

The Bilderberg Group is meeting in Turin this week, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin will be present. Cardinal Parolin is the Vatican’s Secretary of State, arguably the most senior official in the Vatican and the nearest thing the Holy See has to a prime minister.

Jun 09 17:10

As US culture warriors ban Miss America swimsuit contest, expect burqas on the beach next

Today, many Americans find themselves on a slippery slope as they attempt to outdo each other in a moral crusade that seeks to prevent anyone from thinking the wrong thoughts. If they are not careful, Americans will end up inheriting a cross between the 1979 Iranian Revolution, complete with its fiercely moralistic stance on many secular issues, with the world of Orwell’s 1984, where the thought police knew what everybody was thinking and doing any minute of the day. In this weird Weinsteinian world we now inhabit, we know all too well what happens to the suspects – even without the decency of a fair trial: innocent until proven guilty.

Is the next stop on this out of control, all-American Cultural Revolution full body burqas replacing the two-piece bikini on Malibu Beach? To be honest, nothing would really surprise me at this point.

Jun 09 14:19

How do the awake (relatively) best co-create virtue among ~95% stupefied humanity parasitized by a .01% psychopathic class for ongoing dominating rogue state empire, with the stakes of annual millions murdered, billions harmed, trillions looted???

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

First: because I’m asking, I don’t have an objectively correct answer to factually assert. This question implies answers unique to individual’s best combinations of art and science to connect/communicate. This said, it’s a vital question, and I’d like to share three possible responses I’ve experimented with:

1. Direct: Alert the ~95% unaware they live in rogue state empire with emergencies humanity must address.
2. Indirect: Don’t be direct; just be of service to whatever the people find of interest, and certainly include data of the rogue state empire if that is of organic interest.
3. Broadcast and network: Tell or don’t tell whoever; that is secondary to somehow finding our global partners at work to reveal and end the empire, network in synergy, and be prepared for openings to take action.

Let’s look at each approach in further detail along with my experimental observations:

1. Be direct

Jun 09 12:56

Music What Kicketh Political Ass: "Entitlement" by Jack White

Lyrics text and music streamed at source.

[snip]

"Stop what you're doin' and get back in line"
I hear this from people all the time
"If we can't be happy then you can't be too"
I'm tired of bein' told what to do
Yeah, I'm sick of bein' told what to do

I guess nobody on earth is entitled
Not mothers, not children, not kings
Not a one single person on God's golden shore
Is entitled to one single thing
We don't deserve a single damn thing

[snip]

Jun 09 10:36

The Gently Rotting Debt-Ridden EU

The EU as a political construction is in a state of terminal decay. We know this for one reason and one reason alone: its core principle is the state is superior to its people. A system of government can only work over the longer term if it recognises that it is the servant of the people, not its master. It matters not what electoral system is in place, so long as this principal is adhered to.

The EU executive in Brussels does not accept electoral primacy. It shares with Marxist communism a belief in statist primacy instead. The only difference between the two creeds is Marx planned to rule the world, while Brussels is on the way to ruling Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here arises, that it is not if the EU and Euro are going to fail; it is a question of when, and under what circumstances, this devolution will take place.

Jun 09 10:31

America Goes Full Imbecile

Credit has a wicked way...
...of magnifying a person’s defects. Even the most cautious man, with unlimited credit, can make mistakes that in retrospect seem absurd. But an average man, with unlimited credit, is preeminently disposed to going full imbecile.Several weeks ago we came across a woeful tale of Mike Meru. Somehow, this special fellow, while of apparent sound mine and worthy intent, racked up over $1 million dollars in student loan debt – all to become an orthodontist.

Surely, with several good text books, and a disciplined self-study program, Meru could have learned everything there was to possibly know about adjusting malpositioned teeth for roughly $200 bucks. Instead, with the full backing of Uncle Sam’s loan program, he went full imbecile.

Jun 09 10:25

Weekly Update: New FBI Docs On Clinton Email Scandal

This is just too rich. We now have emails from notorious anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton FBI officials who seem to confirm that James Comey and Loretta Lynch decided to let Hillary Clinton ride on her email abuses before she was even interviewed by the FBI.

The disclosure is found in 16 pages of FBI documents related to the infamous June 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that revelations from the report, coming out next week, regarding the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's email, will seriously out her as having done something bad, and wrong, with the way she handled her data; some poor schlump will probably be thrown under the proverbial bus, and we were prepared for that last week, by the sudden public demonization of Comey, as having been"defiant".

Jun 09 10:16

Running Amok? Donald Trump Facilitates Civilian Drone Deaths, Continues Attacks in Seven Countries ‘and Elsewhere’

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his own ‘rules’ called the “Principles, Standards, and Procedures,” or PSPs.

It reports that according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) these laws “make it easier to kill more people in more places outside recognized battlefields, posing grave risks of death and injury to civilians”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The continuing use of these extrajudicial assassinations guarantees that the US will be at war perpetually, meaning that the weapons companies which manufacture these drones, and other weapons of war, and their stockholders, will profit greatly.

In what President Trump has done, particularly in his arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia and for Israel, which generally receives American money to buy American weaponry Israel gets American Money to Buy American Weapons,,he has very clearly telegraphed his belief that war is good for American business.

But at what cost to the soul of this country?!? What about the innocents, the babies, the toddlers, the women, and the medically fragile elderly, who get blown to bits in these drone attacks?!? As a Christian pacifist activist, these are questions I frequently ask myself.

Jun 09 09:52

Vet With 2 Double-Lung Transplants Pushes Congress to Act on Burn Pits

"You smelled it every day, and then you'd get these dust storms that just pushed it all around," former Army Staff Sgt. William Thompson said of the fumes and clouds of muck that came off the big burn pit at Camp Victory and other U.S. bases in Iraq.

Thompson has had two double-lung transplants since returning from two tours in Iraq. He attributes them to his exposure to the toxic brew of medical waste, human waste, plastics, tires, electronics, paint cans, routine garbage and the occasional entire Humvee that would be laced with jet fuel and set ablaze at hundreds of sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group has pressed for burn pit exposure to be recognized as a "presumptive" illness, much like Agent Orange, to give veterans access to care and benefits, but the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense maintain that there is no proof of correlation or causality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please show this article to any thinking about enlisting in the US military, other than those on a fast track toward leadership; enlistees need to understand how completely expendable they are to the DOD, once they have signed up, and if they get ill in performance of their service.

Jun 09 09:48

The Israeli Army Edited This Clip Of A Medic They Killed To Make Her Look Like She Was Acting As A Human Shield: "They edited video of Razan al-Najjar to justify her slaughter."

The video the Israel Defense Forces tweeted shows 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar claiming to be a "human shield" for an extreme Palestinian opposition movement against Israel.

Najjar was killed when she was shot in the chest in Gaza on June 1, as she tended the wounded on the front lines. After her death, thousands called her the #AngelOfMercy.

In the short clip, Najjar appears to say she is a "human shield" for Hamas, a group opposed to Israel and designated as a terror organization by the US.

In the full clip, however, taken from an interview Najjar gave to Al Mayadeen TV, she stated, "I'm here as a rescuing human shield to protect and save the wounded at the front lines."

She goes on to state that no one forced her to become a medic. Her cousin Dalia al-Najjar told BuzzFeed News, "Being a nurse was her dream."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, sloppy editing, IDF Propaganda Team; can you do no better than this?!?

Jun 09 09:41

Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice

Two F-4s left the carrier to come to the Liberty’s aid. Apparently, the jets were armed only with nuclear weapons. When word reached the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara became irate and ordered the jets to return. “Tell the Sixth Fleet to get those aircraft back immediately,” he barked. McNamara’s injunction was reiterated in saltier terms by Admiral David L. McDonald, the chief of Naval Operations: “You get those fucking airplanes back on deck, and you get them back down.” The planes turned around. And the attack on the Liberty continued.

After the Israeli fighter jets had emptied their arsenal of rockets, three Israeli attack boats approached the Liberty. Two torpedoes were launched at the crippled ship, one tore a 40-foot wide hole in the hull, flooding the lower compartments, and killing more than a dozen American sailors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND THIS, FOLKS, IS HOW ISRAEL TREATED ITS "FRIEND", THE UNITED STATES, WHEN IT WAS ENGAGING IN A FALSE FLAG TO GET THE US TO FIGHT EGYPT, ON WHICH IT WANTED TO BLAME THE ATTACK.

Jun 09 09:37

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

For more than two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.

The mass Friday demonstrations have since continued.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 124 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 13,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Due to his characteristic hubris, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just doesnt' see how horriific the optics on this mass murder are, for the rest of the world.

But what concerns me, even more greatly, is an article from timesofisrael.com, indicating that all Israeli military have practiced, for an entire week, to wage a complete, and utter war, against Gaza:

As Hamas tensions heat up, IDF jets practice bombing hundreds of Gaza targets

Jun 09 09:27

10,000 PALESTINIANS PARTICIPATE IN GAZA BORDER FENCE PROTEST, 6 WOUNDED

Ten-thousand Palestinians gathered and burned tires in five locations along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday afternoon, according to the IDF spokesperson's unit.

IDF soldiers used crowd dispersal measures in accordance with IDF rules of engagement and "are keeping high-alert."

In addition to soldiers posted at the border, hundreds of troops were deployed there ahead of the event from the Nahal, Golani and Givati Brigades as well as special forces. Photographers and drone operators will document the riots for legal and media purposes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli photographers will be there to bend coverage in order to shape the narrative to the Israeli government's liking.

Jun 09 09:17

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of when, not if, there will be military conflict between US forces and those of Russia; it is primarily a case of where, which could potentially be in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Jun 09 09:07

Britain Goes Full Demolition Man

Jun 09 08:57

THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW CONTRACTOR TO RUN LOS ALAMOS INCLUDES THE SAME MANAGER IT EFFECTIVELY FIRED FOR SAFETY PROBLEMS

This article was produced in partnership with the Santa Fe New Mexican, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Despite a lengthy record of safety violations, the University of California will continue its 75-year legacy of running Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration announced Friday.

A management partnership that includes the university, research and development nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute and Texas A&M University, the alma mater of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, will be paid $2.5 billion annually to run Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. They’re calling their partnership Triad National Security LLC.

The contract could be worth upward of $25 billion over the next decade, with hundreds of millions of dollars more in performance-based bonus fees. Six other corporations will join the team in support roles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like being cavalier with issues of health and safety, just goes with the territory at Los Alamos.

Jun 09 08:55

SHE WAS KIDNAPPED BY GUERRILLAS AND FORCED TO WORK. THAT QUALIFIES AS MATERIAL SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, ACCORDING TO IMMIGRATION RULING

The case at issue before the immigration court involved an unnamed Salvadoran woman who was kidnapped by guerrillas in 1990 and forced to undergo weapons training and cook and clean. The woman also watched her husband, a sergeant in the Salvadoran army, dig his own grave before being executed by the guerrillas.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had argued for the woman’s removal from the United States in 2004, based on the duties she was forced to perform while held captive 14 years earlier. Under the material support provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping security legislation passed in the months after the 9/11 attacks, immigrants may be denied entry or removed from the country if they provided support to terrorists, which are broadly defined in immigration law as nonstate actors involved in armed force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry; this ruling may have been technically correct, but is absolutely morally brain-dead, given the circumstances that this woman was used as slave labor by terrorists, who assassinated her husband, and made her watch.

Jun 09 08:50

OVER 1,200 MINNESOTA PARENTS ARE SUING TO SHUT DOWN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

A group of parents in Minnesota called Stop CPS From Legally Kidnapping Children has filed a request in federal court to “shut down the state’s child protection services, stop serial abuse of families and overturn the unconstitutional laws by which the agency operates,” according to a press release published Tuesday.

The group, led by Dwight Mitchell, a father who says his son was illegally taken from him for 22 months, first filed a civil rights complaint in April, and this week they vocally publicized their call to shut down the child services agency, which they claim engages in systemic lying, withholding information, and fabricating evidence. They are asking the federal court to suspend the state’s agency from enforcing child protection laws, and according to a petition signed by almost 5,000 people, are also demanding changes to the laws themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Minnesota is not the only state where CPS officers are absolutely both completely out of control, to make sure their quotas get met, and their budgets get enhanced, but there is also a huge amount of abuse and neglect that they do not find, leaving vulnerable children with ghastly consequences, including massive injuries and deaths.

Jun 09 08:46

PAUL MANAFORT HAS INADVERTENTLY HELPED AMERICA BY SHOWING THE ABSURDITIES OF ITS BAIL SYSTEM

American citizens don’t have a lot they can thank Paul Manafort for. Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is suspected of colluding with Russia and enriching himself through years of influence-peddling that involved a multitude of financial crimes. But his indictment last year by special counsel Robert Mueller has done us a huge favor by drawing attention to one of the great travesties in the way America treats people accused of crimes: its bail system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply about the reality that the elite seldom eat their own, and in this country, alleged "justice" has, for those elites, like Manafort and Weinstein, devolved in to "Just Us!!" mentality.

Jun 09 08:42

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $929 MILLION CONTRACT FOR HYPERSONIC WEAPON TO COUNTER RUSSIA, CHINA

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a staggeringly huge amount of money, and yes, I know that impending wars mean projects of this kind will create employment for many.

But the question no one at the Pentagon, or State Department wants to answer, is how the US wound up so far behind Russia and China in the development of this kind of technology?!?

Jun 09 08:37

MATTIS: WITHDRAWING US TROOPS FROM SYRIA WOULD BE A "STRATEGIC BLUNDER"

Speaking at NATO headquarters on Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated his opposition to the idea of withdrawing US troops from Syria. He said any withdrawal before progress was made would be a “strategic blunder.”

Mattis’ position reflects those of a lot of top US cabinet officials, who have resisted President Trump’s talk of a quick withdrawal. He argues that the UN peace plan necessitates an ongoing US military presence.

On the one hand, Mattis suggests leaving too soon could give “the terrorists the opportunity to recover.” On the other hand, he also says that leaving would be exploited by the Assad government and its supporters.

This again sets out the US position that the UN plan necessitates regime change in Syria, something other supporters say is not the case. It also suggests a more or less permanent US presence in Syria, since there is virtually no chance the US will impose a favorable outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, killer, irony here, is that according to Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov, in a conversation with reporters today, made the following statement:

All remaining resistence zones in Syria, are US-controlled areas.

Let's wrap our heads for a moment around these two statements, and compare what Sec Def Mattis has stated with what Major-General Konashenkov has stated.

It is obvious that they cannot both be correct. I think, knowing what I know about US geopolitics, that Mattis is trying to find some logic-defying way of defending the military US presence in Syria, which he absolutely understands, in his heart of hearts, is not based on any potential good for the Syrian people; remember, the US has been the sponsor of the rebels in Syria, and has trained and funded and equipped jihadist rebels here.

Pentagon wasted $500 million on training rebels in Syria.

The US and Israeli foreign policy goals have been, and will continue to be, both the balkanization of Syria, to make it easier to control, and effect regime change in Damascus, however that can be made to happen.

Jun 09 08:29

Death to the meme? Activists believe EU copyright law could destroy internet culture

Internet interaction could forever be changed, according to digital rights groups, if the European Union passes revamped copyright legislation effectively banning memes, Wikipedia citation and other staples of the online world.

The EU is set to vote on draft legislation regarding a digital single market later this month. In the update to European copyright law, greater onus is being put on so-called “information society service providers” to protect creative work by artists, academics and publishers of original content.

The legislation would force websites and online platforms to “take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works.” However, Article 13 of the proposal is being criticized by some digital freedom activists who believe it could destroy the fabric of the internet.

Jun 09 08:22

ALL REMAINING ISIS RESISTANCE ZONES IN SYRIA ARE IN US-CONTROLLED AREAS – RUSSIAN MOD

Islamic State still keeps its presence in Syria, but only in US-controlled areas while those liberated by Syrian government forces areas are slowly recovering after terrorists’ defeat, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“All the remaining pockets of resistance of ISIS terrorists in Syria are only in areas controlled by the United States,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a defense ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a bold statement that pulling out of the Arab Republic “must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the Assad regime or its supporters,” in apparent reference to Iran and Russia.

Russia has been fighting terrorists in the country on the invitation of the Syrian government, while the US presence there has been deemed aggressive by Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence of) surprise at this development!!

Jun 09 08:19

TOXIC BORDER POLLUTION SICKENS U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS

The pungent, salty air that emerged over South Bay communities last February was not a familiar whiff of wrack decomposing on our favorite beaches. In fact, it was the estimated 143 million gallons of raw sewage that raced down the rugged canyons of Tijuana, funneling directly through the mouth of the Tijuana River into the Pacific Ocean. Beachgoers, visitors, and residents of San Diego County have suffered the devastating effects of these spills for decades—yet little has been done to remedy the origins.

The perpetual disaster has direct, negative consequences on our local economy, tourism, marine life and growing public health concerns for residents of San Diego County. A problem that has remained dormant for many years has come into the spotlight in recent months due to the direct effect it is having on U.S. Border Patrol agents and, consequently, our national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot be allowed to continue; both Mexico and the US have to work together toward remediation of the situation, and soon!!

Jun 08 09:50

The Government WILL Take Your Supplies: Venezuela is Seizing Cattle and Inventory

The government WILL take your supplies in a collapse. In Venezuela, they've been seizing cattle, food, and staples. How do you hide your supplies?

Jun 08 09:10

What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire (full movie)

What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire (full movie)

Jun 08 09:02

Israel ends drill for full-scale war on Gaza: Paper

Israeli air and ground forces have finished a week-long exercise to prepare for a full-scale war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The maneuvers, which were carried out “in preparation for war in the North and South,” ended on Thursday, enlisting hundreds of warplanes and gunships, the Jerusalem Post said.

The drills, the daily wrote, included actual airstrikes of large numbers of targets across the coastal territory.

“My squadron today returned from a mission in Gaza. We have successfully met all these challenges and we are ready for any threat,” it quoted the commander of the 105th Squadron as saying.

“We met all the objectives we set for ourselves, in full coordination with the Southern Command and with the air force’s coordination and control organizations,” he added.

Israeli aircraft, meanwhile, dropped leaflets in Gaza, which warned Palestinians of an imminent war, saying they had to refuse to protest near the fence separating the enclave from the occupied territories.

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Netanyahu will be looking for a time to do this, when both Russia and US leadership is otherwise occupied; he may well feel that next week will be perfect timing, as President Trump will be meeting with North Korea's Kim Jung Un on Tuesday, 12 June in Singapore, and President Putin will be on hand for the opening ceremonies of the FIFA world cup, which starts Thursday, June 14th in Moscow, and runs until July 15, with the World Cup Champion team acclaimed at that time.

These venues will include Moscow; St. Petersburg; Kazan; Sochi; Nizhny Kovgorodn; Kaliningrad; Volgograd; Rostov on Don; Ekaterinburg; Samara; and Saransk; that is a lot of security to create, to keep things under control, and a lot of opportunities for mischief-making by highly emotional fans, who are very highly factionalized about the teams they care about, occasionally, nearly coming to blows with fans of other teams.

But Netanyahu is going need to do this quickly, if he is going to do it; first, he cannot keep his military at a high state of alert, without using them, because "readiness fatigue" will quickly set in, and secondly, international public outcry is going to be horrific, should he go ahead with such a war against Gaza, but once Gaza is burned to the ground, he figures the outcry will stop, and "business as usual" will return for Israel.

On that last one, however, he is dead wrong.

Jun 08 08:39

Saudi's potential attack on Yemen's port of Hudaydah may kill 250,000,UN says

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has warned that a military assault on the vital Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by the Saudi regime and its coalition partners may kill 250,000 people.

“A military attack or siege on Hudaydah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians,” said Lise Grande in a statement released on Friday, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s long-standing threat to launch an attack on Yemen’s only entry gate for much needed basic supplies and humanitarian aid.

“In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything, even their lives,” added the UN official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the already horrific state of affairs in Yemen, courtesy of the US-government enabled Saudi invasion and occupation, I believe that Ms. Grande may be understating the numbers very intensely.

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 07:32

British Defense Chief Defends Bombing of "Really Wicked and Evil Enemy" in Syria

The outgoing chief of the British Armed Forces went on the defensive amid a new report accusing the US-led coalition of violating international law and killing hundreds of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach said that the coalition had been "meticulous" in its efforts to avoid civilian casualties amid its bombardment of the "really wicked and evil enemy" in Raqqa.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart stressed that the Royal Air Force's Raqqa operation was "the most carefully planned air campaign in history."

The senior officer in charge of the UK's fight against Daesh (ISIS)* also noted that all alleged incidents of civilian casualties are being properly investigated, pending the provision of information about the time and place they occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My tendency with this is to absolutely believe Amnesty International; British Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach is simply attempting cover his own backside, and those of his and US troops, because of the huge number of civilian warcrimes committed by the US and the UK against Syrian citizens in Raqqa.

And as to his statement about how they would "investigate civilian deaths", please don't hold your breath; as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Pentagon Admits that No One Will Ever Know How Many Civilians the US has Killed fighting ISIS.

Jun 08 06:59

US illegal and lie-infested War of Aggression on Syria destroys 80% of their 6th-largest city: what would you say if China or Russia destroyed 80% of Philly, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Austin, Jacksonville, SF, etc?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

The Syrian city of Raqqa was their 6th most populated, with the title of this essay listing US cities beginning at our 6th most populated.

After five months of US bombing and ~30,000 artillery shells destroying ~80% of the city, Raqqa’s population of 340,000 is now about 100,000, with perhaps 6,000 killed. 2,000 US military personnel have illegally invaded and occupy Syria.

US .01% “leaders” and corporate media report the “reason” for our tax money used for this outcome is that we shouldn’t support Syria’s democracy, and should replace their political leadership because they “gas their own people.” Hundreds of us in alternative media document the objective facts refute these claims, and the real reason is ongoing US rogue state empire dominating natural and human resources.

What are your conclusions regarding forever US wars on “terror”?

Jun 08 06:59

Israel seals Palestinian family’s home with them inside

A Palestinian family was trapped inside their home and forced to leave through a broken window after Israeli occupation forces welded their front door shut in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron this morning.

The incident took place on Al-Shuhada Street in the Old City of Hebron, one of the most heavily militarised streets in the occupied West Bank.

Samer Yusri Zahida told Ma’an that Israeli occupation forces broke into his brother’s house at 8am and forced him and his three other family members into one room.

After detaining the family for a brief period of time, occupation forces broke one of the windows in the house and exited through it, allegedly telling the family that if they want to leave the house they must also exit through the window. Israeli forces then sealed the front door shut.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But then again, what can one expect from a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

Jun 08 06:56

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dimsOn Friday: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the city of Qingdao.

As the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal hangs in a balance, and with Europe wavering in doing business with Iran due to the return of US sanctions, Tehran is making a hard turn East to boost its economy, and counter mounting pressure from Western powers.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, where he is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral relations, and the future of the nuclear deal.

Amid rising anti-Iran sentiments from the West, analysts said, the meeting between Rouhani and Xi presents an opportunity for Tehran to further cement its economic and political ties with Beijing, and for China to reinforce its growing geopolitical influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF COURSE, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking to deepen his relationship with China, for both trade and defense, because that is precisely into whose arms the US and Israeli governments have pushed him, and his country!!

One did not have to be a rocket scientist to see this coming from miles away.

Jun 08 06:48

Erdogan says Turkey will strike northern Iraq if Baghdad does not clear Kurdish militants

Turkey will strike Kurdish militant camps in the mountains of northern Iraq in Qandil, Sinjar and Makhmur if the Iraqi central government does not clear the area of militants, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Speaking in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said Turkey may strike Qandil “at any moment one evening.”

Turkey regularly carries out cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, where the group is based in the Qandil mountains. Ankara has also threatened to launch military operations in northern Iraq’s Sinjar region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq is still in chaos, due to both the horrific fighting it has experienced, and a recent election, which has gone (at least, from the US government perspective), shambolically bad, potentially featuring a majority voting block controlled by Muqtada Al Sadr.

I have to wonder if Erdogan believes that this is the pivotal moment when he can snip off some Northern Iraqi territory, after the Kurds are "neutralized", and claim it as Turkey's own, as it has with bits of Syria.

Jun 08 06:42

Iraq’s Election Commission Appeals Parliament’s Order for Recount

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was sacked by parliament on Wednesday, but a day later has filed an appeal in court to the decision, saying the changes to election law after the election violate the constitution.

Prime Minister Hayder Abadi seemed to be driving the push for a recount, expressing serious concerns about the violations. Abadi did extremely poorly in the vote, coming in a distant third in the elections.

The plurality of the election was won by the party loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, while Badr Brigade head Hadi Amiri’s pro-militia bloc finished second. Starting the talks on forming a coalition is going to be on hold, at least for now, until it’s clear where the recount leaves everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This recount is happening because having to deal with the coalition lead by Moqtada al-Sadr, is the US government's worst case scenario, and worst case nightmare, if the recount still proves him ahead.

And if you don't remember, this was the guy who told the US government, upon the eve of our FIRST withdrawal from Iraq, that if the US military did not have their troops out of the country by the exact date and time stipulated in the SOFA agreement, that those troops would be "fair game" for the members of his Mahdi Army, which would attack them.

Having his party's coalition in control in Baghdad, could be a real game-changer for US/Iraqi relations.

Jun 08 06:32

Israel taunts Iran with Mean Girls gif after supreme leader calls country a 'malignant cancerous tumour'

Israel trolled Iran’s supreme leader with a Mean Girls gif after he threatened to “eradicate” the country.

The Israeli embassy in the US poked fun at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to a series of bombastic tweets in which he described the fellow Middle Eastern nation as a “malignant cancerous tumour”.

The supreme leader tweeted that Israel “has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding that the Israeli propaganda machine is at full tilt boogie mode right now, ahead of the coming Israeli/US/Iran war, I have to seriously question if the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually said what he is accused of saying.

And in fact, courtesy of sputniknews.com, I can tell you what Khamenei actually said:

The president of Iran reportedly declared that the Israeli government won’t be able to feel safe while it continues to maintain its hold on Jerusalem.

As people in Iran and several other countries took part in the Quds Day rallies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that Israeli leadership can no longer feel safe, according to Press TV.

"The occupying and aggressive Israeli regime can never feel that it is in a safe place," Rouhani said.

Delegates wait for the start of the board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec, 15, 2015.
© AP PHOTO / RONALD ZAK
Iran Calls Israel's Nuclear Capabilities a Global "Threat," Urges IAEA to Put Tel Aviv on Notice
Rouhani also spoke against "US unilateralism", declaring that he intends to discuss this matter during the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and branded the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal "illegal."

"That the United States is quitting an international treaty unilaterally and without any particular reason is an insult to the nations of the world and a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231," Rouhani said, adding that "the whole world has to feel that the approach that the US is adopting is a dangerous approach in international relations which undermines international treaties, and countries should not remain silent on this illegal move."

Rouhani’s statements came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel is willing to engage and destroy Syrian forces if the latter decide to attack.

But of course, that means nothing to the propagandists, who live, night and day, to regurgitate this stuff, and make Israel look like the "aggrieved party" in this war of words, which is usually a prelude to a war of bombs and bullets.

Jun 08 06:26

NATO aircraft start policing Montenegro's airspace

ATO aircraft have started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.

Italian and Greek warplanes held an exercise in the skies over Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Tuesday. They intercepted an "intruder" aircraft and forced it to land in a symbolic start of the mission.

Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic said "from now on, our skies and the sea are protected."

Montenegro joined NATO a year ago as the military alliance's 29th member despite opposition from Moscow which considers the Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO's enlargement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, why now start these NATO flights, to "guard" the country?!?

Let's look at a map:

Map of Montenegro

Because the Adriatic sea, which borders Montenegro, feeds into the Mediterranean Sea, Montengro is very well positioned to give NATO quick access to the Mediterranean, or Eastern Europe, if they were staging some kind of military offensive from there.

And looking at how desperately lousy both NATO's and the US's relationship has been with Moscow, I have to wonder if this is the reason that Montengro has suddently been receiving so much NATO attention.

Jun 08 06:09

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan must testify on ‘spygate’ – Sen. Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul called for former CIA Director John Brennan to testify about whether he received secret information on Trump’s campaign from European or British sources. Paul wants him to testify before Congress under oath.
“BIG question for John Brennan, who has become such a vocal spokesman. Did you receive any secret info on candidate Trump or his campaign from European or British intelligence sources? Brennan should be brought before Congress & made to testify under oath, NOW!” Senator Paul tweeted on Thursday.

BIG question for John Brennan, who has become such a vocal spokesman. Did you receive any secret info on candidate Trump or his campaign from European or British intelligence sources? Brennan should be brought before Congress & made to testify under oath, NOW!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the Senator the best of luck in his efforts here, but am afraid that this is going to happen... when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 08 06:06

DOJ To Release Report On Clinton Email Probe On June 14 With Explosive Hearing To Follow

Less than three weeks after we learned that the IG report on the Clinton email probe was in its final review, and which has found among other things that James Comey not only "defied authority" but was "insubordinate", we finally have the long awaited drop date: June 14.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley in a letter on Thursday that his office is planning to release the highly anticipated report detailing broad allegations of misconduct by FBI and Justice Department officials in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election on June 14.

It only gets better from there because Horowitz also said that he will testify before the Judiciary Committee on June 18 in what may be the most watched Congressional testimony since Comey spoke on the Hill on June 8, 2017. The House Judiciary and Oversight committees are expected to hold a hearing on the report the next day.

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I am almost willing to make a bet right now; it is going to be Comey who will be thrown under the proverbial bus, but Clinton will be completely exonerated for her crimes against the American people. I would love to be proven wrong, but I seriously doubt that I will be, under these circumstances.

"Justice" in this country, has morphed into "Just US!!", as the elites rarely eat their own.

Jun 08 06:02

DOJ Reneges Commitment to Provide Trump Russia Docs to Congress

The Department of Justice reneged on a commitment to provide access to documents they promised to congressional lawmakers by Thursday morning. Instead, DOJ issued a press release after midnight suggesting they will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to numerous sources and a DOJ statement.

Moreover, the Justice Department also issued new stipulations for briefing congressional members and limited the meeting with only the Gang of Eight, which is comprised of eight leaders within Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely predictable this pattern feels...

Jun 08 05:59

PENTAGON ADMITS ‘NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW’ HOW MANY CIVILIANS US HAS KILLED FIGHTING ISIS

Four years into America’s assault on the Islamic State, the Pentagon now acknowledges it has no idea how many civilians it has killed during its campaign to defeat ISIS. In fact, the United States military will never know how many civilians it killed, the Pentagon admitted on Tuesday.

The shocking admission comes on the heels of Amnesty International’s new report released Tuesday. As reported by MintPress, the report concludes that U.S.-led coalition efforts against ISIS in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria in 2017 included indiscriminate attacks that showed little to no regard for civilian life. Those attacks, in which thousands of Syrians were killed, constitute potential war crimes, according to Amnesty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable.

Jun 08 05:57

MYSTERY "GRIM REAPER" CIA OFFICER THRUST INTO SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF KIM SUMMIT

While President Donald Trump seems intent to make a deal with North Korea seemingly at any cost, the CIA has apparently deployed one of its most hawkish North Korea hands to be at the president's side during the summit, allowing the intelligence community to rein in any of the president's excesses as it angles for a historic diplomatic achievement.

In a piece published late Wednesday, Bloomberg profiles Andrew Kim, a CIA officer who first came to prominence when he was photographed sitting alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during Pompeo's first meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; if at all possible, the American Deep State doesn't want to see President Trump get any kind of a win with North Korea whatsoever, and is already angling to put death headlock on any potential deal with which he might be able to come away in Singapore.

This can only mean one thing; more war against North Korea, which is almost certain to bring China in on North Korea's side.

Jun 08 05:51

MILITARY SEEKS NEW TECH TO WEAPONIZE INFORMATION

Knowledge is power, and the Defense Department wants to ensure it can outpower any enemy in any domain. But first, it needs to know what is technically possible and how industry can support those efforts.

Information warfare—controlling the flow of information in and out of a battlespace to gain a tactical edge—is one of the oldest military tactics in existence. But with the rise of the internet and other advanced communications technologies, it is fast becoming a core tool in every military’s playbook.

In February 2017, Russian military leaders announced the existence of an information warfare branch, replete with troops trained in propaganda and other information operations. In the U.S., these duties are performed by troops in the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish this country's leadership was as eager to educate our kids intelligently; repair its broken infrastructure; and repair the areas of its broken economy (other than for the 1 percenters) as it is to wage endless wars, which show no sign of letting up.

Jun 08 05:47

CONSPIRACY THEORY PROVEN FACT AS COPS REMOVE SENATOR FROM WALMART CONVERTED INTO DETENTION CENTER

In 2015, Snopes attempted to fact-check “rumors” that “began to swirl in April 2015 when several Walmart stores around the U.S. were abruptly closed due what Walmart claimed were “plumbing problems.“ Walmarts in Pico Rivera, CA, Livingston, TX, Midland, TX, Brandon, FL, and Tulsa, OK, all suddenly closed their doors, with Walmart corporate announcing that some of those outlets would be shuttered for six months or more. We now know, even though Snopes has not updated its web page, that at least one of those Walmarts is a detention center to house children of immigrant families.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) attempted to enter the converted Walmart in Brownsville, TX to inspect the living conditions of immigrant children who had reportedly been separated from their parents and were rumored to be kept in cages and concrete floors of the converted Walmart. Merkley streamed live on social media his attempt to enter the facility but was denied entry by Homeland Security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not understand why this threat of taking children away from their parents is supposed to stop illegal immigration.

So then what happens to these kids?!? Do they get supported by the US, in terms of perhaps being placed in adoptive homes, with loving, nurturing parents and families?!?

Or do they become institutionalized "Wards of the the US State", at an astronomical cost for food, clothing, boarding, and education?!? What happens when they turn 18?!? Are they held in brutal conditions, for the rest of their lives, as are illegal immigrants to Australia?!?

I am sorry, but in a logical, practical world, this makes utterly no sense at all.

The most intelligent thing for the US government to do here, is repatriate both the children and their families to their countries of origin, and if those countries are getting any foreign aid from the US government, dock the amount it will take for repatriation from the money that country is given.

This isn't rocket science; it is both logical, and infinitely more compassionate to families than what the US government is doing now.

Jun 08 05:33

17 YEARS ON FROM THE INVASION, AFGHAN LEADER PLEADS FOR MORE BRITISH TROOPS TO TACKLE TALIBAN

An Afghan leader has issued a plea for Britain to deploy more troops to the country in a bid to quell the resurgent Taliban, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government’s chief executive, who met with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday, called for a renewed long-term military commitment by the UK and its NATO allies.

His plea comes as UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly considering increasing the number of troops in the country by 400 following an appeal by US President Donald Trump.

When NATO issued a similar appeal last year, the ministry of defence responded saying the “UK keeps its contribution in Afghanistan under regular review to ensure it remains suited for the needs of the mission.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here, that no national leader can actually state, because even though the UK, NATO, and the US have been losing the warin Afghanistan, the three major military controllers of troops here stay, because they cannot admit to an actual loss, although things on the ground for the Afghan people have gotten substantially worse for them, year to year, since the occupation began.

The metrics of this 17 year occupation, cannot possibly be positioned to make it look like the occupiers have had any real success at keeping either the Taliban, or Al Qaeda, at bay.

IF NATO and US leadership had a braincell to rub between them, they would be evacuating all troops from Afghanistan just as quickly as safely possible, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government that was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, the rare earth minerals rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 07 15:10

‘Ridiculous & absurd political censorship’: Opposition critics slam Macron’s anti-fake news law

Opposition and critics have lambasted President Macron’s anti-fake news draft law for violating free speech and targeting alternative media. France’s lower house of parliament began discussing the controversial legislation.

The draft was proposed by Emmanuel Macron himself after he claimed he was the victim of a barrage of fake news stories during the 2017 presidential election, including allegations that he had a gay affair. Presented as a law aimed to battle “manipulation of information,” the draft is being debated in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, on June 7-8.

If passed, the bill would allow French judges to block the publication of any information deemed to be false ahead of elections. The legislation says that it mainly targets “those media controlled by foreign states,” as well as “digital platforms.”

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