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May 21, 2018

May 21 10:20

Jewish parents outraged after NY school holds moment of silence for Gaza dead

Several Jewish parents expressed outrage over the weekend after children at a New York City school were instructed to observe a moment of silence for the dozens of Palestinians killed during clashes along the Gaza border.

The announcement of the Tuesday tribute at Beacon High School in Hell’s Kitchen was made by a student over the school’s PA system. It was not clear whether the decision had been approved by the school principal.

May 21 10:19

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign

A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.

Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.

The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides. Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

“If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” President Trump tweeted Saturday, calling for the FBI to release additional documents to Congress.

May 21 10:18

EU Approves ‘Historic’ Ban on Bee Killing Pesticides

In light of growing scientific evidence linking certain insecticides known as neonicotinoid insecticides or neonics to rapidly collapsing bee populations, the European Union voted to place a permanent ban on virtually all use of these bee-killing toxins.



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May 21 10:18

EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might face U.S. sanctions for doing business with Iran, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

Le Maire referred to EU rules dating back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene to protect European firms against any sanctions imposed by the United States, adding that France wanted the EU to toughen its stance in this area.

In 1996, when the United States tried to penalize foreign companies trading with Cuba, the EU forced Washington to back down by threatening retaliatory sanctions.

May 21 10:17

VIDEO: #Israeli #police employed extreme violence last night in #Haifa against #Palestinian citizens of #Israel demonstrating in support of #Gaza protesters.

May 21 10:17

U.S. to withdraw assistance from northwest Syria: U.S. officials

The Trump administration will withdraw assistance from northwest Syria dominated by Islamist factions and focus recovery efforts on areas where U.S.-led forces have retaken territory from Islamic State in the northeast, U.S. officials with knowledge of the decision said on Friday.

CBS, which first reported the story, said tens of millions of dollars will be cut from previous U.S.-backed efforts in the northwest, including projects for “countering violent extremism, supporting independent society and independent media, strengthening education, and advocating for community policing.”

U.S. officials told Reuters that humanitarian assistance would not be affected in the northwest around Idlib province, which is the largest chunk of Syrian territory held by insurgent factions, including al Qaeda’s former affiliate in the Syrian war.

May 21 10:16

Is Political Decentralization the Only Hope for Western Civilization?

A couple of recent articles have once more made the case, at least implicitly, for political decentralization as the only viable path which will begin to solve the seemingly insurmountable political, economic, and social crises which the Western world now faces.

In the last few months, over 3,000 millionaires have fled the hopelessly corrupt and bankrupt state of Illinois. When asked, 47% of Illinoisans would like to leave the state which, over the last decade, has seen over a half million of its residents flee. Naturally, this exodus has exacerbated the Land of Lincoln’s financial straits to catastrophic levels.*



May 21 10:12

Pro-war pundits on US airwaves

In 2008, the New York Times revealed a secret Pentagon programme which trained and briefed former military generals to push pro-Pentagon talking points to a compliant news media. Today, former military personnel are still regular contributors on every major cable news network despite some of them being the very same figures who pushed for the Iraq war.

"Being one of these former military official TV pundits means never having to say you're sorry," says Jeff Cohen, founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media and associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College. "These people have gotten it wrong repeatedly and they're on the air forever."

May 21 10:11

Air Force secretary: China, Russia could shoot down new JSTARS on day one of a war

Even a new version of the Air Force’s JSTARS battlefield management and control aircraft would be vulnerable to being shot out of the sky during the opening salvo of a conflict with Russia or China, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers Thursday.

As part of its proposed fiscal 2019 budget, the Air Force wants to cancel the program to recap the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, which previously sought to buy 17 new Boeing 707-sized planes to replace its old inventory.

But some lawmakers aren’t thrilled with that plan, and are putting up roadblocks.

May 21 10:10

The government's troll training program

Did you know that the government recruits, trains and employs “trolls” to disrupt intelligent conversation on the Internet?

Yes, they do.

You can see the whole video at TruthStreamMedia.com. It’s called “Yes, There is a Government Troll Training Program.”

We ran the end of the video which asks the big question:

If independent news outlets aren’t reliable, why are hundreds (if not thousands) of people are employed full time “trolling” web sites and why does YouTube actively interfere with the statistics of popular videos?

May 21 10:09

Lawyers claim anti-malarial drug to blame for soldier who killed 16 in Afghanistan massacre

The legal team working for a former 2nd Infantry Division soldier convicted of a 2012 mass murder in Afghanistan is making another push at an appeal.

A review petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 alleges that prosecutors disregarded evidence that an anti-malarial drug given to troops could cause violent behavior, as well as indications that Aghan villagers flown in to testify as witnesses against former Staff Sgt. Robert Bales were enemy combatants.



May 21 10:08

Lieberman escalates incitement against Palestinian lawmakers

Israel’s defense minister is escalating his incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel, following a police attack on a peaceful protest in the northern city of Haifa.

“Every day that Ayman Odeh and his associates are free to walk around cursing at police officers is a failure of law enforcement authorities,” the minister, Avigdor Lieberman, posted on Twitter. “The place for these terrorists is not in the Knesset, it’s in prison. It’s time they pay a price for their actions.”

Odeh is the leader of the Joint List of parties representing Palestinian citizens in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Lieberman’s attack on him had been prompted by Odeh’s criticism of brutal police actions on Friday night.

Lieberman has previously called for the beheading of Palestinian citizens of Israel who he accuses of being disloyal to the self-described Jewish state.

May 21 10:08

Did Putin Just Ask For Iran's Exit From Syria In Meeting With Assad?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid an unannounced visit to Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening at the Russian president's summer home in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi where the two leaders discussed the process for winding down the war in Syria, and notably the reduction of foreign troop presence in the country.

This marks the third such known meeting inside Russia between Assad and President Putin since 2015, and the first since two major instances of external airstrikes on the Syrian government dramatically escalated the prospect for broader war. The first was the April 13th US-led coalition attack involving over one hundred missiles on sites in and around Damascus; and the second was the May 10 Israeli attack on dozens of targets inside Syria in what was the biggest military escalation between the two countries in decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is imminently possible that Putin made this suggestion to Al Assad, as a way to attempt to prevent further Israeli bombing attacks against Syria; unfortunately, however, even if Iran withdraws its military advisors, or troops here, this will be no guarantee that Israel will not continue to bomb Syria, to insure that it remains the captor of Syria's Golan Heights, won militarily in 1967, and from which Israel is illegally selling oil contracts.

May 21 10:04

The first interstellar immigrant to our solar system has been spotted: Space rock trapped in Jupiter's orbit is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system

Rock is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system
The object hopped systems while the sun was part of a packed star cluster
These star systems were so close together that they frequently shared asteroids
Scientists identified the asteroid after they noticed it had an unusual orbit

May 21 10:03

Hidroituango Dam Colombia SA UPDATE

They are building a dam,
but 3 of what I assume is 4 relief tunnels have been plugged
by debris in the rainy season. So the dam has a chance to fail.



May 21 10:02

All Hell Broke Loose When Robert Mueller Suffered This Massive Defeat

Mueller hoped to lure the President into a wide ranging interview where the special counsel could conduct a fishing expedition.

The special counsel and his team were hoping to catch the President in a perjury trap.

But the President and his lawyers held firm and now reports indicate that Mueller has walked back from his demands.

Rudy Giuliani – who is acting as one of Trump’s attorney’s – stated that Mueller agreed to restrict the scope of his questioning to two or three hours instead of the 12-hour marathon session that was originally floated.

May 21 10:01

Egypt: Large Egyptian Aid Convoy Heads for Gaza Strip

A large Egyptian aid convoy carrying medicines and food supplies crossed the borders on its way to the Gaza Strip upon instructions by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as part of efforts to ease the sufferings of the brotherly Palestinian people in the restive beleaguered enclave.

The convoy which was welcomed by the Palestinian side after entering into the Palestinian side of the borders heading for Gaza, includes medical supplies badly needed by the Palestinian hospitals.

President Sisi issued directives to keep Rafah land border crossing open throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan to alleviate the sufferings of Gazans after violent escalations that followed the US relocation of its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem on Monday.

May 21 10:01

AUSTRIA: Migrant In ‘Bad Mood’ Murders Girl, Dumps Body In Trash

A 16-year-old Chechen Muslim has admitted to murdering a 7-year-old girl in Vienna, telling police he was in a “bad mood” at the time.

The victim was found in a dumpster, nearly decapitated.

The teen told police he was “having a bad day,” which contributed to his “bad mood” and “general rage” at the time of the vicious stabbing.

The girl, Hadishat, and her killer, Robert K., were familiar to each other as neighbors, family friends and fellow Chechens.

According to reports, he lured her into his vacant apartment, leading her into the bathroom, where he attacked her with a serrated bread knife, stabbing her so savagely in the neck that her head was nearly dismembered.

He eventually wrapped her body in plastic and threw it in a nearby dumpster, which police discovered after seeing her protruding feet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Model students" do not assassinate young women, because they are in a bad mood!

May 21 09:58

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna Hawaii

May 21 09:57

Trump presses China on North Korea border ahead of summit

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization.

May 21 09:56

What the North Koreans Told Me About Their Plans

North Korean officials explained in these private sessions that Kim had issued the new policy after concluding that his country needed more nuclear weapons to deter the United States. It wasn’t just that the North Koreans were concerned about escalating tensions in late 2012 and early 2013, as well as continuing flights of nuclear-capable U.S. bombers over the Korean Peninsula. The North Koreans also felt Washington and Seoul thought they could bully the North during the leadership transition that had begun with the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011. One North Korean official I spoke to then said “nuclear” equaled “survival.”

May 21 09:55

DOJ asks watchdog to probe Trump campaign surveillance claims

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked its inspector general to look into whether the FBI surveilled President Trump's campaign for "inappropriate purposes."

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a separate statement that "the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct."

The expanded probe, she said, will "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election."



May 21 09:54

Liberman suggests Muslim ad money causes CNN, BBC, France 24 bias against Israel

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday claimed Muslim nations’ advertising money was encouraging global media bias against Israel.

Asked during an interview on Hadashot TV news why Israel was losing the battle over media coverage of events in the Gaza Strip, Liberman said, “There is one Jewish state in the world. There are 57 Muslim states, who all have much bigger budgets” than Israel.

“Ultimately, the person who pays, gets to choose the music,” he said. “When you go now through all the international channels — from CNN, France 24, BBC — you’ll see that 90 percent of all advertisements come from the Muslim world.”

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May 21 09:52

Pompeo "Asks the Iranian people: do you want your country to be known as a co-conspirator With al Qaeda & Hamas," Yet He Doesn't Ask The Same Of Israel

However, war criminal and arch-Zionist Pompeo doesn't mind at all that the Ex-Mossad Chief Openly Admits & Defends Israel's Medical Aide to al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria, that Israel created Hamas, not to mention Israel's open history of terrorism including the USS Liberty, Lavon Affair, Pollard spy case, 9/11, etc.

May 21 09:48

How The FBI And CIA Restarted The Cold War To Protect Themselves

On December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration – with three weeks remaining in its term – issued harsh sanctions against Russia over supposed election interference. Two compounds in the United States were closed and 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country.

In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the “intelligence” that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious.

A single unverified “dossier” compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the media as something real.

The dossier was opposition research by the Hillary Clinton campaign, a fact that was not disclosed and actively hidden by off-the-book transactions through the law firm Perkins Coie.

As a dog that chases its tail, the fake dossier was being used to cause the investigation which itself lent credibility to the notion of Russian interference.

May 21 09:44

Mayor De Blasio will tell New York police to stop arresting people for smoking pot as he prepares to legalize it in the city

The mayor of New York City is expected to instruct the city's police department to stop arresting people for smoking weed in public.

Instead, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to order the NYPD to issue summonses to people caught smoking marijuana in public.

The policy change comes as Mr de Blasio plans to overhaul the city's marijuana enforcement policies to prepare the groundwork for full legalization.



May 21 09:42

China boosts its lunar mission with satellite to talk to dark side of the Moon

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

May 21 09:41

Trump's pardon of Scooter Libby: It doesn't get any more obnoxious, self-serving and hypocritical than this

So Trump has done a big favor for a suspected leaker and proven liar at the exact moment he wages a scorched-earth campaign against one former FBI director, calling him a "proven leaker and a liar." And daily lambasts as a partisan hack another former FBI director, a man of unimpeachable integrity who is patiently combing through evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

May 21 09:40

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 21, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES SOUTHERN DAMASCUS AS ISIS WITHDRAWS

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar al-Aswad and the rest of the area from ISIS.

On May 19, the SAA and the remaining ISIS militants reached a temporary ceasefire in the area. On May 20, a number of buses entered the area hinting that ISIS was ready to surrender. On May 21, ISIS members started wihdrawing from the area.

The Syrian state media is ignoring this situation and avoiding to cover the deal because of PR reasons. The same strategy has been repeatedly implemented by the US-led coalition and the mainstream media when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were making deals with ISIS in Raqqah, Manbij and Tabqah.

May 21 09:40

Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Moves Further Right With New Cabinet

Guillaume Long, Ecuador’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, discusses Lenin Moreno’s rightward shift since his election – a shift that his new cabinet further deepened



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May 21 09:39

Israel detains Ahed Tamimi’s injured cousin

Israeli occupation forces released Ahed Tamimi’s cousin Muhammad last night after detaining him for a few hours from the village of Nabi Saleh.

The 15-year-old, who has previously lost a third of his skull after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier, was released after occupation forces found that his health condition was unstable.

Muhammad was wounded by rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli soldiers on 15 December 2017during protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Muhammad was playing football with his friends in the village when the bullet hit him in the face and settled near his brain.

Mohammed underwent surgery to remove the bullet and parts of his skull to help reduce the pressure on his swollen brain.

May 21 09:38

Israel’s occupation mindset and lust to kill has to be ended

The history of the Palestinian cause since the 1948 Nakba has been linked to a lengthy list of legal and moral violations against innocent people; a lot of their blood has been spilt. This has produced arguably the greatest level of human suffering of modern times, to which the international powers have contributed by harnessing the law in favour of rogue terrorist gangs. Having such powers behind them, those gangs were able to establish a country upon the remnants of a peaceful population of an ancient civilisation reflected in their land, identity and culture. The rest of the indigenous people were driven off the land at gunpoint, in a stark example of what we now call ethnic cleansing.

May 21 09:38

Controversial hidden camera programme reveals Tunisian links with Israel

A private Tunisian TV channel has gone ahead with the broadcast of a controversial hidden camera exposé programme. “Shalom” tackles the issue of normalisation with the Israeli occupation, Quds Press has reported.

Tunisna Channel explained that the programme shows a scenario whereby a politician or public figure is supposedly invited for an interview with CNN. It turns out, though, that the “interviewer” is actually an Israeli official offering the guest the opportunity to deal with Israel in exchange for financial and political support.

According to producer Walid Zribi, the “guests” have been putting pressure on Tunisna not to broadcast “Shalom”. The media expert explained that the programme “aims to expose Tunisian political figures who are willing to deal with Israel.”

May 21 09:37

WashPo: White People Must Be Made To Pay A Price For Calling The Police On Black People

White people need to be made to pay a price for calling the police on black people, so says the Washington Post.



May 21 09:37

Greece: Leftist Mayor Attacked In The Street And Called A 'Traitor'

A far-left Greek mayor was attacked in the streets and called a "traitor" on Saturday at a ceremony marking the killing of Greeks by Turks in the Pontic Genocide during WWI.

May 21 09:36

Evergreen Cuts Budget By $6M Due to Enrollment Plunge, Plans For Layoffs

Evergreen State College of "no-whites-allowed" fame is slashing its budget, hiking student fees and planning for layoffs due to plunging enrollment numbers.

May 21 09:36

Troubleshooters: Pharmacist Gag Rule

"I have never heard of this gag rule," Dugan said.

Most consumers haven't, so here's what you need to know: The Gag Rule is a clause written into contracts between pharmacists and PBMs, pharmacy benefit managers.

"These people are outsourced by the insurance companies to handle their prescription programs," said Matt Brodsky.

The rule forbids pharmacists from telling customers they could save money by paying out-of-pocket instead of using their insurance.

May 21 09:36

Donald Trump To Kim Jong-un: Make A Deal Or Suffer Same Fate As Gaddafi

Saboteur John Bolton is no doubt rejoicing over this.


Thanks to everyone who helped us over this slump.


May 21 09:35

17 surreal images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption

May 21 09:35

Trump Considering Dropping Out of North Korea Summit

To come this far and to back out would be a huge step backwards.

President Trump is reportedly considering dropping out of the much-celebrated peace summit with North Korea. After a number of missteps in the process, the President is consulting with allies on whether or not going forward is a good idea.

May 21 09:34

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ THE ROYAL SNUB

Meghan Markle’s sick dad Thomas ‘snubbed by royals as he WON’T be granted a coat of arms’

May 21 09:34

IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS REMEMBER THE NAKBA

Nakba Day, 70 years, memorial demo, 5/18, at Times Sq. NYC . According to Al Jezeera 800 people attended.



May 21 09:33

Google removes 'Don’t be evil' from its code of conduct 

Google has removed most instances of its famous “Don’t be evil” motto from its code of conduct, 18 years after it was first introduced.

The alteration to its charter, which the tech giant distributes to its employees, took place at some point in late April or early May, according to archives hosted by the Wayback Machine website.

The phrase “Don’t be evil” has been adopted into the company’s code of conduct since 2000, as well as it being used as its unofficial motto.

The expression is ingrained into the company’s culture, with it even acting as a Wi-Fi password on the buses that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters in California, sources told Gizmodo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hardly surprising, given current revelations as to how Google data is mined, manipulated, and sold.

May 21 09:30

REPORT CONFIRMS DEEP FLAWS OF AUTOMATED FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE IN THE UK, WARNS ITS USE IN THE US IS SPREADING

Techdirt has written many stories about facial recognition systems. But there's a step-change taking place in this area at the moment. The authorities are moving from comparing single images with database holdings, to completely automated scanning of crowds to obtain and analyze huge numbers of facial images in real time. Recently, Tim Cushing described the ridiculously high level of false positives South Wales Police had encountered during its use of automated facial recognition software. Before that, a post noted a similarly unacceptable failure rate of automated systems used by the Metropolitan Police in London last year.

The UK situation is fairly well known. There's been less coverage of automated facial recognition systems in the US, and the Big Brother Report offers some comments from experts about what is happening there. For example, Clare Garvie from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, writes:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only a society whose leadership is terrified of open rebellion, uses, and evolves technology like this; one could say, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that this is the case in both the US and the UK.

It was almost impossible to estimate what the estimate of last weekend's royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Wessex cost the royal family, plus UK taxpayers; and yet, homeless people within the vicinity of of the venue, were swept off the streets, with their sleeping bags (if they had them) removed, theoretically, until after the festivities had ended.

How does a society continue, with standards of living so disparate, until that society winds up cracking apart at the seams?!?

I would have welcomed the opportunity for those images of the homeless, trundled off so as not have been embarrassing to the royal family, to have been Meghan and Harry's "Buddha on the Road" moment, but I don't seriously think that it had any real effect on either of them, nor will it in the future.

The elite always believe, as an article of faith, that poverty is caused by a lack of individual will and courage, and is never the cost, or result, of economic policies put in place, to make the rich of a country, more rich.

May 21 09:28

Internal NEA Emails LEAKED!

Late last week, an individual with access to internal crisis communications at the National Education Association went public with criticism of the union, and published NEA emails online. This is a monumental moment – a crack in the narrative dam that protect’s society’s sacred cows from being challenged. In the past, union insiders would never even dare criticize the unions.

May 21 09:14

CONTAMINATED FUKUSHIMA WATER STORAGE TANKS "CLOSE TO CAPACITY", TEPCO ADMITS

The Tokyo Electric Power Company is running out of container space to store water contaminated by tritium outside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and it's also running out of room for building more tanks, according to Yomiuri Shimbum , a Japanese newspaper, which is creating an intractable problem for the utility, which has been tasked with supervising the cleanup of Fukushima.

The Japanese government has been desperately trying to accelerate the cleanup ahead of the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo - and it's a miracle it hasn't run into this issue sooner. TEPCO is still struggling with how to dispose of the tritium-tainted water. Options discussed have included dumping it into the ocean, but that proposal has angered local fishing communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the executives from TEPCO haven't been run out of town by a furious Japanese public, and completely thrown out of their jobs, because of the rank incompetence which generated this disaster in the first place, is an absolute mystery to me.

May 21 09:10

CHINA BOOSTS ITS LUNAR MISSION WITH SATELLITE TO TALK TO DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

Here's the launch trajectory, taking the Queqiao Chang'e-4 relay sat to the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point via a lunar swing-by, and reaching it's destination in around 8-9 days. pic.twitter.com/ghOOTDUdEj

— Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) May 20, 2018
The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning that we never get to see the other side of it. This makes direct communication impossible but China is hoping to resolve this by using the relay satellite.

May 21 09:06

US LAYS OUT 12 DEMANDS FOR A NEW NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN

The Trump administration escalated its demands on Iran on Monday while giving Tehran a possible loophole if it wants the US to return to the nuclear deal which President Trump unilaterally cancelled last month, laying out a list of demands that Iran has to satisfy for the deal to be restored, including a stop to all uranium enrichment and halt to Iran's support for militant groups in the region.

The administration’s demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administration’s requirements for a new agreement. Pompeo laid out an onerous list of 12 "basic requirements" on Iran which toughened the nuclear demands and called for a wholesale change to Iran’s military posture in the region, that he says should be included.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Pompeo has laid out, in these demands, are all the reasons Iran will absolutely not agree to them, setting the stage for an Israeli-desired, US-directed war against it, which is the basic premise for these demands being raised.

This has been the consummate wet dream of the Israeli government for some time now; legitimizing the US government's military attack against Iran, which may well mean war with Russia, as Russian military and civilian leadership have frequently promised Iranian leadership would happen, in the event of an attack against it.

But what people in this country have got to understand, is that Israel expects this war to be waged only at the costs of American blood and American money. Should such a war happen, look for the reinstitution of the draft in this country, and this time, it will be coming not only for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Right now, the Israeli government believes it can talk President Trump into anything that feeds his ego, and his ability to be flattered into making bone-headed decisions, like the one signing off on these 12 demands, or the moving to the US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, is huge.

And although there is no timetable at this moment, for Iran's acquiesence to these demands, it is only a question of time before there is an "or else" deadline tacked on to them.

What this ultimatum will accomplish, will be to push Iran closer to Russia, China, and Europe; and the fact that neither Trump nor Pompeo understands this, does not bode well for peace in the region at all.



May 21 08:47

MAN IN JAIL DIED OF “KRATOM OVERDOSE” – PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR SEVERAL REASONS

At Florida’s Indian River County jail, an autopsy report released last week claimed that a man died from a kratom overdose.

People who use kratom understand that an overdose on the leaf material is about as impossible as overdosing on weed, but for the past several months and in particular since September 2017, several suspicious stories about kratom have circulated in the headlines.

The medical examiner for District 19 in Florida ruled that inmate Zacharriah Simmer’s cause of death was an “accidental kratom overdose.” Mind you, this was county jail not prison.

Just hours before his death, on April 4th he appeared before a judge and had court. The 42 year old man was arrested the day prior on April 3rd.

This story is not only impossible on account of the fact that it’s physically impossible to overdose on kratom, but the amount required for such a hypothetical scenario would be so great, it would be completely impossible to smuggle it into prison.

May 21 08:42

NEARLY EVERYONE IN THE U.S. AND CANADA JUST HAD THEIR PRIVATE CELL PHONE LOCATION DATA EXPOSED

A company by the name of LocationSmart isn't having a particularly good month.

The company recently received all the wrong kind of attention when it was caught up in a privacy scandal involving the nation's wireless carriers and our biggest prison phone monopoly. Like countless other companies and governments, LocationSmart buys your wireless location data from cell carriers. It then sells access to that data via a portal that can provide real-time access to a user's location via a tailored graphical interface using just the target's phone number.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The existence of this service demonstrates, incontrovertibly, that the 4 th Amendment to the Constitution, forbidding unreasonable search and seizure, is well, and truly, dead.



May 21 08:39

FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUPS PACKED WITH PREDATORY MARKETERS

Looking to Facebook for help with addiction? Take care: the social network is full of predators, and they know where to find vulnerable people. They're sleazy marketers, brokering questionable self-help and inpatient treatment options.

A stranger named Garrett Hall sent Couch a Facebook message. “Hey Lauri [sic], I saw your name on the Affected By Addiction support group, and I had this weird/strong impulse to just reach out,” Hall wrote to Couch. “[A]re you doing ok?” ...

Couch soon got a call from Meghan Calvert, a paid marketer for a treatment center called Pillars Recovery. It’s owned by Darren Orloff, who is part of Affected by Addiction’s volunteer leadership team. Couch, who has a background in sales, knew a sales pitch when she heard it. She told Calvert off for taking advantage of desperate people. ... After the call, Couch was surprised to find that she could not log back in to Affected by Addiction. In fact, she came to realize, she’d been banned.

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May 21 08:11

Tech industry enlists Southern Poverty Law Center to ferret out ‘hate’

The Southern Poverty Law Center has plenty of critics bemoaning its fall from venerable civil-rights champion to leftist fundraising machine, but apparently not in the tech industry. The Alabama-based legal group has watched its influence soar as the go-to consultant on "hate" for top tech firms, including Amazon, Spotify, Lyft and Google-owned YouTube, in the aftermath of the August white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Those alliances have both astounded and alarmed conservatives who fear that the center's hotly contested "hate map" is being wielded to deny platforms to mainstream right-of-center groups and viewpoints. Jim Campbell, senior attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, has already seen it happen.

May 21 08:07

A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem

Much of the world condemned the killings in Gaza. Yet the United States, Israel's most important patron, has given it a free hand to do with the Palestinians what it will. Indeed, by moving the embassy to Jerusalem in the first place, Trump sent the implicit message that the U.S. government has given up any pretense of neutrality ... Trump has empowered what's worst in Israel, and as long as he is president, it may be that Israel can kill Palestinians, demolish their homes and appropriate their land with impunity. But some day, Trump will be gone. With hope for a two-state solution nearly dead, current trends suggest that a Jewish minority will come to rule over a largely disenfranchised Muslim majority in all the land under Israel's control.



Owl 3
May 21 08:05

Army veteran jailed over 'sinister' anti-Jewish speech

A far-right activist has been jailed for stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially declined to prosecute him. Jeremy Bedford-Turner, 48, of Lincoln, called for his "soldiers" to liberate England from "Jewish control" in a speech at London's Cenotaph in 2015. The Army veteran was handed a year-long jail term at Southwark Crown Court ... Sentencing Bedford-Turner, of Rudgard Lane, Judge David Tomlinson described his 15-minute speech as "poisonous" and "sinister". In the speech, which was made at a rally against a Jewish neighbourhood watch group on 4 July, Bedford-Turner said "let's free England from Jewish control. Let's liberate this land" ... Bedford-Turner, who speaks Pashtu and Arabic, bowed and saluted about 35 supporters who gave him a standing ovation as he was led to the cells.
Note:It is impossible to overstate the control of Jewish, Zionist, Israeli influence in world and local control.

May 21 08:02

Trump’s Jerusalem Horror Show

Trump was sending a message with the horror show he orchestrated in Jerusalem. But the message had nothing to do with his administration's purported goal of seeking peace in the Middle East - a cause that has been set back indefinitely by his provocative relocation of the American embassy. Trump's message, per usual, was for his own selfish political aims. It was targeted at his base, whose most loyal members are right-wing Evangelicals ... For this segment of Trump's base, bigotry (including against Roman Catholics, in Hagee's case) is a Godly virtue and anti-Semitism is not inconsistent with Zionism. Israel is the presumed site of the Second Coming, after which everyone who refuses to give themselves up to Christ will be subjected to another Holocaust.

May 21 07:59

Like ‘Nazis who died in WWII’: Israeli minister dismisses victims of Gaza protests

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appeared to liken Palestinians killed in ongoing border protests to Nazi casualties in World War II when he tweeted about the death toll in Gaza. Erdan said the number of Palestinians killed at Monday's protest "doesn't indicate anything - just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn't make Nazism something you can explain or understand." The sixth week of the Great Return March protests has been the most deadly, with 55 fatalities reported so far on Monday [May 14]. Erdan placed the blame for the deaths solely on Hamas, which is in power in Gaza. "All responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the leaders of Hamas, who, with Nazi anger, endlessly shed blood to erase from people's memories their own failures in the management of the Gaza Strip. Here it is, the truth." he said.



Taboola
May 21 07:57

There is a cost to Trump. We are seeing it now in Gaza

The Israeli government argues that the crowds of mostly young Palestinians at the Gaza fence offer a lethal threat to peaceful Israelis. The claim is as ludicrous as it is cynical. Even if one or two protesters broke through the fence they would have nowhere to go except into the arms of the Israeli security forces, who could easily detain them ... Normal police methods of arrest and trial would be perfectly adequate to handle the issue. Yet instead, Israeli snipers used live ammunition against demonstrators, wounding thousands in the legs but also killing dozens ... Offers by Hamas to declare a ceasefire or truce with Israel in return for an end to the embargo have been spurned. The result is the hopelessness that encourages young Palestinians to risk their lives at the border fence.

May 21 07:54

What Israel Fears Most

On May 15, the seventieth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - a day of mourning to mark the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 - it's time to put to rest the tired canard that the greatest obstacle to peace is Palestinian violence. Though you wouldn't know it from mainstream reporting, Palestinians have been resisting nonviolently since they were under British colonial rule ... While it's true that some Palestinians have thrown stones, molotov cocktails, and burned tires, no Israelis have been reported killed or injured. And though Hamas has endorsed the protest, it began as a civil society initiative, organized by independent activists, despite Israel's claims to the contrary.

May 21 07:52

Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph ... While Israel launched some 100 strikes on Syria in recent years, Syrian President Bashar Assad has survived and, with the aid of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia, won his civil war ... Republican leaders often say that we cannot permit "any daylight" between the U.S. position and that of Israel. But can the country that decried for decades the panicked reaction of an Ohio National Guard that shot and killed four students at Kent State University sit silent as scores of unarmed protesters are shot to death and thousands are wounded by Israeli troops in Gaza? Bibi and Israel appear to be on a winning streak. It is difficult to see how, over the long run, it can be sustained.

May 21 07:29

Doctor accused in $240-million fraud case allegedly misdiagnosed and falsely administered chemo to patients

A Texas doctor has been indicted on seven counts of health care fraud after allegedly administering “chemotherapy and other toxic medications” based on false diagnoses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that 61-year-old Dr Jorge Zamora-Quezada victimized thousands of people, many of whom were undocumented immigrants.

May 21 07:03

Man In Jail Died Of “Kratom Overdose” – Physically Impossible For Several Reasons

Florida’s Indian River County jail, an autopsy report released last week claimed that a man died from a kratom overdose.

May 21 06:31

NYT: "Israel Needs to Protect Its Borders. By Whatever Means Necessary."

(*THE BIGGEST STORY OF 2018 . Trump's #1 Fake NEWS Target is expressing the exact same sentiment as P.O.T.U.S. Trump !)

May 21 06:27

MSNBC libs: ‘President radically demanded an unpredicated investigation while he’s under investigation and should be impeached’

MSNBC-backed liberals Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski put in work for their deep state masters Monday as they spewed agitprop like banshees over President Donald Trump recent demands for an investigation into an alleged FBI/DOJ spy plot which may have infiltrated the Trump Campaign during the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election.

May 21 06:05

ABC Interviews Mexican Heroin Cartel Workers, Finds Many Were Deported From U.S. And Want Back In

They'll do the drug cartel jobs Americans won't.

May 21 05:35

flashback-12/23/17: The Israel-gate Side of Russia-gate

While unproven claims of Russian meddling in U.S. politics have whipped Official Washington into a frenzy, much less attention has been paid to real evidence of Israeli interference in U.S. politics

In investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in U.S. politics, special prosecutor Robert Mueller uncovered evidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressured the Trump transition team to undermine President Obama’s plans to permit the United Nations to censure Israel over its illegal settlement building on the Palestinian West Bank, a discovery referenced in the plea deal with President Trump’s first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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May 21 05:13

VICE Gives Netanyahu Center-Stage as Gaza Coverage Is Relegated to the Margins

The decision to grant center-stage, and toss softball questions, to the perpetrator of Monday’s massacre in Gaza – perhaps the most visibly egregious incident of state terrorism this year – highlights the pro-systemic nature of VICE Media.

May 21 04:38

The Onion’s Brutal Israel Commentary Goes Beyond Satire

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For the left, which is often frustrated by the pro-Israel tone of mainstream media coverage of the region, The Onion’s stance feels like a small win. “The Onion's scathing, relentless mockery of Israeli propaganda reflects a radical shift in US political discourse,” journalist Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept explained in an email. “Even as recently as ten years ago, it was only a small fringe willing to denounce Israeli aggression, militarism and increasing devotion to apartheid.”

Noah Kulwin, a senior editor at Jewish Currents (who formerly worked at VICE News), had a more terse response when I messaged him: “It's funny,” he said.

(*"It's funny" , the exact opposite of the Vice headline .)

May 21 04:11

This Is So 'Last Week': Watch: Australian film ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children:

(*Might as well watch , what have we got to lose ? Torture has been approved by the gods ! )

May 21 03:50

Ex-Ukrainian Soldier to Trump: 'I'm Ready to Testify Kiev Used Chemical Weapons'

In 2014, reports surfaced of the Kiev military allegedly using chemical weapons in its operations against the Donbass militia.

In a video message to US President Donald Trump, posted on the Open Ukraine YouTube channel, former Ukrainian army serviceman Alexander Medinsky claimed that Kiev used chemical weapons during its military operation in Donbass.

Addressing Trump as “an irreconcilable fighter against the spread of poisonous agents and the use of chemical weapons of mass destruction”>>>

May 20, 2018

May 20 21:40

Ed Sheeran distances himself from anti-abortion campaign after they use one of his songs

In a short post on his Instagram account, Ed Sheeran has distanced himself from claims that one of his songs - Small Bump, from his debut album Plus - is anti-abortion.

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