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July 21, 2019

Jul 21 20:22

'World's biggest' image of the Apollo 11 moon landing: Stunning MOSAIC made of 8,000 different images from the iconic landing is made of a TRILLION pixels

A stunning mosaic image recapturing the remarkable image of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon taken by Neil Armstrong has been created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Developers Shoothill, a software specialist firm, created the mosaic from 8,000 images from all Apollo missions.

Some of the images were repeated and the total amount of images was 50,000, and they in turn formed a cell of the larger image.

In total it equates to a staggering one trillion pixels, which the firm claims could make it the biggest image ever made. Shoothill is waiting on verification from the Guinness book of records to confirm this.

Jul 21 20:22

Hacked Emails: Hillary Campaign Monitored News about Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton

Hacked emails previously published by WikiLeaks show members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign staff routinely monitored the news media for associations between Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein.

Jul 21 18:26

“Energy News” Reports Low-income Utility Customers in Illinois Could Be Paying More For Their Smart Meters. Why This Could Be Happening Elsewhere.

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post regularly reports about the many issues associated with utility Smart Meters. This includes fires and explosions, rate increases for installation and frequent replacement, and the additional energy use for 24/7 customer data collection being passed on to customers.

Repeat – unlike original analog meters, Smart Meters allow utility companies to collect, store, and analyze customers’ utility use 24/7. Some even share (or sell) this data with 3rd parties. Creepy, right? The irony in Illinois is that because of this 24/7 data collection, a study determined that low-income customers are subsidizing higher-income consumers...



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Jul 21 18:15

Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle vaccine disinformation

Redirection tool that confronts anti-vax theories under development by UK’s Moonshot

Jul 21 18:12

Amazon warns customers: Those supplements might be fake

On the second evening of Prime Day, Amazon’s annual sales bonanza, Anne Marie Bressler received an email from Amazon that had nothing to do with the latest deals. The message, sent from an automated email address Tuesday, informed her that the Align nutritional supplements she ordered two weeks earlier were probably counterfeit. “If you still have this product, we recommend that you stop using it immediately and dispose of the item,” the email reads, adding that she would be receiving a full refund. It’s not clear how many other customers may have purchased the fake supplements. Amazon confirmed that it sent out the email but declined to specify the number of customers impacted.

Jul 21 14:10

China Records Rare Drop In Gasoline Output


Jul 21 13:17

Scientists Warn That 2,000 Firefly Species Are Facing Extinction

By John Vibes

Over the past few years, many insects have been disappearing all over the world. There have been small warning signs along the way to illustrate this massive reduction of the insect population, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is paying attention. One obvious sign is that we rarely have to clean off the windshields on our cars anymore.

20 years ago, the windshields of cars would be covered in splattered bugs, just because there were so many out on the roads, but now that hardly ever happens...


Jul 21 12:55

Crypto Bullishness Spreads on Capitol Hill

By Kevin Helms

U.S. Congress has shown that it is starting to care about cryptocurrency as a number of lawmakers spoke up in favor of it this week. “The world Satoshi Nakamoto had envisioned is an unstoppable force” and “there’s no capacity to kill bitcoin” are some of the comments made by lawmakers. Meanwhile, the Fed chair said bitcoin is a store of value like gold and admitted that an era of many different currencies could return with the wider adoption of cryptocurrency...

Jul 21 12:55

Iran Urges UK To Rein In 'Deep State'; Germany Warns Of "Uncontrollable" Escalation

Iran’s ambassador in London warned on Sunday that the UK government must get its "domestic political forces" pushing for regime change under control or else the two countries will face dangerous escalation. The public statement came two days after the British-flagged Stena Impero was boarded and captured by IRGC commandos, and over two weeks after the tanker Grace 1 was seized by UK Royal Marines off Gibraltar.

Iranian Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad urged via his personal Twitter account that continued pressure on Iran would be "unwise" given that Tehran stands “firm and ready for different scenarios”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Ambassador Baeidinejad, I hear you; and I think that the time has come for both the British and US governments to open up intensive lines of communication between themselves, and your government, and right the heck now.

I would like to hope that your voice of reason finds "listening ears", and resonates in the Consulates of the the UK and US. The place where it most probably won't, is with the Israeli government and Saudi Arabia's monarchy.

War against your country would be incredibly stupid, on the part of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UK, in light of a Russian statement made by a high ranking diplomat at a symposium, indicating that if Iran were attacked, she would not be alone.

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Zamir Kabulov, Says

Jul 21 12:46

Deutsche Bank Collapse Could Crash Global Financial Markets

By Avi Mizrahi

German financial services giant Deutsche Bank AG is one of the largest and most important economic institutions in the world, with over a trillion dollars in assets under management. Mainly due to self-imposed scandals, the bank is now having to taking drastic measures to stay afloat. Investors everywhere should note that if such a critical piece of the too-big-to-fail banking system falters, it could trigger another global financial crisis...


Jul 21 12:30

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
The KOTRA report showed North Korea’s trade volume falling to $2.84 billion in 2018, a 48.8 percent decline from the previous year. Exports fell by a dizzying 86.3 percent, imports declined 31.2 percent, and the North Korean trade deficit rose by 17.5 percent.

The Korea Times cited the specific U.N. Security Council resolutions that appeared to deflate North Korea’s trade volume so sharply, saying:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes; considering the degree to which these US sanctions have crippled North Korea's economy, can one blame its leadership, for being not terribly talkative about peace and denuclearization right now?!?

And as adding more salt into the wound, Secretary Mike Pompeo has just completely disregarded North Korea's charges regarding more military drills with South Korea: Pompeo rejects North Korean charges on Military Drills

The article goes on to state: "North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Trump had reaffirmed in a meeting with Kim last month that joint exercises would be halted and the U.S. decision to forge ahead with them was “clearly a breach” of the two leaders’ agreements at a summit in Singapore last year.

The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington’s pattern of “unilaterally reneging on its commitments” was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles."

Mr. President, you have GOT to seriously understand what you want here, and allow that to stand, looking at how some "good faith efforts" on the part of the US government might make this doable.

The only alternative here, is war with North Korea, which would most probably pull in China as well; not a great option.

Jul 21 12:23

74 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, July 19, 2019. At least 74 Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said. (Str/Xinhua)

GAZA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- A total of 74 Palestinian demonstrators were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, the Health Ministry in Gaza said.

Among the injured were two journalists and four field paramedics, a ministry report said, adding 36 were injured by Israeli soldiers' gunfire.

According to local media, around 6,000 demonstrators gathered on Friday afternoon in eastern Gaza close to the border with Israel.

It was the 67th weekly anti-Israel protest, better known as the Great March of Return rally which started in late March last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, "Normalization with the Occupier" (Israel) is just about to get as real as the Palestinians can imagine, and that is a very dark future, indeed.

Expulsion, relocation, death and misery are precisely what the Israel government wants to see happen.

And Jared Kushner's "Deal of the Century" is already DOA with Palestinian leadership, because it does not recoginise the legitimacy, or the national aspirations of the Palestinian people in any real way.


Jared Kushner's 'deal of the century' fails to materialise in Bahrain

And to Palestinian leadership, just a note, please; if you are throwing rocks at Israeli forces, you are giving them the justification to shoot back with live ammo and teargas.

I am a Christian Pacifist Activist, who hopes that this "Gordian Knot" can be resolved through negotiation, rather than violence; but as a realist, I understand that there are certain Israelis who would much prefer to see Palestinians dead, rather than give them a "seat at the table", working toward an honest, reconciling of those issues of nationality and the existence of a Palestinian state, rather than continue with this brutal war of attrition.

Jul 21 11:50

Gazans flock to fence for 67th week of protests

Palestinians on Friday converged near the fence that separates Gaza Strip from Israel, to demonstrate against Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, Anadolu Agency reports.

Gaza’s National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege (NARBS), which organises weekly rallies, called on Palestinians to attend demonstration and affirm on their right to return to their villages in historical Palestine.

Earlier on Friday, the NARBS warned Israel against any “escalation” against the Palestinian peaceful protestors.

Jul 21 11:49

ARKANCIDE? MURDER OF ARKANSAS SENATOR LINDA COLLINS-SMITH LINKED TO EPSTEIN PEDOPHILIA AND SEX TRAFFICKING SCANDAL

New information is surfacing to suggest that the unsolved murder of Arkansas Senator Linda Collins-Smith may be connected to the public unveiling of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his child sex trafficking ring.

While the details are still forthcoming, CD Media is reporting that a “confidential source that has been accurate consistently” recently came forward with proof tying Collins-Smith’s mysterious death to her involvement with blowing the lid off an alleged child sex trafficking ring in Arkansas.

Collins-Smith, a Republican, had also been working to expose “massive corruption in the local and state government” in Arkansas, which suggests that she may have been “Arkancided” for getting a little bit too close to the truth.


Jul 21 11:49

UK tanker hit Iranian boat, ignored its distress call before capture: Iran

Iranian authorities say the British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz was involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and ignored its distress call before capture.

Allah-Morad Afifipoor, head of Ports and Maritime Organization in southern Hormozgan Province, said on Saturday that the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker had "collided with a fishing boat on its route and, according to law, after an accident it is necessary that the causes are investigated."

Following the collision, those on board the fishing boat "contacted the British vessel but didn't receive any response," so they informed the Hormozgan maritime organization "according to the legal procedures," he added.

Afifipoor also noted that the tanker had been taken to Bandar Abbas port, where it and its crew will remain while a probe is carried out into the British vessel’s conduct.

Jul 21 11:48

Saudi Arabia releases Iranian oil tanker held in Jeddah port: Report

An Iranian oil tanker, held by Saudi Arabia two months ago, has reportedly been released and is returning home with the entire crew.

Reports said Saturday that the oil tanker, named Happiness I, had been released and was heading towards Iran’s waters.

There was no immediate confirmation from Saudi or Iranian authorities.

Jul 21 11:47

IRGC releases footage belying US claim of downing drone

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has released footage captured by an Iranian drone monitoring a United States Navy vessel in the Persian Gulf. The video belies a claim by Washington that the unmanned aircraft was shot down by the American forces.

Jul 21 11:46

Daily double-digit Ebola cases continue in DRC

The number of people infected with Ebola continues to rise steadily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) outbreak zone, according to reports yesterday and today, with one more healthcare worker sickened by the virus and the outbreak total rising to 2,546 cases.


Jul 21 11:45

FBI shines light on now shut down "human chop shop" in Phoenix

At least eight families say they donated their loved ones bodies to the facility for medical research, but are now suing the company and its owner, Stephen Gore, for mishandling their corpses, and failing to meet the promises made in their consent forms.

Jul 21 11:44

Turkey considering ‘alternatives’ to US fighter jet amid Russian offer

A defiant Turkey said it was considering “alternatives” to US fighter jets, including Russian models or making its own, a day after Washington suspended it from a programme to build and deploy advanced warplanes.

The US punished Turkey for its purchase of a Russian air defence system by pushing it out of a long-term programme to upgrade Nato forces with F-35 advanced fighter jets.

The Kremlin quickly attempted to exploit the disagreement, which has already drawn Ankara closer to Moscow, offering to sell Turkey Russian fighter planes.

Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s defence industries, responded that “all kinds of options are on the table,” according to the official Anadolu news agency.

“Turkey will continue to evaluate alternatives,” he said.

Jul 21 11:44

UK said set to slap sanctions on Iran as tensions rise after tanker seized

London was reportedly getting set to impose new sanctions on Iran Saturday, as European powers urged Tehran to release a British-flagged tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it seized the Stena Impero Friday for breaking “international maritime rules” in the strait, a choke-point for around a third of the world’s sea-borne oil.

Jul 21 11:32

New Jersey lawmakers are trying to amend the state’s discrimination laws to equate criticism of Israel with antisemitism

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Lawmakers in New Jersey have introduced an antisemitism bill that would prohibit certain criticism of Israel in public schools and universities. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of similar bills being passed in South Carolina and Florida. Last year, the Department of Education adopted a new definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel.

SB 4001 was introduced on June 24 by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Robert Singer. It aims to ensure that antisemitism is treated the same way as other forms of discrimination by amending state law. However, the bill equates criticism of Israel with antisemitism in a number of places including:

-[D]emonizing Israel by using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israeli people, drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis, or blaming Israel for all interreligious or political tensions;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, looks like Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Robert Singer, are down-rev on their contributions from AIPAC , and are hoping to "sweeten their election pots" by riding high on this legislation.

In the pursuit of war, the first casualty is truth.

When reasonable, legitimate, and logical criticism of Israel is denied by American legislators, this means we are quickly sliding down that heavily greased poll, at maximum velocity, of "Whatever Israel Wants, Israel Gets", be it weapons, wars against alleged "existential enemies", or other atrocities, at the expense of the American people.

And please remember: the Symington Amendment makes it ILLEGAL to give any aid, weapons, or money to countries which refuse to join the NNPT (as Israel consistently refuses to do), and have their weapons sites inspected (as Israel consistently refuses to do).

The Symington Amendment

So Why does Israel get a pass, while other countries, which HAVE signed the NNPT, like Iran, get demonized?!?

That's what is so thoroughly maddening to those of us who expect this country to follow the "Rule of Law", rather than the Rule of Consistent Exceptions to those laws.....by certain "favored nations."

IF this legislation is passed (and I would almost certainly expect it to), I hope it goes right on up to the Supreme Court, as a real attack against both the Constitution, and Bill of Rights.


Jul 21 11:17

Not one but two Aussie dishes were used to get the TV signals back from the Apollo 11 moonwalk

The role Australia played in relaying the first television images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the Moon 50 years ago this July features in the popular movie The Dish.

But that only tells part of the story (with some fictionalisation as well).

What really happened is just as dramatic as the movie, and needed two Australian dishes. Australia actually played host to more NASA tracking stations than any other country outside the United States.

Jul 21 11:13

The Decline of Our Nation’s Generals

Now a new JCS chairman is about to take office. Compared with the headlines generated by the “squad” of House progressives who have attracted the ire of both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, the process of installing General Mark Milley in this once-important post has received negligible attention.

It would be useful to know if General Milley’s grasp of war has advanced beyond Colonel Milley’s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Damn; is this the best and brightest out there President Trump could have nominated?!?

The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding "Hell, NO"!!!!

Jul 21 11:07

The Calm Before The Storm



Lockerdome
Jul 21 10:58

Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Bankrolled Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s Tech Startup, Israel Media Reports

Ehud Barak, who defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in a 1999 election to become Israel's prime minister, has been linked to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Less than three weeks after announcing that he will come out of political retirement to challenge Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister in the upcoming Israeli elections, as YNet News reported, former prime minister Ehud Barak is facing allegations that he is financially tied to convicted sex offender and shadowy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a sexual offense with a 14-year-old girl, and was arrested again on July 6 on new sex trafficking charges. Barak, a former lieutenant general in Israel’s army, served as Israel’s 10th prime minister from 1999 to 2001, after defeating Netanyahu, who was then serving his first term as Israeli PM.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the "Epstein Sludgeomania" continues to ooze out into every orifice of Israel's political consciousness, courtesy of this Prime Minister's alleged contacts with Epstein.

Jul 21 10:37

Another Hoax, Man Says he Did Not Tell Black Rep ‘Go Back Where You Came From’

The man accused of telling a black Democrat representative to “go back to where you came from” has told his side of the story and says the accusations are not true.

Eric Sparkes, who said he is a Democrat and is Cuban, said that the two did have a confrontation and he called her a “b*tch” but he did not say what Rep. Erica Thomas said he did.

“That’s all I said after that, and I walked out of Publix,” Sparkes said. “Her words stating on [Facebook] in her video, stating I told her she needs to go back where she came from are untrue.”


Jul 21 10:37

San Francisco's Hidden Homeless

Over the last several months, cities and counties across California have been releasing homeless counts. The results have been grim.

San Francisco was no exception. In May, the city released data that showed homelessness had jumped 17%. That was bad enough. Last week, a more complete accounting, known as a point-in-time count, showed the problem was even worse.

The count revealed that homelessness in a city that’s become a caricature of wealth inequality in the U.S. had actually increased by about 30% from 2017, when the last count took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a native San Franciscan, this breaks my heart; how could a city with so much intellectual, artistic, and social capital be one the worst for our nations' homeless?!?

Jul 21 10:37

The Infiltration of the Truth Movement

Has the truth movement been infiltrated? That is the question explored in the following. In general, the question drew us toward the truth, in all respects, not the rigid answers that have been accepted and pushed blindly by the masses.

Likely, if you are reading these words, you are a truth rebel, you dare to question the status quo. Shining our light into all the darkness, even within ourselves, is the hardest task, but one with the greatest potential for making ourselves and the world a better place. Shall we begin?

How important is the truth? What power does it have to make our lives better? Can it make us happier, more fulfilled?

For most, the answer is yes — and no.

Jul 21 10:36

California Launches Cradle To Grave Data Tracking System

Just in case we haven’t provided you with enough creepy dystopian news lately, the nation’s leader in Creepy Dystopia, California, has a brand new program. The “Cradle to Career Data System” will study and document everything about a child born in the state.

But don’t worry, it’s for your children’s own good.

Jul 21 10:36

Study finds psychiatric diagnosis to be 'scientifically meaningless'

A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder', 'depressive disorders', 'anxiety disorders' and 'trauma-related disorders'.

Diagnostic manuals such as the DSM were created to provide a common diagnostic language for mental health professionals and attempt to provide a definitive list of mental health problems, including their symptoms.


Jul 21 10:33

HACKERS BREACH FSB CONTRACTOR, EXPOSE TOR DEANONYMIZATION PROJECT AND MORE

SOURCE: ZDNET.COM
Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

The breach took place last weekend, on July 13, when a group of hackers going by the name of 0v1ru$ hacked into SyTech's Active Directory server from where they gained access to the company's entire IT network, including a JIRA instance.

Hackers stole 7.5TB of data from the contractor's network, and they defaced the company's website with a "yoba face," an emoji popular with Russian users that stands for "trolling."

Hackers posted screenshots of the company's servers on Twitter and later shared the stolen data with Digital Revolution, another hacking group who last year breached Quantum, another FSB contractor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The larger question is, to what country is this hacker's group going to sell or share this data?!?

Jul 21 10:33

Iran Escalates: Warns UK Against 'Dangerous and Unwise' Moves After Tanker Seizure

Iran has been told it should prepare to be hit by a range of UK sanctions in the aftermath of its seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf, according to media reports.

Iran responded by warning the UK to refrain from any “dangerous and unwise” moves against the Islamic republic.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce on Sunday diplomatic and economic measures, including potential asset freezes, as a response to the incident, according to a report in the London Daily Telegraph.

Jul 21 10:31

‘Clear and Decisive Win’: Why Netanyahu Needs a War on Gaza More Than Ever Before 

Media reports of an impending Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip are now a regular occurrence. The frequency of these reports fluctuates based on Israel’s own political landscape.

Empirical experience has taught us that when Israeli leaders are in trouble, they wage a war on Gaza. Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the greatest challenge in his political career, Gaza is bracing for another Israeli war.

The war rumors are no longer just that. Rightwing Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post recently reported that Israel’s military chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi, “has already approved operational combat plans and recently set up an administrative unit to handle the formation of a list of potential targets in the coastal enclave for when the next war breaks out.”

Jul 21 10:30

Ilhan Omar’s Father was Top Propaganda Official in Genocidal Barre Regime — Then He Changed His Name and Entered US Illegally

On Thursday David Steinberg published an extensive report on the alleged crimes and history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and the “Omar” family.
In his report David found that the Omar family changed their name in order to enter the United States.


Jul 21 10:30

We fear 'creepy' Israelis, say UK women in Cyprus hotel at center of rape case

British female holiday-goers in Aiya Napa tell the Daily Mail, tourists from Israel, most in their late teens, pester them for sex; victim of the alleged rape said the 12 Israelis 'hurt my whole body' after she'd agreed to meet up with one of them, not knowing 11 others would be there

Jul 21 10:29

Bolton Directs 'Venom' at UK in Hopes of Dragging London 'Into Quagmire' - Iran's Zarif

Relations between Tehran and Washington have soured significantly since the US withdrew unilaterally from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018. US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated earlier this month that Iran will remain under pressure until Tehran abandons its nuclear weapons programme and 'violent activities' in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter, accusing US Security Adviser John Bolton of being behind an attempt to drag London into a quagmire after failing to lure President Trump into 'the war of a century'. The official added that prudence and foresight were the only options available when countering such ploys.

Jul 21 10:26

Speedboats & helicopter assault: Iran shows footage of British tanker seizure

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) has released a video showing the moment its operatives captured the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero. The IRGC claims that a British frigate tried to interfere, but failed.

The impressive, movie-like footage was released by the elite Iranian force on Saturday, a day after it seized the tanker. The video shows the moment of the operation, when IRGC speedboats surrounded the vessel, which was apparently steaming ahead at full speed. The naval force was backed by a military helicopter, which deployed an assault team on the tanker’s deck.

Jul 21 10:25

Twitter mutes 3 Iranian news agencies after British tanker seizure

The Farsi accounts of three Iranian news agencies have been suspended on Twitter since Friday, shortly after they reported the capture of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Twitter says the events are unrelated.


Jul 21 10:24

US TO LAUNCH PLAN FOR 'FREE PASSAGE' OF SHIPS IN IRAN'S WATERWAY

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Aspen, Colorado - The United States is concerned that a "miscalculation" by Iran could cause an "unintended conflict" in the Gulf, as it prepares to launch a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure "free and open passage" for ships.

"We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to preserve the free and open passage of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf," US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday.

The US has had discussions with NATO allies, some "partners in the Gulf" and others to join the effort to keep the "vital waterway" open, said Rood, adding that the new operation would "come into being over the coming days and weeks".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please excuse me, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood; but which of our "partners" have stepped forward to create "a coalition of the willing" here?!?

Back in May of this year, Europe told the US to "count them out" as tensions between the US and Iran started to simmer.

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

Apparently, you "did not get the memo", from a story breaking just this last Friday, about the US's allies not wanting to create a naval force against Iran, because it might well worsen tensions: Allies resist US call for anti-Iran naval force, fearing it would worsen tensions.

And just one day ago, we had the following story break: A War with Iran Would Wreck the American Energy Market.

The Trump administration needs to do some serious soul-searching as it relates to how it thinks about energy as a whole.
by Connor Sutherland

What seems to be happening here, is that the US has become pathologically incapable, in large part due to Israel's continued (false) accusations of Iran being an existential threat, rather than an economic threat, of making credible, sensible long-term commitments to the energy sector of its economy.

And unless, and until that happens, President Trump is very contentedly putting the US on the keening edge of a war against Iran.

I mean, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, right, Mr. President?!?

Even if this means a war with Russia, right, Mr. President?!?

And I do not know if any of your aides told you this, but back last month, toward the end of June, a top Russian diplomat made the following statement.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The guy's name, just in case no one happened to mention it, is Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, and he said this, at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

You're welcome, Mr. President.

And please, for the zillionth time: the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money, to create a positive outcome to a war against Iran.

You need some people around you, who do not say, "Yes, Mr. President" when you happen, or any of your advisors, like Bolton, or Pompeo, go off half-cocked, in declaring which countries we are going to fight next, or decide that a war against this or that entity, would be "a good thing", because you have been prevailed upon to not think of the costs of war, even if the US does prevail, which, in most cases, would be both difficult and financially costly, to a nation already drowning in $+/- 23 trillion in debt.

Mr. President, you really need some people around you who will tell you the dark, ugly truth about new potential wars in the Middle East and beyond; and I will guarantee you, that two of those people are NOT your "BFFs in the Middle East, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen or Israel's Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, who desperately needs to distract Israel's voters from the corruption charges via a massive US/Saudi invasion of Iran,due to a snap election in September.

I would politely suggest, that you need to contact some Veterans, who have participated in the US wars against Afghanistan, and Iraq; And sir, what I am thinking, is that you will better be able to separate "the grain from the chaff", after these private, one-on- one conversations are held.

And again, you are welcome. Mr. President.

Jul 21 10:21

Why The United States Will Not Launch A Ground War Against Iran 

In recent weeks we have seen numerous probing attempts and provocations in and around the Strait of Hormuz — whether false flags or actual events — intended to raise the profile of the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and renewed US sanctions versus Iran. Iran is pushing the issue with the United States, and is apparently offering a sacrificial pawn on the board (or perhaps knight!) by seizing two British oil tankers alleged to be operating illegally in the Strait of Hormuz.

While it is too soon to predict how the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia (both sworn enemies of Iran) will react, let’s explore the reasons why any US reactionary response will be largely symbolic, even if that involves a token strike versus Iran.

Jul 21 10:20

Half The Forces Of The U.S Navy Now At Sea: A Show Of Force Or Prelude To War?

By mid-July 2019, four attack air groups set off from the US ports. Two air groups went into the Atlantic Ocean from a naval base on the east coast of the United States. Two – from the naval base on the west coast of the United States. At the same time, in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, respectively, they took to the sea in the same amphibious group with marines on board.


Jul 21 10:19

Historians Confirm Karl Marx Was Employed By The Rothschilds

Historians have confirmed that Karl Marx was not only related to the Rothschilds, but was also employed as their agent in order to subvert democracy and corrupt the Socialist movement.

Karl Marx was born in a London squalor, and came from a long line of rabbis.

Henrymakow.com reports: He used to visit the Red Lion Pub at Great Windmill Street, Soho where he and Friedrich Engels were asked to write what became the Communist Manifesto. His best known work is the book Das Kapital, which fails to mention that money is printed out of thin air and by his cousins, the Rothschilds.

Jul 21 10:19

Michigan Church Pays Off Medical Debt of 1,899 Families

Grand Rapids First, a church in Wyoming, Michigan, announced on Sunday it will pay off the medical debt of 1,899 families.

The church paid nearly $2 million in medical bills for people suffering poverty. “Today, that $1,832,439.26 that’s looming over families right now, those families that are living at poverty rates or less, has been paid in full as a result of a gift from this church,” lead pastor Sam Rijfkogel told the congregation during his Sunday sermon. “Paid in full, not held against them one bit.”

Rijfkogel first learned of the medical debt forgiveness programs when a Texas church made headlines for paying off $10 million in medical debt within its community. Grand Rapids First Executive Pastor and CFO Doug Tuttle said that through this process, they learned of the massive weight of medical debt hanging over poor families in their state — nearly $180 million.

Jul 21 10:18

Secret Files on UK’s Porton Down Chemical Warfare Base Found in Trash Bin – Report

If the documents ended up in the hands of a malefactor, they would have gained a vast, if somewhat outdated, knowledge of the facility’s security system, including home addresses of the guards and computer passwords.

Top secret documents related to the notorious UK chemical weapons facility at Porton Down were found discarded in a trash bin in a north London car park, according to a Thursday report by The Daily Star.

After the edition was tipped by an undisclosed source about the documents, thousands of pages were retrieved from a public dumpster, reportedly containing highly-sensitive information regarding the chemical facility security, including details of equipment carried by the guards and their home addresses, details about the responsibilities of patrols and even passwords to computers, written in plain text, the Daily Mirror report says.

Jul 21 10:17

Trump says Squad is 'destroying the Democrat Party'

President Trump called out the four freshman congresswomen known as "The Squad," claiming that not only are they bad for America as a whole, they are damaging their own party.

The criticism comes amid a two-fronted political battle that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have been engaged in of late; one against Trump, and another against the Democratic establishment, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!"



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Jul 21 10:16

Trump Is Back Under Bolton’s Thumb

President Trump might be his own man, but not when it comes to John Bolton and Israel. Trump is their man and is again being manipulated into starting a fisticuffs with Iran.

Someone in Washington, most likely Ziocon warmonger Bolton, got the UK to commit an act of piracy on the high seas and seize an Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, on the grounds that Iran intended to deliver the oil to Syria in violation of US sanctions.

Iran’s leader, Khamenei, denounced Washington’s British stooge for “maritime banditry” and said there would be consequences. Today there were. Iran detained two British tankers.

This is what Bolton and Netanyahu wanted. They used it to wind up Trump’s fulminations against Iran. The trouble that the idiot British started with Iran is no concern of ours, but Trump’s threats are nevertheless issuing at a rapid pace.

Jul 21 10:15

These 30 Pics Show How Dystopic Our Society Already Is, And It’s Pretty Terrifying

While we may imagine a dystopian future of thought police, killer robots and nuclear fallout, the reality is much more boring. Instead of being brutally brainwashed and enslaved by fascist, authoritarian regimes we have willingly enslaved ourselves, meekly allowing the top 1% to get exponentially richer while we drown in a sea of debts, tech, advertising, endless wars, environmental destruction, addictions, depression... the list goes on.

Brilliant, isn't it? But it's ok, there's always Facebook to scroll through (Bored Panda too, obvs), Netflix to watch, chemical-laden meals to consume, manufactured outrages over a mermaid's skin color to comment on... who's got time for thoughtful resistance? Even those that think they are resisting by electing bigoted billionaires, bankers and Eton toffs to represent them are simply playing into their hands, as their dishonest, scaremongering claptrap divides us ever further over political, racial and gender lines!

Jul 21 10:13

BC Family Battles Government Over Secret Land Seizure & SNC Lavalin Debacle

Jul 21 10:11

World Economy Dumping Faster Than Planned


Jul 21 10:04

A Bank With $49 Trillion In Derivatives Exposure Is Melting Down Before Our Eyes

Deutsche Bank is the most important bank in all of Europe, it has 49 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives, and most of the largest “too big to fail banks” in the United States have very deep financial connections to the bank. In other words, the global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes. For years I have been warning that this day would come, and even though it has been hit by scandal after scandal, somehow Deutsche Bank was able to survive until now. But after what we have witnessed in recent days, many now believe that the end is near for Deutsche Bank. On July 7th, they really shook up investors all over the globe when they laid off 18,000 employees and announced that they would be completely exiting their global equities trading business…

Jul 21 10:04

In past 18 months, illegal aliens in N.C. have been charged with 1,172 child sex crimes

Being in the right place at the wrong time. That describes the plight of any law-abiding American citizen who has been victimized by a criminal illegal alien. Liberals will protest that the crimes inflicted on these citizens could have been committed by anyone, but that misses the point that illegals aren’t just anybody. They don’t belong here in the first place, a point that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi — the leaders of the Democratic party in Congress — openly conceded until recently, when they began cynically seeing the warm bodies inhabited by illegals as potential votes.

Another argument the Left clings to is that illegals account for only a small portion of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. But that myth has just been debunked.

Jul 21 09:58

Judge sentences teen vandal to paint job under the sun - using a toothbrush

A vandalizing teen was facing 10 days in jail, until a judge devised a memorable sentence: To paint railings on the courthouse steps — with a toothbrush.
Avery White learned his odd punishment during his July 11th court hearing in Painesville, Ohio where he faced Judge Michael Cicconetti for spray painting a railroad caboose.

Jul 21 09:57

Missing 2-year-old Minnesota boy drove himself to county fair on toy tractor

A 2-year-old Minnesota boy who was reported missing was quickly found at a county fair ?— after making the trek in on his toy tractor, his family said Saturday.



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Jul 21 09:48

School district threatens parents their children could be 'placed in foster care' for unpaid lunch debts

A Pennsylvania school district is under fire for sending letters to parents in which they threatened the possible placement of their children in foster care over unpaid school lunch debt.

Jul 21 09:44

EL CHAPO ARRIVES AT SUPERMAX PRISON AFTER 'DISAPPEARING' FOR TWO DAYS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, has arrived at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado to serve out a sentence of life plus 30 years handed down on Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in restitution.

For two days, the 62-year-old Guzmán's whereabouts remained unknown - even to his lawyers, after federal authorities removed him from the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan - described by the drug kingpin as "total torture" due to a lack of 'fresh air, clean water and sunlight.'

Late Friday afternoon, however, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed that he had been transferred to the Colorado prison (ADX), where he will live in a 7' x 12' concrete cell with a television (for good behavior) and a 4-inch window to the world for 23 hours per day, according to the New York Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what about all of his American henchmen, and bankers, who laundered his money?!?

When, please, will they be held accountable?!?

The short answer is, NEVER.

Jul 21 09:39

A BANK WITH $49 TRILLION IN DERIVATIVES EXPOSURE IS MELTING DOWN BEFORE OUR EYES

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next “Lehman Brothers moment”?

It takes a lot to rattle Wall Street.

But Deutsche Bank managed to. The beleaguered German giant announced on July 7 that it is laying off 18,000 employees—roughly one-fifth of its global workforce—and pursuing a vast restructuring plan that most notably includes shutting down its global equities trading business.

Though Deutsche’s Bloody Sunday seemed to come out of the blue, it’s actually the culmination of a years-long—some would say decades-long—descent into unprofitability and scandal for the bank, which in the early 1990s set out to make itself into a universal banking powerhouse to rival the behemoths of Wall Street.

These moves may delay Deutsche Bank’s inexorable march into oblivion, but not by much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This well could have a "domino effect" on US financial markets; the only question left now, is; when?!?

Jul 21 09:15

Colorado State University: Avoid Using the Word “America” Because It’s Not Inclusive

A new “inclusive language guide” compiled by Colorado State University asserts that the word “America” is “non-inclusive” and should be avoided.

Jul 21 09:12

Interracial couple targeted with racial slur painted outside home: 'You have so much hate in your heart'

An interracial couple was victim of a hate-filled racial slur — but instead of lashing out in anger, they are forgiving the person in question for their actions.

Jul 21 09:11

Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody

A U.S. lawmaker described 'unacceptable' border detention facilities while meeting with a U.S. citizen who was in Customs and Border Patrol custody for hours on Friday.

Jul 21 08:53

School Board Votes to Paint Over George Washington Mural In San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously voted last month in favor of painting over a George Washington mural series on a school wall depicting Washington standing over a Native American’s corpse and another in the company of slaves on his Mount Vernon estate.

Jul 21 08:53

'Send Him Back': Virginia Democrats vow to boycott Jamestown celebration if Trump attends

Democrats in the Virginia state legislature say they'll boycott an event at Jamestown, Virginia, commemorating the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America if President Donald Trump comes.

Jul 21 08:50

Trump and America Vs. the Commie Quad Squad

House Leader Nancy Pelosi is quaking in her boots, realizing that it is getting increasingly difficult to hide her party's radicalism from American voters, many of whom still cling to the fantasy that the Democratic Party is predominantly pro-American.

Jul 21 08:19

Swedish prime minister warns Donald Trump he cannot influence ASAP Rocky judicial process

The Swedish prime minister has disputed Donald Trump’s claim over the treatment of a detained American rapper following a phone call between the two leaders.
Platinum-selling artist A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden in early July on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Jul 21 08:18

Black realtor and client wrongly accused of break-in during home showing, win lawsuit

Two black men — a real estate agent and his buyer — won a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati for accusing them of breaking into a home.

Jul 21 08:11

Woman, 25, Learns She Was Misdiagnosed with Breast Cancer after Undergoing Double Mastectomy

A woman has been left “unnecessarily traumatized” after she was misdiagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that forced her to undergo a grueling amount of treatments and surgery.

Jul 21 08:10

4 inmates at a juvenile justice facility in Florida staged a fight, overpowered staff and escaped, officials say

Four teenagers escaped a juvenile justice facility in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday night after staging a fight in their room and overpowering the staff members who responded, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a tweet.

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