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Jan 14 08:18

Baby Kamiyah kidnapped hours after birth in Jacksonville, found alive 18 years later

A baby girl kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital hours after her birth has been found alive and well, 18 years later, in South Carolina.
The case of missing baby Kamiyah Mobley captivated the city and drew national attention in 1998 after she was kidnapped from University Medical Center, now UF Health-Jacksonville, just eight hours after she was born.

Jan 14 08:18

Two Bidet Companies Got Into A Fight On Twitter And It's Totally Bizarre

Comedian Steve Zaragoza of Los Angeles recently joked on Twitter that he'd like to be sponsored by a bidet company. If you're unaware, those are the toilets that squirt water up your bum. They're all the rage in Europe.
Little did Zaragoza know that this tweet would spark a fierce and bizarre Twitter fight between two rival bidet companies.

Jan 14 08:09

JAMES CLAPPER FLIPS ON OBAMA! LOOK WHAT HE JUST LEAKED TO TRUMP

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called him say that the report released recently by Buzzfeed was “false and fictitious.” Hell yeah! Is the intelligence community finally falling in line!?



Jan 14 08:02

Math Problem Asks Students To Calculate Which Family Member Sexually Assaulted Girl

A math question on a homework assignment given to students at Pennridge High School asks, “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” After doing the math, the answers were boyfriend, brother or father.

Jan 14 08:01

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Jan 14 07:51

King Family civil trial 10 minute video: US .01% assassinated Martin, with corporate media and political ‘leaders’ ongoing criminal co-conspirators after the fact to ‘fake news cover’ US rogue state empire killing humanity’s best, brightest, most loving

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RT interviewing Bill Pepper for ten minutes:

Obviously, the following evidence demands arrests in our world of the present of those .01% liars in government and corporate media who act as ongoing criminal accomplices after the fact to protect those who assassinated Martin.

The overwhelming evidence of US government complicity found valid by the jury includes:

US 111th Military Intelligence Group were at Dr. King’s location during the assassination.
20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day.
Usual Memphis Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination.
Regular and constant police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination.
Military Intelligence set-up photographers on the roof of a fire station with clear view to Dr. King’s balcony.



Jan 14 07:33

Anarchists plan to “stop the Trump-Pence regime before it starts” Anarchy begins Jan. 14!

“In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America,” the group’s slogan reads at the top of their website.

Anarchists from the group Refuse Fascism plan to “take to the streets” on Inauguration Day and “bring D.C. to a halt” after claiming that Donald Trump has “assembled a regime of grave danger.”

Jan 14 07:12

Trump Presidency, Transition Of Power To Ignite Era Of Destabilization In The U.S.?

By Brandon Turbeville

It is clear that Americans were able to avoid the worst-case scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. However, the 2016 elections provided the country with the Presidency of Donald Trump. While the surprise was not unwelcome considering the other option, Trump supporters are now being faced with some difficult questions as he nears actually taking office...

Jan 14 00:40

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Jan 14 00:38

US Intelligence Director James Clapper lies to congress again



Jan 14 00:36

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Jan 14 00:25

Trump open to ending sanctions on Russia & ‘One China’ policy

President-elect Donald Trump has expressed openness to lifting sanctions against Russia under certain conditions, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. When asked about the ‘One China’ policy, he said, “everything is under negotiation.”

Jan 13 19:58

WELLS FARGO IS CLOSING OVER 400 BANK BRANCHES

Jan 13 19:50

CDC keeps secret its mishaps with deadly germs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has faced congressional hearings and secret government sanctions over its sloppy lab safety practices, is keeping secret large swaths of information about dozens of recent incidents involving some of the world’s most dangerous bacteria and viruses.

CDC scientists apparently lost a box of deadly and highly-regulated influenza specimens and experienced multiple potential exposures involving viruses and bacteria, according to heavily-redacted laboratory incident reports obtained by USA TODAY. Several reports involve failures of safety equipment. In one, a scientist wearing full-body spacesuit-like gear to protect against lethal, often untreatable viruses like Ebola, had their purified air hose suddenly disconnect — “again” — in one the world’s most advanced biosafety level 4 labs.

Jan 13 18:14

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Jan 13 18:13

What may be 'worst ice storm in 10 years' begins in central U.S.

What could be the worst ice storm in 10 years began Friday in the central U.S., as forecasters warned it will unload freezing rain on a 1,000-mile swath from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic over the weekend.

The storm is expected to cause downed trees, extensive power outages and make driving dangerous or impossible as roads turn into sheets of ice.

Ice was already accumulating by midday Friday from Oklahoma to Indiana, the Weather Channel said, with downed trees and up to 4,000 power outages reported in Springfield, Mo.



Jan 13 17:36

Guccifer 2.0 Accuses US Of ‘Falsifying Evidence,’ Denies Russian Links

An entity claiming to be the mysterious hacker or hackers Guccifer 2.0 says a “vulnerability” in the Democratic Party’s computer software and not Russian state actors allowed them to gain access to private campaign information.

Guccifer 2.0, who took credit for the hack on the Democratic National Committee, appears to have posted online for the first time since November.

Jan 13 17:23

BREAKING: TRUMP JUST DROPPED A BOMB ON WASHINGTON! LOOK WHAT HE WILL BE DOING IN HIS FIRST 2 WEEKS

Trump will name his nominee to the supreme court in his first two weeks. On Wednesday, Trump said that he will announce his pick for the Supreme Court.

Jan 13 17:22

BBC To Help Facebook ‘Crackdown’ On Alternative News

The BBC are to spend millions of pounds of taxpayers money in setting up a new ‘fact checking’ team tasked with debunking and eliminating alternative media websites from social media.

Jan 13 16:58

Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F--k You’

A mysterious hacking group has been bedeviling the U.S. intelligence community for months, releasing a tranche of secret National Security Agency hacking tools to the public while offering to sell even more for the right price. Now with barely a week to go before Donald Trump’s inauguration, the self-styled “Shadow Brokers” on Thursday announced that they were packing it in.

“So long, farewell peoples. TheShadowBrokers is going dark, making exit,” the group wrote on its darknet site. “Continuing is being much risk and bullshit, not many bitcoins.” The message was accompanied by a parting gift, described by the group as a “final fuck you”: an apparently complete NSA backdoor kit targeting the Windows operating system. The kit is comprised of 61 malicious Windows executables, only one of which was previously known to antivirus vendors.



Jan 13 16:57

WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages

A security vulnerability that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.

Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.

Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure.

Jan 13 16:30

Obama signs 4 more executive orders in last 24 hours

(INTELLIHUB) — Four more executive orders were signed by President Barack Obama in the past 24 hours, in what can only be described as abnormal behavior for a president who is soon to be exiting office.

Jan 13 16:09

VIVA AMIGA: THE STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL MACHINE

1985: An upstart team of Silicon Valley mavericks created a miracle: the Amiga computer. A machine made for creativity. For games, for art, for expression. Breaking from the mold set by IBM and Apple, this was something new. Something to change what people believed computers could do.

Jan 13 15:50

Questions Emerge Why Trump Security Advisor Spoke Repeatedly With Russian Ambassador

Tell us if you have heard this one before. The Washington Post reports that two people familiar with the issue, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claim that President-elect Trump's choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, held multiple phone conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington on the day the US announced retaliation for Moscow's interference in the election.

Jan 13 15:45

D.C. National Guard Chief Fired Days Before Trump Inauguration: "The Timing Is Extremely Unusual"

"It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment," rages D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) after Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, who heads the D.C. National Guard and is an integral part of overseeing the inauguration, has been ordered removed from command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Jan 13 15:45

Confirmed: "Unknown" Republican, Democrat Paid For Anti-Trump Report

"[Steele] told me that he had been retained in early June by a private research firm in the United States to look into Trump's activity in Europe and Russia. The American firm was conducting a Trump opposition research project that was first financed by a Republican source until the funding switched to a Democratic one. He was never told the identity of the client."



Jan 13 15:43

Aggressive Wal-Mart Goon Demands My Reciept, Again

You know what really gets me though? One of my biggest pet peeves- When they have an aggressive guy who stands at the door and acts as if he can demand to see your receipt before you leave. Here's the thing. In America, we have the 4th Amendment. Even a cop can't walk up to you, block your path and demand "SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS! EMPTY YOUR POCKETS!" So some smarmy Wal-Mart employee certainly has no authority to demand ##@@ from me any more than a cop or a homeless derelict would. I've dealt with this at Wal-Mart many times, most recently on Christmas eve.

Jan 13 15:40

Who’s The Real Manipulator Of Elections?

The Director of National Intelligence’s public report on alleged Russian hacking opens with a “key judgment” that “Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order.”

Jan 13 15:20

RT Broadcast Interrupts C-SPAN Live Stream, Sends Twitter Into Conspiracy Craze (VIDEO)

Conspiracy theories went viral after C-SPAN’s regular footage was replaced by RT’s news feed for 10 minutes, switching from their live coverage of proceedings in the House of Representatives on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) was in the middle of a speech about an SEC regulation on the House floor at 2:30pm ET when the picture switched to an RT newscast from Moscow.

Jan 13 14:56

Senate Bill Proposes To Defund UN Over Israel Settlement Vote

Two US senators have introduced legislation to withdraw funding for the United Nations over last month’s resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction on the occupied Palestinian territories.

The bill, called the Safeguard Israel Act, was presented Thursday by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, and would cut off funding for the UN until the US president confirms the repeal of the Security Council Resolution 2334 that called Israel’s settlements a violation of international law.

Jan 13 14:51

Doubt over U.S. access to Turkish air base threatens NATO's power

Unconfirmed reports already alleged that the U.S. was withdrawing its nuclear weapons from Turkey. But even this news pales in comparison with recent statements by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak that the Turkish government might end the presence of U.S.-led NATO forces at Incirlik Air Force Base. These developments raise two questions: 1) what are the causes of the recent deterioration in relations; and 2) what is the possible future format of military cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey. The first question is relatively easy to answer. Recent moves by Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan can be explained by his mistrust of Washington. The use of an artificial enemy represented by the "extremist preacher,” Fethullah Gulen, helped Erdogan purge the country's security agencies. Now, the “fight against Gulen” is creating a number of problems for Ankara, including strained relations with Washington.

Jan 13 14:37

Theoretical Planet 9 May Be A Rogue Planet Not Native to Our Solar System

Last year, scientists reported that unusual orbital patterns in multiple Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) might be explained by the influence of a single, larger planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. Later refinements to this theory have set some size limits and theoretical orbital patterns for any hypothetical planet. If it coalesced around Sol, Planet 9 is almost certainly an ice giant, smaller than Neptune, and so far from our sun that it could take 10,000 – 20,000 years to complete a single orbit. Neptune and Pluto are both speed demons by comparison, completing one orbit every 164.8 and 248 years, respectively. According to scientists, there’s another interesting possibility...

Jan 13 14:35

The Biggest Destabilizing Force in Middle East - Guess Who? It's US

The international crooks are at it again. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Defense Department, retired Marine General James Mattis, claims Iran is the “biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East.” During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, “Mad Dog” Mattis said the United States needs to forge a strategy to “checkmate Iran’s goal for regional hegemony,” adding that "Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests.” Once again, Mathis - just like the outgoing international crooks at the White House - failed to offer any evidence to support his baseless allegations. He was unable to substantiate as to why Iran’s regional policies are destabilizing. Instead, he mostly focussed on Iran's lawful support for the Regional Resistance Front as well as involvement in the war against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, which he rightly said are contrary to US interests.

Jan 13 14:27

Syria: ISIL Withdraws from Over 130 Villages in 2nd Phase of Raqqa Operation

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to drive ISIL out of 133 villages in the second phase of the Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria, SDF military sources disclosed...
Jeish Al-Fatah Centers in Idlib Receive Severe Blow in Russian Air Raids http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951024000189
Russian Fighter Jets Bomb Heavily Terrorists' Bases in Western, Southern Aleppo http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951024000498

Jan 13 14:27

DBRS Downgrades Italy, Stripping It Of Its Last "A Rating" And Raising ECB Collateral Haircuts

Update: sure enough, the Italian reaction didn't take long and as Bloomberg cited an Italian Treasury official, the decision won't impact the interest in Italian public debt. The "DBRS decision to downgrade Italy rating to BBB High from A Low could have impact on short-term debt, but that will be gauged only in coming months" and that the "rating change will not weigh significantly on cost of interests on Italy’s public debt."

When previewing the key events of the week, we noted that today Canadian DBRS rating agency is scheduled to review Italy's credit rating after putting its credit worthiness on negative watch on 5 August. On 5 December, DBRS issued a press release declaring that they would wait for the impact of the Italian referendum result on the continuation of the reform push before making the final decision.

Jan 13 14:22

Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration

The U.S. Army general who heads the D.C. National Guard and is an integral part of overseeing the inauguration said Friday he has been ordered removed from command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the midst of the presidential ceremony, classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

“The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something really stinks here, in terms of the timing; and as reported at zerohedge.com today:

“The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration. “My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz, who turned 65 in October, said, “I’ll see them off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said that he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.” Schwartz, who was appointed to head the guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. He said his orders came from the Pentagon but that he doesn’t know who made the decision. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) blasted the decision to remove Schwartz, especially on Inauguration Day. “It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment,” Mendelson said. He added that Schwartz’s sudden departure would be a long-term loss for the District. “He’s been really very good at working with the community and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.” Unlike in states, where the governor appoints the National Guard commander, in the District that duty falls to the president. Schwartz said that he has not been told why he was asked to step down. “I’m a soldier,” he said, noting that he was following orders and has no regrets. “I’m a presidential appointee, therefore the president has the power to remove me.”

The timing here just does not augur well at all for a "smooth transition", and I have to wonder just who at the Pentagon thought it was that critically important to have Schwartz stand down just as Trump is being inaugurated.

Folks, I hope to hell I am wrong, but I smell the proverbial rat here.

Jan 13 14:22

Reality Check: Goodbye Obama, and Good Riddance

Britney tells it like it is!

Jan 13 14:19

Boris Johnson Says Britain ‘First In Line’ For US Trade Deal, Defying Obama’s Pre-Brexit Warning

Britain will be “first in line” to negotiate a new trade deal with the US, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said after talks with President-elect Donald Trump’s team and senior Republicans.

Jan 13 14:15

Reports Of Explosion, Fire At DDOT Bus Terminal In Detroit, Michigan

There are reports from Detroit of an explosion and fire at a bus terminal. The building is said to have sustained significant damage.

Detroit firefighters are responding to a large fire apparently started by the explosion, local TV channel WXYZ reports.

Jan 13 14:14

Europe’s Cold Snap Kills 73

The recent cold snap has now been blamed for at least 73 deaths, and seen the lowest temperatures for decades in some parts, National Herald reported. Poland, the country hit hardest by the deep freeze, reported two more deaths as havoc spread to many countries across the region. Greece’s navy sent a ship to the island of Lesbos to house some 500 refugees and migrants. A medical association on the island said conditions at the main camp there were “inhuman,” with migrants in tents exposed to freezing temperatures. Rights group Amnesty International urged the European Union and the Greek government to move migrants from the Greek islands to the mainland and launched an online petition. Swaths of Northern and eastern Bulgaria were paralyzed by snowdrifts that blocked roads and left 117 towns and villages without electricity. The main highway linking the capital Sofia with the Black Sea port of Burgas was closed.

Jan 13 14:00

Bitch Ass "journalists" @CNN (video of the week)

CNN is worse than third world bad. It’s amazing anybody watches it.

Jan 13 13:59

US-NATO ‘Buildup on Russian Border Could Lead to Nuclear War’ – Nobel Laureate

On Thursday, US Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis told a Senate committee in confirmation hearings that NATO must build capacity in eastern Europe to deter Russia’s alleged aggression. This came a day after Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson testified that the United States would defend NATO member states if Russia invaded.

“There is little or no evidence that Russia is being aggressive towards the NATO countries,” Caldicott, co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, told Sputnik. “That is a lie that the United States insists on maintaining.”

Caldicott pointed out, however, that it was the United States and NATO, not Russia, that was building up its armed forces to unprecedented levels in central and eastern Europe and exacerbating tensions in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Caldicott to whom this article refers, is Dr. Helen Caldicott, the founder of the organisation "Physicians for Social Responsibility",and a woman for whom I have the highest respect.

Coupled with NATO's and the US's encirclement of Russia, with troops and materials pouring on to Russia's border, I have that nasty taste in my mouth, indicating that we are getting psychologically "prepped" for a huge false flag to be blamed on Russia, and off we go to World War 3.

Oh, and if you haven't picked up on it, several American and NATO Generals gave a news conference today, and this was what they said:

The US is ready for war against Russia in Europe!!

Just thought you should know, as we are being distracted by various US agencies who are investigating the activities of other agencies regarding the investigations of the Clinton email scandal.

Just like right before we were misdirected ("Conditized") with all the focus on the terrible death of Chandra Levy, a Congressional aide to Gary Condit right before 9/11, we are now getting "Clintonized" to distract our attention from a coming war with Russia.

Folks, something wicked this way comes; please pay attention to what is going on out there.

Jan 13 13:57

Kushner Foundation Bankrolls Radical Jewish West Bank Settlers

In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner – the son-in-law and trusted confidant of President-elect Donald Trump – have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations and institutions located in the West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.

Jan 13 13:57

Damascus Water Crisis Now Over As Syrian Military Retakes Wadi Barada

By Brandon Turbeville

If there was any doubt that the water crisis in Damascus was created by the Western-backed terrorists operating outside the city, the end to that crisis should now dispel the rest of that doubt. This is because the crisis is now over precisely because the Syrian military was able to retake the area...

Jan 13 13:55

Syria Warns Israel of Crushing Response to Strikes on Damascus Airbase

The Syrian Army's High Command, in a formal warning to the Israeli military on Thursday night, threatened to retaliate against the recent aggression against Syria's sovereignty. "The army command and armed forces warn Israel of repercussions for their flagrant attacks on the country's territories," the Syrian Army's High Command underlined in an official statement, massdar news reported. Israeli rockets reportedly struck the al-Mezzeh Airbase in Western Damascus on Thursday night, just one hour after a suicide bombing took place in the Kafr Sousa district of the provincial capital.

Jan 13 13:51

Six Children Dead In Baltimore House Fire

A house fire early Thursday morning in Baltimore’s Cedmont neighborhood claimed the lives of six of Katie Malone’s children, ranging in age from nine months to 11 years, and left her hospitalized. Malone’s eight-year-old daughter managed to escape the blaze and save two younger children, boys ages four and five years old.

Jan 13 13:44

Israel to Construct Settlement on Palestinian Trucker’s House Site

Reports said Israel is planning to build a new illegal settlement in the occupied East al-Quds and on the site of the home of the Palestinian man involved in a deadly truck attack against Israeli troops. Tel Aviv has already ordered the demolition of Fadi al-Qanbar’s home in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of southern East Jerusalem, presstv reported. The municipality of Jerusalem now aims to build 2,500 settler units on the remains of the soon-to-be-destroyed house and a large surrounding area. The plan, according to local media, will leave the family of the slain 28-year-old Palestinian man homeless under Israel’s policy of home demolitions, which has been widely denounced as an act of collective punishment and illegal under international law. Israeli authorities have called for extremely tough measures against the family of Qanbar, who drove a truck into a group of Israeli troops and killed four of them on January 8. The Palestinian trucker was shot dead.

Jan 13 13:43

Saudi Military Bases Come Under Yemeni Forces' Attacks in Najran, Jizan Provinces

The Yemeni army and popular forces' missiles and artillery shells hit the strategic military bases of the Saudi troops in Najran and Jizan provinces in the Southern part of the kingdom. Saudi Arabia's al-Hamad and Alib military bases were severely damaged in the Yemeni forces' offensives. Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces also hit another Saudi military base in Jizan province's Malhama mountainous region, inflicting heavy losses on the Saudi army's troops. In a relevant development on Wednesday, Yemeni soldiers and their allies shot and killed two Saudi soldiers in the hilly Abu Dhabrah region of Saudi Arabia’s border region of Jizan. Yemeni forces had lobbed a barrage of artillery shells at a military camp in Jabel Malhamah area of the same Saudi region earlier in the day, setting off a massive blaze.

Jan 13 13:42

General is most senior Army officer to kill self

The Army acknowledged Friday that Maj. Gen. John Rossi committed suicide on July 31, making him the highest-ranking soldier ever to have taken his own life.

Rossi, who was 55, was just two days from pinning on his third star and taking command of Army Space and Missile Command when he killed himself at his home at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. '

Investigators could find no event, infidelity, misconduct or drug or alcohol abuse, that triggered Rossi's suicide, said a U.S. government official with direct knowledge of the investigation. It appears that Rossi was overwhelmed by his responsibilities, said the official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

Jan 13 13:41

Thu Jan 12, 2017: Fresh Saudi Aerial Attacks Kill Seven Civilians in Yemen

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three women and four children were killed as Saudi fighter jets bombarded an area in the Bayt al-Faqih district of Yemen’s Western coastal province of Hodeida on Thursday, Al Masirah reported... On Wednesday, Yemeni soldiers and their allies shot and killed two Saudi soldiers in the hilly Abu Dhabrah region of Saudi Arabia’s border region of Jizan. Yemeni forces had lobbed a barrage of artillery shells at a military camp in Jabel Malhamah area of the same Saudi region earlier in the day, setting off a massive blaze. Also on Wednesday, Saudi jets conducted two aerial attacks on al-Hali district in Hodeida Province, with no reports of casualties... The Saudi war on Yemen, which has reportedly killed at least 12,800 Yemenis, was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to reinstate the former government.

Jan 13 13:40

Is the US Positioning Itself for A Military Presence in Myanmar? Using the “Rohingya Crisis” as a Pretext?

The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have spent decades and millions of dollars creating the political opposition fronts that constitute support for Myanmar’s new (and first ever) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. This support includes backing Suu Kyi’s saffron-clad street fronts who make up a nationwide network of “monk” alliances and associations.

And it is these alliances and associations that have served at the forefront of persecution against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

Also for years, this violent persecution has unfolded in what was otherwise a media blackout across North America and Europe. When violence reaches fevered pitches, American and European media organisations intentionally introduce ambiguity as to who precisely is leading anti-Rohingya violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that line about "never letting a good crisis go to waste"?!?

So now, the US expects its military to go in as "advisors" for the Myanmar military against a horrifically persecuted minority group, the Muslim Rohingya who, many times literally get burned out of their shacks?!?

I never thought, looking at various wars blamed on religious differences, but actually, about access to resources, that I would have to say "Watch out; here come the Buddhists!" Unfortunately, Myanmar is the exception to that, and big-time.

Jan 13 13:37

HEROIC Assange Agrees to Extradition if US Releases Chelsea Manning

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be extradited to the United States if President Barack Obama grants clemency to the former US soldier Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking documents, Wikileaks says. "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ (US Department of Justice) case," WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

Jan 13 13:31

Avoid Open Motorcades and Grassy Knolls Mr. Trump! - George Galloway (Video)

George Galloway is a top UK politician with a TV show on RT. In cozy fireside chat he explains that progressives and liberals are in an odd alliance with the Military Industrial Complex in an attempt to smear Trump using false accusations. Galloway is good, as usual.

Jan 13 13:27

An Israeli army tactic: Intimidating Palestinian children in the night

The two wanted individuals were sleeping in the boys’ bedroom, with blue walls and three beds, all of them blue, too. The girls’ room is pink. Tariq woke up in a fright. A soldier grabbed him by the arm. At this point seven soldiers were in the house. One of them took Hikmat to the living room and ordered him to sit on the floor. Six-year-old Mahmoud, in his father’s arms, began to cry, “Daddy, daddy!” Another soldier shut Iman in her room with her two daughters; as he did this, one of them, Shahed, 11, broke into tears. The two wanted brothers were taken to separate rooms, and the doors closed.

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This vicious intimidation of Palestinian children by masked IDF members is an old stock in trade device.

Wow, it must take a REALLY MANLY MAN to punish innocent kids this way, just for their being Palestinian!!

Jan 13 13:24

Northern Minnesota water tower freezes, disrupts service

Residents of Kennedy in Kittson County experienced a brief water outage around midnight Friday, Jan. 13, due to a freeze-up in their water tower.

Kennedy Mayor Todd Truedson said the town has been able to pull water from the North Kittson Rural Water system to make up for the gap in service from the offline tower. Workers from the rural water system and the city's maintenance crew were inspecting the tower before noon Friday to determine the extent of the freeze.

Jan 13 13:20

Israeli official who plotted to 'take down' British MPs resigns

The Israeli embassy official who was caught on camera plotting to “take down” British MPs has resigned from government service.

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the embassy in London, resigned several days ago when he was sent back to Israel. The UK Foreign Office and the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs both said that they regarded the matter as closed.

But the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has called on the Commons foreign affairs committee to conduct an inquiry into the matter, saying it amounted to “improper interference in our democratic politics” by a foreign state.

Masot was filmed by an undercover reporter from Al Jazeera television’s investigations unit as he talked about taking down MPs he considered hostile to Israel, including Sir Alan Duncan, the foreign office minister.

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Good on ya, Al Jazeera; good on ya!!!!!

But a small caveat to the British House of Lords, and House of Commons; please don't think the problem has been cured here because the symptom is no longer there.
At this point, you must fully expect anyone representing the Israeli government who replaces Shai Masot to be looking at attempting to do precisely the same thing he was, just with a little more finesse; this is the way the Israeli establishment thinks, and the sooner you accept it, the sooner you will be more able to prevent its negative impact on the British government.

Jan 13 13:11

China, Russia agree on more 'countermeasures' against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua

China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified "countermeasures" in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

The countermeasures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region", Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.

China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.

THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system's powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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(Sigh, hair-tearing out noises): What the US government should be doing right now is working with China and Russia to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to create a peace treaty, which gives North Korea assurances on trade, in exchange for them stopping their nuclear weapons program.

But of course...THAT...would be logical.

And unfortunately, the US government hasn't had a really on-going relationship with logic for quite some time now.

Jan 13 13:08

Matt Lauer Says He 'Burst Out Crying' Watching Obama Award Biden Medal of Freedom

Watching Obama award his BFF Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom caused NBC's Matt Lauer to "weep" and "burst out crying."

Jan 13 13:08

After Tanks the Boots: Thousands of US Troops Touch Ground in Europe on Way to Russian Frontier

A US armored brigade (3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) is on the move to Russia's Baltic border. After its equipment begun arriving in Europe last week so now have its soldiers.

The move is so big it will require 37 trains and over one thousand rail cars to transport from Germany to Poland.

A US armored brigade fields over 400 tracked and over 1300 wheeled vehicles including 80 62-ton Abrams tanks, 140 Bradley armored fighting vehicles and 400 humvees.

Jan 13 13:05

Obamacare And Single Payer

In his farewell address, President Obama bluntly laid down a challenge – “If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system – that covers as many people at less cost – I will publicly support it.”

There is such a plan. Not only does it cover as many people as Obamacare, it covers everyone. And at less cost than Obamacare.

Jan 13 13:05

US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage’ it — Kerry on leaked tape

The New York Times got a hold of the tape back in September and wrote a story about it. So did CNN. More on their accounts later.

The thrust of the conversation was the mutual frustration of Kerry and the Syrians that Bashar al-Assad was still in power and able to commit atrocities with the support of the Russians, who don’t adhere to international law the way we Americans do. I’d recommend listening to the whole tape; but the conversation went something like this:

The Syrians complained we aren’t helping enough. Kerry and his associates said we and the Saudis and Qatar and Turkey had provided huge amounts of aid to the rebels, who unfortunately were sort of aligned with extremists.

“Nusra makes it hard,” Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. “Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; the US government allowed ISIS to grow to destabilise the Syrian government, believing it would push Al-Assad to the negotiating table, and then would resign; but Al-Assad called for Russian help, which has been the major factor in getting most of the jihadists out of Syria successfully.

And no one in the White House, Pentagon, or State Department saw Russian help coming, if Al Assad asked for it?!?

THAT...was a catastrophic failure of imagination on the part of the US government, and very much demonstrates an almost pathological inability of US government analysts to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jan 13 13:04

Who Benefits from War with Russia?

There is absolutely no upside to any conflict with Russia when it comes to 99.9% of us. The fact so many pundits, anonymous intelligence officials and Hillary Clinton cultists are encouraging such an outcome based on zero publicly available evidence that Russia hacked the DNC/John Podesta and provided it to Wikileaks for the purpose of electing Trump, should be seen as the gigantic red flag that it is. So what’s actually going on? As is so often the case, it is all about money and power.

Jan 13 13:03

Circuit Court Issues Edict Demanding 70-Year-Old Blogger Remove Content- He Gives Them The Preverbial Finger

70-year-old blogger Gary Hunt has posted a very intruiging update to his situation regarding a circuit court judge's ruling regarding his website on Thursday, January 12th.

Basically the court is trying to say that they have the authority to demand Hunt take down certain content on his blog- regarding information pertaining to confidential federal informants (snitches) in the Bundy Oregon refuge case- but Hunt ain't buying it. Hunt has court documents which were presented in discovery in the cases of the seven remaining defendants who will be tried this February. He has been very clear, explaining in his very lengthy and detailed blog posts that he has not and will not post the actual documents, but rather has only excerpted from them.

Jan 13 13:01

Kremlin says Russia has no plans to get back to G8

Moscow has no intention of getting back to the G8 format, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "This theme [of return to the G8 format] is not being discussed in Moscow in any way," Peskov told the media.
Kremlin declines to comment on possibility of US involvement in Syria talks in Astana http://tass.com/politics/924901
Kremlin rejects further discussions of fake news on alleged blackmail file on Trump http://tass.com/politics/924918

Jan 13 12:54

Russian ex-finance minister says it’s early to talk about stronger US economy under Trump

"He [Donald Trump] wants to draw business into the United States. But this may generate feelings that this poses additional risks and business might leave for other countries. Today this policy generates large uncertainties as all say and that is why we can’t today [assume] on the basis of statements made by Trump whether the United States will become stronger in its economy," Kudrin said on the sidelines of the Gaidar economic forum. As Kudrin said, Trump rebuffed two auto makers in his Twitter and these companies immediately changed their policy. "Now there is a large-scale discussion in the United States about whether Trump will continue managing the country's economy through Twitter. On the other hand, this has caused a large wave of discussions about whether Trump can rebuff business in such a way and whether he may frighten off business in his home country," Kudrin said.

Jan 13 12:52

US Forces Massacred Afghan Civilians ‘In Self Defense’

In early November incident in the northern Kunduz Province of Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 33 Afghan civilians, a Pentagon military investigation concluded in a new report issued today. The troops ordered airstrikes against the village of Boz, and the bombings killed large numbers of civilians within.

The report was quick to shrug off the civilian casualties, insisting that the troops “acted in self defense,” and that they are clearing the troops of any wrongdoing for calling in airstrikes against civilian homes within a village, presenting it as an appropriate response.

The investigation centered its justification on claims that Taliban forces had fired on troops, and might well have been within any given house in the village, concluding that bombing all the houses was the “minimum force required” to neutralize “various threats” they might conceivably be under.

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So now, slaughter and assassination of innocent non-combatants is defined by the US military as "self defense"?!?!?

This very much reminds me of the response of the Papal legate, during the Catholic Church's genocide against the French Cathars.

When apprised that there were women and children with the men at Mont Segeur, he responded: "Kill them all: God will find his own."

Jan 13 12:49

Abbas wants Russia's help in preventing relocation of US embassy in Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has forwarded a letter to Russian leader Vladimir Putin asking Moscow to influence Washington so that the US embassy in Israel is not moved to Jerusalem, Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told reporters on Friday. "We have received information on the latest statement of [US President-elect] Donald Trump in which he said that his administration planned to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem," Erekat said. "In the letter, which I have handed over [to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov] today, we ask Russia to take steps so that the United States do mot move its embassy to Jerusalem." Donald Trump said during his election campaign that if he was elected president, he would take steps to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jerusalem Embassy Act initiating the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem was passed by the US Congress in 1995.

Jan 13 12:46

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump into War With Russia

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war. This is the real meaning of the “Russia hacking” story which, as yet, has not produced any hard evidence of Russian complicity.

Jan 13 12:46

‘Same Way We Treat Other Migrants’: Obama Ends ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Cuban Immigration Policy

The Obama administration has repealed the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that has been in place for over 20 years, which gave legal status to any escapees from Cuba who reached US soil.

On Thursday, Obama declared the repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy would take effect immediately, meaning that any Cuban who now arrives in the US risks being sent back to their country.

Jan 13 12:45

Rex Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen

FOR 21 MONTHS, a coalition of nations led by Saudi Arabia has been relentlessly bombing Yemen, using U.S.- and U.K.-produced weapons and intelligence in a war that has devastated Yemen and killed well over 10,000 civilians.

There is abundant evidence that the high civilian death toll in Yemen is the result of deliberate — not accidental — strikes by Saudi Arabia. During its air campaign, Saudi Arabia has bombed endless civilian targets — including homes, farms, markets, factories, water infrastructure, hospitals, and children’s schools — and has even gone so far as to use internationally banned cluster weapons, which are designed to inflict damage over a wide area and often remain lethal years after being dropped.

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Rex, Rex, Rex, REX REX!!!!!!

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, reading this, at warp speed!

Are you happy that the US has been complicit in Saudi war crimes by selling them the bullets and bombs to make their destruction of Yemen as complete as possible, including the bombing to death and starving to death Yemen's children?!?!?

Please, for God's sake, tell me no!!

And whoever on the TTT (Trump Transition Team) who is following this blog, please share the following images with Mr. Tillerson, so he "gets it", as to what the real issue here is, which can ultimately only be resolved through political negotiation by all sides.

This is what life looks like to a Yemeni kid these days:

Images: starving Yemeni children, as a result of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen

Images: Killed and wounded children, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

I would like to politely point out that the Saudi "Scorched earth" policy in Yemen has not been working.

And one of the most classic definitions of insanity is to do the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome; so it is with the US government's enabling the Saudi war against Yemen.

Jan 13 12:44

Sweden: Migrant Baby Boom Packs Hospitals; Somali's Birthrate 3.9, Native Swede's 1.8

Even though native Swedes are breeding below replacement level, their maternity wards are packed to the brim and expecting mothers are being forced to go to Finland to deliver their babies.

Jan 13 12:44

Swedish Massages On Rabbits And Government Wasting Your Damn Money

The National Institute of Health’s Center for Alternative and Complimentary Medicine spent $387,000 to study the effects of Swedish massages on rabbits.

Jan 13 12:42

Russia looking at possible reduction of its contribution to the Council of Europe

"Now we are discussing this issue [of reduction Russia’s contribution - TASS]. I can confirm that," Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said. "Once we find a proper legal formula, we can take some steps along this path. But so far, we have not found any," he added. "The problem is as follows: the contribution to the Council of Europe is paid in a lump sum and it is impossible to single out a sum that is to go to PACE. If it were possible we would have frozen our contribution to PACE long ago until Russia is back with all the rights," Kosachev stressed. "The task is to correct this illogical situation when the format of relations between the Russian parliament and PACE has changed whereas Russia’s contribution remains the same," he said.

Jan 13 12:39

Dahr Jamail | James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand

In November 2005 US marines in Iraq committed a massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The slaughtering of unarmed men, women, children and elderly people, shot multiple times at close range, was retribution for a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of marines. The war crimes were extremely well documented and the atrocity garnered international attention.

Mattis went on to dismiss all of the charges leveled against the marines who had been accused of killing the civilians and of the eight originally charged, only one still faces possible prosecution, but one can guess how that will end up.
Mattis was the head of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division in Iraq and played a lead role during both of the US sieges of Fallujah in 2004.
While reporting from inside Fallujah during that siege, I personally witnessed women, children, elderly people and ambulances being targeted by US snipers under Mattis' command. Needless to say, all of these are war crimes.

Jan 13 12:38

Russia, Turkey, Iran hold consultations on Syria in Moscow. Russia, Iran to maintain close dialogue on Syria ahead of Astana talks

On Friday, Russian, Turkish and Iranian diplomats held consultations in Moscow to discuss the preparations for the intra-Syrian talks in Astana, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "The meeting’s participants agreed that the upcoming Astana meeting would help implement the intra-Syrian agreements reached on December 29, 2016, as well as the UN Security Council Resolution 2336, and ensure a long-term and sustainable ceasefire in Syria, continued struggle against terror groups blacklisted by the UN.

Jan 13 12:37

‘Completely Wrong’ – Intl Sports Lawyer On NADO Suggestion Of Blanket Ban For Russian Athletes

19 national anti-doping agencies (NADOs) called for Russia to be stripped of all international competitions, and its athletes banned from competing under the Russian flag.

Jan 13 12:34

Nuclear weapons deterrence status is changing

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said on Thursday that nuclear weapons may no longer serve for the purpose of strategic deterrence in the future. Another type of weapon will come to replace it, the minister added. According to the Defense Minister, it will be high-precision weapons. The move will reduce international tensions and strengthen trust between countries, the minister said during a lecture for the leadership of the Defense Ministry and members of the public. According to Shoygu, high-precision guided weapons will be mostly based on ships and submarines by 2021, RIA Novosti reports. "By 2021, we plan to increase combat capabilities of Russian strategic non-nuclear forces four times, which will give us an opportunity to fully solve problems of non-nuclear deterrence," said Shoygu. The commander of Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev also spoke about a possibility for nuclear weapons to lose their deterrence role.

Jan 13 12:31

France's future president spotted in Trump Tower

According to recent polls, Marine Le Pen's rating is now higher than that of her rival, former prime minister and center-right activist Francois Fillon. Marine Le Pen stated before that if she ever takes office as President, France would pull out from NATO. "NATO was created at the time of the threat from the Warsaw Pact and the communist expansion of the Soviet Union. The USSR no longer exists, nor does the Warsaw Pact. Washington supports the existence of NATO to serve its purposes in Europe," Marine Le Pen said. She also expressed her respect for Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump. The French will go to the polls to elect their new president on April 23. A second round of elections may take place on May 7. Le Pen may win the elections in the first round with about 26.5 percent of votes...

Jan 13 12:30

Biden Rejects Claims Of Compromising Material On Trump

Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden has rejected the claims of “kompromat” — compromising material intended to be used against someone — on President-elect Donald Trump as “unsubstantiated”.

But, speaking to reporters in the White House on Thursday, Biden condemned the US president-elect for disparaging the country’s intelligence community, saying Trump’s statements casting doubt on US intelligence “play into the Russian narrative” of a beleaguered America.

Jan 13 12:07

Investment Of The Year: Venezuela Offers 5 Billion Dollar Bonds After 5th Minimum Wage Hike In Year

This time Venezuela is offering 5 BILLION dollars in bonds to investors with an interest rate of 6.5%. The bonds were bought by state run 'Banco de Venezuela'.

Jan 13 12:06

Will the CIA Assassinate Trump? "He's Being Really Dumb For Questioning Russia Conclusions"

Leaders in the Senate are warning President-elect Trump about the stupidity of going against the national-security establishment. That is a grave warning indeed:

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you…. He’s being really dumb to do this.”

[…]

No president since John F. Kennedy has dared to take on the CIA or the rest of the national security establishment

Read more at SHTF

Jan 13 12:05

Detroit: Worker Guarding Downed Power Line Robbed At Gunpoint For $2

A black man in Detroit robbed a DTE Energy worker guarding a downed power line for just $2.

Jan 13 11:58

Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope Suffers New Legal Setback

On Friday, Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ordered a new contested case hearing regarding the University of Hawaii at Hilo's sublease to TMT International Observatory, saying that Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) violated the constitutional rights of resident E. Kalani Flores by approving the sublease without first holding a contested case hearing as requested by Flores in 2014, according to NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now.

"Judge Nakamura's ruling reaffirms our position that the BLNR's actions have failed to protect Native Hawaiian rights and the public's interest in these public lands of Mauna a Wakea," Flores said in a statement.

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I understand the Native Hawaiians' concerns. And if we were talking about a sewage treatment plant or fertilizer factory I would agree it should go somewhere else.

But here is something to consider. Native Hawaiians view those volcanoes as the home of Madam Pele, who is already wearing a crown of the most amazing jewels science can produce.

But all crowns deserve a crown jewel, a Kohinoor, and the 30 meter telescope represents the finest technological accomplishment that will complement Pele's regalia!

I think Pele herself, being after all a woman, would approve of this added "bling!"

Jan 13 11:53

Rising Consumer Credit Is Increasing The Risk Of Default

The latest report by the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows that the number of Americans, aged 60 and more, with some type of student loan increased four times in the decade 2005 to 2015, from 700,000 to 2.8 million.

Jan 13 11:50

Rival government tries to seize Libya ministry buildings

A self-declared prime minister sidelined by Libya’s UN-backed government tried to seize the defense ministry and other state offices on Thursday, but a government spokesman said the attempt to capture the buildings by force had failed.

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Note the spin here. The Prime Minister was not "self-declared" but was from the last government the people of Libya elected for themselves. The UN-backed government is an imposed puppet ruler, and nobody likes their country to be run by people they did not elect!

Jan 13 11:49

‘Way Too Unsophisticated’ – Cybersecurity Legend McAfee On ‘Russian Hack Evidence’

The Senate Intelligence Committee held a rare open hearing on accusations that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, asking questions about a recent report by the US intelligence community on such activities.

Jan 13 11:49

The Streep

I’ve been lulling myself to sleep lately with this Sufiism:

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.

At the first gate, ask, ‘is it true?’

At the second, ask, ‘Is it necessary?’

At the third gate, ask, ‘Is it kind?’

Think I’ll tinker with Sufi’s wisdom though, just this once. After all, I’m writing, not speaking. Can I slide my words only through the first two gates and slip around the third? Yes—to unleash unkindness towards Meryl Streep.

Jan 13 11:48

For the First Time, Lady Liberty Depicted as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency

For the first time in American history, Lady Liberty will be portrayed as a woman of color on United States currency.

In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury's 225th anniversary, the new $100 coin was unveiled on Thursday featuring Lady Liberty as a black woman.

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The white image of Liberty is drawn from the Statue of Liberty. The French (who gave us that statue) are not going to be pleased.

Jan 13 11:48

BREAKING: MARCO RUBIO JUST FLIPPED SIDES! LOOK WHAT HE DID TO BETRAY TRUMP TODAY

Rex Tillerson is getting grilled by lawmakers on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Rex Tillerson just retired from Exxon and is up to be the next secretary of state.

Jan 13 11:43

Think The Aftermath Of The Election Was Bad?

After Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton and was elected the next president of the United States, all hell broke loose in America. Stars took to the airwaves to weep and rend their hair. Schools actually shut down and offered counseling. Protests blocked roadways. Some of the protests devolved into riots, and organizations funded by George Soros added fuel to those fires.

Jan 13 11:43

EpiPen Maker Set To Lose $800mn In 2017 As CVS & Major Insurer Turn To Rivals

Mylan, the controversial EpiPen maker, could lose much of the gains it made by hiking up the price of the lifesaving epinephrine auto-injector. Pharmacy chain CVS and insurance company Cigna have both announced they will turn toward the company’s rivals.

Jan 13 11:42

Likely Conflicts Ahead As Trump Elevates Giuliani To Cyber Czar

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be serving as a key cyber security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, the transition team announced on Thursday, which could pose yet more conflicts of interest for the incoming administration.

Jan 13 11:38

OF THE LIARS, BY THE LIARS, AND FOR THE LIARS

Let's start with some basic concepts. You live in an age of lies. Every day of your life you are literally being drowned in lies. Lies by government. Lies by advertisers. Lies by the corporate media.

Truth has become such a valuable commodity that the government is economizing it!

...

The historical fact is that all rulers lie pretty much all of the time, and each newly revealed lie ought not to be thought of as a shocking isolated incident, but merely a continuation of standard operating bullshit! In short, the vast majority of what you are told by rulers is a lie, and the rare moment of absolute truth a rare and precious gem worthy of celebration.

Here are some examples from history.

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Corporate media is in a panic right now. Ari Fleischer is bemoaning the fact that all corporate media is seen as on the same level with BuzzFeed, and Howard Kurtz is claiming that it is bad for the country when the corporate media loses the "Moral Authority" to mediate disputes (meaning to decide for you what is real and what is not). It isn't bad for the country, just bad for the liars, but to them that is the same thing.


"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
-- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News.

"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising". former NBC news President Rubin Frank

Asked to give a toast before the prestigious New York Press Club in 1880, John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Sun, made this candid confession [it's worth noting that Swinton was called "The Dean of His Profession" by other newsmen, who admired him greatly]:

" There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes. "


"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box." -- Edward R. Murrow

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Jan 13 11:26

US says its ready for WAR in Europe! Port Operations Press Briefing

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How do ordinary people in Europe, especially those living along the natural invasion routes, feel about all this?

Jan 13 11:22

The Deep State Wants to Deep Six Us

What do these pieces of evidence tell you?

The United States and Russia each possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over.

Pentagon officials say the cold war with Russia is for profit and bureaucracy.

When there was danger of peace breaking out in Syria, the U.S. military acted to prevent it, apparently against the will of President Obama.

The U.S. facilitated a coup in Ukraine, characterized a secession vote in Crimea as an invasion and seizure by force, made unsubstantiated claims about the shooting down of an airplane, opened a missile base in Romania, started building a missile base in Poland, moved more troops and equipment into Eastern Europe than seen since World War II, dropped all pretense that the enemy provoking all this was Iran, and spread the word through endless repetition that Russia was threatening Europe (even though Russia, for all its real crimes and offenses, including bombing Syria, was not threatening Europe).

Jan 13 11:18

Thousands of US Troops, Tanks Advance Toward Russian Border

Having arrived in Germany a few days ago, a mass of over 3,000 US ground troops backed by a large column of American tanks are advancing eastward toward the Russian border today, heading across Poland as part of a major NATO operation called Atlantic Resolve.

Unlike a lot of more specific war-games simulating explicit wars on certain fronts, Atlantic Resolve was initially launched just to spite Russia over the civil war in Eastern Ukraine, and seems to be designed more or less to simply antagonize Russia militarily.

And it’s doing it’s job, in that event, as Russian officials expressed serious concern over the matter, saying they believe the advance of a large number of US troops heading toward Russia is a threat to national security. They also added that they don’t appreciate having a large number of troops massed on their European border by a nation that isn’t even European.

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A short memo to NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg; your efforts at attempting to "...lock President-Elect Trump into a policy of hostility toward Russia." is headed toward an epic fail.

There's only one week before Trump gets inaugurated, and after that point, he and his team will, hopefully, make the right decisions for the future of this country vis a vis Russia, and I can tell you, with very little fear of contradiction, that their Russian policy will NOT be war-centric, as is NATO's.

Jan 13 11:15

Trey Gowdy RIPS Obama JUDGE 'ANSWER MY QUESTION' !

All of these people who work in gov that Trey Gowdy questions appear to be completely incompetent. They are either incompetent or corrupt either way they need to be fired day one of Trumps administration. They are a disgrace and an insult to all hard working Americans.

Jan 13 11:07

Bill Bonner: The one thing Team Trump will fight hardest to prevent

BALTIMORE – Bloomberg reports that a panel of Nobel Prize-winning economists has given Donald Trump’s economic policies the thumbs down.

In 1948, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to the discovery of DDT. A few years later it had almost collapsed the food chain.

In 1949, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to the discovery of the "therapeutic value" of lobotomy! Patients had their brains butchered by having what was essentially an ice pick shoved up their nose into their brains!

Nobel Prizes don't impress me any more.

Jan 13 10:55

REPORT: US INTEL MET SECRETLY WITH MOSSAD, PLOTTING TO HIDE INTELLIGENCE FROM TRUMP

A bombshell report from Israeli news service Ynet says Israeli and American intelligence officials are plotting to hide intelligence from incoming president Donald Trump.

Trump needs to see this report. Our lying press is completely ignoring it.

YnetNews reports:

Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration as the next president of the United States is causing Israeli intelligence officials to lose sleep as well. Discussions held in closed forums recently raised fears of a leakage of Israeli intelligence top-classified information, clandestine modus oprandi and sources, which have been exposed to the American intelligence community over the past 15 years, to Russia – and from there to Iran.

The cause of concern are the suspicions of unreported ties between the president-elect or his associates and the Kremlin, whose agents are also associated with intelligence officials in Tehran.

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Are you flipping kidding me?!?

And THIS, from the government whose leader said the following, the day after the election?!? Netanyahu hails Trump as a "True Friend of Israel"

So now, "true friends of Israel" have intel withheld from their governments, based on utterly false narrative, innuendo, and lies?!?

President Elect Trump, please keep your eyes open when it comes to Israeli geopolitics; their leadership very much likes to collectively "relieve themselves" in the faces of American leaders, then nonchalantly tell them it's raining!!

Jan 13 10:52

Syrian Army warns Israel it will respond after military airport bombed near Damascus

The army said several missiles were fired at the Mezzeh airport’s compounds from the Lake Tiberias area in northern Israel at about 12am Friday. The strike reportedly damaged one of the compounds of the crucial military facility.

The Mezzeh airport is located west of Damascus, just 5 kilometers from the Presidential Palace, the official residence of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Jan 13 10:52

U.S. Aristocracy Panics That Maybe Trump Is Serious

On January 2nd, the U.S. Republican Party’s Wall Street Journal headlined “Tensions Within GOP Rise Over How to Handle Russia”, and reported that the policy toward Russia by the incoming Republican President Donald Trump is being opposed not only by Democrats in the U.S. Congress, but also by some Republicans, and perhaps even by enough Republicans to jeopardize confirmation of his nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, as well as some nominees for other crucial diplomatic and military positions.

Jan 13 10:50

Facebook down worldwide for many users

Facebook users in parts of the world are experiencing a social media blackout, according to reports online.

Website Down Detector suggests Facebook problems are being experienced in parts of Central Europe and the west and east coasts of the US.

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"RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 13 10:47

Professor Believes The Irish Will Be An Ethnic Minority In Ireland By 2050

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski was referring to an unidentified United Kingdom based research. Speaking at the conferring ceremony at DCU he said that the Irish in Ireland will be a minority by 2050 while the Chinese may form the largest ethnic group.

Jan 13 10:35

Martial Law or Not? Obama Sends Troops To Poland In An Attempt To Cripple Trumps Administration

US troops and tanks arriving in Poland as part of the biggest US deployment in Europe since the end of the cold war have drawn the ire of Russia, which has described the move as a threat to its national security.

Jan 13 10:29

ISRAELI JETS BOMB DAMASCUS MILITARY AIRPORT; SYRIA VOWS IT WILL RESPOND TO "FLAGRANT ATTACK"

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a "flagrant" attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.

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A memo to Russia's President Vladimir Putin; the Israeli government is doing its damnedest to get you to respond militarily here, as the "excuse" for all that manpower and weaponry with which the US and NATO have stockpiled on your borders to be allowed to be unleashed, and describe it as their response to "Russian aggression."

Please don't take the bait, President Putin; it is only, thankfully, one week before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

And when that happens, I strongly suspect that the relationship between our two countries will become infinitely more pragmatic, and business-like, which is the way sensible, mature countries treat each other.

And finally,sir: no matter how prodigious the amounts of horse manure this government and their presstitutes are attempting to rain down in their futile, and fact-free, attempts to demonise Russia, in order to get Americans whipped up into a "wargasm", trumpeting the necessity of a war against Russia for false, and stunningly stupid, claims against it, no thinking American I know wants war with Russia.

And to President Al-Assad; please be very careful and cautious about how you answer this vicious, unprovoked Israeli attack.

This attack, in the dead of night, speaks volumes about the character, and complete, and utter, absence of morality, of the current Israeli government in Tel Aviv.

Jan 13 10:25

Sanders Fans Furious With Dems Who Voted Against His Amendment

Thirteen Democrats voted against a Bernie Sanders-sponsored amendment that could have allowed cheaper drugs to be imported from Canada

Jan 13 10:20

Chicago Thugs Targeting Amazon Delivery Drivers: "Take What You Want, Just Let Me Go"

Chicago's rash of violence, which resulted in over 800 homicides in 2016, a 20-year record high, has seemly focused its sites on a new type of victim, Amazon delivery drivers.

Jan 13 10:18

Afghan "Ghost Soldiers" Are Costing US Taxpayers Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Annually

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is once again warning about the long-standing problems of corruption in Afghanistan, and the amount of US “reconstruction aid” disappearing down black holes over the course of the years. As always, the discussion came around to “ghost soldiers.”

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