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Jul 19 16:20

It's Official: Trump Wins GOP Presidential Nomination

Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee on Tuesday after a roll call vote overshadowed by dissent and apathy atypical of what is traditionally a celebration of the party's White House candidate.

Trump easily earned the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination. But sporadic boos could be heard as some states attempted to award delegates to Trump's Republican primary competitors.

Trump's home delegation of New York put Trump over the top, announced on the convention floor with Trump's children standing nearby.

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Jul 19 15:52

2003 video shows then-Saudi FM asking to declassify 28 pages of 911 report

For years in the wake of the September 11 attacks, 28 classified pages from a US government inquiry have proven to be a bone of contention.

Many claimed that the unreleased documents contained links between Saudi officials and hijackers colluding to hatch the terror plot, which left over 3,000 people killed. Others believed that the kingdom did not want the documents to see the light of day.

On Friday, the US congress released the 28 pages, after years of wrangling in Washington between Congress and different administrations, Republicans and Democrats, and urging by families of the victims.

After reviewing the 28 pages, US intelligence officials say the documents show no evidence of Saudi complicity, the White House confirmed on the same day.

Jul 19 15:52

Comerica to cut 790 jobs, close 40 branches

Comerica Inc. plans to cut 9 percent of its workforce nationwide, or about 790 workers, the company announced Tuesday.

The cuts, which will happen over the coming year, are part of a plan that would consolidate 40 of its 476 bank branches nationwide. The changes aim to trim expenses by $110 million in 2017, increasing to $160 million in total by the end of 2018.

The moves are part of an initiative that Comerica is calling “GEAR Up,” which aims to “drive $230 million in additional pretax income” by the end of 2018.



Jul 19 15:51

Mass., N.H. troopers charged in beating video case

Two state troopers, one from Massachusetts and one from New Hampshire, were arrested Tuesday and charged with assault in the beating of a man following a police pursuit across state lines in May, officials said.

Jul 19 15:43

Clinton: Yes, Americans are fearful— but I’m a woman!

Clinton is right to say her campaign is revolutionary. She’s not even attempting to hide the fact that it’s the first time in American history that a presidential candidate has asked voters to forget everything they know about a candidate except what’s between their legs.

Jul 19 15:38

Milwaukee Sheriff: Black Lives Matter Is Violent Revolutionary Group Dedicated To Destroying America



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Jul 19 15:19

FBI, Police ‘Visited’ Activists’ Homes Ahead Of The Republican National Convention

In another step towards the fascist state Donald Trump has warm dreams envisioning, FBI agents and Cleveland police officers “visited” the homes of local activists in an attempt to gather intelligence on possible planned demonstrations surrounding the Republican National Convention. Such actions step over the line of information gathering into the realm of seeking to chill free speech.

Jul 19 15:10

China Is Dumping Treasuries And US Stocks As BRICS NDB To Issue Yuan-denominated Bond In Its Maiden Fundraiser



Jul 19 15:08

Decline of Empire: Parallels Between the U.S. and Rome

The U.S. reached its peak relative to the world, and in some ways its absolute peak, as early as the 1950s. In 1950 this country produced 50% of the world’s GNP and 80% of its vehicles. Now it’s about 21% of world GNP and 5% of its vehicles. It owned two-thirds of the world’s gold reserves; now it holds one-fourth. It was, by a huge margin, the world’s biggest creditor, whereas now it’s the biggest debtor by a huge margin. The income of the average American was by far the highest in the world; today it ranks about eighth, and it’s slipping.

Jul 19 14:57

ISIS As A Mirror

In part, the rapacious ugliness of ISIS is a reflection of the policies which formed it. We flinch at recognizing in ISIS atrocities the embodiment of the cruelty in NATO’s policies, the callousness of Madeleine Albright evaluating the lives of Iraqi children, the swagger and glee of Hilary Clinton at Gaddafi‘s murder, the effects on millions of insisting on regime change in someone else’s country and the Euro-American refusal to accept Syria’s democratically elected president.

Jul 19 14:51

We Have Lift Off: Space X Launches Dragon Cargo Ship To Intl Space Station

SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Jul 19 14:44

Poll: Most Americans Believe The Economy Is Rigged Against Them

Economist Gerald Epstein says U.S. workers are beginning to realize that their hardship is due to underlying workings of corporations.

Jul 19 14:34

Turkish Coup Attempt Brought Out The Worst In Western Media

A few days back, Turkey witnessed an unsuccessful military coup. The coup attempted to overthrow the Erdogan government and install military dictatorship.

Amidst all the hysteria and chaos, Turks took to the streets to protect their democratically elected government. As a result, the coup failed, and President Erdogan is still in power.




Jul 19 14:22

What The Coup Against Jeremy Corbyn Reveals About The Labour Party

Just ten months ago, Jeremy Corbyn was elected labour leader, pledging to recast the party as an opponent of austerity, militarism and war. Today Corbyn is a marked man who the majority of Labour Party MPs have determined must be expelled from office.



Jul 19 14:18

How Congress Allowed Vaccine Manufacturers To Dismantle The Constitution (In One Thousand Words Or Less)

Oh, Congress, you’ve made such a mess of things. When you were elected as a Representative, you must have been confused. To clarify, you represent the people of the United States, not corporations. There is a little document called The Constitution of the United States of America. In that document, (which it…

Jul 19 14:14

Farmers Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Sue Roundup’s Monsanto

Monsanto are being sued by four Nebraskan farmers, who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the cancers associated with the use of glyphosate – a key ingredient to Roundup. The farmers, along with an agronomist, are suing the agricultural giant for what they say is false information about the safety of Roundup use…

Jul 19 14:13

Comerica Bank To Cut 9 Percent Of Workforce

Jul 19 14:09

Polls Show Americans Distrust Clinton, Supporters Begin to Panic

While the FBI might have let presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton off the hook for her alleged mishandling of classified information, recent Washington Post/ABC News and CBS/New York Times polls suggest that the American public is far less forgiving.



Jul 19 13:59

Winter storm warning issued for Southeast Alaska

Heavy snowfall was headed for Southeast Alaska Saturday night, and the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in anticipation of the region's first significant snowfall of the season.

Forecasters said a low pressure system moving across the Gulf of Alaska will push warm, moist air into the region and generate a powerful blizzard. The warning for Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell and Hyder, which is more urgent than an advisory, will be in effect from midnight to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"During this 36-hour winter weather event, snowfall amounts ranging from 2 inches to as much as 18 inches are forecast," the weather service wrote on Facebook. "The high snowfall amounts could lead to snow removal issues and hazardous driving conditions."

Jul 19 13:58

Obama Grants EPA More Power To Regulate Harmful Chemicals … But Doesn’t Do Nearly Enough To Protect Kids From Toxic Substances

On June 22, President Obama signed into law a massive overhaul of the federal rules for regulating toxic chemicals, implementing a plan to test the safety of 64,000 chemicals currently on the market.

Jul 19 13:54

The Coup That Sank The American Ship (or has it? )

The wars that the central bankers of the US have waged and are still waging against Iraq, Libya and Syria are due to many reasons but one common reason is that these countries were selling their oil for currencies other than US dollars. War has been threatened against Iran for the same reason. The bankers are very sensitive about this issue because the issuance and subsequent use of US$ is the foundation on which all the power that the bankers have in and over the nations of the world is based. The declining use of US$ means a declining power base for the bankers.



Jul 19 13:53

Moneyed Interests Want Feds To Undermine State Laws Regulating GMOs

Several states across the Union have chosen to legislate on genetically modified foods. But national food industry lobbyists and the members of Congress they fund in Washington D.C. cannot abide any deviation from central authority, including the independent legislation considered by nearly 30 states. The question of genetically modified organisms has been…

Jul 19 13:47

CIA REBELS BEHEAD KID AND OTHER RECENT U.S. SUCCESSES IN SYRIA

The U.S. "regime change" operation in Syria recently tallied up some major successes. The Syrian Democratic Force, a U.S. sponsored group of mostly Syrian Kurds, is besieging the Islamic State held eastern city of Manbij. According to the UN's Human Rights commissioner 70,000 civilians in Manbij are cut off from all supplies. We have yet to hear calls for an immediate breaking of the siege or for enforced air drops of supplies to these people. Where are all the R2P fans in the Obama administration and all the well paid Syrian opposition propaganda groups on this? That the U.S. has managed to avoid any questions about this siege is surely a success.

Jul 19 13:32

Police officer shot in Kansas City, in critical condition

Kansas City Police Chief, Terry Zeigler, said an office was shot Tuesday afternoon. Their condition is unknown.

It was a male officer. A spokesperson for the department told WFSB the police officer’s condition was critical.

Jul 19 13:31

Erdogan: Turkey ready to restore regional peace together with Iran and Russia

Turkey is ready to work towards restoration of peace and stability in the region together with Russia and Iran, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday.

"Today, we are determined more than ever before to contribute to the solution of regional problems hand in hand with Iran and Russia and in cooperation with them," the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Erdogan as saying. The Turkish president informed Rouhani about the situation in Turkey. "At present, the situation is getting back to normal but it is too early to say that everything is over," Erdogan said.



Jul 19 13:29

"Bulava" to retire: New Russian submarines will have a new beast of rockets

Apparently, the word of ballistic missile submarines that will carry. It should be replaced by a solid fuel missile R-30 Bulava, which is a basic modern Russian strategic missile submarine class 955 Borey.

Sama Bulava (Mace) not long ago introduced in the armament - 2013. Why then commenced work on a new intercontinental ballistic missile?

Construction of a missile R-30 Bulava started in 1998 in the Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering (MIT), who had never dealt with making missiles for submarines. For some, not most logical reason, the project was allocated MIT, and not the State Rocket Center who had experience with making missiles for submarines solid fuel R-39, as well as liquid fuel R-29RM (in different versions - including the latest R-29RMU2.1 Lajner).

Jul 19 13:21

video - FOX News' Shepard Smith Criticizes Bobby Jindal for Saying "all lives matter

Shepard Smith says 'All Lives Matter' is offensive

Jul 19 13:13

Sex Abuse Cover-Up: Ex-Archbishop Accused Of Failing To Act

Police should investigate former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton for misconduct, a lawyer for bishop Peter Ball’s victims has urged, following the release of documents that suggest the head of the Church of England knew about the abuse allegations but failed to act.



Jul 19 13:12

Is Bushism Dead? Let’s hope so…

At issue in the battle between the Party of Bush and Party of Trump: Will we make America safe again, and great again? Or are globalism, amnesty, and endless interventions our future? Do we put the world first, or America First?

Jul 19 13:03

Texas Governor Makes Bid To Extend Hate Crime Protections To Cops In Police Protection Act

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pushing for the introduction of stronger penalties for crimes against police officers and extend hate crime protections to cops through his Police Protection Act, he revealed Monday.

Jul 19 13:01

The Dumbest PC Idea

If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong.

Jul 19 12:59

THE US WAGES HYBRID WAR IN ARMENIA

The militants who seized the police station in Yerevan are demanded concessions from the authorities. 5 hostages are still in the hands of the bandits. The deputy head of the Armenian police, Major-General Vardan Yeghiazaryan and Deputy Chief of Yerevan Police, Colonel Valery Osipyan, are among the hostages. A group of radicals unsuccessfully tried to join militants at Monday.



Jul 19 12:57

Fox 8: Fewer protesters than expected in Cleveland for the RNC

Yes, crowds have taken to the streets, but not nearly as many as predicted.

Jul 19 12:46

Cleveland police to protesters: don't hide your faces

The pop-up groups, though small in number, appear to be the only disrupting force in a so-far uneventful series of protests that marked the convention's opening.



Jul 19 12:29

Blair in the dock: Bereaved military families crowdfund nearly £50k to sue former PM over Iraq

Donations are pouring in to a crowdfunding page launched to help families of soldiers killed in Iraq take legal action against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The families’ aim to raise £50,000 (US$65,000) was close to being achieved on Tuesday afternoon, when the campaign already boasted more than £44,000.

Launched by Roger Bacon and Reg Keys, whose sons Matthew and Tom were killed in the war, the page has already reached 89 percent of its target with 30 days still to run before their deadline.

Bacon and Keys say although they accept those who enlist for the armed forces do so in the understanding they may be hurt or killed, “the long-awaited Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot) Report has confirmed that there were serious failings in the lead-up to, planning and conduct of the War, which led to so many unnecessary deaths.

“Our armed forces must never again be so callously sacrificed by political ambition and the irresponsibility and failings of Government and Whitehall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Possibly, some small modicum of justice may be achieved after all this time.

No elected official has the right to lie their country into war, EVER!!

Jul 19 12:24

Race Relations Are Much Worse After A Black President And Two Black Attorney's General, Trump Will Win Because Majority of Americans Seek Change From Obama



Jul 19 12:24

Beijing Launches Combat Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Taking a page from the Pentagon playbook, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will now conduct regular combat patrols of the South China Sea.

Throughout the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, the United States has conducted a series of provocative military patrols through the region. Claiming its actions are routine "freedom of navigation" exercises, the US Navy has sailed within the 12-mile territorial limit of Beijing’s land reclamation projects. American B-52 bombers have also conducted flights over the waterway, along with other surveillance aircraft.

On Friday, the PLAAF sent its own warplane over the South China Sea, an H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bomber.

On Monday, PLAAF spokesperson Shen Jinke indicated that these flights will become a "regular practice" according to Xinhua news agency. By doing this, the air force hopes to "promote real combat training" in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) it only appears to be a matter of time before Chinese and US troops physically clash here, and that appears to be what the US government is working for; creating a false flag, to be blamed on the Chinese military, and off we go......

As someone who lives in Hawaii I am very, very nervous about a military confrontation between the US and China, because the US Pacific Command & Control center is stationed here.

Jul 19 12:24

The world is taking its revenge against elites. When will America's wake up?

The world of accepted ideas was coming apart, and no one caught the new mood better than the New York Times’s David Brooks, a man who has spent his career describing the inner lives of the nation’s prosperous white-collar elite. Ordinarily a dealer in witty aphorisms and upper-crust humor, Brooks now wrote a column entitled “Are We On the Path to National Ruin?” in which he speculated darkly about the possibility of fascism in America. “The crack of some abyss opened up for a moment by the end of last week,” he wrote. “It’s very easy to see this country on a nightmare trajectory.”

Jul 19 12:21

UWM prof advocates ‘abolition of whiteness’

Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is calling for the complete “abolition of whiteness,” saying only then will America see an end to racism.

Professor Gregory Jay’s personal website is devoted almost entirely to questions of whiteness and racism, with some whole essays on topics of “whiteness studies” addressing questions like “who invented white people?”

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Jul 19 12:19

"The Case For Donald Trump Is Simple"

What’s the best case for Donald Trump?

The question comes in the week Republicans here will formally nominate him for president, and the answer is not complicated. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gave it as his reason for signing on as Mr. Trump’s VP: The alternative is President Hillary Clinton.

This is the reality of choice in a two-party democracy. Still, many have a hard time accepting it. So even as Mr. Trump handily dispatched 16 more-experienced rivals, his shortcomings and unfitness for office have become a staple of conservative fare.

Yes, Mr. Trump elevates insult over argument. Yes, he is vague and contradictory about the details of his own proposals. And yes, he often speaks aloud before thinking things through. It’s all fair game.

Even so, in this election Mr. Trump is not running against himself. Though you might not know it from much of the commentary and coverage, he is running against Mrs. Clinton.

Jul 19 12:18

US Congressman "White People Have Contributed More To Civilization Than Others," Guess The Reaction

Here’s the story from Vanityfair.com:

During a panel discussion on MSNBC on Monday evening, Rep. Steve King of Iowa said that white people contributed more to civilization than any other categories or “sub-group of people,” causing a live segment to devolve into on-air chaos.

Jul 19 12:12

Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China's news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) "urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order" to be ready to "win the war."

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea - which despite last week's decision by the Hague tribunal - deems as its own, could end in "disaster."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, you don't have to be Fellini to figure this out.

And my bet is, if internal polling at the DNC indicates that Trump will win in a landslide, the current Administration will want to hand off the most difficult geopolitical and financial situations possible to him; a war with China, coupled with a crashed economy.

Jul 19 12:10

Clinton: Trump Can’t Win The White House, Must Be Defeated

US presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says her Republican rival, Donald Trump, cannot become the next president.

Speaking at the annual NAACP conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday, Clinton called on the civil-rights group to defeat Trump, saying he was unfit to run the country.

Jul 19 12:06

Calif. group to RNC hit by highly contagious norovirus

A dozen California GOP staffers have fallen ill with what appears to be the highly contagious norovirus while at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 19 11:54

Lying scientists and the lying lies they tell

There's immense pressure on academics to publish -- or perish. Inevitably, some take shortcuts. The online publication Retraction Watch covers the ivy-covered mean streets of academe. Once you get past the PhDs and the polysyllabic jargon, you have to wonder how smart some of these shysters are.

The dude who doctored data on 11 papers? Or the guy who faked 70 experiments!

Jul 19 11:52

The Financial System Is Breaking Down At An Unimaginable Pace

Now it’s $13 trillion.

That’s the total amount of government bonds in the world that have negative yields, according to calculations published last week by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Given that there were almost zero negative-yielding bonds just two years ago, the rise to $13 trillion is incredible.

In February 2015, the total amount of negative-yielding debt in the world was ‘only’ $3.6 trillion.

A year later in February 2016 it had nearly doubled to $7 trillion.

Now, just five months later, it has nearly doubled again to $13 trillion, up from $11.7 trillion just over two weeks ago.

Think about that: the total sum of negative-yielding debt in the world has increased in the last sixteen days alone by an amount that’s larger than the entire GDP of Russia.

Just like subprime mortgage bonds from ten years ago, these bonds are also toxic securities, since many of are issued by bankrupt governments (like Japan).

Jul 19 11:46

'It's Working:' New Analysis Shows Insurers Losing Tens of Millions Annually on Obamacare

Via John Sexton, here's a Politico report on the 'Affordable' Care Act's unstable, unsustainable status quo:

For the insurance companies doing business in the state–the ones issuing policies to those 600,000 people–Obamacare has turned into a financial sinkhole. United Health Group, the nation’s largest insurance company, is pulling out of the Obamacare business in North Carolina next year. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which dominated the individual market with more than a half-million customers, reported that losses on its Obamacare business in 2014 and 2015 topped $400 million. The insurer said that figure includes government payments designed to shield insurers from big losses during the early years of Obamacare. The only other current competitor, Aetna, wants to hike rates by nearly 25 percent next year...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stating that something "is working" by fiat, and not paying attention to the real numbers here, including the number of people who can no longer get health insurance, is creating a huge "lost their reality license moment", for both Clinton and Obama.

Jul 19 11:38

Turkey Failed Coup: Ties Emerge Between Hilary Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen

A newly-released email and lobbying documents filed with Congress reveals new ties between Clintonworld and members of a network operated by a mysterious Islamic cleric from Turkey.

Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could muddle the complex relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, a key NATO ally, if the former secretary of state wins the White House.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, has mounted an aggressive crackdown against Gulen and his followers, known as Gulenists. Erdo?an, who was once allied with Gulen, has even personally asked President Obama to extradite the 74-year-old guru, who has lived in self-exile in Pennsylvania’s Pocono mountains since 1999.

Erdo?an has accused Gulen of attempting to undermine the Turkish government. Gulen’s followers control many Turkish institutions, including the media, courts, and police force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absolute absence of) surprise at this Clinton connection!!

Jul 19 11:36

Thousands call for Slovakian PM and interior minister’s resignation

More than 1,000 protesters gathered in the center of Bratislava on Monday, demanding the resignation of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico and Interior Minister Robert Kalinak following a fraud scandal. Protesters marched towards the Bonaparte complex, where Fico and Kalinak both have apartments, and held an unauthorized demonstration outside, holding placards and wearing T-shirts reading “Fico protests thieves.”

Opposition leaders who organized the protest claim that Fico and Kalinak have ties with Ladislav Basternak, who faces accusations of using misappropriated state funds for building the luxurious housing complex.

Jul 19 11:36

FSB accuses Ukrainian special services of using OSCE mission as spy cover in Donbass

Ukrainian special services are using international groups like the OSCE as cover for intelligence gathering operations and sabotage in the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic, the FSB reported, referring to the testimony of a detained Ukrainian agent.

Jul 19 11:35

Hillary Clinton vs. James Comey: Email Scandal Supercut

Jul 19 11:33

Syria’s “Moderate Rebels” Are Not Moderate, Not Rebels

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Never has the US-led conspiracy against the sovereign state of Syria been so transparent. When recently a Syrian warplane crashed near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its pilot parachuted to safety, he was captured and promptly executed by US-backed “moderate rebels.” In what was clearly an inexcusable war crime, the story began to change almost immediately in order to shift the blame.

Reuters in its article, “Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels say pilot killed,” would report (emphasis added):

The rebel group Jaish al-Islam said the pilot had been killed by a Nusra Front fighter while being held at a joint command centre. Jaish al-Islam had earlier said he would be handed over to them because they had shot down his plane.

Jaish al-Islam, which controls territory on the Syrian capital’s eastern and northeastern outskirts, had earlier circulated a photo that it said showed the pilot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a logical position for the US government and military here to be taking is that of complete cooperation with the Russians in getting rid of ALL jihadists in Syria.

However, unfortunately, logic, and the last several, and current administrations, have not had a good on-going relationship.

Jul 19 11:26

US to Set Up Five Military Bases in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

The source disclosed certain paragraphs of the agreement signed between the US Department of Defense and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga ministry, including establishment of 5 US military bases in the region.

“One of the bases will be set up in Atroush region, two in Harir region and two large bases in Erbil and Duhok,” the source, who called for anonymity, told Iraq’s al-Ma’loumah news agency.

“Based on the MoU, the Americans should pay the salaries of Peshmerga forces and train and equip them for 10 years,” he added.

His remarks came after a military MOU was signed on Tuesday between the US Department of Defense and the Peshmerga Ministry at the government of Kurdistan to support the Kurdish forces in fighting the ISIL in Iraq.

KRG President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this is unsourced, it does have the ring of truth to it.

Apparently this was the quid pro quo for the US arming the Peshmerga, to fight the jihadists in Iraq; taking off a significant sliver of Iraq with which to found an independent Kurdistan.

But I have to wonder: has anyone sent the memo on this to either Al Abadi or Al Sadr in Baghdad?!?!? One has to wonder just how they will feel, understanding that the US government believes it has the moral right to balkanize their country.

I frankly would be willing to bet that neither gentleman will be amused.

Jul 19 11:17

Post- Coup Turkey will be Distinctly Eurasian

Erdogan correctly calculated that the EU wants nothing to do with his country and that Turkey is unable to milk extra benefits from the bloc after the Brexit referendum, so he recalibrated his state’s foreign policy to align with the multipolar world instead. This saw the recent news of Turkey belatedly declaring Al Nusra a terrorist organization and opening up secret reconciliation talks with Syria, despite still repeating the “face saving” refrain of “Assad must go”. Furthermore, Turkey is part of Russia’s nascent coalition of regional powers opposed to the US’ daring attempt to militantly carve out the “second geopolitical Israel” of “Kurdistan”. Not only that, but Turkey are Russia are also back on track for reimplementing the Balkan Stream megaproject, which when paired with China’s complementary Balkan Silk Road high-speed rail project from Budapest to Piraeus, is perhaps the most ambitious multipolar outreach to Europe that has ever been attempted.

Jul 19 11:11

Largest US Pension Fund Suffers Worst Annual Return Since Financial Crisis Due To Heavy Stock Losses

While we have often documented the dramatic underperformance by the hedge fund industry over the past decade courtesy of a centrally-planned market in which it no longer pays to "hedge", culminating with countless hedge fund closures and substantial redemptions (mostly by now redundant Fund of Funds managers), today we learn that "vanilla" asset managers were also hurt over the past year in which the S&P went nowhere, and not just in Japan where the gargantuan, $1.4 trillion GPIF recently suffered major losses, but in the US as well.

Case in point: Calpers, the largest U.S. public pension fund which as the WSJ reports posted its lowest annual gain since the last financial crisis due to heavy losses in stocks.

Jul 19 11:10

Netanyahu: I hope Israel, U.S. will conclude military aid deal in coming weeks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he hopes to close ongoing talks and reach a deal with the United States concerning long-term military aid to Israel in the coming weeks.

Addressing Israeli lawmakers during the local version of Question Time, the prime minister said that "I hope that within a few weeks, we will close the agreement on defense aid with the United States."

During an appearance on Monday before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly said he believes that Israel and the United States will wrap up negotiations on long-term future American military aid by Rosh Hashanah, which this year begins on October 2. The comments were reported by two Knesset members who attended the meeting but asked not to be identified because the session was classified as secret.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported in activistpost.com 2 May 2016:

Falsely decried as an “anti-Israel” administration, the Obama White House is signaling that it is open to providing Israel with an unprecedented amount of support both in terms of financing and military assistance. If the reports coming out of Israeli media are true, the new agreement with Israel would be the largest amount of aid provided to any country in U.S. history. The US and Israel have been engaged in intense negotiations in recent months to outline US military aid to Israel for the next 10 years. Israel is demanding $40 billion over the next ten years, a sizeable jump from the $30 billion over 10 years given to Israel over the past decade. The tentative agreement is yet one more example of the falsity of the left-right paradigm that sees the “right” accuse the false “left” of being “weak on terror,” “weak on Iran,” and “anti-Israel” all while the false “left” is actually launching wars across the world, bullying Iran into accepting a deal it should by no means have to accept, and giving Israel the largest amount of assistance in U.S. history.

The President and the 83 Senators who signed this letter, apparently, need to be reminded of the following fact: under the Symington Amendment, all military and financial aid to Israel is completely illegal.

The Symington Amendment expressly forbids any aid to countries which will not sign the NNPT, and refuse to have their weapons facilities inspected; unlike Iran, Israel refuses to sign the NNPT, and have its nuclear facilities inspected.

But, then again, the President and Senators believe that law....only applies to "us little people", and not to themselves, particularly when it comes to Israel, even when that aid breaks American law, as it does in this instance.

Jul 19 11:10

How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians

It filtered money through Haiti and back to itself.

Jul 19 11:10

Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches

Germany’s largest lender is set to shut over a quarter of its branches across the country as the company goes through a major restructuring process.

Jul 19 11:07

Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims Hillary Clinton didn't lie to Congress about her emails

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) claimed Tuesday on Fox Business that Hillary Clinton never lied to Congress about her private email server, saying there was a “difference of opinion” on the matter.

Jul 19 11:06

The Evil Among Us/Serpent Seed/HRC

Jul 19 11:04

Trump Blocks GOP Platform Bill to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Pro-Trump campaigners have canceled a GOP pledge to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons during a committee platform meeting on national security, disturbing Republican hawks who have consistently called for a more aggressive anti-Russia posture.

Jul 19 11:04

Scott Baio "Our Country Is In A Very Bad Spot! You Can See it Everywhere!"

Jul 19 10:57

HILLARY’S RESPONSE TO CHARGE SHE’S PART OF THE ESTABLISHMENT: ‘I’M A WOMAN!’

Having female genitalia is "revolutionary," according to Clinton

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Jul 19 10:56

Should Police Use Bombs To Kill Criminals?

In the wake of the two seemingly outrageous slayings of African American men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana and the equally heinous retaliatory killings of five police officers in Dallas by a black former Army Reservist, questions have been raised in all three cases about excessive police behavior.

Police surrogates on the cable TV networks were sent into a state of apoplexy that some security analysts, while the Dallas police department was still grieving, raised eyebrows about the use of an exploding bomb, delivered by a robot, to kill the Dallas shooter. Whether intentional or not, this argument was an attempt to use the legitimate grief of the police families to shield the department from a debate about the aggressive military tactics used to kill the shooter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although my heart goes out to those slain officers, their families, and their friends, I did have a moment of pause about how their killer was executed; by an armed robot, for the first time in police history.

Yes, the crime committed by Johnson was heinous and horrific; but I am very concerned about this technology becoming "legitimized" for police work in the future in this country.

How soon will such technology be used against peaceful protesters, who have a reasonable gripe about what their government is doing in America?!?

Unfortunately, the way "due process" seems to have been ripped out of the American judicial process, my bet would be...soon.

Jul 19 10:47

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Saudi Arabia is not going to risk an attack on the US because all that wealth would vanish. The Saudi wealth inside the US would be frozen or seized, and the outstanding loans to the US would never be repaid. The "useful idiots" trying to save Israel by blaming 9-11 on Saudi Arabia have yet to come up with a motive for the Saudis to do something like 9-11 that risks losing all that cash.

Remember that Saudi Arabia was being framed for 9-11 right from the start. One of the accused hijackers, a Saudi Pilot named Saeed Al-Ghamdi, was still alive after 9-11 and sued the US Government for defaming him.

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The corporate media are screaming that the recently released 28 pages "convict" Saudi Arabia of 9-11.

Right.

And Saddam had nuclear weapons.

Apparently they are hoping that nobody has read those actual pages because there is nothing there but rumor and innuendo. It's all "may have", or "might be." There is nothing substantive at all.

And as this article (which I hope you will share on social media) points out, Saudi Arabia had no motive to commit 9-11, and even if they had reason to harm the US, they didn't need airplanes into sky scrapers to do it!

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Jul 19 10:43

Bahrain Says US, UK Criticism ‘Unacceptable Interference’

The Bahraini government has issued a statement angrily condemning the US and Britain for their “unacceptable interference” in internal policy, after the two nations criticized the government’s ban on the largest opposition group in the nation.

The tiny nation of Bahrain has struggled with its treatment of their opposition since the Arab Spring. The royal family and by extension the government are Sunnis, but a majority of the population are Shi’ites. This has sparked repeated protests, with the Shi’ites claiming they are discriminated against in top positions around the country.

The banning of al-Wefaq, a Shi’ite group, continues that, with the US State Department calling the group a “nonviolent opposition,” and warning that banning them was undermining regional stability in the Persian Gulf.

A joint statement was issued today by several top Shi’ite clerics, saying they believe that the ban of Wefaq is part of a larger attack on their existence and identity.

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This is one thing that the US State Department, miraculously, has gotten right, in its analysis of the situation in Bahrain.

So far, protests against the government's policies against the Shiites have been remarkably restrained; but there may be a point of boiling-over anger, on the part of the Shiite community, which cannot be restrained by police or military action, even with importing Saudi Arabian troops.

We could even, potentially, be looking at a revolution here, and the complete abolishment, or exile, of the Al-Khalifa monarchy.

And I would like to strongly caution the Al-Khalifa monarchy and the Bahraini government that hubris...can have some very terrible unintended consequences.

Jul 19 10:43

Politically Incorrect Insights

A simple mathematical analysis will show that EXPONENTIAL growth in any system, whether it is debt, population, military expenses, energy use, or currency in circulation, cannot continue indefinitely. However, leaders pursue policies that suggest exponential growth will continue forever. This will end in blood and tears.

Jul 19 10:42

Russia’s FSB arrests Ukrainian spy operating as an OSCE interpreter

According to the security service, the alleged Ukrainian spy collected information on the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and helped other agents to infiltrate foreign missions

Jul 19 10:34

British PM Willing to Nuke Hundreds of Thousands; Parliament Approves Funding

In one of the first high profile parliamentary debates since she took over the premiership last week, British PM Theresa May today insisted she would have no hesitation in ordering nuclear strikes abroad that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians.

The somewhat blunt, somewhat genocidal answer appears to have been the right one for the crowd, as it wasn’t long thereafter that parliament agreed to spend upward of $40 billion modernizing their nuclear weapons arsenal. Many analysts have suggested that the $40 billion is a gross underestimate, and the nukes will end up costing far more.

The question about massacring civilians with a nuclear strike is a common one during such debates, and historically one prime ministers dodge. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe said he believed it was a question no prime minister would ever directly answer.

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WOW, that didn't take long!!

May's wardrobe advisor might want to consider clothing her in shades of "genocidal red"; that would really be appropriate right now!

Jul 19 10:29

Snapchat applies for patent to serve ads by recognizing objects in your snaps

Just took a picture of some coffee? Here's an advert for more coffee!

Jul 19 10:28

Spotlight: Turkey, U.S. walk tightrope over extradition of cleric Gulen

As a faction of the Turkish armed forces involved in the coup attempt was deemed as loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkey firmly demands extradition of the cleric, which may sour bilateral ties, local experts said Monday.

Turkey officially designated Gulen's religious movement as a terrorist group and has repeatedly asked his extradition from the U.S., but the latter says solid evidence is needed to back any extradition request for his alleged leadership of a terrorist organization.

Ankara may question its friendship with Washington if the U.S. fails to meet Turkey's demand, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday in a press conference after the first cabinet meeting following a failed coup attempt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, unwilling to capitulate publicly to a foreign demand of this kind, will most probably NOT extradite Gullen.

However, look for this guy to get "very, very depressed", and perhaps take a leisurely stroll in Fort Marcy Park, then "commit suicide".

The US government, under various administrations, has a long string of dead bodies going back decades; my bet would be on an extrajudicial assassination, carried out very covertly.

Jul 19 10:28

Hillary Rodham Clinton airs thousands of ads; Donald Trump, none

(*Only because Trump is not as versed in her ability to lie .
She , on the other hand , has so many , she can't tell them all in a one minuet 'spot' ,
but by christ , she self endorses every one of them !)

Jul 19 10:23

ISIS releases video made by Afghan axeman, 17, in which he says his horror attack on German train that injured 19 was in revenge for Western airstrikes

ISIS has released a chilling video of the Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train where he says he will attack the country in revenge for airstrikes against the terror group.

The attacker, who is named in the footage as Muhammad Riyad, was gunned down by armed police after fleeing the scene near the city of Wurzburg, 70 miles north of Nuremberg last night.

He is believed to be 17 years old although in the video, he appears he could be much older.
It has been revealed he moved to Germany two years ago and had been living with a foster family in Ochsenfurt for the past two weeks.

He shouted 'Allahu Akbar' during the incident and ISIS has claimed responsibility, making it the first attack by the terror group in Germany.

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Jul 19 10:21

Outrage over German university’s dismissal of anti-Semitism expert

n unleashed a firestorm of criticism from scholars, students and Jewish organizations when it did not extend the employment contract of Dr. Samuel Salzborn - one of the most prominent academic experts in German anti-Semitism.

“It is a scandal! It shows that critical research on right-wing radicalism/anti-Semitism is not desired in Germany," Julius Schoeps, a leading German Jewish historian and a descendant of the 18th century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, wrote The Jerusalem Post by email in early May. "One can only shake his head.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe we are all just sick and tired of hearing about whatever it is that happened before we were all born, followed by a demand for more free stuff for Israel.

Read the comments. Apparently this "expert" has made some very bizarre statements over the years.

Jul 19 10:19

An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised As Technological Advance

Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It’s a shiny video game for grown ups — a Mortal Kombat or Call of Duty where the animated enemies bleed real blood. Just like the giant wooden horse the Greeks convinced the Trojans to bring inside their gates, however, the drone carries something deadly in its belly: a new and illegal military strategy disguised as an impressive piece of technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, it is only a question of time regarding how long it will be that we see this technology being used here in the US, unless there is a massive, peaceful move on the part of all Americans to prevent it.

And please, don't think, "Wow, that can't happen here!"; because the precedent has already been set for extrajudicial assassinations right here at home, and in a circumstance many Americans might have applauded.

Micah Johnson, who shot and killed police in Dallas last week, was taken down with a robot, armed with a bomb.

This is the first time in police history in this country that this has happened; but I can nearly guarantee you, it will not be the last.

Jul 19 10:12

U.S. Said Readying Suits Against Anthem, Aetna Insurer Deals

U.S. antitrust officials are poised to file lawsuits to block Anthem Inc.’s takeover of rival health-insurer Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s deal to buy Humana Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

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U.S. antitrust officials

(*I'm just confounded that I haven't heard mention of the U.S. antitrust officials , during the whole clinton email server debacle , for the duration that it has been raging on !)

Jul 19 10:06

Hillary Says Trump Is Most Dangerous Presidential Candidate Ever – But She Is

Clinton, in an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, believes Donald Trump has “no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.”

All of this could be applied to Clinton. She is by far the more dangerous of the two candidates.

If Clinton gets into office, she will start or expand wars and through large economic programs will ensure the US’s quasi-depression deepens and that the economy never truly recovers at all (even though it may seem to.)

If things aren’t getting worse, Hillary’s power is not advancing. She is good at making things worse.

Jul 19 10:00

Army Civil Disturbance Plan “Operation Garden Plot”

CONPLAN 2502 (Civil Disturbance Operations)

Jul 19 09:58

Latest Guccifer 2.0 Leak Reaffirms Primaries Were Rigged for Clinton

The memo is just one of several documents released by Guccifer 2.0 proving the Democratic National Committee rigged the system for Clinton. Before the primaries began, DNC strategies were developed with Clinton in mind as the presidential nominee. The leak affirms claims by Bernie Sanders’ supporters that the Democratic primaries were not an election, but rather a coronation for Hillary Clinton.

Because many of the documents implicate mainstream media outlets in their complacency to adhere to the DNC’s strategy, the Guccifer 2.0 hacks have gone largely unreported. Some of the documents even unveil how the Clinton campaign fed specific stories to the media in order to boost their political agenda.

Jul 19 09:57

Did Michelle Obama Also "Borrow" For Her 2008 Speech

“...is based upon the application of certain basic truths: that integrity is all important, that your word is your bond, that if you owe a person money you pay him back, that you work hard, enjoy what you do and show a loyalty to those with whom you work and do business. He instilled in me simple, clear cut values and a will to succeed.”

- Rob Marsh, "Business success in South Africa", 1992

Jul 19 09:57

The Feds “Assault” on U.S. War Veterans You Won’t Believe

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, JD, who also is the Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation, has written the article “OUTRAGEOUS: Veterans are now receiving letters prohibiting the purchase, possession, receipt, or transport of a firearm/ammunition…” that every voter and law abiding citizen in the USA ought to read to understand the scope of what’s happened in this country and, seemingly, we don’t give a fiddler’s damn about. How truly sad!...

Jul 19 09:56

BREAKING: Congress Bypasses FBI, Moves To Charge Hillary With Federal Crime

It looks like there could be some good news on the horizon for anyone outraged that Hillary Clinton has not been held legally responsible for any of her crimes against the American people.

According to reports, in a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips signed by Chaffetz and Goodaltte, Congress has asked the court to open an investigation to determine whether Clinton committed perjury.

Jul 19 09:53

Congress Passes Opioid Bill — While Entirely Ignoring New Studies Showing Cannabis Kills Pain

By Justin Gardner

Congress is patting itself on the back after passing the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and sending it to Obama’s desk. The “overwhelmingly bipartisan” bill is meant to address the opioid epidemic currently gripping the U.S.

It was an easy one for congressmen to brag about to their constituency, but the legislation is notable for its failure perhaps more so than its achievement. Namely, the failure to recognize medical cannabis as part of a viable alternative for treating chronic pain, and failure to call out the role of Big Pharma in getting the nation hooked on opioids...

Jul 19 09:43

The Misty Effect

Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer, and she's bringing in a more diverse audience. We chat with ballet attendees about how they feel watching her grace the stage for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because this is a blog about geopolitics, I rarely post about the arts.

Having said that, however, the respect I have for this woman, her artistry, her journey, and her mentoring, to demonstrate what is possible, for ALL young women, is just over the top.

Bravo, Misty Copeland, and well done, at all levels, by this role model extraordinaire!!!

Jul 19 09:32

VIDEO: CHILD BODY SLAMMED, CHOKED BY COP AFTER VOICING CONCERN OVER ANOTHER CHILD’S VIOLENT ARREST

A video uploaded to Facebook this week shows multiple Hyattsville police officers involved in a violent arrest of what appears to be middle school children.

While it is unclear what started the altercation, the video does not lie.

As the video begins, an officer appears to be arresting a young white school child. The child seems compliant. However, the officer is seen dangerously twisting his arm.

When the adolescent bystanders see this unnecessary violence, they begin to voice their concern.

One young person becomes particularly concerned with the way the officer is treating the other child, so he quickly becomes the most outspoken. This outspokenness apparently enrages the responding officers.

As the officer, who appears to be a sergeant, walks up to the scene, he shoves the Hispanic student who was standing up for the white student. This assault seems to be entirely unprovoked.

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To parents in Maryland: take your kids out of public school NOW. Home school them; they will be far richer, academically, for it.

And to those people who can move out of this city, do it now; take the financial base away from here, because if police are allowed to treat kids like this, it doesn't deserve your tax dollars.

Explain to Mayor Hollingsworth , politely, why you are doing this. And make sure you include a link to this video.

Jul 19 09:23

UK government admits 'Snooper's Charter' would allow it to ban end-to-end encryption

The UK government has publicly admitted that parts of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), better known as the 'Snooper’s Charter', would allow it to force companies to ban end-to-end encryption.

In what may be viewed as a huge assault on the public’s privacy, not to mention digital security, the government would ask internet and communication service providers to “develop and maintain a technical capability to remove encryption that has been applied to communications or data”. As one member of the House of Lords put it, when debating the IPB, this essentially means that companies may not use end-to-end encryption, and could leave the public at risk, not to mention setting a supremely dangerous precedent.

Jul 19 09:17

FEDERAL AGENTS WENT UNDERCOVER TO SPY ON ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT, EMAILS REVEAL

When more than 300 protesters assembled in May at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood, Colorado — the venue chosen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an auction of oil and gas leases on public lands — several of the demonstrators were in fact undercover agents sent by law enforcement to keep tabs on the demonstration, according to emails obtained by The Intercept.

The “Keep it in the Ground” movement, a broad effort to block the development of drilling projects, has rapidly gained traction over the last year, raising pressure on the Obama administration to curtail hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and coal mining on federal public lands. In response, government agencies and industry groups have sharply criticized the activists in public, while quietly moving to track their activities.

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I firmly believe that all hydraulic fracking should be done within two feet of the homes oil executives should be mandated to live in, so that they, and their families. would experience all the symptoms and consequences of fracking, firsthand.

Of course, that will happen only when pigs fly.

But this surveillance demonstrates, incontrovertibly, that Obama is no less beholden to his corporate masters than are his Republican colleagues.

Jul 19 09:14

REMEMBERING ELIE WIESEL, THE NOBEL WINNING HOLOCAUST ‘SURVIVOR’

Wiesel was notorious for erasing non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust – Roma and LGBTQ – and defending Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

In his later years, he also became an apologist for US imperial interventions, including the calamitous invasion of Iraq.

Jul 19 09:13

IN TOONS ~~ WIKILOOKS AT TURKEY

Online whistleblower site Wikileaks says it is preparing to release more than 300,000 documents related to the Turkish government in the wake of last weekend’s failed military coup that left hundreds dead, thousands injured and more than 7000 in custody.

Jul 19 09:11

ERDOGAN UNLEASHES UNPRECEDENTED CRACKDOWN: FIRES ALL UNIVERSITY DEANS; SUSPENDS 21,000 PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Over the weekend, after the initial reports of the purge unleashed by Erdogan against Turkey's public, we previewed the upcoming, far more dangerous counter-coup as follows: "it was the next step that is the critical one: the one where Erdogan - having cracked down on his immediate military and legal opponents - took his crusade against everyone else,including the press and the educational system."

But while Turkey's press is already mostly under Erdogan's control, it is the educational witch hunt fallout that is far more troubling, and just as expected over the past hour we have gotten a glimpse of just how extensive the Turkish's president cleansing of secular society will be, when the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkey's ministry of education has sacked 15,200 personnel for alleged involvement with a group the government claims is responsible for Friday's failed coup.

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When you control what and how people think, you control those people; ask any of the developers of "Common Core", which was created to dumb down American students into a state of zero critical thinking whatsoever!!

Jul 19 09:09

VIDEO - Bikers For Trump Arive In Cleveland

Jul 19 09:07

Remove Api.viglink.com and Www.adcash.com Redirect Virus

Api.viglink.com and Www.adcash.com are the a malicious redirect virus which can hijack user's browser to unwanted and malicious webpages, such as www.wizard101.com, plarium.com, greatmmos.com, www.habbo.com, www.roblox.com, www.adcash.com, click.apptrckr.info, etc. Some websites will display false warning message to cheat you to install unwanted programs. Some malicious sites will ask you to sign in their services. There are also bogus survey and tricky games and so on. Anyhow, you'd better not or should not believe in the message or information from Api.viglink.com and Www.adcash.com.

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It turns out one of our advertisers was placing VigLink in their ads. They claim they were themselves the victim of a hoax, but I have canceled with them anyway. I try to be careful about security for our readers, but sometimes something gets through. The symptoms of this browser hijacker include slow performance, ads for products and services like online gambling (which are not allowed at WRH), phony alarms to get you to download malware disquised as fixes, and so forth. If you are on a Windows machine user and have been seeing these problems, here are instructrions to remove it. I am unable to find out if SpyBot or Malwarebytes will remove it, but there is another tool called freefixer that will.

Again, my apologies to the WRH readers. It has taken me more than a month to track down who the culprit was. And thanks to those who donated during our recent fundraiser, I can afford to lose this particular advertiser.

Jul 19 09:07

OVER 1 MILLION? WHY WE MAY NEVER KNOW HOW MANY CIVILIANS HAVE DIED IN IRAQ WAR

In some ways, the Chilcot Inquiry was a success for the anti-war crowd, as it confirmed everything we already knew about the war in Iraq. In other ways, it was a complete disappointment because it failed to dig into the fundamental problems underlying the U.S. and U.K.’s pursuit of this horrific, illegal war.

As the U.S. presence in Iraq continues to increase thirteen years after the initial U.S.-U.K. led invasion, it is time to ask at least one hard question the Chilcot Inquiry failed to ask.

How many civilians in Iraq have lost their lives because of the 2003 invasion?

Unfortunately, this is something the Chilcot Inquiry refused to investigate. Section 17 of the Chilcot Inquiry Report stated:

It is beyond the scope and abilities of this Inquiry to establish independently the number of fatalities caused by conflict in Iraq, or the broader human cost of the conflict to the Iraqi people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are four disgustingly foul sociopaths who should be cooling their collective heels at the ICC, for crimes against humanity, regarding this war to insure that Western companies dominated the flow of oil from Iraq, and the selling of Iraq's oil only in US dollars.

Their surnames are Blair, Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney.

But of course, money buys much in the Western world, and that includes protection and privilege, and - in essence - never having to say one is sorry for the horrific crimes one has committed.

But there may be an interesting, ironic turnabout coming in Iraq. As reported yesterday at Reuters:

Powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr instructed his followers on Sunday to target U.S. troops deploying to Iraq as part of the military campaign against Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday the Pentagon would dispatch 560 additional troops to help Iraqi forces retake the northern city of Mosul in an offensive planned for later this year. Sadr, who rose to prominence when his Mahdi Army battled U.S. troops after the 2003 invasion, posted the comments on his official website after a follower asked for his response to the announcement. "They are a target for us," Sadr said, without offering details.

The US-installed pupped government of Al-Abadi has been an abject, corrupt, and utter epic fail, in terms of not at all meeting the urgent needs of the Iraqi people.

So what happens if Al-Sadr galvanizes the Iraqi people with a popular revolution which drives out the current government, the American troops, and the ISIL jihadists?!?

Should that happen, I would almost be willing to bet that Iraqi oil will no longer be controlled by Western interests, or only sold for the US dollar. It may well, at that point, be sold for the Russian Ruble, the Iranian Rial, the Euro, or the Yuan; in fact, anything BUT the dollar.

There is a Biblical injunction about reaping what one has sown; in Iraq, the US and UK have sown death and destruction for money, and that is very possibly about to come crashing down on their heads, financially, should there be a national revolution in Iraq.

Jul 19 09:00

Baton Rouge PD: "This attack is proof we need to militarize our police even more"

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said Monday that the attack that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others showed why militarized police tactics are needed.

Jul 19 09:00

An elderly and cancer-stricken inmate in a New Zealand prison was forced to get his cellmate to clean his gangrenous black toes which were "ready to fall off" using toilet paper because the prison, which is managed by the multinational company Serco

The cellmate of a cancer-stricken elderly prisoner was forced to clean his friend's gangrenous toes with toilet paper after the prison failed to provide adequate care.
Details of the incident, which happened at Auckland's Mt Eden Prison in 2013 while it was managed by the multinational company Serco, were revealed in a report released by the Health and Disability Commissioner.

Jul 19 08:58

The Deep State: Was Melania Trump Sabotaged?

A professional writer writing a speech for a worldwide audience plagiarizes from a Michelle Obama nationalized speech! Sounds like sabotage to me,

It is noteworthy that the Hillary-side CNN talking heads immediately after the speech pointed out that the speech lacked any anecdotal stories about Donald and Melania. Such anecdotes are part of politician's wife speech writing 101. Why weren't there any in the speech?

I am not exactly the touchy-feely type but I was waiting for the anecdote(s) that never came.

What was going on here? No anecdotes but boxy phrases from a Michelle speech that don't sound like Melania at all.

Jul 19 08:53

Did email controversy hurt Hillary Clinton's image? She answers

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Let me go to what he said. He said, 'careless,'" Rose pointed out.

"Well, I would hope that you, like many others, would also look at what he said when he testified before Congress. Because when he did, he clarified much of what he had said in his press conference," Clinton said. "And I appreciated that."

"But he said it was sloppy," Rose said.

"No, he did not," Clinton said.

"Correct me if I'm wrong. ... Someone said, 'What's the definition of careless?' And he said, 'Real sloppiness,'" Rose said.

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(*Singing and Dancing at it's finest . A must read for those who can tolerate all the lying . )

Jul 19 08:50

‘AP Exclusive’ On ‘Secret’ Iran Deal Neither Exclusive Nor Secret

AP reporter George Jahn, who has been scaremongering about Iran’s civilian nuclear program for untold years, once again has an article breaking, claiming “Secret Document Lifts Iran Nuke Constraints“. Jahn writes similar stories every time he’s done wiping the egg off his face from the last nonsense article. So get the eggs ready.

Jul 19 08:42

Turkey Cuts Interest Rates After Failed Coup

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's central bank cut a key interest rate for the fifth month in a row Tuesday, days after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan triggered concerns over the country's economic outlook.

In a statement, the bank's Monetary Policy Committee said it had reduced its overnight marginal funding rate by a quarter percentage point to 8.75 percent.>>>

Jul 19 08:39

Turkey 'suspends 15,000 state education employees' after attempted coup

Turkey has suspended 15,000 state education employees following the weekend's attempted coup, state-run media has said.

According to state broadcaster TRT, Turkey's High Education Board has also ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup in which over 161 people were killed.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported.

Jul 19 08:34

VW Sued by NY Over Pollution Linked to Diesel Cheating Device

> VW in June reached a $15.3 billion settlement with regulators

> NY, Massachusetts, Maryland attorneys general to sue VW
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VW also faces lawsuits by investors in the U.S

(*With friends like US ...)

Jul 19 08:32

EU TRADE DISASTER: Deal with Canada on the brink as German party SUES Brussels over CETA

THE European Union’s flagship trade deal with Canada was on the brink of collapse today after a Germany political party sued Brussels over its implementation.

Centre-left Die Linke has launched legal action to block the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) pact, saying it is unconstitutional under German law.

The party’s attempt to torpedo the hated deal is just the latest in a series of devastating trade blows for the EU, which is unravelling following the Brexit vote.

Jul 19 08:28

FBI didn’t inform some Americans they were on ISIS kill list

Jul 19 08:28

Waking From the European Dream, Georgians Pondering Pivot Back to Russia

Growing Georgian impatience regarding the prospect of joining European and Atlanticist institutions including the European Union and NATO has contributed to growing calls for rebuilding close relations with Russia, says Polish broadcaster TVN24.

At the recent NATO summit in Warsaw earlier this month, Tbilisi was patted on the back for its ongoing military and economic reforms, while issues including the country's membership in the alliance, and visa-free entry into the EU, were shelved for future discussion. This, according to the broadcaster, has shaken Georgians' faith in the prospects and sensibility of joining the Western institutions.

Jul 19 08:14

Turkey's education board demands 1,577 university deans resign

Turkey's High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.

Jul 19 08:14

Judge orders key Bundy evidence in Bunkerville case withheld from the public

Choosing secrecy over transparency, a federal judge has issued a protective order withholding the bulk of the government’s evidence from the public in the Bunkerville standoff case.

The four-page order, written by U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen, prohibits defense teams for all 19 defendants from publicly disclosing grand jury transcripts, FBI and police reports, witness statements and other documents the government collected during its investigation into the 2014 armed standoff between Bundy family forces and law enforcement.

Leen issued the order without a public hearing and in the face of opposition from most of the defendants, including Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and his four sons, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media.

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Got something to hide, Judge?

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