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Jan 20 21:32

Gone in...7 years: How Nicolas Cage blew his $150m fortune by purchasing multiple houses, a 'haunted mansion', a dinosaur skull and the Shah of Iran's Lamborghini

Cage, 54, acquired a $150m fortune by starring in movies such as 'National Treasure' and 'Leaving Las Vegas'
At one point, the actor owned 15 homes including a $25million waterfront home in Newport Beach, California and a 'haunted' mansion in New Orleans
He's also purchased some extravagant items including shrunken heads, a dinosaur skull and the Shah of Iran's Lamborghini
After owing millions of dollars to the IRS, Cage is now worth about $25million

Jan 20 15:13

Military Deployed As Jamaica Officials Declare State Of Emergency

Foreigners are being asked by their respective governments to exercise extreme caution and stay within the perimeter of their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after a wave of out of control violence has overpowered local authorities. On Thursday, the country’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, declared the state of emergency in the St. James parish to “restore public safety,” and also thwart a mass exodus of international investment and tourism.

In response, the government deployed the Jamaica Defense Forces onto the city streets in what is described as a “major military operation.”

Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor, told CTV News Channel on Friday that authorities imposed a military lockdown of the area, following 335 homicides in 2017, and as reported by CTV that is “twice the tally of any other parish” in the country.

Jan 20 15:10

MATT GAETZ | ‘Mueller Probe Is A Total Sham!'

45 seconds of Matt Gaetz last night ripping Mueller.

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Jan 20 14:20

Petro-Islam: The Nexus between Oil and Terrorism

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All I am trying to suggest is that there are ways to persuade the Gulf’s petro-monarchies to implement democratic reforms and to desist from sponsoring Islamic extremism, provided we have just and upright international arbiters. As in the case of aforementioned Iran sanctions, sanctioning the Gulf states also seems plausible, however, there is a caveat: Iran is only a single oil-rich state which has 160 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and has the capacity to produce 5 million barrels per day (mbpd) of crude oil.

If anything, the Gulf’s petro-monarchies have ‘sanctioned’ the Western powers in the past by imposing the oil embargo in 1973 after the Arab-Israel war. The 1973 Arab oil embargo against the West lasted only for a short span of six months during which the price of oil quadrupled. But Washington became so paranoid after the embargo that it put in place a ban on the export of crude oil outside the US borders — which is still in place — and began keeping 60 days stock of reserve fuel for strategic and military needs.

Therefore, though enforcing economic sanctions on the Gulf states to implement democratic reforms sounds like a good idea on paper, but the relationship between the Gulf’s petro-monarchies and the industrialized world is that of a consumer-supplier relationship. The Gulf states are the suppliers of energy and the industrialized world is its consumer, hence the Western powers cannot sanction their energy suppliers and largest investors.

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Jan 20 13:34

Scott Adams: How to Make Your Opponents Try (and fail) to Prove a Negative

Sometimes you can prove an alleged event did happen, but you generally can’t prove something did not happen. For example, if police have clear video footage of a crime in progress, several direct witnesses, and DNA evidence too, you can say they proved the defendant did the crime. But if your neighbor says an angel visited him in his bedroom at night, and there were no witnesses or physical traces left behind, you can’t prove it didn’t happen. All you can say for sure is that you don’t have any evidence of it happening.

So if you want to drive a political opponent crazy, allege that he or she did something evil, provide no direct evidence, and force them to do the impossible: Prove it didn’t happen.

Jan 20 12:12

Catherine Herridge Interviews Russian Lawyer From Trump Tower Meeting; She Calls Dossier ‘Pure Garbage’…

Rare interview. Excellent work from Catherine Herridge...

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Jan 20 12:09

Baby delivered on flight from Paris to N.Y.

"I was pretty tired from jet lag," Dr. Hemal recalled in a post on Cleveland Clinic's website. "I thought I'd just have a drink and fall asleep. As it turned out, I'm glad I didn't drink anything."

Jan 20 12:02

A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body

A patient at Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center recently came to Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine doctor, complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to be treated for tapeworms, Banh recalled on the latest episode of the podcast. Banh said he was skeptical of the man’s self-diagnosis — until he produced some startling evidence.“Next to him, he’s got this little grocery bag,” Banh recounted on the podcast.

Jan 20 12:01

Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.

Jan 20 11:31

Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

The mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.
“This is not a reflection of how she was raised,” Jill Barbera, mother of Harley Barber, 19, told NJ.com on Thursday. “She’s just degrading herself and it breaks my heart. I hope someone can look at this and learn. I don’t want anyone to feel what I feel.

Jan 20 11:28

13 captive siblings forced to shower once a year, strangled, subject to frequent beatings: Prosecutor

Prosecutors revealed grisly details in a press conference Thursday about the captive siblings case out of California.-- The brothers and sisters were subject to repeated beatings, including strangulation, and were punished by being chained up, often for weeks or months at a time, prosecutors said.-- The victims weren't released from their chains even to go to the bathroom and were only allowed to shower once a year, according to prosecutors.-- The children were rescued Sunday after a 17-year-old escaped and alerted authorities to what was happening.-- Prosecutors said the teen plotted the escape for more than two years.

Jan 20 11:23

DESANTIS | Now We Know Why Rosenstein Fought Tooth And Nail To Cover Up FISA Documents...

This doesn't look good for Rod Rosenstein...

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Jan 20 11:00

An Obese 12-Year-Old Girl Could Be Taken From Her Mother's Care After A Doctor Raised Concerns About Her Health

An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken from the care of her mother after a doctor raised concerns about her health.
Council social services bosses have begun family court litigation and a judge is expected to make decisions in the near future.

Jan 20 11:00

State Trooper Charged With DUI After Falling Asleep At Wheel: Police

A Connecticut state trooper was charged with a DUI after police said he fell asleep at the wheel in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
State police said they were responding to a loud noise complaint in the area of Riverwalk Drive in the Town of Brooklyn on New Year's Day just before 2 a.m.

Jan 20 10:45

‘California Is Now Challenging The Integrity of The Union’…

This is pretty shocking stuff.

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Jan 20 10:30

Twitter to tell 677,775 people they interacted with Kremlin-linked trolls

Twitter will inform nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. that they either followed a Kremlin-linked troll account, or retweeted or liked a tweet sent by one of the accounts, the social media company said Friday.

Jan 20 10:29

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight deadline neared.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Jan 20 10:27

Overdose Killed Tom Petty | Check Out The Cocktail of Opiates

Here's the stunning list of drugs in Tom Petty's system when he died.

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Jan 20 10:23

'Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr' offer criticised as 'ethics atrocity' - The developers behind a Trump Towers project near Delhi are offering to fly the first 100 investors in the property to the US to meet Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son.

The developers behind a Trump Towers project near Delhi are offering to fly the first 100 investors in the property to the US to meet Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son.
The promotional materials for the project – the fifth in India to take the Trump name – claim the address in the Indian capital is “so powerful, a letter would reach you from any part of the world”.

Jan 20 10:23

The World Has Never Seen an Oil Spill Like This - A tanker that sank off the Chinese coast was carrying “condensate,” a mix of molecules with radically different properties than crude.

Over the last two weeks, the maritime world has watched with horror as a tragedy has unfolded in the East China Sea. A massive Iranian tanker, the Sanchi, collided with a Chinese freighter carrying grain. Damaged and adrift, the tanker caught on fire, burned for more than a week, and sank. All 32 crew members are presumed dead.

Jan 20 10:14

Fierce battle erupts over releasing intelligence report

A battle erupted Friday over a push by Republican lawmakers to release a report they say will reveal high-level government abuse around the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia.

Even as Congress hurtled toward a shutdown, Republicans in the House were buzzing over the contents of a classified memo on alleged surveillance abuses that was produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

Scores of Republicans viewed the controversial memo in secure settings at the Capitol and concluded it contains hard evidence that the special counsel investigation into whether Trump’s campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia were sparked by the politically motivated actions of senior FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

Jan 20 10:12

'We are a force and you are nothing': Aly Raisman sheds no tears as she faces Larry Nassar in court, telling her 'pathetic' abuser she has regained her strength and is no longer a victim in astonishing impact statement

Aly Raisman delivered a powerful victim impact statement on Friday, speaking at time on behalf of all the woman abused by Larry Nassar
'Larry, we are a force and you are nothing,' said the six-time Olympic medalist, who showed no sign of weakness and shed not a single tear
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina later told Raisman: 'You're one of the strongest survivors I have ever seen'

Jan 20 10:03

CRAZY VIDEO | Truck Driver Cheats Death…

This is intense...

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Jan 20 10:01

Tianducheng: A Fake Paris in China.

These two photographs of the Eiffel Tower look very similar, but they aren’t the same, which you can probably tell from their different surroundings. One of the Eiffel Towers is the original standing in Paris. The other is a replica located in Tianducheng, in the suburbs of Hangzhou in China.

Jan 20 09:51

Outkick the Coverage: NFL Playoffs Have Lost 23 Million Viewers from 2016

The NFL has 23 million fewer viewers for this year’s playoff action, a new report says.

With the first round of this year’s NFL playoffs in the rear-view mirror, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis took a look at the TV ratings and found that every game was down by millions of viewers and ratings fell to a ten-year low.

Each of this year’s playoff games has lost over a million plus viewers, Travis said, with the biggest loser being the Saint-Vikings game which lost an incredible 13 million.

Jan 20 09:50

CIA-Connected Amazon Turns Over A Record Amount Of Data To US Law Enforcement

Amazon’s fifth transparency report has revealed that the company provided more customer data to U.S. law enforcement in the first half of last year than in its history with a shocking 1,936 different requests between January and June 2017, ZDNet reported.

Of those 1,936 requests, Amazon complied and replied to 1,200 subpoena requests, 189 search warrants and 76 other court orders – for a whopping 1,465 requests they responded to. That’s 42 percent of all subpoenas, 44 percent of search warrants and 52 percent of other court orders.

Jan 20 09:50

Rodrigo Duterte Bans Philippine Nationals From Working In Kuwait Over Abuse

Rodrigo Duterte ordered the ban after reports emerged about the deaths of several Filipina women in the Gulf state, his spokesman Harry Roque said. An estimated 10 million Filipinos work overseas and the money they send home is a major pillar of the Philippine economy.

Jan 20 09:47

JIM JORDAN | ‘Nunes FISA Memo Will Be Made Public Soon’

Bulldog congressman Jim Jordan with the latest on FISA report...

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Jan 20 09:40

The Twitter President

As my readers at home and around the world know, I supported giving Trump a chance as Trump, and only Trump, addressed the two most important issues of our time for both all of humanity and for Americans: (1) avoiding nuclear Armageddon by normalizing relations with Russia, and (2) restoring the American middle class, on whose success political stability in the United States depends, by stopping the offshoring of US jobs and bringing those offshored home.

If Trump is real, he will arrest Mueller, Comey, Brennan, Hillary, Obama, the DNC, and break the presstitute media monopolies into a thousand pieces. He might also arrest senators and representatives who are engaged in a campaign to overthrow the elected government of the United States.

If President Trump fails to defeat the agenda of those driving the world to nuclear war with Russia (and China), he will be the US President who failed humanity and snuffed out life on earth.

Jan 20 09:36

Turkish Warplanes Begin "Massive Bombing" Of US-Backed Syrian Kurds

In a sharp escalation of Turkey's military campaign against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, on Saturday Turkish warplanes fired missiles and launched "massive bombing" of Kurdish targets in Syria's Afrin, NTV television reported.

Jan 20 09:29

U.S. Humiliates South Korea, Threatens North Korea. Trump Undermines North-South Dialogue

Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington instructed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to keep the message about anything but peace. It is not just Trump. A former top official for the Obama administration warned Moon that South Korea was not going to get anywhere with the North Koreans unless they have the “US behind them”. Humiliating, that is like saying that Moon’s “button” is not as big as Kim’s. The metaphor is exactly how the Washington elite see South Korea: as Washington’s obedient proxy state. The official went on to say,

“If South Koreans are viewed as running off the leash, it will exacerbate tension within the alliance”.

Running off the leash! Now more humiliation, is South Korea a US poodle? Instead President Moon Jae-in is showing that he has teeth, and that South Koreans want their country back from US humiliating domination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me now, in the US government's rush to get a war- any war - going, is the possibility of a false flag at the Winter Olympics, to be blamed on North Korea.

Jan 20 09:29

SENATOR Tells Interesting Story On Trump Schumer Meeting

Lankford relates what happened when Schumer showed up at the White House yesterday.

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Jan 20 09:28

“Who is Running This Admin!”: Tom Fitton Rages Over FISA Memo, Courts Protecting “Massive” Deep State Corruption

On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members “a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” reports Fox News’ Chad Pergram.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton is now demanding Congress release the bombshell FISA abuse memo, while taking a swipe at the courts for protecting Deep State corruption.

Jan 20 09:21

DONALD TRUMP JR | ‘It's The Biggest Witch Hunt Since Salem’

Don jr sat down for a rare interview last night with Tucker Carlson, and he is PISSED.

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Jan 20 09:18

Deputy Sheriff, Three Cohorts Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme After Agreeing to Provide Security for Narcotics Shipments

A Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who allegedly agreed on two occasions to oversee the delivery of narcotics and other contraband in exchange for cash payments was arrested this morning, along with three other men, on federal narcotics charges.

Special agents with the Federal Bureau Investigation this morning arrested Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Collins and the other three after they arrived in Pasadena, allegedly to provide “security” for the transport of nearly 45 pounds of cocaine and more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine. During the FBI’s undercover investigation, Collins allegedly agreed that he and his team would accompany the narcotics and take calculated steps to prevent legitimate law enforcement from intercepting the drugs – in exchange for cash payments as high as $250,000.

Jan 20 09:09

Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed

Her name is Avgi, and the last time anyone saw her face was nearly 9,000 years ago. When she lived in Greece, at the end of the Mesolithic period around 7000 B.C., the region was transitioning from a society of hunter gatherers to one that began cultivating its own food.

Jan 20 09:08

A Norwegian plane went from New York to London in 5 hours 13 minutes — the fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight ever

Norwegian - the low-cost airline that has made headlines for launching the world's longest low-cost flight - is making waves again.
A Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner departing from New York JFK reached London Gatwick in five hours and 13 minutes on Monday - the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight recorded on a commercial aircraft, beating the previous record of five hours, 16 minutes.

Jan 20 09:02

The Greatest Push To Start WWIII Has Just Begun

The FISA memo is about to be released and its suppose to be a shocker and Obama and the rest might be in trouble with this. By publishing the memo this could put a halt to the Mueller investigation.

Jan 20 08:59

'It was an unfortunate accident': Tom Petty's family reveal he died of an overdose from a huge cocktail of pain medication - including Fentanyl and oxycodone - that he was taking for a broken hip

Tom Petty's wife, Dana, and their daughter, Adria confirmed his death was due to an accidental drug overdose of prescribed medications
The official cause of death was ruled as 'multisystem organ failure' caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday

Jan 20 08:58

'Drunk' British Airways pilot is hauled off Gatwick flight by armed police seconds from take-off after 'cabin crew who smelled booze' and feared for passengers called 999

British Airways pilot hauled from plane seconds before take-off by armed police
Cabin crew feared for passengers safety and called 999 after smelling 'alcohol'
Pilot was due to fly 300 passengers from Gatwick, London to island of Mauritius

Jan 20 08:55

Rosie O’Donnell Threatens To Eat FISA Report…

It's a meme, but it's pretty damn funny...

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Jan 20 08:53

Lockheed keeps F-16 production line going with Bahrain deal

Bahrain is set to become the first country in the region to operate Lockheed’s F-16 Block 70 aircraft, in a move that will boost the Falcon’s production line.

Last November, Vice President Mike Pence announced the signature of a deal for the sale of 16 F-16s worth over $2.3 billion to the Gulf country, considering it a “big boost for American jobs and security.”

“We are pleased the Kingdom of Bahrain and the U.S. government have agreed to move forward with the sale of F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force,” said Rick Groesch, regional vice president of international business development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what can this fighter jet do?!? Here, from Lockheed's own PR department, come the specs:

Capabilities: the F-16 Block 70

And Vice-President Pence, can you please elaborate on your statement that this deal be a"“big boost for American jobs and security”
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No one, sir, should know the facts on the ground regarding Bahrain better than you do; and yet, knowing what you know, you still let this deal go through?!?

Yes, we both understand that it is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

And yes, we both understand the ruling Shiekdom, the Al Khalifa monarchy, has a human rights record just to the right of that of Atilla the Hun.

The Sunni monarchy has been making mincemeat of its primarily Shiia subjects, who have been peacefully advocating for a constitutional monarchy for some time now. And how has the government, and monarchy of Barhain dealt with these peaceful protests?!?

Peaceful demonsrators have consistently received beatings, to torture untrue confessions out of them, then made to appear at kangaroo courts, where they can expect a guilty sentence,and extensive jail time. This has also consistently happened to medical first responders who treated the wounds of those peaceful protestors.

Yes, we both know that this sale was great for Lockheed; but Vice-President Pence, understanding the total and complete anti human rights record of this country, at what moral price to these United States of America was this deal struck?!?

And frankly, what country does the US government expect the Bahraini military to attack with these fighter jets?!? What is the quid pro quo here?!?

The Bahraini government keeps claiming that Iranian Shiia rebels are constantly trying to turn the people of Bahrain against its government and monarchy; was the quid pro quo a tacit understanding that when Saudi Arabia; the US; and Israel decide to attack Iran, that Barhain would become part of the "coalition" to bring regime change to Tehran?!?

I would share something critical to understand for the government and royalty of Bahrain; should Iran be attacked, Russia will most likely enter this war on Iran's side; both politicians and Russian military have promised this to the Iranian government for decades.

I would therefore strongly suggest that you think twice about entering a war which could mean war against both Russia and Iran.

Jan 20 08:40

Donald Trump’s First Year and the Illusion of Choice

The striking thing about Trump’s first twelve months compared to the Obama administration is not how different his foreign policies have been, but how similar.

January 20 marks one year since Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States. His supporters, boosted by comments the Donald made on the campaign trail, hoped his Presidency would mark a shift away from a neocon/liberal interventionist foreign policy. In fact we’ve just had more of the same.

The old French saying ‘plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (the more things change the more they stay the same)’ springs readily to mind. As indeed does the late George Carlin’s comment about Americans only having the “illusion of choice” on the things that really matter.

Jan 20 08:34

Disabled teen tortured in horrific 2.5 hour attack

Horrific footage has emerged of the moment a disabled teenage girl was tortured during a brutal attack by three girls.
Attackers lured the 17-year-old disabled girl to a picnic spot in Victoria on Monday morning before they smashed her head into a table and tortured her.

Jan 20 08:34

British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears

From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a person builds up a picture of information and uses it manipulate others into handing over more – to access the personal and work accounts of some of America's most powerful spy chiefs .

Jan 20 08:07

1.3 million children displaced by Iraq's war with Islamic State - UNICEF

While the Baghdad government last month declared victory over Islamic State after wresting back almost all the territory IS seized in 2014, persistent bombing and shooting attacks make it difficult to rebuild the lives of displaced people, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency.

“We believe that as a result of the conflict, a lack of investment over the years, and the poverty ... that there are 4 million children now in need across Iraq,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF chief representative in the country.

He told a Geneva news briefing by telephone from Baghdad that 1.3 million of the 2.6 million displaced by the often devastating fighting with Islamic State were children.

“While the fighting has come to an end in several areas, spikes of violence continue in others - just this week, three bombings went off in Baghdad,” UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you destroy a country's children, you destroy that country's future.

Jan 20 08:06

US Military’s ‘Prime Focus’ Will Be Competing With Russia, China

The newest US National Defense Strategy, the first since at 2014, appears to set out a major shift in the focus of America’s massive military and its endless wars, with officials now saying that the global wars on terror, while continuing, will no longer be the “prime focus of US national security.”

Instead, Defense Secretary James Mattis says the new strategy will put the primary focus of the US military engaging in power competition with other “great powers,” with Russia and China apparently the targets.

The “great power” conceit is a very 19th century concept, based around the idea that certain countries have uniquely great influence and authority worldwide. Historically, the great powers tend to view everyone else as pawns to be used in broader global strategies which establish the great powers’ pecking order with respect to one another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the hell ever happened, in terms of the US government's "weltanschauung", to moral, peaceful engagement and negotiation, as a non-martial alternative to war, which is rapidly evolving to be "the only answer" to the US government's geopolitical's concerns?!?

Jan 20 07:55

Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face

Israeli soldiers shot 14-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Tamimi point-blank in the face with a rubber-jacketed bullet on December 14, 2017, in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the occupied West Bank. The boy had to undergo six hours of surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.

An hour later, Mohammad’s cousin, Ahed Tamimi, slapped and kicked at an armed Israeli soldier. Early the next week, after video of Ahed’s actions went viral, Israeli soldiers raided the Tamimi home at 3 a.m., arresting Ahed and confiscating the family’s phones, computers and laptops.

Ahed has been denied bail and could face years in prison. (Nour Tamimi, a 16-year-old cousin of Ahed’s who is also in the video, was also arrested and has been released on bail. Ahed’s mother Nariman was arrested later that day when she inquired about her daughter, and she remains in custody.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a thoroughly media-manipulated war against Palestinians, in which the IDF is depicted as NEVER committing acts of wanton cruelty against Palestinian kids.

The suffering and murders of Palestinian kids (which is a daily occurance in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank) is consistently bleached away from any coverage, and it is always the Palestinians who are the villians.

So the lies keep getting regurgitated, to the point where there is absolutely zero IDF incitement, either verbal, or physical, to have caused these incedents in the first place.

Jan 20 07:44

Turkey Escalates Shelling, Says ‘No Turning Back’ From Syria Invasion

Turkish troops continue to mass at the Syrian border Friday, with artillery fire from their positions pounding Kurdish YPG forces in the Syrian Afrin District, and Turkish DM Nurettin Canikli saying this is the “de facto start” of a full-scale Syrian invasion of Kurdish territory.

Turkish officials have threatened this invasion off and on for months, and earlier this week said it was imminent. Canikli says now there is “no turning back” and that the invasion is in progress.

Turkey has long presented the Kurdish YPG as “terrorists,” and insisted they will not allow them to retain territory west of the Euphrates River. To this end, President Erdogan says Turkey will attack Afrin first, then Manbij.

Other Turkish officials, however, say they consider it unacceptable for the YPG to retain any territory near the Turkish border at all, which means nearly all of their territory is at risk from this ongoing operation

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that nothing less than wholesale slaughter of all Kurds. a mass genocide of these people, is all that will be acceptable to the Turkish government.

And have you noticed?!? Even though the shelling against Syria has started from inside the Turkish border, not a world from any of the thoroughly government-compromised presstitutes on corporate US TV have even made mention of the fact that Turkey has, de facto, declared a war against Syria?!?

The following from the BBC is a confirmation that Turkish shelling has intensified, before Turkish tanks and military hardware invade Afrin:

Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

Jan 20 07:38

NGO: US-Led Coalition Civilian Killings Tripled in Iraq and Syria in 2017

UK-based NGO Airwars has offered a reckoning of the 2017 air operations of the US-led coalition against ISIS, involving attacks in both Iraq and Syria.The number of civilians killed increased dramatically, with estimates suggesting that they roughly tripled from 2016.

In 2016, they documented an estimated death toll of between 1,243 and 1,904 non-combatants, but in 2017, the estimate was a minimum of 3,923, and potentially as many as 6,102 non-combatants killed.

That’s a huge increase, and a troubling one, in no small part because the US doesn’t admit it’s even happening, with Pentagon assessments putting deaths at no more than a few hundred annually, and around 800 over the entire past four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it gets worse, folks: here's a story from alternet.com, to which we should all be paying attention:

Trump Is Turning the State Department into a Global Weapons Dealer

The story goes on to state:

"The Trump administration will soon announce its next move in the ongoing assault on diplomacy and human rights currently taking place in the United States. Through a plan dubbed “Buy American,” the administration is calling for U.S. attachés and diplomats to play a larger role in the sale of U.S. weapons, effectively solidifying their role as lobbyists for the arms industry rather than agents of diplomacy.

This means the State Department, the agency that is meant to foster diplomatic relations and maintain peaceful engagement with other countries, will now openly operate as a weapons dealer. The administration is essentially forcing the State Department to undermine itself, as seeking out and expanding opportunities for increased weapons sales are certainly not conducive to fostering peaceful global relations."

If EVER this country needed a "Department of Peace", to figure out non-martial, non-military alternatives to this country's never-ending geopolitical conflicts, it is right the hell now!

Jan 20 07:30

Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

The mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.

Jan 20 07:29

Husband said wife didn’t season fried chicken. He used boiling oil to punish her, cops say

By the time deputies arrived at the Clatskanie, Ore., home on Tuesday night, the woman’s husband had fled.
And after what he’d done that day, Jeremiah D. Crothers, 34, had reason to run, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Jan 20 07:24

Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff implies Trump is CURRENTLY having an affair in bombshell interview with Bill Maher

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, implied on Friday that President Donald Trump is currently having an affair
Wolff made the assertion on the air with Bill Maher on Friday night
Maher had asked Wolff to tell him something exclusive about his book
Maher stated, more than asked, 'It's somebody he's f***king now,' guessing as to what Wolff was alluding to - Wolff responded: 'It is'

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