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DICTATORSHIP

Dec 15 10:42

A Wider World of War

All of this could be seen, however, not just as the foibles of one president surrounded by “his” generals, but as the culmination of a post-9/11 process in which American policymaking has increasingly been militarized. In this context, as the State Department shrinks, don’t think this country has no ambassadors across the planet. America’s Special Operations forces increasingly act as our “diplomats” globally, training and bolstering allies and attempting to undermine enemies more or less everywhere.

Donald Trump’s First Year Sets Record for U.S. Special Ops
Elite Commandos Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017
By Nick Turse

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The numbers here are jaw-dropping; and if ever, in the history of this country, there needed to be a Department of Peace, raised to cabinet level, to attempt to suggest how resolve the US government's geopolitical disputes by methods other than war, it is right the hell now!!

Dec 15 10:34

Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies

At 11.30pm, 10 nautical miles off Yemen’s western Red Sea coast, seven fishermen were near the end of the four hours it had taken to haul their nets bulging with the day’s catch into their fibreglass boat. Suddenly, away from the illumination of the vessel’s large spotlight, one of the men spotted a black silhouette coming towards them.

Moments later a helicopter began circling overhead. The fishermen were well within the 30 nautical mile boundary they had been warned not to cross by leaflets airdropped on land by the Saudi-led coalition. But, without warning, gunfire erupted from the helicopter.

Osam Mouafa grabbed his friend, Abdullah, dragging him into a corner, curling himself into a protective ball as bullets flew through the boat. Shot in both knees, with a third bullet having grazed his thigh, Osam began to feel water rising around him. “The boat became like a sieve,” he said, sitting next to the wooden stick he now needs to walk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the kinds of war crimes the US government is enabling in Yemen, with the Saudi Arabian military and government; doesn't it just make you proud to be an American?!?

Take a good, hard look, my brother and sister Americans, at what this US military intervention in the Saudi genocide of Yemen, courtesy of the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, has "accomplished": and I warn you; these images are intensely graphic, but very real.

Images:
Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition, due to Saudi/US blockade of Yemeni ports

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium and chemical weapons in Yemen

Images: severely malformed Yemeni infants, the victims of DU poisoning in the womb (warning: very graphic)

What a "win" in this situation means,from the perspective of Prince Salman, is a complete assassination of every Yemeni person with the audacity to still be breathing.

And to that end, he has ordered more intense bombings than he has before.

Saudis Bomb Yemen Palace as War Takes New Turn With Saleh Death

When I was a kid growning up, I never realized that this country routinely participates in war crimes; now, I live with the grim realisation that this is true every, single waking hour.

Whether President Trump had a moment of conscience (which I doubt, as he has been chatting up the US selling of bombs to Saudi Arabia as, in essence, good for American business), or was attempting to "soften" the optics of announcing that the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital when he requested the Saudis to cease the Yemeni blockade, Trump calls on Saudi government to end Yemeni blockade that request fell on deaf ears.

Unless, and until, there is ia political resolution here, Yemen's future will be more assassinations; more starvation; more disease; more displacement of innocent civilians; and continued Saudi and US military destruction and devastation visited upon that country in unimaginable proportions.

Dec 15 10:04

Iran: US Presentation of Iranian Arms in Yemen Fabricated

The Iranian government has issued a statement Thuesday denying that a presentation earlier in the day by the US represented proof that they’d been sending arms to the Shi’ite Houthis in Yemen to resist the US-backed Saudi invasion, saying it was a ‘fabrication.”

The US presentation centered on a short-range ballistic missile fired by Yemen at the Riyadh airport, which US officials claim was Iranian-made and Iranian-sent. US Ambassador Nikki Haley talked up building a new coalition against Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister likened Haley’s presentation to Colin Powell’s 2003 WMD speech about Iraq, which precipitated the disastrous US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is entirely correct in his assessment and analogy here.

Dec 15 09:41

Pence delays Middle East trip in case needed for U.S. tax vote

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a few days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters, Reuters, Reuters; this is really a "lipstick on a pig" moment for you, and the optics of this lame excuse are just officially horrible.

No one in the Middle East, except, perhaps Bibi Netanyahu, wants to recieve Pence because of President Trump's announcement, last week, that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians, and leaders of other Middle Eastern countries now understand that the US government can never, ever again be considered as an honest broker of peace in the region, will always favor Israel, no matter what it does, and collectively has the morals of a dead tree stump.

President Trump threw the Palestinian people under a bus last week, most probably in return for a $100 million dollar campaign donation from Sheldon Adelson in 2016, and the Palestinians have every right to be infuriated.

That fury resulted in the following action on the part of Abbas:

Abbas won't meet U.S. Vice President Pence: official

That the President did not understand that there would be severe international consequences to his act last week of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital indicates one of two things; he is either painfully naive, or is getting some really hideous advice from his "President Whisperers" when it comes to thorny geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

Dec 15 09:26

Obama State Department Let Clinton And Huma Make Off With Boxes Of ‘Muslim Engagement’ DocsJAC

The Obama State Department allowed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin to remove call logs, scheduling documents and files described as “Muslim Engagement” from government premises by labeling the records “private,” Judicial Watch has learned.

Judicial Watch obtained records about the document removals in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all forms authorizing the removal of “personal papers and non-record materials,” according to a Thursday press release.

“These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I (singularly) unsurprised by this move on Obama's part?!?

Dec 15 09:23

More evidence surfaces showing FBI colluded to get Hillary Clinton off the hook for email server (Video)

Newly released documents reveal that former FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation was edited in a way that watered down the the FBI’s findings.

James Comey’s statement was changed in Hillary Clinton’s favor, as new documents released on Thursday by Senator Ron Johnson (chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee reveal) show that the FB made edits to Hillary’s draft statement that essentially resulted in no formal indictment.

Newly released documents reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to considerably water down the bureau’s findings.

The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on “gross negligence” of classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people now are slowly beginning to comprehend the depth and breadth of FBI collusion to "rescue Hillary" on the email server issue; and they are feeling both very angry, and very betrayed.

The FBI had better clean its own house to regain any shred of credibility with the American people; otherwise, the entire agency should be sacked, period, end of discussion.

Dec 15 09:16

NEW CITY ORDINANCE OUTLAWS GIVING MONEY TO PANHANDLERS, VIOLATORS WILL BE FINED & JAILED

Wichita used to be known as “Cowtown” because of its cattle trade but now if people stop and give something as small as a cheeseburger to a homeless person they run the risk going to jail and paying a $500 fine. The ordinance was recently approved by the city council and now complicates matters for both panhandlers and philanthropic citizens alike.

Beat downs and arrests by police are, unfortunately, becoming a larger and larger part of the homeless culture. Not only do police regularly harass the homeless but TFTP has reported on incidents in which officers have confiscated blankets and tentsfrom homeless people in the middle of the winter.

Whether the dehumanization is to make way for the up and coming comic book festival or just a run of the mill sadistic police gang murder, homeless folks in the US are finding themselves in an increasingly hostile police state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The criminalization of homelessness continues apace in this country.

Dec 15 09:12

US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a "plague," is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates.

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller -- which killed more than 20,000 people in the United States in 2016 -- drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment.

They warn of serious risks posed to death row prisoners, who effectively become guinea pigs against their will.

Fentanyl, which also acts as an anesthetic, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The bid to use fentanyl as a capital punishment tool is due to a shortage of drugs normally used in lethal injections and is not grounded in scientific analysis, according to Deborah Denno, an expert on lethal injection at Fordham University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the death penalty, as carried out in the United States, is morally wrong and repugnant, because it is inevitably the poor, and poorly legally represented, criminals who have this sentence passed upon them.

A Hillary Clinton, even if she started stabbing people to death in broad daylight, in front of witnesses (of course, someone like her most probably has assassins on speed dial, but I digress), would never have such sentence imposed upon her due to her personal wealth and connections.

She would, of course, have the money to hire a "dream team" of attornies to get the charges either dropped, or substantially modified. And she would not spend one day in jail, following her plea bargain.

Not so for America's poor.

And the chain of evidence, including DNA evidence, is handled so sloppily here in the United States that there is a national student movement, called the innocence project, to exonerate wrongly accused and convicted people through examining DNA evidence:

The Innocence Project

That the US needs such an organisation is an horrific embarrassment to its judicial process.

Until we can restore life to those wrongly executed, the US penal system has no right in taking it. I am no snowflake or bleeding heart; but life incarceration at hard labor, seems to me to be a reasonable alternative to execution.

Dec 15 08:49

The secret to being a great spy agency in the 21st century: Incubating startups

What happens when a top secret intelligence agency turns to entrepreneurs to help build new tools to protect a nation from cyberattacks? GCHQ found out.

Dec 15 08:49

COLOGNE OFFICIALS TO COMBAT NYE SEX ATTACKS WITH 'TOLERANCE' WRISTBANDS

The city of Cologne has announced they will be handing out "respect" wristbands to encourage understanding between individuals on New Year's Eve and prevent the kind of sex attacks that occurred in 2015. The wristbands are part of a new campaign called "respect" which is sponsored by the city government and controversial Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker. Many have slammed Reker and the campaign on social media likening it to comments she made shortly after the 2015 attacks calling on women to keep men at "arm's length", Kronen Zeitung reports.

At a press conference, Reker said that the campaign would focus on telling people not to sexually attack others or shoot fireworks at individuals, buildings or police. The wristbands themselves are meant to inform others to be respectful when approaching the wearer and prevent potential sex attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the women of Cologne: your mayor is an absolute epic fail on this issue.

You will be better served by getting training in those martial arts classes which are still legal, buying personal protection which is still legal, and travelling in groups when you are outside your work environment.

Only when immigrant males understand that you are not to be messed with, because you actually understand how to hurt them if forced to, and badly, will they back off.

Dec 15 08:42

WHY DOES THE NEW $1 BILLION US EMBASSY IN LONDON NEED THE FIRST MOAT SINCE MEDIEVAL TIMES

If you google “London moats”, you’ll probably alight on a link which will take you to “London’s Top 10 Moats: A Spotter’s Guide”. We had no idea there were so many and could only think of the “obvious” one surrounding the Tower of London, even if it’s waterless these days. According to the guide, a defensive ditch has surrounded the Tower since its origins in the eleventh century. The moat, which contained water from the thirteenth century until the 1840s, helps to protect the roughly cuboid “White Tower” keep, which gives the Tower of London its name. Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the White Tower was resented as a symbol of oppression inflicted on London by the new ruling elite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is "power projection", writ large, in Architecture; ugly, impersonal, cold, hostile,ruthless, and heartless, just as is the American deep state and its agenda.

This... is the kind of architecture signed off on by a government both terrified of its own people figuring out what it has done, with their money, and in their name, and terrified of the people around the world who are furious at the US government having expropriated their resources, to which this government has no moral right.

Dec 15 08:30

REPORT: RICH TO GET STILL RICHER AS WORLD INEQUALITY GROWS

Global inequality has stabilized at high levels in recent years, a report said Friday, despite gains among the poor in China and much milder disparities in incomes and wealth in Western Europe.

The World Inequality Report 2018 is based on a massive, interactive collection of data compiled by an international team of researchers that includes renowned economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez.

It shows inequality has soared since 1980 although the global top “1 percent” saw their share of global income slip slightly after the 2008 financial crisis, to just above 20 percent. At the same time, the share of global income going to the bottom 50 percent rose slightly, to just under 10 percent, thanks to gains in populous, fast-growing China and India.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I consistently advocate for completely peaceful protests, as are protected under the Constitution and Bill of Rights; anything else in this country will cause the American Deep State to respond with removal of said protesters with extreme, and lethal, prejudice.

And I am talking about assassinations of unarmed citizens: yes, the American government will do this.

Dec 15 08:23

WEAPONS WENT FROM THE CIA TO ISIS IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, NEW STUDY REVEALS

Mainstream media in 2013: "Conspiracy Theorists!"
Mainstream media in 2017: "ISIS Got a Powerful Missile the CIA Bought!"
Years late to the party, mainstream media outlets like USA Today, Reuters, and Buzzfeed are just out with "breaking" and "exclusive" stories detailing how a vast arsenal of weapons sent to Syria by the CIA in cooperation with US allies fuelled the rapid growth of ISIS. Buzzfeed's story entitled, Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria [4], begins by referencing "a new report on how ISIS built its arsenal highlights how the US purchased munitions, intended for Syrian rebels, that ended up in the hands of the terrorist group."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much that definition "indirectly allowed" is real, or just for American consumption, to allow Americans to still entertain the complete and utter fantasy that this supply was not deliberate on the part of the American government.

Dec 15 07:31

Growing vegetables in your own yard now confirmed as a criminal offense by Florida courts… INSANITY is now LAW

It’s a sad day in Florida: Property rights for homeowners have taken a huge blow as courts confirm that growing edible plants in your own front yard is, in fact, a crime. Out of all the terrible things a person can do these days, gardening is the last thing you may have suspected would become a punishable offense. To no one’s surprise, Big Government continues to use strong-arm tactics against innocent people looking to engage in some basic self-sufficiency. If they can’t take your guns, they’ll take your garden.

Dec 14 14:58

YouTube threatens to shut down Health Ranger channel over this podcast that discusses the FBI’s routine obstruction of justice and forensic science fraud

Seven weeks after the posting of a podcast that examines the FBI’s corruption and cover-up regarding the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas, YouTube has threatened to censor the Health Ranger channel for obvious political purposes. It’s part of the worsening pattern of censorship of political speech by YouTube, which is owned and operated by Google, the police state surveillance giant of the ‘net. (Last year, Google de-listed the entire NaturalNews.com domain for six days for a completely fabricated technical reason, by the way.)

Dec 14 12:39

Judicial Watch President: "Forget Mueller," The Real Question Is "Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI?"

Echoing the thoughts that are undoubtedly running through the minds of many Americans following startling revelations of an "insurance policy" crafted by FBI agents Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to prevent a Trump presidency at all costs (something we covered here: FBI Texts Reveal "Insurance Policy" To Prevent Trump Presidency), Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News last night to say it's time to move beyond discussing whether or not it's appropriate to shut down Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and move on to consider whether it's now time to consider shutting down the entire FBI after "it was turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration?"

Dec 14 11:52

Judicial Watch President: "Forget Mueller," The Real Question Is "Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI?"

Echoing the thoughts that are undoubtedly running through the minds of many Americans following startling revelations of an "insurance policy" crafted by FBI agents Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to prevent a Trump presidency at all costs (something we covered here: FBI Texts Reveal "Insurance Policy" To Prevent Trump Presidency), Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News last night to say it's time to move beyond discussing whether or not it's appropriate to shut down Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and move on to consider whether it's now time to consider shutting down the entire FBI after "it was turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer is, HELL, YES!!

Dec 14 11:49

Grassley Fires Off Scorching Letter To DOJ After Anti-Trump Texts Reveal Burner Phone, "Insurance Policy"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley fired off a letter late Wednesday to the DOJ, asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain several disturbing revelations contained within anti-Trump text messages sent between FBI investigators Peter Strzok and his FBI-Attorney mistress Lisa Page - both of whom were central to the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe, and both of whom were removed from Robert Mueller's Special counsel when their text messages came to light. Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to answer questions about Strzok, Page and Mueller's investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The issues in Grassley's letter need to be addressed thoroughy by the FBI, if it is to ever have any credibility ever again.

Dec 14 11:45

Robots Purge Homeless From San Francisco Sidewalks

As the homeless crisis on America’s West Coast forces many cities to the financial brink, one innovative animal shelter in San Francisco is using a low cost, high-tech robot security guard to shoo away the homeless outside its facilities, the San Francisco Business Times reported.
The San Francisco branch of the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) contracted Knightscope to provide a k5 robot (the same model which in July commited suicide at a mall fountain) for securing the outdoor spaces of the animal shelter. Knightscope’s business model allows the SPCA to rent the robot for around $7 an hour, which is about $3 less than the minimum wage in California. According to San Francisco Business Times, the robot was deployed as a “way to try dealing with the growing number of needles, car break-ins and crime that seemed to emanate from nearby tent encampments of homeless people.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This only pushes homelessness, crime, and disease to another part of the city; so where is the real resolution here?!?

This cannot be a sustainable answer!!

Dec 14 11:39

Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, face official secrets charges

Myanmar’s government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reporters had to know what they were getting into; hopefully, their respective governments will get negotiations going to get them out of this dictatorship, and back home safe and sound.

Myanmar can be hazardous to one's health, if one is of an ethnic minority not of the goverment's liking, or a reporter, intent on getting the story straight on its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas.

Dec 14 11:33

Nikki Haley vows to present 'irrefutable evidence' Iran 'deliberately violated international obligations'

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, is set to lay out Thursday what the Trump administration claims is "irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations," her office said in a statement Wednesday.

The announcement will come as the U.N. presents a report today on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. That's the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for eight years as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, while the IAEA has stated consistently that Iran has been consistently in compliance with this agreement?!?

Hailey and President Trump, in making these accusations, are making the US government look like the netherside of a jaysap, and I, for one, am embarrassed about this.

The IAEA is comprised of very smart, talented, and disciplined people, who would have the expertise to know if Iran was violating the agreement, and they haven't said anything about any Iranian violations of this deal whatsoever.

Please understand; this is about Israel wanting regime change in Iran; however, Netanyahu and his cabal want this to happen only at the costs of American blood, and financed with American money.

The agenda here is war with Iran, which is why the lying narrative of Iran having violated the agreement, is being put forward at the UN.

I do hope that President Trump and his triumverate of "President Whisperers", Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, will take a grave and sober assessment of what American interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Niger, and Lybia have "accomplished" so far, before they commit to war against Iran.

Oh, and did I mention; a war against Iran will most likely mean war with Russia, as its leadership has committed to defending it against outside attacks?!?

And as we have seen in Syria, Russia has military equipment which does work as advertised.

Dec 14 11:19

‘Leftist’ Israeli general threatens to ‘tear the Palestinians apart’ and ‘toss them across the Jordan’

Amiram Levin, a retired Israeli general, is a strong supporter of Labor leader Avi Gabbay.

Recently Levin unfurled his murderous views about Palestinians in an interview with Maariv (Hebrew), which will be published in full this coming weekend. In it, he opined that “the Palestinians deserved the occupation”. He said that “we justly conquered Judea and Samaria [sic]. They did not accept the partition borders [referring to UN Partition plan 1947] and opened a war. They don’t deserve anything”.

Levin speaks about ‘peace process’, saying that “peace is hope”: “We need to conduct strict negotiations and not return to 1967 lines”. He speaks of a time after Palestinian President Abbas, about a young Palestinian leadership that “sat in jail and saw that we [Israel] can’t be defeated.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the kind of thinking, and behaviour, which one can expect froma citizen from a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons.

Dec 14 11:13

On Saudi Media, «Israeli» Minister Threatens to Strike Lebanon Like Syria

In an interview with Saudi media on Wednesday, the "Israeli" entity's so-called Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz threatened to attack Lebanon to prevent an Iranian military presence, as he invited Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit the entity.

Saudi Arabia and the "Israeli" entity had recently been normalizing ties, although both countries do not share diplomatic ties.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the so-called "Israeli"-Palestinian "peace process". Katz added that the entity would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Katz said the entity is aware that Iran has been building alleged weapons plants in Lebanon. "We have information that Iran is building advanced missile plants in Lebanon, and I want to emphasize that we have drawn a new red line, and we will not allow them to do this at any cost."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's telegraphing of war against Iran and Lebanon is risky, in light of the reality that if Israel does press ahead with war against Iran, Russia will most probably assist it militarily, as its leadership has committed to do many times over the last several decades.

And as we have seen in Syria, the Russians do have both tactics and weaponry which perform brilliantly well.

Dec 14 11:04

UN Expert: US Continues to Torture Detainee at Gitmo

UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has issued a new statement on Wednesday claiming information that Gitmo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi continues to be subjected to torture by US forces, including treatments banned under international law.

Though the US nominally banned torture 10 years ago, Melzer indicated that the information he has is that Baluchi continues to be subjected to sleep deprivation and other mistreatment, and not given access to proper medical care for the torture he suffered in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, understanding how the US government lies about everything, and every evil deed it has done, and continues to do, my tendency would be to believe in the veracity of Melzers' report here, rather than the US government's denial that this has been taking place.

Dec 14 10:57

US Expected to Sanction Iran Because of Worsening Conditions in Yemen

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

Iran has little to nothing to do with the Yemen War, of course, but Saudis have pushed the narrative that the Shi’ite Iranians are backing the Shi’ite Houthi movement, even though they’re different types of Shi’ites, and the factions had no known contacts before the Saudi invasion.

House officials are eating up the Saudi allegations, however, pushing a bill that threatens to punish Iran even further if they don’t “stop” arming the Houthis, which would be difficult for Iran to prove since there’s little evidence they’ve ever armed the Houthis more than a token amount.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; in spite of the fact the US government and military are complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, the US House of Representatives is keen to sanction Iran... for something it really has't done, like arming the Houthi rebels?!?

Folks, this... is desperation on the cusp of madness!!

Dec 14 10:52

Saudi Airstrikes Against Yemen Capital Kill 39

The latest in a long series of Saudi airstrikes against targets inside Yemen, Saudi warplanes on Wednesday reportedly attacked a military police camp and adjoining prison in the capital city of Sanaa.

At least 39 people were killed in the seven strikes against the facility, and over 90 others were wounded. Details on the split between police, bystanders, and prisoners in the casualties are as yet not available, though the Houthi movement said at least four of the presumed killed haven’t been recovered yet.

The Saudis offered no details on the attacks, including why a prison was targeted int he first place. The Houthis reported the prison holds some 180 prisoners, though they didn’t say what sort of prisoners they are.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudi Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, will not be content until he has murdered every single Yemeni non-combatant civilian still breathing, and is probably ordering more bombing runs as I type this, with which the American military are aiding and abetting his war crimes in Yemen.

Dec 14 10:47

EXCLUSIVE: TRACING ISIS’ WEAPONS SUPPLY CHAIN—BACK TO THE US: Brian Castner

Spleeters suspected that the tubes, trigger mechanisms, and fins of the new rockets were all the work of ISIS engineers, but he thought the warheads likely came from somewhere else. After discovering similar weapons over the past six months, he has grown to believe that ISIS may have captured the warheads from anti­government militias in the Syrian civil war that had been secretly armed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And from where is ISIS getting this "explosive ordinance"?!?!?

Take three guesses, and the first two don't count!!

Dec 14 10:11

‘ABSOLUTELY IGNORED’: US VETERANS WHO CLEANED UP H-BOMB ACCIDENT SEEK BENEFITS

Yale Law School students have requested a US court to permit a class-action lawsuit on behalf of US Air Force veterans who responded to the catastrophic 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in the Mediterranean Sea, but who have been denied disability benefits.

The 1966 accident occurred when a USAF B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs collided with a USAF KC-135 tanker aircraft during a mid-flight refueling exercise. The refueling nozzle hit the fuselage and caused a major explosion seen by another B-52 pilot a mile away. All four airmen on the FC-135 were killed along with three of the four airmen on board the B-52.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please show this article to anyone thinking about enlisting in any branch of the US military.

These men were treated by the VA as irrelevant, useless, and thoroughly worthy of the horrific illnesses and deaths they endured.

This cavalier treatment of our Vets cannot be allowed to stand, period, end of discussion; every Vet in every branch of our service should get the same medical care as does Former Vice President Dick Cheney; they have earned it.

Dec 14 10:05

FBI OFFICIAL ADMITS: RUSSIA PROBE ‘INSURANCE POLICY’ TO DERAIL TRUMP

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Thousands of text messages between two top FBI investigators have been turned over to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including anti-Trump messages that reveal a desire to start the probe into Russian collusion as an “insurance policy” should Donald Trump win the presidency.

Among the damning texts between investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page is an excerpt describing the Russia investigation as an “insurance policy” meant to ensure Trump’s overthrow should he win the presidency.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office” — an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe — “that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok told Page in a text from August 15, 2016.

“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 . . . . ”
Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation last summer without explanation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure theatre, and witchhunt, calculated to get President Trump impeached, and thrown out of office by an out-of-control Democratic Party which is only concerned about power,money, and the protection and preservation of the narcocracy.

Dec 14 09:58

FISC ASSURANCES ON SPYING LEAVE TOO MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions from the House Judiciary Committee about how his department is implementing one of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools. Despite repeated bipartisan requests, Director Wray refused to tell the Members of the Committee how many Americans have been impacted by Section 702, enacted as part of the FISA Amendments Act. This isn’t the first time the FBI has refused to answer to Congress.

EFF has long held that Section 702 is being used to violate the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. Section 702 authorizes the acquisition of foreign intelligence information; however, because many Americans communicate with foreign persons outside the United States every day, our communications are also being captured and read without a warrant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the head of the FBI lies to Congress about the 2016 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the United States v. Mohamud case regarding backdoor searches, you have to know something stinks to high heaven here.

Dec 14 09:52

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse

The real story of online deception isn’t about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. government’s own internet troll program.

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the “Five Eyes” alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia–basically Oceania from 1984–get together to spy on each other’s citizens. That’s how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens.

The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I do not spend a lot of time on social media, and everything I post is generally vanilla, because I understand that the trolls are out there, in order to create narrative to further the agenda of the American Deep State.

And that agenda most generally comes down to war, and defending war as the only way in which the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika can acheive their geopolitical goals.

Dec 14 09:44

CHEMICAL WARFARE DRILLS BY HOMELAND SECURITY WILL TURN HUMANS INTO LAB RATS, MANY FEAR

Residents of a small Oklahoma farming town near the Kansas border fear the federal government will be using them as lab rats if it carries out plans for biological warfare testing in the area next month.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to release what is says are inert chemicals into the atmosphere near an abandoned school in Newkirk, Oklahoma. It aims to gauge how the chemicals travel through the air and whether they could infiltrate buildings and homes where people were seeking shelter in the event of a biological attack.

“This helps responders and emergency managers decide how to respond and save lives. It helps in planning for evacuations...and other tactics,” the department’s science and technology directorate spokesman, John Verrico, told Newsweek in an email. “It also helps us to understand how materials settle and stick to surfaces,” which can aid in recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a resident of Newkirk, Oklahoma, at the time these tests were to happen, I would be fleeing out of town for the duration of those tests as long as was financially possible.

You can never believe the Federal Government on anything, particularly if they describe a chemical they are going to use in any test as "inert".
The U.S. Military Once Tested Biological Warfare On The Whole Of San Francisco

I know this may sound like science fiction; it is, however, science fact.

Dec 14 09:34

Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang

Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said.

Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged between 12 and 65 in Xinjiang, adding to controls in a place some experts have called an “open-air prison”.

The region is home to over 11 million Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic minority, and is occasionally hit by bouts of violence.

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The data can be used for “surveillance of persons because of ethnicity, religion, opinion or other protected exercise of rights like free speech”, according to Human Rights Watch.

Part of the collection is being done through government-provided medical checkups, and it is unclear if patients are aware the exam is also designed to transmit biometric data to the police.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be reasonably certain that these kinds of procedures will soon be mandated here in the United States, particularly for Christian pacifist activists like me :-)

Logically advocating that my government find peaceful alternatives to its current martial stance, and resolve its geopolitical differences other than with bombs and bullets?!?

WOW! THAT MAKES ME A REAL THREAT TO THE "DEEP STATE" IN THIS COUNTRY!! :-)

Dec 14 09:26

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WANTS TO PUNISH WHISTLEBLOWERS AND JOURNALISTS WHO LEAK CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS WITH UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

Australian government and intelligence whistleblowers -- and potentially even journalists -- may face up to 20 years in jail for disclosing classified information, under the most sweeping changes to the country's secrecy laws since they were introduced.

As far as news organizations are concerned, while it is true that Australian titles may think twice before publishing leaked government documents, there are plenty of other outlets around the world that won't. Even if other newspapers are reluctant to risk the wrath of the Australian government -- perhaps because they have offices and journalists in the country that would be vulnerable to retaliation -- it is easy to set up a dedicated site for the leaks, and then use social media to spread the word. That's essentially what WikiLeaks does, which is unlikely to take any notice of the new law either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question for me is, what, precisely, is the Australian government doing that they are so terrified of the Australian people finding out?!?

I've been to Sidney, when Mike was working on a project there, and found the Australian people to be both very warm-hearted, and forthright; they don't mince words when they have an opinion on something.

So I cannot, for the life of me, imagine why the current Australian government is so scared of its own public on this issue, unless what they are doing is so underhanded as to be illegal.

Dec 14 09:19

Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized

Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet — and you’re not getting any unless you pay up.
The company notorious for sending out hordes of ‘internet warriors’ to defend the company and its actions online in comments and message boards (perhaps we’ll find some below) even takes a firm stance behind Monsanto’s GMOs and their ‘proven safety’. In fact, the former Nestle CEO actually says that his idea of water privatization is very similar to Monsanto’s GMOs. In a video interview, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe states that there has never been ‘one illness’ ever caused from the consumption of GMOs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I talk about CEOs having their consciences surgically removed before taking power, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is the absolute poster child for this reality!!

Dec 14 09:14

Rohingya crisis: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month, say Doctors Without Borders

International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Burma's security forces.

The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement made available Thursday that it had conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh and estimated that at least 6,700 Rohingya died in Burma's Rakhine state between 25 August and 24 September. About 630,000 Rohingya have fled Burma into Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called “ethnic cleansing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has proven herself to be an absolute zero when it comes to human rights in her country, right up there with noted war criminal Henry Kissinger, who was also awarded the same prize.

She should be stripped of every peace prize she has ever won, and the country of Myanmar be adjudged for what it has been allowed to become, under her watch; a wretchedly apartheid nation which commits genocide on all its "others" and its less fortunate.

Dec 14 09:05

Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public

from the dysfunction-junction dept
So by now we've pointed out how 200 engineers, internet legends, nearly 1000 startups, countless internet companies, 30 small ISPs, and millions of American consumers have told the FCC its plan to repeal net neutrality is extreme and will harm competition, innovation, and the health of the internet. But we've also pointed out repeatedly how this makes absolutely no difference at Trump's FCC, which appears mindlessly dedicated toward one singular purpose: pleasing entrenched telecom duopolies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is peace...idiocy is intelligence...free speech is terrifying, and, therefore, must be censored.

Dec 13 18:57

Spies slammed by watchdog for 'unlawful' access of database which includes most Kiwis

The senior lawyer charged with oversight of our spies has issued a damning report into "unlawful" access of data about "large proportion of New Zealanders" by the NZ Security Intelligence Service.

Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) Cheryl Gwyn has also detailed a difficult relationship with the NZ Security Intelligence Service, accusing it of a "lack of precision and forthrightness".

In a report released today, Gwyn has spelled out her belief that the NZSIS unlawfully access Customs' data for 17 years.

She details how the service had access to a Customs' computer terminal, which allowed agents to do a massive trawl of information that "detailed the movement of 11 million passengers each year".

She said the resulting database would include "data relating to a large proportion of New Zealanders".

Dec 13 10:31

In released texts, FBI Agent Strzok mentions "insurance policy"

in case of an unthinkable Trump presidential win

Dec 12 06:11

YES, THE FBI IS AMERICA’S SECRET POLICE

Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave

Dec 11 20:28

(NZ) Spies 'unlawfully' accessed data then refused to talk about it properly - oversight body

Our spies have broken the law accessing Customs and Immigration data and have resisted explaining to the intelligence oversight body why they have done so.

That's the blunt statement spelled out in the latest annual report from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security.

It suggests two of the country's most capable public service lawyers are at a standoff with former deputy Solicitor-General Cheryl Gwynn holding the role of Inspector General and former Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge as the head of the NZSIS.

The details are revealed in the latest annual report from Gwynn into the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

In it, Gwynn said the NZSIS had "unlawfully obtained Customs data" until mid-2016 and it had not properly explained why.

Dec 11 12:55

VIDEO --- Discover the Truth about the Men Behind the Curtain ...

Revealed; The Men Who Own and Run the U S Government

...Who is in control of the United States?

This documentary shows a timeline of history in the United States and which elites have provoked and controlled the wars of our past and present for financial gain.

Dec 11 10:42

Amid “Full Employment,” No Recovery in US Wages

Trump claims his $1.5 trillion tax cut—including the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent—will create more jobs and increase wages. As in the Obama years, however, this massive windfall for big business and the rich will not be used to expand production, let alone increase the wages and living standards of workers. It will go for stock buybacks and dividend increases, which benefit the richest investors.

Dec 11 10:37

Trump Continues Obama’s Wars Against Democracy

The reality, not talked about in public (since America isn’t a democracy), is that the United States Government propagandizes against foreign governments and then perpetrates coups and/or military invasions against them, in order to impose the U.S. empire’s dictatorial stooges, and then to crush whatever democracy had existed there. This U.S. fascism didn’t happen only in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Chile in 1973, but it happens also today, long after the ‘anti-communist’ excuse for it had ended in 1991.

Dec 11 10:26

In Pushing Saudis on Yemen Aid, US Warns About Losing Congressional Support

Despite repeatedly White House expressions of confidence that the Saudis are definitely going to start letting aid into Yemen at some point, the Saudis have shown no sign of doing so. Privately, the US has been a bit more blunt with them about the potential consequences.

The Trump Administration is trying to sell easing humanitarian aid as a way to placate the US Congress, where mounting concerns about the war crimes being committed in Yemen are seeing votes on US arms sales to the Saudi kingdom increasingly difficult to squeeze through.

The public statements from the White House are getting more frequent, with two statements on Wednesday and Friday of the past week, and officials saying over the weekend they expect more in the coming weeks, suggesting they don’t believe the Saudis will so easily allow food into Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In its two year enabling of the Saudi genocide in Yemen, the US government has been complicit in Saudi war crimes here; there is utterly no getting around this. Here are some very graphic images what the US government and military is assisting the Saudi government and military in "accomplishing" in Yemen:

Images:
Yemeni children being killed or maimed for life.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesyof the US and Saudi port blockade in Yemen.

Video demonstrating the use of DU by the Saudi Military

Images: severe birth defects in Yemeni infants

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

I can understand the geopolitical potential for US/Saudi power projection by conquering Yemen; but gentlemen, please, at what moral cost to the soul of this nation will such a "victory" come, to the point where the US government is willingly "doubling down" in expanding on Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen?!?

And for those you expect to fight, die, and get maimed for life (possibly from the US's use of DU in Yemen), I think they, and we, the American people, need one hell of an honest, completely factual explanation from you both as to whose “vital interests” are at stake here. Because from where I sit, it is NOT the "vital interests" of We the People, to be escalating the US military's involvement in this war, particularly when almost every expert on the issue has stated that the resolution to this issue has to be political, rather than military.

Dec 11 10:10

As US-Russia Tensions Rise, 1987 Nuke Treaty in Jeopardy

Over the weekend, Russia responded to the latest of what’s literally been some 4-5 years of US allegations over that test by again reiterating that they don’t see a violation, and that they are committed to the treaty.

But US-Russia tensions have gotten progressively worse through that 4-5 year span, which has turned “questions” about a possible technical violation into increasingly shrill US claims that Russia is “violating the treaty,” and threatening to withdraw from it.

In practice, the treaty is a relatively minor one among nuclear treaties, and one that officials likely believe they risk for the sake of picking more diplomatic fights with Russia. The risk, however, is that ditching this treaty will lead to the ditching of others, a partial concern given the recent US hostility toward anti-nuclear deals

Dec 11 10:00

US Pushes Diplomatic Isolation for North Korea, Despite Being ‘Open to Talks’

US officials, led by Ambassador Nikki Haley, have been making the rounds worldwide pushing for all nations to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea. This further undermines the US claims of being open to talks, but it’s also not clear what they expect to accomplish.

Since the US has no direct diplomatic ties with North Korea themselves, any diplomatic efforts require some intermediary. Yet if the US got its way, and everyone cuts off North Korea ties, there are no such intermediaries.

In practice, the US doesn’t expect this to be a successful push. Officials suggest that North Korea takes its international standing very seriously, and even a little bit of diplomatic harm would greatly embarrass them, however.

Plus it’s not like the US has a lot of “non-war” options left for things to do to North Korea. The nation doesn’t trade with much of anybody, except for China and Russia, and the US doesn’t have any real chance of cutting off either of those partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are very few diplomatic overtures the US can take, other than negotiating with them while they are still in the process of creating their nuclear deterrent.

And Trump, Tillerson, and Hailey have uniformly stated that will not happen, even if pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

So what are the odds of averting a war with North Korea, because the US government has boxed itself in by not allowing more room for diplomatic maneuvers?!?

Unfortunately, although I hope to hell I am wrong, not great, at this moment.

You have to understand: the Elites need a war, and soon, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public's anger away from the coming economic crash which will hit all sectors of the economy.

Dec 11 09:49

TRUMP'S JERUSALEM DECLARATION SPARKS TALK OF 3RD TEMPLE

While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was very fearful of this movement gaining ground, after President Trump's announcement that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

What really concerns me, should this start to happen, is the fate of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which has existed on this site for centuries, as described in an article from Darmouth University:

The current Al-Aqsa Mosque is built upon the spot the Rashidun and Umayyads believed Muhammad ascended, whereas other scholars believe Muhammad ascended upon the Foundation Stone, now housed inside the Dome of the Rock. Regardless, the importance of the Night Journey in Islamic tradition and its setting within the Temple Mount compound has made Jerusalem the third holiest city in Islam, following Mecca and Medina.

Should any attempt be made to displace one stone in its construction, all hell will break loose in the region.

President Trump's announcement may well have emboldened Netanyahu toward such an act. He is hubristic enough to want to send the IDF to gain control of this shrine, and bring it down with a controlled demolition; whether he's insane enough to do this... may be another matter entirely.

Dec 11 09:18

CIA ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Copy Of 6,700-Page US Torture Report

The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.

The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.

One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Mistakenly destroyed", MY ASTROLABE!!!

Dec 11 09:14

A NEW STEALTH ATTACK IN EU’S “WAR ON CASH”

The EU’s Orwellian-dubbed Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committee has approved tough new rules on cash that travelers might bring into or take out of the bloc. It’s also broadened the definition of cash to include precious stones and metals and prepaid credit cards.
For the moment the new definition does not include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for one simple reason: “customs authorities lack the resources to monitor them.”

Most importantly, the draft law will enable authorities to impound “cash” below the traditional €10,000 threshold, if criminal activity is suspected. The new rules would repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the EU's plans to ban cash transactions have utterly zero relationship to justice, to the average person, who may be involved in a "cash and carry" business; it never touches those with armies of accountants and lawyers on speed dial, who can help them "disguise" their wealth by other means.

Dec 11 09:09

BITCOIN VS FIAT CURRENCY: WHICH FAILS FIRST?

I am struck by the mainstream confidence that bitcoin is a fraud/fad that will soon collapse, while central bank fiat currencies are presumed to be rock-solid and without risk. Those with supreme confidence in fiat currencies might want to look at a chart of Venezuela's fiat currency, which has declined from 10 to the US dollar in 2012 to 5,000 to the USD earlier this year to a current value in December 2017 of between 90,000 and 100,000 to $1:

On 1 December, the bolivar traded in the parallel market at 103,024 VED per USD, a stunning 59.9% depreciation from the same day last month.

Analysts participating in the LatinFocus Consensus Forecast expect the parallel dollar to remain under severe pressure next year. They project a non-official exchange rate of 2,069,486 VEF per USD by the end of 2018. In 2019, the panel sees the non-official exchange rate trading at 2,725,000 VEF per USD.

Dec 10 14:30

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ endgame: Forbes stands, points, speaks of US .01% government ‘leaders’ looting $21 trillion in taxes (~$200,000 per household)

*hyperlinks live at source*

hat tip: wanttoknow.info

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution

Some historical context from WANTtoKNOW.info:

CBS News in 2002 was the first to report on the much smaller amount of $2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon, as acknowledged by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a report on the Dept. of Defense website. Rumsfeld's report was later strangely removed from the website, but is still available on the Internet archive.
I’ve written continuously of such looting, including in 2016 of the Department of Defense (DoD) admitting having “lost” $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money.

Dec 10 10:07

Florida rally cheers when Republican predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon

A conservative politician at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida suggested that the president’s controversial decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.

Republican state Senator Doug Broxson represents the Florida Panhandle in the legislature and gave an introductory speech welcoming President Trump to Florida.

“Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem — where the King of Kings [applause] where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel,” Sen. Broxson predicted.

That was the only jaw-dropping line of the speech.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a Jean-Luc Picard double facepalm, at velocity, upon reading this.

He certainly played to his base, on this; unfortunately, what he, and his brother and sister Republicans, are most likely to reap from this is World War III, created, in large part by Israel's hubristic treatment of all their Muslim neighbors, and the Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Dec 10 10:01

Israeli police target ultra-Orthodox protesters with weapon developed against Palestinians, and it stinks

Last week, the roof of Ma’alot Hatorah Yeshiva, which is associated with the so-called Jerusalem Faction – a radical Ashkenazi Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, group in Jerusalem – was full of clothing hung out there by the students. “The place smells like a carcass, you can’t go near it,” one of the students says, adding that he is still recovering from the aftermath of a demonstration against the draft of Haredim in central Jerusalem.

The stench was caused by a weapon called the “Skunk,” a liquid compound that has become one of the main means used in recent weeks by the police against the religious demonstrators, who are protesting the detention of draft-dodging members of their community. The smell of the spray can stick to the body for days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this chemical has been signed off on by the Israeli government for use against their own, God only knows what horrors await Palestinian protestors angry with President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Dec 10 09:54

Israeli soldiers filmed harassing schoolchildren in occupied Hebron (VIDEO)

Footage shot in Hebron in occupied Palestinian territory shows Israeli soldiers routinely harassing teachers and schoolchildren on a number of occasions. Rights activists say it is part of a state policy aimed at forcing Palestinians to leave the city.
The incidents shown in the video were recorded in October and November by activists attached to B’Tselem, an Israel-based human rights group, near the Ziad Hamuda Jaber Elementary School for Boys, where some 300 pupils are educated. The facility is located in the Wadi al-Nasarah neighborhood of Hebron. Around 50 meters from the neighborhood is a road leading to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba – the first that was established in Hebron after the city was occupied by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is thoroughly predictable behavior from a wretchedly aparthied, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons.

That thumpa-thumpa sound you are hearing from that part of the world, is from some of the early founders of Israel, turning over in their graves at this horrific IDF behavour against innocent Palestnian school children.

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