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Mar 24 09:55

Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela

At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, President Donald Trump was again bragging that the military option was still on the table, in his press conference with Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. Trump is bluffing or not yet up to speed with being apprised of Russia’s red line.

The meeting in the Italian capital between US “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams and Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had an air of urgency in its arrangement. The US State Department announced the tête-à-tête only three days beforehand. The two officials also reportedly held their two-hour discussions in a Rome hotel, a venue indicating ad hoc arrangement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping and praying, that President Trump "sees the light" of non-intervention in this situation.

But if he does not, and Abrams, Bolton, and Pompeo urge him to go into Venezuela, guns blazing, this country will most likely find itself in a war of attrition in a jungle environment, in which our military does not generally fare quite well (Anyone at the White House remember the Vietnam War?!? Thought not.)

Mar 24 09:49

Trump's CIA Now Unbound And Back To Its Traditional Hijinks

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Under the directorship of torture and black site maven Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency has returned to its traditional roots of conducting “black bag” operations and disrupting electrical grids through cyber-attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been profoundly disappointed in Haspel's having been nominated, and confirmed, as head of the CIA; President Trump knew what an "interesting piece of work she was", professionally, yet put her name into consideration, and she got confirmed anyway.

Taking down Venezuela's electricity grid, if in fact the US did it (and at this point, given the lust for Venezuela's oil reserves our leaders want to control, I think it points to a US plot) is absolutely an act of war.

Unfortunately, however, I am concerned that the mayhem may continue in many other formats, until the current Maduro government resigns, and Gaido's US puppets are "anointed" as Venezuela's "true government"

Russia has stated, incontrovertibly, that they will "protect their interests" in Venezuela.

At the worst of it, we may see war break out between Russia and the US government forces, at some time in the near future, which would be horrific in the extreme; and I say this, because at this point in their history, the American military doesn't have the weaponry; the manufacturing, the money, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome in such a war.

Mar 24 09:33

US Completely Invalidates All Of Its Own Arguments About Crimea

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Well the worst Putin Puppet of all time is at it again, this time tweeting that the US must recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel despite the fact that the Israeli occupation of that Syrian land is illegal under international law.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”, Trump’s tweetreads.

Russian parliament member Oleg Morozov made a statement in response to Trump’s proclamation, saying that “Russia will never agree to recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan. Trump is damaging the international community and the Arab world”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia never "annexed Crimea"

What happened was the following.

President Obama admitted that the US had been part of the movement to regime change Crimea, with the throwing under the proverbial bus its duly elected leader, Yanukovich, under the bus, in favor of Poroshenko. President Obama confesses, in an interview on CNN, that the US was behind the Ukrainian coup deal, installing President Poroshenko

At that point, leadership in Crimea understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, and did two things at that point.

First, they held a referendum for the Crimean people, asking if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putch, or petition the Russian federation for membership.

Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people, in a very clean vote, observed by local and foreign representatives, to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation for membership. The Russian Federation accepting Crimea's membership, and all was well.

That is, except for the US huffing and puffing that the Crimean people had no right to peaceful self determination, as stated in the UN Charter, to which the US is I(allegedly) a signatory. The US cannot have it both ways; if they cannot commit to supporting the UN charter, it might as well withdraw its membership to the organization.

There was zero annexation here, but a real-world expression of that freedom for self-determiniation by the Crimean people.

On the other hand, the Golan Heights was seized by Israel, with the citizens of the Golan given no right to any representation whatsoever, except under Israeli edict.

This is an occupation, and an annexation, which is the polar opposite of what happened in Crimea, after the Western-orchestrated Putch put Poroshenko in power in Kiev.

Mar 24 09:24

The Chilling Censorship of the Christchurch Shooting

Serious concerns have arisen over how New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has handled the recent Christchurch mosques massacre. And they don’t just involve her calls for stricter gun control and decision to ban all semi-automatic rifles.

In the wake of the attacks, the prime minister promised to keep the murderer “nameless,” and the internet promptly obliged by flushing the perpetrator’s identity down the memory hole. New Zealanders’ access to online material about him was blocked. In what has become standing operating procedure after mass attacks, social media accounts connected to the perpetrator disappeared. Internet service providers in New Zealand blocked access to sites like 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak, and the file-sharing site Mega if the sites did not take down material related to the shooting.

Mar 24 09:08

UK Coup Erupts: Theresa May Cabinet In Revolt, Plotting Her Imminent Overthrow

Theresa May may have days, if not hours, left as prime minister of the UK following a full-blown cabinet coup on Saturday night as senior ministers moved to oust the UK prime minister and replace her with her deputy, David Lidington.

According to the Sunday Times, following a "frantic series of private telephone calls", senior ministers agreed the prime minister must announce she is standing down, warning that she has become a toxic and “erratic” figure whose judgment has "gone haywire."

The plotters reportedly plan to confront May at a cabinet meeting on Sunday and demand that she announces she is quitting. If she refuses, they will threaten mass resignations or publicly demand her head. The "conspirators" were locked in talks late on Saturday to try reach a consensus deal on a new prime minister so there does not have to be a protracted leadership contest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, at the end of the day, there is no Brexit, the British people who voted for it, will be very, very angry, with a profound sense of betrayal by Parliament.

And as to what form that anger might take, I do not know. But to organizers, of any protest, make sure that those demonstrating are completely peaceful; if they are not, that will only encourage the military and police to start shooting to kill on site.

Mar 24 09:02

Taibbi: It's Official - 'Russiagate' Is This Generation's WMD

Authored by Matt Taibbi, excerpted from his serial book Hate Inc.,

The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it...

Note to readers: in light of news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation is complete, I’m releasing this chapter of Hate Inc. early, with a few new details added up top.

Nobody wants to hear this, but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.

As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief’s independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no “presidency-wrecking” conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman’s definition of “collusion” with Russia.

With the caveat that even this news might somehow turn out to be botched, the key detail in the many stories about the end of the Mueller investigation was best expressed by the New York Times:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The independent media, like WRH, called it from the beginning; a smear job with utterly no substance, to attempt to derail Trump before the 2020 elections.

Yes, there were convictions along the way, allowing Mueller to notch a couple more convictions into his belt; but nothing which ever tied President Trump to Russia.

Mar 23 10:25

MADURO: US WITHHOLDING $5BN OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN ‘CRIMINAL’ MEASURE

The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday.

Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities “have ‘kidnapped’ US $5 billion [in] one of the most criminal, brutal, fascist economic measures which has been seen in the economic history of the world.” “Trump is the person responsible,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a logical, if not horrific, thing Trump has done here; after all, very ill people in a country cannot fight against its overthrow.

Mar 23 10:22

TWO INDIANA POLICE OFFICERS FACE FEDERAL CHARGES IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING OF HANDCUFFED MAN

This article was produced in partnership with the South Bend Tribune, a member of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in 2018.

A federal grand jury has indicted two Elkhart, Indiana, police officers on civil rights charges for repeatedly punching a handcuffed man last year, U.S. prosecutors announced Friday.

Elkhart County prosecutors had originally charged the two officers, Cory Newland and Joshua Titus, with misdemeanor battery in November, after the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica learned of the incident and requested video.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good that they have been indicted.!

Mar 23 10:17

WITH A HARD BREXIT LOOMING, UK INVITES 10,000 FOREIGN TROOPS OVER FOR MILITARY EXERCISES

As the drama over Brexit continues to reach new heights, the U.K. government has raised eyebrows by announcing that it will host 10,000 foreign troops for a massive military exercise beginning the day after Brexit had been set to take place.

The announcement of the exercise has raised the specter of a post-Brexit “martial law” scenario, given that the Theresa May-led government has been examining the possibility of declaring martial law in the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit since at least this January.

According to a government press release, the NATO-affiliated military exercise known as “Joint Warrior” will take place from March 30 until April 11 and will see the U.K. host 10,000 soldiers as well as 35 warships, five submarines, and 59 aircraft and helicopters. Thirteen countries will participate, including the United States, France and Germany, and the exercise will occur in areas spaced throughout Scotland, Wales and England.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were a British citizen living in the UK right now, particularly if I had kids, I would be very, very concerned, and see what can be done to get the heck out of Dodge, before the excrement hits the ventilation system.

Mar 23 10:12

PENTAGON: WE’RE BUYING BOEING F-15S TO KEEP 2 FIGHTER MAKERS IN BUSINESS

The decision to buy new Boeing F-15s reflects the Pentagon’s desire to keep two American companies making fighter jets into the next decade — and not the acting defense secretary’s ties to the company, a senior defense official said Friday.

The 2020 budget request contains $1.1 billion to buy eight F-15X jets, a new variant of an aircraft the Air Force last bought nearly a decade ago. The twin-tailed plane was chosen over Lockheed’s cheaper single-engine F-16 in part to keep a second U.S.manufacturer in the tactical-jet business as the Pentagon begins exploring new technologies for a new generation of warplanes, the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I certainly hope, for the sake of our military, that these planes won't go down like those Boeing 737 did, and that FAA inspections are in place to make sure that they do NOT go down in flames.

Mar 23 10:08

  PODCASTS                 SPLC IMPLODES: PRESIDENT AND LEGAL DIRECTOR RESIGN AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SCANDAL

The Southern Poverty Law Center - the "vicious left-wing attack dog" used by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon to identify "hate groups" - is unraveling.

A week after co-founder Morris Dees was ousted over sexual misconduct claims - with two dozen employees signing a letter of concern over "allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism," the head of the SPLC, Richard Cohen, as well as the organization's legal director, Rhonda Brownstein, resigned on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the way SPLC treated Mike and WRH over the years, color me incapable of crying one tear for this wretched tool of the left to demonize, and attempt to destroy, any blogger or site who was not in lock-step with their views.

Mar 23 10:05

2.3 MILLION AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT DUE TO FEMA NEGLIGENCE

FEMA mishandled the personal information of 2.3 million people driven out of their homes by wildfires in 2017 and hurricanes, an Inspector General report released Friday found.

During our ongoing audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, we determined that FEMA violated the Privacy Act of 19741 and Department of Homeland Security policy by releasing to [contractor] the PII and SPII of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that even so long after Katrina, FEMA is still pathologically incapable of getting anything right!!

Mar 23 10:02

OREGON BILL WOULD CREATE BANKING ALTERNATIVE FOR CANNABIS INDUSTRY, BYPASS FEDERAL RESERVE

A bill filed in the Oregon House would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition in practice.

Rep. Pam Marsh (D) and Rep. Ken Helm (D) introduced House Bill 3169 (HB3169) on Feb. 28. The legislation would create a self-contained, state chartered banking system for the cannabis industry in Oregon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that Oregon is doing the right thing here; it will be interesting to see how this bill progresses in its Legislature.

Mar 22 20:10

Alleged Christchurch terror attacker's manifesto banned (Updated)

*This applies to Media as well unless you apply for an exemption....*

A manifesto reportedly written by the alleged Christchurch gunman has been officially classified as objectionable - with those who have copies told to destroy them - the Office of Film & Literature Classification has confirmed.

Chief censor David Shanks confirmed the move on Saturday, urging anyone who had copies of it to destroy them.

It is now an offence, with Shanks describing the document as "a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism".

"Others have referred to this publication as a 'manifesto', but I consider it a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism. It is objectionable under New Zealand law," said Shanks.

Mar 22 17:27

CHCH Shooting: Manifesto banned!!

A manifesto believed to have been written by the alleged Christchurch gunman has been officially classified as objectional and banned, the Office of Film & Literature Classification has confirmed.

Chief censor David Shanks confirmed the move on Saturday, urging anyone who had copies of it to destroy them.

It is now an offence, with Shanks describing the document as "a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism".

Mar 22 10:53

Maryland’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Turns Deadly: Officer Kills Man Who Refused To Turn In Gun

A 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland’s new ‘red flag’ law in Ferndale Monday morning.

Anne Arundel County Police confirmed the police-involved shooting happened in the 100 block of Linwood Avenue around 5:17 a.m.

According to police, two officers serving a new Extreme Risk Protective Order (Red Flag Law), a Maryland protective order to remove guns from a household, shot and killed the man listed on that order.

Mar 22 10:33

The Obama Legacy

I’ve asked dozens of friends and acquaintances if there is any limit on how much federal, state and local governmental entities can take from their citizens. Most look at me with a blank stare. Most have never given it a thought.

Clearly the thought has not crossed the minds of many in Congress. We hear some, those that are proudly labeling themselves as “socialists,” righteously telling us the rich need to pay their “fair share.” The most vocal are calling for a 70% to 90% tax rate on the “rich.”

These pontificating self-righteous paragons of nothing certainly have not considered the question of whether there is a limit on how much government can take from its citizens.

Prior to 1913 the limit on the federal government was effectively set by denying it most tools for taking citizens’ earnings. America’s first totalitarian socialist president, Woodrow Wilson, pushed through the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. This allowed the Feds to tax our individual income.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Mar 22 07:57

Bolton says Trump ‘very serious’ about ‘all options’ as Venezuela dismantles ‘terrorist cell’

Donald Trump is not kidding when he says “all options” to topple Maduro are open, National Security Adviser John Bolton said, as the Venezuelan government busted wannabe president Juan Guaido’s aide for running a terrorist cell.
“President Trump himself has been clear on this point on any number of occasions when he says all options are on the table. I think people need to understand and believe that; he’s very serious about it,” Bolton told Breitbart.

Mar 21 15:24

The digital detectives determined to get rid of shooting video

If you’re sharing or spreading footage of the Christchurch attack, there is a small team of digital detectives on your case.

A modest New Zealand government department of about 30 people is on a mission to rid the internet of the horrific footage and even jail those intent on circulating it.

Days after the terror attack, as tech giants woefully scrambled to pull down clips of the live-streamed massacre, New Zealand’s censors leaped into action.
For more job news and views go to YUDU

The country’s chief censor, David Shanks, classified the 17-minute video as “objectionable” meaning it was completely banned. The classification raised the prospect of a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 14 years’ jail for anyone who actively circulates the clip. Local authorities have called on companies like Facebook to hand over the names of those caught sharing.

Mar 21 14:25

Christchurch mosque attack: Kiwis lose jobs for sharing massacre video at work

Kiwi workers have been fired for watching the Christchurch shooter's livestream at work and sharing it with colleagues.

That's according to Cyber Research, which monitors internal computer use for around 50 companies - which include some of our biggest corporates.

At least one person has been fired for watching the video while other employees were around - while others have been let go for sharing it with workmates.

Mar 21 12:25

Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here

Be that as it may, if there were a modern version of the Rothschild comment it might go something like this: “Give me control of the internet and no one will ever more know what is true.” The internet, which was originally conceived of as a platform for the free interchange of information and opinions, is instead inexorably becoming a managed medium that is increasingly controlled by corporate and government interests. Those interests are in no way answerable to the vast majority of the consumers who actually use the sites in a reasonable and non-threatening fashion to communicate and share different points of view.

Mar 21 11:07

Iraqi Parliament Prepares to Evict US Troops

US military's presence in Iraq falling out of favor across several political blocs.

In the wake of the ISIS War in Iraq, Pentagon officials will tell you what they’ve been saying all along, that America’s intention is to stay in Iraq, and that there is no consideration being given to leaving. It’s not clear the US has spoken to the Iraqi government about this, however.

While many Iraqis accepted the offer of help in the more desperate moments of the ISIS War, the US military has quickly worn out its welcome. Across a number of major political blocs in Iraq, there is growing consensus that the US, and indeed all foreign military forces, need to go.

This has been brewing for months. The Iraqis saw Trump’s visit to Iraq, during which he didn’t meet the Iraqi PM, as a sign of disrespect. That the Pentagon keeps insisting they’re staying in Iraq, without asking the Iraqis, only adds to the sense that the US isn’t really an invited guest in any real sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it appears that the US President and Military are both suffering from an acute, collective case of SMD (selective memory disorder), about the one guy who got the US military out of Iraq the first time, and now is one of the most powerful people in Iraq who holds no governmental office; Muktada Al Sadr.

Let's take a gentle WRH ride in our way-back machine to last year, and the following article, describing the win of his coalition in the Iraqi parliament last year:

Muqtada al Sadr's win in Iraq, is dredging up tough memories for US soldiers

Please remember; he was the official head of the Mahdi Army, which fought the US military tooth and nail, and then, in 2017 this was disbanded: Iraq disbands what used to be known as the "Mahdi Army

Mr. President, I am strongly cautioning you (not that you appear to be listening, but ... God loves His optimists) on this issue, to show the Iraqi government, and its military, just a small bit of respect, and I ask this for the following reasons.

Although the Mahdi Army has been officially disbanded, please don't bet on this Imam's NOT being capable of"pulling the band back together", if he believes, for one second, that the US government wants to occupy Iraq forever, which, it appears, is really the goal, to control who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against him doing this, sir; and he and his people know every inch of the country. And if he does this, how are you going to respond?!? With a second invasion of Iraq, let's say, Iraq 2.0- the "golden cut"?!?

Mar 21 10:48

It’s time for US to fully recognize Israel’s ‘sovereignty’ over disputed Golan Heights – Trump

He is just another Neocon now! Disgusting!

US President Donald Trump has said that the time has come for the United States to "fully recognize" Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said the Golan Heights are "of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel" and to "regional security." His decision will be seen as a diplomatic coup for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mar 21 10:37

Nine Years After Obama Snub, Trump Rolls Out Red Carpet for Netanyahu

President Donald J. Trump will host Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next week, displaying a significant shift in policy from President Obama.

Netanyahu will join Trump for a working meeting on March 25 during which they will “discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions in the Middle East,” according to the White House press release Wednesday. The U.S. President will then host Netanyahu at a dinner on March 26. This will be Netanyahu’s third visit to the Trump White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time Prime Minister Netanyahu uses his "frequent flyer miles" to get to DC, I get nervous, because, most usually, that means yet another misguided military intervention into a country to which the US military was not invited, like Syria, for example; and trust me, the US is not thinking of leaving there anytime soon, be the troop compliment at 400, or 1,000.

I don't know if any of our readers saw this on Faux TV, but the lower crawl indicated the Trump had tweeted that the Golan Heights should be considered as Israeli territory, possibly giving Netanyahu a "US-Generated lift" before ISraeli elections, which happen 9 April this year.

It was also yet another way to stick a finger in the eye of the Syrian government, the Syrian people, and Bashar Al-Assad, simultaneously, as well.

Mar 21 10:28

AS RUSSIA COLLUSION FADES, UKRAINIAN PLOT TO HELP CLINTON EMERGES

After nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election — this time, in favor of the Democrats.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian's release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton's campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Et Tu, Hillary?!?

One has to love reeking stench of hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle; and NO, it doesn't smell like "teen spirit". It frankly smells more like industrial strength fertilizer.

Mar 21 10:25

BETO O’ROURKE SLAMS BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING ISRAEL HAS “OPENLY SIDED WITH RACISTS”

Beto O’Rourke denied on Tuesday that donations from supporters of Israel had influenced his approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stark terms, saying that Israel’s leader had “openly sided with racists.”

Beto taking the gloves off against Bibi… pic.twitter.com/QJascMyILA

— Jacob Kornbluh ? (@jacobkornbluh) March 20, 2019

As the Texas Tribune correspondent Patrick Svitek reported, the comments came during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire, after O’Rourke was asked about rumors that he had taken “pro-Israel lobbyist money” during his failed Senate run in 2018.

O’Rourke explained that, in fact, he had taken no money from political action committees in that race — although J Street, a pro-Israel lobbying group that aids candidates who favor a two-state solution and oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, helped solicit $170,000 in individuals donations to his campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Beto, you cannot have it both ways.

And after this major public criticism of Israel, Beto's geopolitical career may well be close to over; AIPAC will insure that he gets eaten alive, well before the Democratic nominee is "chosen" (most probably by the party, but not by the people.)

Mar 21 10:22

Amazon Bans Nation of Islam's Books on History of Jewish Abuses Against Blacks

The banning of four Nation of Islam Black history books by Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, provides a perfect opportunity to examine the wickedly racist ways Jewish power is wielded in America. Amazon provided no warning, no reason, no hearing, and no opportunity to respond—it was a blatant mockery of Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos’s own creed, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” It is, however, perfect proof of what The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said: the mental resurrection of Black people will anger our oppressors and cause them to react punitively and viciously.

Mar 21 10:21

ARMORED POLICE RIOT SQUADS WILL NOW PATROL MIAMI BEACH SPRING BREAK CROWDS

Tension between South Beach spring breakers and older, whiter, richer, and stodgier residents has been leading up to this moment for years.

But yesterday's revelation was still shocking. Miami Beach officials announced that for the rest of spring break, 25-member teams of police in riot gear will patrol Ocean Drive and the beaches. And the city will park police vans, ATVs, and barricades on the beach to chuck noncompliant visitors into paddy wagons and cart them off to jail.

After an emergency commission meeting yesterday, police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed roving bands of cops will be "wearing protective gear, helmets, and will be equipped with shields." He added police vans will be parked "on the sand" to rapidly detain misbehaving revelers. The news was disclosed midway through a Miami Herald article about spring break.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could possibly create riot situations, which would be horrifically dangerous for these kids, who would have no way out to make it to safety.

Mar 21 10:13

New Zealand mass shooting now being used to justify banning all chat boards, consolidating speech in the hands of the “authoritative” media giants

In the wake of the revelation that the mass shooting that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand may have actually been a contrived act of terrorism committed by an attention-seeking nihilist intentionally trying to “troll” the public, some on the Left are now calling for chat boards like 4chan to be completely shut down as the solution to what they perceive as the “problem” of online free speech.

Mar 21 10:06

Facial recognition technology means you could soon be BANNED from going into shops anywhere in the world even if you’ve done nothing wrong, civil liberties experts suggest

Walking around without being constantly identified by AI could soon be a thing of the past, legal experts have warned.

The use of facial recognition software could signal the end of civil liberties if the law doesn't change as quickly as advancements in technology, they say.

Mar 21 09:57

Guaido's Chief Of Staff Detained By Venezuelan Intelligence In Pre-Dawn Raid

Two days after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's "government-in-waiting" forcibly took possession of three diplomatic facilities in the United States with the blessing of Washington, and following what many observers speculate are a series of US aggressive maneuvers paving the way for military intervention, Maduro's security forces have begun arresting members of Guaido's staff.

According to Reuters Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested and detained Guaido's own chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, as well as opposition legislator Sergio Vergara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word of observation; when one hires the geopolitical and military equivalent of the Keystone cops, what one gets at the end of the day... is "Keystone Cop results"; that is everything you didn't want from such an intervention, and nothing you do.

It appears that everything that could have gone wrong with your point man in Venezuela has, and is about continue to go wrong henceforward.

Let me ask; is the US State Department still creating foreign policy by throwing darts at a dart board, in some dank basement no one in the bowels of DC wants to visit, ever?!?

Perhaps, sir, it just might be time to change that policy, to something which one could at least, on the outside, be characterized as "cohesive, moral, and prudent"?!?

Because, Mr. President, this is precisely the polar opposite of how these numb-brain actions of Guido and his goons, appear to both the Venezuelan officials, and the rest of the world.

IF any of this is getting livestreamed to Moscow, Putin is laughing his head off, amazed at the level of stupidity and arrogance these "Guidoistas" have demonstrated; and of course, these are the guys the White House is backing!!

Mr. President, it appears that US foreign policy in Venezuela has resulted, so far, in an abominable epic fail; time to cut your losses (which you used to know how to do, before you became the President), and leave.

Mar 21 09:39

Facebook "Explains" Why It Failed To Remove Christchurch Shooter's Gruesome Livestream

Though Facebook's AI-powered censors managed to "mistakenly" flag Zero Hedge as a repeat violator of the social network's "community standards", when it comes to livestreamed videos depicting horrific and extreme violence, the company is still working out some kinks in its ability to immediately identify and remove livestreams depicting horrific acts of terror and violence like the video published Friday by the Christchurch Shooter.

In a blog post mea culpa published Thursday, Facebook's VP of Integrity Guy Rosen explained why the company failed to immediately remove the horrifying livestream of the attacks that the shooter, a 28-year-old Australian who also published a manifesto laying out his violent, islamophobic ideology, posted to Facebook Live, and which was viewed 4,000 times before being taken down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Facebook even HAS a "VP of Integrity"??!?

YOU'VE FLIPPING GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!

Mar 21 09:33

Doomed Boeing 737s Lacked 'Optional Safety Features'; Ethiopian Air Captain Skipped Training

The two doomed Boeing 737s which crashed under similar conditions lacked optional safety features that the aircraft manufacturer will now make standard, according to the New York Times.

For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to have the jets they order fitted with customized add-ons.

Sometimes these optional features involve aesthetics or comfort, like premium seating, fancy lighting or extra bathrooms. But other features involve communication, navigation or safety systems, and are more fundamental to the plane’s operations.

Many airlines, especially low-cost carriers like Indonesia’s Lion Air, have opted not to buy them — and regulators don’t require them. -New York Times

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Safety training should have been obligatory and mandatory; Lion Air and Boeing are both equally at fault, should this be proven true.

This may wipe Boeing off the map, economically, ini the very near term.

Mar 21 08:50

Can the President Legally Break the Law?

“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” — Richard M. Nixon (1913-94)

Legal scholars have been fascinated for two centuries about whether an American president can break the law and remain immune from prosecution. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ordered troops to arrest, without warrant, and incarcerate, without due process, many peaceful, law-abiding journalists and newspaper editors — and even a member of Congress — in the Northern states. Wasn’t that kidnapping?

During World War I, Woodrow Wilson ordered federal agents to arrest people who sang German beer hall songs or read aloud from the Declaration of Independence in public. Wasn’t that infringing upon the freedom of speech?

During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered banks to confiscate gold from Americans who had purchased and possessed it lawfully. Wasn’t that theft?

Mar 21 07:24

WAPO GIVES CAMPAIGN SPACE TO MAIN SPONSOR OF ISIS WHO ALSO JAILS MORE JOURNALISTS THAN ANYONE ELSE

There is of course a big difference. While the murderer in New Zealand, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, visited fascist groups in many countries including Turkey, he was not part of a larger organization or even a terrorist state. There is no evidence so far that he had any big sponsors.

Mar 21 05:14

REBELLION: Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and STATES Spring Up Across the Country

Sanctuary cities aren’t just for immigrants anymore.

A growing number of states, counties, cities, and towns are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

While adopting ordinances and resolutions to defy gun laws isn’t a new tactic, momentum is rapidly building – likely in response to increasing calls for more gun control at state and federal levels.

Sheriffs in several states say they will NOT enforce gun control laws.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/20/colorado-ag-sheriffs-won...

https://www.westword.com/news/after-2018-midterms-prominent-democratic...

Mar 21 05:08

Colorado AG: Sheriffs Who Will Not Enforce Gun Confiscation ‘Should Resign’

Democrat lawmakers are pushing a red flag law that will allow a court to issue confiscatory order empowering police to go to a gun owner’s home and take away his firearms. As of March 12, 2019, ten Colorado counties had declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” to signal that they would support their sheriffs in refusing to enforce the confiscation law.

Mar 21 05:06

Led by a Desire to Help the World, Jewish Politicians Take Charge in Colorado

Phil Weiser wants ALL Sheriffs who wont enforce Unconstitutional laws
to resign. We are headed for War! Thanks to these Bolsheviks.

As Democrats swept to power in Colorado this fall, many national headlines focused on Jared Polis becoming America's first openly gay governor as a point of increased diversity in the Centennial State. Joe Neguse's election as Colorado's first African-American congressman drew other such headlines.

But what traveled under the radar was the fact that several prominent Jewish candidates, including Polis, Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser, are the first Jews elected to constitutional statewide offices in Colorado's history.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/20/colorado-ag-sheriffs-won...

Mar 21 04:24

Attorney Sues SPLC for Destruction of Career

Should be a class action. A veteran, by the way. He was targeted by the SPLC for some kind of wrongthink.
I have to say, though, that conservatives made this very bed they're lying in (I am that other N word, LOL).
With their lisping, muttering mantras of "I'm not racist" and "I'm not anti-semitic". They will die at the hands of these very same people they prostrate themselves before, still apologizing for being White to the last breath. And they will take the rest of us down with them. Conservatives bring an (empty) water pistol to the knife fight. This nonsense of "All men are created equal", and nihilistic pacifism. F*** that.

Mar 20 23:05

Christchurch mosque shootings: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics banned

*does not include .22 or shotgun semi.*

Military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws announced today.

Jacinda Ardern has just revealed the changes in a press conference.

The country's rules around guns have been in the spotlight since last Friday's mosque shootings in Christchurch.

Attorney-General David Parker said over the weekend that semi-automatic guns would be banned and 70,000 people have signed a petition against these types of weapons.

Today it was revealed that Gun City had sold out of the type of rifle used in the terror attack.

Mar 20 11:35

‘Very Worrisome’: Cohen Court Docs Show Police State Surveillance in US Capital

The recent release of hundreds of heavily redacted court records regarding the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, offers a concerning glimpse into the police state atmosphere in the nation's capital, author and journalist Daniel Lazare told Sputnik.

"To me what's really important is that the FBI and the special prosecutor had access to Cohen's emails at a time when he was intimately involved in the Trump administration's inner workings," Lazare told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday.

"Now, we know that the federal prosecutor or the FBI or both had access to [Trump's] closest adviser's personal emails, therefore were scrutinizing… the most intimate communications between [Cohen] and the Oval Office. To me this is very, very dangerous… [a] very worrisome example of the kind of police state atmosphere that we increasingly seem to have in Washington."

Mar 20 11:08

BLOOMBERG’S ARMSMAKER-FUNDED COLUMNIST WANTS YOU TO KNOW: MILITARY SPENDING IS WOKE

Progressives are told to love the Pentagon budget (Bloomberg, 3/17/19) by a pundit whose connection to the military/industrial complex isn’t disclosed.

You may not know it, but bloated Pentagon budgets are actually “progressive.” Or so says a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg News (3/17/19), “Progressives Should Learn to Love the Pentagon Budget,” by Hal Brands.

Bloomberg identifies Brands as the “Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.” “Kissinger” is ominous enough, but surely Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is some innocuous, wonky academic institution, no?

In a piece explicitly defending bloated military budgets, however, perhaps it would be useful to know what exactly the “Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments” is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

and of course, they have our Merchant of Death in Chief, AKA President Trump in power at this time, advocating for wars, and more wars, as he believes "war is good for business."

Mr. President, I would politely suggest that war is always to fatten the wallets of the already monied; it is the people at the bottom of your pyramid who get well and thoroughly gouged, physically and emotionally, in wartime.

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buying
You've got your "talking heads" all queued, but we know... they're lying
How many more will you condemn to dying?!?
You can't justify this war,
so just stop trying!"

Courtesy of Claire Karst Rivero, "You're selling us war...", from
http://melophilia.net/pop_music.html

Mar 20 10:33

U.S. MERCENARIES ARRESTED IN HAITI WERE PART OF A HALF-BAKED SCHEME TO MOVE $80 MILLION FOR EMBATTLED PRESIDENT

MOST OF THE Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the U.S. by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They’d packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests, and knives. Most had been paid already: $10,000 each up front, with another $20,000 promised to each man after they finished the job.

A trio of politically connected Haitians greeted the Americans when their plane landed around 5 a.m. An aide to embattled Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and two other regime-friendly Haitians whisked them through the country’s biggest airport, avoiding customs and immigration agents, who had not yet reported for work.

It was too good a deal for the band of semi-employed military veterans and security contractors to turn down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

these men are lucky that they escaped with their lives, considering the current tone and timbre of Haitian politics right now.

Looks like this op went "mammary glands up", and in a very spectacular way.

Mar 20 10:29

RON PAUL: IS TRUMP REALLY ABOUT TO ATTACK VENEZUELA?

Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the last of the US diplomats out of Venezuela, saying their presence was a “constraint” on US policy toward the country. The wording seemed intended to convey the idea that the US is about to launch military action to place a Washington-backed, self-appointed politician to the presidency. Was it just bluster, designed to intimidate? Or is the Trump Administration really about to invade another country that has neither attacked nor threatened the United States?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get amazingly ugly, in light of the fact the Russia has said that it will "protect its interests in Venezuela", which was a non-subtle way of Putin promising that if US military goes in with a decap strike against Caracas, they will be met, force for force.

Mr. President, President Putin is a guy who keeps his promises, and were I you, I would not want to second guess him on this.

War with Russia over Venezuela's proven oil reserves?!? Right now, if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

I would like to hope that there is an adult in the bowels of power in DC who has the horse-sense to talk President Trump out of such an action; unfortunately, however, the people around him right now, including Pompeo and Bolton, those recycled neocons who never saw a potential war in which they didn't want the US to engage, want this to move forward.

Mr. President, please; this fight, between the US and Russia over Venezuela's oil, could be catastrophic, and put the US economy into even more of a tailspin than it already is; and Mr. President, every economist I have read, indicates that we are headed into a recession about which you will not be able to do much.

Please consider that, as you and your minions march into the coming election cycle in 2020.

Mar 20 10:17

NEW ZEALAND'S DOMESTIC SPIES, OBSESSED WITH ILLEGALLY SURVEILLING ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, MISSED A HEAVILY ARMED RIGHT-WING TERRORIST

New Zealand is one of the Five Eyes countries (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ) who collaborate on mass surveillance, and it has a notoriously off-leash, invasive surveillance apparatus that has been caught spying on NZ Greenpeace, the NZ Green Party, the Mana Movements and anti-TPP activists; the state was also caught giving private corporate spies access to its national surveillance data to help them hunt down and neutralize activists; unsurprisingly, the NZ police also abused these records, accessing them without a warrant on thousands of occasions (NZ also recruited the NSA to spy on kiwi activists).

Notably, despite all this surveillance, the NZ security services was either unaware of the white supremacist terrorist who murdered 49 people last week; or did not judge him to be a threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, and there are many things about President Trump that I have come to thoroughly revile, but as far as I can tell, at least at this point, racism isn't one of them.

The spewers of this codswallop cannot say something like this without concrete proof; and I have to ask, where is the proof that Donald Trump is giving a pass to right -wing extremists?

To the writers at Boing Boing; why was someone terrified to put their name to this article, before publishing, to make it appear that it was written by That Greek, Anonymous?!?

I mean, when you are proud of your work, you want the world to see it; so why publish anonymously, if you know you have the hard facts on your side?!?
And if you have the facts on your side, why not publish them?!?

And guys at 5 eyes; in case you don't already know it, I am a Christian Pacifist activist, very active a local faith community. I never advocate violence, and condemn its use.

I am very much for the US resolving its geopolitical problems through honorable, hard-won negotiations rather than through war.

I want to see this country growing stronger in handling its moral responsibilities as a world leader; a better place to raise a family, and a wonderful place to live, learn, and to work.

Does that make me an extremist in the eyes of the people who wrote this? Probably yes; and the ironic thing is, I am the absolute polar opposite of the true definition of that word as I can be.

Mar 20 09:56

COVERT CHEMICAL WARFARE: 100,000 DEATHS A YEAR

Medical News Today reports that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US.

The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion.

Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America.

That’s an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for each man, woman, and child.

That’s about one new prescription every month for every American.

The Medical News Today article concluded, “…the industry should be heartened by the growth of the number of prescriptions and spending.” Yes, I’m sure the drug industry is popping champagne corks.

We’re talking about prescriptions here. We’re not talking about the number of pills Americans took. We’re also not counting over-the-counter drugs or vaccine shots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are astronomical; but of course, please be aware that many times, a Doctor is compensated for prescribing certain drugs, even if they do not really contribute to the health of the patient, bot only to the financial health of the prescribor.

Mar 20 09:49

KARADZIC SENTENCE INCREASED TO LIFE FOR BOSNIA GENOCIDE: UN

United Nations judges have ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in prison for genocide and war crimes, increasing his original sentence of 40 years.

Karadzic, 73, was convicted in 2016 for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. He was also found guilty of leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove Croats and Muslims out of Serb-claimed areas of Bosnia.

A panel of appeals judges in The Hague "imposes a sentence of life imprisonment" after rejecting Karadzic's appeal against his original 2016 conviction, head judge Vagn Joensen said on Wednesday.

Judges at the original trial "underestimated the extreme gravity of Karadzic's responsibility for the most grave crimes committed during the period of conflict, noted for their sheer scale and systematic cruelty", Vagn Joensen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the man understands how lucky he was, in light of the reality that the UN court judges do not ever use the death penalty. The Death Penalty and International Law

Mar 20 09:43

SAUDI STUDENTS IN US COMPLAIN OF THREATS, INTIMIDATION BY MBS

All the students interviewed for the story said that the government under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known also as MBS, makes a point of ensuring that students studying abroad under the kingdom’s scholarship programme know that they are being watched.

As many as 60,000 Saudi students are said to be currently studying in the US and nearly 40,000 have scholarships from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education that provide full tuition, health insurance and a monthly stipend.

Spying on students, which is said to have increased under MBS, is said to be having a chilling effect. “Every Saudi student in the US is too scared to have an opinion, even in our own hangouts. No one can criticize the government … and there’s no second chance. If they take away your scholarship, that’s it,” said Abdulrahman Al-Mutairy, an outspoken student at the University of San Diego.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, of course, perfectly expectable behaviour from the Butcher of Yemen and his minions.

Mar 20 09:40

US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children

The federal government is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children, a Reveal investigation has found.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government agency that cares for unaccompanied minors, has never made the shelters’ existence public or even disclosed them to the minors’ own attorneys in a landmark class-action case.

It remains unclear how many total sites are under operation, but there are at least five in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia, holding at least 16 boys and girls for the refugee agency, some as young as 9 years old.

Mar 20 09:35

US AND SOROS TAKE STAB AT THAI ELECTIONS

Western regime change efforts have intensified ahead of upcoming elections in Thailand. Opposition groups attempting to take power and remove Thailand’s powerful, independent military from Thai politics have received extensive, well-documented funding and political support from Washington, London, Brussels, and Western corporate foundations, including the most notorious of all – George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF).

One such front – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – has recently released a report condemning upcoming elections as undermining the “right to vote.”

To understand Soros-funded propaganda published by HRW, one must first understand why Thailand has been targeted for regime change in the first place.

Why Thailand?

The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand serves as a pivotal regional hub economically and geopolitically. It has the second largest economy in ASEAN and remains the only Southeast Asian state to have avoided Western colonization.

Mar 20 09:32

US to ICC – We Will Break Your Legs

Well, not exactly like that, but in a way, yes. Now, finally, ‘the gloves are off’. The US is openly threatening the historically timid ICC (International Criminal Court) and its judges. And unexpectedly, the ICC is hitting back. It refuses to shut up, to kneel, and to beg for mercy.

Suddenly, even the Western mass media outlets cannot conceal the aggressive mafia-style outbursts of the US government officials. On March 15, Reuters reported:

The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

The court, which sits in The Hague, responded that it was an independent and impartial institution and would continue to do its work “undeterred” by Washington’s actions.

Mar 20 08:55

Christchurch mosque attacks: Masterton woman arrested for Facebook post after mosque shooting

A Wairarapa woman was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial disharmony after a hateful message was posted to her Facebook page in response to the Christchurch shootings.

The offence falls under the Human Rights Act and carries a maximum penalty of three months' imprisonment or a $7000 fine.

Police say a decision is still to be made about whether the woman will be charged and put before the court, or face an alternative resolution.

The Times-Age believes the woman is a parent to a child at a Masterton primary school, and parents complained to the principal and the police.

Senior Sergeant Jennifer Hansen said the Facebook post "upset a number of people because it referred to the events in Christchurch".

Mar 20 08:54

Christchurch mosque shootings: Philip Neville Arps in custody for allegedly sharing footage of shooting

A Christchurch businessman has appeared in court on charges of distributing footage of one of the mosque shootings.

Philip Neville Arps, 44, had his application for bail declined when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on April 15.

Arps, who runs an insulation business, faced two charges of distributing the livestream "of the multiple murder victims at the Deans Ave Mosque".

Mar 19 19:30

Feminism: Satan's Plan to Destroy Your Family

The title of this article alone will probably deter most feminists and their supporters from reading further, but my job is to provide the facts, not make people read and understand them. As the title suggests, feminism is a design of Satan for the express purpose of destroying families, and the destruction of the family has been one of the key foundations in building a communist nation in the U.S.

Mar 19 19:27

THE HORROR I WITNESSED INSIDE THE WOMEN’S “LIBERATION” MOVEMENT. MARXIST FEMINISM’S RUINED LIVES

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears. Was I on planet earth? Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.

Mar 19 15:58

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a simple formula, to which the US government adheres quite rigidly, even though few are really paying attention, because this is the last gasp of the US empire in decline.

Demonize the leadership of the country whose resources you want to expatriate; create regime change to a more US-centric government; insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

But the problems with empires which are about to dissolve, is that the people making these decisions seem to get recycled again and again; John Bolton, as President Trump's Security advisor, was a recklessly horrific choice. Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State has NEVER met a specific war he didn't want to see unjoined by US forces.

And the outcome of all these military misadventures has been the following;

The complete destruction of Iraq, in order to expropriate its oil production
The coming destruction of Afghanistan, for its oil pipelines and its opium
The complete destruction of Libya, where there is a massive military and civil war happening
The coming destruction of Yemen, to make the Saudis and Israelis happy.

These people refuse to see, or understand that, at that moment in our military's history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; troop strength, or manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 15:38

Jury Finds Bayer’s Roundup Weedkiller Caused Man’s Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO—A jury found that a man developed cancer from exposure to Roundup weedkiller he used in his yard, in the second case to go to trial over the alleged harms of the popular Bayer AG BAYRY 2.50% product.

The six-person jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco now is set to begin hearing evidence to separately weigh whether Bayer’s Monsanto unit should be held liable, a decision that could bring substantial financial damages against the company.

The initial verdict marks another setback for Bayer, which has come under intense pressure since a jury in August reached a $289.2 million verdict in the first case over the weedkiller to go to trial. That verdict came down soon after Bayer finalized its acquisition of Monsanto Co.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now that the jury has made this decision, what is going to happen to the CEOs who knew this stuff was toxic, but let it kept being sold?!?

I would very much like to suggest that those individuals guilty of this wind up doing some real jail time, as an example of what could happen to CEOS in the future, who may be even thinking about doing something similar to this.

Mar 19 15:31

Peter Schiff: “We’re Not Borrowing Ourselves Rich, We’re Borrowing Ourselves BROKE!” Mac Slavo

Peter Schiff, the CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., has said that we, as Americans, are not “borrowing ourselves rich” as the majority believes. In fact, as with all borrowing, it’s only making us broke.

Schiff hasn’t minced words much and he continues to say that the upcoming recession is a “done deal.” Schiff also implores us to not be fooled by the optimism in the media surrounding events such as the trade war and a stock market rally. Neither will prevent the coming recession. Our debt load has ensured we will live through another Great Depression. And this next one will be much worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one positive thing you can do for yourself, is to get credit card balances down as quickly as possible; we may see several rate hikes on American debt before this year is through.

Mar 19 15:29

Food Supply Alert: Rooster Tests POSITIVE For Deadly Contagious Disease In Northern CaliforniaMac Slavo

A rooster in Redwood City (the Bay Area of California) has tested positive for Newcastle disease. The virus is deadly and known to kill chickens by the flock, disrupting the food supply which is already perched precariously in this volatile economy.

This outbreak is so worrisome that the San Mateo County Fair canceled its upcoming poultry show out of an abundance of caution. Usually, about 250 people show chickens at the June event and it’s popular with children who participate in 4-H activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This culling will definitely mean higher prices at the grocery store also.

Mar 19 15:27

Trade War CONTINUES To Cause SEVERE PAIN As Bankruptcies SurgeMac Slavo

As the trade war continues to rage on, it is causing severe pain in the United States’ economy. Bankruptcies are surging and are way past the level seen before the last recession.

Farmers all across the country are going bankrupt at an astounding rate. Now, over half of all farms in the U.S. are now losing money and there doesn’t appear to be any relief coming down the pipes. According to a report by Zero Hedge, bankruptcies in three regions covering major farm states last year rose to the highest level in at least 10 years.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, had double the bankruptcies in 2018 compared with 2008. In the Eighth Circuit, which includes states from North Dakota to Arkansas, bankruptcies swelled 96%. The 10th Circuit, which covers Kansas and other states, last year had 59% more bankruptcies than a decade earlier. –Zero Hedge

All of these bankruptcies affect every single human being.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prices on food here on Oahu have just jumped viciously, and they were already high before. I don't even know how families with kids are making it, in terms of being able to provide good, wholesome, non-GMO for their families, unless they have some space for an urban garden.

Mar 19 15:18

Toxic Chemical Inferno Threatens Houston Area As Black Plume Extends For Miles

The petrochemical fire that has been raging out of control at an oil storage facility in Deer Park, Texas since Sunday is now impacting the greater Houston area by what's been described as a "plume of thick, black smoke [which] for a third day intensified overnight as pungent fumes pervaded neighborhoods more than 20 miles away," according to Bloomberg and local reports.

The fire which has consumed highly flammable chemical tanks at the Intercontinental Terminals Company oil plant about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Houston remains "uncontrolled" according to local officials.

The petrochemical fire had triggered a "shelter-in-place" warning for area residents on Sunday, who were further advised by Deer Park city officials to close air ventilation systems in their homes and close all windows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were there no safety checks performed at this facility, to keep this kind of thing from happening?!? Where the hell was its President, Bernt A. Netland, when this started?

I have two words for this guy: criminal negligence.

This is just horrific. Kind thoughts for the people who have already been affected, and are actually going to be affected by the magnitude of this fire.

Mar 19 13:23

After Blocking Zero Hedge And Others, NZ Telcos Demand Big-Tech Censorship Surge To "Protect Consumers"

In the wake of last week's terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques which left 50 dead, several websites which either reported on the incident, hosted footage of the attacks, or have simply allowed people to engage in uncensored discussion such as Dissenter or Zero Hedge, have been partially or completely blocked in both New Zealand and Australia for the sake of "protecting consumers," according to the CEOs of three New Zealand telcos.

Mar 19 10:20

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

Mar 19 10:11

Christchurch Massacre Spurs Tech Totalitarians

Needless to say, Journofa/ politicians are demanding more tech censorship following last week’s tragic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The alleged killer, Brenton Tarrant, appears to have been a frequent 8chan user, he livestreamed his attack on Facebook, and his manifesto was quickly disseminated across a variety of platforms. So they must be shut down: “[T]he tech giants have a more profound responsibility than simply trying to censor offensive material after the event. They need to consider how the openness of their platforms allows the spread and reinforcement of racist hatred and violent ideologies,” editorialized the London Independent. [Tech giants must now use their power to fight racist hate online, The Independent, March 16, 2019]Big Tech censorship, combined with the rise of illiberal Cultural Marxist totalitarianism in the West’s intellectual elites, is the biggest threat to free speech, and immigration patriotism, in America.

Mar 19 09:34

What are they trying to hide? Out of all the violent videos on the ‘net, possessing the NZ mosque shooting video can now get you 10 years in prison

So what is it about this particular shooting that has governments in a total frenzy to terrorize citizens into deleting all the copies they might possess?

Could it be that the attack was, according to this one analysis, carried out by a special ops military team that also carried out the attack on the North Korean embassy in Spain, as reported by Disobedient Media? As Disobedient Media says:

An investigation and analysis by Disobedient Media indicates that Tarrant and the group he worked with likely have professional military connections, are part of the same cell that perpetrated a February 22nd break-in of the North Korean embassy in Spain and potentially have intelligence ties to various agencies that cooperate under the UKUSA Agreement popularly known as Five Eyes (FVEY).

Mar 19 09:21

Government to Pizzeria: You Can Paint a Mural, Just Not One That Features Pizza

In November of last year, local favorite Goody's spruced up the exterior of its Clarendon location with a mural depicting pizza alongside various common toppings, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, and olives. The idea was to "get a little more attention from people walking by," owner Glenda Alverez tells the local news site arlnow.com.

Unfortunately for Alverez and her business, the mural turned out to be against the law. Under Arlington County's sign code, no mural painted on the outside of a business may depict the products sold inside.

Had the pizzeria's mural featured car parts, clothing, or something else that the restaurant doesn't sell, the artwork would likely have escaped the enforcers' notice. Instead, zoning officials promptly notified the business that it was out of compliance and that its exterior would likely have to be repainted. This past week, the mushrooms and olives gave way to a uniform lime green paint job.

Mar 19 09:20

WHILE THE NATION FRAGMENTS SOCIALLY, THE FINANCIAL ARISTOCRACY RULES UNIMPEDED

If there is one central irony in American history, it is this: the citizenry that broke free of the chains of British Monarchy, the citizenry that reckoned everyone was equal before the law, the citizenry that vowed never to be ruled by an aristocracy that controlled the government and finance as a means of self-enrichment, is now so distracted by social fragmentation that the citizenry is blind to their servitude to a new and formidably informal financial aristocracy.

Mar 19 09:13

DESCENT INTO TYRANNY: AUSTRALIAN TELCOS BLOCK ACCESS TO 4CHAN, 8CHAN, ZEROHEDGE, VOAT & LIVELEAK

Several websites including 4chan have been blocked by major Australian telcos for continuing to host footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack.Telstra on Tuesday blocked access to 4chan, 8chan and Voat, the blog Zerohedge and video hosting platform Liveleak.

Mar 18 10:55

Boeing Tumbles On Grand Jury Subpoena Probing 737 MAX Approval

In the latest blow to both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, the WSJ reported overnight that Federal prosecutors and Department of Transportation officials are scrutinizing the development of Boeing 737 MAX jetliners and in particular its anti-stall (MCAS) system, inquiries described as "unusual" and which come amid probes of regulators' safety approvals of the new plane.

The Seattle Times separately reported that Boeing’s safety analysis of a new flight control system on 737 MAX jets had several crucial flaws.

According to the WSJ, a "grand jury in Washington, D.C., issued a broad subpoena dated March 11 - a day after the Ethiopian Airlines crash a week ago - to at least one person involved in the 737 MAX’s development, seeking related documents, including correspondence, emails and other messages." The subpoena, with a prosecutor from the Justice Department’s criminal division listed as a contact, sought documents to be handed over later this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boeing did the unpardonable, in terms of aviation safety; they knew this iteration was both flawed, and that training for pilots woefully inadequate, and yet, they approved its release anyway.

My late dad was an aircraft instrument mechanic; and I always loved to fly, because I thought that every other aircraft instrument mechanic was just as dedicated, and thorough, as my late dad, who would not sign of on an instrument's trustworthiness.

Now, we have a major corporation which appears to have not given a damn whether their aircraft was safe, in order to rake in the profits, at least until something horrendous happened; the Boeing executives who signed off on this, should be brought up on criminal charges.

And here is a companion piece you might find interesting, also from zerohedge.com:

The best analysis of what really happnened with the Boeing 737 from a 737 pilot/software engineer

Mar 18 10:21

"Kicking The Can Down The Road Forever": Nobody In Charge Wants 2019 To Actually Begin

As we crawl towards the end of Q1 it becomes evident that the main theme for 2019, besides appalling far-right violence, is that nobody in charge wants 2019 to actually begin. What do I mean by that? That all we see everywhere is can-kicking rather than decision making.

Mar 18 10:17

US Military Now Planning To Keep 1,000 Troops On The Ground In Syria

President Trump ordered complete US withdrawal in December; in February he said 200 would remain; and now...

The US military is now making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Donald Trump ordered a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unidentified US officials.

Talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters have so far failed to secure an agreement to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria, part of Trump’s plan for leaving Syria, the Journal said.

The US now plans to keep working with Kurdish fighters in Syria despite Turkish threats to cross the border and attack the Kurds, the US officials said. The proposal may keep as many as 1,000 American forces, spread from the north of Syria to the south, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof, if anyone needed it, that President Trump is not at all in charge of US foreign policy when it comes to Syria.

Mar 18 09:16

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went? These days, thanks to the proliferation of report-your-neighbor cellphone apps, a coworker, resentful ex-husband or that woman with the yappy Pomeranian who thinks you take too many photos at the dog park might be using their phone to quietly drop a dime on you. Thus ensuring that your local police department doesn’t miss a chance to decide if your afternoon stroll with Fido warrants further investigation.

Mar 18 08:42

28 MINUTE VIDEO – BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION – YOURS – LESS PROSPERITY, LESS FREEDOM, MORE OPPRESSION, MORE GOVERNMENT!!!

This is one of many outrages going on around the country to destroy quality of life for all but the most wealthy and elite. YOU will live in a dinky $2,500 a month apartment right next to a train and bus route on a busy and noisy thoroughfare where you will be allowed, under close supervision, to eke out a meager living of cramped housing, bland diet with minimal food, a tight budget for water, an uninspired monolithic wardrobe (no MAGA hats), no rights other than what the government allows you, and mediocre medical care so you can SAVE THE PLANET! Socialism is wonderful – isn’t it? Or, maybe it’s just the rich man’s ruse to rip you off – so what else is new? Investigate the U.N.’s Charter, Agenda 21, or Agenda 2030 for some perspective, and remember, the United Nations IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!

Mar 17 10:10

NZ Threatens 10 Years In Prison For 'Possessing' Mosque Shooting Video; Web Hosts Warned, 'Dissenter' Banned

New Zealand authorities have reminded citizens that they face up to 10 years in prison for "knowingly" possessing a copy of the New Zealand mosque shooting video - and up to 14 years in prison for sharing it. Corporations (such as web hosts) face an additional $200,000 ($137,000 US) fine under the same law.

Terrorist Brenton Tarrant used Facebook Live to broadcast the first 17 minutes of his attack on the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Friday - the first of two mosque attacks which left 50 dead and 50 injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is it they do not want you to see or hear?!?

Mar 17 09:27

Facebook Says Removed 1.5 Million Videos of NZ Mosque Shooting in First 24 Hours

The US-based social media giant said Saturday it had also removed all edited versions of the Friday's Christchurch massacre that do not show "graphic content".

Facebook stressed in a statement that the measure was taken "out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Social media is desperately trying to erase anything but the official narrative. It is clear they do not want people looking at the raw data and deciding for themselves what is going on. In New Zealand, it has been declared a criminal offence to download, share or keep a copy of the original live stream video of the sharing.

Something is being hidden.

Mar 17 07:29

Conservative? Hardly. New Zealand mass shooter is a far-Left “eco-fascist” who praised communist China

(Natural News) As usual, the lying mainstream media is busy plastering up fake headlines all over the place about the latest mass shooting incident that took place in New Zealand, describing the alleged shooter as a “Trump-supporting white supremacist” who hates Muslims for being brown. But the guy’s own 1,500-page manifesto, which Big Tech is actively trying to scrub from the web, by the way, tells a much different story.

Far from being a rally-attending apologist for President Donald Trump like the fake media is now claiming, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, the man whom Australian media outlets have named as the shooter, is a self-described “eco-fascist by nature” – meaning he’s a Leftist that’s more aligned with Democrats than Republicans.

Mar 16 13:57

Think ‘We the People’ are close to winning? A conversation 100 years ago might also conclude the US couldn’t possibly get more corrupt without public awakening…

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? – Stupid.” ~ Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 1965, at a Vietnam press meeting as reported by William M. Hammond Reporting Vietnam: Media and Military at War, 1998.

“The bankers will favor a course of special legislation to increase their power…They will never cease to ask for more, …so long as there is more that can be wrung from the toiling masses of the American People…The struggle with this money power has been going on from the beginning of the history of this country.”
~ Peter Cooper, letter to President Hayes, June 1, 1877.

Mar 16 09:51

U.S. AIR FORCE NUCLEAR-CAPABLE BOMBERS HEAD TO EUROPE

The U.S. has sent nuclear-capable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the United Kingdom for strategic missions in Europe.

A "Bomber Task Force" arrived at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford on Thursday from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa (USAFE) said in a press release.

"The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the U.S. European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges," the statement read.

According to Gloucestershire Live, two B-52s arrived at RAF Fairford on Thursday with more expected Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question I would have on this deployment, is why now?!?

Mar 16 09:48

TOP US GENERAL SUPPORTS PRE-EMPTIVE NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE

With the world’s largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That’s only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal.

Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There have been debates for decades on whether the US should adopt a “no first use” policy, officially ruling out the idea that the US would launch a nuclear attack without first being attacked with a nuclear weapon.

Morally, this ought to be obvious, but every attempt to adopt such a policy has been opposed, with Joint Chiefs commander Gen. Joe Dunford the latest to come out against the idea, saying promising not to nuke other nations in a first strike would “simplify an adversary’s decision-making.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the problem, of course, is that Dunford was unable to articulate those scenarios, where this should be "OK" for a US President to command to have done.

There has to be a very clear articulation of when the US would be justified in doing so; that did not happen, in General Dunford's statements.

Mar 16 09:44

PENTAGON TO TEST LONG-RANGE MISSILES PREVIOUSLY BANNED UNDER FALTERING INF

Pentagon officials announced plans this week to move forward with flight tests of two medium to long range missile types previously banned under the Reagan era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) which both Washington and Moscow recently declared they have effectively pulled out of. The tests of the long-banned ground-launched cruise missiles would mark an ultimate point of no return for the fast faltering landmark 1987 treaty.

The tests are expected to begin in August, the point at which the US and Russia agree the INF is set to finally terminate, which would be the death knell of the over three decade treaty which successfully kept missile build up out of Europe at the tail end of the Cold War and after.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development.

Mar 16 09:42

LIBYA'S "GADDAFI 2.0" EYES MILITARY TAKEOVER OF TRIPOLI, COULD RATTLE GLOBAL OIL MARKETS

Libya is coming apart again — though of course it was never put back together in the first place after NATO's regime change war to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 in the first place. Since then it's been a jihadist wasteland of three, or at times up to four, competing governments vying for control of land and resources.

And now, as Bloomberg reports this week "Libya’s most powerful warlord has his sights on the capital" of Tripoli and "even his international backers are nervous." Who are Khalifa Haftar's international backers? He was for a couple decades believed to be on the CIA's payroll while living in suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. in exile during Gaddafi's rule. He's also financed by the UAE and quickly emerged as a main player collecting the spoils in the aftermath of the US-French-NATO bombing campaign in support of the rebels.

Bloomberg reports the growing alarm of his international backers:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but the US/NATO intervention in Libya, which saw Gaddafi assassinated, has brought this situation upon their own heads.

But somehow or another, they are going to need to learn about, and cope with, what this man plans.

But here's the thing; what ... if he plans a deal with, for example, Iran, Russia, or China, regarding Libya's oil, and a safe, secure way to get it piped or shipped to friendly countries?!?

And (shudder) not sell Libya's oil for US dollars?!?

What is the West prepared to do then?!?

As Shakespeare once commented, "Aye, there's the rub"!!!

Mar 16 09:34

FEMA CONTRACTOR ARRESTED FOR COCAINE DISTRIBUTION... TO KIDS

SOURCE: JOHN PAUL HAMPSTEAD VIA FREIGHTWAVES.COM

Joseph Lipsey III, CEO of Chattanooga-based transportation companies Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking, was arrested on Tuesday in Aspen, CO, for distribution of cocaine to a minor, three counts of serving alcohol to a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, and providing nicotine to minors. Lipsey’s wife Shira and son, Joseph Lipsey IV, were arrested Monday on similar counts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am trying to get my head around this kind of behaviour, by adults who should know better; but apparently, do not.

Mar 16 09:32

HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ADMITS REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDER READ TO KIDS IN DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME

A registered child sex offender has been reading to children at Houston Public Library as part of its Drag Queen Storytime.

A group called Mass Resistance, which has been trying to put an end to the program, contacted KHOU about the child sex offender.

Mass Resistance claims it had been asking the City of Houston for months to disclose information about the drag queens, and when requests went unanswered, they did their own digging and made the shocking link.

A media spokesperson for the library confirmed one of the program’s drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, is Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE HIRING FOR THIS CHILDREN'S EVENT

Mar 16 09:30

CIA BLAMES ITS PROXY FOR ITS RAID ON NORTH KOREA'S EMBASSY IN SPAIN

The CIA is the main suspect in the military style raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid. It now launched a somewhat hapless effort to deflect from it. The Spanish report in which Spanish government sources accuse the CIA said:

At least two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and have connections to the US intelligence agency. The CIA has denied any involvement but government sources say their response was “unconvincing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the US government's Department of "You Can't Make This S*it Up"!!

Mar 16 08:44

Washington Accuses Huawei of Activities US Was Busted for by Snowden

The Trump administration has made it clear to Berlin that if it did not bar Huawei Technologies Co. from building Germany's 5G next-generation mobile networks, Washington would limit the country's access to US intelligence. Speaking to Sputnik, Patrick Berger, a spokesman for Huawei's German branch, commented on the US' campaign against the firm.

On 11 March, The Wall Street Journal reported that US Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell had written a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, warning him about the potential negative consequences of using Huawei equipment.

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded that Berlin would observe its own security standards.

"Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves," the chancellor emphasised.

Mar 15 16:21

Pompeo Tells Senators They Don't "Truly Care About Yemeni Lives" After Vote

This week the Senate voted to cease and desist US military cooperation with allies Saudi Arabia and UAE in waging the war in Yemen, which according to the United Nations has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent history. The Wednesday vote was was 54 to 46, including seven Republicans voting with the Democrats.

The “war powers” legislation has been widely seen as a direct rebuke of Trump's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia in the wake of last year's Jamal Khashoggi killing at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. The invocation of the War Powers Act of 1973 expressly prohibits US military action not previously approved by Congress.

A House vote is expected soon, which would require President Trump to immediately withdraw American military support from the Saudi-led coalition. Trump said in December he would veto the Senate resolution if it ever reached his desk, which now appears likely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Pompeo, I am sorry, but you just jumped the shark, with these accusations against Congress.

IT is the US government who considers every dead infant, child, woman, or medically fragile person "collateral damage here, and there is utterly no way to describe what is happening, as anything less than genocide, coupled with the US/Saudi commission of war crimes.

Secretary, please understand something here; many of my brother and sister Americans understand what is going on , and condemn it, but feel that they have no real voice in this issue.

And that is something, sir, I would suggest that you think about as the 2020 Presidential race comes into.

There is one aspect to President Trump's administration that concerns me greatly, so there is a question I need to ask; why does he seem at his greatest comfort level, when he is around bullies?

His BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza,and Bibi Netanyahu; and the people with whom he surrounds himself,, are also bullies, sir, and the hard reality is, John Bolton, apparently never saw a potential war you didn't want the US to fight.

Right now, our military is suffering from very short staffing; the weaponry they get from your "good Buds" in the military/industrial complex, is shoddy, sometimes obsolete upon delivery; and the cost over-estimates are wicked.

What's wrong with this picture, Secretary Pompeo?!?

Everything, sir.

Mar 15 12:52

Johnstone: "BREAKING - Everyone Who Opposes War Is A Russian Anti-Semite"

In order to appease the internet censors, today’s Caitlin Johnstone article has been replaced with a breaking report from the National News Conglomerate. NNC: Obey.

Washington, D.C. (NNC)? - ?Following the publication of the results of a groundbreaking new study this week, experts are now reporting that every single person who questions western military interventionism is both an antisemitic bigot and a Russian national.

Research analyst Les Overton is a senior fellow at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Democracy (ASPCD), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank whose motives we can only assume are perfectly truthful and unbiased. He told NNC that the ASPCD’s research clearly shows that the rate of correlation between an individual opposing western foreign policy, harboring a virulent hatred of Jewish people, and being a citizen of the Russian Federation is “at least a hundred percent, if not more.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; were they "push polling", where if you look at the breadth and depth of a particular zip code to get precisely the answers they want, or are they polling the criminally insane.

I for one, as a Christian Pacifist activist, refuse to be labeled by people who utterly do NOT have any respect for the American people, and are most likely owned by the military/industrial complex

Mar 15 12:40

Timoshenko reveals huge election rigging plot by Poroshenko’s team to EU envoyMore:http://tass.com/world/1048677?_ga=2.217488598.1710591062.1552539984-363929275.1477368173

KIEV, March 14. /TASS/. Yulia Timoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and a Ukrainian presidential contender, informed EU ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli about an extensive scheme by incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko’s team to rig the upcoming presidential vote.

"Today, I met with the head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli. I informed the ambassador about the way the election campaign is unfolding and, primarily, about the large-scale fraud that incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko’s team is organizing and carrying out," presidential candidate Timoshenko wrote on her Facebook page. She emphasized that what is happening now with the elections is "incompatible with democracy".

Ambassador Mingarelli emphasized that the Ukrainian elections must be "fair, free and conducted in accordance with global democratic standards".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After engineering "regime change" in Ukraine Obama admits having brokered the deal for "regime change" in Ukraine, one has to wonder; is President Obama experiencing any kind of "regime Change regrets", seeing how unglued this government and leadership has become?!?

Oh, and has President Obama really aware that most of the best posts in Ukraine government and military, are handled by Neo-Nazis?!?

His regime change in Ukraine can now be rightfully described as one of the worst "epic fails" of his tenure as President.

Mar 15 11:49

US AIRSTRIKE WIPES OUT ALLIED AFGHAN BASE IN 'FRIENDLY FIRE' INCIDENT

In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday.

The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by another unit of Afghan ground troops in what appears a major instance of accidental friendly fire resulting in a devastating two dozen total casualties on the Afghan side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a "Jean Luc Picard "facepalm", at warp speed, upon reading this; why, in the name of heaven, has our military, on both the intelligence and operations levels, devolved to "the gang that can't shoot straight"?!?!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 15 11:46

HOW THE SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM IS COMING TO AMERICA

THE MOST FRIGHTENING PART? THAT SYSTEM IS COMING HERE. SOON.

While most Americans have scarcely noticed their descent into a police state, they are quick to dismiss the idea that such a system could be implemented in the land they still perceive to be free. However, all the moving parts are in place in the United States. They only need to come together to form the Social Credit System here.

And they are coming together.

Social media is one important method of judging “social scores.” This is mainly because of the willful posting of social media users on virtually every aspect of their lives. This data is extremely useful to governments who monitor and store the information acquired freely by users who give away the most personal and intimate details of their lives and do so without charge.

THE SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM GOES ALONG WITH THE MOVE TO A CASHLESS SOCIETY.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is no "accident" that in the US, the very dark media controllers is that ugly triumverate of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which function, rather well, as the 4th arm of American government; so now we have the Executive Branch; the Judicial Branch; the Congressional Branch, and the Surveillance Branch, as they have evolved to be.

And using personal data without your consent?!? That, my friends, is the tip of the iceberg; or the tip of the Zuckerberg, if you catch my drift.

Mar 15 11:19

ANTI-GUNNERS WIN CASE TO POTENTIALLY BANKRUPT GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE COURT ROOM

OURCE: BIGLEAGUEPOLITICS.COM
On March 14, 2019 the Connecticut Supreme Court sided with anti-gun interests by giving the green-light for a lawsuit against companies that manufactured and sold the semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Sandy Hook victims’ relatives originally sued the gun manufacturer Remington in 2014 for facilitating this shooting.

This recent ruling allows this lawsuit to potentially go to trial, which could legally compel gun companies to turn over internal communications and other sensitive information to anti-gun government agencies.

The court agreed with the lower court judge’s decision to throw out claims that directly challenged the federal law, The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, protecting gun companies from federal litigation. However, the court did allow the case to move forward based on a state law regarding unfair trade practices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A question which remains unanswered is, was Adam Lanza on prescription drugs at the time of the shooting?!?

There is one story which might make sense here, and that is the following:


Neighbor says Lanza was on meds, links between SSRIs and violence

The article goes on to state:

"As the world continues to search for answers to the senseless violence and police say they are leaving no stone unturned, reports surface on the links between certain psychiatric medications and homicidal violence."

"The Washington Post has reported that a neighbor of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, said that Lanza was on some form of medication. Police have issued search warrants to determine if Lanza was being treated with any drugs prescribed for mental illness.

Police have said that so far a search of the Lanza home has turned up no such medications. The shootings take place as warnings grow louder within the medical profession of dangerous and possibly violent side effects of a class of psychiatric drugs known as SSRIs, "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors." One study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with violent behavior."

Of course, this article is not sourced, in terms of which neighbor suggested that this might be the case; but the pharmaceutical industry will never cop to their products creating harm, and I notice, in this article, that there is no mention of a possibility that Lanza might have been on, or was just coming off, prescription medications right before the incident happened. At the time of the autopsy (and we do not know how long after Lanza killed himself), no drugs were found in Lanza's system.

Mar 15 10:17

US ANNOUNCES MORE SUPPORT FOR ‘HEROIC’ WHITE HELMETS IN SYRIA

The Trump administration is doubling down on backing the White Helmets, the self-proclaimed civil defense group with often controversial activity in militant-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference.
The contribution was announced by ambassador James Jeffrey, US special envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) coalition, at the third Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in Brussels.

The $5 million will fund both the “vital, life-saving operations” by the White Helmets and the work of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN body created in late 2016 to investigate – but not prosecute – alleged atrocities in Syria after 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has President Trump just completely lost his mind, or was he just "not privy" to this decision?!? The world knows that this is a terror organisation, funded and supplied by the US and UK. The evidence here, is clear, incontrovertible, and compelling.

Syrian government lambasts evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal'

Are the White Helmets terrorists?

White Helmets are Terrorist Auxiliaries

Further extensive of direct collusion between the White Helmets, and Islamic Terrorist Groups

Are White Helmets Terroists?

videos: the White Helmets are terrorists

James Jeffrey and Robert Paladino, do you seriously believe that thinking Americans can neither read, or reason?!? Gentlemen, what the hell is going on here?!?

I am utterly disgusted with both of you, aS this is a continuation of the narrative which has broken down a zillion times, in evaluating the actions of this group.

There is a very solid reason why President Trump has not pulled completely out of Syria, as he told the American people he would; and I do not know under what guise, or cover, he is working, and why they are still there, but they are.

So one has to wonder; are us troops going to be the "sacrificial lambs" for a phoney "false flag" (possibly executed by the White Helmets) which to blame on Hezbollah, or Iran, as the "excuse/justification" for going into Syria, and potentially, Iran, with a full force militarily decap strike?!?

Mar 15 09:53

THERE IS A FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO FACEBOOK'S DATA-SHARING DEALS

The Eastern District of New York empaneled a Grand Jury into the dirty data dealings of Facebook.

Federal investigators are probing Facebook's data-sharing deals with other companies. A New York grand jury is reported to have subpoenaed “at least two” smartphone makers.

“Both companies had (...) broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.”

Oh boy.

It's already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, incl. by the Dept of Justice. As we’ve said, we're cooperating w/ investigators and take those probes seriously. We've provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged that we'll continue to do so https://t.co/v3QkokZq2p

— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) March 14, 2019

From Michael LaForgia, Matthew Rosenberg and Gabriel J.X. Dance at the New York Times:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Zuck; how does "unprincipled sharing of personal data" feel to you, right about now?!?

I would imagine,perhaps, not so good.

Mar 15 09:49

  SPLC SUDDENLY FIRES CO-FOUNDER OVER "PERSONNEL ISSUE"

Silicon Valley's favorite arbiter of hate, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has fired co-founder Morris Dees and scrubbed his biography from their website, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

The 82-year-old Dees co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971.

Richard Cohen, President of the SPLC, said that Dees' dismissal was effective as of Wednesday, March 13.

"As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world," said Cohen in a statement emailed to the Advertiser. "When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action."

It is unknown what Dees did to warrant his dismissal, but we're guessing it's pretty bad. When the Associated Press reached out to Dees by phone, he said the matter "involved a personnel issue."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be the "good reason" for Dee's termination; but was it, in fact, the "real reason" for his sudden retirement?!?

It is difficult to know; however, there was a story floating around a couple of days ago which might do well to explain his sudden "fall from grace":

Southern Poverty Law Center Surpassed half-billion dollars in assets, with 121 million parked offshore.

WOW! it sure looks as though this organization never planned on taking up poverty for any of its principals any time soon!!

Mar 15 09:38

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS SPREAD ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

SOURCE: HOMELAND SECURITY NEWS WIRE
The products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic resistant DNA. These products are often reintroduced to the environment and water supply, potentially resulting in the spread of antibiotic resistance. As such, researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have been studying the development of these potentially harmful and dangerous genes in wastewater treatment processes. Their findings, published in Environmental Science &Technology, indicate that even low concentrations of just a single type of antibiotic leads to resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.

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The question is, how do we, reasonably, stop this, in what appears to be a rapidly evoloving "post antibiotic world"?!?

Mar 15 09:28

US-APPOINTED COUP LEADER JUAN GUAIDÓ AND HIS RIGHT-WING ECONOMIC ADVISERS DRAFTED PLANS TO PRIVATIZE VENEZUELA’S OIL INDUSTRY AND OPEN UP THE OIL-RICH COUNTRY TO FOREIGN CORPORATIONS, REUTERS REPORTED.

The international news agency Reuters has confirmed that Venezuela’s US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted a plan to privatize the country’s petroleum industry and open up the oil-rich South American country to foreign corporations.

This privatization scheme will be difficult to implement, however, given the Venezuelan government still remains under the control of its elected leftist president, Nicolás Maduro, and the coup attempt led by the Donald Trump administration has thus far failed.

The Grayzone reported on the opposition’s moves to try to privatize Venezuela’s oil industry immediately after the coup attempt began nearly two months ago, at a time when corporate media outlets were largely ignoring this key detail and instead portraying the conflict as a supposed “humanitarian crisis.”

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Color me completely unsurprised at this development.

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