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Apr 04 08:37

Police union calls for children to be taken away from anti-Semitic parents

The head of Germany’s second largest police union has responded to recent reports of anti-Semitism in the schoolyard by saying that authorities should be allowed to take children away from anti-Semitic parents.

“Authorities need to act decisively [against anti-Semitism] including when the aggression comes from migrants,” Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG) told the Augsburger Allgemeine on Wednesday.

“If children are raised to become anti-Semites we shouldn’t be afraid to take them away from their families,” he added.

Apr 03 10:15

Jewish Woman Shelters Undocumented Immigrants: "It's Our Responsibility, What Was Done to Us Can Not Happen To Other People."

The grinning CNN reporter Kyung Lah sheepishly says "This is technically aiding and abetting someone who is here undocumented."

"I don't see it that way. I see it as helping a family in need," the woman responds.

Apr 03 10:09

25,000 sealed federal indictments since October = a) .01% rogue state arrests coming, b) .01% patriot arrests coming, c) another disinformation PSYOP to buy time, d) ?

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As a National Board Certified Teacher of history, I factually assert the US is most accurately described as an illegal rogue state empire, and wrote an article series to professionally document this history taught to anyone with a comprehensive course. Moreover, those of us pointing to these facts conclude the only competent citizen response is demand for US .01% arrests for annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.

Current updates document ~30 million US war-murders since WW2 (and here), and 2.4 million in Iraq since 2003 from that illegal War of Aggression started with lies known to be lies as they were told.

Apr 03 08:17

4-minute video: credit card debt growing fastest in 30 years with $1 trillion total & up to 28% interest from ‘too big to fail’ banks. STATE-OWNED BANKS = 5% mortgage + credit card abundantly pays for all state taxes. ‘We the People’ criminally lied-to by

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hat tip: David Icke

Tucker Carlson’s 4-minute overview:

As I’ve documented for nine years, presented in peer-reviewed published papers, and with zero refutation presented to ~2,000 AP Economics teachers:

In fields of specialized knowledge, we aim to render an account that is plain and simple, yet does no violence to the difficulty of the subject, so that the uninformed reader can understand us while the expert cannot fault us. We try to keep in mind a saying attributed to Einstein—that everything must be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler. ~ A letter from the publisher, Time Magazine, 1962

Apr 03 07:52

After the FBI's Pulse nightclub failure, why should we trust James Comey anymore?

The FBI suffered another debacle on Friday when an Orlando jury returned a not guilty verdict for the widow of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 in his attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in June 2016. The biggest terrorism case of the year collapsed largely thanks to FBI misconduct and deceit.

Noor Salman was charged with material support of a foreign terrorist organization and lying to the FBI about knowing about her husband’s pending attack on the nightclub. The FBI vigorously interrogated her for 18 hours, threatening her with the loss of custody of her infant son unless she signed a confession. Salman, who reportedly had an IQ of only 84, initially denied any knowledge but relented and signed a statement composed by an FBI agent.

Apr 02 18:43

98-second video: corporate media warns of ‘false news,’ ‘fake stories,’ ‘agenda to control exactly what people think’ in scripted statement acted-out by hundreds of factless ‘news casters’ while NEVER EVER EVER EVER reporting ongoing US rogue state empire

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hat tips: Steve Franssen, Rachel Blevins, Activist Post, SeattlePi

Corporate media are six corporations that control ~90% of what Americans receive for “news,” with hundreds of us in alternative media easily documenting their propaganda to literally “cover” ongoing crimes of the US .01% illegal rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions, such as this paper soon to be published through the Claremont Colleges from a ~2,000 person professional academic conference.

My pet rainbow flying unicorn says this brilliant 98-second video could be warning shots of upcoming truthful reporting. I always listen to the unicorn, then consider history that these same voices literally “cover” the US ongoing illegal rogue state empire from discovery:

Apr 02 12:26

"I Can't Pay My Bills" - McDonald's Employees Furious As Company Renegs On Wage Hikes

When the initiative was first announced, McDonald's decision to raise its employees' wages to $1 above minimum wage (albeit only at corporate-owned stores, a minority of the company's total count) was hailed as a radical example of corporate accountability - a direct repudiation of the far-left notion that "quarterly capitalism" and employers accepting responsibility for their employees were mutually exclusive.

As any steely eyed realist might've expected, McDonald's widely lauded "wage hike" was little more than a publicity stunt. In the three years since McDonald's announced the wage hike in 2015, the firm has essentially frozen employee wages, often leaving them just a few cents above minimum wage, as Bloomberg has discovered.

Apr 02 11:58

Palestinians hold day of mourning after 773 ‘shot with live ammunition’

Gaza hospitals, running low on blood and overstretched by the huge number of wounded, were reeling after one of the enclave’s bloodiest days outside of open war, in which Israeli soldiers shot 773 people with live ammunition, according to the ministry of health.

Fifteen of the wounded died, said the ministry spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qidra. “Most of the dead were aged between 17 and 35 years old,” he said. “The injuries were on the upper part of the body.” He added that the remainder of the wounded, some of whom were in a critical condition, had been “shot with live ammunition”.

The violence erupted on Friday after mass demonstrations took place demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to land in Israel.

Tens of thousands of people, including women and children, had planned to camp several hundred metres from the Israeli frontier, which surrounds the 140-square-mile Gaza strip on two sides, on the first day of a peaceful, six-week protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Added to this, we have the following stories on these clashes:

Israel says it will expand response if Gaza clashes go on

Israel admits, then deletes, responsibility for Gaza Killings

Israeli troops wound dozens on Gaza border as Palestinians bury dead from earlier violence

Videos of Palestinians shot walking, running and praying appear on social media, but US cables keep mum

An Unhappy History of Israeli Massacres

And the word from US presstitutes and whorespondents?!?

Zero; Nada; Nothing. It is almost as though this Passover Massacre never existed: such is the control of the Israeli government over the American government and media.

Apr 02 11:50

Breaking the Silence

Twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador in this letter to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

THE ISOLATION OF JULIAN ASSANGE IS THE SILENCING OF US ALL

If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

Citing his critical tweets about the recent detention of Catalan president Carles Puidgemont in Germany, and following pressure from the US, Spanish and UK governments, the Ecuadorian government has installed an electronic jammer to stop Assange communicating with the outside world via the internet and phone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I stand in peaceful solidarity with Julian Assange.

Apr 02 11:23

Iran and Pakistan plot to become MAJOR allies as they promise a 'BIG CHANGE' is coming

PAKISTAN and Iran could soon become major strategic allies after representatives from both countries met and agreed a trade deal, it has been reported.

Dr Kamal Kharrazi, Iran’s Head of the Strategic Council of Foreign Relations and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said the two counties have close religious and cultural bonds and should continue to work together.

Talk of improvement in diplomatic ties between the neighbours as well as potential economic deals means the pair could become important strategic allies in the future.

Dr Kharrazi said: “A free trade agreement is under negotiation, and if successful, there will come a big change.”

Both countries are currently involved in vicious conflicts and may act to support one another going forwards the politician implied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but in what "vicious conflict" is Iran involved, other than trying to assist Syria's Al-Assad in taking his country back from Western-backed rebels, attempting to overthrow him?!?

The US government has never had more than a "frenemy" relationship with whatever Pakistani government was in power; however, this year has probably been the worst year in US Pakistani relations for a long time, and for the following reasons:

U.S. May Seek to Put Pakistan on Terrorism-Finance List

UN Security Council must step up pressure on Pakistan to change its behaviour: US

And, for the final coup de gras, or nail in the coffin, is the following bit:

US suspends $1.1 billion security assistance to Pakistan, accuses Islamabad of not taking decisive action against terror

In Pakistan, you have a number of competing objectives by various factions inside, and outside, of the government, coupled with a great deal of corruption and violence.

Hopefully, this blooming trade relationship between Iran and Pakistan may spill over into other areas of civilian and military leadership there; Iran's presence may become a stabilizing influence, and, perhaps, may open the door for more moderate governance in Islamabad with less corruption.

But the US, Saudi, and Israeli governments, no matter how good this may turn out to be for both countries, are, again, going to accuse Iran of being the "baddie" here, and trying to "unduly influence" Pakistan where the West has utterly failed to do so.

Apr 02 11:03

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE WARNS OF WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN 10 YEARS

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has warned of “potential war” with Iran within the next 10 to 15 years,Anadolu reported on Friday. Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to put more political and economic pressure on Tehran in order to avoid “direct military confrontation.”

“Sanctions put more pressure on the [Iranian] regime,” Bin Salman told the Wall Street Journal last Monday during his current trip to Washington. “We must achieve this in order to avoid a military conflict. If we fail to do this, we will probably have a war with Iran in 10-15 years.”

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of carrying out an expansionist project in the region and of meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. Tehran rejects all of these accusations.

Read: Saudi ambassador accuses Iran of attempting to assassinate foreign minister

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering just how completely horrifically The B.O.Y.'s (The Butcher of Yemen's) war in Yemen is going, I am dumbfounded that he would have had the hubris to have made such a claim.

But unfortunately, the Trump Presidency appears to have given Israel a "green light" and blank check to do whatever it wants in the Middle East, whether that is bombing alleged "Iranian Installations" in Syria, or assassinating Palestinian children.

Israel's Netanyahu is getting very chummy, of late, with The B.O.Y. (Butcher of Yemen), and they may be planning some kind of joint strike against Iran.

Unfortunately, of course, they will both expect the costs of such a military strike against Iran to be borne primarily in American blood and American money.

But I would like to politely remind both Netanyahu and The B.O.Y., that there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing, at the moment, on the Bosendorfer Grand, and that ... is the political and military presence, and "kick",if you will, of Russia in the Middle East.

Should Iran be attacked, Russia will most probably come to its aid militarily, and THAT.... means great difficulty for Saudi Arabia and Israel, even with massive US military assistance.

At this moment in time, the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; it is just that simple, and I would certainly like to know that more than a few thinking people in the Bowels of Power in DC, recognise this also.

Apr 02 10:46

Putin's World War 3 threats are REAL - defence chief in Russia bomb warning

VLADIMIR Putin might trigger World War 3 if he continues trying to “subvert, undermine and influence countries around the world” - according to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, you mean just like the West has done with its massive invasions of places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, all of which are still going enormously badly, years on?!?

British Sec Def Williamson, a word, please; in Putin's statements and weaponry investments, he is telling the rest of the world, politely, not to test him, thank you very much.

He has invested in these weapons systems (which the world has seen working, brilliantly, in Syria, and for which they are beating a path to Moscow's doorstep), to simply keep the West at bay, and not even think about attempting to create any military confrontation against Russia.

And right now, it certainly appears that it is the West behaving badly, sir in the world, because it collectively attacks countries to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right, and leaving the people of those countries none the better off for it.

Your analysis of Putin's statements is dead-wrong, sir.

I would like to politely suggest that your turn your attention to what is going to benefit the British people, and protect your country and what is left of the Commonwealth, with the best fighting forces and weapons you can conjure.

Apr 02 10:32

LONDON MURDER RATE OVERTAKES NEW YORK AMID SPIKE IN STABBINGS, SHOOTINGS

London has surpassed New York City's murder rate for the second month in a row, due mostly to a spike in knife crime and shootings which left 15 Londoners dead in February - nine of whom were age 30 or younger, and 22 dead in March vs. New York City's 21, according to the Sunday Times.

While both cities have around 8.5 million people, NYC's murder rate has dropped by around 87% since the 1990's, while London's has grown approximately 40% in just three years - not including deaths from terrorist attacks. Experts have credited the NYPD's zero-tolerance policing model driving down the homicide rate in NYC from around 2,000 deaths in 1990 to 230 last year.

London, however, is experiencing a spike in violent crime.

Jacob Whittingham, charity head of programmes for Fight for Peace, told the paper: "What's scary about London is the randomness of the crime. -standard.co.uk

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the massive result of completely unrestrained immigration policy, coupled with zero jobs for people with zero skills who have immigrated, and who cannot speak the language of their adoptive country.

Adventures in insanity in UK foreign policy don't get more severe than this.

Apr 02 10:26

RUSSIA CLAIMS SKRIPAL POISONING WAS STAGED BY UK INTELLIGENCE

“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,”Yakovenko told Russia's NTV channel - adding however that Moscow had no direct proof, but that the UK's behavior constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of their theory.

Skripal case: How UK ‘explains’ why Russia is to blame in 1-minute VIDEO https://t.co/Dx0uqP0LrE pic.twitter.com/7UfX2gAwVr

— RT (@RT_com) March 30, 2018
Yakovenko also suggested that London had gained several benefits from the poisoning - both short and long-term, in that Theresa May's government is capitalizing on the event in order to boost support at home, while burying headlines over its failures to negotiate better Brexit terms. The long-term benefit, according to Yakovenko, is that London is able to elevate itself into a primary position in the ongoing confrontation between the West and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds reasonable to me!!

And with elections coming up, and the country's attention fixated on the world cup, why, logically, would Putin have ordered such a hit?!?

The short answer is, he would not have.

Apr 02 10:23

Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script

On local news stations across the United States last month, dozens of anchors gave the same speech to their combined millions of viewers.

It included a warning about fake news, a promise to report fairly and accurately and a request that viewers go to the station’s website and comment “if you believe our coverage is unfair.”

It may not have seemed strange to individual viewers. But Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, had read a report last month from CNN, which quoted local station anchors who were uncomfortable with the speech.

Mr. Burke tracked down the Sinclair affiliates and found when they had aired what he called a “forced read.”

Then he stitched together the various broadcasts to create a supercut of anchors from Seattle to Phoenix to Washington eerily echoing the same lines:

“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.”

“Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why should we expect that Sinclair afilliates will lie any less than any other media outlets, which primarily exist to parrot the views of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of America on domestic and foreign policy?!?

You need to go to the independent media for that!!

Apr 02 07:31

How Our Country Was Stolen

Today is Easter, an important Christian holiday. But it is not marked on the calendar that is part of the Apple software that came with my Apple computer lap top. Today is also April Fools day, and that is marked on the Apple-supplied calendar. For Apple’s programmers, April Fools Day trumps Easter.

How can it be that an American company, Apple, can remember to mark on the calendar Cinco de Mayo (May 5), Mexico’s commemoration of a Mexican army victory of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but not Easter?

A country without a unifying moral culture is no longer a country. Yet, what pretends to be a country, the US, is being led into war against Russia, a real country. There is no chance whatsoever of the US prevailing in the oncoming war.

Webmaster addition: The date for Easter "floats" around and varies for different churches.

Apr 01 15:59

‘March for Our Lives’ permit filed MONTHS BEFORE Parkland school shooting + Hogg’s lies = foreknowledge + criminal conspiracy. Continuing false flags’ purpose is to conceal illegal rogue state empire killing millions, harming billions, looting trillions

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hat tips: Dr. Eowyn, Dr. James Fetzer

According to Washington, D.C. Detective Scott Earhardt, March for Our Lives applied for a demonstration permit several months ago. Assuming accurate information, this means:
March for Our Lives lies on their website that “This movement is for kids and by kids. March For Our Lives organizers are the kids themselves.” They lie in their mission statement: “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students…We came together on March 24th…”
Whoever is involved with these permits months before the alleged shooting are prime criminal suspects in the shooting.
According to student testimony, the US Secret Service changed the school’s emergency responses just a few weeks prior to the event. This requires criminal investigation for complicity.

Mar 31 09:23

Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere

I talked to a fellow who worked at White Sands years ago about the Patriot. He called it the best 1950's tech that money could buy!

The point is there is no evidence that Saudi Arabia has intercepted any Houthi missiles during the Yemen conflict. And that raises a disquieting thought: Is there any reason to think the Patriot system even works?

Mar 31 07:40

18-minute video: Hillary speaks typical .01% psychopathic evil of empty ideals NEVER addressing facts of illegal US rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions, looting trillions, AND blaming voters/Russia after Clinton stole primaries

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hat tip: Prison Planet

I’ve written about 40 articles documenting Trump as a tragic-comic wanna-be Roman Emperor, and that said, the propagandistic bullshit of Hillary Clinton are rich learning how We the People are farmed by the .01% rogue state empire class. 18 minutes of fascinating empty platitudes and misleading rhetoric from Clinton at Rutgers University pandered by a criminally-complicit academic (or brainwashed sheeple, as are the fawning audience):

Facts of illegal US rogue state empire

Among key facts:

Mar 30 12:31

Israel Deploys Tear-Gas Drones On Gaza Protesters

Just last week, we highlighted dramatic new footage showing Israeli forces using a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) against a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, according to the Times of Israel.

The UAV is seen flying through the skies above hundreds of protestors, while operators of the aircraft drop chemical weapons into the crowd. The Times of Israel states that the UAV released tear gas, formally known as a lachrymator agent, which causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin inflammation, bleeding, and even blindness.

Israeli Border Police Deputy Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai, the government official behind the deployment of the weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), told Hadashot TV news that the tear gas drone provides security forces with an extended range to hurl chemical weapons at protestors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unbelievable!!

Chemical weapons and teargas being used, even against peaceful Palestinian protestors?!?

The Israeli military are becoming what the original founders of Israel would have found to be an abomination.

Mar 30 12:26

"We're Entering A New And Dangerous Phase": US Soldier Killed In Syria

Two coalition personnel, including an American, were killed and five others wounded late on March 29, when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Friday. While the military did not say where the attack took place or give the nationalities of the other casualties, it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb exploded in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij, not far from the border with Turkey.

A Department of Defense official in Washington said one of the two killed was an American service member and the other was of another nationality that the official would not specify. The killed American was the fourth US military member killed in Syria since the US became officially involved under the pretext of fighting ISIS in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am just hoping and praying that neither Turkish nor Russian military were involved here......

Mar 30 12:23

McCabe Lied Four Times To DOJ and FBI - Twice While Under Oath

Andrew McCabe lied four times to the Department of Justice and the FBI - including two times while under oath with Inspector General Michael Horowitz, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appearing on Fox News.

This is the first time the public has heard more detail of the circumstances behind the decision to fire McCabe just over one day before he qualified for his full pension.

JORDAN: “McCabe didn’t lie just once, he lied four times. He lied to James Comey. He lied to the Office of Professional Responsibility and he lied twice under oath to the Inspector General. Remember, this is Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI. This is Andrew McCabe, the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page talking about Andy’s office, the meeting where they talk about the insurance policy in case Donald Trump is actually President of the United States… Four times he lied about leaking information to the Wall Street Journal.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and he should not have been allowed to get away with this.

Mar 30 12:21

Salisbury Incident Report: Hard Evidence For Soft Minds

The UK government’s presentation on the Salisbury incident, which was repeatedly cited in recent days as an “ultimate proof” of Russia’s involvement into Skripal’s assassination attempt, was made public earlier today.

This 6-paged PDF is a powerful evidence of another intellectual low of British propaganda machine. Open it and you can tell that substantially it makes only two assertions on the Skripal case, and both are false:

First. Novichok is a group of agents developed only by Russia and not declared under the CWC” – a false statement. Novichok was originally developed in the USSR (Nukus Lab, today in Uzbekistan, site completely decommissioned according to the US-Uzbekistan agreement by 2002). One of its key developers, Vil Mirzayanov, defected to the United States in 1990s, its chemical formula and technology were openly published in a number of chemical journals outside Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was done to accuse Russia for a crime the Russian government, most likely, did not commit; with his election coming up, and the world cup, there was no logical reason for Putin to have done it.

The accusation is almost done in Code Napoleon fashion, meaning that Russia has been considered guilty until proven innocent, and there is no way it is being allowed to prove its innocence in this act; the British government is refusing to send a sample of the poison to the Kremlin for analysis at all.

Britain's Prime Minister May is under a lot of heat for mishandling the Brexit, and perhaps she and her advisors thought that this could be a great distraction; it isn't working at all for thinking people in the UK and beyond.

So what Prime Minister May has been left with is an accusation from which her government cannot walk back, plus support from the US in demonizing Russia.

The expulsion of Russian diplomats, even ones with credentials at the UN, cannot be seen as anything but a prelude to war against it.

I am certain the Russian government and military are taking steps to insure their defense against a stupid, unnecessary war by the US, the UK, and NATO.

And as witnessed by Russia's test of it's new ICBM weapon today, I am very concerned that the West will find itself far more militarily vulnerable than it had previously believed itself to be. And again, from zerohedge.com, we have the following story this morning:

Russian Missile Drill Planned With 10,000 Troops On "Highest Combat Alert" After Expulsions

Mar 30 12:01

Dahr Jamail | For Bolton, the Slaughter of 1 Million Iraqis Is a Job Qualification

The illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq has, thus far, left approximately 1 million Iraqis dead. That is roughly 5 percent of the total population of that country.

If a foreign military superpower invaded and occupied the US and annihilated 5 percent of the total population here, that would be 16,300,000 dead US citizens.

President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, still thinks the mass destruction of Iraq was a good idea.

"We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] and production facilities in Iraq," Bolton said in 2002 while he served as President George W. Bush's under secretary of state for arms control and international security. He did everything he could to prompt the launch of the US invasion -- under the pretext of WMDs that never existed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: hiring a known war criminal is never, ever a great idea.

And if EVER, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America ever needed a Department of Peace, to come up with non-martial ways to achieve its geopolitical agendas, the time is right the hell now.

Mar 30 11:55

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Attack US-Backed Kurds in Manbij

Following a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement threatening to attack the Syrian city of Manbij unless Kurdish forces immediately and unconditionally withdraw.

They has been demanding the Kurdish YPG withdraw from Manbij since they captured it from ISIS, on the grounds that it is on the western shore of the Euphrates River, and Turkey doesn’t allow Kurds west of the river.

The US backed the Kurds in taking Manbij, however, and US forces are still embedded in the city. This was meant to dissuade Turkey, a fellow NATO member, from attacking. Erdogan, however, insists Turkey won’t hesitate to attack the city, even if it means a military confrontation with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that President Trump got the memo on this; what happens if Turkish forces kill, and/or injure American troops embedded with the Kurds here?!?

What will the US response be then?!?

President Trump and Sec Def Mattis had better get this sorted, and quickly.

Mar 30 11:52

US Pledges Record $705 Million to Israel for Missile Defense Systems: Funding follows embarrassing $1 million Iron Dome error

The US gives Israel record military aid annually, and that aid is always growing. One of the biggest avenues for growth is funding for Israel’s missile defense systems. This year, Congress has committed $705 million to this scheme, up from just about $550 million last year.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a statement of thanks to the US Congress for the funding, saying that Israel’s enemies would be “surprised” at how good the missile defense systems work with all this money.

While US officials have often emphasized the money going to longer-range missile defense for Israel, in practice much of the money goes to extremely short-range Iron Dome system, which is useful primarily for shooting down the makeshift rockets from the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To every (alleged) Congressional Representative who voted for this; please move to Israel and run for the Knesset.

You are far more concerned about this country than you are about your alleged constituents; and as long as there is one homeless Vet sleeping rough in our streets; as long as there is one child who graduates illiterate and innumerate from our failing public schools; and as long as the infrastructure in this country keeps crumbling, you are absolutely no friend of we the people.

US citizens are constantly told that government, at every level, doesn't have the money to fix that which is broken in this country; yet, you have decided that Israel's defense, TO THE TUNE OF $705 MILLION, is a far greater priority than the condition in which your own citizens find themselves, through no fault of their own.

What is wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

And every single Congressional Representative who voted for this, should be shown the door at the next possible election.

Mar 30 11:42

Washington Declares Russian Trade Envoy to US Persona Non Grata

Russian trade representative to the United States, Aleksander Stadnik, told Sputnik that Washington has declared him persona non grata.

Russia’s trade mission in Washington was one of three diplomatic properties that the Trump administration ordered closed last year in retaliation for Moscow's decision to cut US diplomatic staff by half over a similar move by the United State.

"After the Russian trade mission in the US was blocked last September the decision to add me to the list of expelled diplomats did not come as much of a surprise," the diplomat said.

The Russian representative said he had learned about the US decision while attending a ministerial meeting in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The RT television show has been pulled from DC networks, and people in Canada are indicating that they cannot receive it either:

Russia's RT television network will go dark in Washington D.C

The CNN article goes on to state:

"MHz, the main distributor for RT's programming in Washington, D.C. announced earlier this month that it will cease with the network's broadcasts and cable distribution on April 1. The decision also affects other international networks such as France 24, China's CGTN and Germany's Deutsche Welle.

RT is placing part of the blame on the US Justice Department. RT said last year that the Justice Department had forced T&R Productions, the American company that produces the network's US broadcast, to register as a foreign agent. The American companies that work with the radio and online versions of the Russian government-funded radio network and website Sputnik were also required to register as foreign agents. Companies that register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, can continue broadcasting as they had been, but must submit regular updates and information related to the company's activities and disclose its registration as a foreign agent to its audience."

But the timing, here, is just too cute, with the accusations of Russian poisoning an ex-Russian spy escalating, with absolutely no evidence.
whatsoever.

One has to wonder if the timing of the pulling the plug from RT wasn't engineered to coincide with the accusations in the Skribal case, which would have meant the US either did the poisoning - or had prior knowledge - of when it was going to happen.

I have long ago stopped beleiving in "geopolitical coincidence".

Mar 30 11:33

Texts Indicate FBI Was Briefing Obama WH in Early Stages of Trump-Russia Investigation

Fox News has obtained several more text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that "suggest a possible coordination" between high-ranking officials in the Obama administration in the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation.

"It continues to stink," House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

According to Fox News:

A text message from Strzok to Page on Aug. 3 (2016) described former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as being concerned with “information control” related to the initial investigation into the Trump campaign. According to a report from the New York Times, [CIA Director John] Brennan was sent to Capitol Hill around the same time to brief members of Congress on the possibility of election interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Jeff Sessions still refuses to hire a Special Prosecutor on these abuses!!

You have to know, by this time, who owns this guy.

One has to wonder just what the DNC may have on him, to keep him following their agenda.

All of his statements about scrupulously following the letter of the law, by not hiring a special prosecutor, are absolutely well and truly flushed, at this point in time.

There is no true justice in this country anymore; what we have in this country, is simply a club of monied "Just Us!", who will never have their crimes investigated, or prosecuted.

Mar 30 11:27

"If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That" - Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call

But once again, an NBC News report shows that there's more to one-sided stories like a report in the Washington Post claiming that Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory against the explicit advice of Trump's foreign policy advisors.

As it turns out, during the same conversation, President Trump didn't hesitate to challenge Putin to an arms race, and boasted that the US would almost inevitably win.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

....To which Putin responded by launching a test of Russia's new ICBM weapon yet again today.

Russia tests its new nuclear ICBM

President Trump, do you remember that old country song "You've got to know when to hold 'em" ?!? This is a moment when your silence on the issue of weapons parity would have been golden.

Yes, I know, you just couldn't help yourself from mouthing off, but should have; and with the Russian ICBM test today, you saw the result of your not being able to help yourself.

I would like to hope that this was a "teachable moment" for you; unfortunately, given your character, I doubt like hell that it was.

We are behind in weaponry, because the corporate culture of the military/industrial complex, which donates obscene amounts of money, both covertly, and overtly to both parties, is such that its leadership collectively, and consistently, believes it can offer shoddy product, late, and over budget, and that because of these contributions to both parties, this is perfectly fine.

In every present and future contract, it needs to be stipulated that if product doesn't work as promised, is late, or creates huge on cost overruns, that the leadership of the company will go to prison, and for hard time, for allowing this to happen; fines, Mr. President, are not enough.

Not making this happen by our weapons industry, is a form of "soft treason" against the US government and our military, Mr. President.

And the second thing which has to happen is, no more money should be accepted by political candidates from the military industrial complex, and that has to be written into law.

Mar 30 11:11

CLINTON-LINKED CULT LEADER ARRESTED FOR RUNNING SEX SLAVERY RING THAT BRANDED ITS VICTIMS

When the reality of a secretive women’s “self-help group” began to come to light last year, there were several questions about why it was reported members of the group were forced to submit nude photos as collateral when they joined or why they were “branded” with the founder’s initials. Now, the latest reports expose this group is actually an elite sex slavery cult, and federal authorities have moved in to take out the alleged leader.

After several former members begged for law enforcement’s help last October, police appeared to sit idly by without acting. However, it appears that has now changed.

The ring leader, Keith Raniere, was arrested by federal officials in Mexico, where he has lived for the past five months, one federal official said. According to the complaint, Raniere was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, frankly, doesn't surprise me; Raniere strikes me as one of those "interesting pieces of work", masquerading as humanity, who believe the Clintons to be wonderful, and probably, most supportive of their agendas and causes, no matter how debauched and debased those causes and agendas may be.

Mar 30 11:05

TIMELY VIDEO ABOUT "DARK PATTERNS," THE TRICKS WEBSITES USE TO MANIPULATE YOU

If you've tried to delete your Facebook account and found yourself mysteriously lost and frustrated, welcome to the world of Dark Patterns, the website and app trickery designed to make you agree to things or otherwise fool you into doing something other than you intend.

The video uses closing an Amazon account as an example. It's essentially impossible: even if you find the one deceptively-titled link three layers down through the most irrelevant-seeming menu options on the site, all it gives you is a generic "live chat" window. You cannot close your account without a fundamentally adversarial interaction with a person whose job depends on stopping you.

Pictured here, though, is something this week from Facebook, promising "text anyone in your phone" but really a ruse to let the company track your phone calls and texts--a fact you might be able to figure out from the tiny, unreadable silver-on-white text it doesn't want you to read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you value your privacy in any way, you need to disconnect from both Facebook and Google, as there are fine alternatives elsewhere. Just don't use them, period, end of discussion.

Mar 30 11:02

ISRAELI TROOPS KILL SEVEN PALESTINIANS, WOUND 500 AMID MASSIVE BORDER PROTESTS

Deadly clashes broke out on Friday afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border after Israeli security forces killed at least seven Palestinians and injured up to 500, where as previewed yesterday, a series of massive protests took place along the security fence surrounding the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are taking part in protests along the Israeli border today. So far there have been clashes in several places pic.twitter.com/9ei35fMCug

— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 30, 2018
Thousands had gathered along the border for a six week-long "Great Return" protest when the violence broke out. IDF troops fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets and tear gas at the protesters during the ongoing violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the deaths and injuries of protesting Palestinians - even if they did absolutely nothing illegal - to quickly escalate, particularly the deaths of infants; toddlers; women (particularly pregnant Palestinian women - courtesy of Israel's unofficial "one shot two kills" policy).

Mar 30 10:58

MEGACHURCH PASTOR INDICTED ON $3.5 MILLION FRAUD

A former religious adviser to President George W. Bush has been accused by federal prosecutors of defrauding investors of $3.5 million.

Pastor Kirbyjohn Caldwell and a business partner, Gregory Smith, sold millions of dollars of worthless Chinese bonds, telling investors to "remain faithful and that they would receive their money," according to documents obtained by ABC Houston station KTRK.

Both men could face significant jail time and be forced to forfeit assets.

Caldwell's lawyer tweeted out a statement, according to KTRK, that said his client was "falsely accused" and "would be absolved."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It stands to reason that this guy became a "spiritual advisor" for President Bush; liars are always more comfortable in the the company of other liars.

Mar 30 10:56

APPEALS COURT HAS NO PROBLEM WITH COPS USING E911 SERVICES TO PERFORM WARRANTLESS, REAL-TIME TRACKING

The Fifth Circuit Appeals Court says it's fine if the government uses mandated emergency services to perform real-time GPS tracking. It doesn't go so far as to affirm the constitutionality of the actions, but it achieves the same ends by voting down the appellant's request for a rehearing.

What we can glean about the issue at stake comes from the eight-page dissent [PDF] written by judges James L. Dennis and James E. Graves, two of the seven judges who voted for a rehearing. In this case, the government used the defendant's cellphone provider to engage in real-time tracking. No warrant was obtained despite the government's shoulder-surfing of incoming GPS location data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this ruling is allowed to stand, what I used to understand as the United States of America has morphed into the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America.

IF you have kids and skills, you need to immigrate, and right the hell now.

I do not recognise the country of my birth at all, anymore.

Mar 30 10:53

COPS KILL UNARMED DAD OVER WINDOW TINT, USE HIS DEAD FINGER TO UNLOCK HIS PHONE

A heartbroken family is speaking out and accusing police of visiting a funeral home and using a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone after officers shot and killed him during a traffic stop for illegal window tint.

Linus Phillip, 30, was approached by two Largo Police officers at a gas station, who alleged that the windows on his black Nissan sedan were too dark. Officers Matthew Steiner and Prentice Ables claimed that when they were talking to Philip, they smelled marijuana coming from inside his vehicle and attempted to detain him.

Philip responded by getting into the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Steiner “found himself trapped halfway in the vehicle as Phillip put it in reverse and accelerated with the driver’s side door open.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've GOT to love the way "peace officers"in Florida are interpreting their motto, "To protect and serve."

IF you are thinking about a vacation in Florida, or attending a conference here, I would very respectfully urge you to think again.

If you live in the Boca Raton area, I would encourage you to move, and just take the city's tax base away from it.

Boca Raton is no longer a liveable, or civilized, city, if police can get away with this kind of behaviour with impunity.

Mar 30 10:52

Investor Statement on Gun Violence Signatories

A list of those who conspire to destroy America! The Pedophilic,child molesting,illegal alien loving Roman Catholic Church is extremely well represented on this list of Tyranny lovin traitors!

Contributors to the Statement:
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Catholic Health Initiatives
Domini Impact Investments
Everence Financial/Praxis Mutual Funds
Mercy Investment Services
Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment
Trinity Health

Signatories:
Adrian Dominican Sisters
American Baptist Home Mission Society
American Friends Service Committee
Aquinas Associates
As You Sow
Augustinians
Benedictine Sisters of Mount St Scholastica

Mar 30 10:48

FCC AUTHORIZES SPACEX TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SATELLITE SERVICES

The Federal Communications Commission approved an
application by Space Exploration Holdings, doing business as SpaceX, to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and
competition in the United States.

This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies. SpaceX proposed a satellite system comprised of 4,425 satellites and was granted authority to use frequencies in the Ka
(20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands to provide global Internet connectivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, another tool, most probably with a number of backdoors, with which to spy on end users.

Mar 30 10:44

NEVER MIND FACEBOOK, GOOGLE IS THE ALL-SEEING ‘BIG BROTHER’ YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The Cambridge Analytica scandal put Facebook through the wringer in recent weeks, losing the company $100 billion in stock value and prompting a global debate on internet privacy.
The social media giant was forced to apologize and overhaul its privacy and data sharing practices, but it still remains in the media spotlight and in the crosshairs of the Federal Trade Commission, which says it may be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fines.

But amid all the furor, one monolithic entity has continued to harvest data from billions of people worldwide. The data gathered includes a precise log of your every move and every internet search you’ve ever made, every email you’ve ever sent, your workout routine, your favourite food, and every photo you’ve ever taken. And you have allowed it to happen to yourself, for the sake of better service and more relevant advertising.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this doesn't terrify you, you belong in a soft, comfortable place for the terminally bewildered.

Mar 30 10:10

US Justice Dept Dodges Responsibility for Police Killings By Not Recording Them

In 2017, police in the US murdered roughly 1,184 Americans, according to a survey conducted by The Free Thought Project. The number, however, could be much higher, since independent reports don't have a "central source" of accurate data.

Kevin Gosztola, a writer for Shadowproof.com, and Paul Wright, founder and executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that statistics remain fuzzy because the US Justice Department (DOJ) doesn't want to be accountable for the problem.

Mar 30 10:10

RT Being Forced Off Cable Channel in Washington, DC Area

RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has confirmed that RT’s provider company that broadcasts shows in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area will cease doing so.

"The provider company that aired our broadcast in Washington threw us out of the broadcast network," Simonyan said via Twitter on Thursday. "Yes, because of our ‘foreign agent' status."

Mar 30 09:16

Revised Israel Anti-Boycott Act still threatens free speech

A US bill aimed at criminalizing the boycott of Israel remains a threat to free expression despite proposed changes, more than 100 human rights groups have warned.

In its original form, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, brought to the US Congress last year by Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, could impose prison sentences and heavy fines on organizations or their personnel that participate in a boycott of Israel or its settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights.

The powerful Israel lobby group AIPAC has made the bill one of its top legislative priorities as part of its growing effort to obstruct the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

Mar 29 15:34

IDF makes final preparations for mass Gaza protests

As Hamas plans 'March of Return' toward Israeli border on Friday, thousands of IDF soldiers deployed along the border, parts of the border area declared closed military zones, and troops equipped with non-lethal crowd dispersal measures in effort to avoid fatalities on Palestinian side.

Thousands of soldiers from the Golani Brigade, the Armored Corps, the Nahal Brigade and the Givati Brigade, as well as troops from the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, Air Force video units and Special Forces will be deployed along the Gaza frontier, while parts of the border area will be declared closed military zones.

The IDF has completed works to build fortifications in the form of massive mounds of earth, behind which dozens of snipers will be stationed on Friday.

IDF engineering forces also set up barbed-wire fences to make it harder on Palestinians who may attempt to cross the border fence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but if crowd control is supposed to be completely non-lethal on the IDF's side, why, please, are they placing snipers on the fortifications?!?

Non-lethal snipers?!?

There is a real disconnect here!!

Mar 29 15:27

Sessions: Federal prosecutor evaluating alleged FBI, DOJ wrongdoing, no second special counsel for now

Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday a federal prosecutor was evaluating certain issues involving the FBI, the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, but said he would not appoint a second special counsel at this point.

In a letter directed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Sessions revealed that he asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months.

“I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, noting how important it was that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Hillary Clinton's crimes go unindicted, and she's given an absolutely free pass for her "Pay to Play" scheme while Secretary of State.

There is no more justice in this country.

Apparent, Session's definition of "Justice" simply translates as "Just Us", the wealthy, and the monied.

Mar 29 15:04

Enabling War Crimes: Mattis Admits US Planning Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has just offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.
Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing limited civilians. Mattis has also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed!

Obviously all this means the US has been enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen from day one, as US-backed Saudi airstrikes are still killing a shocking number of innocent bystanders, and the comments made by Mattis, some half-hearted attempts, cannot spin that criminal involvement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, SecDef Mattis, and The BOY (The Butcher of Yemen), AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman), can possibly put lipstick on this pig of a war, and the war crimes in which the US military and government have been thoroughly involved with utter impunity.

I wish Mike and I were younger, and had the money to immigrate to a civilized country which doesn't do this kind of thing, we would do it tomorrow; unfortunately, and 65 and 68 respectively, and broke, I seriously doubt that there is a country which would accept us as immigrants right now.

The country of my birth has become, at the highest level of its society, happy and complacent with war criminals and war mongers at its helm.

I am absolutely not!!

Mar 29 14:42

U.S. Tourists Will Be Required To Turn Over Their Social Media History

The State Department will unveil new rules on Friday requiring most visitors or immigrants to the United States to turn over their recent social media histories, in accordance with one of President Trump's key national security enhancements contained in his "extreme vetting" executive order.

In addition, travelers would be required to provide previous phone numbers, email addresses and a history of international travel from the preceding five years - as well as disclose any immigration problems they've had anywhere in the world, or any potential family ties to terrorism, according to the Washington Times.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has entertained plans to track the social media accounts of immigrants entering the country, however the State Department's Friday proposal would apply to tourists and others entering the country on temporary visas. In all, some 14 million people would be affected by the request for information, according to the department.

Mar 29 14:38

Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly Over Iran Amid Speculation Of Imminent War

Ominously, the Kuwaiti newspaper also reports that the two jets went undetected by radar, including the Russian radar system located in Syria. It was unclear if the provocative Israeli operation was undertaken in coordination with the US army, which recently conducted joint exercises with the IDF (recall "Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel")

In response to the Iranian drone, a senior Israeli official quoted by the JPost warned that Israel will react with force to Iran's efforts to entrench itself further in Syria: "the Iranians are determined to continue to establish themselves in Syria, and the next incident is only a matter of time,” he said, warning that Israel does not rule out that that the Islamic Republic will continue to try to attack Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If any Palestinian violence transpires, Israel will use it as the justification to simply carpet bomb Gaza; targets will most likely include Palestinian women, particularly if they are pregnant; children; infants; toddlers; and the medically fragile elderly. No one will be spared.

Mar 29 14:30

Leaked Texts Suggest Coordination Between Obama White House, CIA, FBI And Dems To Launch Trump-Russia Probe

Congressional investigators looking into the origins of Special Counsel Mueller's Russia probe believe they've found a smoking gun that could justify the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Obama administration exerted undue influence over the FBI.

A series of text messages between FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page have revealed the involvement of Denis McDonough, Obama's chief of staff, John Brennan, Obama's CIA director, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in helping create an atmosphere of paranoia that gave them the political cover to launch the Russia probe back in the summer of 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised here?!?

Mar 29 13:23

Evil Google pushing “final solution” to eradicate independent news from the web… FOREVER

In order to salvage the failing mainstream media and stop the public from getting news elsewhere, advertising and search engine behemoth Google plans to invest $300 million into a new algorithm that, for all intents and purposes, threatens to permanently destroy the independent news industry.

Known as the “Google News Initiative,” the program will redirect advertising dollars back to mainstream publishers and away from many up-and-coming news outlets that have broken free from the Wall Street propaganda machine. Google says it will begin to work with publishers to “elevate accuracy, quality content and stem the flow of misinformation and disinformation” – which is just code speak for censorship.

Mar 29 13:16

Oy Vey!! Trump Meets With Delegation Of Rabbis From Chabad-Lubavitch In Oval Office

President Trump hosted a group of rabbis from the radical Jewish sect known as Chabad-Lubavitch, an international Orthodox Hasidic movement with institutions in over 70 countries around the world, at the White House earlier this week

Mar 29 07:15

The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD) “updates the rules for criminal investigators who want to see emails, documents and other communications stored on the internet,” CNET reported. “Now law enforcement won’t be blocked from accessing someone’s Outlook account, for example, just because Microsoft happens to store the user’s email on servers in Ireland.”

Mar 29 05:45

6-minute video: CIA Director admits US overthrows democracies ‘for democracy’! Since WW2: 80+ US dictatorial overthrows & invasions killing 30+ million, like installing Saddam until he sold oil for other currencies, then Operation Iraqi Liberation: O.I.L

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

As a National Board Certified Teacher of history, I factually assert the US is most accurately described as an illegal rogue state empire, and wrote an article series to professionally document this history taught to anyone with a comprehensive course. Moreover, those of us pointing to these facts conclude the only competent citizen response is demand for US .01% arrests for annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.

Current updates document ~30 million US war-murders since WW2 (and here), and 2.4 million in Iraq since 2003 from that illegal War of Aggression started with lies known to be lies as they were told.

Mar 28 08:38

Outrage as far-Right websites compare Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to HITLER after sick videos emerge of his March for Our Lives speech dubbed with the Nazi leader's voice (5 Pics)

Can't stand the heat,get outa the kitchen little man. Wearing armbands and giving the raised fist salute will win you no friends.
The Hogg Salute is not the NAZI salute. It is the Communist raised fist salute.

Infowars, Breitbart and other far-right media sites have begun comparing David Hogg, the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor who has gained nationwide attention for speaking out for gun restrictions, to Adolf Hitler.
Hogg spoke to a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C., and welcomed protesters to the “revolution” for stricter gun laws.

At the end of his speech, Hogg triumphantly raised his hand in the air. Right-wing social media is now claiming the gesture resembles Hitler’s Nazi salute.

Mar 28 06:42

More Lies from the Presstitutes

I have no doubt that gun control groups are organized by agents of the police state. The United States is falling apart.

The vast majority of Americans are being ground into the dirt by government at all levels. There is no democracy. There is only looting.

The One Percent fear that sooner or later even insouciant Americans might rise up. But they can’t if they are disarmed. That is all gun control is about.

Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this
nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power
may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to
disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand
that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Mar 27 16:07

Shepard Ambellas: ‘The NSA Main Core program authorizes computer searches through a massive electronic database, tracks red and blue listed dissidents’

Alternative media icon and radio talk show host Shepard Ambellas explained on Monday’s show how the National Security Agency has already entered eight million Americans into a massive supercomputer database called Main Core.

Mar 27 15:31

Man shot at 57 times during raid over $100 pot sale gets $2.75 million settlement

I first wrote about Julian Betton’s case in my 2016 series on policing in South Carolina. Betton was raided by a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force after a police informant bought $50 worth of marijuana from him two times. The police broke down Betton’s door with a battering ram, then fired at least 57 bullets at him, hitting him nine times. He lost portions of his gallbladder, colon, bowel and rectum, and is paralyzed from the waist down. He also suffered damage to his liver, lung, small intestine and pancreas. Two of his vertebrae were damaged, and another was partially destroyed. Another bullet shattered his leg.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 27 15:24

BIG BROTHER IS COMING: CHINA’S DYSTOPIAN FUTURE?

China has announced it will bar people with poor social credit from planes and trains. People who have committed so-called misdeeds could be prevented from these modes of transport for up to one year. These things include spreading false information about terrorism, causing a nuisance on planes, smoking in trains or traveling on expired tickets.

Furthermore, those found to have been involved with financial wrongdoing, such as evading social insurance or not paying penalty fines, will also face these travel restrictions. This will come into effect on May 1.

How Big Brother Grew so Big

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is also happening in the US, at every level of government, but particularly on the pard of the Feds.

Mar 27 15:18

Western Day of the Long Knives

On March 26, Washington, 21 European nations, Canada and Australia expelled over 135 Russian diplomats as of Monday, a coordinated political conspiracy, including Britain ordering 23 Russian diplomats out of the country days earlier.

More Russophobic Western shoes are likely to drop ahead, anti-Russia political and economic war raging.

Each hostile action piled on previous ones risks heading things toward something much more serious.

Hostility by the West against the world’s dominant superpower is madness. If current actions lead to military ones, an increasing possibility, Russian super-weapons can turn Western nations to smoldering rubble overnight – easily penetrating defenses against them.

It remains to be seen what if any actions Moscow takes other than responding tit-for-tat against nations expelling its diplomats.

Mar 27 15:14

Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

I use the phrase “end a war,” despite the fact that Saudi Arabia could continue its war without U.S. participation — in part, because it’s easier, and in part because experts have suggested that Saudi Arabia could not do anything like what it is doing without the participation of the U.S. military in identifying targets and refueling planes. It is of course also true that were the United States to go beyond what was under consideration on Tuesday and cease providing Saudi Arabia with planes and bombs, and use its influence as an oil customer and general war partner to pressure Saudi Arabia to end the war and lift the blockade, the war might end entirely. And millions of human lives might be spared.

So, a vote against one war is never just a vote against one war. It’s a vote to challenge, if ever so slightly, the power of the war machine. These Senators are paid not to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Congress no longer represents the will and concerns of We the People; it only represents those corporations who have bought and paid for their support: that is the big, fat, ugly, hairy open secret of American politics in this day and time.

Mar 27 15:02

Integrity Has Vanished From the West. “Western Democracy is a Hoax”

Finian Cunningham notes the absurdity in the political and media uproar over Trump (belatedly) telephoning Putin to congratulate him on his reelection with 77 percent of the vote, a show of public approval that no Western political leader could possibly attain. The crazed US senator from Arizona called the person with the largest majority vote of our time “a dictator.” Yet a real blood-soaked dictator from Saudi Arabia is feted at the White House and fawned over by the president of the United States. (Source)

Mar 27 14:56

U.S. Officials Demand Al Jazeera Register as Propaganda ‘Agent’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera, the news outlet connected to the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as an agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This will have broad implications for the First Amendment, our access to dissenting opinions, and even how the rest of the world views us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to muzzle Al Jazeera, for having had the "male attributes" to look seriously at AIPAC, and it's strangle hold over US foreign policy, smells to high heaven.

It is bloody well time for Americans to see precisely what Israel and AIPAC has cost this country, in blood and money spent, and how much it intends to cost this country, in terms of future wars it is cheerleading the American government to greenlight.

Mar 27 14:49

Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

With Saudi airstrikes pounding northern Yemen, killing civilians left and right, their options for “retaliating” against Yemen for firing missiles into Saudi territory are limited. Saudi officials aren’t concerned, however, as they’re threatening to attack Iran over he missiles instead.

Saudi officials reported seven Yemeni missiles intercepted overnight, with debris from one of the missiles hitting a house and killing an Egyptian laborer. Saudi officials claim the missiles came from Iran, and that they have a “right” to respond militarily against Iran in the future.

The Shi’ite Houthis, who control northern Yemen, deny close ties to Iran, and have insisted in the past that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia are part of Yemen’s pre-war stockpile, and retaliation for Saudi airstrikes. Though the Saudis targeted some missile caches early in the invasion of Yemen, some missiles are known to have survived, and have been fired during the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane, as the Saudi military cannot believe for a moment that they could last against Iran militarily, should they decide on a direct hit against it.

And one of the phone calls The BOY (Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman) needs to make before he decides to attack Iran, is very much to Russia's President Putin, to see if he can get him on the same page here, regarding his need to haul off against Iran.

I would doubt that the response to such a threat against Iran is going to be very warm and fuzzy, on Putin's part.

Without this, Russia may well look at a Saudi attack against Iran to be an attack against Russia, as Russian politicians and military personnel have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, it will come to Iran's aid.

Mar 27 13:50

BIG BROTHER IS COMING: CHINA’S DYSTOPIAN FUTURE?

China has announced it will bar people with poor social credit from planes and trains. People who have committed so-called misdeeds could be prevented from these modes of transport for up to one year. These things include spreading false information about terrorism, causing a nuisance on planes, smoking in trains or traveling on expired tickets.

Mar 27 13:28

MAN SHOT AT 57 TIMES DURING RAID OVER $100 POT SALE GETS $2.75 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Betton was raided by a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force after a police informant bought $50 worth of marijuana from him two times. The police broke down Betton’s door with a battering ram, then fired at least 57 bullets at him, hitting him nine times. He lost portions of his gallbladder, colon, bowel and rectum, and is paralyzed from the waist down. He also suffered damage to his liver, lung, small intestine and pancreas. Two of his vertebrae were damaged, and another was partially destroyed. Another bullet shattered his leg.

Mar 27 10:51

Surveillance State? Nah, Can’t Happen…Because it Happened Already

That being mentioned, as they craft their narratives and lie openly upon the television, radio, and within the newspapers, there is a subtle, devious operation going on right before your eyes:

The emplacement of a complete surveillance state of cameras and listening devices, all a part of the “wondrous internet of things.”

Mar 27 10:36

DEEP STATE PANIC AS THE TIDE TURNS

Q says the deep state criminals are in a panic, so “expect more.” The storm is coming. Will Lehr from Perpetual Assets joins me to discuss the economy, precious metals and the sea change we are seeing across the globe because the witch isn’t in the Oval office.

Mar 27 10:24

What happened to the West I was born in?!

Frankly, I am awed, amazed and even embarrassed. I was born in Switzerland, lived most of my life there, I also visited most of Europe, and I lived in the USA for over 20 years. Yet in my worst nightmares I could not have imagined the West sinking as low as it does now. I mean, yes, I know about the false flags, the corruption, the colonial wars, the NATO lies, the abject subservience of East Europeans, etc. I wrote about all that many times. But imperfect as they were, and that is putting it mildly, I remember Helmut Schmidt, Maggie Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, even Chirac! And I remember what the Canard Enchaîné used to be, or even the BBC. During the Cold War the West was hardly a knight in white shining armor, but still – rule of law did matter, as did at least some degree of critical thinking.

I am now deeply embarrassed for the West. And very, very afraid.

All I see today is a submissive herd lead by true, bona fide, psychopaths (in a clinical sense of the word)

Mar 27 10:04

“Prisons are Big Business”: The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy

Like the military/industrial complex, the prison/industrial complex is an interweaving of private business and government interests. Its twofold purpose is profit and social control. Its public rationale is the fight against crime.

Mar 27 00:09

Trump Chooses Warmonger Bolton

Point in case, today Trump appointed a raging neo-con warmonger, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor. This goes against everything Donald Trump campaigned on, and promised America

Mar 26 12:21

Russia Vows Imminent Response: "The US Only Understands Force"

Update: RIA Novosti reports an unnamed foreign ministry official protested the decision by EU, NATO nations to expel envoys, and confirmed that Russia will respond to each country expelling diplomats, warning that the "expulsions won't go unanswered."

“Unfriendly” action won’t be left unanswered.

U.K.’s allies are “blindly following” principle of Euro-Atlantic unity at the expense of common sense.

Additionally, Russia's ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that, with regard to the US response, "US only understand force."

"I mentioned in my statement in the State Department that I consider these actions counterproductive," Antonov said.

"I said that the United States took a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov is correct in his assessment about the US having taken "...a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

I do not remember the attribution, but it really applies right now in the Skribal case: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, ultimately leaves everyone blind and toothless."

Less diplomatic communication leaves world leaders open for making a case for war when absolutely none exists; this is where we are headed right now.

We can hear the acceleration of war drums beating against both Russia and Iran. Both countries are being demonized for things they have not done, and are being sanctioned because of lies; we need a critically-thinking nation to even begin to avert these potential catastrophes, and need to advocate for a calm, logical, and moral approach to our diplomatic negotiations internationally.

Unfortuntately, however, I fear that we do not have enough time for such an approach to work, and prevent these wars.

And saying that, it is important that people reading this understand that it is because I care about my country, and her people, deeply, that I feel moved to criticize my country's leadership when I am certain that it is making to wrong moves, and praising it for when it makes what I feel are correct moves, both domestically and internationally.

The good moves so far in the Trump Administration: cutting back illegal immigration, and being open to negotiation with North Korea's Kim Jung Un.

The bad moves: doubling down on accusations against Russia in the Skribal case; expelling Russian diplomats; and making preparations for war against Iran, again premised on lies.

The men and women of the IAEA, who have consistently stated that Iran is complying with the P5+1 Agreement, are all very bright and distinguished scientists; when they say that Iran is in compliance with this deal, my tendency would be, based upon the premise that they are using science to make their evaluations, to believe them.

My "canaries in the coalmine" right now, in terms of what foreign websites in English, are allowed to be read by Americans, are: Sputnik International News; Russia Today; Press TV; and Fars News in English, the last two being Iranian websites. I encourage our readers to read them, while we still can, because even if you do not agree with the articles you may be reading, you can at least understand what foreign leadership is thinking, and doing.

Mar 26 11:24

KIM JONG UN TAKES MYSTERY, HIGH SECURITY TRAIN TO BEIJING FOR SURPRISE VISIT

Kim Jong Un has made an unexpected visit to Beijing in his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power seven years ago, according to unconfirmed media reports.

The special train may have carried Kim through the northeastern Chinese border city of Dandong, Japan’s Kyodo News reported earlier. Nippon TV showed footage of a train arriving Monday in Beijing that looked similar to one used by Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, to visit the Chinese capital shortly before his death in 2011, Bloomberg adds.

The train's arrival was said to have "disrupted the whole railway schedule for northeast China, and people are observing that and drawing conclusions about who might be on that train," according to Yun Sun, a North Korea and China expert at the Stimson Center who spoke with Business Insider.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With trade relations between the US and China cooling by the second, it would make sense for Kim Jung Un to determine how this is going to affect North Korea's trade relations with China.

Mar 26 11:20

Cambridge Analytica accused of violating US election laws in new legal action

Amid mounting accusations that data firm Cambridge Analytica misused the Facebook data of up to 50 million user profiles, the U.K.-based firm and its top executives are now also under fire for alleged violations of U.S. election laws.

Government watchdog group Common Cause Monday filed a pair of legal complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Department of Justice accusing Cambridge Analytica LTD, its parent company SCL Group Limited, CEO Alexander Nix, SCL co-founder Nigel Oakes, data scientist Alexander Tayler, and former employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie of violating federal election laws that prohibit foreigners from participating directly or indirectly in the decision-making process of U.S. political campaigns.

The defendants are all non-U.S. citizens, according to the complaints.

The Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica nearly $6 million for services during the 2016 election cycle, according to data from the FEC.

Mar 26 09:30

The War on the People-Silencing The Truth

New Eastern Outlook has been subjected to a series of DDOS attacks, denial of service attacks, for the past week and are attempting to restore their site. They issued a statement today, March 25th, but service is still being interrupted and so people may not be able to see it so I have decided to publish it here. People should be spreading the word on what has happened to New Eastern Outlook, one of the important journals that allows western and eastern writers to express their points of view and counter western propaganda. I am one of them. This attack is an attack on all of us, on freedom of expression, freedom of association, of our rights to know the truth about the world. We do not live in a democracy or free society in the west. We live in a prison we have to break out of, a prison of the mind that they are building around us. If this can happen to NEO, it will happen to Global Research, Counterpunch, Off-Guardian, and many other journals that deserve mention.

Mar 26 09:29

Malaysia proposes jail for up to 10 years, fines for 'fake news'

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news”, with hefty fines and up to 10 years in jail, raising more concern about media freedom in the wake of a multi-billion dollar graft scandal.

Mar 26 07:39

Here’s John Bolton Promising Regime Change in Iran by the End of 2018

“The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday,” Bolton said. (The 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution will be on February 11, 2019.) “The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton added. “The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself.”

Mar 25 10:29

Countering extremism: Jihadist ideology reigns supreme

James Dorsey says although the security approach to Islamic terrorism has enhanced security across the globe, an ideological response is still lacking, as are meaningful policies to tackle its root causes. >>

Mar 25 09:06

CHINA INTRODUCES "XI JINPING THOUGHT" IN THE CLASSROOM

As part of the massive government reorganization plan released earlier this week, China Daily writes that the party is establishing a new central leading group on education to:

“[E]nhance the CPC Central Committee's centralized and unified leadership in the area, speeding up modernization of China's educational system and meeting the people's demands for education.”

Improved political education will be part of its remit.

My thought bubble: When I was a student in a Chinese university in the early 1990s, I remember similar complaints about the stupidity of the political study classes. But the Communist Party won’t give up, and especially in the “New Era” under Xi in which party leadership of everything is the focus, we should expect intensifying efforts to force feed “Xi Jinping Thought” to students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have the same kind of "thought control" processes going on in this country; it's called "Common Core", where kids are encouraged to give pre-digested answers to questions; not to think critically; and accept what teachers say on face value, rather than ever worrying their heads about actually reading the Constitution or Bill of Rights for themselves.

Mar 25 08:59

Bank of America Merrill Lynch agrees to pay N.Y. $42 million fine for fraud

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay a record $42 million fine to the state of New York for fraudulent activity related to its electronic trading services.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlement Friday. An investigation of BoAML's electronic trading services revealed a fraudulent "masking" scheme, designed to mislead clients about entity responsible for executing in-house orders, the state said.

Though BoAML told its customers it was executing trade orders themselves, they were in reality routing them to electronic liquidity providers, including Citadel, Two Sigma and Knight. The bank used masking codes to make the trades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This fine may sound massive, to ordinary Americans; but it is really just a slap on the wrist for B of A, and still... none of the chief executives who signed off on this go to jail.

Why?!?

And if you are still a B of A customer, and trading with them, for some obscure reason, now would be a really good time to close down your account, and letting the management of your local bank, and the current President and CEO Brian Moynihan, know why.

NO banking institution, let alone B of A, should be allowed to get away with financial murder.

Mar 24 15:41

US Doubles Down As Empire Declines

What is happening in the United States, in response, is to do more of what has been causing the decline. As the Pentagon outlined in its post-primacy report, the US’ plan is more money, more aggression and more surveillance. Congress voted nearly unanimously to give the Pentagon tens of billions more than it requested. Military spending will now consume 57% of federal discretionary spending, leaving less for basic necessities. The Trump administration’s new nominees to the State Department and CIA are a war hawk and a torturer. And the Democrat’s “Blue Wave” is composed of security state candidates.

World average for defence spending is less than 2% GDP.
Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military

Mar 24 11:09

BREXIT WARNING: EU threatens May ANY attempt to trade with USA will be 'UNACCEPTABLE'

THE EUROPEAN UNION has issued a stern warning to Britain that any attempt to strike a separate trade deal with Donald Trump's America could scupper a EU-UK agreed.

Mar 24 10:11

Trump Plans Expulsion of Russian Envoys Over U.K. Attack

National Security Council has prepared recommendations
White House has been divided over how to respond to Putin
President Donald Trump is preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K., two people familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Trump agreed with the recommendation of advisers and the expulsions are likely to be announced on Monday, the people said, though they cautioned that Trump’s decision may not be final. Trump is prepared to act but wants to be sure European allies will take similar steps against Russia before doing so, aides said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but...has anyone in President Trump's inner circle managed to mention to him that such expulsion is generally considered a prelude to war, not just a war of words, but a shooting war?!?

Or, with Pompeo in at State, and Bolton appointed as NSA, is this, indeed, the plan?!?

And because Europe wants to trade with Russia, he has utterly zero assurances that they will be on the same page with him on this, other than the UK, whose leadership is desperate to distract the British people from its lousy performance so far.

Mar 24 10:03

Weekly Update: New Lawsuit on Clinton Pay-to-Play

Judicial Watch Files New Lawsuit on Clinton Pay-to-Play Issues
Judicial Watch meticulously documented Hillary Clinton’s use of the State Department to take care of donors to the Clinton Foundation. She and Bill are the poster children for pay-to-play.

Now we’re looking into a potential linchpin of that operation.

We just sued the State Department for emails, calendar entries and other information in the electronic file of Dennis Cheng, who was deputy chief of protocol for two years under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00221)).

Cheng was deputy chief of protocol of the United States from July 2009-July 2011. Following his tenure at the State Department, Cheng joined the Clinton Family Foundation as director of development, and then in April 2015 became finance director of the Hillary for America presidential campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drip...drip...drip!!

Mar 24 10:00

Calling for Arms Talks with Russia, Is the U.S. Raising a White Flag?

Vladimir Putin’s presentation of Russia’s new weapons systems during his address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 seems to have finally elicited the desired response from its target audience in Washington, D.C. In that presentation, Putin spoke about strategic weapons systems employing cutting-edge technology that, he claimed, is more than a decade ahead of U.S. and other competition.

He scored a direct hit in the Pentagon, where senior generals were left dumbfounded. But, as is normally the case, when these gentlemen need time to collect their wits, we heard first only denial: that the Russians were bluffing, that they really have nothing ready, that these are only projects, and that the U.S. already has all of the same, but is holding it back in reserve.

Of course, not everyone among the U.S. political elite bought into this stop-gap response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does give one just the slightest hint of hope in a return to a more enlightend US/Russia relationship; but I will believe those talks will bear fruit when I see it.

Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 24 09:46

Video: Israeli police destroy Palestinian tombstones in Jerusalem cemetery

Due to the fact that many slain Palestinians were buried in al-Mujahidin cemetery, it became a place where Palestinians from Jerusalem, and those visiting from the West Bank and elsewhere, would visit to pay their respects.

The tombstones of the slain Palestinians were engraved about a year-and-a-half ago with a verse from the Quran and the sentence “graves of heroic martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” Israeli authorities objected to the use of the word “hero,” and demanded the cemetery administration removed the new addition.

After the administration refused, the Israeli officers broke in in the middle of the night and destroyed the tombstones with hammers and other hand tools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hammers and other hand tools became "weapons of mass destruction", in the hands of IDF officers who objected to how the Palestinians saw their recent history at Israeli hands.

Because to the Israeli mind set, if they don't like how the Palestinians see their recent history, they believe that they have every, perfect right to destroy those cultural elements to which they object; even...tombstones.

Mar 24 09:37

UK's Porton Down denies it could have been source of nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy

Britain's military research facility at Porton Down said it could not have been the source of the nerve agent that poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury this month, the BBC reported on Friday.

The BBC quoted Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead as saying there was "no way" the substance could have come from its laboratories as Russia has suggested.

He said the laboratory had the "highest levels" of controls and security, the BBC said.

Russia denies any involvement in the attack on the pair who have been critical in hospital since they were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in Salisbury.

Russia's EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov noted in an interview with the BBC earlier this week that the Porton Down lab is only eight miles (11km) from Salisbury, insinuating that may have been the source

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead is making this statement, one has to wonder then, if its leadership was given orders from the highest level of the British government to make this happen, as something to be blamed on Russia.

And of course, one has to recall Porton Down's egregious history, when it came to experiments on human beings:

There are also examples of government-run research that took advantage of the vulnerability of the subjects to ensure their participation and which resulted in the subjects experiencing severe harms, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis trials or the UK-run Porton Down chemical experiments in which 11,000 military personnel were exposed to mustard and nerve gas between 1939 and 1989.

Wait, am I reading this correctly?!? 11,000 guys were exposed at Porton Down to these chemicals?!?

Mengele would have been so proud!!

So NO, Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead; morally "squeaky clean", and the institution you represent are mutually exclusive, and for damned good historical reason.

And the question no one is asking is, why would Putin do this, so many years after the damage had been done to Russian intelligence?!?

The short answer is, he wouldn't; Prime Minister Theresa May is playing this for all it's worth, because Brexit is falling apart at the seams, and she is desperate for a distraction.

I can tell you, Prime Minister May, this is absolutely not working.

Mar 24 09:22

Afghanistan: Deadly car bombing near Helmand stadium

wounded in a car bomb explosion near a sports facility in southern Afghanistan, a health official has said.

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province, said Friday's blast in the city of Lashkar Gah took place close to the Ghazi Muhammad Ayoub Khan stadium, where a wrestling match was taking place.

Aminuallah Abed, chief of the provincial public health department, said that 40 people who were wounded were receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The death toll is expected to rise, with hospital sources telling Al Jazeera that a number of wounded people were in serious condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good look at that kid in this image, bleeding out, as an older adult scrambles to get him care; looking at the paucity of medical care here, the kid just may not make it.

Welcome to the world of another young victim of the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan, 17 years on.

And as someone who loves kids, and believes all kids should have a decent future, I cannot look at this child, and begin to use the word "collateral damage" with a straight face.

What the Trump admininstration and NATO should be doing right now, because there is absolutely no military metric by which either can say that the US has "won" in Afghanistan, is to have troops leave as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that.... would be logical.

Mar 24 09:13

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

The U.S. military stands astride the Greater Mideast region on behalf of an increasingly rogue-like regime in Washington, D.C. Worse still, this isn’t a Donald Trump problem, per se. No, three successive administrations – Democratic and Republican – have widened the scope of a global “war” on a tactic (terror), on the basis of two at best vague, and at worst extralegal, congressional authorizations for the use of force (AUMF). Indeed, the US is veritably addicted to waging undeclared, unwinnable wars with unconvincing legal sanction.

Mar 24 09:09

Britain urges Israel to improve treatment of detained Palestinian children

Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention on Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.

The Foreign Office issued a statement in the wake of the sentencing of Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested after kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank in December.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, accepted a plea deal this week under which she will be sentenced to eight months in prison, her lawyer said.

Alistair Burt, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, said in the statement: “The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved (Israeli-Palestinian) conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation who should be growing up together in peace, but continue to be divided.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love how Reuters, very carefully and conveniently, leaves out of this story, the reason why Ahed Tamimi slapped and kicked the IDF member:

The Story Behind Ahed Tamimi's Slap: Her Cousin's Head Shattered by Israeli Soldier's Bullet

The story goes on to state the following:

"Half a head.

The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; theres congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boy's face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and won't be returned to their place for another six months."

Now, the IDF apparently believes that such acts against Palestinian kids should be accepted, both by the Palestinians and the world, and that they should be allowed to continue to do these brutal acts with savage impunity.

Ahed Tamimi was of a different opinion on this, when she learned what had happened to her cousin at the hands of the IDF.

The IDF would kill every Palestinian child it has incarcerated, if they thought they could get away with it; fortunately, they cannot, at this point in Israeli history, because the unblinking gaze of a 24/7 news cycle is bearing down on them, and that is starting to make a difference.

Even Israeli Rabbis encourage complete ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, their "Final Solution" for ridding Israel of them. Take a look at the following story from Tikun Olam last year:

Israeli Chief Rabbis Endorse Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian Servitude

I can never advocate or condone violence; but I can understand why, when a people are so violently oppressed and their history systematically and pathologically erased, violence can happen.

Mar 24 08:50

War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give ‘pieces’ of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt

The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment of Bolton as President Trump's National Security Advisor, an appointment over which Congress has absolutely zero oversight, is officially horrible, and does not augur well for any kind of peace in the Middle East.

In fact, this appointment almost guarantees a war against Iran, which will almost inevitably mean war with Russia.

President Trump has morphed from the non-interventionist on the campaign trail to an avid supporter of war, as the only way in which the Unhinged Surveilled State of America can ever acheive its geopolitical goals.

The only reason we are looking at potential peace talks between the US and North Korea is that when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited Washington for AIPAC earlier this month, he gave President Trump his marching orders, which were: "Forget about North Korea; regime change Tehran for me!!"

One has to wonder just what, precisely, Netanyahu has on President Trump, to make him so willing to sacrifice so much potential blood and money toward the achievement of this goal.

But like that architypical dream about a slo-mo train wreck, I can see this war coming, and soon.

I am bitterly disappointed with him for this, and think that, once again, the American people had utterly zero choice in the last election in 2016; it was warmonger vs/warmonger, both completely vetted, and blessed, by the Israeli political establishment, as their supreme candidates of choice, and the US military/industrial complex, as demonstrated by the passage of the omnibus spending bill yesterday.

Mar 24 08:31

Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military

The last minute signing of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in the US is a big windfall for the Pentagon, who will be getting the majority of the money, in the realm of $700 billion. This includes 14 new ships, 28 new helicopters, and 56 of the costly F-35 warplanes. This $700 billion does not include other military-related spending, including the VA.

This is part of a $61 billion spending increase over the previous year, and virtually every aspect of the Pentagon is getting more money, more equipment, higher pay, and just general boosts in funding. Which isn’t to say everyone’s happy.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, complained that the massive increase is “not enough to fix our problems. Though the military budget is tentatively to swell to $716 next year, policy-makers seem to be setting the stage for another multi-month round of outdoing one another on increases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot simply throw more money at the problem, which is little to no oversight of weapons manufacturers' programs, from concept to execution, and expect the problems here to magically go away.

In Russia and China, these governments are getting far better outcomes to their weaponry manufacturing for far less money than for the US government is spending.

As we have seen with Russia's campaign in Syria, Russian weapons work as advertised; they field test brilliantly; and the cost overruns are far less than we have here in the US.

But in every weapons procurement contract from henceforward, the executives of weapons manufacturing companies have to understand that if their product does not test out as advertised; if they are delivered far too late to be of real help, and have come with stiff over-rides on costs, someone is going to jail, because not doing this is a form of treason against our military, things will not change in the military/industrial complex culture.

And very unfortunately, because weapons companies are allowed to contribute lavishly to both sides of the aisle in this country, both overtly and covertly, this corporate culture in this industry will not change until pigs discover they are aerodynamic in nature.

This has to be stopped, but those congressional representatives feeding at the collective teat of these companies, will never want these practices to end.

Mar 24 08:14

U.S. steel tariffs meet barrage of criticism at WTO

- U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs met a barrage of criticism at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, as the European Union, Japan, Australia and others joined a debate started by China and Russia.

The EU representative dismissed U.S. assertions that the steps were needed to protect national security, saying Washington was just trying to support its industry, a Geneva trade official said.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said it was positive to see the discussion happening within the WTO’s walls, since taking disputes outside greatly increased “the risk of escalation in a confrontation that will have no winners”.

“Disrupting trade flows will jeopardize the global economy at a time when economic recovery, though fragile, has been increasingly evident around the world,” he said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here is the ability of trade wars to escalate into actual shooting wars; I am hoping like heck that this doesn't happen wit either Russia or China.

Mar 24 08:10

VENEZUELA'S OIL-BACKED CRYPTOCURRENCY WILL BE CONVERTIBLE TO RUSSIAN RUBLES – PRESIDENT MADURO

The so-called ‘petro’ digital currency, which was successfully launched by Venezuela last month, will be traded for several global currencies, including the Russian ruble.
“Starting March 23, all legal and physical entities will be able to purchase the petro directly… within the next 15 days for convertible currencies: yuan, rubles, Turkish liras and euro,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

He described these are the most important currencies for “the economic future of the planet.”

Maduro said state companies that are exporting goods, such as the country's energy giant PDVSA, can already trade for petro. “PDVSA and those enterprises that trade for foreign currency are authorized from now on to receive ‘el petro’ for their export deliveries,” he said, adding that they will be able to supply products for the Venezuelan cryptocurrency "to all countries and enterprises in the world.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only guess at what the US government's next step against this will be, and how effective it can be, given these financial arrangements between Venezuela and Russia.

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