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May 19, 2017

May 19 13:41

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one of the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Which is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon in wartime? The United States.

How did Saddam Hussein build Iraq’s massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s? With help from the U.S. government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reminds me of the old Pogo cartoon, which stated: "We have met the enemy, and he...is us."

May 19 13:39

MAXINE WATERS HAS OFFICIALLY LOST HER MIND

I really don't want to give away the punch line. This is just absolutely insane...

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May 19 13:25

The war you’ve never heard of

Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe.

In 2006, just 1 percent of all U.S. commandos deployed overseas were in Africa. In 2010, it was 3 percent. By 2016, that number had jumped to more than 17 percent. In fact, according to data supplied by U.S. Special Operations Command, there are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East — 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries dedicated to assisting the U.S. military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism and extremism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not at all about "...assisting the U.S. military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism and extremism."

It is the perennial American Deep State's fight for resources, to which the US government, and the corporations it supports, have utterly no moral right; to insure that the governments of Africa are Western-centric, even if they need to regime change those government; and it is about insuring that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Oh, and it is to keep Russia and China away from those resources as well.



May 19 13:17

Greek parliament passes austerity cuts as Molotov-throwing protesters clash with police in Athens

New pension cuts and severe tax hikes have been approved by the Greek parliament as thousands of demonstrators protested new austerity measures amid clashes with police, Molotov cocktails and tear gas in central Athens.
The latest batch of austerity measures was passed late on Thursday with 153 votes secured by the ruling coalition government of PM Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party and the Independent Greeks (ANEL), while 128 opposition deputies voted against the measures in the 300-seat parliament.

WATCH MORE: Protesters clash with police at anti-austerity protest in Greece

People took to the streets of Greece’s capital for the second consecutive day to protest new pension and tax-break cuts. The protest turned violent at some point as a small group of masked demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at the police, who fired tear gas and pepper spray.

The protest was staged by the country’s major trade unions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will not end well.

The Greek government will may be looking at a bloody revolution, if there is not some movement away from the austerity cuts they have just voted in.

May 19 13:14

Mueller Appointed ‘Chief Prosecutor’ – ‘Russiagate’ Crisis Over… Or Just Beginning?

In a surprise move, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to look into whether the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential election and whether the Trump election team colluded with the Russians. Mueller is also granted sweeping and unspecified power to look into many related issues around the general topic.

May 19 13:11

Trump pulls trigger on Nafta negotiations

The US plans to start talks with Mexico and Canada over Nafta "as soon as practicable", the Trump administration said on Thursday.
The letter to congressional leaders provided formal notice of the administration's intent to move forward with a campaign pledge to reform the 1990s trade deal.
Mr Trump earlier threatened to end the agreement, calling it a job "killer".
Thursday's letter said the deal needs "modernisation".

In 2016, Canada and Mexico were America's second and third-largest trade partners after China.
US trade with the two countries has more than tripled since Nafta went into effect in 1994, with more than $1 trillion goods and services exchanged each year.

But tension has been mounting under Mr Trump, who made tough-on-trade talk a hallmark of his campaign.

In January, he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not about modernising NAFTA,which has, honestly, cost Americans jobs; it is a question about HOW this agreement is going to wind up getting modified.

May 19 13:08

POLAND SAYS NO! They will not abide by the EU’s mandatory refugee quotas for one reason: “They don’t want Muslims”

Poland’s courageous female Prime Minister, Beata Szyd?o, says her country will accept no refugees as EU threatens legal action over quotas. Poland’s Right-wing government is standing firm after reversing former plan to resettle thousands of Muslim migrants.



May 19 13:08

George Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorneys’ SeatsPETER HASSON

George Soros has all but bought another district attorney’s seat.

The left-wing billionaire turned the Philadelphia district attorney’s race on its head by giving $1.45 million to fund a super PAC in support of his preferred candidate, Larry Krasner. Krasner, a progressive lawyer who has never worked as a prosecutor, sailed to an easy victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Because Philadelphia is a Democratic stronghold, Krasner’s primary victory all but guarantees him to win the general election in November.

The influx of money from Soros gave Krasner a significant leg up over his opposition. Despite splitting votes with six other candidates, Krasner, who was not a favorite to win before Soros’ investment, finished 18 points ahead of the second-place finisher. As one Philadelphia Inquirer writer put it after the billionaire’s investment: “Soros changed the game.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I knew our politicians were for sale, to the highest bidder; but district attorneys as well?!?

May 19 13:01

‘TOTAL BLACKOUT’: LAWYER SUING DNC FOR FRAUD SPEAKS OUT ON LACK OF MEDIA COVERAGE

The lawyer who filed a class-action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and its ex-chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz nearly a year ago tells RT that there has been a “mainstream media blackout” of the fraud case stemming from the 2016 primary.

The class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and former chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) filed in June 2016 alleges that the party showed bias toward Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) during the 2016 primary.

Jared Beck, the attorney leading the lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, went on RT’s “Redacted Tonight” to tell host Lee Camp that while the media covered “every moment” of the trials against OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman, the coverage of the DNC lawsuit has been a “total blackout.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Mr. Beck is actually surprised by this lack of interest by the corporate presstitutes?!?

But Mr. Beck is absolutely welcome to state his case on the WRH radio show!!

May 19 12:52

U.S. ATTACKS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES - IT NOW HAS TO MAKE ITS CHOICE

Together with its many subordinate NATO and Gulf allies the U.S. has the military and economic power to destroy the Syrian military. It can eliminate the Syrian government under President Assad and occupy the whole country. That would be a large war which would probably escalate into a global fight against Russia, Iran and other countries. It would necessitate a several decades long follow-up occupation for "nation building" while constantly fighting against a large al-Qaeda aligned Takfiri insurgency in Syria and all its neighboring countries (especially in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey where U.S. friendly governments would fall). The war would cost several trillion U.S. dollars, a large number of casualties and cause decades long chaos in a geo-politically sensitive region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense here is that the Deep American State will unwisely chose a major war, which will then spill over into Iran, and escalate with Russia.

The US government should have better sense than to believe its own narrative, regarding establishing an independent Kurdistan out of bits and pieces of Iraq and Syria; unfortunately, it does not.

It may not be a war the US military can win, because right now, it doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

May 19 12:52

Just five months in, 2017 is going down in history as the year that gave us the worst media bias America has ever witnessed.

Not just bias...absolute lies. Nowhere near a kernel of truth. They don't even care that we know they are lying



May 19 12:45

US Trying To ‘Subjugate Syrians Under Capitalism And Imperialism’

The United States is not planning to wipe out Syrians but trying to subjugate them “under the banner of American capitalism and imperialism,” according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist.

May 19 12:44

Targeting Religion: Worshippers Concerned Over Kiev Plans To Change Religious Laws

There’s been an outcry from international religious organizations over a series of proposed legal initiatives in Ukraine.

May 19 12:12

REX TILLERSON JUST GOT ASKED IF RUSSIA BUGGED THE OVAL OFFICE - HIS RESPONSE IS TURNING HEADS

While posing for photos with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he had “no way to know” if the Russians had secretly placed recording devices in the White House during a meeting with President Trump.

May 19 11:43

Fox News Fires Bob Beckel for Comment to Black Employee

Fox News just dismissed Bob Beckel, the co-host of their hit show, The Five.

Beckel, a liberal and long-time Democrat operative, had been in trouble for making insensitive comments on air before. But what he said to an African-American employee was the final straw.

May 19 11:05

DEMS ARE THREATENING TO BLOCK FBI NOMINEE... HERE'S THE WORST PART

Proving once again that outraged obstruction is all that’s left in their playbook, Senate Democrats are now vowing to block President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next director of the FBI until the Justice Department announces a special prosecutor in the alleged Russian interference/collusion investigation.

May 19 11:04

Syria: Pro-Assad Forces Hit By US Air Strikes – Again

American airstrikes targeted a group of Syrian militia vehicles after they ignored U.S. warnings and violated a “de-confliction zone” on Thursday.

CNN reports that the strike occurred near a base American forces use to train allied Syrian opposition fighters.



May 19 10:57

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Which is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon in wartime? The United States.

How did Saddam Hussein build Iraq’s massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s? With help from the U.S. government.

May 19 10:56

Russia’s ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken

Now after being idle for a year or more, two of the mystery-sats are on the move again. On April 20, 2017, one of them reportedly shaved hundreds of meters off its orbit in order to zoom within 1,200 meters of a big chunk of a defunct Chinese weather satellite that China smashed in a controversial 2007 test of an anti-satellite rocket.

By orbital standards, that's pretty close.

The Russian spacecrafts' impressive maneuvers have got observers scratching their heads. No one outside of the Russian government -- and probably the U.S. military -- seems to know for sure what the satellites are for.

May 19 10:54

Of Course It’s Snowing. It’s May

Montana springtime is the worst. You get a couple of warm days to lull you into a false sense of security that spring is here then a foot of snow is dumped on you.

May 19 10:53

Pentagon’s Syria Strike Spurred North Korea to Prep for US Missile Attack

Following last month’s missile attack on a Syrian government airfield ordered by US President Donald Trump, North Korea is making preparations for a similar attack from Washington. Pyongyang is reportedly repairing walls so its gallery positions will be shielded against air raids.


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May 19 10:53

More US Bombers to Korea? Not Right Now, Says Air Force General

A US Air Force general announced on Wednesday that the American bomber presence in the Pacific is sufficient, even considering the current North Korean crisis.

May 19 10:47

Scotland Yard will arrest Assange if he leaves UK hideout

Scotland Yard will arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London despite Sweden dropping a rape investigation against him, British police said on Friday.

He is now wanted in London on the lesser charge of skipping bail and failing to surrender to a court.

May 19 10:39

Confirmed: America attacks Syrian Arab Army and its allies–a crime and blunder

The United States Air Force has struck a contingent of the Syrian Arab Army and allied fighters near At Tanf in southern Syria. The US has a military outpost in At Tanf which is close to both the Iraqi and Jordanian border.

This is the second time that the US has bombed elements of the Syrian Arab Army since Donald Trump became President.

May 19 10:39

“If you can keep it…”

As one delegate wrote, “Bill of Rights– useful, but not essential.”

Once again, after months of bitter arguments, Congress finally reached a compromise in September 1789, approving ten Constitutional amendments that guaranteed certain freedoms for the people.

More than two centuries later it’s clear that most of what they worked to achieve has completely changed.


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May 19 10:38

FLASHBACK - ISIS members were trained by CIA

Back in February 2012, WND reported that the United States, with the help of Jordan and Turkey, was running a training base for Syrian rebels in Jordan.

One year later, The Guardian wrote that U.S. trainers were helping Syrian rebels in Jordan, alongside British and French instructors. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents have revealed that the United States and some of its allies had both foreseen and facilitated the rise of Islamic State in Syria as a counterweight to President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch published over 100 pages of formerly-classified documents from the U.S. Department of Defence and the State Department obtained through a federal lawsuit.

May 19 10:37

Trump denies collusion with Russia but says he 'speaks for himself'

Donald Trump denied any collusion with Russia in the 2016 election but said on Thursday he spoke “for myself”, leaving open for the first time the possibility that some of his staff may have been involved.

The president claimed he was the target of the “greatest witch hunt” in US political history and complained that the campaign against him was dividing the country. But asked about the justice department decision to appoint a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to investigate contacts between his campaign and Russia, Trump appeared to shift his position from previous blanket denials.

May 19 10:37

London Police Say They're Still Obligated to Arrest Assange

On Friday, Swedish prosecutors announced that they have dropped their suspected rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which serves London, says it is still obligated to arrest Assange if he does decide to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been holed up for over half a decade.

"Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012," the MPS said in a statement published Friday. "The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy."

As the MPS acknowledges, this is a much less serious crime than the one Swedish prosecutors were investigating. As legal commentator David Allen Green pointed out on Twitter, Assange may face up to a year in prison for breaching bail if convicted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America are furious with Assange, because he embarrassed them, demonstrating very openly their foul ups, bleeps, and blunders.

IF, in fact the London Metropolitan Police arrest him, that arrest will most likely lead to extradition to the US, followed by a grisly assassination, to discourage others from becoming whistle-blowers.

May 19 10:37

FLASHBACK - Secret Service agents leaked Jason Chaffetz’s file in bid to embarrass congressman

At 10 a.m. on March 24, Rep. Jason Chaffetz convened a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to look into scandals involving the Secret Service.

Eighteen minutes later, a Secret Service agent improperly accessed the agency’s restricted database to unearth unflattering information about the Utah Republican — namely, that he had once unsuccessfully applied for a job with the agency.

Days later, an assistant director in the Secret Service suggested that the embarrassing information should be made public in retaliation for the congressman’s embarrassing probe.



May 19 10:31

US ATTACK ON SYRIAN FORCES: ASSERTING "SAFE ZONES"

US warplanes struck a Syrian military convoy within Syrian territory, after claiming the forces came too close to US military positions.

In legal terms, it was both an act of war and criminal. The US military is currently occupying Syrian territory without invitation by the Syrian government and without any form of mandate from the United Nations.

In geostrategic terms, the United States is attempting to assert itself and its geopolitical strategy of establishing and subsequently expanding "safe zones" inside Syrian territory in a bid to topple the Syrian government, then divide and destroy the Syrian state.

Foreign Policy, a clearinghouse for corporate-financier funded think tank policymakers, in an article titled, "US Bombs Syria Regime for the First Time," would admit:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has just, informally, through this bombing, declared an act of war against the Syrian government, and its people.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I cannot begin to articulate just how appalled I am at this action, and what its potential repercussions may well be.

May 19 10:25

TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE $350 BILLION ARMS DEAL DURING SAUDI ARABIA VISIT

Over the past few weeks there’ve been multiple reports of President Trump planning to unveil a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia during his Riyadh visit, and the figures have kept rising. What was $100 billion earlier this week is now, according to the most recent reports $350 billion.

That would make it one of the largest arms deals in US history, and realistically in world history, and indications are that President Trump intends to present this as part of the push for the creation of “Arab NATO,” and by extension make it about Sunni Arabs confronting Iran.

This single deal would dwarf President Obama’s arms deals throughout his entire term in office, which are estimated at $200 billion, and are themselves the biggest amount of arms sales by any administration in the post war era. Saudi Arabia was a large buyer then, as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deal puts the US and Saudi government and military on a collision course with Russia, whose political and military leaders have pledged to come to Iran's aid, if attacked militarily.

This deal also drives up the very real possibility that there will be a return of the draft in this country, both for its young women, and its young men, because we do not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the manufacturing, or the money right now to successfully combat Russia in a conventional war.

May 19 10:19

STRIKING VIDEO: VENEZUELAN POLICE UNLEASH DEVASTATING WATER CANNON ON PROTESTERS

If the protests that have rocked Venezuela over the past few months can teach us anything, it’s that the Maduro regime is desperately clinging to power. As SHTFplan.com's Mac Slavo writes, protests are normal in any country, but when they occur every day for weeks on end, and result in dozens of deaths, it’s obvious that the government is in an unstable position. And as the government grows more desperate, their methods of controlling the population will always become more extreme.

That’s what’s happening in Venezuela, where the police have unleashed a devastating water cannon on protesters, which has been referred to as “La Ballena,” or “The Whale.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may well see the same kind of unrest if President Trump is "removed" from office, one way or the other; and watch for such unrest to be put down with the same extreme prejudice as is Venezuela's.

And if you don't believe me, take a look at the following article:Cops are bulking up on military gear in preparation for mass civil unrest

The Deep American State, as the real agent of change in this country, is martial, nasty, and thoroughly sinister in its quest for world domination; it won't let a little thing like an allegedly "mistakenly elected president" get in its way.

May 19 10:18

‘No Deal Better Than Bad Deal’: Theresa May Manifesto Commits Tory MPs To ‘Hard Brexit’

Prime Minister Theresa May has effectively committed Tory MPs to backing her ‘hard Brexit’ stance of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ by enshrining it in the party’s manifesto, released on Thursday.

May 19 10:15

US-Led Airstrikes On Syrian Military Hit Tank & Construction Equipment, Casualties Likely

US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian forces near the city of An Tanf hit a tank, a bulldozer and construction equipment. US Central Command did not rule out casualties, but told RT it would not report a body count.

May 19 10:11

Pence Begins Presidential Campaign Unofficially

On Wednesday, May 17th, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has built his political career as both a fundamentalist Christian, and a client of the libertarian Koch brothers’ extensive fundraising network, made his unofficial but starting bid to become the U.S. President: he formed an organization to raise funds from billionaires and centi-millionaires, in order for Pence to be able to distribute those wealthy investors’ funds to Republican politicians (especially to ones in the U.S. Senate and House) whom Pence favors, and who might reasonably then be expected to return that favor by their supporting a Pence bid to become the U.S. President.

May 19 10:08

China warns Philippines to prepare for WAR if Manila drills for oil in South China Sea

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

May 19 10:04

Putin and Macron reach out: Pair want to ‘revive’ Franco-Russian relations

FRANCE’S new President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first phone conversation on Thursday during which they both expressed readiness to revive Franco-Russian relations, the Kremlin said in a statement.

May 19 10:04

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears

As AP reports, the state House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday (see below). Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti says he's not trying to spread fear. But he wants the public to know the government is taking steps to protect them in the worst case scenario. He's aiming to get state funding to re-equip Cold War-era fallout shelters.



May 19 10:02

'It's a never-ending depression!' ex-Greek finance minister rages at EU imposed austerity

FORMER Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis expressed outrage at the European Union saying the bloc is crushing the will of Greece.

Mr Varoufakis hit out at the Brussels bloc over its enforced austerity on the country and control over the Greek parliament.

Attending an anti-EU movement event in Athens, the economist said Greek MPs had voted for debt measures they “did not believe in”.

Greek MPs voted for a £4.3billion round of pension cuts and tax increases ahead of a meeting in Brussels to discuss further possible EU bailout funding.

Speaking at the DiEM25 session, Mr Varoufakis blasted Greece’s “never ending depression”.

May 19 09:55

US IS ONCE AGAIN THE AIRFORCE OF ISIS, STRIKING SYRIAN FORCES IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY

Syria and its Russian ally have condemned a deadly US-led coalition air raid against pro-Syrian government forces in a desert area near the country's border with Jordan and Iraq.
Coalition fighter jets on Thursday struck a convoy of militiamen advancing inside a protected "deconfliction zone" north-west of the southern town of al-Tanf, the military alliance said in a statement.

The US, which is leading an air campaign in Syria targeting groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), said the convoy's advance had posed a threat to US and US-backed Syrian rebel forces in the area.

"This brazen attack by the so-called international coalition exposes the falseness of its claims to be fighting terrorism," a Syrian military source told state media on Friday, confirming that the bombing had killed "a number of people" and caused material damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bombing a sovereign nation, which has done nothing to this country, except to want to continue to exist under its current leadership, is a war crime.

Both Russia and Syria have every right to be condemning this act, which is part of a concerted, multi-pronged US/Israeli desire to see "regime change" in Damascus.

I don't know what odds Vegas bookies are giving the possibility of US/Russian ground conflict here, but to me, it looks like the probabilities of such a conflict are growing exponentially.

A war against Russia right now over Syria would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

Unfortunately, this being stated, however, that is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do just that.

And right at this moment, in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome from a conventional war against Russia.

May 19 09:54

Lawsuit challenges California law against owning 'large capacity' gun magazines

A lawsuit filed in San Diego federal court Wednesday by the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association is challenging a California law passed last year that makes it illegal to own gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The complaint, filed by the California Rifle and Pistol Association and five county residents, is the second in what the attorneys describe as “a series of long and carefully planned lawsuits challenging the package of gun bans passed last year that have collectively become known as ‘gunmageddon’ among gun owners.” The laws, including Proposition 63 at issue here, were passed in the wake of the San Bernardino mass shooting.

May 19 09:45

EU Combined Military HQ To Be Launched ‘Within Days

European Union leaders plan to move forward with the creation of an EU military headquarters within the next few days – and warn that Britain may still be expected to take part, even after Brexit.
Plans to set up a joint Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) facility, agreed by all 28 member states in March, had been stalled by British objections to the facility having an operational military role.

But speaking to reports in Brussels following a meeting of EU defence ministers on Thursday, the EU’s Foreign Affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini said the path was now clear, and plans would be progressed within the next few days.

“I understand it is finalised. I understand we have a couple of days to have the official text in place,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but just why does the EU need a standing military?!?

For financial and regulatory enforcement, if Brussels feels member nations are not "paying their fair share", or if they decide to leave?!?

What precisely, will be their mission?!?

And why now?!?

These are all troubling signs, because as thinking people know, to establish a military means that there is a strong desire to use that against some alleged "existential threat".

And just what is the "threat" to the EU, now that Britain has broken away with the Brexit?!? IS this military force being established to prevent other member nations from leaving?!?

And is this not the polar opposite of that value, enshrined in the UN charter, which is peaceful self-determination?!?

I have infinitely more questions than answers here.

May 19 09:43

'Hawaii dream turned into nightmare’: Aussie woman ‘strip-searched, jailed’ by US border officials

An Australian woman says she was strip-searched and groundlessly jailed in Hawaii upon her arrival to the US, where she planned to spent an extended holiday with her American boyfriend.

Molly Hill said she arrived at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport on Monday fully prepared for her 88-day-trip and not expecting any problems. She had an approved tourist visa for 90 days and a paid return ticket.

At customs, however, her “Hawaii dream turned into a nightmare,” the 26-year-old wrote on her Facebook page, telling the story of her detention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THAT will really help boost tourism to Hawaii!

Next time, just learn to speak a few Syrian phrases and claim you are a refugee and you will be welcomed into the US with open arms and given lots of free stuff.

May 19 09:41

Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director

President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen. Joe Lieberman would have among his former Democratic colleagues if nominated to become FBI director.

Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn and opposition to some of President Barack Obama's agenda late in his Senate career. Others say even though they respect Lieberman, the job of FBI director should not go to a former politician. And all Democratic senators interviewed for this story said the former Connecticut senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post.

May 19 09:40

Chris Cornell's Wife Issues Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide

Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, issued a statement Friday morning where she remembered her late husband, who died Thursday morning at the age of 52, and speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication.

May 19 09:38

Russian Embassy Implicates Hillary In Tweet Asking: "Who Killed Seth Rich?"

Earlier this week, Fox News dropped a bombshell report officially confirming, via anonymous FBI sources, what many had suspected for quite some time, that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was the WikiLeaks source for leaks which proved that the DNC was intentially undermining the campaign of Bernie Sanders. In addition to exposing the utter corruption of the DNC, the leaks cost Debbie Wasserman Shcultz her job as Chairwoman.

At the time, we mockingly wondered why the mainstream media seemingly overlooked a huge new development in a highly suspicious unsolved murder case.

Finally, we find it 'shocking' that while the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc are all too eager to regurgitate each others anonymously sourced stories that are critical of Trump, not a single one of them had a single reference of this Fox News bombshell on their website at the time this article was published.

May 19 09:33

#WannaCry Ransomware Exposed as a False Flag Attack on Bitcoin

In this video, software and blockchain developer Vin Armani examines the WannaCry ransomware that the corporate media acted like it was the end of the world. Ultimately it appears to be an amateurish false flag attack on bitcoin. But upon digging into the bitcoin addresses used in the attack, Vin discovers a potentially much more nefarious attack on bitcoin.

May 19 09:20

Should We Believe The NSA About Stopping Its Unconstitutional “About Searches”?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Recently, the NSA announced it no longer will conduct “about searches” as part of its Upstream Surveillance. That sounds great, but can we really believe them.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who has filed lawsuits against NSA regarding the unconstitutional and warrantless searches it conducts, NSA’s statement is a win in the fight against surveillance, but more reforms still are needed.

So really, what freedom prize did citizens win?...

May 19 09:10

The Executive Summary:Neuropsychological and ElectronicNo-Touch Torture Report

Torture is a horrific topic and most minds will turn away from it because it can’t be comprehended that humans can be motivated, or computer programs can be run to do this to other sentient beings. Just when we believed we were becoming more civilized as a culture, the technology for torture has advanced more than a hundred fold in recent decades.

This summary will get into ‘the minds of the dishonorable monsters’ of the psychology of torture. Those like Dick Cheney who helped authorize it under certain administrations and regimes of the U.S. government which have been proven to be criminal under U.S. law, treaties, and the International Criminal Court. There are many people involved in the conspiracy and cover-up including General Hayden.

The full report discloses the spectrum of techniques of interrogation and torture used by the U.S. and its allies. The United States government will officially deny the claims of this “no-touch torture report” but in time it will stand firm.

May 19 09:09

Understanding Brits - A Post-Political Analysis

Yesterday The Daily Telegraph published some statistics that suggest that Brits are just ordinary people, not much different from the Americans or the French - they are born communists but die hard-core conservatives.

The above data suggest that British youngsters overwhelmingly supportCorbyn’s dream. But this changes once they hit political puberty which is apparently around the age of 25. Adults seem to run away from Labour and Corbyn.

May 19 09:08

The number of atheists in America could be 10 TIMES more than previous estimates: Shocking study shows a decline in people who believe in God

With research showing there is a stigma surrounding atheists, the authors of a new study found a way for subjects to indirectly reveal their beliefs and found 26 percent of Americans do not believe in God.

May 19 09:05

Chris Cornell’s family slams claims he ‘intentionally’ killed himself

The family of rock legend Chris Cornell bashed “inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally” killed himself, suggesting on Friday that side effects from a prescribed anti-anxiety drug may have played a role.

Lawyer Kirk Pasich said Cornell, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan, which he said has a range of side effects, including suicidal thoughts.

Major side effects associated with Ativan use include confusion, depression, and memory loss, according to AmericanAddictionCenters.org.

May 19 09:05

Yale Dean Placed on Leave over Yelp Reviews Calling People ‘White Trash’

A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as “white trash.”

Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at the Ivy League school.

Pierson Head Stephen Davis sent an email Thursday informing members of the residential college that Chu had been placed on leave after he discovered there were numerous “reprehensible posts,” not the two he had been led to believe existed.

“If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” Chu wrote in a review of a local Japanese steakhouse.

May 19 09:04

Macron riles French media with reporter ban

President Emmanuel Macron has had his first major spat with the media since taking power, after his team imposed restrictions on which journalists could travel with him on a trip to visit French troops stationed in west Africa.

May 19 09:04

Vast majority of Germans never want to give up cash, poll shows

A recent survey concludes that Germany is far from getting on board with the dream of a cashless society - not because it lacks the infrastructure, but because the people just won't let go of their beloved Bargeld.

The frustration of cash-only shops in a country of far too few cash machines is one all too often documented by our reporters here at The Local.

But even though the rest of the world seems to be moving closer to completely digital or card-based systems, it doesn’t seem likely that Germany will catch up anytime soon, especially when looking at a troubling new survey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Almost every day we see a story about how thus-and-such bans' ATM machines are shut down, and with the new NSA-enabled malware locking up entire companies, it is reckless and foolish to suggest a cash-free society, as it means people cannot spend the money they own unless all the computers are working.

May 19 09:02

German parliament passes tougher rules for asylum, deportations

The German parliament on Thursday night passed a controversial package of stricter rules for asylum seekers, including allowing immigration officials to analyze refugees’ cell phone data.

May 19 09:01

Crimean officials call Ukraine’s lawsuit against Stalin and Beria mockery

Claims by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office about the evidence gathered for charging Joseph Stalin and Lavrenty Beria with the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 do not entail any practical consequences and are little more than a mockery of the tragedy the Crimean Tatars went through in the middle of the 20th century, an official told TASS on Thursday.

May 19 08:59

Lauder vs. Adelson: Which Jewish billionaire has Trump’s ear on Israel?

Who does the first billionaire president go to when he wants real-deal advice? Other billionaires, naturally.

Much has been made of how President Donald Trump has stacked his Cabinet with billionaires, and how he takes off-campus advice from investor Carl Icahn, fellow real estate developer Tom Barrack and media moguls Christopher Ruddy and Rupert Murdoch.

The same goes for his Israel advice: Trump, according to reports, takes calls on the issue from Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate, and Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir and the president of the World Jewish Congress. Both are major supporters of Jewish and pro-Israel causes.

The wrinkle is that Adelson and Lauder seem to be at odds on what they’re telling the president. Lauder, reportedly, is pressing Trump to court Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Adelson, reportedly, wants him to focus on moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and discounts the Palestinians as reliable peace partners.

May 19 08:58

BOMBSHELL: UNCOVERED HILLARY CAMP EMAIL FROM JOHN PODESTA CONNECTS TO WAPO HIT JOB ON DONALD TRUMP

When The Washington Post ran a story Monday claiming that President Donald Trump had leaked classified information about the Islamic State group to Russia, the media lit up like a Christmas tree.

May 19 08:58

Deutsche Börse boss blasted by investors for not factoring Brexit in failed LSE deal

THE boss of Deutsche Börse has been attacked by investors over the German company's failed merger with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE).

May 19 08:57

Brussels V Germany: EU Brexit negotiator warns Merkel's £85bn demand could COLLAPSE talks

The French and German leaders want to increase the UK's exit bill to an eye-watering £85 billion, according to reports.

But EU negotiator Michel Barnier is worried the demands for a hefty Brexit bill could derail the upcoming talks.

New European Commission meeting minutes lay bare Mr Barnier's anxiety about Britain refusing to pay up.

May 19 08:55

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 19, 2017: US-LED FORCES FIGHTS WITH SYRIAN ARMY FOR IRAQI BORDER

Warplanes operating under the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes against a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy advancing along the Al-Tanf-Damascus-Baghdad international road. The airstrikes targeted Syrian forces in Al-Shuhaimi area, 50 km from the town of Al-Tanf located at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The airstrikes destroyed two battle tanks, and damaged a Shilka vehicle, several pickups and trucks. Six SAA fighters lost their life and 3 were injured.

The US-led coalition said that the airstrikes were “warning shots” against Shiite militias. However, Shiite militias operation at the Al-Tanf road don’t have tanks or Shilka vehicles and there were many pictures and videos showing the presence of elements of the SAA in the area.

The US airstrikes on government forces are a clear signal that Washington are seeking prevent the Syrian government from taking control over the border and to build a buffer zone between Syria and Iraq that could establish an alliance in the near future.

May 19 08:54

Malware Protection Protocol - blame Microsoft for malware

May 19 08:53

GOOGLE GIVES FAKE RESULTS - PROOF

May 19 08:53

Slow-Motion Plot to Dump Trump

Dark forces in Washington want him removed, things headed toward replacing him with Pence, a deep state puppet he erred in appointing as vice president. GHW Bush was smarter, choosing political lightweight Dan Quale, unqualified for any public position.

Trump’s hold on the presidency is shaky. On Thursday, he tweeted “(w)ith all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!”

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Long knives wanting him ousted may succeed, removing him from office by assassination the way Jack Kennedy was eliminated, resignation forced on Nixon for the wrong reasons, or a first-time in US history impeachment and conviction, ending his presidency.

May 19 08:52

Senator's Bill Would Punish DeVos for Screwing Over Low-Income Students

Following the rejections, Tester and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine (where the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s application was likewise denied) subsequently got 23 senators to sign onto a letter asking DeVos to reconsider the applications; the government funding bill approved in early May also included a provision that requires the department to reconsider applications. Collins and Tester even wrote to the secretary again this week. But DeVos appears to be "ignoring" these pleas, Tester said in a statement.

May 19 08:47

Fukushima news;5-18-2017 More Emergency closed Salmon fishing epic Collapse

May 19 08:46

Tesla workers straining under long hours, low pay and injuries

Trying to meet the ambitious goals of production, Tesla car factory workers complain of intense work pressure, long working days, and lower than average pay. One worker has pressed for union representation.

The revelations come from current and former Tesla workers who talked about the pressure to meet Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious production goals.

May 19 08:45

'Never Telling a Word of Truth': Lavrov Says US Media Reminds Him of Soviet Joke

“Back in Soviet days people would joke about the newspaper Pravda (Truth) never reporting the news, and the newspaper Izvestia (News) never telling a word of truth,” Lavrov said when meeting with his Cypriot colleague Ioannis Kasoulidis in Moscow on Thursday.

May 19 08:45

New Chinese Military Base in Africa Presents Security Concerns for US

China’s first non-domestic military outpost is slated to be finished by the end of the summer, according to Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, who said the base presents security concerns to the US.

The 90-acre naval base is located a mere four miles from the headquarters of US African Command, Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti, where some 3,000 to 4,000 US personnel are stationed at any given time.

Under Waldhauser’s watch, the US hopes to keep tabs on what China does and does not do at the new base. Waldhauser recently requested an audience with Djibouti President Ismail Omar, to whom he "expressed [US] concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location."

May 19 08:44

US Military Conducting Nearly 100 Special Ops in Africa at Any Time - Report

"At any given time, you will find SOCAFRICA conducting approximately 96 activities in 20 countries," SOCAFRICA commander Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc stated in the report.

May 19 08:44

US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near Pyongyang

The US Navy is moving a second aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training drills with the USS Carl Vinson, defence officials said.
After completing a maintenance period and sea trials in Yokosuka, Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan departed for the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, the officials told CNN on Thursday.

May 19 08:44

Harsh Cold, Not Russia US Marines' Enemy in Norway

Hundreds of soldiers from the US Marine Corps landed in Norway earlier this year to protect the Nordic country from the perceived Russian threat. However, they were faced with a more extreme (and real) threat, which they so far have no answer to.

US Marines from the Værnes garrison that took part in the exercise Joint Viking near the Norwegian-Russian border found their cold-weather gear unfit for the extreme Nordic cold and may be facing an equipment overhaul. The drills held in the snow-covered barren Arctic landscape helped reveal crucial deficiencies in the US Marines' equipment.

May 19 08:43

Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump

Pretty poor! All based on what Trump has said.No high crimes or misdemeanors. And the site is way behind in their fund raising too. Wonder why!

May 19 08:43

MEPs Slam European Central Bank for 'Inflicting Years of Austerity'

MEPs have slammed the German-based European Central Bank (ECB) for "dictating monetary policies across the Eurozone" and has "inflicted years of austerity amongst the EU's southern member states" in a further example of the north-south split within the eurozone.

May 19 08:42

CNN Admits Comey Memo was 'Deep State' Revenge

Jeezus. They openly admit the unelected establishment is running things and not our elected rulers. Also, the investigation of Flynn was already over by the time this claimed memo surfaced. So this is a non-issue meant to hide the #DNCLawsuit and #SethRich stories the MSM have blacked out.

May 19 08:37

Prominent Populists Meet in Milan to Discuss Future of EU, Making Europe Great Again

A group of leading populist thinkers met in Milan Thursday to discuss the future of Europe and especially the relationship between the European Union (EU) and its individual member states.

A growing malaise has been sweeping Europe as citizens grow progressively more distrustful of the European Union and desirous of recovering the sovereignty of their own nations and of taking back responsibility for their own destinies.

May 19 08:37

The Decline of the West Revisited

Over five centuries after the Age of Discovery, we all know a long historical cycle is ending. The Decline of the West is shorthand for a tangle of immense complexity – directly proportional to the ascent of the century of Eurasia integration, driven by China's New Silk Roads.

Every time I dig deeper into the Decline of the West, I have to go back to the roots. And that means – echoes of Stendhal, Keats, Nietzsche — a Journey to Italy. I had recently engaged in an extended dialogue with Machiavelli in Florence. This time, the French presidential election was looming – widely billed as the "civilized" West facing a crucial crossroads.

May 19 08:34

Mattis: We'll defend our troops

The United States is not deepening its role in Syria's civil war but will act defensively when needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters.

His comments came following U.S. air strikes against advancing militia backed by Syria's government.

"No. We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war. But we will defend our troops. And that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we will defend ourselves (if) people take aggressive steps against us," Mattis said, when asked about the strikes.

Earlier on Thursday, U.S.-led warplanes hit a pro-regime convoy in Syria that ignored warning shots.

U.S.-led aircraft struck the convoy as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the border with Jordan, said a U.S. defense official who was quoted by AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your troops have no legal right to be there in the first place, Jim.

May 19 08:30

A New Look at the Clinton Bodycount

The Clinton Bodycount has been around for over 20 years starting with the first registered death in 1977 of Suzanne Coleman, a twenty six year old woman who allegedly had an affair with Bill Clinton and was pregnant with his child.
Since then, various versions of the Clinton Bodycount have sprung up all over the net with many consistencies like Vince Foster and Ron Brown, 2 of the Clinton’s closest friends and confidants, and with many inconsistencies including various military and law enforcement personnel.

May 19 08:28

Cannabis Prevents Brain Aging

By Marco Torres

Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these aging processes in the brain. Low doses of the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, has the opposite effect on the elderly, reversing brain aging and restoring learning and memory.

This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia. The results are now presented in the journal Nature Medicine...

May 19 08:28

US Airstrike on Syrian Army Proves Washington's Fake Claims about War on Terrorism

A Syrian military expert said that the US-Led coalition warplanes' air raid on a convoy of Syrian Army forces in the Southern part of the country proved that the White House claims about the US seriousness in war on terrorism are nothing but sheer lies.

May 19 08:27

US Syria strike 'caused civilian deaths'

A military source on the Syrian government side says a US air strike against a Damascus-backed militia hit "one of our military points" and killed several people.

The air strike late on Thursday also caused material damage, the source said, adding that this hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Islamic State.

The US military carried out the strike on the militia as they headed towards the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria - near the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border - used by US and US-backed rebel forces.

US officials said the strike was purely a defensive measure.

May 19 08:27

Russia: US Airstrike against Syrian Forces Absolutely Unacceptable

The US-led coalition airstrike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Friday.

May 19 08:26

Kim Dotcom - Seth was @Wikileaks DNC source.Seth was killed for that reason.

May 19 08:25

Gold and Silver Bullion Coins See Sales “Explosion” In UK On “Wave Of Political Turmoil”

In a warehouse a dozen miles to the northwest of Cardiff, the Royal Mint is running its machines through the night to keep up with demand for one of the big beneficiaries of the last year’s political turmoil – gold and silver bullion.

May 19 08:24

Marla Maples rushes to site of fatal Times Square crash and takes a series of SELFIES just feet from where teen died

The 53-year-old ex-wife of Donald Trump was at a reading of a friend's play when she learned about the fatal incident, and was soon rushing over to the site where a vehicle ran off the road and struck down 22 pedestrians, leaving one dead.

She also decided to take along her social media followers for the ride too, posting a series of videos to both her Instagram and Snapchat accounts as she journeyed to the scene, took a look around and reported on developments.

Marla, who in recent months seems to have taken over for her former husband as New York's most omnipresent personality, then took some time to pose for photos at the crash site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the "selfie" is a symptom of our self-obsessed culture. I have only ever done one "selfie" and that was to show a reader who sent me a T-shirt that I was actually wearing it. But an entire population constantly taking and broadcasting images of themselves seems a little pathological; as if constant self-aggrandizement makes up for our society's many deficiencies.

May 19 08:21

Despite Sweden dropping the case Assange’s treatment remains an outrage

Despite dropping the case Sweden refuses to clear Assange of the rape allegations, purporting to blame him instead for the failure of the case, whilst Britain is still violating his human rights as a refugee by preventing him from travelling to Ecuador.

May 19 08:20

The Democratic game plan is evident.

I suppose you can argue that it is not all the adherents of the Democratic Party who are intent on removing President Trump and presumably Vice President Pence as well from office but it surely is a large group of them in the Washington/New York /Atlanta Borg establishment. If you watch as much TV news as I do, and read a few national newspapers, it becomes evident that there is a "game plan."

May 19 08:19

'I don't forgive or forget': Julian Assange complains he has unfairly missed seven years of his children growing up due to his 'detention' as Sweden drops rape probe - but does not exonerate him

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has complained he has unfairly missed seven years of his children growing up due to his 'detention' after Sweden dropped its rape probe against him.

The 45-year-old said 'I do not forgive or forget' hours after Sweden's top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said the investigation had been 'discontinued' having effectively become a lost cause.

Assange, who denies the 2010 rape claims, has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years and has been granted political asylum.

This afternoon he tweeted: 'Detained for 7 years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget.'

May 19 08:17

Russia condemns America’s attack on Syrian and allied forces

Russia has responded to yesterday’s illegal US coalition airstrike by condemning it in the harshest terms.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov issued the following statement,

“Any military actions leading to the aggravation of the situation in Syria definitely affect the political process. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces… This is totally unacceptable; it is a violation of Syrian sovereignty. Of course, it does not help the political process”.

May 19 08:16

Joe Lieberman and the Three Amigos

"Charles Freeman Jr.’s withdrawal of his acceptance of a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration was a national-security drama more riveting than an episode of “24.” The moral was clear: even a president who owes his job to a progressive movement in American politics could not support a longtime public servant who had made the mistake of criticizing Israel. Fierce advocates of the Jewish state, notably Sens. Chuck Schumer and Joe Lieberman and Reps. Eric Cantor and Steve Israel, played important roles in Freeman’s exit, while present and former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee flitted in and out of the wings.

May 19 08:15

Defying leaders, Norway trade unionists endorse Israel boycott

Norway’s largest and most influential trade union organization has called for a full boycott of Israel.

Last Friday, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) voted to endorse a statement that embraces the entire slate of demands in the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

The Palestinian BDS National Committee hailed the decision as courageous and urged LO to pressure the Norwegian government to end military ties with Israel.

May 19 08:15

Settler kills Palestinian protester

An Israeli settler shot and killed a young Palestinian man in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday.

Mutaz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, died shortly after he was shot in the head by the settler who opened fire at a group of protesters. The settler also shot AP photographer Majdi Eshtayya, injuring him in the hand.

Shamsa was one of about 200 Palestinians who had gathered at the Huwwara military checkpoint, near Nablus, to demonstrate in solidarity with the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike that entered its second month this week.

May 19 08:14

US to sign 110 bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia – NYT

The US is to sign a 110 billion dollar deal with Saudi Arabia for the sale of arms over a ten-year period during the upcoming visit by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reports.

Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner has allegedly had a hand in the deal.

Kushner is reported to have drawn up the 'shopping list' with Saudi officials.

May 19 08:10

LOOK: PROTESTER DROPS JAWS WITH SICK DISPLAY AT TOP TRUMP LANDMARK...

In his latest stunt aimed against President Donald Trump, self-proclaimed artist Robin Bell projected the words “Pay Trump Bribes Here” across the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Monday night.

May 19 08:04

Harvard Accepts Student's Rap Album As Senior Thesis, Says He'll Graduate With Honors

Obasi Shaw is slated to graduate with honors from Harvard University next week after handing in a mixed tape to the English Department in lieu of a traditional senior thesis.

May 19 07:55

Windows XP hit by WannaCry ransomware? This tool could decrypt your infected files

Windows XP wasn't vulnerable to the WannaCry worm but still could be infected with the ransomware. Now there's a tool to decrypt Windows XP machines attacked by WannaCry.

May 19 07:54

Bernie Sanders Fails to File Senate Financial Ethics Forms, Again!

Socialist Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is in hot water after missing the deadline to file his ethics financial statements… for a second time!

The first deadline was May 15th for the 2016 records. But Sanders, a big-government socialist who campaigned on more transparency in government, missed the filing deadline.

What’s going on here? Does it have to do with his wife’s FBI investigation, or perhaps alleged favors received from Team Clinton in exchange for cooperation during the 2016 presidential campaign?

May 19 07:43

Spain urges Catalonia to debate independence in Parliament

The Spanish government has called on Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to present his proposal for a regional independence referendum before Parliament because the issue affects all of Spain and would require a change in the country's constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made the offer Friday in apparent response to complaints by Puigdemont that Spain refuses to discuss his regional government's secession demands.

The government says it cannot permit a secession referendum as it is unconstitutional.

May 19 07:43

Anthony Weiner expected to plead guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, is expected to plead guilty today to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor for allegedly texting an underage girl.

Weiner, who turned himself into the FBI, is due in federal court later this morning.

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton’s private email server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from the 2016 federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to an underage girl in North Carolina.

May 19 07:38

VACCINATION VISUALS

This article includes many videos. I have tried to select ones of limited lengths (ranging from 30 seconds to 15 minutes) to keep busy readers from getting tied down. And YouTube videos, of course, can be speeded up by clicking “settings” and “speed.” However, the post is still not a quickie read and will more likely serve as a reference.

We in alternative media don’t have the billion-dollar marketing resources that Big Pharma does. I want to thank all the creators of memes, charts, banners, cartoons and videos utilized in this post. I especially credit Whale, VAXXED TV, Hear This Well, and My Incredible Opinion. I encourage you to visit their websites and YouTube channels for further information, and especially to watch the movie Vaxxed.

May 19 07:28

John McCain: 'Screw' Democrats who don't approve of Joe Lieberman for FBI director

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended Joe Lieberman against Democrats expressing concern about him being one of President Trump's top choices to be FBI director.

McCain was asked by Lisa Desjardins, a correspondent for "News Hour" on PBS," about his Democratic colleagues' concerns about Lieberman's lack of law enforcement experience.

"Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my [Democratic] colleagues combined. So screw them. And [you] can quote me," McCain said, according to Desjardins.

May 19 07:27

WHISTLE-BLOWERS, NOT “TIN-FOIL HAT CONSPIRACY THEORISTS”

For decades, military officers, government officials, bankers, law enforcement agents, newscasters, scholars, and other credible witnesses have corroborated the alternative media

This post is intended to be viewer-friendly; it consists entirely of quote banners and short video clips; the clips, on average, are under 5 minutes, and none are as long as 15.

May 19 07:22

POLITICAL TWITTER MEMES FOR FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017

May 19 07:12

In “Designated Survivor” Hollywood dreams of a good president, the anti-Trump

Summary: The TV show Designated Survivor shows Hollywood’s response to Trump, envisioning a good liberal President facing a devastating vast right-wing conspiracy seeking to overthrow the Republic. This tells us much, as fiction provides a mirror to people’s beliefs and values. It reveals the shallowness and poverty of our dreams. Perhaps that is why the reform of America seems so unlikely.

May 19 07:09

Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 as “Galaxy Note FE”

Wondering whatever happened to all the Galaxy Note 7 devices that did not catch on fire and were returned to Samsung? Well there are reports coming out that they are refurbishing these phablets and will be selling them to what they hope is a forgiving and forgetful market. Of course they will have to undergo and pass all the safety standards all over again but would you be willing to still get this device if it hits the market?

May 19 07:07

Windows 10 S is crippleware

The best thing I can say about Windows 10 S is that it’s not Windows RT. RT ran on ARM processors, so you couldn’t run any of your existing applications on it. At least with Windows 10 S, you can run a few older Windows apps: Evernote, Slack, Photoshop Elements and Autodesk Sketch. But serious programs, such as Microsoft Office? Nope. Full Photoshop? Hardly! Full Autodesk? Don’t make me laugh! Heck, you can’t even run Office 365 on it — at least not yet, anyway.

This is not a small office/home office PC operating system.

So tell me, why would you ever want to run Windows 10 S?

May 19 07:05

More Chaos On the Way? WannaCry Hack Sends Ominous New Message to Victims

Last week's WannaCry ransomware attack led to worldwide cyber chaos, crippling vital computer systems such as those used by the NHS.
Now victims of the hack are reporting they have received a chilling new message from the cyber criminals behind the scheme.
Infected computers have received a pop-up encouraging users to send the attackers cash in exchange for their files.

May 19 07:01

China claims breakthrough in mining 'flammable ice'

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply.

Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough.

Methane hydrates, also called "flammable ice", hold vast reserves of natural gas.

The danger is that sucking out the methane hydrates buried in the continental shelves could lead to large-scale undersea landslides, which in turn could produce tsunamis.

May 19 06:56

BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system

Security software designed to prevent bank fraud has been fooled by a BBC reporter and his twin.

BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons set up an HSBC account and signed up to the bank's voice ID authentication service.

HSBC says the system is secure because each person's voice is "unique".

But the bank let Dan Simmons' non-identical twin, Joe, access the account via the telephone after he mimicked his brother's voice.

The bank said it would "review" ways to make the ID system more sensitive following the BBC investigation.

May 19 06:54

THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.

"Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet," it states. "We disagree."

Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online.

May 19 06:53

Will You Allow the Crucifixion of President Donald Trump?

Famed actor and director Mel Gibson has written this script before. This is how the entire government and corrupt “powers that be” conspired against Sir William Wallace (of “Braveheart” fame).

May 19 06:52

Due to poor sales, Marvel cancels Black Lives Matter-themed comic book

Apparently diversity racism doesn’t sell many comic books. Who knew?

May 19 06:51

Mysterious 'cold spot' an evidence of a parallel universe? Scientists say, yes!

The concept of a parallel universe has been portrayed in numerous sci-fi movies and novels as a system coexisting with and having certain similiarities to the known world but different from it in some fundamental way. It has also been a huge subject of debate among the science fraternity.

May 19 06:50

Sweden drops Assange investigation, UK police says he still faces arrest

Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they had dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up.

May 19 06:49

Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

A judge has ruled that people who give their knackered computers to Best Buy's Geek Squad for repairs have no comeback if technicians find and report any illegal material to the Feds.

May 19 06:47

Phishing scum going legit to beat browser warnings

Browser-makers' decision to put big red warning lights in the faces of users when they hit sites too slack to use HTTPS is backfiring a little, as crooks are accelerating their use of encryption.

So says Netcraft, which has turned its web server probes onto phishing sites in the wake of Chrome 56 and Firefox 51 adding warnings about insecure sites that request passwords.

The firm's data shows that since the two browsers started to berate HTTP-only operations, phishing sites added an extra layer of credibility by adding HTTPS.

May 19 06:45

?There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry?pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box

Windows XP PCs infected by WannaCrypt can be decrypted without paying ransom by using a new utility dubbed Wannakey.

Wannakey offers in-memory key recovery for Win XP machines infected by the infamous ransomware strain. The fix can be used to dump encryption keys from memory. This RSA private key, once recovered, can be used to restore encrypted files on infected computers.

Caveats and limitations apply. Compromised machines must not have been rebooted after being infected, otherwise the crucial keys will already have been discarded from volatile memory. That's quite a big ask a week after the devastating WannaCrypt outbreak, especially since initial advice centred on turning off machines to stop the further spread of infection across corporate networks.

May 19 05:52

The Deep State’s Political Coup: A Special Prosecutor Means The 2018 Elections Are Life Or Death For The Trump Presidency

The deep state is orchestrating a political coup against President Trump, and this latest move makes it clear that they are going for the jugular. Now that former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed as “special counsel” to investigate the scandals swirling around the Trump administration, the mid-term elections in 2018 have become of the utmost importance.

May 19 02:11

Free Syrian Army suspends participation in Geneva talks

The Free Syrian Army has suspended its participation in the Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva as a member of the High Negotiations Committee, the group said in a statement. According to the statement, the reason behind the group's suspension in the Geneva negotiations is "the lack of clarity regarding the strategic vision of the negotiation process." The Free Syrian Army is the biggest armed opposition group that had earlier supported the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). Earlier on Thursday, HNC leader Nasr Hariri accused the Syrian government of violating the ceasefire agreement. Throughout the entire round of the talks in Geneva, devoted mainly to discussions on setting a consultative mechanism to deal with constitutional issues, the HNC met with representatives of local councils in Idlib, Homa and Damascus neighborhoods where opposition claims fighting still continues. The Geneva talks will end on May 19.

May 19 02:08

Russian Space Forces track launches of over 280 satellites in six months

The Russian Space Forces have tracked down the launch of more than 280 satellites in the period between November 2016 and April 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "Specialists of the Main Space Intelligence Center of the Russian Space Forces have monitored the orbiting of over 280 spacecraft and deorbiting of about 70 spacecraft. They also issued three warnings about the dangerous approach of space objects to spacecraft of the Russian orbital grouping," the ministry said. "Specialists of the Main Space Intelligence Center paid special attention to make-up and condition of foreign space groupings and orbital experiments involving foreign spacecraft," the ministry added.

May 19 02:06

Pro-Kiev troops shell northern outskirts of Donetsk

The Kiev government troops have been shelling northern outskirts of the eastern city of Donetsk since Thursday evening, a military source in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said. "Since 21:00, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been shelling the Spartak neighborhood. More than 30 artillery shells of 122-mm caliber, as well as 82-mm and 120-mm mortar rounds have been fired," the source was quoted as saying by the Donetsk News Agency. The Kiev government’s troops have been regularly shelling the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine despite the so-called Easter Ceasefire that was agreed by the Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation in Minsk and was to go into effect on April 13.

May 19 02:04

Press is Trying to Create a Stock Market Crash to Get Rid of Trump

The Washington Post, New York Times, and CNN, among others, are desperately trying to get rid of Trump to support the status quo, the deep state, and prevent any economic reform whatsoever. Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million and cut a deal with the CIA to build their cloud getting $600 million.

May 19 02:02

Last group of militants begins to withdraw from northern Homs — governor

The withdrawal of the last group of militants from the northern El-Waer neighborhood of the Syrian city of Homs began late on Thursday, governor Talal al-Barrazi has told the SANA news agency. The withdrawal is to be completed by Saturday, May 20, the governor said. According to the official, the last group of about 600 militants, who refused to lay down arms, will leave the area within the next 24 hours. A part of the group will head to the north of the eponymous province, still under the militant control. Others will be taken by buses to the city of Jarablus on the border with Turkey and to the Idlib province.

May 19 01:41

China launches hydrocarbon revolution

China has become the first country in the word to have extracted "combustible ice" from the bottom of the South China Sea - natural gas hydrate. Officials at China's Ministry for Natural Resources compared the achievement with the shale oil revolution in the United States. Experts say that methods of using energy will undergo a major transformation in the near future. Samples of "combustible ice" were retrieved from the depth of one kilometer. In eight days, 120 cubic meters of this fuel have been extracted, of which one cubic meter is equivalent to 160 cubic meters of natural gas. Other countries, such as Canada and Japan, for example, have also been trying to extract this fuel, although to no avail so far.

May 19 00:42

Erdogan checked in Washington

There is no doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdogan came away from Washington on Wednesday with egg on his face, although less embarrassed than he would have been if Donald Trump had brought up human rights abuses, given that Turkey has always been and remains the European capital city of Torture. This meeting, on Wednesday 16 in Washington, was heralded by Ankara as the new beginning but it turned out to be the continuation of a relationship with difficulties in which Washington is the master and Turkey the obedient serf. More of the end of a new beginning or the beginning of the end for Erdogan as a somebody on the international stage. He may be mister big wallah wallah in Turkey but he is a nobody outside...

May 19 00:39

Democracy: Rotten product for coercive export that no one wants

International scientific conference "Export of Democracy and Network Technologies in the Modern Social and Political Process" was held in Moscow on Thursday, May 18. The participants of the conference discussed problems of spreading "colour revolutions," mobilisation of opportunities of social networks and electronic media. Other topical issues of "export of democracy" were discussed within the framework of modern methods and technologies of social communication that have become realities of the 21st century. In the opinion from Director General of the Centre for Political Information Alexei Mukhin, modern-day democracy has evolved into an "export product" that some countries try to "sell" to others while deciding for themselves whether this or that country meets democratic norms or not. "This product has depreciated and even gone bad a little bit. People do not trust those who sell democracy anymore," the expert said...

May 19 00:34

Look Who Just Got Caught With Russian Investments... (Video)

Prior to the 2016 election, there has always been a double standard in this country when it comes to liberals and/or the mainstream media, but in recent weeks the double standard has been coming awful close to reaching a degree of such lunacy, that there will be no coming back from it once we cross beyond a certain point.

Keep in mind, we are only 4 months into President Trump’s four year-year term, and already the far-left has gone absolutely bananas about not being in control. Consider the following:

UNDER BARACK OBAMA:

May 18, 2017

May 18 23:09

Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel – report

Anybody remember Colonel Flagg?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2TrW8jR8EM

Jordan, not Israel, was likely the original source of secret intelligence information given by US President Donald Trump to the Russians, the Qatar-based al-Jazeera news network reported Thursday, citing current and former Jordanian intelligence officials.

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