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March 22, 2018

Mar 22 11:54

'I did everything I could to warn law enforcement about what could happen': Woman who took in Parkland killer Nicolas Cruz reveals he punched her and she feared he would shoot her - but police said they couldn't intervene

The woman who looked after Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz before he murdered 17 people last month has broken her silence to describe him as 'a troubled young man'.

Rocxanne Deschamps told a news conference in New York that Cruz once put a gun to his mother's head, displayed a deep affection for military-style guns and behaved so frighteningly that her family called 911 three times.

It was the first time she has publicly discussed what was happening at her home near Lantana when Nikolas and his brother Zachary lived with her and her family, sun-sentinel.com reported.

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Mar 22 11:53

Profits before privacy: No apology from Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica scandal as Facebook CEO now promises to protect users' data after huge 'breach of trust'... but haven't we heard that before?

Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Wednesday afternoon after five days of deafening silence but did not apologize for the fact that 51 million Facebook users' information was taken without their knowledge.

In a lengthy post at 3.50pm, Zuckerberg offered his timeline of the events which led to the revelation this week that the shadowy data firm which shaped Trump's campaign and has been linked to Brexit improperly harvested tens of millions of users' data in 2013 by buying it from an app.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted a coordinated post at the same time saying she 'deeply regrets' the scandal but did not apologize for it either.

Stopping short of apologizing outrightly, Zuckerberg said 'the good news' was that Facebook had changed its practices years ago to stop apps from accessing so much information.

Mar 22 11:47

Xi Jinping Challenges Trump, Taiwan: China Will Give Up ‘Not a Single Inch’ of Land

Chinese Communist leader Xi Jinping concluded the nation’s annual meeting of its legislature, the National People’s Congress, with an extensive speech on Tuesday warning “separatists”—in reference to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang—that their “actions will be met with the condemnation of the people an the punishment of history.”

“Not a single inch of our land will be, and can be, ceded from China,” Xi declared to applause, an apparent warning also to the United States following the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act in Congress. The act allows Taiwanese officials greater freedom to visit the United States for diplomatic reasons, lending legitimacy to the sovereignty of the Taiwanese government at the expense of China.

Mar 22 11:47


With these words, Colonel-General Rudskoy, the head of the Main Headquarters of the General Staff of the Russian Federation (the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff) turned to all beloved and deeply respected America.

Today, a meeting of the Ministry of Defense of Russia was held, at which Rudskoy made the following speech:

"Even earlier, a few days ago, Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff, made an open statement to all the world's media.

In his address, Comrade Gerasimov said that Russia is aware of the impending sabotage in the Eastern Guta region. The opposition, controlled by a coalition led by the United States, is preparing to use the world's banned chemical weapons.

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Mar 22 11:46


A Florida man allegedly shouted “Allah Akbar” repeatedly as police arrested him for shooting his wife, stabbing his two children, and setting his house ablaze.

Police arrested Ronnie Oneal, who identifies as a member of The Nation of Islam, at the house of his partner Kenyatta Barron, in Riverview, Fla., in response to a 911 call from Barron claiming that she had been shot, according to Tampa Bay Times.

Officers found Barron dying of a gunshot wound in the front yard of a neighboring house. Firefighters were responding to a fire set in Barron’s house and found Barron and Oneal’s 9-year-old son, Ronnie Oneal IV, alive but suffering from burns and stab wounds and the couple’s 11-year-old daughter dead from stab wounds.

Mar 22 11:45

Border Patrol Agents Refuse To Turn Over Wanted Felons Because Of California’s Sanctuary Laws

Border patrol agents are refusing to hand over illegal immigrants with felony warrants to police in California because they can’t be sure local authorities will return the criminal aliens to federal custody, according to a top border security official in San Diego.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, said earlier this month that California’s statewide sanctuary law was undermining normal cooperation between his agency and local law enforcement.

In a little-reported declaration in support of the Department of Justice’s March 6 lawsuit against California, Scott recalled multiple instances in which a Border Patrol agent in the San Diego sector determined that releasing a criminal alien to a local law enforcement would likely result in the person being released without notification to federal authorities.

Mar 22 11:45


March For Our Lives, a demonstration involving survivors of the Parkland school shooting that will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and across the country, registered a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization that is not required to disclose its donors.

The March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit organization, was registered on March 8 with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, records show. The action fund lists its business address in Encino, Calif., and its agent as CT Corporation System, a D.C.-based firm that offers agent, incorporation, and corporate business compliance services.

Mar 22 11:44

As Scandal Rocks Facebook, Something More Sinister Emerges That Should Concern Everybody

Independent Media has consistently informed readers that Facebook is nothing more than a data collection site, and how it is the first time in history that users were basically creating their own dossiers because of the amount of information they share with and on the Facebook platform. According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, Facebook is nothing more than a"surveillance company" rebranded as "social media" as he explained on March 17, 2018.

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies." Their rebranding as "social media" is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense. (Edward Snowden - Twitter)

Earlier Snowden was more blunt, stating "Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices."

Mar 22 11:43

Important Arrest: Yuma Border Patrol Agents Catch Felony Sex Offender with a Long History of Crimes

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported illegal alien with multiple felony convictions late Monday evening.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Yuma Station agents arrested Hector Gutierrez-Perez, a 54-year-old Mexican national, near County 8 ½ Street and Levee Road after he illegally entered the United States once again.

During processing, agents discovered that Gutierrez-Perez has multiple felony convictions out of Bakersfield and Santa Cruz, California including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, obstructing a public officer, and battery on a person. Additional records checks revealed that Gutierrez-Perez was also previously convicted of possession of narcotics/controlled substance, transporting/selling of narcotics, hit and run, and driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Gutierrez-Perez is being prosecuted for re-entry after deportation.

Mar 22 11:42

Trump cutting Obama-era refugee admissions 77%

The Trump administration, which has proposed a massive 60 percent reduction in refugee admissions from the Obama-era high of 110,000, is expected to cut that number even deeper. according to preliminary estimates.

Experts evaluating the administration’s latest refugee totals now predict a slash of over 77 percent, to 25,000 refugees a year.

Mar 22 11:41

Rep Gohmert Accuses Mueller of Using Russia Witch Hunt to Cover Up Uranium One Scandal – Calls For Mueller to be Fired

Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) echoed President Trump Wednesday by saying Mueller should never have been appointed in the first place then called for his firing.

Gohmert also accused Mueller of using the office of special counsel to ‘cover his rear’ for the problems he created in allowing U.S. Uranium to be sold to Russia.

Mar 22 11:41

New World Order Targets American Freedom – Alex Newman

Award winning journalist Alex Newman has extensively covered the push towards a so-called New World Order by the global “Deep State.” New revelations about millions of Facebook user profiles show the battle lines start in cyberspace. Newman says, “It’s really hard to tell where the social media firms begin and where the “Deep State” ends. . . . In all these globalist confabs . . . what you see are the leading executives of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linked In, Amazon and Microsoft. These are the same people involved in the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the World Government Summit. They all come and give their little speeches, and what you see, and it’s becoming clearer in the last few weeks, they are undergoing a systematic campaign to censor, to silence and to sideline conservatives, Christians, Libertarians and people who say anything that contradicts the agenda. We saw a massive purge just in the last few weeks of YouTube channels.

Mar 22 11:40

The Nuclear Option: Limitless Investigation of Trump Was Always the Plan

Through a combination of representative democracy and a balancing of state power against federal power, we the people pick our president.

And damn the innocent host! The more devastating the cancer is to the very body politic that gives it life, the better!

It is the truest form of injustice. Singular evil. Blind hatred.

So they changed the rules. We can pick our president. But then the powerful established bureaucracy must conduct a massive, sprawling, limitless investigation into any and all aspects of the president we pick.

The basis of this “investigation” is an increasingly debunked frame-up designed and drafted by the Kremlin and paid for by President Trump’s political opponent in the presidential election. And then spread to all four corners of the globe by the oldest creatures of the powerful establishment in Washington.

Mar 22 11:39

Dershowitz: Mueller performing 'legal colonoscopy,' never should have been appointed

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday said Democrats are "fueling the speculation" around President Trump possibly firing special counsel Robert Mueller, adding that "there never should have been an appointment of special counsel."

"That would create a real problem on the Republican side of the aisle. I don’t think he’ll fire him or should fire him," he added.

"America's Newsroom" anchor Sandra Smith pressed Dershowitz on Trump's weekend tweets.

"The president with his tweets over the weekend and Monday morning saying 'this is the ultimate witch hunt' adds fuel to the fire saying this investigation never should have began in the first place. So what is the strategy there? Why put those things out there?" asked Smith.

Dershowitz responded by saying there had been "no probable cause" of crimes committed by Trump and that meant a special counsel was not necessary.

Mar 22 11:38

IRS documented 1.3M cases of identity thefts by illegal aliens, can’t confirm single prosecution

A sympathetic media rarely reports on the negative impact illegal immigration has on the United States, to include criminal behavior, but is the U.S. government doing its part to stop the crime?

The Internal Revenue Service may not be, according to a CNS News investigation.

The online news outlet reported that in a five year period, 2011 through 2016, more than 1.3 million cases of identity theft were documented by the IRS involving illegal aliens who had been issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers.

Mar 22 11:38

Johns Hopkins researcher releases shocking report on flu vaccines

The esteemed Dr. Russell Blaylock, who is quoted in this article, wrote the very first review on Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. He totally gets Technocracy, and his assessment of vaccines is spot on. ? TN Editor

In 2015, a whole new slew of flu vaccines found themselves getting approved by the Federal Drug Administration. This isn’t an uncommon practice; most flu vaccines pass inspection every year. It’s well-known advice that has been passed down from doctor to patient that the flu vaccine is something that we all should get, but it has been quickly surfacing that what’s in the vaccines–especially those from 2015 and after–might actually be more damaging than simply rolling the dice on getting the flu.

Mar 22 11:37

If Facebook got your private info, it's your fault for being a "dumb f***" said Zuckerberg

One of Facebook's early mottos was "move fast and break things." Fourteen years into the company's existence, it might have shattered its users' trust.

On Monday, the "New York Times" and the "Guardian" reported that Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm, captured private data of 50 million Facebook users and utilized it to help spread propaganda and disinformation to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The data capture was not a breach; it was akin to walking through the front door — Facebook made the information readily accessible.

Facebook's stock dropped 9 percent on Monday and another 9 percent on Tuesday. Senators demanded Mark Zuckerberg testify before Congress. The company may be subject to trillions — yes, trillions — of dollars in fines for violating Federal Trade Commission privacy rules.

Mar 22 11:29

YouTube Bans All Gun Demonstration Videos

YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories.
The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform’s desire to “prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.”

Ironically, guns built at home have not been part of the mass public attacks that have drawn national attention over the past months and years, but guns acquired at retail via background checks have been.

Mar 22 11:27

Mark Zuckerberg (finally) admits huge data scandal is “a breach of trust” between Facebook and its users

he news: Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence over a massive data scandal that had been festering for days. The furor was triggered by revelations that Cambridge Analytica (CA), a data-mining firm involved in the 2016 Trump election campaign, had gained unauthorized access to information about tens of millions of Facebook users.

The mea culpa: Although Zuckerberg blamed CA and Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher, for misleading the social network about whether they had deleted user data, he also admitted that the affair was “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it.”

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Mar 22 11:27

Abortion clinic worker caught on video transporting dead babies in a passenger car to have them “recycled” by a waste truck

As the truth about the horrors of the abortion industry continue to surface, we’re all learning more shocking revelations about how the bodies of dead babies are disposed by abortion clinics.

A pro-life group called Created Equal has acquired undercover video footage that appears to show an abortion clinic worker transporting dead babies in a passenger car, then transferring those dead bodies to a “Stericycle waste truck” for recycling / disposal. This is all reportedly a gross violation of state law.

Mar 22 11:26

Judicial Watch: At Least 18 Classified Emails Found on Weiner’s Laptop

Judicial Watch revealed today that there are at least 18 classified emails in the 798 documents recently produced by the State Department from the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit email system. The emails were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of former Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Weiner is a disgraced former congressman and New York mayoral candidate who pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. Abedin kept a non-State.gov email account on Hillary Clinton’s notorious email server that she used repeatedly for government business.

There are five new classified emails among 147 new Abedin work-related documents released by the State Department on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Mar 22 11:26

RAW VIDEO | Tear Gas Released Into Parliament To Prevent Vote

Here's the video. I couldn't help but laugh...


Mar 22 11:25

Pentagon’s Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Directed Energy Weapons

By Aaron Kesel

The Pentagon’s arms-research chief, Michael Griffin, is eying advancement in space-based directed energy weapons...

According to the report, the concept has existed since the early 1980s under what are known as neutral-particle beams. NPBs travel near the speed of light and penetrate a target and are designed as a missile defense system...

Mar 22 11:16

Fracking pollutes the water; chemicals contribute to breast cancer by causing uncontrolled cell division

Laboratory mice are subject to many of the vulnerabilities that affect humans. So, when a recently-released study warns that female lab mice developed pre-cancerous growths in their mammary glands after they were exposed to high levels of chemicals used for fracking, it stands to reason there’s something toxic about those chemicals.

Mar 22 11:14

Trump imposes $60bn in tariffs on Chinese imports, accusing Beijing of intellectual-property theft

Trump has signed a Section 301 trade action with China that could be about $60 billion in tariffs, he said adding that he asked China to reduce trade surplus immediately by $100 billion.

Mar 22 11:12

'No collusion': House Intel Committee votes to end Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee has voted to formally end its Russia probe. Lawmakers found no evidence of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.

Mar 22 11:07

Jim Jordan Is SERIOUSLY Pissed...

45 seconds of Bulldog Jim Jordan going off on the ridiculous spending bill. This is awesome...


Mar 22 11:03

Trump Failed To "Drain The Swamp", Only Russia's Putin Stands in the Way of the Globalists

Mar 22 10:57

They should be supporting British business': UK firm condemns ministers after the contract to produce post-Brexit blue passports is handed to a FRENCH company

Franco-Dutch company Gemalto has been awarded £490m passport contract
British firm De La Rue currently holds the contract until it runs out next year
The tendering process had to be done under existing EU regulations
The Home Office was banned from favouring a British firm for the major deal

Mar 22 10:57

EXCLUSIVE: Mueller probe witness who met Jared Kushner and was 'best friends' with Steve Bannon flees the country after being revealed as a pedophile

A key witness in the investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia has fled the country, DailyMail.com can disclose.

Convicted pedophile George Nader was allegedly both a paid adviser for the United Arab Emirates and had close ties to the Trump administration.

He met Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon in Trump Tower just before the inauguration at a meeting they held with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

Nader was thrust into the limelight after being interviewed twice by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with the Trump campaign team.

Now DailyMail.com can reveal he has flown back to the UAE, according to two sources close to the country's de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, who is known by his initials 'MBZ.

Mar 22 10:53

Women Fined $100,000, Face Potential Jail Time, Just for Braiding Hair

Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair for her entire life. She became so good at it that she jumped through all the legal hoops, sat through hundreds of hours of needless classes, and paid thousands of dollars so she could finally turn this passion into a career.

“I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” Diouf told the Institute for Justice. “I cannot recall a time when I did not know how.”

However, because the state is dependent on revenue it generates from citizens—via taxation or extortion—the Tennessee government has begun cracking down on hair braiders.

Mar 22 10:53

15 years after Iraq, regime change has come to Washington

This week marks 15 years since the start of America’s war in Iraq. Regime change was George W. Bush’s objective, and Saddam Hussein was duly removed, tried, and executed. But Bush could not have counted on how much regime change would also come to Washington as a result of the war. It contributed to the Republicans’ loss of Congress in 2006 and to the failure of Bush’s party to keep control of the White House in 2008. Yet it did even more: it helped to give Barack Obama, an antiwar candidate—and premature winner of a Nobel Peace Prize as president—an edge against Hillary Clinton among the activist left in the 2008 Democratic primaries. As a senator, Mrs. Clinton had, after all, voted for the war.

Mar 22 10:52

Ex-Israeli spy chief enlists top hackers for new cybersecurity firm

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said he has assembled a team of Israeli hackers for his new cybersecurity company that takes an innovative approach to securing networks from malicious attacks by imitating real hackers.

Mar 22 10:51

Executions, torture and slave markets persist in Libya - U.N.

Armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open slave markets”, it said in a report to the Human Rights Council.

Libya is split between rival governments in the east and west while ports and beaches are largely in the hands of armed groups who smuggle mainly African migrants onto boats heading for Italy and Europe.

“Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant,” Andrew Gilmour, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told the Geneva forum.

Mar 22 10:51

US, North Korea, and South Korea Hold Constructive Talks in Finland

Delegates from the United States, North Korea, and South Korea met today in Helsinki for what were described as “academic talks” aimed at confidence building and idea sharing toward more advanced talks further in the future.

Officials from the Finnish Foreign Ministry suggest the talks went quite well, with the delegates spending two days in seclusion, but finding a very positive atmosphere, and constructive talks. Exactly what was on the agenda is as yet unclear.

The talks were agreed to last week, announced following a North Korean delegation’s return from Sweden. With a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, these secondary talks were likely to have discussed some of the questions of organizing that meeting.

Mar 22 10:50

The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which the United States and/or Israel made moves that seemed to indicate preparations for war against Iran. Each time—in 2007, in 2008, and again in 2011—those moves, presented in corporate media as presaging attacks on Tehran, were actually bluffs aimed at putting pressure on the Iranian government.

But the strong likelihood that Donald Trump will now choose John Bolton as his next national security advisor creates a prospect of war with Iran that is very real. Bolton is no ordinary neoconservative hawk. He has been obsessed for many years with going to war against the Islamic Republic, calling repeatedly for bombing Iran in his regular appearances on Fox News, without the slightest indication that he understands the consequences of such a policy.

Mar 22 10:50

Does Toys ‘R’ Us Demise Spell Death of Retail?

Last week, the iconic retailer Toys “R” Us unexpectedly announced the closure or sale of every one of its U.S. locations. The bankruptcy of this “category killer” certainly marks the end of an era, as many news reports have noted, but as of now there’s a chance that part of the chain, or some of the stores, will remain open under new management. There’s even talk of an Amazon acquisition.

Mar 22 10:47

Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote demonstrated growing pushback on President Donald Trump’s coziness with Riyadh, which is leading the war effort in Yemen. That same day, the president met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was visiting Washington during a country-wide tour.

A disparate group of senators — Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) — drafted and introduced the resolution to stop America’s support for the bloodshed. “This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time,” Sanders told Vox in an interview last week.

Mar 22 10:47

Why Russia's Military Edge Reassures

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, shoots from the lip and never misses. She calls the whole shenanigans out of Britain concerning the alleged spy-poisoning affair for what it is – a “grandiose provocation”.
Bang on target. Spare the words and head-wrecking argumentation.

On a recent Russian TV debate show, 60 Minutes, the feisty and articulate Zakharova not only summed up the farce of the latest British propaganda stunt. She put it in the context of several other similar provocations, from allegations against Russia over Ukrainian aggression to the Olympics doping scandal.

They are indeed all "grandiose provocations" that are hardly worth deliberating on. So baseless and fatuous are these claims leveled by Washington and London in particular.

Mar 22 10:46

US Can't Stop Hypersonic Weapons, Air Force General Says

March 21, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Missiles that spit out warheads traveling up to 20 times the speed of sound and with the ability to perform elusive acrobatics may be too much for U.S. defenses to block.

That's according to the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday (March 20).

When asked by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., what kind of defenses the U.S. has against hypersonic weapons, Hyten replied: "We have a very difficult — well, our defense is our deterrent capability. We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,"

Mar 22 10:45

15 Years. More Than 1 Million Dead. No One Held Responsible

"Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country"

Mar 22 10:45

US Empire: Global Imperialism and Internal Colonialism

The dynamic of contemporary US imperialism is built around two structural features: the drive toward global military expansion, conquest and occupation backed by the intensification of exploitation of domestic labor and pillage of the domestic economy.

Mar 22 10:44

American Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the term ‘Deep State,’ according to recent polling they are nevertheless skeptical of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, John V. Walsh reports.

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Mar 22 10:44


Iraq has sentenced 3,130 prisoners to death for alleged links to ISIS and other militant organizations since 2013, as the nation’s criminal justice system struggles to deal with thousands of prisoners from its four-year fight against extremist groups.

Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of terror-related offenses, according to an Associated Press analysis of a 27,849-person spreadsheet of all those imprisoned in Iraq as of late January. The spreadsheet was provided by an Iraqi official on the condition of anonymity.

The real number of detained prisoners is likely to be even higher, as many prisoners are being held by police, military intelligence and Kurdish forces. Those sentenced to die include the sister of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and foreigners who traveled to join ISIS’s self-declared caliphate.

Mar 22 10:43

Gaddafi’s ghost haunts walking-dead King Sarko

NATO’s 2011 war on Libya was unanimously sold across the West as a necessary humanitarian operation against the proverbial evil dictator (Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.”). Russia and China were firmly against it.

Now, in a stunning historical reversal, the ghost of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seems to have come back to haunt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the self-described superstar of that R2P (“responsibility to protect”) spectacular.

Mar 22 10:37

DASHCAM VIDEO | Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

Dashcam video was released last night. If you're squeamish, do not watch this...


Mar 22 10:29

EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe's previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.

Mar 22 10:29

Israeli lawfare “backfires” in New Zealand

An Israeli lawfare group tied to the Mossad, Israel’s deadly spy agency, announced in January it was suing two activists in New Zealand who encouraged pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv scheduled for June.

However, the activists, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast that they have not received any official notice that they are being sued.

Since Sachs and Abu-Shanab are in New Zealand, and were exercising their free speech rights there, it is difficult to see how any Israeli judgment could be enforced.

Lorde, also from New Zealand, had called the cancellation of her gig “the right decision.”

The lawsuit was reportedly filed in Israel by the lawfare group Shurat HaDin under a 2011 law that allows Israelis to sue those who call for a boycott of Israel or its settlements built illegally on occupied Palestinian land.

The law is part of Israel’s effort to stifle speech and activism in support of Palestinian rights.

Mar 22 10:27

International Solidarity Movement tour conveys Palestinian trauma to a stunned US audience

The other night in Brooklyn, I caught two activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, describing their work in Palestine to 70 people crowded into the Commons Cafe. The tour continues tonight in Syracuse and on to many other venues in Canada and the States (and at times includes our own artist Katie Miranda). I would urge anyone who wishes to understand the depth of the conflict to catch one of these appearances.

The tour is noteworthy because it conveys to Americans, in the most unrhetorical manner, some small portion of the immense trauma that Palestinians are experiencing. Two activists come to the stage and speak plainly about their experience. Both began these talks with videos, and both videos– as the activists warned us– contained film of a Palestinian being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Mar 22 10:27

We must end the manipulation of history

I support a free Palestine and I believe in the Palestinian right to live a peaceful, safe and productive life. It must happen and soon! I reject all forms of racism and hate and I condemn without reservation the brutality and cruelty of Zionist colonization and a 70-year-old agenda to refuse the rights of Palestinians to live in peace on their own land.

Mar 22 10:26

Guitar Center’s $1 billion in debt reveals this truth about musical tastes

Guitar Center, the nation’s leading musical-instrument retailer, is in trouble. Changing musical tastes are partly to blame.

Ratings agency S&P Global downgraded Westlake Village-based Guitar Center Holdings Inc. for the second time last week as the troubled instrument retailer seeks to refinance and restructure more than $1 billion of debt.

“Most of what’s really selling today is rap and hip hop,” said George Gruhn, owner of the Gruhn Guitars shop in Nashville. “That’s outpacing other forms of music and they don’t use a lot of recognizable musical instruments.”

Mar 22 10:25

Dear Senator Harris, You have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid

Dear Senator Harris,

I am an 81-year old resident of Alameda County and I have lived here for 19 years. I grew up in the U.S. northeast and in France, and I have also lived in Scotland and Israel. I am Jewish and I am a committed Palestinian solidarity activist.

It therefore pains me to know that you have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid. With your international background – not to mention your law degree (I come from a family of lawyers) – I would have thought that you might have understood the brutal reality that is today’s Israel. Your pandering March 28, 2017 speech in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was a disgrace which only reflected and highlighted your ignorance and your willful blindness to the brutal and grotesque reality that is today’s State of Israel. Unfortunately, your recent 2018 remarks to AIPAC have not yet been made public.

Mar 22 10:24

Facebook's Zuckerberg speaks out over Cambridge Analytica 'breach'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy.

Mar 22 10:23

Benghazi Hero Drops Jaws, Reveals What Comey and McCabe’s FBI Did to Him

Paronto, a former U.S. Army Ranger who was a security contractor in Benghazi at the time of the attack and helped fend off repeated waves of assaults by terrorists at the U.S. consulate and nearby CIA annex, took to Twitter to make his feelings known in regard to McCabe, as well as former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan.

He began with a tweet which eviscerated McCabe’s rebuttal claiming he had been “singled out” in an effort to “slander” him and the FBI in general by President Donald Trump and his administration.

Paronto tweeted, “Slander the FBI and Law Enforcement?! You’ve got to be s—-ing me Andy. You, James and your @BarackObama appointed syndicate brought nothing but lies, politics, corruption & disgrace to a once great FBI. @Comey #AndrewMcCabe #LockThemUp.”

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Mar 22 10:23

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

FILE - In this April 29, 20111, file photo, attorney John Dowd walks in New York. Dowd, President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the Russia investigation has left the legal team, is confirming his decision in an email to The Associated Press. Dowd says he "loves the president" and wishes him well. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Mar 22 10:22

Scientists Are One Step Closer To Nuclear Fusion

Laser-driven controlled fusion experiments are typically done with multi-hundred-million-dollar lasers housed in stadium-sized buildings. Such experiments are usually geared toward harnessing fusion for clean energy applications.

In contrast, Rocca’s team of students, research scientists and collaborators, work with an ultra-fast, high-powered tabletop laser they built from scratch. They use their fast, pulsed laser to irradiate a target of invisible wires and instantly create extremely hot, dense plasmas – with conditions approaching those inside the sun. These plasmas drive fusion reactions, giving off helium and flashes of energetic neutrons.

Mar 22 10:22

Obamas pen letter to Parkland students: 'You've helped awaken the conscience of the nation'

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama sent a handwritten letter earlier this month to the survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., saying they have been “inspired by the resilience, resolve and solidarity” shown by the students in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Mar 22 10:21

The Mysterious Death of Thomas Merton

Everything else about the circumstances of Merton’s death depends upon the version told by those who had any familiarity with it, a result of the absence of an autopsy and the rapidity of how his body was removed by the U.S. Army, embalmed and flown back to the United States on a military aircraft also transporting other casualties of the Vietnam War being fought nearby. Father Louis’s, as Merton was known in the monastery, presence on that plane, among the bodies of soldiers, sailors and marines killed in a war which he had long opposed, added even more irony to the mystery surrounding his death.

Mar 22 10:20

How Many Illegal Immigrants Have Committed Violent Felonies? That's One Statistic Our Government Doesn't Track.

How many homicides are committed annually in the United States by illegal aliens, people who are unlawfully present?

Nobody knows.

How many rapes are committed annually by people who are unlawfully present?

Nobody knows.

How many assaults, burglaries, and car thefts are committed annually by people who are unlawfully present?

Nobody knows.

Nobody knows because few, if any, state governments track the immigration or citizenship status of inmates in state and local detention facilities.

Which means that an unknown number of illegal immigrants are committing an unknown number of crimes on American soil.

And thus voters, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies like the FBI and ICE, have no actual idea how many crimes are committed by people who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

Mar 22 10:20

South African politician says Australia is a ‘racist country’, farmers should ‘leave the keys’ when they go

SOUTH Africa’s radical opposition leader says white farmers should leave for “racist” Australia, but insists “we are not killing them”.

Mar 22 10:18

Young boy forced to watch mum’s ‘repeated, violent’ sexual assault in South Africa farm attack

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy was forced to watch as five men tied up and sexually assaulted his mother in the latest terrifying South Africa farm attack. Warning: Graphic

Mar 22 10:17

More California Cities Seek to Defy ‘Sanctuary State’ as Revolt Spreads

More California cities may consider defying the state’s “sanctuary state” laws, after the city council of Los Alamitos passed an ordinance defying the state’s controversial new legislation preventing cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Leaders of Los Alamitos, in Orange County, passed the ordinance 4-1 and instructed the city attorney to file an amicus brief in the ongoing Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California. The lawsuit challenges the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54).

The Orange County Register reports that other cities — and even Orange County itself — are now thinking of following suit

Mar 22 10:17

Jake Tapper Hits Back At Trump: He’s Nastier To Me And Don Lemon Than He Is To Putin

CNN’s Jake Tapper wants to know why President Donald Trump keeps giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a free pass.

“President Trump to this day has said nastier things publicly about me, Don Lemon, Chuck Todd, Meryl Streep and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ than he has of former KGB operative and current human rights repressor Vladimir Putin,” Tapper said.

Trump earlier this week was reportedly given an all-caps note saying “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” before a phone call with Putin after the Russian leader won a re-election many dismissed as a sham.

He congratulated him anyway.

Trump is reportedly angry over that detail leaking out of the West Wing.

Mar 22 10:16

SHOCK Footage From South Africa…

Welcome to South Africa! The country where you get stabbed in the neck, in broad daylight, in the middle of the supermarket, just for… fun… or something. And because you’re white.

Mar 22 10:15

Ann Coulter: Give Me Your Dreamers …

Does anyone know why President Trump loves “Dreamers” — i.e.: illegal aliens allegedly brought here before the age of 12 (which no federal judge will ever check) by their parents (which no federal judge will ever check), “through no fault of their own” (which no federal judge will ever check)?
We’ve been lectured by Mark Zuckerberg about how much better “Dreamers” are than you lazy Americans — especially African-Americans, whose jobs are disproportionately taken by illegals. (As former Mexican President Vicente Fox once charmingly put it, illegal immigrants “are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States.”)

So why aren’t we being bombarded with television interviews and profiles of these amazing human beings?

Mar 22 10:14

Trump Responds to Joe Biden’s Threat With His Own Macho Tweet

Yesterday, we reported on former Vice President Joe Biden’s tough-guy comments about the President. During a speech at the University of Miami, Biden said the following: “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'”

We certainly knew Trump wasn’t about to take that lying down. He just gave Biden a dose of his own medicine over Twitter. This is how a New Yorker talks to someone just a tad too lippy:

Mar 22 10:13


About 1,500 Ahrar al-Sham militants and 6,000 civilians, mostly families of the militants, are set to leave the Harasta area of Eastern Ghouta under an evacuation agreement with the Syrian government on March 22.

Under the agreement militants surrender all of their heavy weapons and get an open corridor towards the militant-held part of the province of Idlib.

Late on March 21, a source in the 4th Armoured Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told SouthFront that militants had started burning their HQs and weapon depots.

If the agreement is successfully implemented, the SAA will get a full control over the urban area of Harasta further isolating the southern part of Eastern Ghouta from the militant-held area of Douma.

Mar 22 10:12

Senators to colleges: Reveal foreign agents on campus

American universities need to reveal “the malign influence of foreign propaganda” on campus, according to a trio of Republican lawmakers.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced legislation Wednesday that would require U.S. colleges and universities to disclose any foreign government donation of $50,000 or more, in addition to requiring foreign-run programs to register as foreign agents with the Justice Department. The bill was spurred by concerns about Chinese-backed entities known as Confucius Institutes operating on dozens of American campuses, but it applies broadly to all foreign governments.

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Including Israel?

Mar 22 10:11

Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief

Not having a verifiable way to audit election results in some states represents a “national security concern,” the Trump administration’s homeland security chief said on Wednesday, looking ahead to U.S. midterm elections in November.

Mar 22 10:11

Conservative paper pressured into suspending publication

Students reacted with "fear" and "anger" after several professors at Taylor University, a Christian college in Indiana, started an "underground" publication to challenge "social justice" from a conservative, Christian perspective.

The paper has temporarily suspended publication amid public condemnations from both students and the university administration, but plans to restore its website at some point in the near future.

Mar 22 10:10

Gold +1.8%, Silver +2.5% As Fed Increases Rates And Trade War Looms

Gold gained 1.8% and silver 2.5% to $1,333/oz and $16.60/oz yesterday

Gold climbs as Fed increases interest rates by 0.25% – now 1.5% to 1.75% range

Dovish Fed Chair Powell plans fewer than expected rate hikes in 2018

Mar 22 10:10

James Comey Just Got Some Bad News And It Could Mean Jail Time

Former FBI Director James Comey presents himself as the last honest man in Washington.

But it was all a front as he was a major player in the effort to undermine Donald Trump.

And now he just got some bad news that could land him behind bars.

When James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last June, he stated that he was never an anonymous source and that he never authorized any leaks.

That turned out to be a lie.

And he was done-in by the most unexpected person.

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired for leaking to the press during the Clinton email investigation and lying about it to investigators.

He tried to defend himself with a statement claiming that Director Comey had been aware of his leaks to the press.

Mar 22 10:09

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department launches massive facial recognition program

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has made public a partnership with NEC Corporation of America (NEC) which will allow the department to utilize NEC’s award-winning facial recognition program. According to a press release, the Sheriff’s Department originally made the switch on January 7, but the announcement has ...

Mar 22 10:09

Russia is fighting a lethal enemy

London’s boorish behaviour has resulted in a fiery reaction within Russia – from indignation to jokes about “Little Britain”. Sadly, such derision is not the best possible answer. For we are dealing with a threat that is far from comical, and the entire history of relations between Russia and Britain is proof of that.

Great Britain’s behaviour in the Skripal affair is openly provocative: accusations against Russia, a recommendation to “put a sock in it”, declarations about Putin’s personal involvement. All of this, of course, is causing indignation in Russia.

But if it is possible to understand our civil society’s indignation, deriding Britain and her elites is totally incorrect. Discourse about “Little Britain”, about how “Lil’ England” has lost its influence and is slandering Russia in an impotent rage look strange. All of this is not even suitable as banal retaliatory propaganda, seeing as it is a distortion of reality.

Mar 22 10:09

Overheard in Los Angeles (53 Pics)

Mar 22 10:09

Tennessee man wrongly jailed for 31 years finally becomes a millionaire

"All my 20s and all my 30s and 40s, they were taken away from me,” McKinney said in a previous interview with FOX 17 News. “I didn't have a chance to build something for myself."

Mar 22 10:08

Opinion: The Israeli Army Committed at Least 4 War Crimes in Recent Weeks. But Who Cares?

In the corruption whirlwind of the past few weeks, who even had time to respond seriously to war crimes in the territories, among them the recent incident in Jericho? We’re talking about another episode that was pushed to the margins and faded away among the army’s varying and vague versions of events – all aimed at avoiding prosecution of the Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were filmed beating and abusing a wounded Palestinian whom one of them had shot.

Yasin al-Saradih, a 36-year-old Palestinian, was shot on February 22 when he tried to attack a group of soldiers with the rim of a car wheel with an iron bar stuck through it. He was immobilized and no longer posed a threat to the armed soldiers. But this didn’t stop them from attacking a man wallowing in his own blood, beating and dragging him into a nearby alley. For half an hour he lay there with no medical assistance before being evacuated, after one of the soldiers fired a tear-gas canister into the alley where he lay.

Mar 22 10:08

Israel Forces Child to Travel for Kidney Transplant without Parents

A Palestinian girl was forced to travel without either of her parents from Gaza to the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, where she is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant.

Mar 22 10:07

HIDDEN AUDIO RELEASED | Broward County Teachers And Activists Plot Illegal March On White House

Audio was secretly recorded and released late last night. Smug bastards every last one of them.


Mar 22 10:07

The Turning of the Seasons and the Tides

Word is beginning to dribble in from all around the country of court victories and banks giving up and releasing foreclosure claims against Americans.

There is still a great deal to be settled, and still some great injustices being perpetrated, but the tides are turning in favor of the "little people" --- and I am not talking about Leprechauns--- who have taken my advice to heart:

1. Mandatory FSIA Notice;
2. Acknowledgement, Acceptance and Re-Conveyance of Deed (which includes claim to your Trade Name and all derivative NAMES and declaration of their permanent domicile on the land and soil of (California, Wisconsin, et alia);
3. Act of Expatriation making it clear and explicit that you foreswear any Territorial United States or Municipal United States citizenship;
4. Common Law Certificate of Assumed Name

Mar 22 10:06

US drops down list of Swedes' top holiday destinations

Swedish tourists are increasingly avoiding travelling to the United States, and one of the reasons is Donald Trump, according to an annual travel survey.
The US remains one of Swedes' favourite destinations with almost half a million Swedes crossing the pond in 2017. But a growing number also chose not to go there for political reasons.

The country fell from seventh top destination to number ten in the annual travel barometer survey by analysis company Resurs on behalf of Vagabond magazine, insurance company ERV and Sweden's foreign ministry.

Almost one in ten travellers who said they had thought of going to the US in the end decided not to because they "disliked its political regime", a significant increase on previous years.

Mar 22 10:06

Cryptocurrency hijacking goes 'through the roof' in Sweden

There has been a surge in cybercriminals hijacking computers to mine cryptocurrency in Sweden, in a practice known has crypto-jacking which is taking over viruses in popularity.
The number of cyber security threats in general is increasing each year, as well as the number of methods to access data illegally, exploit computer power and extort money, according to cyber security firm Symantec.

In the past ransomware was the favoured method – infecting a computer and making it unusable until the owner pays a fee, but the extortion rate there has now started to decline.

In parallel, the surge in interest in cryptocurrency since 2017 has led to the phenomenon of crypto-jacking, which increased 8,500 percent last year according to Symantec.

Mar 22 10:02

Federal Ruling Could Set Dangerous Precedent Allowing Law Enforcement Access to WhatsApp

By Derrick Broze

A recently unsealed ruling shows a federal judge granted the U.S. government permission to spy on a user of WhatsApp – what does this mean for users of the popular encrypted messaging app?

In early March a federal judge overturned a lower court’s decision by allowing the U.S. Department of Justice permission to install a surveillance device that allowed monitoring of communications on the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp. WhatsApp – which allows users to send encrypted texts and make internet-based calls – has surged in popularity in recent years as the public looks for solutions to mass spying by government and private entities...

Mar 22 10:00

No Charge for 11 Turkish Agents Accused of Attacking D.C. Protesters

Charges have been dropped against 11 of the 15 members of Turkish President Recep Erodgan’s security team who were accused of beating protesters during a visit to Washington, D.C. last year. The brutal attack last May sent nine people to hospitals, and was widely

Mar 22 10:00

Dow drops more than 300 points as trade fears and tech troubles pressure stocks

U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by worries of a potential trade war and a decline in tech shares. The broader market was also pressured by a decline in bank stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 355 points, with Caterpillar, 3M and Boeing as the biggest decliners. Earlier in the session, the Dow dropped more than 500 points. The S&P 500 fell 1.3 percent, with tech, health care and financials lagging. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 1.4 percent.

Stocks hit their lows of the day after The New York Times reported John Dowd resigned as Trump's lead lawyer in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Dow is down 380 as I post this.

Mar 22 09:57

So, was it avoidable? Arizona police release dashcam footage showing moment female pedestrian was killed walking across poorly-lit road by self-driving Uber car that DIDN'T brake

The video released by Tempe police on Wednesday shows the car driving 38ph in a 45-mph zone along a relatively empty roadway last Sunday night.

A woman walking while rolling her bicycle suddenly appears in the headlights, with the footage cutting out a split second before impact.

The car does not appear to slow down before the crash, and police told the Phoenix New Times that neither the car nor the driver braked 'significantly' before impact.

Mar 22 09:55

Facebook's data gold rush: Web giant's takings soared by £12BILLION after it let companies hoover up users' data

Facebook revenues soared to billions of pounds after it started giving away users' details.

The social media giant practically doubled its takings every year after opening up profiles to 'tens of thousands' of app developers.

Facebook users were yesterday waking up to how much private information has been handed out.

During the data gold-rush – which lasted from 2009 to 2015 – it appears almost anyone who described themselves as a 'developer' could freely mine Facebook's database.

Mar 22 09:54

Facebook's ex operations manager says Mark Zuckerberg would have known about concerns of data breaches in 2011 as he compares the tech giant's growth to the Wild West

Mark Zuckerberg would have known about concerns of data breaches at Facebook as early as 2010, MPs today heard.

The tech giant's former operations manager Sandy Parakilas said the media giant handed over 'highly personal' data on its users to app developers.

But once the information was handed over the company had no way of keeping track of it - meaning it could be harvested and used by firms like Cambridge Analytica.

Mr Parakilas, who worked for the firm in 2011 and 2012, said he gave top executives a briefing on the dangers that data could be breached.

But he said Facebook effectively turned a blind eye to these concerns and did not carry out audits of where the data was going.

Mar 22 09:52

Christians giving up PORN for lent may be behind a 17% drop in computer viruses, claim security experts

Researchers found that malware infections have dropped 17 per cent in the US since the start of the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday, February 14.

Part of the decrease could be due to people reducing the hours they spend on adult websites, which are 'common sources' of virus infections, the researchers, from cyber security software firm Enigma Software Group (ESG), said.

Mar 22 09:51

Is Volatility Back On The Rise?