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April 4, 2017

Apr 04 09:43

Jerome Corsi: Leaked Documents Show That NSA Spied On Trump Since At Least 2004

Apr 04 09:42

Victory! Judge Orders Removal of Gas Pipeline from Native American Property

Seventeen years after the expiration of an easement, a federal judge has ordered an energy company to completely remove its pipeline from the properties of 38 Native American landowners — none of whom have been compensated for the company’s use of their land since the year 2000.

Apr 04 09:39

Fundraisers will help Atlanta residents stabilize buildings crushed by heavy winter snow

The Atlanta School in Atlanta is hosting an online fundraiser. All of the proceeds will go toward stabilizing two of the former Idaho mining town’s iconic buildings, the Atlanta Club and The Hub.

Apr 04 09:38

Say it ain’t snow!

A disturbance that will move in from the southwest late on Wednesday is going to provide us with a lot of rain to start out, but it's the colder air that moves in behind it that gives us the possibility for snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday.



Taboola
Apr 04 09:38

Carson Blog: Yup, It's Gonna Snow Again

I'm going to keep this shorter and in bullet points because I'm sensing via social media there are only about 5-10% of Mainers left who are enthused about additional snow.

Apr 04 09:38

Spring has come to Kurdistan but it’s still snowing in the mountains

Apr 04 09:35

2017 Retail Bankruptcies Soar To 'Great Recession' Highs

As U.S. equity markets continue their march back toward all-time highs, courtesy of the latest BTFD binge trade, at least one 'small' segment of the U.S. economy does not seem to be participating in the rally as 9 brick-and-mortar retailers have already filed for bankruptcy protection in 1Q 2017 alone. That volume of filings matches the total number of retail bankruptcies for all of 2016 and puts the industry on pace to exceed even the 'great recession' highs.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 04 09:35

Iceland's Jailed Bankers Are Back, Demanding They Were Crisis Scapegoats

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, one country stood out: Iceland was the one nation in the world which not only let its banks fail, but convicted the bankers responsible for the collapse of the country's financial system (incidentally, since then Iceland has been one of the world's economic success stories, with the economy growing over 7% last year). Now, nearly a decade later, Iceland’s ex-bankers, once reviled as symbols of crony and rogue capitalism, say they were scapegoats: and having been "improperly" jailed for their roles in the 2008 financial crisis, they’re now taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You are not ALLOWED to jail a banker!!!!" -- Das FED

Apr 04 09:34

US to balkanize Syria under Kurdish pretext

As early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011.
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Islamic State, Syria unrest
Since the war against Syria is significant in this period of imperialism, watching how it was led by the US, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies, one can fully understand that the war against the Syrian Arab Republic has been decades in the making.

Throughout history, the imperialist powers have been facilitating and empowering the most intolerant, bigoted ideologies and groups in the region starting from the Balfour Declaration, passing through the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement and ending in the invasions of Iraq and Libya before making their way into Syria. The latest group to gain the full support of the US on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces (People's Protection Units).

Apr 04 09:33

Bahraini king grants military courts right to try civilians

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has granted the country’s military tribunals the right to try civilians, initiating yet another wave of crackdown against the opposition in the island country.



Apr 04 09:32

Computer Logs Left Behind Show Rice’s Interest in Gathering Intelligence on Trump --- Accelerated AFTER Election

The Democrats were in shock after Trump won the election. It appears that they were scrambling to get as much information on Trump’s transition team as possible

Apr 04 09:32

Russia, Trump, Hillary, Flynn and WikiLeaks. Michael Rivero - April 3, 2017

Apr 04 09:30

Gorsuch wins approval from Senate panel on party-line vote, setting up historic filibuster

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, won approval Monday on a party-line vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee, setting the stage for a filibuster showdown on the Senate floor later this week.

At the same meeting, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware announced he would provide the crucial 41st vote need to support the threatened Democratic-led filibuster of Gorsuch.

The committee's 11 Republicans all endorsed Gorsuch as a well-qualified conservative judge whose record "falls well within the mainstream," as committee chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) put it.

Apr 04 09:29

Arizona Senate Passes Bill Taking On State, Federal Asset Forfeiture

By Michael Maharrey

Today, the Arizona Senate unanimously passed a bill reforming the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The bill also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations...

Apr 04 09:29

Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump

Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No wonder the corporate media is in a panic!

Apr 04 09:28

GOP Rep: Susan Rice should face criminal investigation

FBI officials should investigate whether former President Barack Obama's national security adviser broke any criminal laws by requesting the identities of Trump campaign officials caught up in foreign surveillance, according to a Republican lawmaker.

"Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and the FBI should be investigating whether any laws were broken," Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Monday.

Apr 04 09:26

MSNBC: Covering Trump Surveillance Story Helps Russia ‘Undermine’ American Democracy

So desperate to discredit a bombshell Bloomberg report that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice sought to unmask Trump transition officials caught up in intelligence surveillance, on Monday afternoon, MSNBC host Katy Tur outrageously suggested that simply reporting on the story was helping Russia “undermine our democratic institutions.”

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Apr 04 09:25

Google's video recognition robots are easily deceived, research shows

Google's ability to use its computer systems to spot extremist videos online has been called into question after researchers managed to easily deceive software that the internet giant uses to identify clips.

The program can be tricked by humans with little technical knowledge by inserting individual frames into the videos, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

They managed to convince Google's "cloud video intelligence" tool that a video about animals was about a car by flashing a frame of one every two seconds. The images are too quick to be seen by the human eye but were enough to fool the software into wrongly classifying the video.

Apr 04 09:22

Arrest over Apple hacking threat

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in London in connection with a shadowy hacker group that has threatened to remotely wipe hundreds of millions of Apple iPhones, Macs and iPads.

Apr 04 09:17

Feds and UN Dumping “Unvetted, Diseased Refugee Men” on Taxpayer

A Missouri woman who has attended official meetings on resettling migrants is blowing the whistle on United Nations and federal schemes that she says are quietly flying in huge numbers of unvetted, diseased “refugees” from across Africa and the Middle East — many of whom do not even have a known name — and immediately handing them passports, Social Security numbers, and a vast array of tax-funded benefits. Noting that the overwhelming majority of the migrants she observed were men, she suggested the schemes were an “intentional device” to “invade the United States of America.”

Apr 04 09:17

SECRET MEETING BETWEEN UAE, RUSSIA AND BLACKWATER FROUNDER ERIK PRINCE INVESTIGATED BY FBI

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Erik Prince, the founder of a private security company, and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin. The meeting was first reported by the Washington Post, which said that Prince met with an unnamed Russian emissary close to Putin, and that the meeting was an effort to convince Russia to stop backing Iran.

Apr 04 09:17

Nintendo Switch consoles are BENDING in docked mode (and they've only been out for a month)

After reports of dead pixels, now Nintendo Switch users are claiming yet another issue with their devices; bent consoles.

Pictures posted on both Twitter and Reddit by disgruntled customers show warped devices after heavy play.

Reports suggest the device starts to bend while in dock mode for 40 - 50 hours.

Other reports suggest it gets 'very hot' while playing Nintendo adventure game Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Apr 04 09:16

Rand Paul Calls For Susan Rice To Testify On Unmasking Trump Officials

GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.

Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking. He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisors’ conversations during the transition window.



Apr 04 09:15

Are 401K Holders About To Feel A Savers Pain?

There’s an old truism people forget all too often. It has many variations and is attributed to even more, its core meaning goes something like this:

“If the government can give it to you, than it can also take it away.”

Some of you might be wondering if I’m talking about the current “tax” advantages that have made these vehicles so popular over the years. To that I’ll say no, not at this current time. But I feel that will be the least of worries coming down the pike in the not so distant future.

No, what I’m directly addressing is what is now emanating from the one and only non-government, privately held institution, directed by a consortium of non-elected, Ivory Towered, policy wonks: The Federal Reserve.

And those emanations are anything but 401K holder friendly. Let me explain…

Apr 04 09:14

Dallas Mayor Pulls Support For "Massive Taxpayer Bailout" Of Police Pension

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has finally reached his maximum willingness to throw taxpayer dollars at the Dallas Police and Fire Pension (DPFP) system and has pulled is support for a bill that, if it passes, will undoubtedly prove to be yet another futile effort to save the system from insolvency. Despite support for the original legislation introduced by Dan Flynn, chair of the pensions committee in the Texas House of Representatives, Rawlings apparently took issue with a last minute addition to the bill that would have taxpayers fund the pensions of "phantom employees" based on a target Dallas police force of 3 officers per 1,000 residents.

Apr 04 09:14

Why Special Interests Sacrifice The Future For Short-Term Gain

The special interests that dominate politics dominates to produce a form of economic warfare. The more some can manipulate the political machinery, the more they can feather their own nests. They even use similar propaganda techniques.

In wartime, we are always defined as the good guys, ennobled by our moral cause. "They" are the bad guys, to be demeaned and dehumanized, so few will be bothered by what is done to them. Similarly, in domestic politics, representatives of each group paint themselves as particularly worthy or needy, making their advocacy morally superior, contrasted with their opponents whom they tar as selfish or unprincipled.

However, advocates for such causes do not always occupy the moral high ground they try so hard to create. They advocate coercing those who have done no harm to others to justify it. Further, the policies proposed often benefit existing members of a group, but harm those who will be members of that group in the future.

Apr 04 09:13

Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives

This is one of the tricks that keeps every good conspiracy theory going. Nobody wants to be the one claiming the emperor has no clothes the day His Highness walks out naked. And this Russia thing has spun out of control into just such an exercise of conspiratorial mass hysteria.

Even I think there should be a legitimate independent investigation – one that, given Trump's history, might uncover all sorts of things. But almost irrespective of what ends up being uncovered on the Trump side, the public prosecution of this affair has taken on a malevolent life of its own.

One way we recognize a mass hysteria movement is that everyone who doesn't believe is accused of being in on the plot. This has been going on virtually unrestrained in both political and media circles in recent weeks.



Owl 1
Apr 04 09:11

State Department insiders have discussed Susan Rice's role in unmasking names 'for weeks' – and Obama MUST have known – says Trump NATO ambassador pick

The diplomat who is in line to be America's next NATO ambassador said Monday that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been suspected 'for weeks' of involvement in an effort to publicly unmask Donald Trump associates whose names appeared in foreign intelligence reports.

And he claimed ten days ago that if Rice and her deputy Ben Rhodes were behind politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, former president Barack Obama was also in the know.

'Former State Department colleagues of mine have been talking about Susan Rice's role for weeks,' Richard Grenell told DailyMail.com on Monday

'She and her team certainly were hyper-partisan throughout their tenure. It makes sense.'

Apr 04 09:10

Ralph Lauren To Close Flagship Fifth Avenue Store; Cut Jobs

The retail massacre claimed its latest victim this morning when iconic luxury retailer Ralph Lauren said it would shut its flagship Polo store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, among other office and store locations, and cut jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan.

Apr 04 09:09

CNN Rages Against 'Susan Rice Bombshell', Urges Viewers To Ignore Story

"On this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending [it's legitimate]... Nor will we aid and abet the people trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion. Not going to do it."

Apr 04 09:04

Tillerson to chair U.N. meeting on North Korea nuclear program

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang's banned nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Monday.

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests.

"We do need to talk about it in terms of what are we as a council are going to do to deal with North Korea and how do we push that forward. So we hope that we get as many foreign ministers to come as possible," Haley told a news conference to mark Washington's presidency of the Security Council for April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the UN has been doing to date, has not worked, and appears to be backfiring as I type this.

So Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

First, you have to understand that Kim Jung Un comprehends, very clearly, what the results of a North Korean pre-emptive first nuclear strike would be; a total, devastating destruction of his country.

And please understand that Americans are smart enough to realise that if there is an alleged pre-emptive first strike somewhere the North Korean guidance systems can actually deliver their weapons, it is most likely a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, as the excuse to attack it.

Just as was Iran, North Korea is developing these weapons as a deterrent to an attack or attempted invasion of its territory.

But what can be done, positively, is to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with South Korea, Japan, China, and the US, replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, with the quid pro quo being the North Korean government stopping their nuclear weapons program entirely, and allowing inspections of its nuclear energy facilities.

This should be your focus at this UN meeting; making this work would deescalate a lot of tension in the region, and give the US government, and the Trump administration, some "street cred" in terms of reducing the threat.

You are welcome, sir!! :-)



Apr 04 08:58

Is Putin The 'Preeminent Statesman' Of Our Times?

“If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time.

“On the world stage, who could vie with him?”

Apr 04 08:57

Maker Of EpiPen Hit With Fraud & Racketeering Lawsuit Over Price-Gouging

A group of EpiPen purchasers have hit drug maker Mylan with a class-action lawsuit, claiming the company engaged in illegal price fixing to inflate the price of its allergy treatment over a decade by 574 percent.



Apr 04 08:56

SARAH SILVERMAN ~~ ‘THE OCCUPATION IS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER’

Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out against Israel’s military occupation in a new Passover Haggadah timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel conquered the West Bank.

As millions of Jews gather around their Passover seder tables next week to commemorate the liberation of their forbearers from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, many will be pondering the relevance of this story for modern times.

Apr 04 08:55

BEFORE BREXIT ~~ WHY BRITAIN JOINED THE EU IN THE FIRST PLACE

Apr 04 08:54

Dutch court clears extradition of Amanda Todd's alleged cyber extortionist

The Dutch Supreme Court has approved the extradition to Canada of a convicted cyber blackmailer who faces charges in the case of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, who killed herself after allegedly being extorted online.

Because of several factors, however, it remains unclear when 38-year-old Aydin Coban could be sent to Canada following Tuesday's ruling.

First, his extradition must be approved by the Dutch security and justice minister.

In addition, Coban was convicted last month by a Dutch court and sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for online fraud and blackmail of 34 other young women and men.

Apr 04 08:48

Obama Admininstration Blew a Hole in the Wall Between National Security Secrets and Partisan Politics



Lockerdome
Apr 04 08:47

Flashback 2015 - "Who is behind Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?"

Since Russia's air campaign began in Syria, many western media outlets have been heavily relying on information from 'the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' that is run by one man - Rami Abdul Rahman.
RT traces the elusive owner of this website the West uses to source and smear Moscow's anti-Islamic State bombing campaign.

Apr 04 08:47

President Trump: Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. "Spied on before nomination." The real story.

This is 1000 x Watergate. Journalists grow up and go through university dreaming of being the guy or gal that gets the scoop on a story the size of Watergate.
And here it is, sitting in their laps, and they're doing everything they can to ignore it. Because they're paid propagandists.

Apr 04 08:46

White House Meeting With Egypt’s Tyrant Highlights Key Trump Effect: Unmasking U.S. Policy

Krugman believes — or at least wants his Democratic followers to believe — that supporting and praising savage despotism in Egypt is a new development that only happens in “Trump’s America.” The Washington Post’s neoconservative columnist Jackson Diehl this morning encouraged Post readers to believe in the same fairy tale, complaining in his column about the “ugly scene” of a “love-in” between Trump and “the most repressive dictator in Egypt’s modern history.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thoroughly detest the American Deep State's policy, when it comes to supporting dictators, of "Yeah, he's a thug; but he's OUR thug", when it comes to human rights abuses around the world.

And the late President John Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

It is the kind of foreign policy which ultimately winds up with the people of a country, ultimately, getting fed up with a government which doesn't represent them, represses them, and then there is a revolution, as there was against the Shah in Iran, and Batista in Cuba, and may well be coming to places like Bahrain, (for which President Trump just signed off on a significant US weapons delivery) where the brutal Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy consistently tortures peaceful Shiite protestors into false confessions, and has a kangaroo court convicting them of crimes they did not commit.

Oh, and by the way; civilians in Bahrain can now be tried by military courts for "threatening the security of the state".

Bahrain approves of military trials for civilians

Such a foreign policy is ham-fistedly, pig headedly counter-productive, and needs to stop!!

Apr 04 08:41

Rick Steves documentaries on Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not quite the image the corporate media portrays!



Apr 04 08:40

Open Letter to Ivanka Trump: End the Fraudulent War on Terror

In your new position as Special Assistant to the President you need to be well informed on issues of national security. If your father is to succeed as president he will need advisors who see the big picture, apart from the pressures of special interest groups, in order to be able to craft policies that are truly in the nation's best interest – and terminate those which are not.

The fraudulent War on Terror is clearly a policy that is not in the best interest of the United States and which should be ended as soon as possible. The War on Terror is a fraud based on the lie that Islamic terrorists were behind the 9/11 terror attacks and the destruction of the World Trade Center. At MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, President Trump lent credence to that lie when he said, "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11."

Apr 04 08:38

Trump Administration's Reversal of Obama Era Policy in Syria:

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon's prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump's offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

The editorial in Arabic is full of detailed accounts of Gabbard's conversations with Assad, her airport handlers, security detail, etc. Although al-Akhbar newspaper generally takes the side of the Assad regime against the Syrian opposition but its reporting over the years, particularly on the conflict in Syria, has been fairly balanced, insightful and highly credible.

Apr 04 08:36

9/11 Pentagon Eyewitness Accounts

Apr 04 08:32

Boeing signs first major deal with Iran under Trump administration

Boeing has signed a $3.4 billion deal with Iran's Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier.

Apr 04 08:31

Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’

Days after Turkey said it had ended the controversial seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military is planning new offensives and “good surprises” in the coming months on Syrian soil.

The president said more cross-border operations are likely to follow against militant groups Ankara deems terrorist, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Apr 04 08:31

How Netanyahu’s dirty tricks squad targets boycotts

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the "moral battlefield" against the growing threat of the international boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In Mr Netanyahu’s simple-minded language, support for Palestinian rights, and opposition to the settlements, is equivalent to "delegitimisation" of Israel.

The current obsession with BDS reflects a changing political environment for Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, BDS is the only language Tel Aviv understands, in terms of its stopping of the continued persecution/punishment of the Palestinian people, just because they are still breathing.

Other approaches have been tried, but none of them have been successful.

Netanyahu, despite his bellicose, hubristic belligerence, fully comprehends that a really bad economic situation in Israel, created through BDS, may be the ticket to get him out of office, and permanently.

And I would like to politely suggest that at this point in his premiership, he has absolutely outlived his usefulness to the Israeli people, both domestically and internationally.


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Owl 2
Apr 04 08:28

Gorsuch "Nuclear Option" Could "Fundamentally Transform" The Senate Forever

Judge Gorsuch's confirmation vote, expected to be held in the Senate later this week, could have far-reaching legislative consequences well beyond the make up of the Supreme Court. With Democrats vowing to "fight tooth and nail," as Chuck Schumer would say, to filibuster Gorsuch, Republicans are likely to pursue the "nuclear option" to secure his nomination, a move that would eliminate the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees.

But several senators are warning that bypassing the Senate's filibuster rules for Gorsuch's vote, a move that Democrats utilized multiple times as well, is a slippery slope that would inevitably lead to calls to eliminate the filibuster for legislation as well so that bills could pass with a simple majority. Such a change would remove the last vestige of the Senate’s long tradition of protecting minority views, turning it into a smaller version of the House and fundamentally transforming the way laws are made.

Apr 04 08:28

Compound in hot peppers found to halt growth of breast cancer cells

Capsaicin, an active ingredient that gives chilies and peppers their pungent taste, was shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, a study found.

Apr 04 08:27

Paris police clamp down on Palestine rally

A Palestine solidarity rally that Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had urged police to ban went ahead on Saturday, but under tight restrictions.

A journalist was attacked during the rally by pro-Israel counter demonstrators as police watched and did nothing.

Apr 04 08:27

In Israel, the eliminationist camp is already in charge

Israel may invest great resources in efforts to present itself to the world as a light unto the nations, an exemplary state that deserves to be supported and even emulated. But as I reveal in the video, with words and images, the exact opposite is often the case.

I survey some of the seediest scandals that plagued Israeli society in 2016. Many of these were covered extensively by The Electronic Intifada and by this writer specifically, but otherwise received little attention from other media outlets.

The talk focuses on top Israeli leaders who blame their society’s ills on indigenous Palestinians, African refugees and leftist Jews, on the violent vigilantes that this hate speech inspires and on the large swath of the general public that embraces these racists, inciters and attackers.

But this not merely a retrospective of 2016. Focusing on Israel’s misconduct, the lecture also includes original analysis and hopefully a fresh perspective on the situation.



Apr 04 08:26

Massive academic cover-up concealing a near-total collapse of ocean food chains … mass death to humans will follow

In the past year and a half, scientists recorded a collapse of several dozen food chains within the Pacific Ocean. Authoritative figures in Vancouver, however, estimated that number may be closer to the hundreds or thousands then the reported dozens.

“It’s not just Pacific salmon that are dying[;] in the North Pacific all forms of ocean life are being reported dead and dying in stunning numbers. Hundreds of dead whales, the largest numbers ever seen, more being found dead on beaches in a single year than in previous tens of years, all reported to having been found in emaciated condition,” explained Russ George, a salmon savior with over 40 years of hands-on experience in restoring trees and oceans, on his website.

Apr 04 08:25

Swiss man faces defamation trial for ‘liking’ Facebook posts

A Swiss man is on trial for ‘liking’ Facebook posts that accused an animal rights activist of racism and anti-Semitism. The prosecution has accused him of defamation in the landmark case.

The 45-year-old defendant from Zurich is facing charges after becoming involved in an online argument within the animal rights community – by merely ‘liking’ eight Facebook posts.

Apr 04 08:25

Trump takes aim at visa program for high-skilled workers

The Trump administration is beefing up enforcement of the H1-B visa program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S.

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said it was taking steps to “further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse.”

"The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged," the agency said.

Apr 04 08:24

The Real Russiagate

Mike Whitney has written an excellent expose of the “Russiagate” cover story for Obama’s political use of national security to help his party oppose Republicans. Covert surveillance of politicians on Obama’s Nixon-like “Enemies List” has been going on for many years, but is only now being unmasked as a result of the failure of its cover story (“We weren’t spying on enemies; only on Russians to protect America”).

Democratic-leaking mass media have passed on the cover story authored by former Obama-administration officials led by CIA director John Brennan, FBI director James Comey, the DNC, and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff. The loose ends in this cover-up have now been so widely exposed as hearsay and political that only 13% of Republicans believe the fact-free story – but, according to a poll, 67% of Democrats.



Apr 04 08:23

Video: ‘Americans Don’t Want To Believe That CIA Is Capable Of Spying’ – Former CIA Analyst

WikiLeaks’ latest batch of documents, named ‘Marble’, details CIA hacking tactics and how they can hamper forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the spy agency .

Apr 04 08:23

Maryland becomes the third state to ban fracking

Vermont became the first state to ban fracking in 2012, though experts say it was more of a statement than anything else, as natural oil and gas are virtually nonexistent within the state’s borders. In 2014, New York became the second state to place a ban on the drilling method — after some 200 communities in the state had instituted their own fracking prohibitions.

Now, it appears that a third state will be joining the anti-fracking ranks. The Maryland General Assembly recently gave final passage to a bill that would ban fracking within state lines, and the bill will now go before Governor Larry Hogan for a hopeful signature.

Apr 04 08:23

Down The Old Memory Hole

With the Trump administration and the mainstream media gleefully beating the war drums for a military attack on North Korea, there’s crucial historical context missing from the corporate media coverage of this issue. I suspect most Americans have never heard of of Korea’s “Sunshine Policy” (1998-2008), aimed at eventual reunification of North and South Korea. We certainly heard about it here in New Zealand, thanks to the mass revolt in Bush’s diplomatic corps when he deliberately sabotaged this policy to isolate and provoke North Korea into amping up their their nuclear weapons program.

Apr 04 08:22

Why Vault 7 Tools Used By Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs A Ground-Up Rebuild

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available. Yes, they are used on the public. The important part is; it’s not the CIA that’s using them. That’s the part that needs to frighten you.



Owl 3
Apr 04 08:21

Looking back at five incredible Cassini revelations during its final mission – the ring-grazing orbits!

NASA's Cassini mission is currently on its last leg and is inching toward its graceful finish in 2017. At present, the spacecraft is performing flybys of the planet Saturn, making its closest approaches to the rings.
The mission, which is about to end some time this year, has definitely been a fruitful one, owing to all the wonderfully insightful information scientists have managed to glean from it.

Apr 04 08:17

Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump

Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what should happen now?!?

Rice should be subpoenaed; and provide testimony under oath to the Congressional Intelligence Committee, in open session, available for public consumption.

Apr 04 08:14

11 Weeks in Prison, 20 Years to Go for Peaceful Amish Father of 12 — Sam Girod Update…

Sam Girod is a peaceful Amish farmer from Kentucky who made and sold homemade salves, the type that anyone could make in their kitchen. These salves have never hurt anyone (did I mention, NO ONE?), and his “crime”? Rape? Murder? Drug dealing? Nope, not even close. His crime was mislabeling his homemade “product”, according to the FDA. So he changed the label. They said it wasn't good enough. He changed it again. Years later they came after him again. Then he missed a court hearing that he didn't even realize he was supposed to attend. It went from bad to worse from there…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you compete with major corporations by making your own products!!!!!"



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Apr 04 08:13

SHOCK WASTE PICTURED: EU fishing laws lead to TONNES of fish dumped off UK coast in 1 HAUL

THE true extent of the EU’s “disastrous” Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been revealed in a series of photos obtained exclusively by Express.co.uk.

The EU’s Fixed Quota Allocation (FQAs) limits the amount of fish which can be landed – meaning if trawlers catch over their allowance of a certain type of fish, they must throw their catch back into the sea even if the fish are dead.

Apr 04 08:13

World reacts to St. Petersburg metro bombings

The attack in the St. Petersburg metro on Monday, April 3, has become one of the main events in world media. Two explosions ripped through the metro system of St. Petersburg in the afternoon of April 3. Originally, it was reported about 10 victims. By 10 p.m. MSK, the death toll has climbed to 11. Of course, the world community could not stay aside from the tragedy in Russia. Some presented their sincere condolences and offered help, while others gloated over the deaths of innocent Russian people.

Apr 04 08:12

‘Sanctuary state’ bill passes California Senate

The California Senate on Monday passed a controversial “sanctuary state” bill that bars local and state law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration enforcement.

The 40-member body approved Senate Bill 54, introduced by Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, on a 27-12, party-line vote. It now heads to the Assembly.

“We are trying to make our communities safer and be intelligent about this,” de León said. “No rhetoric and no bluster.”

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"Safer?" Ask Sweden how that worked out.

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