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April 25, 2017

Apr 25 11:46

Richard Wolff On Public Debt, Printing Money And How Governments Pay For Wars

In this educational video Richard Wolff, a University of Massachusetts professor of economics emeritus, Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, defines public debt and explains the process of printing money.

Apr 25 11:46

Former Fox Host Claims Fox News Hacked Her Computer

Megyn Kelly, Roger Ailes, Greta Van Susteren, and Bill O’Reilly are no longer there. Bill O’Reilly was the network’s top revenue generator for the network and was forced out last week after sexual harassment allegations caused sponsors to quit supporting The O’Reilly Factor.

Now, things are about to get a lot worse for Fox News. Andrea Tantaros, the former Fox News host who accused Fox News of creating a culture of sexual harassment, has filed a lawsuit claiming the network hacked her computer.

Apr 25 11:45

With 400 Artillery Pieces, North Korea Just Conducted Huge Live-Fire Drill

North Korea on Tuesday reportedly conducted a huge live-fire drill that involved up to 400 artillery pieces, which may have been supervised by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as the U.S. added a nuclear-powered submarine to its fleet of vessels powering toward the region.
Pyongyang apparently deployed long-range artillery units in the coastal region of Wonsan, an unnamed government source told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. South Korea’s military did not confirm the report, but told the news outlet it was “firmly maintaining readiness.”

There was speculation that the North might carry out another nuclear or missile test.

News of the live-fire drill came after the USS Michigan, the nuclear-powered powered Ohio class submarine, pulled into the South Korean port of Busan for a hull check.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USS Michigan is one of four Ohio-class SSBNs converted to replace the Trident missiles with BGM-109 Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles; 154 in all.

Apr 25 11:45

Video: IDF Fire Rubber Bullets & Tear Gas At Supporters Of Palestinian Hunger-Striking Prisoners

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths after the Fatah movement organized a march in the city of Al-Bireh.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 25 11:26

Energy Sec Perry is counseling Trump to Stay in the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Perry: what I’m going to say is that I think we probably should renegotiate it

Apr 25 11:11

Prepare For War: Trump Asks All 100 U.S. Senators To Attend Rare White House Briefing On North Korea: Mac Slavo

But unlike his predecessors, Trump’s latest moves suggest he is prepared to commit U.S. forces to North Korea should the state fail to comply with demands to stifle their nuclear program, and according to a new report from Reuters, the President is doubling down on his efforts, hinting that he is indeed preparing military action.

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This definitely appears to be the direction in which President Trump is moving, and he seems (unlike his predecessor)to understand that only Congress can declare war; but is it the right move at the right time, and what will the repercussions be if this spins out of control?!?

Apr 25 11:08

Chaffetz says Flynn may have broken law with Russian payments

Chaffetz said Tuesday there is "no data to support the notion that (former national security adviser Michael Flynn) complied with the law”



Apr 25 11:04

Washington D.C. To Hold Massive "Coordinated Terror Attack" Drill This Wednesday

As we reported on Friday, that's when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude.

Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as "unusual."

April 26 is also when the USS Carl Vinson is expected to finally arrive off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Now, in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional association reports that "law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What could possibly go wrong, right?!?

Please consider the following:

THE 46 DRILLS, OPERATIONS, WAR GAMES, AND ACTIVITIES OF 9/11

Terror Drills Gone Live

Another DHS “Exercise” Planned: The Risk of Terrorism Drills Becoming Reality

To the folks living at the epicenter of this drill, I hope and pray that all will be well for you. But it is an unfortunate reality that there are occasions which point to US government interventions which actually create the real terror, in these drills.

Apr 25 11:03

BOSE HEADPHONES CAUGHT LISTENING AND SHARING YOUR PRIVATE DATA

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

Apr 25 10:59

More BS : Al Gore’s New Group Demands $15 Trillion To Fight Global Warming

A group of executives who want to fight global warming has published a new report calling for countries to spend up to $600 billion a year over the next two decades to boost green energy deployment and energy efficiency equipment.

Apr 25 10:56

Prepare For War? — Trump Asks All 100 U.S. Senators To Attend Rare White House Briefing On North Korea

North Korea is a different animal altogether. Given that they are reportedly nuclear capable, there is a real possibility that they could launch a devastating attack on South Korea, Japan or even the West Coast of the United States, leading to hundreds of thousands of casualties and widespread geo-political and economic chaos.

Apr 25 10:54

Top US General Accuses Russia Of Arming Taliban; Mattis Vows Reponse

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has vowed to “confront” Russia, after the top US general in Afghanistan accused Moscow of arming Taliban militants.

During a joint press conference with Mattis on Monday, General John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said he would not “refute” the claim that the Kremlin was behind an influx of weapons to Taliban.

Apr 25 10:54

Anti-Semitic incidents drop 12% worldwide despite UK surge

The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide decreased by 12 percent in 2016 despite a spike in cases in the United Kingdom and the United States, Tel Aviv University’s watchdog on anti-Jewish racism said.
Note: Any criticism of Israel is considered anti-Semitic.



Owl 1
Apr 25 10:53

U.S. Hits Syria With Sanctions Over Chemical Weapons Attack

The United States announced sanctions against Syria Monday in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this month.

Apr 25 10:49

Protesters swarm house of ex-Nazi concentration camp guard

Despite the outrage over his residency, neighbors have described him as “feeble old man” who isn’t a threat to anyone.

Apr 25 10:38

Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass

The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured.

Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THIS is what Trump's White House, and Rex Tillerson are supporting by supporting the Ukraine?!? Assassinations and terroristic activities by Ukrainian troops?!?

These activities are a testament to the ultimate, inescapable reality that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, the American Deep State, and its paranoiac, warmongering nature, never changes.

This is why, when people from all areas of the political spectrum in this country believe that their votes will bring a change for more peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, what they get is ... more wars.

We are potentially looking at war against North Korea; more war in Yemen; war in Somalia; war against Iran; war in Syria; and ultimately, war against China and Russia, to prevent the rise of the yuan and the ruble against the American dollar.

Under President Trump's watch, I thoroughly expect to see the reinstitution of the draft; and this time, the government will not just be coming for our young men; they will be coming for our young women also.



Apr 25 10:36

Proof the New York Times Stealthily Revises its Articles after Publication

NY Times regularly revises its articles after publication. The revisions are substantial, undisclosed, and are nothing like real time updates in developing stories. These are regular articles that undergo dramatic changes that appear as if NY Times editors received a commissar’s call stressing the party line and demanding the article matches it exactly, with the NY Times editors dutifully obliging.

I recently stumbled on one of such revisions. Within hours, the description of Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed EPA head, in the NY Times article went from being an “ally of fossil fuel Industry,” to a “climate change dissenter,” to a “climate change denialist.” Later, I was pointed to a helpful website newsdiffs.org. Newsdiffs archives multiple versions of news articles and shows the differences between them. That article has been revised or rewritten at least six times after its original publication, all without any notice to the readers.

Apr 25 10:35

A painting stolen by Nazis is up for auction — despite a Jewish family’s demand for its return

The painting is Bartholomäus van der Helst's “Portrait of a Man,” an oil print on wood. It features an unsmiling man wearing a cap. It's valued at $16,000 to $32,500 on the auction site im Kinsky, which makes no secret of the painting's checkered past.
Note: It seems that most of the valuable art was owned by poor Jewish families.

Apr 25 10:30

The FBI May Have Run Not Just One -- But 24 Dark Web Child-Porn Websites

Snowden:
FBI: Let's secretly run the biggest child porn site ever.
Judges: no
F: We're just OPERATING it, not using it!
J: still no
F: *runs CP site*

Apr 25 10:25

IMF Meeting Signals Descent into Global Trade War

The current chair of the committee, Agustin Carstens, the governor of the Bank of Mexico, sought to cover over the significance of the decision by suggesting that the previous wording had been removed because “the use of the word protectionism is very ambiguous.”

In reality, the omission of any disavowal of protectionism is an unmistakable expression of mounting trade tensions, fueled above all by the Trump administration.

These conflicts could not be completely suppressed at the meeting. In his statement to the IMFC, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said

Germany “commits to keep the global economy open, resist protectionism and keep global economic and financial cooperation on track.”

This statement stood in stark contrast to the remarks of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said the US would

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Mnuchin, a word, please.

The US manufacturing industry (or what hasn't been offshored/outsourced) needs to reimagine itself, and reposition itself toward making things people want to buy, and are durable.

Value engineering has to go the way of the dodo bird, and the dribble glass; it is just that simple.

And heaven help us, no sane, rational country on the face of this planet wants to buy our GMO agriculture. We see that consistently with China, which has a firm policy of not buying American, GMO-produced fruits and vegetables.

Blaming China and Germany for the failings of American manufacturing and monetary policies, are no substitute for fixing the problems American manufacturing and agriculture have to fix, to make US companies competitive again.

You're welcome!!



Apr 25 10:25

TRUMP JUST REVEALED THE REAL REASON HE WON'T FIRE HIS PRESS SECRETARY - IT'LL LEAVE SOME STUNNED

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, whose daily battles with the White House press corps have inspired mockery on Saturday Night Live, has one person in his corner, no matter what anyone else might say.

Apr 25 10:20

Scottish National Party Could ‘Lose 10 Seats’ To Tories

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is urging her party to “work, work, and work some more,” as polls show they are on course for an election breakthrough that would be a major blow to the SNP and its quest for a 2nd independence referendum.

Apr 25 10:17

Prosecution Of Assange Is Persecution Of Free Speech

US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy. The Justice Department in the Obama administration could not prosecute WikiLeaks for publishing documents pertaining to the US government, because they struggled to determine whether the First Amendment protection applied in this case. Now, the torch of Obama’s war on whistleblowers seems to have been passed on to Trump, who had shown disdain toward free speech and even called the U.S. media as “enemies of the people”.



Lockerdome
Apr 25 10:11

US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela: Maduro

A day before opposition leaders convened more protests in Caracas calling for the ouster of Venezuela’s government, the country’s leader has accused the United States of working with right-wing leaders towards a coup.

“The U.S. government, the State Department has given the green light, the approval for a coup process to intervene in Venezuela,” President Nicolas Maduro said, speaking from the Miraflores Palace.

Maduro said that security forces had arrested an “armed commando group sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the country.” An investigation has been opened to determine who is behind the plan.

According to the Venezuelan leader, who also pointed to a U.S. State Department statement issued Tuesday evening warning of an “international response” should “peaceful protests” face repression, the U.S. government wrote up a coup scenario for opposition leader Julio Borges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the US government's penchant for "regime change", it is totally illogical to dismiss, out of hand, a possible scenario where the US is planning to accomplish regime in Caracas.

Apr 25 10:00

Candidate Trump: ‘I Love WikiLeaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’

Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the WikiLeaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

Trump’s condemnation of WikiLeaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud – a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Julian Assange is no "coward" to me; he is someone who is paying an enormously high price for continuing telling the truth to the American people and the world; Mike and I understand more than a little bit about what that kind of price, for telling the truth, entails.

Apr 25 10:00

State Dept Apologizes, Removes Promotion Of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Amid Ethics Concerns

A promotional article for President Donald Trump’s Florida resort that was posted on the State Department’s official website has been taken down after possible ethics violations were raised.

On Monday, the State Department’s promotional website, ShareAmerica, removed a blog post that had been circulating around numerous US embassies, including on the site of US Embassy in the United Kingdom and the US embassy in Tirana, Albania.



Apr 25 09:55

WHY MATTIS VERSUS KIM JONG-UN WILL END BADLY FOR US ALL

So, if moving ships and bombers around on a map were the full extent of U.S. plans to apply “maximum pressure” to North Korea, then U.S. policy might struggle to achieve its aims, but it would be no more dangerous than usual. In the context of this distorted formula, however, there are two interrelated differences that give reason to worry. First, the most direct reason that past crises with North Korea have not bubbled over into war was American restraint. The historical record of U.S.-North Korea relations reveals the surprising extent to which North Korea was poised to automatically retaliate and escalate in response to U.S. uses of force that never took place. Second, numerous administration sources have conveyed that the Trump administration is willing to launch preventive strikes in response to unspecified North Korean provocations, potentially even in response to non-violent actions like nuclear testing. This would be unprecedented.

Apr 25 09:49

PROOF: THE WOMEN'S MARCH WAS NOT ABOUT WOMEN

Owen talks about the women’s march funded by Soros, lets pretend we believe the liars of the left and believe that they just wanted to celebrate women’s rights. But it is clearly about Trump, and Anti-Trump POLITICAL marches.

Apr 25 09:44

Alasdair Macleod Reveals America’s Financial War Strategy

America’s renewed desire to escalate military tensions is a front for America’s continual financial war, this time directed at North Korea, Syria and possibly Iran. This is likely to be the opinion of China’s strategic advisors. We analyse the geopolitics and economics behind America’s war strategy from China’s perspective, concluding that it is entering its final phase. China’s exit plan appears to be to tie the pricing of energy and then other major commodities to gold, returning to the pre-1971 status quo, when the dollar was just a settlement link between commodity prices and gold. Except this time, the dollar itself will be side-lined, so far as China is concerned, which will use the yuan instead for its empire, which will be far larger than that of the US in time, measured by GDP.

Apr 25 09:43

Trailer for funding a full-length feature film of the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack of the USS Liberty



Apr 25 09:40

Love Wikileaks? Or want to bomb it? It’s the difference between good and bad guys, says Ron Paul.

Julian Assange, along with the whistleblowers who reveal to us the evil that is being done in our name, are heroes. They deserve our respect and admiration, not a prison cell. If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.

Apr 25 09:33

Trucks Burn, Police Use Tear Gas & Pellets As Clashes In Venezuela Enter Fourth Week

Anti-government protesters have shut down main roads and highways across the Venezuelan capital Caracas, leading to confrontations with security forces.

Apr 25 09:27

United Flight from Costa Rica to Houston loses an engine, nearly crashes on emergency landing. Passengers given a $10 voucher.

A Utah couple is among several passengers happy to be alive after a flight from Costa Rica to Texas took a frightful turn over the ocean Monday.
One of the plane's engines overheated, said Deseret News sportswriter Jody Genessy, who traveled to the nation with his wife last week for a trip related to his work as a health coach.

Apr 25 09:27

Prosecutors: Inmate's water cut off for 7 days before his death in the Milwaukee County Jail

Terrill Thomas spent seven straight days holed up in a solitary confinement cell with no running water, slowly withering away.
Thomas started the weeklong stretch at the Milwaukee County Jail belligerent and loud, the result of an untreated mental illness, prosecutors said. But as the days wore on, he grew weak and dehydrated. He lost nearly 35 pounds and turned quiet, never asking for or receiving medical attention.

Apr 25 09:21

Tillerson: Sanctions on Russia Will Remain ‘Until Crimea Is Returned’

Hopes that the US sanctions against Russia would be quickly rolled back when President Trump was elected in November didn’t pan out, and the latest comments from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggest that the administration has no intention of removing the sanctions at all.

Speaking with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the weekend, Tillerson reported told him that the US sanctions on Russia will remain wholly in place “until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” Needless to say, Russia isn’t going to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

The reason Crimea seceded from Ukraine, is that in 2014, the US/EU/IMF/Soros-backed putsch threw out the democratically elected Yanukovych as President, and - in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg - replaced him with Poroshenko, a western-centric thug tasked with the agenda of moving Ukraine away from Russia's sphere of influence.

President Obama even admitted that the US government helped in this process.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And Victoria Nuland publicly confessed how much money the US had spent to destabilise Ukraine.

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

Mr. Tillerson, one cannot unsee/unhear the above incontrovertible facts.

It was because Crimean officials understood that after the "anointing" of Poroshenko, there was no legitimate government in Kiev, that they did the referendum, and petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member; cause and effect, sir.

And your not accepting that Crimea had the right to peaceful self-determination, which is enshrined in the the UN Charter, kind of makes this country look like a horse's rear end, to the rest of the world; the hypocrisy is palpable.

When a country is a signatory to the UN, that country cannot pick and choose which elements of the charter it will observe, and which ones it will not honor.

And BTW, are you aware that the sanctions have done nothing but help to Russia stabilise, economically, and draw Russia into a closer financial and military relationship with China?!?

IF those are NOT the results you wanted these sanctions to have, I would strongly suggest that you reconsider these sanctions, as they seem to have had the polar opposite effects from those which were originally intended.

Apr 25 09:20

Backstory emerges: Radioactive ‘dirty bomb’ material stolen south of Texas border, Mexico on high alert

Nine states have been placed on high alert by the Mexican government after radioactive material was stolen near the outskirts of Mexico’s largest city.



Apr 25 09:16

Arkansas Double-Execution Planned Tonight As Part Of Unprecedented Killing Spree

A federal district judge in Arkansas declined on Friday to block the lethal injections of two death row inmates scheduled to die tonight in a double-execution in the Cummins Unit at the state prison in Grady.

Apr 25 09:14

UKIP Wants Mandatory FGM Checks On Young Girls & Burka Ban

UKIP announced plans for a policy of mandatory annual medical checks for schoolgirls in “at-risk minority” groups for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and prosecutions for parents of anyone who has undergone the procedure.

Apr 25 09:12

Constitutional attorney: Trump’s America is a Constitution-free zone

I have my doubts that any of these individuals—all of whom swore to uphold and defend the Constitution—have ever read any of the nation’s founding documents. Had they actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, there would be no militarized police, no mass surveillance, no police shootings of unarmed individuals, no SWAT team raids, no tasering of children, no asset forfeiture schemes or any of the other government-sanctioned abuses that get passed off as law and order these days.

Apr 25 09:09

Ivanka Trump booed by audience as she defends father at G20 women's summit

Ivanka Trump faced a tough audience at the W20 women's summit in Berlin, after she defended her father's attitude towards women while speaking on a panel.



Apr 25 09:00

Global Silver Mining Industry Productivity Falls To The Lowest In History

After the Primary Silver Mining Industry enjoyed a brief increase in productivity over the past two years, it fell to the lowest ever in 2016. The reason the primary silver mining industry’saverage yield increased in 2014 was due to the addition of Tahoe Resources high-grade Escobal Silver Mine.

Apr 25 08:59

UN: Torture by Government ‘Widespread’ in Afghanistan

Since the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, torture has been an ongoing problem, with both the occupation forces, and in particular the allied Afghan security forces, routinely abusing detainees captured in “conflict-related” circumstances.

The UN has issued a new report warning that the problem of torture among security forces is “as widespread as ever,” noting that at least 39 percent of detainees interviewed by the UN gave credible testimony of having been tortured by Afghan police, troops, or intelligence officials.

This is up from 35% reporting torture during the last UN report, in 2015. They also noted that despite repeated assurances by the Afghan government that torture won’t be tolerated, there is a near total lack of accountability for those torturing detainees in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet thoroughly predictable.



Owl 3
Apr 25 08:59

Adidas plans to sell at least one million pairs of shoes partially made with ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of shoes will use an average of 11 plastic bottles

Adidas plans to sell at least one million pairs of shoes partially made with ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of shoes will use an average of 11 plastic bottles.
German sports brand Adidas in partnership with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans had released a limited edition ocean plastic waste sneaker last year. On May 10, the company is set to release three new running shoes, created with Parley Ocean Plastic, helping Adidas reach its goal of creating 1 million pairs of UltraBoost sneakers using ocean plastic this year.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

Of course, that....would be logical.

Apr 25 08:45

The occult archetype called vaccination

Begun as a crude version of homeopathy (“treat like with like”), in which a mild injected version of a disease would supposedly protect against the actual disease, vaccination soon developed into a military outpost, with the commander ordering the appearance of his scouts: antibodies. “Line up men, now hunt!”

Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. It’s a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).

The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.

Apr 25 08:44

White House to Host Entire Senate for North Korea Briefing

Weeks of speculation that the US is about to attack North Korea are again accelerating, with the White House announcing that they intend to play host to the entire Senate on Wednesday for an official briefing on the situation, with virtually the entire cabinet.

Such a briefing for the full Senate is extremely unusual, especially in the White House, which means this must be a very important meeting, which is once again adding fuel to the idea that the US is going to do something big, potentially a military attack.

This comes amid a new round of speculation that North Korea might be planning to carry out another nuclear test, with a holiday coming up this week and a round of intramural volleyball at the test facility having concluded, meaning they’re no longer too busy to do the test.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we have the briefing of the Senate on North Korea tomorrow, and Tillerson will be addressing the UN about North Korea on Friday.

I would very strongly suggest that this is NOT sound and fury, signifying "nothing"; I think the attack is well and truly planned, and that South Korea, unfortunately, will suffer greatly from the repercussions of such an attack.

The complete and utter unwillingness of the US government to sit down with North Korea, South Korea, and China, and hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the armistice, creating a quid pro quo that accepting such a deal means the North Korean government stops its nuclear weapons program, is absolutely baffling to me.

This would be the most logical thing in the world for the US government to do, under these circumstances.

But unfortunately, logic, and the US government, have not had a good relationship in quite some time now, and with these threats to North Korea, you can see how that is playing out, in this grand geopolitical theatre, most likely leading to a war against it.



Taboola
Apr 25 08:28

TURKISH AIRSTRIKES ON KURDS COMPLICATE U.S. OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

A few hour ago the Turkish airforce hit Kurdish and Yezidi positons on both sides of the Singal mountains in east-Syria and west-Iraq. Near Derik in east-Syria more than 20 bombs destroyed a YPG headquarter, a radio station and a media center. At least nine YPK fighters were killed. The YPG is the Syrian sister organization of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey. The PKK is a designated terrorist organization. Within Syria U.S. special forces are embedded with the YPG and are coordinating YPG moves against the Islamic State in Raqqa. YPK and PKK follow the anarcho-marxist theories of their leader Abdullah Öcalan who is in isolation detention in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, what can the US offer Erdogan's Turkey, to make it comfortable with in an independent Kurdistan, when the Turkish government has made it clear that ethnic Kurds in their country are persona non grata, and done their best to suppress Kurdish political parties?!?

But until, and unless, the US has something to offer Turkey, in exchange for them accepting the reality of an independent Kurdistan, these attacks will continue, and most probably worsen.

Apr 25 08:27

Trump, NeoCons, Spies, British and French Elections. Michael Rivero - April 24, 2017

Apr 25 08:24

JFK - The Speech That Killed Him

Apr 25 08:20

TV: Fukushima Radiation Alert — Concern ‘nuclear chain reaction’ could occur at plant — Reactors are still melting down and spewing radioactivity — Fuel has burned through containment — Expert: It’s unprecedented… could’ve been 12 Chernobyls (VIDEO)

Martin Stanford, host of ‘Insight’ (emphasis added): Radiation Alert — a nuclear scientist tells us the cleanup at Japan’s Fukushima plant could take 100 years… The decommissioning process has barely begun… A British nuclear scientist who’s just come back from Fukushima has told this program it could take up to 100 years.

Apr 25 08:20

GLOBAL SPY AGENCIES MEET FOR "FIVE EYES" INTEL-SHARING NETWORK IN NEW ZEALAND, INCLUDING U.S. FBI, CIA, NSA

Intelligence officials from the so-called "Five Eyes" network, which includes the United States' FBI, CIA and National Security Agency, are gathering for an annual intelligence-sharing exchange today in New Zealand. Reuters confirmed the get-together, at which spy agency reps from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will also gather.

“Six U.S. and allied government sources told Reuters” the event is an annual thing, not convened to respond to current instability in the Asia-Pacific region as U.S./North Korea tensions escalate.

From the Reuters report:

The confirmation of the meetings indicates that "Five Eyes" countries hold regular intelligence conferences, a fact not widely known outside intelligence circles until now, according to analysts.

Apr 25 08:13

More war drums, and a big Russian threat

Glazyev wagers that the U.S. is currently conducting “a hybrid war with the entire world to shift their debt burden on to other countries, to confine everyone to the dollar and weaken territories they cannot control.” -- He added: “In this context, the anti-Russian hysteria and growing Russophobia can be seen as a long-term factor linked with the specific interests of the United States’ ruling elite.”

Apr 25 08:09

Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back - Kurt Schlichter

Understand that if America is stupid enough to let liberals take power again, they will persecute and prosecute normal Americans like us who dare to dissent. That’s not a guess or a prediction – that’s a commitment they have made to their fascist followers. They’ve seen what the truth can do to their schemes. After 2016, there’s no way they are going to take a chance on another electoral rejection by us normals, so they don’t even pretend to support free speech anymore. It will be one gender neutral being-one vote, one more time, and then never again.

Apr 25 08:08

Gateway to Grand Finale – NASA's cassini makes last and fateful close flyby with Saturn's moon 'Titan'

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully made its 127th and last close encounter with Saturn's hazy moon last week, enabling scientists to get their first glimpses of Titan's seas, weather patterns and rippling sand dunes.

Apr 25 08:02

’Status Quo In N. Korea Unacceptable’: Trump Scolds UNSC To Up Payments, Wants More Sanctions

President Donald Trump chastised the UN Security Council for underperforming and called on it to “impose additional and stronger sanctions” on North Korea during a meeting with UNSC ambassadors at the White House.

Apr 25 08:02

Passenger Speaks out About Confronting the American Airlines Attendant Who Grabbed a Mother's Stroller

An upset passenger seen in a now-viral video, which depicted tension after a mother’s stroller was “violently” grabbed by a flight attendant, is speaking out about the onboard tension.
“A baby almost got hurt. That’s what just fired me up, so that was it. I don’t want to make a big deal about it,” Tony Fierro, who was identified as the man who approached the attendant after the incident, said about the situation to WFAA-TV.

Apr 25 08:01

Arkansas Completes First Double Execution in 17 Years After Supreme Court Rejects Last-Minute Appeal

Arkansas completed the nation’s first double execution since 2000 on Monday night after a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed.
The Associated Press reported the first inmate, Jack Jones, 52, was executed at 7:20 p.m. Attorneys for the second inmate, Marcel Williams, 46, convinced a federal judge to briefly delay the proceedings over concerns about how the earlier death was handled.

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