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Jul 22 18:36

North Korea makes extraordinary claim about Theresa May

NUCLEAR North Korea has accused Theresa May of misleading the British public over the threat the pariah state's atomic arsenal poses to the UK.

In an extraordinary intervention in the debate over the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons deterrent, North Korea's foreign ministry claimed it was "illogical" to suggest Kim Jong-Un's stockpile would be aimed at the UK.

A spokesman said: "It is illogical that the DPRK's nuclear weapons pose a threat to the UK.

"It is a pity that the UK makes an excuse for the building of [nuclear submarines] by finding fault with the DPRK, thousands [of] kilometres away from it."

Jul 22 18:28

Missing From The Debate: U.S. Aid To Israel

Some Yiddish words will live forever, and chutzpah is one of them. What better word could describe Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for more U.S. aid after he tried to obstruct President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran with a personal appeal to the Senate? But don’t expect aid to Israel to be a campaign topic. Both candidates favor it.



Jul 22 18:24

Munich massacre gunman is German-Iranian teenager, police say

Police believe the suspect had acted alone before killing himself and said early reports that there were up to three gunmen were discounted.

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Two people were seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle at high speed, triggering fears that the gunman had accomplices, police said.

Jul 22 17:38

“It Is Really Hard To Argue With Trump About This”: Face It, America Is In Decline

America is in decline. There are some that still attempt to deny this, but the reason why Donald Trump’s campaign slogan has so strongly resonated with the American people is because deep inside most of us realize that America is not as great as it used to be. Our economy is a mess, we are 19 trillion dollars in debt, our infrastructure is crumbling, crime is on the rise, moral decay is all around us, other countries don’t respect us as much anymore, and our nation is the most divided that it has been in decades. Anyone that believes that America is better than it has ever been in 2016 is either completely delusional or simply has not been paying attention.



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Jul 22 17:17

Nice – 14th July – Lie Propaganda in Overdrive – Murder Is the New Normal

Now that the French Secret Services and their foreign associates have read the accounts of ‘false flag’ suspicion in the non-mainstream media, the French Government had to resort immediately to all sorts of doubt deviating maneuvers.

- The truck driven through the Bastille Day celebrating masses on Boulevard des Anglais, suddenly did not break through the barricade protecting the strip as a pedestrian area for the celebration, but it entered through an unprotected side-street. The ‘drive’ was allegedly prepared days in advance, even with dry runs, according to street cameras and telephone conversations between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel (MLB), the driver of the truck, and a bunch of friends, whom he also asked to supply him with weapons. Strangely, the videos and telephone conversations emerged just days later.

Jul 22 16:17

Washington Post: Obama Lies Again

It’s anyone’s guess whether Obama or Clinton is ahead in their apparent race to tell the most lies. The good news for America is that Obama has only a few more months to rack up his tally while in the White House.

Jul 22 16:06

Tropical Storm Darby

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The predicted track for the center of the storm continues to shift closer to Oahu.

Jul 22 15:59

Special Forces Will Leave Military on Hillary Win

The best and brightest of the U.S. military and special operations community will quit if Hillary Clinton gets elected president, according to Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John “Tig” Tiegen.

Jul 22 15:40

After US Airstrikes Kill 73 In Syria, It’s Time To End Military Assaults That Breed Terrorism

Once again our hearts are breaking – this time, with the tragic news of the deaths of at least 73 civilians, including 35 children, as a result of US airstrikes on the village of Tokkhar in Syria. This horrific attack, the deadliest assault on civilians in the military campaign against ISIS to date, happened because our military admittedly made a “mistake” in identifying these men, women, and children as Islamic State combatants.

Jul 22 15:40

Brazil Arrests 10 Suspected ISIS Members ‘Planning Olympic Terrorist Attacks’

Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting after authorities arrested 10 alleged Islamic State members who were planning to carry out acts of terror during the Olympic Games in Rio, which begin next month.

Jul 22 15:40

Collective Punishment Against The Russian People

To the professor’s question concerning what a teacher should do to bring control to a classroom, a would-be teacher proffered: tell the students that if anyone disturbs the class, then the entire class will have a detention.

“That’s collective punishment,” I responded, to which I added with a tongue-in-cheek, hyperbolic flourish, “and it’s a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.”

Jul 22 15:37

More Clinton scandals: Decades Of Money Laundering By HSBC Ignored By Holder At DOJ

Bill Black says the Republicans could embarrass Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Loretta Lynch by demanding further investigation.

Jul 22 15:33

Blundering HMRC paid out £1.9 million in compensation after sending company bankrupt with tax demand cock-up

The embarrassing blunder has been disclosed in the fine print of the organisation's annual report and accounts.

The document also reveals that the department wrote off £120 million last year after scaling back efforts to recover overpaid tax credits.

The setbacks happened during Lin Homer's final year in charge of HMRC.

She walked away from the chief executive role in April with a £2.4million pension pot despite a scandal-hit tenure in charge.

The 59-year-old is entitled to a index-linked income of around £125,000 a year - nearly two thirds of the £190,000 salary she had been earning.

Her pension pot grew by £225,000 last year, when she also received a £20,000 bonus, despite criticism of the taxman’s performance.

Jul 22 15:32

British Pensioners Flock To London Suburbs For Public Sex Parties

Sex-hungry pensioners are descending on London’s southern suburbs to enjoy outdoor ‘dogging’ sessions, as the UK endures a sweltering heatwave.

Police in Croydon are cracking down on energetic elderly lovers who are using the town’s car parks for open-air sex parties.



Jul 22 15:29

'Boom boom boom - he's killing the kids': Gunman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' executed children in Munich McDonald's before rampaging through mall killing NINE with police now hunting three attackers

There's problem with the 'Allahu Akbar' statement. It didn't happen. Video below. listen.

One other point, videos of the shooting are already being yanked. Original video https://www.youtube.com/embed/RtGa-cYL89E?rel=1&autoplay=0

Jul 22 15:27

Retired Lawman Challenges Corrupt Sitting Sheriff in Council, Idaho

Tom Watts is running for Sheriff in Adams County, Idaho, against Sheriff Ryan Zollman. Zollman employs and constantly defends deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland, who shot and killed 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis on the road in front of his ranch last November 1st. Watts is a lifelong lawman who never had a complaint filed against him. His campaign website states, in part, "I proudly served my community as a law enforcement officer for over 20 years in Nevada without ever having a citizen file a complaint against me. I have also worked private security for mining companies in that area. I moved to Adams County in 2012. It has been my pleasure to simply be a part of this community, and it was my intention to retire from law enforcement. I have been moved to run for this office by the serious issues facing our county, and our nation."

Jul 22 15:26

Chris Christie Stages Mock Trial Of Hillary Clinton Despite Corruption Charges Dogging His Own Staff

One of the most animated moments of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night came during a speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a finalist to be Donald Trump’s running mate. Christie staged a mock trial of Hillary Clinton.



Jul 22 15:21

Trump Enrages The War Party

This election season is so much fun because Donald Trump keeps enraging all the right people – and his timing is perfect.

Jul 22 15:08

New Report Links African American And NZ Maori Achievements

A report released in New Zealand recently shows that Maori and African American children perform just as poorly as each other in school, with prejudice of the teachers to blame.

Jul 22 15:08

Files On Shady Business Deals Involving Margaret Thatcher’s Son Kept Secret

Secret files detailing the shadowy Middle Eastern business activities of Sir Mark Thatcher, son of the late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, will be kept under lock and key in government archives instead of being published as expected.



Jul 22 15:03

After the coup, the Turkish authorities canceled the passport of almost 11 thousand people

In Turkey after the coup almost 11 thousand passports were cancelled. This was announced by Turkish interior Minister Efkan Ala. "We revoked the passports of 10 thousand 856 people", — quotes the Minister RIA Novosti. The Agency said that the Turkish passport certifies the identity of the citizen within the country and when traveling abroad.

Jul 22 14:58

Author Christopher Bollyn To Speak on "9/11 And Our Political Crisis" - Temecula, CA Wednesday July 27th

Christopher Bollyn, Independent Investigative Journalist & Author of 'Solving 9/11: The Deception That Changed The World' will appear at a speaking engagement in Southern California this coming Wednesday, July 27. The presentation & discussion will be held at the Temecula Public Library 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula, CA 92592, at 10:30AM. The press release stated, in part, "Christopher Bollyn’s national summer tour could also be called, “Our Political Crisis: Ending the Twin Deceptions of 9/11 and the Fraudulent War on Terror”. He will be making it crystal clear that 9/11 and the fraudulent War on Terror are a dual deception imposed on our nation by the Israeli/Zionist cabal that controls our government and media. Our nation has suffered under this deception for nearly 15 years. It is time for us to raise our voices. If we the people don’t demand an end to this nation-destroying fraud, no one will.

Jul 22 14:55

The Unavoidable Fall of the American Empire

Is America getting worse or better? Is America going to be “great” again, whatever that has meant since the 1980s? But more to the point, what difference does any of it make? Let’s be honest here about the so-called future of the United States of America. Since the dawn of what humanity likes to call “civilization” (i.e. the ability of a government to rob honest people under the guise of taxation), very few governments/nations/kingdoms have survived more than a few hundred years. Now, the United States has had a pretty good run. We’ve done a lot and accomplished a lot, not the least of which is inventing the ability to destroy the entire planet.

Jul 22 14:52

Saudi Arabia has promised Russia mountains of gold in exchange for Assad

Saudi Arabia has declared its readiness to provide Russia with access to the market of the Arab States of the Gulf and investment in excess of the Chinese. This was stated by the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir. According to him, this will enable Russia to become a strength beyond the power of the Soviet Union. Assad's time comes to an end, says al-Jubayr, therefore, Russia should "cut a deal while you can", reports TASS. The Advisor to the Director of the Russian Institute for strategic studies (RISS) Elena Suponina noted that Russia's position in the international arena is not measured in petrodollars, and its interests are not limited to supporting Assad.



Jul 22 14:35

UK Begs US To Hurry F-35 Deal Through, While Royal Navy’s Next-Gen Frigate ‘Delayed Indefinitely’

Britain’s next generation of Global Combat Ships are going anywhere but global, amid budgeting problems and indefinite delays, even as the UK hints the US must hurry and deliver on a significant fighter jet deal.

Jul 22 14:20

A Brief History Of The "War On Cops": The False Allegation That Enables Police Violence

As part of a global action proclaiming “Freedom Now,” Black Lives Matter groups shut down police operations around the country on July 20. From Oakland to Washington, DC, New York City to Chicago and Detroit, these bold and creative acts of civil disobedience issued a demand to “Fund Black Futures.” Protests in New York shut down the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association while those in DC closed the National Fraternal Order of Police office for the day.



Jul 22 14:19

Pentagon to No Longer Label Independent Journalists as Spies

The Pentagon removed from its manual threat of punishment for independent journalists who cover hostilities from both sides of the conflict line.

OSCOW (Sputnik) — The Pentagon revised its Law of War manual on Friday to remove threat of punishment for independent journalists who cover hostilities from both sides of the conflict line.

The update came a year after the US military faced a barrage of criticism from press organizations for labelling journalists as potential spies and saboteurs, in its first ever legal handbook released for personnel last June.

"The changes to the manual reflect the department’s concerted effort to address those concerns and clarify specific language," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

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Jul 22 14:02

FBI ‘No Knock, No Warrant’ Raid on Activists During RNC

By Derrick Broze

On the morning of the third day of the Republican National Convention several activists were the victims of a no-knock, warrantless house raid conducted by the FBI, DHS, and local police...

Jul 22 13:59

What Does Angela Merkel Need To Do To Save the EU?

(*RESIGN ! )

Jul 22 13:58

Philadelphia airport workers plan to strike during DNC

The fight to raise the minimum wage is headed to the doorstep of the Democratic National Convention, with local airport workers planning to go on strike when delegates descend upon Philadelphia next week.

Roughly 1,000 workers, including those who handle luggage, attend to passengers in wheelchairs and clean plane cabins, are expected to not show up for work in order to call attention to their demands for a $15 minimum wage and the ability to join the Service Employees International Union.



Jul 22 13:58

Learning What It’s Like To Be Serfs?

“We are heartbroken … It’s painful to wake up in the morning to know some of your brothers … have been killed.”

You might suppose the speaker to be a relative of Philando Castile or Alton Sterling, or some other black American serf (not because cops don’t kill whites—they do; in fact, most of their victims are white, even if a disproportionate number aren’t. But whites don’t typically speak of “brothers”).

Jul 22 13:40

DAVID DUKE FOR SENATE

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Official website of Dr. David Duke's campaign for the Senate.

Jul 22 13:20

Ohio University Offers ‘Safe Space’ For Students Triggered By Republican National Convention

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio has offered students a safe space for those triggered by the Republican National Convention this week.



Jul 22 12:35

Obama denies US involvement in failed coup

President Barack Obama on Friday strongly refuted allegations that Washington was behind last week’s attempted plot to overthrow the Turkish government.

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Now that it's officially denied, we know it's true! :)

Jul 22 12:11

Transgender 'Woman' Arrested for Taking Photos of Teen Girl in Target Changing Room

This is one of many cases of women being preyed upon in Target dressing rooms across the country ever since the company announced its new bathroom/changing room policy in April that allows anyone to use any bathroom or changing room at Target stores, regardless of biological sex. It's the first time the perpetrator claims to actually be transgender; the rest so far appear to have been men who identity as men going into women's dressing rooms and trying to film women changing to peep at them simply because, well, Target basically allows it now.

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Jul 22 11:57

Live: Munich shooting (UTC+3)

21:37 Media say an alleged shooter may have shot himself.
21:36 Bild says Munich’s police don’t rule out that the shootings in the city were terrorist attacks.
21:17 AFP quoting police sources reports six people have been killed in the shooting.
21:16 The Bavarian Interior Ministry has dismissed media reports on three people killed in the shooting.
"The reports quoting us stand at variance with reality," it said. "We didn't release any such data."
21:01 According to the local police, the shooting started in Hanauer Strasse. Another shooting occurred in Riesstrasse. The third shooting occurred at the Olympia trade center. There're no official data on the casualties...

Jul 22 11:47

UK Economy Must Suffer Over ‘Mad’ Brexit Decision, Insists EU Divorce Clause Author

Only significant economic damage from its ‘mad’ decision to leave the EU might force Britain to change its mind, the author of the Article 50 divorce clause said. The former Italian PM added that the “safety valve” was never really intended to be used.

Jul 22 11:32

Gun Control Activists Want Allies to Stop Saying These Two Words

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the super PAC set up by Gabrielle Giffords in 2012, just released a new PDF aimed at giving gun control activists some tips on achieving their goals. In addition to the usual slew of false statistics and nonsensical arguments, the document contains a list of “Dos and Don’ts” for gun-grabbers to use when discussing the issue. The very first term to be avoided?

“Gun control.”

Instead, ARS recommends framing the discussion around “reducing crime, reducing gun violence, gun violence prevention, or preventing gun tragedies.”

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Gabrielle Giffords with her assault rifle, shooting at a target with a child on it.

Jul 22 11:23

Pentagon Revises Law of War Policy Treating Reporters Like Spies

The Pentagon is changing the U.S. military's manual of war after listening to criticism of the language regarding journalists, which seemed to let commanders treat reporters as spies, The Huffington Post reports.

The U.S. Department of Defense manual was released in June 2015, and quickly drew attention from The New York Times, which pointed out the guidelines on journalists and called for their repeal.

Under the 2015 version, journalists could be treated as "unprivileged belligerents," which entails fewer legal protections than those afforded to prisoners of war and combatants.

"The new language is a seismic shift for the U.S. military," said Frank Smyth, senior adviser for journalist security at the Committee to Protect Journalists. "This affirmation of journalists' right to report armed conflicts freely and from all sides is especially welcome at a time when governments, militias, and insurgent forces around the world are routinely flouting the laws of war."

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"...fewer legal protections than those afforded to prisoners of war and combatants."?!?!?!

Considering how hellish the treatment of prisoners of war has been at Gitmo,
apparently saying something the Pentagon doesn't like (the truth), you, as a reporter, can therefore be indefinitely detained without due process.

When telling the truth becomes criminalized, you know that the society doing it is in deep, intense trouble.

Jul 22 11:20

State Troopers Arrested After Beating Unarmed Motorist on Video

Caught on video attacking an unarmed 50-year-old man who had already surrendered and was complying with their orders, two state troopers were arrested this week and charged with multiple counts of assault. Although at least seven officers appeared in the video, none of them attempted to stop their fellow troopers from viciously beating the compliant suspect.

Jul 22 11:07

New Hillary leak: Wikileaks releases 20K DNC emails

Many of the emails regard Bernie Sanders and dealing with the fallout of many Democrats opposing Hillary Clinton and calling the system “rigged.” Many of the emails exchanged between top DNC officials are simply the text of news articles concerning how establishment democrats can “deal” with the insurgent left-winger.

One email indicates that the DNC was in close contact with news websites on articles related to the Democratic Party.

A Real Clear Politics article said that Bernie Sanders supporters causing a lack of unity at the Nevada Democratic Convention.

“This headline needs to be changed,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who serves as Chairperson, or top official, of the DNC.

“We need to push back... Patrice, what happened, DNC had nothing to do with this, right?” Luis Miranda wrote, referring to DNC Director of Party Affairs Patrice Taylor.

Jul 22 11:05

Multiple Deaths In Munich Mall Shooting

"Multiple people" have been injured and killed in a shooting at a shopping centre in the German city of Munich, police have confirmed.

A police spokeswoman says they believe more than one shooter is involved in the attack at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall - and warned no one has been taken into custody yet.

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Another staged propaganda stunt. I have lost count!

Jul 22 11:03

Public have no right to know who is funding Hillary Clinton's $60 million coronation at Democratic National Convention, party says in bid for secrecy on donors 

The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wants to keep its donor list under wraps until after the convention even though a state open records agency has ordered its release.

A Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee lawyer told a judge Thursday the release of fundraising records could harm the organization's last-minute efforts to seek donations and negotiate vendor contracts.

Lawyer David Pittinsky said those efforts were still ongoing even though the four-day convention starts Monday.

The host committee set out to raise about $60 million from private sources, but secured a $15 million line of credit from the city as a safety net. The committee must therefore file financial updates with the city.

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Oh, REALLY?!?

Just, pray tell, what is the DNC so terrified that these disclosures will reveal, that they want this done AFTER the convention in September?!?!?!

Jul 22 11:02

TERRORIST shooting civilians in MUNICH

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Latest chapter in the "Lone wolf terrorists will kill you so give us your guns and do as you're told" fairy tale.

Jul 22 10:59

CHINA TO BUILD SPACE STATION IDENTICAL TO ISS

Jul 22 10:50

Military Balance in the Black Sea Region

three groups of countries can be identified with regard to their military capabilities. The first group consists in regional hegemon with extra-Black Sea security agenda and is formed by Russia and Turkey. Both Ankara and Moscow consider the Black Sea as their backyard, and have established a security condominium over the region. Russia and Turkey are cautious not to challenge openly each other's interests, which provides them with a greater ability to deal with their interests on other stages, like in the Middle East (Turkey, Russia) or in Central Asia and the Far East (Russia). The two stakeholders are the only Black Sea countries to implement a military program of modernization, and both of them have planned to expand their sea and air-defense capabilities. The second group consists in Greece, Romania and Ukraine. Although they have different military forces, all the three have a serious unexploited potential to be greater stakeholders on the Black Sea stage.

Jul 22 10:49

Trumped - A Nation On The Brink Of Ruin... And How To Bring It Back

America’s faltering economy has been made in Washington DC, not at the illegal crossing routes on the Arizona border or the containership berths at Long Beach. For more than three decades the nation’s central banks have flooded the US and world economies with too much free money and Washington politicians have accommodated the beltway lobbyists and racketeers and the country’s huge entitlement constituencies with too much free boot.

So the real disease is bad money and towering debts. The actual culprits are the Wall Street/Washington policy elites who have embraced statist solutions which aggrandize their own power and wealth.

That much, at least, Donald Trump has right. Throwing-out the careerists, pettifoggers, hypocrites, ideologues, racketeers, power-seekers and snobs who have brought about the current ruin is at least a start in the right direction.

Jul 22 10:38

Is Korean War Possible?

Today, the Korean peninsula is one of the most militarized places on the entire planet. It is here where the interests of large powers like the US, China, and Russia intersect. The range of forces that could be deployed in a possible conflict (within a fairly limited space on a rough terrain) is truly impressive. Yet, the prospects of a large military conflict are doubtful. Chances of an easy victory are too small for all potential parties. But if such a confrontation does take place, what would be the outcome of a second Korean war: a rapid blitzkrieg or a trench war massacre?..

Jul 22 10:36

Japan and the Arbitration Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rules-based or Case-based?

As far as the South China Sea is concerned, Japan’s support for the claims presented by the Philippines stems not only from its regulatory approach, but also from its vital economic interests. Japan gets 90 per cent of its oil imports and 60 per cent of natural gas supplies via the South China Sea, while sea routes account for 99.7 per cent of the country’s total foreign trade. What is more, Southeast Asia is home to a huge multinational production chain serving Japanese companies. To protect this artery, Tokyo actively supports Hanoi and Manila by supplying them with coast guard vessels, among other things. In addition to supporting the recent tribunal ruling, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the South China Sea question at the May G7 summit in Ise-Shima and the July edition of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Ulaanbaatar. Yet The Hague’s refusal to recognize the disputed Spratly Islands as islands could undermine Japan’s own claims to the Okinotorishima atoll in the Philippine Sea.

Jul 22 10:33

Multiple deaths at shooting in Munich shopping mall, gunman still at large

Multiple deaths are reported in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Police confirmed that shots have been fired in the mall but gave no information on casualties.

There are conflicting reports on casualties. According to the local Muencher Abendzeitung, up to 15 people have been killed in the center, while German NTV channel puts the death toll at 10.

Jul 22 10:29

The Encirclement of China is Well Underway: France Prepares to Lead EU Missions in the South China Sea

The naval encirclement of China is well underway. It was started over a decade ago by the United States with the re-militarization of Japan and the tightening of Washington’s military partnerships with countries like Australia and South Korea. The same is true about the missile shield being erected in South Korea, which targets China, Russia, and North Korea.

The U.S.-led international efforts to defend the freedom of navigation guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), aiming at preventing the entire South China Sea from becoming an exclusive Chinese lake, has just received a powerful boost in the form of the July 12 ruling of The Hague-based UN Permanent Court of Arbitration. Much to China’s anger, most of its sovereignty claims over the South China Sea are rejected in this ruling.

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This, plus Germany's stated intention to conduct freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea, are very troubling developments here.

As originally reported at germanforeignpolicy.com on 13 July:

Whereas this is the German Navy’s first time RIMPAC participation and therefore considering a military engagement in the Pacific, the US military is already drawing up operational plans for the contingency that conflicts in the South China Sea escalate.

The plans contain reflections on how to neutralize Chinese defense systems, according to the US Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson. The premise is that China will set up these defense systems on the artificial reefs in the South China Sea. According to reports from US military circles, the US Navy is thinking of “a whole range of counters.”[7] Examples are cyber attacks to disrupt enemy command networks, and inject false information, according to reports. Another option would be offensive strikes against the enemy, while using missile defense to down incoming enemy missiles. Last week it was announced that such a US missile defense system will be installed in South Korea.[8] While the US military is drawing up plans against Chinese South China Sea positions, experts are confirming that their implementation should in no way be considered improbable. “The South China Sea territorial disputes are likely to persist for a long time,” said Bonnie Glaser, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. “The question” is not whether they can be “resolved,” but if they “can be managed,” or not. [9]

Jul 22 10:29

In Light of Recent Attacks on Police, White House Considers Re-Militarization

By Claire Bernish

Reactionary politics and legislation put us on hamster wheels guaranteeing a number of issues will never change, and militarized, brutal policing marks a prime example of this problem — particularly now, following a smattering of attacks on officers in Dallas and elsewhere.

In a reactionary response to several shootings of officers, Pres. Obama now plans to review — and potentially repeal — the May 2015 ban on police obtaining military surplus equipment like riot gear, explosives, armored vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, and more...

Jul 22 10:22

France to Deploy Aircraft Carrier against ISIL, to Supply Iraqi Forces with Heavy Weapons

Hollande was speaking after a Defense Council meeting in the Elysee Palace in the French capital. The carrier will be deployed at the end of September this year, according to the French president. French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle, the flagship of the French Navy, is the largest western European warship currently in commission. It is France’s first nuclear-powered surface vessel, RT reported. According to the French president, Paris is planning to supply heavy weapons to Iraqi forces as early as next month. There are, however, no plans to deploy troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, Hollande added.

Jul 22 10:20

US CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS LOCATIONS MAP – JULY 22, 2016

This is the newst update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information.

Jul 22 10:19

SYRIA AND THE COUP IN TURKEY

The Russians had really no option but to accept working with the USA in Syria. The way in which they did this was very elegant, however: Lavrov and Kerry have agreed to a joint long-term ceasefire whose exact terms are to remain secret, which indicates to me that the Russians forced the US into concessions which the latter don’t want to be made public. How do we know that it was Russians who forced concessions on the USA and not the other way around? Simple – there was no US “leak” to the media and the Russian bombers have resumed their operation with a new intensity. Besides, it is pretty obvious that in Syria at least Moscow holds all the cards now and Kerry has therefore no means to put pressure on Russia even if he wanted to. But the main development for Syria is still the coup in Turkey. What happened in Turkey is huge.

Jul 22 10:15

Turkey Suspends EU Human Rights Convention after Attempted Coup

Turkey will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights as the country enters into a 1.5-month state of emergency following an attempted government overthrow, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Thursday, Samaa TV reported. “We want to end the state of emergency as soon as possible, within a maximum of 1.5 months. The European Human Rights Convention is suspended during the State of Emergency,” Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara.
NEW FOOTAGE OF CLASH ON BOSPHORUS BRIDGE DURING TURKISH COUP ATTEMPT https://southfront.org/new-footage-of-clash-on-bosphorus-bridge-during...

Jul 22 10:12

Yemen: 40 Pro-Hadi Militias Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces in Hajjah Province

The Saudi fighter jets have ignored the ceasefire and attacked several cities across Yemen, killing several Yemeni civilians, including women and children. In a relevant development on Saturday, Ansarullah forces fired a ballistic missile at an army base held by pro-Hadi militias. According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta'iz. Such attacks are carried out in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen which was launched on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and defeat the Ansarullah movement. Meanwhile, some two dozen civilians lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across Yemen.

Jul 22 10:09

IRGC Disbands Terrorist Group in Western Iran, Kills 1

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that another terrorist group has been dismantled in Western Iran. "A team of terrorists who were trying to cross Iran border with Turkey was dismantled on Thursday by the IRGC forces," Salmas IRGC Commander Colonel Alireza Madani said on Thursday night. He noted that IRGC forces realized that four terrorists were trying to enter Iran through the Turkish border in a region 25 kilometers from the city of Salmas. "Two of the terrorists managed to flee, one of them was arrested and another one killed during the IRGC operation," Colonel Madani added. He reiterated that on the basis of the intelligence tips received by the IRGC, the four terrorists were counterrevolutionary elements living in neighboring Turkey. "They wanted to launch terrorist activities in Iran, but their plans were aborted," Colonel Madani added. He said that several machineguns and ammunition were also seized from the terrorists.

Jul 22 10:08

The Crisis in Turkey Could Swallow Us All. Is America behind the Coup?

Erdogan has said he did not want to link the delivery of Gulen to Turkish justice with the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey in using the Incirlik air base – thereby linking the two. Incirlik is a Turkish base with a strong NATO presence (including some 2,700 Americans). The previous Turkish commander of the base is now under arrest for his role in the coup, including sending up F-16s and refueling tankers from Incirlik. Erdogan might well ask: what did the Americans there know, and when did they know it? Incirlik is important in the war on ISIS as the base from which most air attacks on ISIS originate. Responding to the coup, the Turkish government cut power to Incirlik and imposed a no-fly zone, shutting it down. That sealed-off condition continued through July 20, with no one allowed to leave or enter the base, although air attacks on ISIS have reportedly resumed.

Jul 22 10:07

Iran DM: S-300 Defense Shield Deployed

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that the Russian S-300 missile defense system which was delivered to Tehran by Moscow recently has been deployed and integrated into the country's missile defense network. "Integration of the indigenized systems with the new systems has increased (Iran's) air defense capability". The recently-delivered missiles can be used in the S-300 PMU2 defense shield which is known as the most advanced and deadliest missile defense system in the S-300 family. According to the Russian arms manufacturer, the PMU2 needs only 5 minutes to prepare for action against hostile flying objects. The radar used in the missile shield, N6E Big Bird 64, can simultaneously identify 200 targets, trace 12 targets and send the information to the fire control radar.

Jul 22 10:05

Edward Snowden Develops Phone Case to Alert Users if Their Data is Being Compromised

By Matt Agorist

Three years ago, when Edward Snowden fled from the US and met with reporters in Hong Kong to reveal his reasons for leaving — he asked them to put their phones in the hotel room refrigerator. He asked them to do so in order to block the signals sent to and from the phones. Now, three years later, Snowden and Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang have used that same principle to design a phone case that warns users when their data is being monitored. Say hello to the Snowden phone case...

Jul 22 10:05

Koch Brothers Now Supporting Hillary Clinton

On July 20th, a Republican U.S. Senator lost his main financial backers for having urged Republicans to vote for Donald Trump instead of for Hillary Clinton.

The Koch brothers speak with their words, which can’t be trusted, but they also speak with their money, their investments, which are always honest expressions of their actual beliefs and desires. This time, the Kochs spoke with their money, just a day after that Senator spoke with his words.

Jul 22 09:55

Karadzic Appeals Against Sentence

Karadzic appeals against 40 years sentence for war crimes

On Friday former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic filed an appeal against the 40 year prison sentence the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague gave him in March, the Volkskrant reports.

Karadzic stood trial for his role in atrocities committed during the Bosnian War, including the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 during which some 8,400 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered. He was also charged with genocide in seven Bosnian municipalities in the first year of the war (1992). From April of that year the Bosinan Serb army performed “ethnic cleansing” which was accompanied by mass detentions and executions of Bosnian Muslims and Croatians .

All in all Karadzic faced 11 charges – >>>

Jul 22 09:54

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 22, 2016

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in Hama http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000191
Russian Fighter Jets Intensify Attacks on Terrorist Positions in Lattakia Province http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000331
Syrian Army Launches Fresh Anti-Terrorism Offensive in Eastern Damascus http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000218
Syrian Army Forms New Anti-ISIL Popular Force in Deir Ezzur http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000606
Syrian Soldiers Continue to Advance against Militants in Aleppo Countryside http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000243
Syria: Terrorists Fail to Break through Gov't Positions in Quneitra http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000630

Jul 22 09:49

ISIS TERRORJUL 21 2016, 11:59 AM ETISIS Trying to Topple Saudi King with Attack on Mohammed's Mosque

Current and former U.S. officials say a recent ISIS attack on the tomb of Mohammed in Saudi Arabia -- Islam's second holiest site -- shows the terror group is now directly challenging the kingdom's ruling family and trying to topple the monarchy.

"The Saudi king's tiles include 'Protector of the two Holy Cities," said one senior U.S. counterterrorism official. "The message of the attack is that that protection doesn't exist."

The kingdom's two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, are home Islam's two holiest sites, the Qabba in Mecca, which millions of pilgrims visit every year, and the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, which holds Mohammed's tomb.

Said the counterterrorism official, "If [the royal family] can't protect those places -- and people traveling to those cities from across Islam - it calls in to question the fitness of their ruling power and its legitimacy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, I would want to have an immediate chat with US Ambassador Westphal as to what the hell American trained and supported ISIS was doing in Saudi Arabia.

I would then politely remind him that if this crud does not stop, all Saudi investment, over 20 billion dollars, would be yanked immediately from American business interests, putting the US economy into an absolute tail spin.

Jul 22 09:46

BEX ALERT - Police union: Bullet that struck caregiver was meant to protect him

The North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed, black mental health worker caring for a patient actually took aim at the autistic man next to him, but missed, the head of the police union said Thursday.

Jul 22 09:45

'Shots fired' in Munich shopping centre, German police deployed

Shots have been fired in a Munich shopping centre and a major police operation is under way German media is reporting.

Reports say the area round the shopping centre in the district of Moosach has been sealed off, but details of the incident are sketchy.

The security forces have been on alert after a migrant stabbed five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday.

Jul 22 09:44

Turkey & US “Pivot” Plan in Serious Trouble

A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things.

Jul 22 09:41

Tulsa County Sheriff's Department officials left a paralyzed inmate lying on the floor for 5 days before he died in his cell

After more than five days on the concrete floor of Medical Cell #1, Elliott Williams died naked, cold and alone, unable to move.
Hungry and thirsty, Williams screamed for help but couldn’t convince anyone at the David L. Moss Detention Center to help him.
Detention officers at the Tulsa Jail tossed three styrofoam trays of jail food at his feet, but Williams could not retrieve them. Though Williams begged for something to drink, he couldn’t pick up the styrofoam cups of water they placed near him.

Jul 22 09:39

Man Arrested, Jailed For 29 Days Because Of Homemade Soap

Alexander J. Bernstein spent 29 days in jail and lost everything because Pennsylvania state police could not tell the difference between homemade soap and cocaine.

Jul 22 09:38

Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police training

“There was a demand that I stop allowing the Atlanta Police Department to train with the Israeli police department,” Mayor Reed acknowledged at a press conference (video above). “I’m not going to do that,” he told reporters.

“I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world,” Reed insisted. “And it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.”

It was an interesting choice of words considering that Israeli, Palestinian and international human rights organizations, as well as the UN, have repeatedly condemned Israeli forces, including the police, for a range of human rights violations, particularly for their frequent extrajudicial executions of Palestinians.

It was also recently revealed that Israeli police are authorized to use lethal force as a first resort against Palestinians they suspect might throw rocks, including minors.

Jul 22 09:36

Desperate Paul Ryan Floods Wisconsin with Misleading Television Ads

In recent months, Paul Ryan, who leads the pro-Islamic migration wing of the Republican Party, has come under fire for his longstanding support for open borders. Ryan is now facing significant opposition in his August 9th primary election from Wisconsin businessman, Paul Nehlen, who is running on a pro-America platform and argues that the needs of American citizens should be a Congressman’s first priority.

Jul 22 09:36

Wild Parties, Male Prostitutes, Stolen Guns – New Secret Service Scandal

The 6,441 documents mostly originate from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the heels of the 2012 Secret Service scandals involving agents bringing Colombian prostitutes to their hotel rooms.

One especially striking report at that time details how the manager of a National Threat Assessment Center kept liquor in an office cabinet and forced his subordinates to drink while on duty "so that he could trust them."

This same manager was renowned for sexually harassing women who worked for him. One witness recounts "[He] sexually harassed every subordinate female [at the center]…publicly asking male employees, 'Where are my little whores/bitches? Have you slept with them yet?'"

Jul 22 09:35

B’Tselem: 63% of casualties in 2014 war were civilians

Two years after Operation Protective Edge, a B’Tselem report said 1,394, or 63 percent, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by the IDF did not take part in the conflict.

This is lower than the figure cited by the United Nations and other NGOs of 70% but is still higher than Israeli intelligence estimates of 50%. Sixty-six soldiers and seven civilians were killed on the Israeli side.

The data gathered by B’Tselem, and released on Wednesday, was collected from field researchers in Gaza, cross-referenced with publicly available data.

This report is the first time B’Tselem has collected data on the war. Prior to this all casualty numbers were based on outside figures.

According to B’Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli the purpose of the report is to inform the Israeli public of the war’s high death toll.

“Our main goal is to enable the Israeli public to be informed,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Serial genocide is one of the most frequently used tools by the Israeli government to implement it's "Final Solution" to the "Palestinian Problem"

Jul 22 09:34

Over 10,000 Arrested: Turkey’s Unprecedented Post-Coup Purge Intensifies

As the Turkish government continues to detain those suspected of being involved in last week’s failed coup attempt, the number has exceeded 10,000.

"The number of those detained is 10,410 people," Yasin Aktay, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party, said according to Anadolu News.

"This includes 287 police officers, 7,423 soldiers, 2,014 judges and prosecutors, and 686 civil servants."

Jul 22 09:34

Bix Weir Warns Economic Collapse Coming Before Election: “August, September Time-Frame”

Crisis may be coming, and soon.

Who can say if such a bold prediction holds any weight. Maybe it is true that no man knows the hour when true crisis will come.

But it is all building to a dark crescendo, and there are many who see the front coming in, and those who can feel it in their veins.

And history loves the early fall for a crisis.

Jul 22 09:33

WSJ Reporter's "Shocking" Discovery: DHS Can Confiscate Any Device Along The Border Without Suspicion

"They grilled me for an hour," she wrote. "I answered jovially, because I've had enough high-level security experiences to know that being annoyed or hostile will work against you." Abi-Habib said that the agents then asked for her cellphones in order to "collect information."

"That is where I drew the line," Abi-Habib wrote. "I told her I had First Amendment rights as a journalist she couldn't violate and I was protected under."

According to Abi-Habib, the agent then presented a DHS document which explained that the government has the right to confiscate phones within 100 miles from U.S. borders: the document "basically says the US government has the right to seize my phones and my rights as a US citizen (or citizen of the world) go out the window."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury vs Madison that laws repugnant to the Constitution are automatically null and void. This claim that the Constitution does not apply within 100 miles of a national border (which here in Hawaii means the entire state) is itself null and void.

Jul 22 09:30

The sweetheart deal for Bill Clinton's Orgy Island pal may be exposed and overturned

If the agreement is overturned and Epstein faces real punishment, he just might be the type of guy who would sing like a bird to get lenient treatment in exchange for implicating bigger fish with his testimony. No wonder Bill Clinton is stammering when asked about whether his past is a relevant issue in his wife’s campaign.

Jul 22 09:27

Dan Simpson: We never seem to learn

The misshapen priorities of President Barack Obama’s administration may have reached a climax this past weekend as he scurried around the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, reassuring the Estonians and other Eastern Europeans of America’s guarantee of their security, while old wounds in his own country opened wide in a growing conflict between our police and our people.

The president flew home from Europe a day early, skipping sightseeing in Seville, so he could visit Dallas, one terrible scene of the action. Gosh.

The annual NATO budget is $1 trillion. It is 17 times as large as Russia’s military budget. A lot of good could be done at home with the American lion’s share of that NATO budget, in terms of police training, urban education and improvement in the quality of housing and health care among America’s poor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is NOT Vladimir Putin into who needs some "sense talked into him"; it is rather this bellicose, war-centric administration which desperately needs to have some logic surgically implanted into their collective brains.

These troops and weapons which the US and NATO have pre-positioned in Europe, and specifically to Eastern Europe, are the harbingers of a war the White House wants to see happen, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble, post-sanctions.

They also want the war to happen to misdirect Americans' anger at the way in which the economy at home has been mismanaged to the point where the American middle class has gone nearly extinct.

And if internal Clinton and White House polls show Trump handily defeating Clinton in November, there will be a tremendous haste to bring such a war about, to hand Trump a full-going hot war and a destroyed American economy even before he takes the Oath of Office.

Such a war would be an horrific mistake, and insanity writ large, on the part of this government; the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Jul 22 09:24

DNC Asks Court To Keep Donor List Secret & Clinton Lobbyist Tied To Illegal Foreign Donations

Jul 22 09:22

Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught On Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

In a rare move that actually protects and serves the community, police turned in one of their own after dashcam audio caught him beating a homeless suspect in handcuffs.

Jul 22 09:17

Archaeologists OVERTURN THE OFFICIAL HISTORY:, Multi story houses were built In Serbia 6000 years ago!

Thirty archaeologists and students from the region near the Corridor 10 near Paracin excavated remains of the largest Neolithic settlements in Serbia.

Primary school in Drenovac near Paracin and this summer the base archaeologists, researchers and students who more than a decade unearthing the remains of a Neolithic village near highway. They 6 hours every morning they go to the site on the right side of Corridor 10 from the direction of Paracin to Belgrade and under the protective structure-balloon working on defining two Neolithic houses, revealing the remains of the floor and the wall.

At this point, about 6,000 years ago, or 4 millennium BC, there was a real urban Neolithic city in which he lived close to 3,000 "soul". The geomagnetic recordings under the ground was discovered 600 buildings, of which at least half could be home.

Jul 22 09:14

Turkish Parliament Grants Erdogan Sweeping New Powers for State of Emergency

In a 346-115 vote, the Turkish parliament has approved a three month state of emergency across Turkey, the first time such a state will be applied over the entire nation. The vote grants sweeping new powers to President Erdogan, who had already centralized an unprecedented level of power before the failed coup.

The new powers aim to facilitate the expansion of the ongoing purge against broad swathes of Turkish society, allowing longer detention for suspects without charges, and for Erdogan to effectively rule by decree on several issues, without parliament approval.

Beyond that, the state of emergency allows the government to effectively ignore human rights law entirely, with the constitution only limiting them to the extent that there are limits in place from international treaties. Turkey’s withdrawal from the European Commission on Human Rights today suggests that they are planning to pare down such limits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a foreign national doing business in Turkey, I would cut my losses, and get the heck out of Dodge immediately, if not sooner.

This will not end well.

There is a great tyrannical darkness descending over this nation, and Attaturk, the founder of modern-day religiously-neutral Turkey, is most probably rolling over in his grave, at warp speed.

Jul 22 09:08

Newsbud Demands Public Retraction from NBC for Unethical False Reporting

On July 15, 2016, as an attempted coup unfolded in Turkey, a report began to circulate widely that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country by air and was requesting asylum in Germany. The apparent origin of this report was NBC News. A tweet has also been cited in many articles from MSNBC Segment Producer, Kyle Griffin. Griffin’s tweet stated, “senior US military source tells NBC News that Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany.”

Jul 22 09:05

Erdogan Has Obama Over A Barrel

Turkey’s President Recip Tayyib Erdogan, fresh off putting down an inept military coup, looks set to accelerate his already speedy run toward autocratic control. Given Turkey’s strategic geopolitical position, there’s nothing the Obama Administration, entangled as it is with Turkey as an ally, will do about it.

And Erdogan knows that.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not generally in favor of military putsches. But turning back one set of anti-democratic bullies doesn’t set Turkey on a path to expanded democracy. On the contrary, seeing as how Erdogan is seizing the opportunity throw a prosecutorial net over wide swathes of his opponents-something he was good at long before the coup-it looks like Turkey is soon to be run by a strongman of the non-military type. He is currently purging the education community of thousands of employees, all supposedly coup backers. You know, those math teachers who manned tanks during the coup attempt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, the US/NATO base at Incirkik is in lockdown, and the electricity is turned off.

And it looks as though things will stay that way until the Turkish Imam Gullen, a CIA asset, is extradited from the US to Istanbul, per Erdogan's demand.

IF Obama does this, the US - and the world - will see that he blinked on this demand, so he is really in a hard place here.

So what would I imagine the outcome here would be?!?

Were I a betting person, I would almost imagine that Gullen is going to "get very depressed" and wind up "committing suicide".

Political assassinations are common enough in this country that I wouldn't put it beyond the reach of this Administration, to make sure that this "probably soon-dead" man can tell no tales.

Then, his body will be shipped back home; the method of death may well perhaps be even too exotic to be discovered.

Jul 22 09:02

TODAY’S TOONS ~~ THE NEW POST ‘COUP’ TURKEY

Now Erdogan wants to change from a parliamentary to a presidential system, in order to be a ruler with full powers

Jul 22 09:02

OBAMA’S LAST GASP ON PALESTINE-ISRAEL

Palestinians should take seriously the possibility that Obama may act because of his disdain for Benjamin Netanyahu, and because of the support such a move would have from Samantha Power and John Kerry. Any initiative would likely occur after the US presidential elections; thus the window would be from November 2016 through January 2017.

Jul 22 09:00

Colorado Town Finds THC In Its Water

Colorado town finds THC in its water, warns residents not to drink or bathe in it
Law enforcement authorities say there are signs of possible tampering with water well in Hugo

HUGO — This town on Colorado’s Eastern Plains warned its residents not to drink, bathe in or cook with its tap water on Thursday because officials said multiple preliminary tests of the water came back positive for THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Residents were told not even to let their pets drink the water.

There have been no reports of illnesses or any symptoms of impairment from drinking the water, officials said at a news conference>>>

Jul 22 08:58

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay $475,000 to a New Mexico woman who accused agents of forcing her to undergo illegal body cavity probes

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed to pay $475,000 to a New Mexico woman who accused agents of forcing her to undergo body cavity probes and then got charged for the exams, civil liberties advocates said Thursday.

Jul 22 08:55

America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court - The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.

If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over the world who have been pressured by the US trade representative to adopt this American rule will have to figure out whether they’ll still enforce it, even after the US has given up on it.

Jul 22 08:54

Top Clinton Lobbyist Bundlers Tied to Foreign Banks, Governments

A number of Hillary Clinton’s top lobbyist bundlers, who have raised millions for her presidential campaign, either directly represent foreign entities or work at firms that represent foreign entities, according to documents from the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit.

Hillary for America, Clinton’s campaign committee, has hauled in more than $7 million in bundled lobbyist contributions since its inception. The committee finished 2015 with $4.1 million in bundled lobbyist contributions. It has since added more than $2.9 million to its coffers from lobbyists, with $1.2 million of that amount pouring in during the second quarter of 2016, from April 1 to June 30.

Tony Podesta, owner of the Podesta Group and brother of John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s campaign, is a top bundler for Hillary for America. Podesta has bundled $267,835 in contributions to date. Podesta was hired to work on behalf of Saudi interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If one can say anything about this woman, it is that she is thoroughly, and totally, owned by special interests, who only care about sweetheart deals, and not at all about We the People.

Jul 22 08:54

How realistic is Erdogan's pivot to Moscow and Tehran?

Following the failed attempt to overthrow the incumbent government in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a phone call to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Russian leader offered his condolences to the Turkish president for the loss of the lives of the innocent civilians and law enforcers who opposed the plotters, and confirmed his support for the restoration of “constitutional order.” Thus Putin set himself in contrast to Western leaders, notably from the NATO alliance of which Turkey is a bona fide member, who turned shy after the failed coup and chose not to speak directly to Erdogan, whose increasingly dictatorial stance and support for the Islamization of Turkish society have earned him a controversial reputation in the West. Later, Erdogan called his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and made a remarkable statement: Ankara is ready to join efforts with Iran and Russia to restore peace and stability in the region...

Jul 22 08:47

Kerry: Climate Change as Dangerous as Terrorism

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more than, the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jul 22 08:43

Miami cop shot caregiver while trying to protect him from autistic man with toy truck: police union

North Miami police offered a weird excuse for the officer who shot and wounded a black, unarmed hospital caregiver tending to an autistic man.

The head of the Florida city’s police union said the officer, whose name still has not been released, actually meant to shoot the autistic man playing in the street with a toy truck, reported the Miami Herald.

John Rivera, head of Miami-Dade’s Police Benevolent Association, said the officer was actually trying to protect the caregiver, Charles Kinsey, from his autistic patient by firing three shots from a military-style rifle.

But he apparently missed and shot Kinsey instead.

Video showing most of the encounter has been released, and the shooting has gained international attention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The intensity of police brutality borders on insane right now in this country.

Instead of being trained to calm down, or walk back from, an allegedly volatile situation, it appears that US police believe they can shoot to kill, and get away with it with absolutely impunity.

Jul 22 08:39

ONLINE PETITION - Put Hillary Clinton on Trial

Hillary Clinton has violated federal laws under Title 18 U.S. Code sections 2232, 1512, 1519, 2071, 681, and 793. Hillary Clinton has violated these laws after taking an oath to faithfully execute her office and to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Hillary Clinton is asking the people of the United States, to make her the first president in history to take the Constitutional oath of office after already having violated it.

We the people must not allow any persons, including government officials to be above the law, even if they have friends or political supporters in high offices of law enforcement and the Justice Department.

The United State must remain a nation of laws were all citizens are held to the same standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please sign this. This petition is a counter-petition to one MoveOn put up calling for an end to all discussions about locking Hillary up.

Jul 22 08:37

HIGHWAY BLUETOOTH DETECTORS ARE SPYING ON MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

DHS, the Dept., of Transportation and probably the DEA are using Bluetooth detectors to spy on motorists and pedestrians.

Government agencies like DHS and the DEA use Bluetooth detectors to gather Bluetooth data from a Wireless Sensor Network.
Wireless technology that allows electronic devices to communicate directly with one another
Recently emerged as viable travel time collection technology
Open standard, allows for off-the-shelf equipment
Detection range limited to about 328 feet (100 meters)
Less expensive than many other options
Flexible installation
Some potential privacy concerns
Detection technology relies on drivers' use of Bluetooth-enabled devices
“The whole country is doing this,” Paul Misticawi, vice president of public sector sales for traffic data software company.

Bluetooth detectors will soon be able to identify everyone

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the acts of a government terrified of their own people.

And in terms of surveilling ME?!?

The question would be, why the heck?!?

I'm a Christian pacifist activist, and the choral director of a small local church choir; what "threat level", please, do I present to this government?!?

The logical, short answer would be, zero.

But because I post to this blog, and work through information as logically and intelligently as I can, under the NDAA, I can be imprisoned indefinitely without due process whatsoever.

And as Shakespeare said, "Aye, there's the rub."

When logic itself becomes criminalized, the society in which this is happening is in deep kim chee. (Here in the Islands, that's literally a sour cabbage dish, but it means being in deep trouble.)

And folks, this is already starting to happen in this country.

Jul 22 08:30

Donetsk Blog, July 22: Donetsk Shelled by Day - Republics to Resist Police Mission - Kiev Close to Martial Law

The Donetsk International News Agency is a private, non-profit information agency located in the center of the city of Donetsk. It is headed by Finnish journalist, Janus Putkonen and has 10 full time journalists on staff. Approximately half of them are natives of Western European countries. Its website is: www.dninews.com

Jul 22 08:28

France to deploy aircraft carrier against ISIS, will supply Iraqi forces with heavy weapons

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will assist airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Jul 22 08:26

BEX ALERT - Poland must target Kaliningrad, Moscow Metro & RT to deter Russian invasion – think tank

Russia is unpredictable and may attack the Baltic states and Poland at any moment, so Warsaw should strengthen its military and be prepared to hit the city of Kaliningrad with missiles and shut down RT, a think tank with close ties to NATO has said.

Called ‘Arming for Deterrence’, the 25-page document released by the US-based Atlantic Council says what NATO in general and Poland in particular should do to “counter a resurgent Russia.” The threat of such an attack is imminent, the report states.

Jul 22 08:26

The Houthis Strike Back: US-Saudi War on Yemen Is in Deep You-Know-What

The Houthis have beaten back and counter-invaded Saudi. US and the Gulf Arabs have responded with - listen this - a statement pleading that 'the conflict in Yemen should not threaten Yemen’s neighbours'...

Jul 22 08:24

MICHIGAN GOES TOTAL POLICE STATE WITH ROADSIDE SALIVA CHECK POINTS

The Michigan State Police is working on plans to establish a pilot program for roadside drug testing, a spokeswoman said.

A new law instructs the state police to pick five counties where it will run a one-year pilot program for saliva-based testing to check drivers for drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine.

“We expect the counties to be finalized this summer with a pilot to begin sometime later in the year,” MSP spokeswoman Shanon Banner said.

The five counties will be determined based on criteria including: the number of impaired driving crashes;the number of impaired drivers arrested; and the number of Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) trained in the county, she said.

Attorney Neil Rockind, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm Rockind Law, opposed the legislation he said would set a “dangerous precedent” for Michigan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I can understand that we don't want drugged or drunk drivers on the road; however, this is a blatant, in your face, violation of the 4th Amendment.

These kits cost around $150.00 per testing unit.

I have to wonder just what kind of "relationship" the drug testing manufacturer who won this contract has with the State of Michigan.

What can the State of Michigan prove about the reliability of such testing kits?!?

And what happens to someone who refuses to take the test?!? Are they imprisoned for "failure to comply" with a demand for such testing?!?

Jul 22 08:24

LEAKED! Hillary’s Socialist VP Running Mate for 2016

If Hillary alone wasn’t bad enough, she wants to nominate one of two extreme left-wing socialists as her running mate! This is bad news for America.

Tim Kaine is the former failed governor of Virginia, is a “global warming” loon obsessed with raising taxes and, like Hillary, wants to destroy jobs for our coal miners.

Even worse is Senator Cory Booker, the failed mayor of crime-ridden Newark, New Jersey.

Jul 22 08:22

After Betraying Trump, Ted Cruz Just Made a HUGE Announcement About the 2016 Election

By now everyone knows about how Ted Cruz betrayed Donald Trump and refused to endorse him during his speech at the RNC convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Unlike Ronald Reagan, who called for unity in defeating the Democrats in 1976 after a narrow loss to sitting President Gerald Ford, Cruz attacked Trump and the millions of Trump supporters at the convention.

But now, Cruz made a huge announcement that will make Republicans happy – he’s NOT going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too little, too late.

Jul 22 08:22

The Real Threat to the Baltics Isn't Russia - It's Depopulation

Between ethnic Russians leaving for Russia and Balts leaving for the UK the three baltic states are emptying out - Latvia and Lithuania lost 8.3 and 11.3 percent of their residents last year alone - whole regions are on course to completely empty of people by 2050. Latvia experienced a population decline of 8.7 percent in the last year. From among the 28 members of the European Union (the United Kingdom has not yet officially left), only Lithuania has had a larger drop in the number of its residents (11.3 percent). Of the three Baltic States, Estonia alone boasted net population growth last year, equal to 2.0 percent (TVNET, July 8). According to statistical data, around 1.9 million people lived in Latvia at the beginning of 2016—which is about one-fifth less than in 1989. The number of inhabitants has increased only around the biggest cities in central Latvia as well as in the capital, Riga.

Jul 22 08:21

Dems Flying to Philly Next Week Will Get THIS Epic Special Message From Trump Fans! LOL!

A Trump fan who happens to live in the flight path for Philadelphia International Airport wanted to send a message to any liberals flying in for the Democratic convention next week.

So she opted for a very subtle, one-word effort. Across the roof of her house. In giant block letters!

What is it that Democrats flying overhead will see as they head in for the DNC?

Check it out …

Jul 22 08:20

With Just Nine Words, Sarah Palin DESTROYS Cruz’s Trump Betrayal (BOOM!)

What could have been a moment of unity and good-will among Republicans united in a fight against Hillary Clinton turned into Ted Cruz being selfish. Cruz was booed off the stage for his insult to Trump.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is especially furious with Cruz, and let him know this was: “was one of those career-ending ‘read my lips’ moments.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cruz just self-immolated.

Jul 22 08:18

Robertson’s 3 Word Response Silenced Everybody!

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of TV’s popular Duck Dynasty clan, is NOT happy about Ted Cruz’s embarrassing betrayal of Donald Trump.

In case you missed it, last night Ted Cruz broke his promise to endorse Donald Trump if he won the GOP nomination, and instead insulted the millions of conservatives who chose Trump to be the Republican nominee for president.

That’s why Phil is telling Cruz to GET OVER IT! This is shocking, since Phil endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump during the Republican primary.

Jul 22 08:14

Scott Adams: My Opinion of Trump’s Convention Speech

Persuasion-wise, Trump’s family was the big story of the convention. People seem to love them in the same way the public loved the Kennedys. And notice how Donald Jr. and Eric both have the speaking cadence of John and Jack Kennedy. Notice also how Melania reminds you of Jackie Kennedy – quiet, smart, and classy. These are coincidences, but your irrational brain doesn’t care. It sees a new batch of Kennedys and wants to see more of them. That’s powerful election magic for a nation that only pretends to care about policies.

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