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August 21, 2018

Aug 21 13:37

China And Russia Are Building ‘SHIP-KILLER’ Missiles - Mac Slavo

As China and Russia continue to build up their arsenal of “ship-killer” missiles, the United States Navy apparently has plans to counter the weapons. Officials have said that the Navy and numerous NATO partners are firing a new, high-tech ship defense weapon that can identify, track, and attack maneuvering anti-ship missiles.

Using an active seeker which enables the missile to change course in flight, is the method of “attack” against the anti-ship missiles of the Chinese and the Russians, service officials have said, according to National Interest.

The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.

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Translation: the Russians and Chinese have this technology now; the US and NATO companies are evolving the technology, but don't have it now.

Aug 21 13:34

'Zimbabwe-fication' Begins: Farmers Panic As South Africa Seizes First White-Owned Land

South Africa’s white farmers have been desperately trying to sell their lands at record pace ahead of planned government land seizures, according to a local farmer’s union. However, there are no buyers.

As Ryan Martinez writes for PlanertFreeWill.com, tensions among the country’s white farming community have been rising since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa who assumed office earlier this year and committed his African National Congress (ANC) to land expropriation.

“You shouldn’t own more than 25,000 acres of land. Therefore, if you own more it should be taken without compensation.”

“People who are privileged never give away privilege as a matter of a gift,” he continued. “And that is why we say, to give you the tools, revisit the constitution so that you have a legal tool to do it.”

Aug 21 13:33

New Arizona Law Moves State One Step Closer to Sound Money

As of midnight on August 3, a new law went into effect in Arizona that moved the state another leap forward toward recognizing gold and silver as money. The new statute does not replace the Federal Reserve notes, but it does put gold and silver on equal footing.

Introduced as House Bill 2013, the measure redefines the terms “legal tender” and “liquid capital” so as to allow trust companies in the Grand Canyon State to use either in calculating liquid capital.

Put simply, for trust companies in Arizona, liquid capital is defined now as “legal tender,” and “legal tender” is defined now as “a medium of exchange, including specie…for the payment of debt, public charges, taxes and dues.”

Aug 21 13:32

Kansas City School District Forces Boys and Girls to Use Same Bathrooms

No more separate restrooms for boys and girls, with rows of feet-showing stalls. The North Kansas City school district is going fully gender neutral at two new elementary schools, opening on Wednesday [August 15], as well as in a few renovated restrooms in North Kansas City High School and the sixth-grade centers.

The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.

A single sign on the wall outside displays both the male and female symbols.

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Aug 21 13:26

America Is Overdue For Another Economic Disaster

Underneath the current economic boom, there are some truly worrying signs...

This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times‘ Robin Wigglesworth and Nicole Bullock, “the U.S. stock market will officially have enjoyed its longest-ever bull run” — one that rises 20 percent from its low, until it drops 20 percent from its peak. And September 15 will be the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Bros., the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank. History’s largest bankruptcy filing presaged the October 2008 evaporation of almost $10 trillion in global market capitalization.

Aug 21 13:23

Buchanan: In Spies Battle, Trump Holds The High Ground

In backing John Brennan’s right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seemed to recognize that Sunday when he conceded that ex-CIA Director Brennan had the subtlety of “a freight train” and his rhetoric had become “an issue in and of itself.”

After Donald Trump’s Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, Brennan had called the president’s actions “nothing short of treasonous.”

The battle is now engaged. Trump cannot back down. He must defy and defeat the old bulls of the intel community. And he can.

For a security clearance is not a right. It is not an entitlement.

It is a privilege, an honor and a necessity for those serving in the security agencies of the U.S. government — while they serve.

Aug 21 13:20

Treasury Unloads On Moscow: Washington Freezes Russian Assets In The US Worth Hundreds Of Millions

Just hours after Microsoft said it had thwarted Russian intelligence attempts to hack two conservative think tanks and government sites used by Congressional staff, on Tuesday, the United States imposed new sanctions on two Russians and one Russian and one Slovakian firm under a U.S. program targeting malicious cyber-related activities.

In a statement on its website, the U.S. Treasury said the sanctioned firms - Saint Petersburg-based Vela-Marine Ltd and Slovakia-based Lacno S.R.O. - and the two individuals were linked to Divetechnoservices, a previously sanctioned entity.

Separately, speaking before the Senate Banking Committee, Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury’s top terror and financial intelligence official said that "the breadth and brazenness of Russia’s malign conduct demands a firm and vigorous response."

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What I want to know is, did these firms do what Treasury accused them of doing, or is this more Russia-demonizing, and how can Treasury prove this, if it did happen?!?

Aug 21 13:17

BofA's "Emerging Market Crisis" Indicator Was Just Triggered

While the market is distracted by record stock highs, a week-long vacation in Turkey, and a mysterious pre-talks bid in the offshore yuan, the truth is that this Emerging Market crisis has been a long time in the making, and based on the Brazilian Real's collapsed above 4/USD, it has a long way to go.

And as we highlighted in early May, BofA's Chief Investment Officer Michael Hartnett observed that higher US rates finally caused a higher US dollar (courtesy of the PBOC), at which point "EM started to crack." But while many had pointed at the collapse in the Turkish Lira, the Argentine Peso, and the Indonesia Rupiah, as cracks in the EM narrative, the truth is that many of these are idiosyncratic stories.

Aug 21 13:15

Internet Buzzing After Julian Assange's Mother Implicates Seth Rich In DNC Leak

The internet is buzzing with theories after Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's mother, Christine Assange, tweeted - and then deleted - what many believe to be a suggestion that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich "leaked docs proving corruption."

In response to the question "why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?" Christine Assange replied "Its the duty of media to inform citizens about corruption," adding "a #DNC #Bernie supporter disgruntled with rigging leaked docs proving corruption."

"What should Wikileaks should have done? Hold on to them till after the election to advantage #Hillary?" she continued, adding "You are shooting the messenger!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the DNC is not above eating - or assassinating - its own.

Aug 21 13:12

Micheal Cohen Plea Deal Involves Jail Time; Will Not Cooperate With Government

Update 3: The NYT confirms that Michael Cohen's plea deal does not involve co-operation with the government, but will include jail time. The plea deal will include tax fraud and bank fraud.

According to Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan, there could be several reasons for Cohen to plead guilty without a cooperation deal, according. As Bloomberg notes, it’s possible that federal prosecutors don’t consider his information valuable or view him as a worthy witness. But that could change.

“It could mean that they don’t need him or don’t trust him, or just aren’t ready to cut the deal yet,” said Sandick, now a defense attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. “Trump might be happy if there’s no cooperation today, but there could be cooperation in the future."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is way too early to know how far or if Mueller intends to break Cohen down right now.

Aug 21 13:05

Manafort jury note signals problems reaching consensus

difficulty reaching consensus on at least one count

Aug 21 13:00

Gov Corruption - Hillary Clinton Body Count Documentary -Serial Killer for President 114+ dead

Aug 21 12:50

Murphy Amendment Would Defund US Involvement in Yemen War

Recently signed by President Trump, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sought to place limits on US involvement in the Yemen War, and mandated new reports to Congress regarding involvement. President Trump said in his signing statement he won’t honor those limits, arguing that the war limits violate his role as commander in chief, and the reports put an undue burden on the Pentagon.

This week, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is taking another crack at defunding the war, with an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act of 2019, which is coming up for debate in the Senate. This amendment withdraws all funding, prohibiting the Pentagon from spending any money on the Yemen War.

This is the only realistic recourse Congress has to President Trump’s refusal to abide by NDAA limitations, The power of the purse allows Congress to defund conflicts, and Sen. Murphy says it is particularly vital in this case, because the war is unconstitutional and never authorized by Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see this get passed, but frankly, don't think it has the chance of an ice cube surviving in hell.

The US has been enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and that has to be stopped.

Aug 21 12:47

Taliban Rejects Afghan Ceasefire Offer

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his intentions to offer a ceasefire to the Taliban for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Having pushed them for a response, the Taliban rejected the proposal Monday.

Analysts had previously predicted that while a public Taliban acceptance was unlikely, it wasn’t clear they’d actually reject the deal. Ghani officials demanded the Taliban publicly take a position on Monday, however, and that position was a “no.”

This means that the fighting will be continuing on both sides. One Taliban commander, asked to explain the decision, said that the leadership believes the ceasefire only benefits the US, and would prolong the US military presence in the country. The Taliban had repeatedly said no peace is possible while US troops remain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would collectively evacuate troops as quickly as was safe, then negotiate with whatever government was still standing in Kabul for oil pipeline, and rare earth mineral rights, plus rights to the opium poppy production.

Of course, such negotiations... would be logical, and we can never have Americans seen as acting logically, can we?!?

Aug 21 12:39

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a more than reasonable request on the part of Russian President Putin.

Aug 21 12:36

Strzok Joins List of 25 Top FBI, DOJ Officials Who Have Been Recently Fired, Demoted, or Resigned

FBI agent Peter Strzok was finally fired Aug. 10 after more than a year of intrigue surrounding his bias against President Donald Trump.

He joins more than two dozen other top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials who have been fired, demoted, or resigned in the wake of investigations of the 2016 presidential election—in yet another confirmation that the DOJ/FBI swamp is being drained.

The once-respected Federal Bureau of Investigation was compromised by politically motivated insiders, including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Strzok, and many others. As more evidence of corruption comes to light, their schemes have rapidly begun to unravel. Such schemes included the exoneration of Hillary Clinton for her illegal email practices, the stonewalling of the separate investigation of the Clinton Foundation relating to Uranium One, and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) investigation of Trump associates that’s known as “Spygate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am waiting for, is the day when Hillary Rodham Clinton's security clearance gets yanked!!

Aug 21 12:35

In detaining Peter Beinart, Israel has declared it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas

Jonathan Cook argues that by detaining US Jewish commentator Peter Beinart because of his critical views, the Israeli government has signalled that it “wants fealty from Jews overseas – public support, donations, lobbying on domestic governments – but not their opinions”. >>

Aug 21 12:34

Brennan Denies Dossier Allegations, but Congress Wants Answers

n the late summer of 2016, then FBI Director James Comey had already been advised that former Senate Majority leader Harry Reid would be sending him a letter asking to investigate allegations that President Donald Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia, according to documents obtained by Congress. The letter, which was written several days after former CIA Director John Brennan met with Reid, has raised speculation among some congressional investigators that Brennan privately briefed Reid about the dossier. A government watchdog group is now seeking to verify what Brennan knew about the unverified anti-Trump dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Making the matter more precarious was that Reid’s letter was leaked several days later to the New York Times in the lead up to the presidential election. The letter stated, “evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s campaign continues to mount.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love it when the elite start eating their own!!

Aug 21 12:30


Nothing is as permanent as we imagine--especially super-complex, super-costly, super-asymmetric and super-debt-dependent systems.

Check which signs of Imperial decline you see around you: The hubris of an increasingly incestuous and out-of-touch leadership; dismaying extremes of wealth inequality; self-serving, avaricious Elites; rising dependency of the lower classes on free Bread and Circuses provided by a government careening toward insolvency due to stagnating tax revenues and vast over-reach--let's stop there to catch our breath. Check, check, check and check.

Sir John Glubb listed a few others in his seminal essay on the end of empires The Fate of Empires, what might be called the dynamics of decadence:

(a) A growing love of money as an end in itself: Check.

(b) A lengthy period of wealth and ease, which makes people complacent. They lose their edge; they forget the traits (confidence, energy, hard work) that built their civilization: Check.

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Aug 21 12:28


It's worth taking a second look at this article from 2013 now that former CIA director John Brennan is in the headlines attacking President Trump for trying to "silence" him.

From The Daily Mail on 15 August 2013, "Renowned investigative journalist Michael Hastings was working on story about CIA Chief John Brennan at the time of his mysterious death":

The mysterious death of famed investigative journalist Michael Hastings took a surprising turn this week when it was revealed that the target of his latest expose was CIA Director John Brennan.

Hastings was killed in a fiery car crash in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles about 4:25 a.m. on June 18, of this year. Witnesses described his speeding Mercedes coup as creating sparks and flames before it fish-tailed into a palm tree and exploded. Hastings' body was burned beyond recognition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by this revelation; those in power in this country will do anything to hang on to that power.


Aug 21 12:24


Moments later every single one of these kids were killed, vaporized by a Saudi fired missile.

This atrocity took place on 9 August, leaving 51 dead, 40 of whom were children, with most victims under the age of 10, while another 77 were seriously injured, according to the International Red Cross.

The US Department of Defense has tried to downplay the United States role in what must surely constitute a war crime and/or a crime against humanity by either arguing it’s still investigating the matter or by disingenuously minimizing its involvement.

“We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them,” Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesperson for US Central Command, told Vox. “We don’t have a lot of people on the ground.”

Well, we do know who sold Saudi Arabia the missile, and there are plenty of Yemeni journalists and international aid agencies in Yemen “on the ground.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled war Saudi war crimes in Yemen never seem to end, three years on, and therein lies the problem.

But the Saudi genocide against Yemeni children neither started, nor ended with this incident. Let's take a look at the following (warning: very graphic) images of Yemeni children being killed by Saudi bombing; kids dying of starvation, courtesy of the US/Saudi blockage of Yemeni ports; and a huge outbreak of cholera, possibly weaponised.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port blockade

Images: Yemeni children sickened and dying from cholera, perhaps weaponized

These are, obviously, images that the US Deep State absolutely does not want its citizens seeing, as they don't want people questioning the rightness of this genocide, in light of the fact that the US government is abetting/encouraging it here in Yemen; however, as a Christian pacifist activist, and an American who cares about the future of her country, I find that I must bear witness to these acts, done in our names, and with our tax dollars.

Folks, we need to be paying attention here, and having a peaceful, national conversation as to whether such acts are really in the best interests of the future of this country.

I for one, say no.

Who is with me, here, please, and who will have the courage to contact your alleged Congressional Representatives, and tell them that supporting this continued genocide in Yemen is an election breaker?!?

Aug 21 12:23

Nanny State Steps In On Soda, Law Proposed Banning Restaurants From Serving Beverages

By Aaron Kesel

The nanny state is attempting to limit what drinks children can receive at restaurants. A California bill proposing limiting restaurants to serving children water or unflavored milk with their meals passed the California Assembly and is now making its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk...

Aug 21 12:14

Scientist Rips Into AP Story Blaming Wildfires on Global Warming

The Associated Press is out with a new analysis claiming that “science says” the amount of western U.S. land scorched by wildfires every year increases as temperatures go up.

However, while those things are true, simply correlating two data trends is not “science” as AP writer Seth Borenstein claims. And one expert says the simple correlation is meant to suggest a strong relationship between global warming and western wildfires that may not be there.

Aug 21 12:14

Mike Huckabee Reveals He Has Been Targeted by Facebook – ‘They Will Rue the Day’

As a number of conservatives and Republicans, including President Donald Trump, allege, political bias among the top tech companies, several individuals are sharing anecdotes they believe help prove their larger claim.

In a recent Fox Business Network interview, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he had experienced adverse impact from Facebook and its algorithms based on what he believes is the conservative content he posts to his page.

“I’ve been subjected to some of Facebook’s censorship, if you would call it that,” he said. “It’s not technically censorship since they’re not a government. But they almost act like a monopolistic government entity.”

Aug 21 12:13

Papadopoulos Told Feds He Received $10,000 From Foreign National He Believed Was A Spy

Buried at the bottom of a court document Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed Friday is a reference to a mysterious $10,000 cash payment given to George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who has been charged with giving false statements to the FBI.

On the final page of a memorecommending that Papadopoulos serve up to six months in jail, Mueller said that Papadopoulos told investigators about $10,000 in cash that he received from a foreign national who he suspected to be a foreign spy.

“The defendant provided information about $10,000 in cash he received from a foreign national whom he believed was likely an intelligence officer of a foreign country (other than Russia),” reads the court filing, which recommends a fine of between $500 and $9,500 for Papadopoulos.

“The defendant has stated that he kept that money in a safe pending his sentencing in this case and Counsel for the defendant has consented to the imposition of this fine amount,” it continued.

Aug 21 12:13

Internet Buzzing After Julian Assange's Mother Implicates Seth Rich In DNC Leak

The internet is buzzing with theories after Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's mother, Christine Assange, tweeted - and then deleted - what many believe to be a suggestion that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich "leaked docs proving corruption."

In response to the question "why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?" Christine Assange replied "Its the duty of media to inform citizens about corruption," adding "a #DNC #Bernie supporter disgruntled with rigging leaked docs proving corruption."

"What should Wikileaks should have done? Hold on to them till after the election to advantage #Hillary?" she continued, adding "You are shooting the messenger!"

Aug 21 12:11

US Occupying Iraq Forever Is Last Thing World Needs Now

Going against international law and what the international civil society wants, which is troop withdrawal, Col Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq, says that US troops are intending to remain in Iraq “as long as we think they’re needed.” He says this is vital to the stabilization efforts in post-ISIL Iraq.

This is in keeping with other comments out of the Pentagon, where officials more or less uniformly envision a permanent US military occupation of Iraq, and have not been shy in saying so. And don’t believe it when President Trump says he’s keen to withdraw troops once ISIL is defeated.

Also, don’t believe it when Col. Ryan says it is possible there could be some minor drawdowns of US troops from Iraq in the future>>>

Aug 21 12:10

Rich moving to coasts as poor go inland... Foreclosures rising

Aug 21 12:08

My Daughter Molested by TSA; Me Nearly Arrested for Objecting

By Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
"...How would you feel if your young daughter or grand-daughter was forced to submit to a woman grabbing her genitals?”

His face darkened: “I wouldn’t like it; I don’t like it at all.”

“It’s sick what our country has become,” I added.

“It sure is,” he agreed. “But there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s policy.”

I know some who will read this will smugly scoff that I should not fly at all. But is that a solution? We go around the world bombing for “peace and democracy,” while at home middle aged women sexually assault little girls in plain sight “for our own good.” To “keep us safe.” But hey, it’s “just policy.”

Aug 21 12:07

Sweden In Crisis: Leading PM Candidate Vows Migration Reforms As Nationalism Surges

After reeling from the sight of approximately 100 burning cars, frequent shootings, grenade attacks and sexual assaults, populism is rising in Sweden - as evidenced by the anti-immigration right-wing Sweden Democrats party surging in polls leading up to next month's September 9 elections. Both the center-left and center-right parties have ruled out working with the Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots that wants to freeze immigration and to hold a referendum on Sweden’s membership of the European Union. That said, the moderate parties may be forced to adopt SD measures in order to assuage public calls for tougher policies on crime and immigration.

Aug 21 12:07

North Korea To Let UN Inspectors Observe Missile Launches

North Korea has agreed to allow the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct an on-site inspection of the country's missile launches in order to ensure the safety of international flights from the country's missile launches, reports the Japan Times, citing officials with the Montreal-based UN agency.

Aug 21 12:06

DOJ Indicts Iranians Accused Of Spying For Iran On Jewish, Anti-Khomeini Groups

The Department of Justice indicted two individuals accused of spying on Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, as well as the anti-Khomeini group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were arrested on August 9, according to records which were unsealed on Monday.

According to the indictment, in or about July 2017, Doostdar traveled to the United States from Iran in order to collect intelligence information about entities and individuals considered by the government of Iran to be enemies of that regime, including Israeli and Jewish interests, and individuals associated with the MEK, a group that advocates the overthrow of the current Iranian government.

Aug 21 12:04


Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what’s out there.

Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it’s thrown away, it doesn’t just disappear. Much of it crumbles into small pieces.

Scientists call the tiny pieces “microplastics” and define them as objects smaller than 5 millimeters — about the size of one of the letters on a computer keyboard. Researchers started to pay serious attention to microplastics in the environment about 15 years ago. They’re in oceans, rivers and lakes. They’re also in soil. Recent research in Germany found that fertilizer made from composted household waste contains microplastics.

And, even more concerning, microplastics are in drinking water. In beer. In sea salt. In fish and shellfish. How microplastics get into animals is something of a mystery, and Chelsea Rochman is trying to solve it.

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We have got to get this out of the food chain; otherwise, it augurs very poorly for human health as well.

Aug 21 12:00


The software behemoth Microsoft Corp wants to gain an insider view on candidates and election campaigns at the federal, state and local level. The Seattle based company now offers a "special cybersecurity protection" to those candidates and campaigns that use its Office 365, Outlock or Hotmail cloud services. Those who take up the offer will put their emails, internal strategy papers and financial records onto Microsoft owned and administrated servers where Microsoft personal will have a special eye on them.

The company hopes that a large amount of such data will enable it "to collect critical feedback" into developing political dangers and will allow it to "to address the specific needs of eligible organizations". This could, for example, be done by directing or withholding campaign contributions in line with its corporate interests. The acquired material will also be of interest to various national intelligence agencies and might be of value for future political trades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: should any computer company be allowed to have this much power, in exchange for access?!?

My short answer is, "Hell, no!!"

Aug 21 11:58


A study published by Jonathan Mummolo, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, reveals that law enforcement is hiding important facts about militarization.

The study titled "Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation" reveals a very important fact.

"Militarized police units do not appear to provide the safety benefits that many police administrators claim."

Mummolo studied data from 9,000 police departments many of which refused to reveal the "presence of militarized police units or their activities."

The study shows that militarized police units are more often deployed in communities of color. "I show that militarized police units are more often deployed in communities with high concentrations of African Americans," Mummulo said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hardly surprising to anyone living in a predominantly African-American community.

Aug 21 11:56

New “Humanitarian” Tech Program In Syria “Invented” By Former State Dep’t, Arab Spring Participants

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been a few months since mainstream media has presented its audience with a State Department super hero acting as a “humanitarian” in Syria. But, never to disappoint, Andrew Gold of Wired as well as a host of other writers (at the same time) have been extolling the virtues of three new tech heroes who have designed an app to allegedly protect Syrian civilians from becoming victims of airstrikes...

Aug 21 11:55


For the second year in a row, the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has effectively killed a bill that was poised to ensure transparency, community oversight, and civil liberties regarding proliferating police surveillance technology.

S.B. 1186 was approved by the California Senate, as well as by two Assembly policy committees. Despite that momentum, the bill stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego. The bill needed to be voted on by committee members by August 17 in order to move to a floor vote, but was instead indefinitely placed on a “suspense calendar” without the committee ever voting.

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As evidenced by the permanent sidelining of this bill, the United States has morphed from "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" to the "Land of the Surveilled... and the Home of the Cowed."

Aug 21 11:54

Desperate China Unveils Plan To Tax Childless Couples To Avoid "Demographic Time Bomb"

China, like Japan, faces a demographic crisis, and like Japan, the central planners have decided to do something about it.

Japan has tried a few things - from imposing "handsome taxes" to make it easier for uglier men to get laid, to changing women's attitudes towards sex as "bothersome," but so far it is not working as young Japanese men appear to prefer the company of their AI girlfriends.

But, while Japan went with the 'carrot' incentive for encourage more fornication; China, having relinquished its one-child policy three years ago, prefers the 'stick' to change Chinese people's attitudes towards baby-making.

Aug 21 11:53

Brazil Deploys Troops To Venezuela Border After Migrant Chaos - "This Is Going To Turn Into War!"

Brazil’s President Michel Temer announced an emergency meeting of government Sunday after deploying troops to the border town of Pacaraima where Venezuelan migrants clashed with residents.

Temer met with key officials at his presidential palace, including those of defense, public security, and foreign affairs, but limited details were disclosed, said the AFP.

The situation in Pacaraima was critical on Saturday, migrant camps were overwhelmed by angry residents following reports that a local restaurant owner had been attacked by a gang of Venezuelans.

There has been growing hostility towards the numbers of Venezuelan migrants entering the Roraima state, Brazil’s northernmost region, in recent months.

Groups of men carrying blunt objects set fire to the camps and other items belonging to the Venezuelans, and more than one thousand migrants fled town back across the border.

Aug 21 11:53


As Aldous Huxley warned in Brave New World Revisited, “Liberty cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.”

Whether or not the government plans to impose some more overt form of martial law in the future remains to be seen, but there can be no denying that we’re being accustomed to life in a military state.

The malls may be open for business, the baseball stadiums may be packed, and the news anchors may be twittering nonsense about the latest celebrity foofa, but those are just distractions from what is really taking place: the transformation of America into a war zone.

Aug 21 11:53

Congo: Ebola “Bungle in the Jungle” a Planned Mishap

Malthusian theory holds that depopulation (or zero population growth) is a necessity to control a species (namely humanity) that reproduces and consumes natural resources without limits. This is a “New Age” mantra adopted early on by Communists as far back as Marx and Lenin. The ball has been carried successively by Edward House and Woodrow Wilson, and further exacerbated by such “gems” as Kissinger, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and so forth. Much of the public and almost all of the youth (a recent poll taken showed young people prefer Socialism to Capitalism) have fallen for this mantra.

The “problem” for them is how to push it along quickly: war is one answer, and disease is another.

Aug 21 11:52

Turkey Files Complaint With WTO Over US Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Products

A second country has now filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the United States’ insistence on ramping up a trade war. Turkey, following in China’s footsteps, filed the complaint after the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum products coming from the country.

“Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning additional import duties imposed by the United States on steel and aluminum products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 20 August,” the WTO said on Monday according to a report by RT. “Turkey claims that the measures are inconsistent with a number of provisions of the WTO’s Agreement on Safeguards and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994,” said a statement on the WTO’s website.

Aug 21 11:51

The Telltale Signs Of Imperial Decline

Check which signs of Imperial decline you see around you: The hubris of an increasingly incestuous and out-of-touch leadership; dismaying extremes of wealth inequality; self-serving, avaricious Elites; rising dependency of the lower classes on free Bread and Circuses provided by a government careening toward insolvency due to stagnating tax revenues and vast over-reach--let's stop there to catch our breath. Check, check, check and check.

Sir John Glubb listed a few others in his seminal essay on the end of empires The Fate of Empires, what might be called the dynamics of decadence:

(a) A growing love of money as an end in itself: Check.

(b) A lengthy period of wealth and ease, which makes people complacent. They lose their edge; they forget the traits (confidence, energy, hard work) that built their civilization: Check.

(c) Selfishness and self-absorption: Check.

(d) Loss of any sense of duty to the common good: Check.

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Aug 21 11:50

UK Foreign Secretary to Urge EU to Expand Sanctions Against Russia

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaking Tuesday at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, will urge the European Union to expand sanctions against Russia over the Salisbury incident, according to excerpts from Hunt's speech obtained by Sputnik.

"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia’s foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more dangerous place," according to the speech.

"And today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US. That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea," it says.

Aug 21 11:50

War Criminal Erik Prince Bashes U.S. Military To Persuade Trump To Privatize Afghan War

The founder of Blackwater trashed the U.S. Army in his attempts to persuade Donald Trump to give him a big contract and fight the war privately.

Fox and Friends Co-host Brian Kilmeade sat nodding like a jackass while Prince's denigrating comments about the men and women in the armed forces flew right by him.
After Trump sent in more troops last year, Prince told Kilmeade Donald now owns the war and they are failing.

Kilmeade agreed that Trump has changed things up there, "Are you saying it's not as effective?"

"It is a continuous litany of death and failure. >>>

Aug 21 11:50

US Senators Want Answers After +1,000 Kids Poisoned by Lead on Army Bases

A group of US senators has expressed concern to the US Army over revelations that lead paint in on-base Army housing has had life-changing medical consequences for young children living there.

Heavy metal inside an officer's house at Fort Benning, Georgia, where one Colonel J. Cale Brown served as a battalion commander, led to the metal poisoning of 10-month-old JC Brown, the young son of the colonel and his wife, Darlena.

Aug 21 11:49

Unlikely Allies: Will Israel Join 'Arab NATO' Aimed Against Iran?

Tel Aviv is apparently seeking to team up with the Sunni Arab countries in the Middle East to crackdown on Iran. Speaking to Sputnik, Russian and Israeli analysts have shared their views on the possibility of Israel's admission to an "Arab NATO."

On August 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped a hint that Israel may join an anti-Iranian Arab coalition in the event Tehran blocks the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

"If Iran tries to block the Bab al-Mandab, I am convinced that it will find itself facing a determined international coalition to prevent this. This coalition would also include the state of Israel and all its arms," the Israeli prime minister stated.

Aug 21 11:49

Trump's Personal Attorney Cohen Takes Plea Deal on Financial Charges - Reports

US President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer entered into a plea deal Tuesday with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, according to ABC News.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation for a several charges including tax fraud and other banking-related crimes. According to the New York Times, federal investigators are looking into more than $20 million in loans obtained by a taxi business owned by Cohen and his family. Officials are also looking into hush payments Cohen had arranged with women who allegedly had sexual encounters with Trump.

Per ABC News, if a deal is reached and Cohen cooperates with investigators, information from Cohen could be beneficial to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian actors. However, it is still unclear whether Cohen will cooperate.

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Cohen will burn Trump now.

Aug 21 11:46

Europe… what could possibly go wrong?

Aug 21 11:31

Beijing Notes Signs of US Decline Behind Bloated New Pentagon Budget

The emerging multipolar global arrangement has convinced observers that the United States is undeniably confronting an inevitable decline in its status as the world’s foremost hegemonic power.


(*In other words; They can smell whats cooking in our crock pot , all the way to China !)

Aug 21 11:30

Asia Argento Is Denying Sexually Assaulting Jimmy Bennett

"I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false," Argento said in a statement.

Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers and a prominent voice in the #MeToo movement, is denying allegations that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett when he was a teenager.

Aug 21 11:12

Disputing Westminster Attacker's Citizenship Part of 'Racist Mindset' - Charity

Media speculations challenging the citizenship of Westminster car ramming attack perpetrator reflect the "racist mindset," which rules out home-grown terrorism and suggests that Islam is incompatible with being a UK citizen, Frances Webber, the vice chair of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), told Sputnik on Thursday.

"If you think back to 2005 you'll recall that was a time when the media immediately after 7/7 were all into this narrative about Muslim immigrants coming over here… It is an absolute reflex that they would challenge his citizenship… And also it is a way of saying that terrorism cannot be British, so he cannot possibly be British and, if he is, then he shouldn't be. It is just a racist mindset where, almost by reflex, people revert to that kind of mentality," Webber explained.

She added that such conjectures cultivated an outlook claiming that Islam was incompatible with the United Kingdom.

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Aug 21 11:11

Fleeing the Buck: What Will Happen if Gulf States Move Away From the Dollar?

Russia, Turkey, China and Iran are fleeing the dollar and promoting bilateral trade in national currencies, amid the US tariff and sanctions spree. Speaking to Sputnik, Middle Eastern economists have shared their views on whether the Persian Gulf States will follow suit.

"It is very difficult to move away from the dollar alone, but if the countries of the Persian Gulf decided to do this together, if they introduced a single currency, this would have a huge effect and a push for progress," Egyptian economist Muhammed Abdel Jawad told Sputnik Arabic, adding that "this would turn the Gulf states into "global economic leaders."

Jawad has drawn parallels between the European Union and the countries of the Persian Gulf region, suggesting that the potential Gulf bloc could have outperformed the EU due to its vast oil and gas reserves.

Aug 21 11:10

‘Who are you to warn us?’: Duterte hits back after US warning to stay away from Russian arms

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, slammed Washington for telling his country what weapons to buy, but appeased the Americans by saying that the submarines it may purchase from Russia won’t be used against them.

Duterte was outraged by last week’s statement from US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Randall Schriver, who said that the Philippines “should think very carefully” about acquiring Russian subs and other weapons as it would jeopardize the alliance between Washington and Manila.

“Why? Did you stop other countries? Why are you stopping us? … You’re warning us, who are you to warn us?” the Philippine leader said during a speech in Davao City on Friday as cited by the Inquirer.net website.

Aug 21 11:10

‘Secret directive’ bans UN agencies from helping rebuild Syria until ‘political transition’ – Lavrov

Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that due to the “absolutely deconstructive” stance of the US one also shouldn’t expect any positive decisions on rebuilding Syria and return of refugees to the country from the UN Security Council.

He reminded that following the talks between US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, last week, Washington said that that “any discussion of reconstruction was premature absent a political solution” in Syria.


Aug 21 11:10

Plane blows tires at New Jersey airport, prepares for crash landing

A plane is stuck in mid air over New Jersey, attempting to land after blowing two of its tires off during takeoff.

The plane reportedly took off around 10.50 am on Tuesday from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, bound for London Luton Airport in the UK. Two of the aircraft’s tires blew off, and the plane is now circling Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts, preparing to make an emergency landing, ABC7 reported.

Aug 21 11:09

Authoritarian Patriarchy Is the Root of Sexual Abuse in the Church

Pennsylvania Grand Jury report uncovers 70 years of sexual abuse of at least a thousand children by 301 priests. We speak to theologian Matthew Fox about the scandal’s causes and consequences

Aug 21 11:08

Has the lost city of Etzanoa been found? 17th century civilization wiped out by Spanish conquistadors and disease 'has been located on the Oklahoma border'

An archaeologist in Kansas believes that he has made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery after claiming to have unearthed a long-lost civilization in the Midwest.

Wichita State University Professor Donald Blakeslee believes he's found the massive lost city of Etzanoa, which has home to an estimated 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

Located in Arkansas City, Kansas, just a few miles from the Oklahoma border, Blakeslee says that freshly translated documents and an array of high-tech equipment may have led him to the mythical city.

Aug 21 11:03

Everything We Know About College Student Mollie Tibbetts, Found Dead Weeks After Disappearing

Family and friends of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts endured weeks of mystery after she vanished from her small town of Brooklyn, Iowa, in mid-July — having last been seen alive out on her regular evening run

Aug 21 11:02

Warning over baby monitors as researchers discover two popular brands do NOT properly measure oxygen levels

Popular brands of baby monitors may not be accurate in measuring your infant's vital signs, a new study has warned.
Researchers said they found that these commercially available monitors - which are not FDA-approved - either never showed there were low levels of oxygen in the blood or did so inconsistently.

Aug 21 11:01

Phil Mudd Has Meltdown On CNN

Aug 21 10:59

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails - they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for 'disgusted' Democratic insiders

A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia.

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.

'Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,' said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.'

His account contradicts directly the version of how thousands of Democratic emails were published before the election being advanced by U.S. intelligence.

Aug 21 10:58

Mexico Seizes Record 50 Tons Of Meth From Superlab

After locating a massive drug laboratory near the town of Alcoyonqui, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, personnel of the Secretariat of the Navy seized 50 tons of methamphetamine, allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel, in the most significant drug bust of this kind in the history of Mexico.

Aug 21 10:57

Red Wave, Brennan, Mueller, and the NFL. Michael Rivero - August 20, 2018

Aug 21 10:54

Miranda Live: Malcolm Turnbull hanging onto Liberal party leadership by a thread

IT is deja vu in Canberra with Malcolm Turnbull surviving a leadership spill against Peter Dutton, more than two years after rolling Tony Abbott for the Prime Ministership.

Aug 21 10:54

"Socialism is theft" Ben Shapiro SLAMS Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while debunking Socialism

Aug 21 10:52

Slow Death: CNN Dropped Below “Pawn Stars” Channel in Ratings

By now it has become predictable old news to hear that Fox News Channel defeated their cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC in the weekly ratings, as they have finished number one out of the big three in total average viewers per day for 31 consecutive weeks, according to Adweek.

Nor is it a surprise to hear that Fox beat their rivals in prime time viewership either, as they have done so for 11 consecutive weeks now.

What is somewhat surprising, and incredibly laughable, is that CNN — the formerly vaunted crown jewel of the establishment media — has sunk so low in the ratings that they are losing out to other basic cable networks in terms of prime time viewers, networks with decidedly less important topics to air than the serious news of the day.

Aug 21 10:51

Judicial Watch released documents showing Peter Strzok’s & Lisa Page’s profanity-laced disdain for FBI

Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice revealing former top FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page’s profanity-laced disdain for FBI hierarchy and policies. The DOJ, meanwhile, is resisting Judicial Watch’s request for a court order to preserve all responsive Page-Strzok communications.

Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump text messages became center-stage amid allegations of bias at the Bureau, and both have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

Aug 21 10:50

Louisiana AG Blocks Banks From Closing $600 Million Deal Due To Their Gun Control Views

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken steps to block Bank of America and Citibank from underwriting a $600 million state deal, because of their public views on the Second Amendment.

Bank of America has pledged to end loans to gun manufacturers, who produce military style firearms for civilian use and Citi put restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers, according to The New York Times.

“We don’t want them to represent the state of Louisiana when they’re gonna decide to become the social police and infect Louisiana with these types of policies, under which they’re gonna restrict our citizens’ ability to legally purchase firearms,” Landry, a Republican, said on “Fox & Friends” Sunday. “And so it was a great day in Louisiana this week, our state treasurer, John Schroeder and many conservatives stood up and said, ‘No. We don’t want these types of corporations representing the state of Louisiana.’”

Aug 21 10:46

Finland Can't Confirm 40% of Migrant Identities

Finland’s Immigration Service (Migri) can’t positively identify 40% of the migrants applying for asylum, according to Finnish media outlet YLE.

IDs and passports are almost exclusively used by western migrants entering Finland and not from their Middle Eastern or African counterparts, says the director of Migri's asylum unit, Esko Repo.

"People who are fleeing do not have the possibility of leaving with the required documents in their pockets,” said Repo. “Some of them come from countries that don't even have passport systems.”

Aug 21 10:46

Italy allows stranded migrants to dock in Sicily

Rome had threatened to return the 177 migrants to Libya amid a standoff with Malta over who should take them. Local media reports suggested it would take some negotiations before the migrants are allowed to disembark.

Aug 21 10:45

Confederate statue, known as 'Silent Sam,' toppled by protesters on UNC campus

A Confederate monument on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been "divisive for years" but should not have been torn down by rampaging students, the school's chancellor said Tuesday.

More than 200 protesters gathered Monday night at the school's Peace and Justice Plaza to listen to speeches before marching to "Silent Sam," a statue erected in the middle of campus more than 100 years ago. Video from the scene shows protesters using ropes to topple the statue as the crowd cheers and chants slogans including "Whose campus? Our campus!"

The impromptu removal of Silent Sam is the latest in a long line of statues to fall or be legally removed across the nation since a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago. That rally, which turned deadly, had in part been organized as a protest against plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville park.

Aug 21 10:44

Staying at the Volcano House, Hawaii

Helen van Berkel checks into the Volcano House, Hawaii.

Getting there: It's about an hour's flight from Honolulu, followed by a 45-minute drive.

The check-in experience: A mimosa served at check-in quickly wipes away the dust of the road.

Price: About $455 a night. And worth it when it reopens. Volcano House sits in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been erupting since May, closing the park and the house. The website says bookings are being taken but it will not reopen until September 15 at the earliest.

The accommodation: It's an old-style lodge, complete with occasionally creaky floors and stairs, sash windows and an open fire in the cosy lobby. Its old-fashioned decor adds to the elegance The facilities: It's old-school the whole way here: tiled showers and a sliding door to the walk-in wardrobe area.

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Claire playing the koa wood piano at volcano house.

Aug 21 10:42

Stratolaunch Unveils New Rockets, Space Plane to Launch from World's Largest Airplane

Now we know exactly how Stratolaunch Systems plans to get satellites to orbit.

Stratolaunch, which was established by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011, will employ four different satellite-toting vehicles, the company revealed today (Aug. 20).

All of them will blast their way to orbit after being dropped at altitude from a mother-ship plane — the largest aircraft ever built, with a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters). [Stratolaunch Test Photos: The World's Largest Plane in Action]

"We are excited to share for the first time some details about the development of our own, proprietary Stratolaunch launch vehicles, with which we will offer a flexible launch capability unlike any other," Stratolaunch CEO Jean Floyd said in a statement. "Whatever the payload, whatever the orbit, getting your satellite into space will soon be as easy as booking an airline flight."

Aug 21 10:41

Removal of Brennan's security clearance not enough!

There has been a feeding frenzy in the media this week about President Donald J. Trump's order removing the national security clearance of former Obama Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as his announced review to consider removing the national security clearances of others related to the Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele dossier and related Clinton-Democrat scandals. Fox News, true to form, hyped this minimal act by the president, characteristically to boost its television ratings and thus "jingle" more change out of the deep pockets of its advertisers. Where are commentators on Fox News who actually want to do and are doing something about the current state of affairs, rather than just talk...?

Aug 21 10:40

Investigative Journalist Found Dead in D.C. Hotel Room Weeks After Reporting Bill Clinton to FBI & DHS for Allegedly Raping Boy

Investigative Journalist Jen Moore was found dead in a suburban Washington D.C. hotel room Monday, according to police and shocked and distraught friends and colleagues.

Moore died of an apparent seizure. Police are closely investigating the cause of death in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Preliminary reports from police said the death was not the result of suicide.

Moore’s body was found by employees at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington, D.C. East – in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy had not been scheduled as of late Monday.

Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by a 26-year-old man that — as a young boy — he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.

Aug 21 10:39


The initial response from the left was hopeful, if skeptical. Booker, a presumed 2020 hopeful, has been making concessions to the left since 2016, including a pledge to reject corporate PAC donations, putting a “pause” on fundraising from pharmaceutical companies, and embracing Sanders-style policies like a $15 minimum wage and “Medicare for All.”

Although he has a long history of strident pro-Israel advocacy, this year, Booker declined from speaking publicly at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, America’s prominent pro-Israeli government lobbying group — although an AIPAC official told The Intercept that conference attendees met with him at his Capitol Hill offices following the event.

Aug 21 10:34

Afghanistan proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

A ceasefire is due to begin in Afghanistan on Monday and will "continue as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it", President Ashraf Ghani has said.

Initially, it marks the Muslim Eid al Adha holiday, and comes days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and in a northern province.

The Taliban, which has said it will free hundreds of prisoners, is reportedly considering a four-day truce during the holiday, which runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

Supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada is yet to give his final approval, however.


(*There's Always A Catch When It Comes To Delivering Peace .
That said , here's a BONUS catch:)
Pompeo says 'time for peace' as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban