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Jan 23 02:03

The Neocon Dream for Everlasting Hegemony Has Turned America Into a Nightmare 

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

Jan 23 02:03

The Neocon Dream for Everlasting Hegemony Has Turned America Into a Nightmare 

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

Jan 23 01:59

THE TSA COULD DECIDE THE FATE OF THE GOVERNMENT

The government shutdown, now in its 32nd day and being the longest ever in U.S. history, has caused massive media coverage on Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees and their fate due to the shutdown. This is precisely because the TSA could bring the country to a virtual standstill, and thus has more power than most to end the shutdown by pressure.

Over this holiday weekend, sick call-ins for TSA employees not getting paid during the shutdown hit 10 percent,suggesting that the problem could spiral out of hand, despite the Agency’s insistence to the contrary.

There’s plenty of reason for the public sympathy with the TSA, despite the grueling process they put travelers through at the airport. Still, you won’t find this same level of human interest stories about judges, lawyers or other federal workers affected by shutdown.

Part of the reason may be the fact that TSA employees are the worst paid, or maybe because the agency exists because of the 9/11 attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful that neither Mike nor I have to travel anywhere at the moment; I have heard that it has been chaos.

Jan 23 01:55

VENEZUELA ARRESTS ROGUE OFFICERS AFTER MILITARY REVOLT IN CARACAS

Venezuela’s government said on Monday it had suppressed a military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

Some two dozen officers attacked a National Guard outpost in the Caracas neighborhood of Cotiza, a kilometer (0.6 mile) from the presidential Miraflores palace, where they met “firm resistance,” the government said. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at about 3 a.m. (0700 GMT).

Protesters later burned trash and a car outside the outpost, where the 25 officers were arrested, in a sign of growing tensions following Maduro’s inauguration to a second term that governments around the world have called illegitimate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here is, how long will Maduro's military stay committed, if they are suddenly seeing massive decline to their quality of life as well?!

Jan 23 01:52

ISRAEL DESTROYED EIGHT SYRIAN MILITARY TARGETS, KILLED AT LEAST 11 TROOPS

Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran’s Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation’s air defenses around Damascus airport.

Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging Soviet designs, the sort Syria has traditionally favored for targeting incoming Israeli missiles.

The Syrian systems had some success, too, with Russia reporting that the Syrians had successfully intercepted more than 30 Israeli missiles during the attack. Conspicuously absent from the engagement, however, were the Russian S-300 systems recently provided to Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am holding my breath, waiting to see how Russia's President Putin, ultimate responds to this.

Jan 22 16:55

CEO: POTUS Trump’s tariffs like ‘gun to the head’ of China, forcing Beijing to negotiate or suffer MASSIVE recession and unrest

The CEO of a U.S.-based global investment firm said Tuesday that POTUS Donald Trump’s tariff regime against China is having the desired effect of both slowing Beijing’s economy while “holding a gun to the head” of a county that is used to enormous economic growth.

On Monday, the Chinese government announced in response to its slowest economic growth since 1990 that it was willing to spend as much as $1 trillion to close the yawning trade deficit with the United States, something that provides the Trump administration with a huge amount of new leverage with which to win concessions with Beijing over the imbalance, Fox Business reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What worries me is how fast trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

One stupid mistake, one critical oversight....and things can get nasty very quickly.

Jan 22 16:50

Dow Tumbles 450 Points, All Major US Indices Break Key Technical Support

Dow futures down 450 points accelerating on US-China trade talks headlines...

The question is - will they close below? Or will a well-timed quote from Trump or Mnuchin about how well things are going spark another buying panic for the algos?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope the futures bounce back, at least to some degree.

I am really seeing a bear market starting to rise here.

Jan 22 16:08

SJW BS as Usual : Food Cart Lady At Women’s March DENIES Service To Man… Because He’s A Man

Tolerance at its finest. You won’t see this one in the mainstream media because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Jan 22 15:59

Global Inequality Explodes: 26 Ultra-Wealthy Billionaires Now Have As Much Money As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People

Every year global wealth just keeps becoming more and more concentrated, and it makes you wonder how all of this will eventually end. You can only push people down for so long before they finally explode.

Jan 22 15:36

Fire The Fed?

As the US economy falls into another Federal Reserve-caused economic downturn, support for auditing the Fed will grow among Americans of all political ideologies. Congress and the president can and must come together to tear down the wall of secrecy around the central bank. Auditing the Fed is the first step in changing the monetary policy that has created a debt-and-bubble-based economy; facilitated the rise of the welfare-warfare state; and burdened Americans with a hidden, constantly increasing, and regressive inflation tax.

Jan 22 15:31

Big Brother Digital License Plates Coming To A State Near You

George Orwell could never have dreamed of a world where license plates became a tool for more government surveillance.

Jan 22 10:31

When Democracy Fails to Deliver

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible … make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

In 2016, the U.S. and Britain were both witness to peaceful revolutions.

The British voted 52-48 to sever ties to the European Union, restore their full sovereignty, declare independence and go their own way in the world. Trade and immigration policy would henceforth be decided by a parliament elected by the people, not by bureaucrats in Brussels.

“Brexit” it was called. And British defiance stunned global elites.

Two and a half years later, Britain is still inside the EU, and no one seems to know when or whether the divorce will take place — a victory of London and European elites over the expressed will of the British people.

Jan 22 10:09

Pence Urges Venezuelans To Rise Up Against "Dictator" Maduro After Failed Military Revolt

launched by 27 low-ranking officers and their subsequent arrests in the Cotiza neighborhood of Caracas, which sparked overnight protests and sporadic clashes with police after opposition leader Juan Guaido made a broad appeal to the military in a speech, urging them to demand Maduro step down. Guaido and other opposition leaders in the National Assembly have declared Wednesday a nation-wide protest day seeking to topple the regime — itself a historic date commemorating the end of Venezuela's military dictatorship in 1958.

On Tuesday US Vice President Mike Pence urged the Venezuelan people to "make your voices heard" in follow-up to Guaido's risky appeal, which appears a continuation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments throwing the United States' full weight behind Venezuela's opposition seeking to depose President Nicolás Maduro, which he made over a week ago while in the Middle East after Maduro was sworn in to a widely contested six-year second term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Vice President, a word, please; much of the population is starving, sir; and US sanctions have not helped the people of Venezuela very much either.

I am praying (literally) for a peaceful demonstration, but understand that very possibly....the US already likely has some "players in the game" who will do their best to create a pitched, violent battle with the military and police, in images that will be on the net, and floating around the world, to document Venezuela's fall into chaos.

But they will not see the "unseen hand" of the devastation created by US sanctions, and what it has meant to both its working people, and its oil business in particular.

Jan 22 09:20

BIG DATA MEETS BIG GOV'T: NEW IRS SPY SOFTWARE

One of the reasons identify theft is considered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to be the crime of the century is because of the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service makes growing demands for information about people’s businesses and private lives every day. There is no such thing as personal privacy these days. That the IRS sends citizens a so-called “Privacy Act Notice” in all its mailings is a farce. The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any other federal, state or local government agency claiming an interest, including foreign governments.

A river of data

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with data is, without a real capability to sort and identify what your "data streams" pull in, you become awash with data which makes no sense, and cannot be intelligently, interpreted.

Jan 22 08:42

Kunstler: America's "All Is Lost" Moment Looms

As in this age of Hollywood sequels and prequels, America prefers to recycle old ideas rather than entertain new ones, so you can see exactly how the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be a replay of the Great Depression, with Roosevelt-to-rescue! — only this time it’ll be with somebody in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt as chief executive. Donald Trump, of course, being the designated bag-holder for all the financial blunders of the past decade, gets to be Herbert Hoover. As was the case in the original, economic depression will segue into war, with maybe not such a happy ending for us as World War Two was.

Jan 22 05:55

40 UK ministers could resign over no-deal Brexit: Report

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that no less than 40 of her ministers could resign if she denies them the right to vote for a plan that would block a no-deal exit from the European Union (EU) later this year, a new report suggests.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has informed May and other government officials that the possible exodus could take place unless the ministers are allowed to support an amendment in the House of Commons that extend the duration of the Article 50 of EU’s Lisbon Treaty beyond the original March 29 deadline for Brexit.

If approved, the new plan prevents May from proceeding with her previous threats of a no-deal divorce, which analysts say would have unpredictable ramifications.

Tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and former Tory ministers Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles, the new amendment would come up for debate and vote on January 29.

Rudd has asked May to allow a free vote on the bill to prevent a mass walkout from 10 Downing Street.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was really not what the people of Great Britain signed off on, with the original Brexit vote; May has just not been able to deliver here,

Jan 22 05:33

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president wrote. He later expanded on that sentiment in a video message, posted on Twitter. “Our boys, our young men and women, are coming home now,” Trump noted. “We won.”

But a recent attack on U.S. forces in Syria, carried out by a suicide bomber which ISIS claimed was operating on its behalf, has led to an outpouring of criticism of Trump’s precipitous decision. “ISIS has claimed credit for killing American troops in Syria today,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted in the aftermath of the attack. “If true, it is a tragic reminder that ISIS not been defeated and is transforming into a dangerous insurgency. This is no time to retreat from the fight against ISIS. Will only embolden & strengthen them.”

Jan 22 05:25

Zimbabwe court says internet shutdown illegal as more civilians detained

Zimbabwe’s government exceeded its mandate in ordering an internet blackout during civilian protests last week, a court ruled on Monday, as authorities pressed on with rounding up opposition figures blamed for the unrest.

In his interim ruling, High Court Judge Owen Tagu told mobile operators to immediately and unconditionally resume full services. The biggest, Econet Wireless, compiled with the order late on Monday, it said in a message to subscribers.

The sporadic blackout began on Tuesday following the start of protests against a rise in fuel prices that turned violent.

With evidence growing that the country is slipping back into authoritarian rule, critics of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government had accused it of shutting off the internet to prevent a security clampdown being broadcast to the world.

Mnangagwa was due back in Zimbabwe late on Monday after cutting short a foreign trip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like it is only a matter of time before the current government of Zimbabwe cannot hold this country together.

Jan 22 05:16

Venezuela's top court declares parliament leadership illegitmate

Venezuela's Supreme Court declared the leadership of the opposition-controlled National Assembly illegitimate and its decisions "void" Monday after it repudiated the presidency of Nicolas Maduro.

The latest escalation in the power struggle between Maduro and the new president of the assembly, Juan Guaido, came on the same day as a brief military uprising in Caracas and amid opposition calls for mass protests on Wednesday.

Supreme Court president Juan Jose Mendoza read a statement to the press declaring that the legislature "does not have a legitimate board of directors."

He charged that it was "usurping its authority, and therefore all its decisions are void."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is an economic crisis; a military crisis, and a judicial crisis haunting Venezuela right now; the perfect trifecta.

One wonders how much can be endured by the Venezuelan people, until something snaps.

Jan 22 05:09

Israeli Election Ad Brags on Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age

Second ad for Gantz includes 'kill counter' related to 2014 Gaza War.

Running for parliament in the upcoming April vote, former Israeli Army Chief Benny Gantz has steered heavily into his military history, and large numbers of people killed and damage done in the 2014 Gaza War.

One of his videos focuses on aerial footage of a destroyed Gaza neighborhood, bragging that “parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages,” and bragging the devastation led to “3-5 years of quiet.”

A second video for Gantz shows Palestinians attending funerals with a “kill-counter” prominently displayed, going up to 1,364, the number Israel reports to have killed in 2014. The video concludes “only the strong win.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wouldn't it be nice for any Israeli Presidential candidate to speak honestly, and reasonably, about how to engage Gazan Palestinians with real prospects for peace and financial betterment, rather than offer them only hate, and certain extermination?!?

Jan 22 04:50

Rape Reports in Sweden up 33 Percent in Last Decade

The number of reported rape cases has increased by 33 percent over the last ten years, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), with cases up eight percent on the last year alone.
Brå released preliminary statistics for 2018 this week that showed not only that the number of rape reports increased by eight percent on the last year, but that reports of rape against children had increased even more, by 13 percent, Expressen reports.

Stina Söderman, a researcher and report author at Brå, commented on the preliminary findings, saying: “We have seen a clear increase in reported rape in recent years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of reported rape cases has increased by 33 percent over the last ten years, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), with cases up eight percent on the last year alone.
Brå released preliminary statistics for 2018 this week that showed not only that the number of rape reports increased by eight percent on the last year, but that reports of rape against children had increased even more, by 13 percent, Expressen reports.

Stina Söderman, a researcher and report author at Brå, commented on the preliminary findings, saying: “We have seen a clear increase in reported rape in recent years.”

Jan 22 04:45

Moscow says Skripal case aimed at diverting attention from Brexit

The campaign launched by the British government in the wake of the Skripal incident pursues domestic policy goals in the context of Brexit negotiations, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Monday in response to the Council of Europe’s decision to introduce sanctions against several Russian citizens due to their involvement in the Salisbury incident.

"The information campaign launched by the British government with regards to this case pursues, first and foremost, domestic policy goals. It is telling that its new splash has coincided with another wave of the Brexit negotiations crisis," the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem for Prime Minister May was, the alleged "diversion" was so flimsy, it only lasted the 5 minutes of an egg timer!!

Jan 22 04:40

Feds Prepare To Bail Out "Vast Majority" Of 90,000 Sears Pensions

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp (PBGC) said in a Friday press release that it believes Sears Holdings Corp's "continuation of the plans is no longer possible" following the Company's October bankruptcy, after it was revealed in a Friday filing that Chairman Eddie Lampert's $5.2 billion rescue package does not include pension plans.

PBGC, a government agency, covers individuals' pensions in the event a pension plan shuts down without sufficient funding to meet its obligations. The Sears pension system, meanwhile, is underfunded to the tune of approximately $1.4 billion, which the agency could attempt to recover through the bankruptcy, according to MSN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is, where the money has been placed, for those life insurance policies, and what kinds of "exit bonuses" the top brass will take with them, overtly or covertly, before abandoning ship.

Jan 22 04:36

Death Of Russiagate? Mueller Team Tied To Mifsud's Network

In April last year, Disobedient Media broke coverage of the British involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, asking why All Russiagate Roads Lead To London, via the quasi-scholar Joseph Mifsud and others.

The issue was also raised by WikiLeaks's Julian Assange, just days before the Ecuadorian government silenced him last March. Assange's Twitter thread cited research by Chris Blackburn, who spoke with Disobedient Media on multiple occasions covering Joseph Mifsud's ties to British intelligence figures and organizations, as well as his links to Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign, the FBI, CIA and the private cyber-security firm Crowdstrike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate press should be standing for the people, not for those elements of the government it primarily represents; the American deep state lives, breathes, and moves, and if there was ever a more glaring example of that, it was the "Russiagate" Fiction, which has gobbled up time, money, and expense from the American people, and still has nothing to show for it, I would like to find it!!

Jan 22 04:30

Anti-Trump Frenzy Threatens To End Superpower Diplomacy

Perhaps we should have guessed that the democracy-promotion genes of J. Edgar Hoover were still alive and breeding in the FBI, though for the Times, in its exploitation of the hapless and legally endangered Page, it seems not to matter.

Which brings us, or rather Russiagate zealots, to the heightened “threat” represented by “Putin’s Russia.” If true, we would expect the US president to negotiate with the Kremlin leader, including at summit meetings, as every president since Dwight Eisenhower has done. But, we are told, we cannot trust Trump to do so, because, according to The Washington Post, he has repeatedly met with Putin alone, with only translators present, and concealed the records of their private talks, sure signs of “treasonous” behavior, as the Russiagate media first insisted following the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki in July 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This growing "frenzy" against Russia, coupled with new NATO deployments right at its borders; the placing of weapons ringing Russia, plus the growing concern that the US government feels it needs to teach Russia "a lesson" about its having assisted Syria in kicking out most of the jihadis, the stage is set for something to go horrifically wrong here, and we may find both countries at each other's necks, in a shooting war.

Jan 22 04:23

China Threatens Retaliation As US Confirms Plan To Extradite Huawei CFO

Despite China's demands that the US government use the shutdown as an excuse not to make a formal extradition request for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, DOJ officials have reportedly told a Canadian diplomat that the DOJ will submit its formal extradition request by the Jan. 30 deadline (the US has 60 days from the day of Meng's arrest in Vancouver to formally ask for extradition).

The news, which was first published Tuesday by Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, sent the offshore yuan lower as Chinese officials accused the US of "abusing" the extradition system in the Meng case. According to the report, David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the US, met with senior White House and State Department officials about the Meng case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government appears, in this case, hell-bent to force things here from bad to worse, and at a time when trade relations are very tense.

This kind of behaviour from our government, smacks of a thuggocracy, rather the democratic republic, where the rule of law always triumphs, as it is alleged to be.

There were face-saving actions which could mean a win/win for China and the US; however, they were rejected immediately, and the Trump administration has now thrown geopolitical "blunt force trauma" into this pending request for extradition.

Jan 21 15:52

Satellite Images Reveal China Is Building Secret War Bunkers Near Indian Border

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has constructed a new, underground facility (UGF) about 31 miles from the India-China border, and 37 miles from the Indian Army’s forward posts at Demchok in Ladakh.

According to The Print, satellite imagery identified a deeply buried hardened target (DBHT) under construction outside the town of Ngari, also known as Shiquanhe in Mandarin.

Construction started in December 2016, about six months before the 2017 China–India border standoff near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in the east.

The Print, specified that special personnel are being used instead of locals, to maintain secrecy and security of the project.

The UGF appears to have four large tunnel entrances and three small ones; all have hardened entrances with reinforced concrete. Judging by the images, the openings would soon be covered with other material to withstand a direct military strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, it is very distressing, due to the following:

Recently, there is also a new "thaw" in the Pakistani and Chinese economic courtship: China's Belt and Road Plan in Pakistan takes a military turn

And here's a very important article about a US/India defense deal, finalized last September: US and India sign 'breakthrough' military agreement despite differences over Iran and Russia

So if China is thinking about attacking India over disputed border issues, the US will be fighting on India's side.

I don't know what odds Vegas bookies are putting on it, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that a military draft will be reimposed in this country, and very soon.

Jan 21 10:19

EU Backs Financial Punishment for Nations That Reject Progressive Values

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of introducing financial sanctions as punishment for patriotic countries that reject the bloc’s progressive “European values.”

MEPs voted Thursday in Strasbourg, France, to back the European Commission’s proposal to cut EU budgetary disbursements to member states deemed to have broken the so-called “rule of law,” with 397 MEPs voting in favour and 158 against (69 abstaining), reports Politico.

The votes were notably split along eastern/western divides, with those in favour coming from establishment western European parties with those against coming from conservative and right-wing eastern parties.

Jan 19 16:16

Credit Card Companies Have No Business Playing Second Amendment Censors

Do we want to live in an America where credit card companies watch our buying habits and then block purchases for ideological reasons? Not long ago, the left side of the American electorate would have shouted “hell no” the loudest. -- Not anymore.

Jan 19 11:43

Honor Dr. King? Then honor King Family civil trial verdict that US government are the assassins, and demand .01% arrests for murder + coverup. Your alternative: live under killers’ control forever, murdering all approaching Martin’s leadership

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”~ Coretta Scott King, Martin's wife, King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

"We as a family have done our part. We have carried this mantle for as long as we can carry it. We know what happened. It is on public record... Any serious researcher who wants to know what happened can find out.” ~ Dexter Scott King, Martin's son and King Center CEO, remarks on the verdict

For ten years I’ve done what I can to publicly communicate the facts of the King Family civil trial verdict of US government guilt to assassinate Martin. The King Center documents the family’s civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of assassinating Martin in 1968.

The evidence of guilt is overwhelming:

Jan 19 11:27

The Price Of Empire

Why America and Britain Are Self-Destructing (And What the World Can Learn From it)

It’s a striking fact of today’s world that the two rich societies in shocking, swift, sharp decline are America and Britain. Nowhere else in the world, for example, are real income, life expectancy, happiness, and trust all plummeting, apart from maybe Venezuela (No, “but at least we’re not Venezuela!” is not the bar to aim for, my friends.)

Their downfall is, of course, a self-inflicted catastrophe. But the interesting question is: why? And what does it tell us about what it takes to prosper and thrive in the 21st century, which is something that America and Britain clearly aren’t doing, and maybe aren’t capable of doing?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most brilliantly said observations I have read, on the current situations in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America.

Societies, just like the world around us, have life cycles. There is a birth, a flowering, and ultimately, a death, sometimes followed by a rebirth - a renaissance - of something that works much better; there are no guarantees here, however.

Right now, in their staggeringly brutal will to hold on to their power and possessions at any cost, the masters of the American universe are losing their grip, both on the narrative, and the reason these everlasting wars need to be pursued to the point of societal ruin.

Jan 19 11:03

LIBERTY: WHEN GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE

Our greatest of Founding Fathers and our third U.S. president had it right: “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty!” Knowing that the government over time since our founding as a free nation would grow very corrupt and oppressive, Thomas Jefferson predicted and advocated revolution, even a violent one when necessary – in effect to clean out the swamp that would necessarily seek to gobble up liberty. While he saw some government as necessary evil, he thus had a huge fear about its ultimately enslaving the lives of American citizens, as it had in France, where he also was one of the architects of its bloody revolution.

Jan 19 10:42

Bill Barr’s CIA Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Operations, and Pardons

With President Trump reserving the possibility that he might pardon former aides indicted by Mueller, Barr’s handling of the Iran-Contra pardons of 1992 is revealing.

The CIA was in real danger. The trials of George and Clarridge promised to be a public relations nightmare or worse.. Sen. Pat Moynihan, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee had introduced a bill to abolish the clandestine service. The Cold War was coming to an end and the agency’s future was in doubt.

In his oral history, Barr urged Bush to pardon the CIA men on the grounds that they were victims of the “criminalization” of foreign policy. When it came to pardoning, Barr said he “favored the broadest” use of the power.

“There were some people arguing just for Weinberger, and I said, No, in for a penny, in for a pound,” Barr recalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in essence, Barr was picked for his fealty to "towing the Party Line", and making sure that top-drawer politicos avoid any consequences for their actions?!?

I am having a Picard double-face palm, at this moment, at warp speed, upon reading this!

Jan 19 10:29

Trump’s New Missile Policy Relies Heavily on Largely Unproven Technologies

President Donald Trump took to a Pentagon podium on Thursday to paint a picture of a gathering storm — a not-too-distant storm of long-range, defense-evading enemy missiles.

“All over, foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue regimes are steadily enhancing their missile arsenals…Their arsenals are getting bigger and stronger,” Trump said. “They’re increasing their lethal strike capabilities, and they’re focused on developing long-range missiles that could reach targets within the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A foreign policy coming from this White House to engage, rather than enrage those members on the world stage who absolutely have this technology, would be a wonderful thing to see, from this administration.

Unfortunately, however, this administration is so "pedal to the Metal" war-centric, as though this is the ONLY way to resolve geopolitical tensions, that such a foreign policy shift... is apt to happen only... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

The following is a companion piece, also coming from antiwar.com:

Trump's Mission Impossible; making his unrealistic missile plan work.

Jan 19 10:22

Manbij Attack Gives US Hawks, and ISIS, Exactly What They Want

An ISIS suicide bombing in Syria’s Manbij killed four US troops. This caused a minor redesign in the narrative from hawkish US politicians and media pundits who were opposed to the US withdrawal from Syria. They’re exactly as opposed as before, only now Manbij is the excuse.

So after weeks of centering their talking points on saving the Kurds from Turkey, the focus now is on the idea that ISIS is emboldened by the announced US pullout, and that continuing the pullout will only make the withdrawing soldiers a target.

Their solution is to keep US troops in Syria, which ironically is also ISIS’ solution. Having lost their caliphate and become a desert-centric insurgency with little territory, the US pullout would be a big blow to ISIS’ already crumbling relevance as an international movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot help but wonder if those US soldiers killed, were not the "sacrificial lambs", being lead to slaughter, as the "excuse" for keeping the US military in Syria?!?

There are deep divides in the American body politic on this; and some of those in the US "deep state" may well have been willing to justify any sacrifice made, to prove their continued legitimacy in their perspective here.

"Assassins on speed-dial?!?"

I would love to say, no; but unfortunately, both the 20th and 21st century are rife with examples of political assassinations of people certain elements in the US government ... just do not like, or want to "neutralize" to prove a geopolitical point.

Jan 19 10:12

US Airstrike Kills 23 in Eastern Syria, Mostly Fleeing Civilians

US airstrike targeted a group of fleeing civilians outside of the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on Friday. The attack killed at least 23 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The majority of those slain were civilians, though there are reports that some of the fleeing people were ISIS members. Activists said they believe the majority had been displaced from nearby areas, and were fleeing again.

This comes amid the latest offensive by US-backed Kurdish forces against the three ISIS towns in eastern Syria, and the adjoining villages. These areas have been repeatedly attacked, lost and regained, and every time it leads to a number of displaced civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So.... allegedly, the US military is leaving Syria, but continues to bomb from the air, killing more civilians.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

BLOODY EVERYTHING!!

Jan 19 10:08

Turkey says Syria regime forces shouldn't be allowed in Manbij

Turkey on Friday insisted Syrian regime forces should not be allowed in Manbij as US troops withdraw, as proposed by a US-backed Kurdish militia viewed as terrorists by Ankara.

The strategic northern city has been held by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia since 2016 after they recaptured the territory from Islamic State jihadists.

But Ankara, who says the YPG is a "terrorist offshoot" of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has repeatedly called for the militia to leave the city.

"The YPG's efforts to stick the regime in Manbij must absolutely not be allowed," Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy said during a press conference in Ankara.

Backed by Washington, the militia has spearheaded the fight against IS but was taken aback when President Donald Trump made the shock decision to pull out 2,000 American ground forces from Syria.

Four Americans, including two US soldiers, were killed this week in Manbij in a suicide attack claimed by IS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know precisely what Erdogan is thinking here, but.... if, in fact Manbij is, technically, Syrian territory, it should be ceded to the Syrian military.

This is a very delicate balancing act between Syria, Turkey, Russia, and the US, and if not handled with a great deal of diplomatic finesse, could easily explode into more violence.

And I seriously would like to hope and pray, that the world leaders involved in this standoff, will come to their collective senses, and not cause any more misery for the Syrian people than they have already been dealt, courtesy of the jihadis, and those who trained, funded, aided them medically, and supported them.

Come on, guys; the world knows who you are at this point!!!!

Jan 19 09:52

SUGAR INDUSTRY QUIETLY PAID SCIENTISTS TO POINT BLAME AT FAT

n the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving that Harvard is not above creative lying, when the money is concerned is ample, but does it so tastefully, completely covered in the clothing of "
pure science", that few people are the wiser, when it comes to the real facts.

Jan 19 09:48

 LOCKED UP: HOW THE MODERN PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX PUTS SO MANY AMERICANS IN JAIL

ou cannot have a discussion on the prison-industrial complex without discussing private prisons. As of 2018, private prisons housed 8.41 percent of incarcerated persons in the United States. While private prisons date back to the colonial days, the modern privatized prisons as we think of them only date back to the 1980s. This was initially due to the explosion of prison population and resulting prison overcrowding that some have tied to the War on Some Drugs.

This spike in incarceration, however, is far more closely tied with the rise of private prisons. Between the years 1925 and 1980, the prison population in the United States remained constant as a proportion of the overall population. In 1983, however, two things happened: First, the first private prisons came into operation. Second, the prison population as a proportion of the overall population began to explode.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Private Prison Industrial Complex, is one of the worst ideas in the world, and many US politicians get money donated from these institutions, rather regularly.

They promise that they can do it more cheaply than do publicly funded prisons, and that may be true; but what happens to that prisoner, before they are released, if they are not released in a coffin, can be a monumental hazard to their physical, and mental health.

Food is substandard; Medical care: lacking in the extreme; and almost zero rehabilitation, which will nearly insure recidivism.

How Private Prisons Increase Recidivism

Study finds private prisons keep inmates longer, without reducing future crime

Private Prison Confinement on Offender: Recidivism Evidence from Minnesota This article goes on to state: "Using multiple measures of recidivism and private prison confinement, 20 Cox regression models were estimated. The results showed that offenders who had been incarcerated in a private prison had a greater hazard of recidivism in all 20 models, and the recidivism risk was significantly greater in 8 of the models. The evidence presented in this study suggests that private prisons are not more effective in reducing recidivism, which may be attributable to fewer visitation and rehabilitative programming opportunities for offenders incarcerated at private facilities."

New Zeaaland Recidivism-forcused: Private Prison Contracts a Model for the States

The US Government, psychologically, has never been able to make up its mind, about punishment, versus rehabilitation, when it comes to its prison population; therefore, it repeatedly fails at both.

Jan 19 09:28

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS SLOW-MOTION RIGHT-WING COUP IN VENEZUELA

A slow-motion coup by right-wing opposition forces is underway in Venezuela. It has the support of President Donald Trump’s administration, and if successful, President Nicolas Maduro will be undemocratically removed from power though he was re-elected last May
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Juan Guaido of the Popular Will Party in Venezuela was elected to lead the National Assembly, Venezuela’s congress. He said on January 11 that he was ready to replace Maduro.

“The constitution gives me the legitimacy to carry out the charge of the presidency over the country to call actions. But I need backing from the citizens to make it a reality,” Guaido stated.

On January 15, the National Assembly called Maduro’s presidency “illegitimate” and passed a resolution indicating the body no longer believes he has any legal authority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey; we all know what the US government wants; access to those oil reserves, and pronto!!

Venezuela is the clear global leader in oil reserves

So, Mikely, please do not even attempt to behave as though you gave a rat's anus about the people in this country. This Administration would back the second coming of Attila the Hun, as long as it got what it wanted, economically, and with Juan Guaido in power, it believes it will; period, end of discussion, sir.

Jan 19 09:18

GLOBAL DEBT TOPS 244 TRILLION DOLLARS AS "NEARLY HALF THE WORLD LIVES ON LESS THAN $5.50 A DAY"

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and one of the primary ways that the elite keep the rest of us subjugated is through the $244,000,000,000,000 mountain of global debt that has been accumulated.

Every single day, the benefits of our labor are going to enrich somebody else. A portion of the taxes that are deducted from your paycheck is used to pay interest on government debt. A portion of the profits that your company makes probably goes to servicing some form of business debt. And most Americans are continuously making payments on their mortgages, their auto loans, their credit card balances and their student loan debts. But most people never stop to think about who is becoming exceedingly wealthy on the other end of these transactions. Needless to say, it isn’t the 46 percent of the global population that is living on less than $5.50 a day.

Jan 19 09:00

UNIVERSITY DEMANDS STUDENT PAY $500 FOR PUBLIC RECORDS ON ITS CHINESE PROPAGANDA INSTITUTE

Crowdfund to ‘show public agencies they can’t make requesters go away’

Under scrutiny from lawmakers of both parties and academic groups, universities have been closing their Chinese government-run centers at a brisk pace.

The University of Kansas has not publicly moved to shutter its Confucius Institute, however, and a KU student wanted to know if administrators had discussed the possibility. He filed a public records request a month ago.

The taxpayer-funded university gave him an answer Thursday: $506.50.

Conner Mitchell set up a crowdfunding page to raise the money demanded by KU to hand over emails from top administrators that include the phrase “Confucius Institute.” He describes himself as a freelance journalist who has previously written for The Kansas City Star, Palm Beach Post and KU’s hometown newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this institution is taxpayer funded, it should have no problems in meeting his request for only as much as it has to pay in copying, or handling, fees; this is thoroughly outrageous, and makes utterly no sense, except for attempting to squeeze this guy financially, as though he were a tube of toothpaste.

Jan 19 08:55

TRUMP TO USE FEDERAL FUNDS TO PROP UP US BOMB MAKERS

Welcome to US direct investment in the military-industrial complex.

President Donald Trump has approved direct federal investment in suppliers of American bomb parts and chemicals, part of as much as $250 million in direct investments by the Pentagon, reports The Military Times.

The government funding for those suppliers, under the Defense Production Act, is meant to lift a sub sector of the defense-industrial base that the Pentagon deems weak. It’s also a significant step in broader plans within the administration to remedy fragile markets and foreign dependencies among the military’s suppliers, according to the Times.

“There will be many more of these to come to address gaps and vulnerabilities in the defense-industrial base,” Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Industrial Policy, said. “This is exactly what we should be doing and an example of how the administration is more attentive to the issue.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the obscene profits being made right now, in the military industrial complex, are absolutely NOT enough for them to be able to move forward to modernize the US's weaponry program, so they are, again, whining and suckling at the breasts of We the Taxpayers, to the tune of $250 million.

The question I have to ask, is, please, where is this money coming from?!?

And there is no period of public discussion on this?!?

Jan 18 15:55

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

Unfortunately for Americans, there are many Americans who blindly trust the government and provide the means, the misuse of which is used to enslave us. A large percentage of the work in science and technology serves not to free people but to enslave them. By now there is no excuse for scientists and engineers not to know this. Yet they persist in their construction of the means to destroy liberty.

Jan 18 15:32

State Secrets and the National-Security State

I’ve got a better idea: Let’s just dismantle America’s decades-long, nightmarish Cold War-era experiment with the totalitarian structure known as a national-security state and restore a limited-government republic to our land.

Jan 18 12:08

FLASHBACK - MSNBC 'Its Our Job To Control What People Think'

Jan 18 11:37

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S TROUBLING COLLABORATION WITH UK & US INTELLIGENCE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS

Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don’t play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, Nicaragua, North Korea and more. Those reports amplify the drumbeat for a “humanitarian” intervention in those nations.

Amnesty’s stellar image as a global defender of human rights runs counter to its early days when the British Foreign Office was believed to be censoring reports critical of the British empire. Peter Benenson, the co-founder of Amnesty, had deep ties to the British Foreign Office and Colonial Office while another co-founder, Luis Kutner, informed the FBI of a gun cache at Black Panther leader Fred Hampton’s home weeks before he was killed by the Bureau in a gun raid.

Jan 18 11:33

MONSANTO/BAYER MOVING TO GENOME EDIT FRUITS AND MORE

Not surprising, Monsanto, today hidden behind the Bayer logo, as the world leader in patented GMO seeds and the probable carcinogenic Roundup herbicide with glyphosate, is attempting to quietly patent genetically modified or GMO varieties of fruits using controversial gene-editing. The “beauty” of this for Monsanto/Bayer is that in the USA, according to a recent ruling by the US Department of Agriculture, gene-edited agriculture needs no special independent testing. The developments are not good for human health or safety, nor will it do anything to give the world better nutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, what could possibly go wrong with this?!?

GMO veggies and Frankenfruits; if I have a choice, I will not eat them, thank you very much.

Jan 18 11:32

NEW Hatred of the White Hetero Male (4/7)- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Herland Report TV

Herland Report TV (HTV): "What happened in the US was the liberal-Left wing class ceased to represent the working class against the capitalist exploit employer. They created a new victim group and a new exploiter: the white heterosexual male", says Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. SUBSCRIBE to The Herland Report TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HanneNab...

Dr. Roberts is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy, former editor of Wall Street Journal and a well-known author of many books. He is awarded the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award for “his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy.

Jan 18 11:30

ZIMBABWE CUTS INTERNET AMID CRACKDOWN

Zimbabwe has blocked Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp messaging amid a deadly crackdown on days of violent protests.

A coalition of local human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed and many more beaten and tortured by security forces this week.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum accused the authorities of cutting off the internet "to mask the massive human rights violations".

The protests were sparked on Monday by a sharp rise in the price of fuel.

Africa Live: More on this story and others from the continent
Despair, anger and anxiety in Zimbabwe's fuel queue
The government has blamed the opposition and political rights groups for the protests, which has seen riot police clashing with protesters in the capital, Harare, and the southern city of Bulawayo after they lit fires and blocked roads using rocks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: how long Zimbabwe's military will continue to take the government's side, or will there be a moment, when alliances will shift?!?

Jan 18 11:26

‘SOMEONE WILL MAKE MONEY BY STOKING FEARS’ – RON PAUL ON NEW US MISSILE DOCTRINE

The new US missile defense strategy is a boondoggle for the military-industrial complex, which will drive the US into more debt and can bring misery upon multiple nations by fueling an arms race, ex-US Congressman Ron Paul said.
Plans to weaponize space with a new layer of sensors unveiled by Trump as part of his administration's Missile Defense Review is an unnecessary and hard-to-implement project that is sure to enrich the military-industrial lobby, Paul told RT.

"The biggest issue here is someone is going to make a lot of money on it. It reminds me of Star Wars. They've never really developed it, but people got excited about it," Paul said, drawing parallels between President Donald Trump's new endeavor and former President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has truly devolved into the borg of America's military/industrial complex; for him, resistance was, and is, futile, courtesy of the marvelous support for him, by this industry, due to soaring profits from these never-ending wars.

Jan 18 11:24

WATCH: Innocent Marine Vet Falsely Arrested, Brutally Strip Searched in Horrific ‘Punishment’

A disturbing video has been released as part of a lawsuit against the LaSalle County Sheriff’s office showing deputies throw an apparently innocent woman to the ground before stripping off all of her clothes. Zandrea Askew, a former sergeant in the Marine Corps says she was “humiliated, degraded and dehumanized” and the video backs her up.

The lawsuit was filed this week in federal court and it alleges false arrest, abuse, and horrifying treatment by deputies. According to the lawsuit, Askew was sitting in her parked car when two LaSalle County sheriff’s deputies stopped and questioned her. During the stop, deputies demanded that Askew undergo field sobriety tests, despite not committing any traffic violations or being involved in an accident.

Jan 18 11:21

FBI REFUSES TO DISCUSS DETENTION OF AMERICAN IRANIAN TV ANCHOR MARZIEH HASHEMI

The U.S. Justice Department and FBI continue to refuse to comment on the jailing of Marzieh Hashemi, a documentarian and news anchor on Iran’s English language station, Press TV.

The 59-year-old Hashemi, born Melanie Franklin in New Orleans, is an American citizen. She was in the U.S. filming a documentary on Black Lives Matter and visiting family when the FBI suddenly arrested her.

Hashemi is being held in Washington DC’s Correctional Treatment Facility. According to a Department of Corrections worker, she is in court now, but phone calls to DC district courts failed to find her.

Hashemi was held 48 hours before being allowed to contact her family. She has complained of ill-treatment. Authorities forcibly removed her headscarf and took her away in handcuffs.

Her son says he was told that she is being held as a “material witness.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder to what end the FBI is holding this woman, and what kind of "confession" she is supposed to give, to enable Americans to do their "2 minutes of hate" appropriately, against her adopted country.

And she is allegedly a "material witness"; to WHAT, please, that she has been treated with all the execrable brutality the American Police State can offer?!?

This reeks of set up.

Jan 18 11:14

FACEBOOK IS NOW CENSORING TALK ABOUT POLITICS AND RELIGION AT WORK

It's not just social media users that are being censored, now its social media employees.

According to a new report by Business Insider, citing an internal company memo, Facebook is now telling its employees what they can, and can't, talk about at work.

Business Insider reviewed an internal company memo where Facebook's CTO claims to have put together "a set of ground rules for open and respectful communication at work, and a central moderation model."

The memo states: "We're keeping it simple with three main guidelines: Don't insult, bully, or antagonize others. Don't try to change someone's politics or religion. Don't break our rules about harassing speech and expression."

Facebook uses Workplace, an app that allows chat, for internal communication. Employees use it for work related projects, but also occasionally for small talk. The app is targeted as the main area where these new rules will apply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "Facebookification" of standard language, which is about to become the "norm" in office communications, reminds me why I am so happy to be an independent, with what I do, professionally.

Jan 18 11:09

"STAR WARS" RETURNS: US MILITARY TO DEVELOP SPACE-BASED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM

In what looks to be a highly ambitious and even more highly cost-prohibitive scheme, President Trump has announced his intention to greatly expand US missile defense systems, with a major focus on putting them in space.

During his announcement Thursday at the Pentagon, Trump set out his goals, saying that he wants “to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States – anywhere, anytime, anyplace.”

The Pentagon has had space-based interceptors on its wish list for some time, but between that and drones with lasers on them, they were far short of the sort of total, planet-wide coverage that President Trump is talking about.

A space-centric missile defense system must inevitably draw comparisons to the Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly called Star Wars, of the 1980s, a controversial and hugely expensive program that also sought space-based interceptors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

What about being responsible for a foreign policy which engages, rather than enrages, the two major players in this game, China and Russia?!?

Now, THAT... would be an incredible legacy, which you are still capable of creating, notwithstanding a potential impeachment threat from the house, which the Senate will utterly not allow to happen.

And how about, please NOT accusing Russia of something it absolutely did not do, as in the alleged "annexation" of Crimea, which NEVER happened in fact?
President Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change in Ukraine

Mr. President, when you took office I was hopeful that perhaps you actually meant what you said, when you spoke of disengaging from these immoral, horrific wars by which our military has been consumed; now, in looking at your record as President, you seem to be hell-bent on getting this country even more enmeshed in military misadventures.

And please, don't even talk to me, about the reality that the US military is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen;America is Committing War Crimes in Yemen and don't give me any reason why in the name of heaven, American troops are in Syria, an engagement to which the US government was never invited in the first place?

The Planned U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria: Here's the Latest

Mr.President, due to the actions of your predecessors, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, is at an historic turning point, right now; please do not let the dream of the creation of this country turn any more into a nightmare than it already is.

Jan 18 10:48

REPORT: PENTAGON SECRETLY TRAINED UAE FIGHTERS FOR COMBAT IN YEMEN — THEN LIED ABOUT IT

On Wednesday, Yahoo News revealed new documents from late 2017 that show, contrary to the Defense Department’s insistence that it is neutral in the bloody conflict in Yemen perpetrated by a coalition of Saudi Arabia and its allies, the U.S. appears to have provided training to forces from the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition:

The United States is “not a participant in the civil war in Yemen nor are we supporting one side or the other,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last month, echoing a long-held position in the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even the US's military lies, and with impunity.

The alleged "leadership" in this country crafts never-ending wars with which to keep Americans distracted, while foreign countries find the US government, or its minions are creating regime change, to insure that a more US-centric model; expropriates their resources; and making sure that those resources are all sold to "appropriate" countries, and only for the US dollar.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

The pattern, now, is perfectly predictable.

Jan 17 18:43

LA Teachers Strike: 73K Is Not Enough

Unfortunately for those who seek the truth, the coverage is void of facts.

For instance, what is often absent in the discussion is the political representation. L.A. has a Democratic mayor, California has a Democratic governor, Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature, and the courts are left-leaning. The right cannot be blamed for this one.

So, it’s really the left that is engaging in a war on teachers? Not exactly.

Let’s begin with the makeup of the school district: It boasts a $7.52 billion budget and more than 60,000 employees, including about 26,000 teachers, with the average annual salary being $73,000. While employment has gone up 16% since 2004, enrollment has dropped 10% in the same period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Betsy De Vos, Director of Education: a word, please.

I can tell you precisely what these teachers are afraid of; a growing movement in this country is realizing the depth of failure in terms of overall student performance in public school.

Notice the reality that these horrendous attacks we've been seeing at the public schools, and not at the private ones; go figure.

You, my dear lady, needs to be talking with the highest CEO's of places like the Kumon School; the Montessori Schools, and the Wardorf Schools, and develop a program where kids will be taught in public schools, grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade, but by one of these three methods.

And set it in a neighborhood which is distressed and disadvantaged. See how the performances compare at every level.

Oh, and another thing about this: the teachers at these private schools are not unionized, but of course, you would want to present a reasonable, and fair package of benefits.This will put unionized teachers squarely on notice that when kids do well, teachers should be rewarded; if they are not "hitting the mark", they may be replaced by someone who is.

Jan 17 18:21

Zimbabwe: President Claims Protests ‘Fizzling Out’ as Death Toll Climbs

Reports suggest that at least eight people have died in protests against skyrocketing gasoline prices in Zimbabwe as of this Wednesday, which continued into the day despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly claiming the demonstrations were “fizzling out.”

Riots throughout Harare triggered violent disputes and threatened businesses as opposition leaders called for only peaceful demonstrations against the ruling Zanu-PF party, which Mnangagwa has run since the forced removal of dictator Robert Mugabe in 2017. The government responded, according to opposition leaders, by beating and arresting opposition leaders and protesters. Some witnesses claim that police went door-to-door in opposition-held neighborhoods looking to beat and threaten men believed to be sympathetic to the protests. The government also temporarily shut down access to the internet in the country, arguing that opposition groups were succeeding too much at using social media to galvanize protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think, ultimately, this will come down to who in his military will be loyal, and prevent, or contain, these demonstrations.

But the second that trust and support fizzle, and the military sides itself with the people of Zimbabwe... It will be all over.

Jan 17 16:14

Ray McGovern: "I Don't Do Evidence" - Brennan, Comey, & Hoover-ing Trump

Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line?

Jan 17 13:45

Student Loan Debt Is A Crisis That’s Also Impacting The Housing Market

Student loan debt is a fundamental crisis. Students are borrowing money to pay for school at an alarming rate. But as the problem worsens, it seeps into other sectors, such as the housing market, putting the entire economy on edge.

Jan 17 13:37

Commie NYC Mayor Announces Plans To Steal Private Property

The communist mayor of New York City has announced plans to literally steal the property of landlords he doesn’t like in the big apple. The city government would be allowed to steal the buildings of landlords who force tenants out. De Blasio’s opponents say this plan amounts to “straight communism,” and that’s a fact.

Jan 17 11:47

How police steal from citizens

In most of the United States, police can seize your property without charging or convicting you of a crime.

It’s called civil asset forfeiture. If it doesn’t sound fair to you, you’re not alone.

But thanks to a bipartisan coalition of grassroots volunteers across the country, lawmakers in at least 15 states are weighing legislation to do away with the practice.

Under civil asset forfeiture, police can and have seized cash, cars and even houses from people who ultimately are found innocent — and pocketed the proceeds. Many police departments depend on such seizures to bolster their budgets, and have fought tooth and nail to defend the practice despite the public outcry. Yet the tide is beginning to turn. In a sea change of public opinion that would have seemed impossible even a decade ago, people of all political stripes are beginning to recognize that there are some serious concerns with this practice — and lawmakers are taking note.

Jan 17 09:53

How Gun Control Became an Instrument of Tyranny in Venezuela

By José Niño

Is Venezuela paying the price for adopting gun control?

The shocking nature of Venezuela’s economic collapse has been covered ad nauseam. However, one aspect of the Venezuelan crisis that does not receive much coverage is the country’s gun control regime...

Jan 16 16:10

These New Numbers Are Telling Us That The Global Economic Slowdown Is Far More Advanced Than We Thought

Some people that I hear from insist that there is no possible way that they can put together an emergency fund because they are already spending everything that they are bringing in.

Jan 16 15:29

Global Debt Surpasses 244 Trillion Dollars As “Nearly Half The World Lives On Less Than $5.50 A Day”

The game is literally rigged against us, and we need to realize what we are up against. Tinkering around with the current system is not going to fix anything. We need to ditch this current system and start again from scratch, but it will probably take a horrific collapse before most people start to understand this.

Jan 16 15:24

Are You Suffering From Toxic Masculinity? Know The Warning Signs

It's called "toxic masculinity," and it's the latest disease to plague the nation. It can affect every aspect of a toxic man's life. Worst of all, toxic masculinity is contagious, so if you're infected, you need to know right away so you can avoid spreading it to your friends and family.

Jan 16 15:12

The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone

Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

Jan 16 14:57

Kissing the Hands that Molest You

What boot-licking does exist probably arises from the notion that the TSA protects flights. True enough, if we define “danger” as yogurt, family-sized tubes of toothpaste, shampoo, salsa, soups, and snow globes. But does the TSA guard us from actual peril? Nope. Not only has it never snared a single terrorist, it also fails to detect a stunning 95% of the weapons undercover agents sneak through checkpoints. Yet brainwashed, fearful, infantile Americans insist that only the TSA prevents planes from exploding mid-flight.

Jan 16 14:49

Red Flag Gun Laws – Public Safety or Abuse of the Innocent?

There is a bias in politician's press releases and in the slanted news. The media and the politicians ignore the fact that firearms are used to save lives far more often than they are used to take them. News stories about violence hold an audience. Stories about violence get politicians in front of TV cameras. The good guy with a gun that stopped a crime from happening isn’t even considered news. The scales are tipped; tragedy becomes front page news while the triumph of a life saved is hardly mentioned.

Jan 16 11:38

Truth, Treason, & The National-Security State

Inadvertently released federal documents reveal that U.S. officials have apparently secured a secret indictment against Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks who released secret information about the internal workings of the U.S. national-security establishment. In any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state, that is a cardinal sin, one akin to treason and meriting severe punishment.

Mind you, Assange isn’t being charged with lying or releasing false or fraudulent information about the U.S. national-security state. Everyone concedes that the WikiLeaks information was authentic. His “crime” was in disclosing to people the wrongdoing of the national-security establishment. No one is supposed to do that, even if the information is true and correct.

Jan 16 09:28

Tucker: You're not allowed to question NATO

Jan 15 14:46

Student Debt Crisis Worsens: Florida Board Of Health Suspends Licenses Over Defaults

The United States Department of Education estimates more than 10 percent of student loan borrowers are in default. The federal government estimates Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student debt. That figure is now larger than all outstanding U.S. credit card and vehicle debt combined.

Jan 15 13:39

Buchanan: Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War With Iran?

Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton.

Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliation.

The Wall Street Journal quoted one U.S. official as saying Bolton’s behavior “rattled people. … People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”

Bolton’s former deputy, Mira Ricardel, reportedly told a gathering the shelling into the Green Zone was “an act of war” to which the U.S. must respond decisively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: getting the US into a war in Iran to please your good buddies Netanyahu and Adelson, may be great from a an Israeli perspective, but lousy for We the People.

You should know, if your advisors are not telling you this, but at this point with the American Military, they don't have the money, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to a war against Iran, and if Russia comes in, on Iran's side, the American military be pitted against some very formidable, capable weapons.

The Iranians have proven good faith in abiding by the P5+1 agreement, even though the US has withdrawn from it. No less an august body than the IAEA keeps assuring us that they are in compliance.

And Mr.President, a final reality you need to think about, that is becoming more and more apparent to your base; Israel should not be getting any of the financial and military aid the US gives it, because such transfers are illegal, according to the Symington and Glenn amendments.

Iran, on the other hand, did become a signatory to the NNPT; and we are punishing Iran for something it really hasn't done, and lauding and Funding Israel for breaking American law?!?

What's wrong with this picture??? Damn near everything, Mr. President!!!!

Jan 15 10:50

DEMOCRATS PREPARE HEARINGS ON "RIGHTWING EXTREMISM"

Prior to the 2018 midterm election, I speculated a Democrat-controlled House would result in hearings targeting “hate groups,” that is to say anybody on the “right” who challenges official narratives, otherwise known as “conspiracy theories.”

“Rep. Bennie Thompson, an African American lawmaker from Mississippi, is in charge of the House Homeland Security Committee,” reports McClatchy.

“Thompson intends to hold hearings to spotlight what experts say is a growth of deadly right wing extremism in America, even if the hearings could feature members of white supremacist groups.”

Thompson said his aim is to change the dialogue and find a balance in a U.S. domestic terrorism strategy that he believes has focused too heavily on the threat of homegrown Muslim terrorism and too little the rise of far right, white nationalist, and anti-Semitic groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "bread and circuses" for the intellectually challenged, rather than going after the problems at the source of this fracturing of the nation.

I doubt seriously that Representative Thompson would ever want a person like me testifying, as Christian Pacifist activist; but sir, say the word, and I will be in DC in a heartbeat!!

So hear this, Representative Thompson; I am a centerist progressive, with no use for the extremes on either side of this aisle. I never advocate violence as a means to an end. I am self-employed, a member in good standing of a local Protestant church, conduct two English speaking choirs, and am their composer in residence.

I can very clearly see what damage the Deep State and its demagogues have done to this country over the last 30 years or so, and I want to see it stopped.

Wars are great for corporations and their investors, but generally lousy for the people who fight them, and their families and friends. For over the last 30 years, I have seen military confrontation after confrontation, with nothing to show for it, but a huge Federal deficit, and more graves at military grave sites.

Alleged "education" in this country has become a bad joke, with countries in both Asia and Scandinavian reaching far past us in language, critical thinking, and numeracy. Their kids will, most likely, never be on public assistance, because they have the skills to compete in a real-world environment.

We now have "school officers", in public schools, who have been responsible for an amazing amount of brutality against students, as though it is the voice of the American Deep State, telling these kids that they are nothing, will never amount to anything, so shut up and don't act out.

I have to wonder why these incidents seem to happen only in public schools, but never, or rarely happen, in private schools, like Kumon, the Waldorf Schools, or Montessori Schools?!?

There has to be a reason, and I think, that the reason these incidents don't happen here, is that the teachers are really motivated to make education exciting, and to get these kids to reach their full potential.

And speaking of schools, let's, Sir, address our "school to prison trajectory".

Some schools have a classroom to private prison trajectory, if kids attending that school happen to be cursed by living in the "wrong zip code". Nothing is expected of these kids but trouble, and when that "trouble" gets "out of hand", they are either medicated, or thrown into Juvenile Hall. From there, it is a very short jump to either public or private prisons.

You know, Representative Thompson, like that horrible private prison right there in your home state you most know of it by now, and that is East Mississippi Correctional Facility, right?!?

Inside a Private Prison: Blood, Suicide and Poorly Paid GuardsThe article goes on to state:

"According to evidence and testimony at a federal civil rights trial, far worse things were happening at the prison than inmates strolling around during a lockdown: A mentally ill man on suicide watch hanged himself, gang members were allowed to beat other prisoners, and those whose cries for medical attention were ignored resorted to setting fires in their cells.

So many shackled men have recounted instances of extraordinary violence and neglect in the prison that the judge has complained of exhaustion."

Why is it, Representative Thompson, that this institution is allowed to continue to exist?!?

Prison sentences are both a result of individual bad choices, but also, bad choices of a society which doesn't give people the skills, and equip them with what they will need to know, in the future.

The entire nature of "work" is changing, right before our eyes, and the need for "unskilled labor" is quickly going the way of the dodo bird.

Unlike prisons in enlightened places like Sweden, in the US, there is almost no counseling, and no attempt at getting prisoners rehabilitated, to the point where they will not offend again.

Recidivism appears to be the "name of the game", to protect both public and private prisons' budgets, so this becomes a never-ending cycle.

So there you have it, Representative Thompson; one moderate centerist church goer at your service, who wants to see better things for ALL of our kids and this for this country's future.

You are welcome!! :-)

Jan 15 10:35

AG Nominee Barr Breaks From Trump: Sessions Should Have Recused Himself, Mueller Not on a Witch Hunt

Attorney General nominee William Barr is breaking sharply with the man who nominated him, President Donald Trump, on several issues near and dear to the commander-in-chief’s heart.

Jan 15 10:00

FEDS ARE SPYING ON REST AREAS, CREATING A MULTI-STATE BATHROOM SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

DOT's and police are now spying on rest areas in real-time 24/7.

According to an article in the Star Tribune, the Department of Transportation (DOT) in eight states have installed cameras and sensors in rest areas.

"New technology rolled out in Minnesota and seven other Midwestern states aims to help Wortham and other truckers find parking by broadcasting in real-time the number of spaces available at rest areas."

Rest areas do much more than let truckers know about parking availability.

"In Minnesota, six rest areas have the new technology, including cameras taking regular pictures of the parking lots and sensors the size of hockey pucks embedded in the concrete of each parking spot. Those sensors beam data to dynamic roadside signs that display the number of parking spaces available."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do any of the knuckleheads who passed legislation for this kind of activity in their states, not realize that the novel "1984" was a warning; not a "how-to" manual?!?

Jan 15 09:52

MCCAUL INTRODUCES HOUSE BILL TO GIVE ISRAEL BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, COMBAT BDS: A POWERFUL CONGRESSMAN WITH TIES TO A CONTROVERSIAL DONOR HAS INTRODUCED A HOUSE VERSION OF S.1, THE SENATE BILL THAT WOULD GIVE ISRAEL $38 BILLION, ETC.

On January 8th Republican Congressman Michael T. McCaul of Texas introduced H.R. 336, reported to be a companion bill to S.1, the Senate bill that would cement a $38 billion package to Israel, combat the movement to pressure Israel to adhere to international law known as BDS, and other measures.

The text of the bill is not yet publicly available since McCaul has not published it on his Congressional website, issued a press release about it, or informed his regional offices about the bill. The Congressional website also does not yet contain a summary or text almost a week after the bill was introduced.

The bill has been referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs; the Judiciary; Financial Services; Science, Space, and Technology; and Armed Services.

PRO-ISRAEL PACS & CONTROVERSIAL DONOR

McCaul has a long record of supporting Israel and has received $90,000 from pro-Israel political action committees that give to both Republicans and Democrats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to suggest that McCaul has a huge case of SMD (selective memory disorder).

I would also like to remind both McCaul, and other members of Congress, that such aid to Israel is forbidden under the Symington Amendment, which forbids aid, both military and financial, to countries which will not become signatories in the NNPT, and allow their nuclear sites to be inspected.

And Oh, BTW, Israel - unlike Iran - has refused to sign the NNPT, and will not allow their nuclear sites to be inspected.

Jan 15 07:36

Trump Not Tolerating Differing Opinions, Fires Gen. Mattis

Retired US Navy Commander, Leah Bolger, says even though Gen. Mattis seems to have resigned, from the military perspective it is clear that he was fired from the administration.
In an exclusive interview with FNA, Leah Bolger said “Trump surrounds himself with Yes-men, and does not tolerate differing opinions” which is enough to “fire Gen. Mattis” after his disagreement with withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Former US Secretary of Defense, before his resignation, had voiced his disagreement with some other Trump’s policies, including the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Nuclear Deal) and withdrawal from the Paris Accord concerning climate change.

Leah Bolger retired from the US Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. After retirement, she started her peace activities. She is the creator and coordinator of the “Drones Quilt Project” which serves to recognize the victims of US combat drones and educate people. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War.

Below is the full text of the interview:>>>

Jan 14 16:53

AMERICA UNDER FULL-BLOWN PROPAGANDA DOMINANCE

Every American citizen must understand the country is no longer on the precipice of a unified Deep State takeover.

The Deep State has reached its destination.

Jan 14 16:33

Europe Could "Collapse" Over Migration Says Italy PM; Salvini Insists "Paris-Berlin Axis" Must Change

Italy's Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, said on Monday that the European Union risks collapsing unless it is able to find common ground on mass migration.

"If we continue to stall without a shared path, we risk bringing down the European building," Conte remarked at a press conference discussing a recent meeting in Rome with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

"We presented what Italy has done up to now to Avramopoulos," said Conte, adding "We are bringing in a change of direction that is bearing fruit."

While discussing Italian efforts to curb mass migration, Conte said: Italy had been left alone and now are are coping alone. We didn't talk about a naval blockade with Avramopoulos but we discussed instruments to defend the borders, which is a very important issue for managing (migrant) flows."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This issue regarding unchecked immigration must be stopped, and quickly.

This is not America lionized in a poem by poet Emma Lazarus which stands on display as a plaque on the Statue of Liberty and starts, "Give me your Tired, your poor"

Because these people prove a tremendous economic burden when they cannot speak the language, and have zero job skills, for a rapidly evolving techno-culture, where brights, not brawn, will have to rule as more and more jobs are mechanized and computerized.

In fact, I would make a wild guess that within a decade, unskilled labor jobs will "go away", rarely to be seen in industrialized societies.

Jan 14 15:47

Shutdown Chaos Spreads As TSA Worker Shortage Cripples Airport Security Checkpoints Across Country

Shutdown Chaos Spreads As TSA Worker Shortage Cripples Airport Security Checkpoints Across Country.

The absences - thought to be due to a combination of the shutdown and a snowstorm on the East Coast, have forced airports to close security lanes in Atlanta, Washington and Houston.

Wait times to pass through security were “over an hour” at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International’s main checkpoint for domestic flights, the airport said on its website. Screening times were as much as 45 minutes at the two other domestic-flight checkpoints at the nation’s busiest hub. The airport is adding more “live music at all of our checkpoints to help ease tensions for passengers,” spokeswoman Elise Durham said in an email. -Bloomberg

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful that Mike and I are traveling right now; it sounds horrific for anyone needing to fly anywhere.

Jan 14 14:03

9/11 On Trial

Over the past 17+ years a great many people who have closely examined the events of September 11, 2001, have concluded that the official government story we were presented with simply cannot be true. Included amongst these people are thousands of architects and engineers, university professors, first responders, pilots, and many others. Despite the eminence of many of these authorities, the mainstream media – when not affording them the all-too-predictable silent treatment – continues to calumniate these learned individuals and cast them as ‘crackpot conspiracy theorists’ occupying the outter fringes of our society. All of that seems however.

Jan 14 13:49

Demonized : In Politics It Seems Only Firearm Suicides Are Bad

Blaming guns (and gun owners) may be convenient for those with an agenda, but the awful truth is 4.5 times as many people hang or poison themselves every year as end their lives with a bullet. -- Why will nobody talk about those tragic losses of life? Or is suicide only bad when a gun is used?

Playing politics with suicide rates is morally appalling, yet that’s precisely what our government, media outlets and anti-gun groups do when they claim statistics “prove” Canada’s “gun control” scheme saves lives.

Jan 14 13:33

Thanks To Their Student Loans, Millennials Expect To Die In Debt

In some cases, their debt load is so soul-crushing they expect to die without ever paying what they owe back. So how much does this problem have to do with the higher-education crisis the country is facing? As it turns out, everything.

Jan 14 12:30

Soros Online Trump Supporters Will Be Entirely ‘Silenced’ by 2020

Billionaire globalist George Soros is planning to eliminate the majority of Trump supporters from social media before the 2020 election, according to a leaked document. The 49 page document outlines plans by Soros to exert his influence, via his immense personal wealth, to pressure Big Tech to censor and purge pro-Trump journalists, citizens and outlets ahead of the next Presidential election.

Jan 14 11:36

Big Pharma’s Worst Nightmare, Survey Finds Most Medical Pot Users Quitting Prescription Drug Use

A new survey published this month in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

Jan 14 09:38

Top Canadian Court Permits Worldwide Internet Censorship

A country has the right to prevent the world’s Internet users from accessing information, Canada’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

In a decision that has troubling implications for free expression online, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a company’s effort to force Google to de-list entire domains and websites from its search index, effectively making them invisible to everyone using Google’s search engine

The case, Google v. Equustek, began when British Columbia-based Equustek Solutions accused Morgan Jack and others, known as the Datalink defendants, of selling counterfeit Equustek routers online. It claimed California-based Google facilitated access to the defendants’ sites. The defendants never appeared in court to challenge the claim, allowing default judgment against them, which meant Equustek effectively won without the court ever considering whether the claim was valid.

Jan 13 23:33

Placing the USA on a collapse continuum with Dmitry Orlov

Stage 1: Financial collapse. Faith in “business as usual” is lost.
Stage 2: Commercial collapse. Faith that “the market shall provide” is lost.
Stage 3: Political collapse. Faith that “the government will take care of you” is lost.
Stage 4: Social collapse. Faith that “your people will take care of you” is lost.
Stage 5: Cultural collapse. Faith in “the goodness of humanity” is lost.

Jan 13 10:29

A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media

The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days.

Jan 13 10:26

SearchSearchUS Embassy in Iraq Covers 80 Football Fields- A Behemoth From Which to Rule the Middle East

Why is America’s Baghdad Embassy the world’s largest embassy — and the largest by far?

"It's as if the US Embassy is there not only to protect American interests, but to manage the entire world from the heart of the capital, Baghdad.”

— Iraqi Sheikh Qassim Al Ta’ee, as quoted on 27 December 2011 in Al Iraq News and translated by Ibrahim Zaidan from the original Arabic by Nicholas Dagher

Jan 13 09:56

HOUSE PASSES BILL TO FORCE TRUMP TO NOMINATE “ANTI-SEMITISM” HEAD WHO WOULD MONITOR CRITICISM OF ISRAEL

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-1 for a bill that would force President Trump to nominate an anti-Semitism envoy, a position that has been vacant since he took office. The definition of anti-Semitism the position uses includes certain criticisms of Israel.

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