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Aug 19 16:42

America’s Second Civil War

While easy for Republicans to wash their hands of such odious elements as Nazis in Charlottesville, will they take up the defense of the monuments and statues that have defined our history, or capitulate to the icon-smashers? In this Second American Civil War, whose side are you on?

Aug 19 16:33

The Screwing of America – They Are Not My Friends

The ancient proverb: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” might be applicable in some circumstances, and for now it seems to be working for the “left,” though they will undoubtedly turn on each other eventually. It certainly doesn't work for the “right,” when that “friend” is a pariah to the world, devaluing the overall message by their mere presence. -- Any alliance with evil is evil, and all sides of this mess are corrupted.

Aug 19 12:27

Bannon The Barbarian Goes "Thermonuclear"

So the Leninist Machiavelli now exits The Swamp to work at his preferred element; out there in the jungle trenches. Expect all hell to break loose.

Laying a trap for the Democrats

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

‘Unleash the Beast’: Will Bannon’s White House Exit Divide Trump’s Base?
Bit torrents will flow explaining that Trump has offered Bannon as a sacrificial lamb to the jackals encircling his tumultuous presidency, even as Bannon has spun he wanted to be fired; after all he did offer his resignation in early August.

The game though is way more nuanced. Macchiavelli's loyalty to The Prince is undoubted — and he's certainly more helpful for Trump outside looking in.

Aug 19 12:16

"Colossal Fraud": Lawsuit Accuses Poland Spring Of Selling Groundwater

Ever wonder if that bottled mineral water you just spent several dollars on is really mineral water? According to a bombshell new lawsuit filed this week, at least in the case of one company it isn't.

A group of bottled water drinkers has brought a class action lawsuit against Nestle, the company which owns Poland Spring, alleging that the Maine business has long deceived consumers by mislabeling common groundwater. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in a Connecticut federal court and accuses Nestle Waters North America Inc. of a “colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers” the Bangor Daily News reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from Nestle!

Aug 19 11:54

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs.

Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first.

Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.

(For a graphic on Anti-drugs operations in the Philippines, click tmsnrt.rs/2fO2d3k)

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa said that if the Grade 11 student did not pose a threat, the officers who shot him on Thursday night would be held accountable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Duterte, a word, please: there is an old, wise phrase that people who do not understand history...are doomed to repeat it.

This is precisely what you are doing in your painfully counterproductive "war on drugs." People who well have been completely innocent of drug-dealing, or drug-taking are being slaughters, indiscriminately, and there is only so much of that with which the Filipino people will put up.

There are some countries, like Portugal, which have decriminalised small amounts of drugs for personal use, but pushed counseling and support environments, and do you know what has happened, sir?!?

Let me show you in the following series of articles, how this has worked:

Portugal: what happened after they decriminalised drugs, from weed to heroin

In Portugal,
drug use is treated as a medical issue, not a crime

What Happened when Portugal decriminalized all drugs

14 years after Portugal decriminalised all drugs: where's what's happening

There is a way to make this happen successfully; but what you are doing right now is only going to exacerbate the problem; drive the costs of illegal drugs up, and insure the growing financial wealth of the cartels.

I hope someone around you reads this article and emails it to you; there is a way to make this happen successfully, without anyone getting shot who was potentially, completely innocent.

Aug 19 11:28

UN Aid Chief Slams Saudis for Blocking Yemen Aid

UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien issued statements Friday slamming the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen, along with the Saudi-backed government in south Yemen, saying they are “unilaterally denying and excessively delaying” entry of humanitarian aid into northern Yemen.

This has been a recurring problem throughout the war, as the Saudi coalition’s first act was to impose a naval blockade. Since then, they’ve tried to funnel aid shipments overwhelmingly to Aden, the de facto capital of their allies, while attacking and blockading Hodeidah, the last northern port.

O’Brien insisted that it was “simply wrong” for the coalition to insist that cargo go through Aden instead of Hodeidah, urging the countries to endorse a UN mechanism for allowing shipments into Hodeidah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to happen when pigs fly.

Prince Salman's attitude toward Yemeni non-combatants seems to include all the following elements; kill combatants and non-combatants alike; starve the Yemeni people into death and submission by malnutrition, and then, with water infrastructure destroyed through Saudi bombings, let's have cholera (possibly weaponised) kill the rest!

And I have a question; where did the 66 million Prince Salmon donated to the UN for treating the cholera epidemic actually go?!?

Prince Salmon donates 66 million to the UN to treat cholera in Yemen, June 2017

Did Prince Salmon cynically give them the aid, understanding that by the time they got around to organising and distributing it with boots on the ground in Yemen, it would be too little too late, if they were able to get it into Yemen at all?!?

Well, here's the answer, and what we have heard about the "cholera vaccination program" for Yemen to date: take a look at this headline from the New York Slimes, dated 11 July, 2017:

U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination in Yemen

The article went on to say:

"The United Nations said on Tuesday that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen — reversing a decision made a month ago — because the disease’s rampant spread and the ravages of war there would make such an effort ineffective.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations aid coordinator in Yemen, said plans for preventive vaccination were being “set aside.” He attributed the change to obstacles in delivering vaccines in the middle of a conflict that has crippled the country’s health system and hampered access to some areas threatened by the contagious disease."

So the bottom line here is, Prince Salmon makes the donation to the UN, understanding that the UN wouldn't be able to deliver cholera relief because of the instability the Saudi forces have created in the country, and he looks good, because it's now the UN's fault that this aid could not be delivered, not his fault because of the atrocities his troops have committed in Yemen.

It's a classic magic trick, and it has a name: that is "misdirection".

But Saudi Prince Salman, a word please; this is absolutely not working. Thinking Americans, and people around the world, know the "game" you are playing in this genocide against the Yemeni people, and want it to stop.

Aug 19 11:05

Iran Says Nikki Haley's Statement On Sanctions Is "Devoid Of Any Shred Of Truth"

The US last month approved a set of sanctions against Tehran, aimed at its missile program and support for terrorism, a move that officials and members of Congress have said is separate from the nuclear deal. But on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the sanctions violate the spirit of the deal.

Rouhani's speech has been taken as a warning that Iran will withdraw unilaterally from the deal, known by the acronym JPCOA, should US sanctions move forward. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley swiftly fired off a statement condemning Rouhani's words.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo is completely correct in his assessment; these additional sanctions, which have utterly nothing to do with the P5+1 deal, were engineered by the Congress of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, to cause Iran to walk away from the P5 +1 deal, as the prelude to a war against it.

Israel would love to see regime change in Tehran, and alleges that Iran is its "existential threat" in the region, but with the costs in blood and money of that regime change only be paid in American blood and money.

There is, however, one little problem with this scenario; and that is the 14,000 lb gorilla in the living room, draped snoozing over the Bosendorfer Grand: that is Russia, and its formidable military capabilities.

Russian officials and military personnel have publicly gone on record, saying that if Iran is attacked, they will defend it militarily.

And so, I am hoping that those in the bowels of power in DC, at every level, are really evaluating what a war against Iran would look like, with Russia firmly on its side.

And I would like to hope that they realise that at this time in the US military's existence, it doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome against Russia in a conflict in Iran.

Aug 19 10:50

North Korea Sees Planned US-South Korea Wargames as ‘Catastrophe’

Various annually scheduled US wargames in and around the Korean Peninsula almost always provoke an increase in tension for their duration. The upcoming Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise is particularly ill-timed on that front, coming amid dangerously high tensions already.

The exercise, which begins Monday, will last 10 days, and involve 20,500 foreign troops in a simulated defense of South Korea from an invasion by North Korea. The exercise is the largest annual computerized command-and-control operation in the world. North Korea has termed the decision to hold the exercise a “catastrophe.”

17,500 US soldiers will participate, along with troops from Australia, New Zealand, multiple NATO member nations, and Colombia. US officials say the exercise is designed to “increase readiness,” though again this comes after weeks of claiming that US troops were already ready for war with North Korea at a moment’s notice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: yes, we all know that this exercise was planned way in advance.

That being said, sir; this is precisely the kind of activity against which North Korea's Kim Jung Un has complained so stridently, because what happens in these exercises, are the execution of the kinds of plans and drills necessary for invading his country.

The timing bites; and I am making a prediction that Kim Jung Un will respond with some kind of military display of force, perhaps the launch of another missile or missiles, before the end of these exercises on 31 August.

Aug 19 10:42

Trump Continues to Resist Pressure for Afghan EscalationPence, McMaster Lead Call for Escalation

Friday’s Camp David talks on Afghanistan appear to have ended without a final decision by President Trump on troop levels, as he continues to resist pressure from top cabinet officials to sign off on a massive escalation of the 16-year-old conflict with thousands of fresh troops.

Trump had initially delegated the decision to Defense Secretary James Mattis, but Mattis found a cap limiting his maximum deployment too restrictive. Now, Vice President Pence and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are also taking up the cause of large-scale escalation, pushing Trump to accept the recommendations of the commanders.

Pence and McMaster were at the Camp David meeting, but Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who has been pushing a “privatize the war” initiative, was blocked, apparently at the behest of McMaster. Trump aide Steve Bannon, another skeptic of military escalation, was sacked outright.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to point out that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

A large scale escalation of anything less than hundreds of thousands of US troops will not create a "win" in Afghanistan; and without the reintroduction of the draft (which may well happen on President Trump's watch), we simply do not have the troop strength to accommodate a huge escalation of troops here.

It is highly unfortunate that the only "President Whisperers" we have in the White House now are Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Master, because all will see war as the only possibility for moving forward, and they are completely, totally, wrong on this issue.

And please note Senator Graham's terrifying statement in the last paragraph:

"The ever-hawkish Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) appears also to be pushing the narrative that it’s impossible for the war not to continue to be escalated, arguing that the US would have “another 9/11” if they stopped occupying Afghanistan a mere generation after the last terrorist attack".

Aug 19 10:30

Air Force Chief: Israel Has Attacked Syrian Arms Convoys Nearly 100 Times in 5 Years: Brags That Many of Israel's Attacks Go 'Under the Radar'

Providing the most specific details yet on Israel’s ongoing series of military strikes inside war-torn Syria, Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel revealed today that Israel has carried out nearly 100 distinct military actions over the last five years specifically related to what they believed were Hezbollah-bound arms convoys.

This comes less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on an open microphone admitting to “dozens” of strikes in Syria, though obviously this is far greater, because many Israel strikes on Syria clearly were not Hezbollah related.

Indeed, recently reported Israeli strikes in Syria have almost always been the result of stray artillery shells landing in empty territory inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and Israel responding by attacking Syrian military bases in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel's testosterone-fueled hubris cannot hide the reality that these have been illegal attacks against a sovereign foreign government, which Israel was hoping to get regime-changed through their, and the US military's, efforts; they did not work.

So now, with the distinct possibility that an independent Kurdistan may well be carved out of areas of Syria, one has to wonder; just what is Israel prepared to do militarily now, to attempt to force out the existing, and duly elected, government out in Damascus?!?

Aug 19 10:01

Mexico a Paradise for Oligarchs: Poverty, Inequality Soar as Wealth Rises

Mexico is nothing if not a land of bewildering contrasts. Economically speaking, the country is a regional powerhouse. On the one hand, it boasts one of the richest “official” billionaires on the planet; on the other, some of the worst income inequality rates in the Western hemisphere. It places 20th on the list of countries with the most millionaires but it’s also home to the 15th largest population of poor people on the planet.

Aug 19 09:37

U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias dominated by the Kurdish YPG, believes the United States has a "strategic interest" in staying on, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.

"They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) ... and the U.S. administration," Silo said.

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has deployed forces at several locations in northern Syria, including an airbase near the town of Kobani. It has supported the SDF with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but have Syria's Al Assad and Russia's Putin received the memo on this?!?

Aug 19 09:06

Merkel, called 'traitor', defends refugee stance in rowdy east Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with shouts of "traitor" by a rowdy group of right-wing protesters in east Germany on Thursday as she defended her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.

Roughly five weeks before an election in which she is expected to win a record-tying fourth term, Merkel veered from her stump speech, acknowledging "difficult times" in 2015 when a flood of asylum seekers, many from the Middle East, entered Germany.

It was her first campaign stop in eastern Germany, parts of which have been fertile ground for anti-immigration politics.

"Many people were worried. They said to themselves: 'What about us? Are we still important or are only the refugees important'?" she told a crowd of several thousand in the central market square in Annaberg-Buchholz, a town in the state of Saxony near the Czech border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this question remains unanswered in the rest of her speech.

Immigration ultimately means votes; that is what Merkel's party is counting on, in the long term, regardless of the harm and displacement it is causing German nationals now.

Aug 19 08:22

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.

Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments.

But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party’s values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents, ahead of the 2018 midterm election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you erase history, you erase a sense of who people are, and where you actually come from; dictatorships love to do that, and there is a quote going around this last week from George Orwell, in his book "1984":

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”

Slavery was a part of the fabric of this country for quite some time; this is reality. Slavery was abolished in 1865 by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Does prejudice against minorities still exist in 21st century America?!? The honest answer is, yes; it is both institutional and educational, and translates as a belief that minorities are pathologically incapable of dealing with life without government intervention, and interference.

I am quite certain that our African-American; Asian; Middle Eastern, Hispanic, and other minorities, would beg to differ on that issue.

But in the 20th century, we had a brilliant civil rights movement, led by one of my great heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King; he was a great opponent of the Vietnam war, in which African Americans were disproportionately getting killed and maimed for life. He was ultimately assassinated by elements of the American government for his community-unifying, anti-war views.

Did You Know? US Gov’t Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Democrats would love nothing better than turning this country into a thoroughly history-fluid, independent-information-squelched, society, completely detached from where it has come, and incapable of the critical thinking necessary when it comes to resolving societal challenges in the 21st century.

The DNC has become the Big Brother party of no real answers, coupled with the edict "give us your money, your belief, and your obedience, and we will take care of you."

That "taking care of" bit, under President Obama, meant more failed wars in the Middle East, costing Americans billions, if not trillions of dollars; "Common Core" education, which is simply indoctrination coupled with participation trophies; hideously expensive medical care, with thoroughly lousy outcomes; and extraordinarily bad judgement on war-fighting hardware, which has given the US military the ongoing debacle which is the F-35.

I know who I am; I am a 68 year old Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard won, moral negotiations, rather than war. I am a composer, who loves to be in the process of creating music.

Therefore, I will not allow anyone outside of me to define who I am, or attempt to develop a false narrative about who I am, and where I come from; and I humbly ask our readers to stay authentic, and know your own personal history, and not allow anyone to define who you are, outside of yourself.

Aug 19 08:11

Dr. Steve Pieczenik - Why We Are NOT Going To Civil War - 2017

Published on Aug 16, 2017

Charlottesville was a manufactured false flag event in order to raise tensions and lead to more situations giving the State further license to enact marital law.
Pieczenik and Rivero are right.

Aug 19 07:31

What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

Cyberwar and cyber intelligence are diverging, as are Cyber Command and the NSA. Here’s what that means for the man who leads both entities, the future of signals intelligence collection, and cyberwarfare.

The move to elevate Cyber Command to a full Unified Combatant Command and split it off from the National Security Agency or NSA shows that cyber intelligence collection and information war are rapidly diverging fields. The future leadership of both entities is now in question, but the Pentagon has set out a conditions-based approach to the breakup. That represents a partial victory for the man who directs both Cyber Command and the NSA.

Aug 18 12:57

A Domestic Destabilization Is Underway: “The Left Is Fueling And Funding Tensions In Order To Exacerbate Them And Cause A Revolution”

Under the guise of “political correctness,” cities (such as Baltimore, MD) are removing their Confederate monuments one-by-one and under cover of darkness. Here, as reported by CBS News:

“The Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument at Wyman Park Dell was removed with a crowd watching. The Robert B. Taney monument in Mt. Vernon also came down. Crews are on the site of the confederate Women’s monument at University Parkway to take that one down. This comes just days after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for the immediate deconstruction of these monuments.”

There it is! Straight out of the movie “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson, as with the character he played, Benjamin Martin: “An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I respect this author, and have frequently linked to his articles at shtfplan, I disagree with him on this issue, and here is why.

I think that this destabilisation under way is more a product of the Deep State, in an effort to get Trump to declare martial law, and suspend the Constitution and Bill of rights.

Then, the warmongers among them can proceed with all the wars they have hatched, against North Korea; Iran; Russia; and China, and all peaceful, logical criticism of these wars will be forbidden.

If people persist with their criticism, they may well be jailed, or worse.

And if you don't think that the US is preparing for a war against Russia and China, please read the following article by Paul Craig Watson:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Aug 18 12:42

From the State of California's "You Can't Make this stuff up" Department: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

A new bill being considered by the California State Senate would punish people who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” in a public health, retirement or housing institution.

The bill, SB 219, was proposed by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). It includes several other provisions that require a health facility, for example, to honor the gender identity of a patient, meaning that the patient must be admitted to a room that comports with his or her chosen gender; allowed to use whatever bathroom he or she wants to use; and wear whatever clothing or cosmetics he or she decides to wear. It has gone through several amendments.

CBN News notes: “Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year.”

CBN also reports the testimony of the California Family Council’s Greg Burt:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proof positive: the legislature of California has gone completely, barking-dog mad!!

Aug 18 11:25

How Can We Learn From The Past If We Erase History?

Amazon has sold out of copies of George Orwell’s authoritarian classic, 1984, and they won’t have more until Feb. 2nd. The book was the number one bestseller on Tuesday and Wednesday. The publishing company, Penguin, is rushing more copies to print.

This surge in sales came after Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway used the creepy term “alternative facts” to explain away some misleading statements in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s statement to the press. (source)
Alas, my hope was short lived.

All sorts of breathless articles were penned, comparing President Trump to Big Brother. (This one, for example.) But then, something else happened. And it isn’t good.

1984 has become an instruction manual.

Aug 18 11:19

"This Is Dangerous": Digital Activists Slam Tech Firms For Banning Neo-Nazi Websites

As social media and internet companies scramble to ban or otherwise cut ties with extremist and far right-wing websites like the neo-nazi Daily Stormer, which were unceremoniously dropped by the likes of GoDaddy, Google and security firm Cloudflare earlier this week after helping to organize last weekend's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, a prominent nonprofit has come forward to defend them.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, best known for its activism surrounding net neutrality has a simple message: even though you don’t agree with their message, banning people from the internet is a slippery slope. Which is why it called on domain-name companies like Google and GoDaddy to “draw a hard line” and not remove or suspend websites based solely on their content.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well done, EFF, well done: bravo!!

Aug 18 11:17

USA Is Now Twice As Likely To 'Default' Than Germany

While the market turmoil (stocks down a few percentage points from all-time record highs) is being pinned on various factors (from North Korea, Trump, & Cohn to terrible retailer earnings and J-Hole anxiety), we suspect the real cause of market uncertainty is starting to peak through - the looming debt ceiling crisis that has now become too big and too imminent to ignore.

Of course, uncertainty in The White House is starting to make investors realize the chance of successfully navigating the debt ceiling crisis without a government shutdown are dwindling...

With the T-Bill market pricing in serious disruption at the end of September, the risk of a technical default for US Treasury debt is starting to rise and is now spiking relative to Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And please remember; September is just a couple of weeks away!

Aug 18 10:55

Breaking: Google removes Gab's Android app from the Google Play Store for "hate speech."

Aug 18 10:21

"Armageddon Risk" Returns: North Korea Predicts "Catastrophe" As Massive U.S. War Games Begin Monday

Traders barely had time to enjoy the lull from the "Armageddon trade" - the rising possibility of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea, which peaked over the weekend when various US officials said a nuclear war is not imminent, echoed by a statement by N. Korea's state-run news agency KCNA, before a new set of worries promptly took over, chief among them the ongoing slow motion train wreck in Donald Trump's administration coupled with yesterday's double terrorist attacks in Spain. Alas, "nuclear war" risk is about to come back with a vengeance because on Monday US and South Korea are scheduled to begin joint military exercises, a massive show of force which every time in the past has infuriated North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tensions over North Korea may have declined, but they are not over, by a long shot; and this is precisely the kind of orangutanesque, chest-thumping, martial behaviour, on the part of South Korea and the US military, that the North has consistently decried, and asked both countries to stop.

I expect to see something happen militarily from North Korea, before these joint exercises are completed by 31 August.

Aug 18 10:13

Protests break out on China-North Korea border over new sanctions

Protests have broken out on the Chinese border with North Korea, as China's seafood importers watched frozen product melt in trucks blocked from crossing after China imposed a new round of economic sanctions.

Dozens of trucks have lined up on a bridge, unable to enter China, according to video shot by a local trader who posted it to Chinese social media. It shows a long line of unmoving truck containers stuffed with crabs and shrimp that were melting in the sunshine and risked becoming spoiled product in the latest sign that Beijing is, for now at least, strictly enforcing a new round of sanctions "There is nothing we can do but accept it as our fate," said Cui Yanzhi, a local trader in the Chinese city of Hunchun, where North Korean product has long underpinned a thriving business in the far northeastern corner of the country, not far from Vladivostok.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on China for implementing the sanctions.

That being said, I feel a lot of compassion for the North Korean businesses getting hit; the actions of their government are not their fault.

Will it be enough to create an uprising the Kim Jung Un's government and military will not be able to control?!?

I would seriously doubt that would happen.

Aug 18 09:56

Grand jury expands felony indictment of Wasserman Schultz’s former IT aide

A former House IT aide who had access to emails and files of dozens of Democratic lawmakers has been indicted on four counts, including bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.

Imran Awan, 37, an information technology (IT) aide who worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) and dozens of other lawmakers in the House, was indicted on four felony counts Thursday, according to court documents obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who was forced to step down over Wikileaks revelations that she worked against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton, only fired Awan on July 25, following his arrest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tick...tick...tick....

Aug 18 09:43

NAZI FEARS AND ‘HATE SPEECH’ HYSTERIA ARE BEING AMPLIFIED TO ATTACK CIVIL LIBERTIES

It doesn’t take courage to denounce Nazism. Moreover, it appears many of the people incessantly proclaiming how anti-Nazi they are, happen to be the same folks who have the most to answer for when it comes to all sorts of transgressions against the world over the past couple of decades. That said, I’ll give my my quick two cents on the Nazi, white supremacist hysteria currently being amplified by the corporate media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Caring about your country, and being a true patriot, means that you have the courage, and logic, to praise what your country's leadership may be doing correctly, but also challenge it on what you believe it is doing that is wrong, and immoral.

President Trump has taken a strong stand against illegal immigration, and I applaud that. Illegal immigration has cost this country intensely, and it has to stop.

The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

Sorry, but illegal aliens cost the US plenty

I am, however, deeply concerned about the Trump Administration's having "gotten into bed" with the Saudi royal family, and colluding with the Saudi military in war crimes in Yemen.

The US military is enabling the Saudis in their slaughter of non-combatants:

images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing attacks

And today, we have this chilling report from the UN:

Leaked UN Report: Saudi Coalition responsible for Math Child Deaths in Yemen

With US military assistance, Yemeni ports have been shut down, meaning that no food can get into the country; this has translated into the deaths of thousands of Yemeni children from complications of malnutrition:

Images:
Yemeni children suffering from malnutrition

And now, as a result from the dual factors of malnutrition, coupled with the Saudis having bombed all of Yemen's water infrastructure into rubble, we have cholera in Yemen.

Yemeni children suffering from cholera

Cholera hits 500,000 people in Yemen

Oh, and have I mentioned that the Saudis are using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen?!?

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen

And what about the Saudis's use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Video show Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Massive uptick in infant Yemeni deformities suggests that the US and/or UK have supplied Saudis with depleted uranium weapons

We no longer have the luxury, as a nation, of being ignorant jingoists, regurgitating whatever propaganda is fed to us by the presstitutes and whorespondents, spewing the official government line on whatever is their "agenda du jour"; we need to become "Seven Day Awareists", intellectually capable of separating the truth of a situation from the fantasy the American Deep State constantly wants to sell us.

I won't kid you; this is hard work, but worth it; this country, and its values, as represented by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is worth the aggravation of attempting to save by creating a national dialogue about what is done, domestically and internationally, in our names and with our tax dollars.

Aug 18 08:50

PARENTS CATCH FBI IN PLOT TO FORCE MENTALLY ILL SON TO BE A RIGHT WING TERRORIST

It’s become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they’ve foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who’ve been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.

While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

Through the hundreds of ‘foiled terror plots’ the FBI has ‘busted’ over the years, many of them have been focused on people of Middle Eastern descent or people associated with ISIS or Al Qaeda. This time, in the case of Jerry Drake Varnell, the 23-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic, accused of attempting to bomb a bank, the FBI fomented terror from a right wing dialogue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such actions are vile, and should be criminally prosecuted; but such behaviour, attempting to turn, then arrest, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, is perfectly acceptable, to the Fomenting Bowels of Insanity.

Aug 18 08:45

WELLS FARGO RESHUFFLES BOARD WITH SCANDAL-RIDDEN INSIDERS

WELLS FARGO, THE CURRENT poster child for corporate crime recidivism, announced that three of its board members would step down at the end of the year, in a nod to the company’s many incidents of customer abuse. But, in an example of what passes for accountability in the modern age, they did not claw back any compensation from those board members. Instead, the departing board members were allowed to take an early retirement. And the replacements are either already on Wells Fargo’s payroll, or come from close corporate partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The One Percenters never eat their own.

Aug 18 08:43

TEACHER ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING WHITE NATIONALIST: VIOLENCE AGAINST FAR-RIGHT ‘NOT A CRIME’

The Berkeley area teacher who pummeled a white nationalist last year, and just recently was arrested on assault charges for that attack, is claiming that “standing up to fascism is not a crime.”

By Any Means Necessary’s Yvette Felarca, who teaches in the Berkeley Unified School District, said at her arraignment that “Standing up against the rise of Nazism […] in this country is not a crime,” and added “We have the right to defend ourselves.”

As reported by The College Fix, Felarca was caught on video in June of last year “punch[ing] the man in the stomach repeatedly, before throwing him to the ground.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Ms. Falarca, a word please: it appears that your alleged "standing up to fascism" always translates into the person whose ideology you cannot stand, getting physically beaten.

I would like to invoke the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, one of my greatest heroes of the 20th century, who created massive positive change without every hitting anyone or without firing a single shot.

Had this man not been a Christian, a pacifist, and a great admirer of Gandhi, God only knows in what direction the civil rights movement in this country could have gone.

What you have done, Ms. Falarca, is to encourage mob violence, which may ultimately result in the suspension of the Constitution, and the imposition of martial law; is that your design intent, when you physically beat up people with whom you do not agree?!?

Or did you not realise that your actions may well have these consequences?!?

Are you not constantly advocating against bullying in your classroom?!? Bullying outside the classroom also has no moral justification either; and you are deluding yourself, if you think that there is a difference in your actions, when you punched a man in the stomach, then threw him to the ground.

Aug 18 08:28

SURVIVORS WIN CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUIT AGAINST CIA TORTURE PSYCHOLOGISTS

Two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the CIA to develop torture techniques, agreed to a confidential settlement with torture survivors.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Mitchell and Jessen on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Gul Rahman. The lawsuit alleged the CIA contractors committed crimes that included water torture, forcing prisoners into boxes, and chaining prisoners in painful stress positions to walls.

“We brought this case seeking accountability and to help ensure that no one else has to endure torture and abuse, and we feel that we have achieved our goals,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement posted by the ACLU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a just world, these two pieces of work should be cooling their heels in a jail cell, and not in a Club Fed, for the rest of their miserable lives.

But this is not a just world, and those who purvey torture techniques are honored, and protected, by the governments who put their practices in place with impunity.

The only penalties imposed were financial, and most probably, easily paid off.

Mitchell and Jessen should be shunned, henceforward and forever, by the profession of psychology: they are among the true monsters among us, and the fact that the Bush administration embraced what they offered, makes them monsters as well.

I would like to politely point out the following; when a country signs off on torture, or outsources it, that telegraphs to the world that for all the codswallop about valuing human rights, human dignity, and the protection of prisoners of war, that country observes those values in the breach, and not in the observation, of those values.

It also gives countries which do not like the United States carte blanche to torture US civilians and military personnel.

So please, all of those with family and friends in the military, please chew on that last one for a little while, OK?!?

Aug 18 08:12

LIVE: PM says reports of missing British child amid Spain terror

A manhunt is under way for the driver of a van that crashed into a crowd in Barcelona killing 13 people.

Five suspected terrorists were then killed in a shoot-out with Spanish police in Cambrils as they carried out a similar vehicle attack, killing one person
The Catalan government says the two attacks, which happened hours apart, are linked.

Authorities investigating both attacks believe a cell of at least eight people may have been involved.

Islamic State says it carried out the attack in Barcelona, according to its Amaq agency.

The UK Government is "urgently looking into reports of a child believed missing" who is a British dual national.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for those killed, their family, and their friends.

That being said, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

In the immortal words of Rahm Emmanuel, "never let a good crisis go to waste".

So I am waiting to see how this will be "spun" as the "justification" for the next US invasion of Heaven only knows where.

Aug 18 08:05

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ'S EX-IT AIDE INDICTED ON 4 COUNTS

The federal case against Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, expanded Thursday with an indictment on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements.
He originally was charged with a single bank fraud count; his wife Hina Alvi also was indicted Thursday.

The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.

Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wasserman Shultz and Clinton will walk away, with no criminal indictments against them; Awan and his family will be the "sacrificial lambs" to be slaughtered here (hopefully, only metaphorically), to insure that happens.

Working for the Clintonistas, although lucrative, always has a price attached.

Aug 18 07:58

URBAN WARFARE: NATO ISSUES RFP FOR TRAINING TO FIGHT IN BIG CITIES WITH "DENSE, INTERCONNECTED POPULATIONS"

Throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, then candidate Trump frequently criticized NATO as “obsolete” and repeatedly knocked allies for not paying their “fair share.”

Then, in a shocking reversal, Trump hosted a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, just a few months after moving into the White House, in which he declared: "I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO could do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change. And now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that NATO is looking to assassinate whole populations, in Europe and beyond, into slave-like compliance to their dictates, with this kind of training.

Aug 18 06:52

Oliver Stone: "1984 Is Here"

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered...History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right" — George Orwell. We've been keeping an eye on the insanity oozing out of the States over the last week. Not surprisingly, Oliver Stone has produced one of the most succinct, on-point commentaries about Charlottesville and the resulting madness. Sorry, but we just don't buy this idea that fighting (apparently to the death) over Confederate statues is a top priority for most Americans right now. No doubt it serves as a convenient and extremely lame ideological battle for weirdos on the far, far right and far, far left to salivate over.

Aug 17 16:01

“Start Throwing Rocks”: Washington Post Op-Ed Calls For More Violence In The Streets

So how did we get to this place? How did we reach a point where America resembles Wiemar Germany, with white nationalists and socialist thugs battling it out on the streets and killing people?

If I were to pick one culprit for this mess, it would be the mainstream media. They’re the ones who have, for the most part, stood behind leftist ideologues for decades, and allowed them to bury public discourse under a wave of identity politics. They are at the very least, partly to blame. They’ve helped stoke divisions in this country that were once faint, or in the process of healing.

And if you don’t think the mainstream media is responsible for nudging our country towards war in the streets, then you should read this op-ed that was recently published by the Washington Post. It was written by N.D.B. Collins, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. In it, he appears to shamelessly call for the left to spawn more riots and violence in this country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This definitely smacks of Deep State manipulation, in order to see more unrest, which ultimately will result in President Trump being pressured to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and establish martial law, nationally.

More violence will only beget more violence; I cannot believe, for one moment, that Dr. N.D.B. Collins really believes this is the right path to follow.

But agents of the Deep State can come from surprising backgrounds, and have some interesting agendas.

It appears that whoever is sponsoring this article at the Washington Compost, is hoping such violence will have President Trump invoke martial law, so that
the warmongers in President Trump's cabinet, can get their wars on, with even peaceful protest forbidden.

Aug 17 15:46

Conspiracy or Chaos: “The Farce Of Competing Political Parties Is A Smoke Screen Used By The Deep State To Maintain Their Control” - James Quinn

It ultimately comes down to power and control over the key mechanisms of finance, taxation, legislation and the media. There isn’t one specific group of conspirators working together to rule the world. Is George Soros attempting to influence and control what happens in the U.S. and Europe to benefit his interests? Yes. Are the Koch brothers attempting to do the same with a different end goal? Yes. Are Pelosi and Schumer conspiring to push their left wing agenda? Yes. Are McConnell and Ryan conspiring to implement their establishment vision? Yes.

Aug 17 15:38

Stocks Slammed Amid 'Cohn Of Uncertainty' As Hindenburg Omen Cluster Nears Record

Between Bannon's China trade war threats and fears over Cohn leaving, risk was off today, not helped by dismal Industrial Production data and the utter horror in Barcelona... Trannies were worst but this was an ugly say all around and losses accelerate into the close ahead of tomorrow's OPEX...

Aug 17 15:16

Socrates discusses death of democracy, hubris of empire, devolution to civil war. ‘We the People’ of the US’ choice: follow that path OR demand .01% arrests for OBVIOUS crimes of war, looting, lying

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“The strong do what power allows. The weak accept what they must.” – Athenian 415 BC envoy to the small government of Melos, with the offer to either join Athens’ empire with paying them tribute, or have all men executed, and everyone else sold into slavery. Melos politely declined Athens’ offer. Athens attacked, did exactly what they threatened, and resettled the emptied island with 500 Athenian colonists. – Melian Dialogue of Socrates’ contemporary historian, Thucydides.

language warning: Socrates and I speak in the same direct language that caused his execution for “corrupting the young.”

With potential threat of US civil war, perhaps staged by .01% oligarchs fearing their discovery and arrests, let's consider Socrates' analysis to a similar challenge. He explains from my 2016 "interview" with him:

Carl: Socrates! Welcome back!

Aug 17 15:01

Freedom for Speech (Especially the speech you hate)

The whole purpose of the First Amendment is to encourage open, wide, robust debate about the policies of the government and the people who run it. It would be antithetical to that purpose for the government itself to decide what speech is acceptable and what is not in public discourse.

Aug 17 14:43

Americans are Rapidly Descending Into Madness

What’s worse, this environment is providing a backdrop for the most destructive people of my lifetime — neoconservatives and neo liberals — to preen around on corporate media as “the voices of reason.” This is one of the most perverse and dangerous side-effects of the current political climate.

Aug 17 14:42

If war comes, don’t blame the ‘Military-Industrial Complex’ — things are even worse than you think

The Soviet nomenklatura gave up without a fight. It’s unlikely its American counterpart will. Whether Trump in the end decides to fight or to seek accommodation is still under debate. Some suggest that by signing the recent bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, he has already surrendered. But either way, war or not, things are going to get very rocky.

Aug 17 07:55

US War Games Likely to Trigger Another North Korea Missile Test - Seoul

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula appeared to ease up following intense saber-rattling by the US and North Korean sides last week, but once Pyongyang’s leaders observe the US ramping up war games again, another ballistic missile test may be imminent, Seoul warns.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are slated to commence on Monday, Korean media reported Wednesday. "There is a great possibility that North Korea will carry out strategic or tactical provocations to protest the latest UN sanctions and the UFG exercises," the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement to the nation’s lawmakers.

Military exercises in which US forces essentially rehearse and practice attacking the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) "are not funny to [North] Korea," Radio Sputnik Loud & Clear host Brian Becker said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, a logical question here: how in heaven's name can Kim Jung Un NOT see US war games, right off the cost of North Korea, practicing how to invade his country, as a "dangerously provocative act"?!?

And frankly, I do not have a good answer for this.

Aug 17 07:50

Who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville? Here's what witnesses say

The clashes that broke out over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., have become a new touchstone in the nation’s long-running debate over racism, free speech and violence.

One woman was killed and many more injured when a car, allegedly driven by a rally participant, sped into a crowd of anti-racism protesters. Two state troopers monitoring the action died in a helicopter crash later in the day, though no foul play was suspected.

The event quickly took on enormous political importance as Democrats and Republicans alike denounced the violence and the white supremacist views espoused at the far-right rally. President Trump has also denounced the racist groups, but he suggests that anti-racism counter-demonstrators share some of the blame. On Tuesday, he said “both sides” were responsible for the bloodshed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking/listening at the reports of this incident, President Trump was absolutely correct in his assessment; both the Neo-Nazis and Antifa bore responsibility for the deaths and injuries here.

Aug 17 07:43

ARE THESE GMO MEATLESS BURGERS SAFE TO EAT? THE FDA ISN’T SURE

The FDA informed the manufacturer of Impossible Burger – a meat-like burger made using only plants – that it had not yet proven that the product’s key genetically modified (GM) ingredient is safe for consumption. The company, Impossible Foods, decided it knew better and launched the product anyway. [1}

The GMO faux-meat burgers are available at 43 restaurants nationwide, including several burger chains.

Impossible Foods maintains that its SLH/heme is identical to the SLH already in the food supply, but Impossible Foods had no safety testing data to support that claim, said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union.

Hansen explained:

“You are taking something that has never been in the food supply before and you come to the FDA, say it is GRAS, and you have no safety data, particularly from feeding studies. Their argument has literally come down to saying this is exactly identical to the heme we’ve always been eating, but it’s not true.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great to know that we have an FDA which doesn't mandate food product safety before a product is introduced to an unsuspecting public!!

Why is there no halt in production of this product, until safety testing is truly finished?!?

Aug 17 07:35

A PATENT EXISTS TO PROVIDE HOME SURVEILLANCE USING AMI SMART METERS

AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Smart Meters (AMI SMs) are being forced on to everyone’s home, apartment, condo and businesses in the United States with total disregard for numerous legal aspects, with one specifically-egregious issue experiencing total abandonment or disregard for the U.S. Constitution, plus individuals’ rights under their respective home states’ constitutions.

So, what am I talking about? Privacy and the right to be secure in your home! The Search and Seizure aspects found and shielded in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are not being respected nor enforced by state public utility commissions and utility companies, most of who are harassing customers!

AMI SMs are nothing but “surveillance computers”!

Let me say that again. AMI SMs are nothing short of “surveillance computers”. They are built and intended to

Aug 17 07:30

As Leak Probes Abound, Tillerson Promotes Diplomat Who Passed Classified Info To AIPAC: The promotion of David Satterfield comes as the Trump administration cracks down on leakers elsewhere in the government.

As the Trump administration widens its crackdown on unauthorized leaks to the press, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has promoted a diplomat who provided classified information to an influential pro-Israel lobbying organization that resulted in espionage charges.

David Satterfield, a long time Middle East hand with extensive experience in the region, has been named acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, a State Department official told BuzzFeed News.

In 2005, federal prosecutors said Satterfield provided classified national security secrets to a top lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful special interest group known simply as AIPAC. The accusation was included in an indictment that charged two former AIPAC employees, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, and a former Pentagon official, Lawrence Franklin, under the Espionage Act with illegally trafficking in classified information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, as long as classified information goes to Israel, it's perfectly OK!!" - Official State Department Souse.

Aug 17 07:27

What if the DNC Russian “hack” was really a leak after all? A new report raises questions media and Democrats would rather ignore

Last week the respected left-liberal magazine The Nation published an explosive article that details in great depth the findings of a new report — authored in large part by former U.S. intelligence officers — which claims to present forensic evidence that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by the Russians in July 2016. Instead, the report alleges, the DNC suffered an insider leak, conducted in the Eastern time zone of the United States by someone with physical access to a DNC computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, when the DNC embraces a false narrative, it embraces it all the way!!

Aug 17 07:23

FBI Admits Federal Informants Linked to Deadly Charlottesville Riots; Unlikely To Face Charges

FBI insiders said it is unlikely leaders of the radical groups that clashed in demonstrations turned deadly in Charlottesville, VA will face prosecution.

Why?

FBI said they have already identified several federal informants who participated in the mob-like riots over the weekend in Virginia. The FBI is also now working those sources to piece together the events from Charlottesville, sources said.

But FBI agents have deemed the newly-minted investigation dicey, having to navigate separate agreements with embedded intelligence assets while trying to pinpoint responsibility for the violence.

Late Saturday, the Justice Department announced the federal probe. The investigation, spearheaded by the Richmond, VA FBI field office, was launched after an Ohio man drove his car through a crowd of demonstrators killing one woman and injuring dozens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sickens me.

IF, in fact, paid FBI agents were actually here, what was their function, other than intel?!?

Was it to worsen the mood of the mob to the point where violence would be the inevitable result?!?

At this moment, if there was an FBI order to foment rage and rioting on the part of these informants, whoever gave that order person needs to be sacked, immediately, and publicly, by President Trump.

Because in allowing these riots to move forward, it caused deaths, massive injuries, and deeply scarred the soul of this nation in a way that it might not be able to ultimately survive or overcome.

Aug 17 07:07

SAUDI GOVERNMENT SECRETLY ABDUCTING ITS CRITICS FROM ABROAD, SAY DISSIDENTS

At least three prominent Saudi dissidents living in Europe, who openly criticized Saudi Arabia’s system of government, have been illegally abducted by the country’s monarchy in the past two years, according to a report by the BBC. All three, who are members of the Saudi royal family, are missing, believed to be dead or held against their will in Saudi Arabia. But the country’s government will not comment on their fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind both the British and American governments that this is the same Saudi government to which they feel perfectly comfortable selling weapons, with which to assassinate women, children, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

Images: dead and maimed Yemeni children, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombings.

Aug 17 06:59

KKK LEADER HAS HISTORY AS FBI INFORMANT

The contingent of the Ku Klux Klan that has applied to hold a July rally in Charlottesville is reportedly led by an FBI informant who has been charged in the stabbing of another Klan member.

To Katch a Klansman: FBI Informant Behind Recent KKK Fliers in Raleigh

July 20, 2016 – Fliers distributed in Raleigh and other North Carolina cities last weekend urging residents to join the Ku Klux Klan are part of an apparent nationwide recruiting drive for the white supremacist organization with one minor twist: the phone number and websites listed trace back to a Klan chapter whose leader is a reported FBI informant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

This is a highly scripted insurgency on the part of this government to topple its President, and by any means necessary.

Aug 16 11:48

FLASHBACK - COINTELPRO: The Sabotage Of Legitimate Dissent

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a collection of articles about the FBI's COINTELPRO operation in the 1960s; a scandal which resulted on Congressional hearings (followed by the usual whitewash).

It is important to study COINTELPRO because many of the same methods, read 'dirty tricks' are being repeated to day by the government against the American people. In particular, note the Black Panther Coloring Book, a project intended to turn whites and blacks against each other.

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Aug 16 10:23

Mainstream Media: The Spies Who Choked Me

Newspaper editors even admit that whilst the information they were fed was more often wholly inaccurate, they made for good copy. Nothing has changed today of course. Indeed, back in the USA, Milton Bearden, the former head of the CIA’s Soviet and eastern Europe division warned “The energy in the UK seems to be devoted to keeping the media at bay, in the US, our style has been to spin them into submission.”

Aug 16 10:13

Massive nationwide #MarchOnGoogle August 19th … join the protest against techno tyranny and ‘Goolag’ dictators

Frustrated with Google’s continued efforts to silence free speech and control the content that shows up on people’s internet searches, protesters from all across the country are planning a multi-locale “March on Google” on August 19 to make their voices heard. The nationwide event will reportedly take place at ground zero, Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Kirkland, Washington (near Seattle).

Dubbed as a coordinated effort to challenge Google’s “silencing (of) dissenting voices,” the protest was sparked after the recent firing by Google of James Damore, a company employee who wrote a memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Some news outlets have described the memo as being “anti-diversity,” but in reality, it simply challenges Google’s discriminatory policies that cater to LGBT people, for instance, at the expense of everyone else.

Aug 16 09:25

Black lawmakers say Confederate statues should come out of Capitol

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are reviving calls to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol following the violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists and the subsequent clashes with counterprotesters began as a protest against the Charlottesville city council’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Since the rally, other localities have moved to take down Confederate statues — and some lawmakers think the Capitol should consider following suit.

Aug 16 09:24

FUNCTIONAL ILLITERATES TRYING TO ERASE HISTORY

Robert E. Lee, before the outbreak of the war, was overwhelmingly regarded as the finest military mind in the U.S. army. Winfield Scott offered him command of all Union forces at the outbreak of hostilities. But he chose allegiance to his state of Virginia, rather than the Federal government. He didn’t fight for slavery. He freed his slaves. He was fighting for states’ rights. He was an honorable God fearing noble man. Stonewall Jackson was an extremely religious man who waged war with a passion, but also taught Sunday School to slaves. Lee and Jackson must be viewed in the context of the 19th century rather than being judged by the standards of the 21st century.

Aug 16 09:05

Iran Threatens to Quit Nuclear Deal If US Keeps Adding Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, replaying to the latest round of US sanctions and threats, insisted his country remains committed to the P5+1 nuclear deal for the time being, despite repeated US violations. He warned this could change, however.

Iran has repeatedly sought redress for violations to mediators of the deal, but the US has continued to reimpose sanctions they removed under the deal, coming up with new pretexts, usually pretexts very light on details. Rouhani warned that if this continues, Iran might be forced to quit the nuclear deal.

Rouhani said US actions prove they can’t be trusted to deal fairly over the pact. Iran’s parliament, particularly the hardliners, are pressuring him to make some sort of reaction, and this is likely Rouhani’s attempt to warn the other five signatories that the deal could be at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I kind of hate it when a guy I don't particularly care for, is absolutely correct, as Rouhani is on his assessment of the US's behaviour regarding the P5+1 Agreement.

This laying on of more sanctions against Iran, on issues which have nothing to do with the actual agreement, are simply fabricated out of thin air.

And then we have this very worrying story, out of antiwar.com from yesterday:

Nikki Haley Accuses Iran of ‘Holding the World Hostage’ With Nuclear Deal: State Dept Vows to Keep Sanctioning Iran for Non-Nuclear Reasons
The story goes on to say:

"Many in the Trump Administration are openly hostile toward the nuclear deal, and Haley suggested Iran was using the existence of the deal as a pretext for “support for terrorism, disregard for human rights, and violations of UN Security Council resolutions.”

These allegations are built largely not on anything Iran’s done, but on consistent US efforts to undermine the pact with new sanctions to replace those they were required by the deal to lift, with Haley suggesting Iran thinks it’s immune to getting those sanctions back so long as they comply with the nuclear deal."

It's very clear what the White House is doing here; pressuring Iran to leave the P5+1 deal through these sanctions, as a prelude to a military action against it.

And of course, Israel's Netanyahu would love to see Israel's alleged "existential threat" in the region "neutralized" (but only, mind you, at the costs of American blood and American money).

This administration has gone down a very dark path of accusing countries it doesn't like, or wants to regime change, of doing what they haven't, then punishing them for it.

I can think of no more painfully clear examples of that than of the US sanctioning Russia for allegedly "annexing" Crimea, which it did not, in 2014.

The same thing holds true here with Iran.

But I would like to very carefully caution President Trump that such a military action against Iran, may come at an horrific cost to the US military.

Russian officials and military have pledged, should Iran be attacked, to come to its defense militarily. This means that there will be a war with Russia, as well as with Iran.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or the weaponry to compete effectively against Russia in a military showdown over Iran. The Russian weaponry in Syria shows that it has had some major technological breakthroughs, and that weaponry is now in high demand around the world:

How Russia's military campaign in Syria is helping Moscow market its weapons

And what can the US offer in terms of weaponry?!? I give you... the Lockheed Martin F-35, the Edsel in the living room of military hardware

The F-35 is still an expensive mess

2017: F-35 failures still legion

What went wrong with the F-35,
Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter?!?

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

10 Things you should Know about the Air Force's F-35 Propaganda Effort

Aug 16 08:56

If Google and Facebook are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will drive America to open warfare in the streets

The echo chamber of the illogical, irrational and enraged Left — the liberal mob — is magnified by the selective censorship of internet gatekeepers like Google and Facebook, all of which are engaged in the most outrageous distortions and censorship imaginable, deliberately silencing all conservative voices while amplifying left-wing channels and (fake) news sources, no matter how dishonest or hypocritical they are. This is all part of a deliberate scheme to silence open debate and suppress the voices of conservatives, heterosexuals, White people or Christians in order to favor lunatic left-wing culture that’s rooted in delusional thinking, anti-science “biology” and intense racism, bigotry and hatred toward anyone who doesn’t bow down to their totalitarianism cult.

Aug 16 08:49

Red Ice Websites Hacked - Someone Really Hates Us

Aug 16 08:35

VP Pence: US Will ‘Bring Full Measure of American Power to Bear’ on Venezuela

During his first stop on a tour of Latin America, Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Colombia that Washington was “absolutely determined to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see democracy restored in Venezuela.” Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear examined the ramifications of Pence’s tour.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option [to quell unrest in Venezuela]," said US President Donald Trump on Friday. "We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor. We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President and Vice President, a word here, please.

Neither Maduro's government, nor its opposition, want US troops on the ground in Venezuela.

And let's face facts here, please; neither of you are that concerned with Venezuela becoming a dictatorship. The US government has been very comfortable, supporting US-centric dictators before, like the Shah of Iran, and Pinochet in Argentina.

But what is of concern to you are those huge oil reserves in Venezuela, which you don't want either Russia or China developing, and which you only want to be sold in US dollars, by a US-centric government: that is the crux of your "concern" over recent developments here, and thinking Americans understand this.

Aug 16 08:34

Cops and Cameras

Aug 16 08:27

Potential Kurdish State Allegedly Backed by Israel May Upset Region - Politician

Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), stated that an attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state anywhere in the Middle East will really encourage multiple wars.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The creation of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq, allegedly welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, may lead to instability in the region, with Israel benefiting from the upset, Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), told Sputnik.

"An attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state anywhere in the Middle East will really encourage multiple wars because the question with the Kurds is how to draw the borders of the state. It is very dangerous for the region’s and the world’s stability," Ahmad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but that is precisely the outcome Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to see happen; more bloody wars in the middle east, coupled with destabilisation, which insures that a balkanized Iraq never, ever has the standard of living it did under Saddam Hussein.

Aug 16 08:20

Tehran Calls on Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds to Discuss Looming Kurdistan Referendum

Tehran supports the negotiations between Iraq and the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan amid the latter's plan to hold an independence referendum in September, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Qassemi said as quoted by the Fars news agency that the internal talks between Erbil and Baghdad should "resolve issues" between the parties in the run up to the referendum on independence.

Iraqi Kurds gather near the Arbil Citadel in the center of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq
© AFP 2017/ SAFIN HAMED
Netanyahu's Support for Kurds: Israel Looking for a New Ally in the Middle East?
The minister stressed the achievements of the Iraqi people in fighting terror and liberating the territories, which had been occupied by the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia).
The spokesman added that Iran was seeking the best-possible relations with all of Iraq's political, social, ethnic and religious bodies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this is mediated, quickly and intelligently, we could see more bloody civil war in Iraq, in the area the Kurds want to claim as their independent Kurdistan.

Aug 16 08:00

Yemeni Army Reported to Have Destroyed Arms Depot in Southern Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni army has used artillery to destroy an ammunition and arms depot belonging to Saudi Arabian forces in the southern Saudi province of Najran, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

The army, supported by militias, continued their operations against Saudi-led forces, shelling their positions in the province, the FARS news agency reported.

The media outlet added that the destruction of the facility in Najran's Taleh district was also confirmed by a military source close to the Yemeni army.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since 2015. The war is waged between the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all of the Saudi's US-militarily enabled firepower and massive military superiority; for all the assassinations of innocent non-combatants; for all the starvation of Yemenis due to the Saudi closing of ports, so no food can get in, and Yemenis are dying of malnutrition; for all the cholera, which may well have been weaponised, the Saudis do not seem to be winning this fight.
two years on.

It is high time that Prince Salmon cuts his losses, and moves on.

Aug 16 07:50

Chinese troops armed with iron bars and rocks brawl with Indian soldiers near border, New Delhi source says

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month stand-off in another part of the disputed border.

A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.
Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.
The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other’s territories, but clashes are rare. The Indian military declined to comment on the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this situation gets mediated, and quickly, India and China could well be slouching toward a shooting war over this disputed territory.

And why should Americans care about this?!?

Because President Obama enhanced the US defence and security posture with India last year.

Obama signs into law bill declaring India a ‘major defense partner’

So should a shooting war ensue between India and China, the US government is on the hook for supporting India, militarily, against China.

Aug 16 07:48

CENSORSHIP ALERT: Mozilla planning “kill shot” for entire independent media by blocking all non-approved news in the FireFox browser

In November of 1737, decades before America officially declared its independence from the king of England, a young Benjamin Franklin published an essay in The Pennsylvania Gazette entitled, “On Freedom of Speech and the Press.” In it, Franklin wrote, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the Constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” Franklin went on to write, “An evil magistrate entrusted with power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible.”

Aug 16 07:39

CONFIRMED: UKRAINE WILL NOT SUE NEW YORK TIMES OVER ALLEGED N. KOREAN DEALS

The State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) will not sue The New York Times newspaper for its article about the possible purchase of Ukrainian-produced missile engines by North Korea, SSAU acting chairman Yuriy Radchenko told reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, The New York Times published an article, citing classified assessments by US intelligence agencies and a study by Michael Elleman, a senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, which suggested that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. The article cited Elleman as saying that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's probably a confirmation that the article was, indeed true.

Were it not, Ukraine would have been able to successfully sue the New York Times for a great deal of money, and probably win the suit.

And if so, with "friend"s like Ukraine, which would allow something like this to happen.....

Aug 16 07:34

NY GOVERNOR PUSHES 'CHARLOTTESVILLE PROVISIONS' TO MAKE VIOLENT PROTESTS A HATE CRIME

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to prosecute violent protests against “protected classes” as a hate crime, suggesting higher criminal penalties. His so-called "Charlottesville Provisions" are a response to the violence in Virginia.
Cuomo has proposed to amend the state’s hate crime laws to include rioting or incitement to riot against protected groups, according to the governor’s office.

New York law protects groups and individuals on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Cuomo also suggested increasing penalties for engaging in a riot against the so-called protected groups.

Some attorneys have already criticized Cuomo’s proposed 'Charlottesville Provisions.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Make no mistake, should this legislation be passed, this will be used as a club against even the most peaceful of protests in New York, with the concept of freezing out the peaceful assembly to redress government wrongs, guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Aug 16 07:27

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE: "IDENTITY POLITICS ALWAYS LEADS TO VIOLENCE, AMERICANS WON'T BE SPARED"

Listening to NPR this morning confirmed what I already knew. Charlottesville is being turned into another nail in President Trump’s coffin.

NPR had no interest whatsoever in reporting the actual facts about what had occurred in Charlottesville. The several “interviews” with the like-minded were orchestrated to produce the desired propaganda result: It was all Trump’s fault.

It was Trump’s fault for many reasons.

He had stirred up White Supremacists and Nazis by appealing during the presidential election campaign to their supremacist views with his slogan “America first.”

Of course, what Trump means by “America first,” is precisely what the voters understood him to mean—the interest of the broad American public should come before trade deals that serve the interests of other countries and the narrow profit interests of global corporations. However, the NPR propagandists put words in Trump’s mouth and twisted the meaning of the slogan to be “White America Comes First.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I simply no longer listen to NPR, because their alleged "reporting" is biased in the extreme these days, and simply consists of regurgitating codswallop liberals are aching to believe, rather than the truth of any situation.

They have simply become... irrelevant.

Aug 16 07:15

DEAR AMERICA: IF YOU WANT TO STOP RACISM, TEAR DOWN THE DRUG WAR—NOT STATUES

Without a doubt, the war on drugs fuels the racist system by targeting minorities and the poor. It serves to increase interactions between police—who are often caught joining the force to act out their racist desires—and the citizens.

The drug war, from the police departments to the court systems, unequivocally targets and punishes minorities harder for the same victimless crimes for which their white counterparts receive slaps on the wrist.

As TFTP reported last year, a scathing report in Harper’s Magazine, written by Dan Baum set the record straight and relieved all doubt over the intentions of the drug war. John Daniel Ehrlichman, counsel and domestic policy chief to President Richard Nixon, came clean on the real reason behind the war on drugs — to criminalize blacks and hippies.

According to Baum, he tracked down Ehrlichman in 1994 at his engineering firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Aug 16 07:09

STUDY SUGGESTS DRUGGING UP GERMANS TO ACCEPT MORE MIGRANTS

Drugging up Germans with oxytocin will help make them “friendlier” to migrants and more susceptible to open borders, a study suggested.

Oxytocin, known as the “cuddle hormone” due to its generosity effects on humans, was suggested as part of a “treatment” for Germans who oppose EU migrant quotas, according to University of Bonn researchers.

“It appears that pairing oxytocin with a social norm can help counter the effects of xenophobia by enhancing altruistic behavior toward refugees,” the study stated.

The leader researcher, Prof. Rene Hurlemann, claimed that “given the right circumstances, oxytocin may help promote the acceptance and integration of migrants into Western cultures.”

In other words, let’s just drug Germans into accepting a globalist agenda.

The study asked 100 native Germans their opinions on migrants, then gave half of them a dose of oxytocin while the other half received a placebo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

No.

What has to happen here is a mandate by the German people that no more open borders shall exist; every single immigrant MUST be housed by the politicians who proposed this open borders policy, including Angela Merkel, and all the rest need to be housed on whatever lands George Soros owns in Germany.

THAT should sort the problem, within a couple of months!!!

Aug 16 07:03

WHY WE'RE DOOMED: OUR ECONOMY'S TOXIC INEQUALITY

Anyone who thinks our toxic financial system is stable is delusional.

Why are we doomed? Those consuming over-amped "news" feeds may be tempted to answer the culture wars, nuclear war with North Korea or the Trump Presidency.

The one guaranteed source of doom is our broken financial system, which is visible in this chart of income inequality from the New York Times: Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart.

While the essay's title is our broken economy, the source of this toxic concentration of income, wealth and power in the top 1/10th of 1% is more specifically our broken financial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the smartest things you can do right now, is, to the best you are able, is to get out of credit card debt as quickly as is humanly possible; rates will inevitably rise, keeping you in debtor's prison for as long as you live, if you do not do this.

Aug 16 05:02

56 minute video: Carl Herman/Jim Fetzer Discussion Series on illegal wars, debt slavery, “official” lies. Essential education for American adults to recognize and end US .01% rogue state empire (2 of 4)

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in Government, Economics, and History, also credentialed in Mathematics. Jim Fetzer (podcasts here, here) is the McKnight Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Duluth; Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth; Editor, Assassination Science; and Co-Editor, Assassination Research. Jim and Carl contribute nearly 100 years of academic training and professional experience in this four-part series to reveal among the most obvious lies of omission and commission keeping Americans ignorant of ongoing .01% US rogue state empire.

Jim and Carl factually assert an Emperor's New Clothes condition that Americans can easily see for themselves, if they care to look.

4-part series, with linked documentation:

1. US illegal: history of rogue state empire (56-minute video here)

Aug 15 20:39

Are Protest Events Turning Into Deep State Traps?

Infowars Reporter Millie Weaver had to cancel a protest scheduled outside of the Google office located in Pittsburgh, PA after receiving threats of violence from self-proclaimed members of AntiFa and Black Lives Matter. Originally, there were only a handful of attendees. However, after the Pittsburgh Tribune ran a hit piece titled "Google's Pittsburgh Office Targeted By Alt-Right Protesters" linking the 'Flyover America' tour Facebook page, alleged AntiFa and Black Lives Matter members began leaving serious threats, sharing the event page with other members.

This protest was about corporate dictatorship. AntiFa and BLM have shown their hand. They are puppets of corporate masters. AntiFa should be renamed ProFa as they are clearly pro-fascist.

Aug 15 15:41

Iran Counters US Sanctions With New War Spending, Warships to Atlantic Ocean

Iranian leaders are responding to the latest round of sanctions signed by US President Donald Trump with a two-pronged approach: increased defense and intelligence spending by roughly $600-800 million and marshaling military vessels to the Atlantic Ocean.

"No military official in the world thought that we can go round Africa to the Atlantic Ocean through the Suez Canal but we did it as we had declared that we would go to the Atlantic and its western waters,” Iranian Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said over the weekend, according to local media sources.

"We moved into the Atlantic and will go to its Western waters in the near future," Sayyari added. In April, Sayyari reportedly said, "redeployment in the Atlantic Ocean, intelligence superiority, development of communications, progress in the development of the Makran coast and building new vessels are among the Navy’s plans this year."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian President Rouhani, a word, please: Iran's ditching the P5+1 Agreement is precisely what these sanctions are engineered to get Iran to do; please don't fall for it.

You have to know by now that the US will use such a withdrawal as the "justification" for an attack against you, and any escalation of threats to resume to your nuclear weapons program will simply accelerate US hostilities against you.

Sir, as a 68 year old thinking American, the imposition of the Shah in 53 wasn't my doing; I was all of 4 years old at the time.

So I am asking you and the Iranian Majlis not to do something rash which will cause the US government to declare war against you.

And please understand this; American citizens have absolutely no control over the actions of the American deep state, which has its own agendas, and those agendas are frequently inimical to those of the American people.

Most thinking Americans do not want to see war against Iran; unfortunately, this is what Israeli Premiere Netanyahu is constantly browbeating President Trump to do for him (but only at the costs of American blood and American money).

President Trump may well not have adequate information on Iran, because much of it is being "filtered" by advisors who are warmongers.

Aug 15 14:02

Democrats Fret as Clinton Book Rollout Looms

The losing presidential candidate wants to talk about what went wrong. Her party wishes she wouldn't.

Aug 15 13:51

Americans' debt level notches a new record high

Americans' debt level notched another record high in the second quarter, after having earlier in the year surpassed its pre-crisis peak, on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit card debt, where delinquencies jumped. Total U.S. household debt was $12.84 trillion in the three months to June, up $552 billion from a year ago, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report published on Tuesday.

Aug 15 13:45

Bank of America Warns of an ‘Ominous’ Sign for Stocks

The drop represents a “warning sign for equities over bonds, high yield over investment grade, and cyclical sectors over defensive ones,” chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett wrote in a note Tuesday. “Further deterioration is likely to cause risk-off trades.”

Aug 15 13:22

Texas Cops Spent 11 Minutes Searching a Woman’s Vagina, Found No Drugs

Charnesia Corley was a 21-year-old college student with no criminal record when two cops from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office stopped her in June 2015 for running a red light.

After searching her car, police claimed to have found .02 ounces of marijuana. That was enough, they apparently felt, to justify a full-body cavity search. When Corley refused to remove her clothes in the dimly lit parking lot where she was being detained, one of the officers threw her to the ground, pushed her partially underneath her own car, and yanked Corley’s pants down to her ankles. For the next 11 minutes, dash cam video of the incident shows, she was held down by two officers while being searched. Corley claims that fingers repeatedly probed her vagina and that the officers ignored her protests. A third officer stood nearby holding a flashlight. No drugs were found on Corley person.

Aug 15 12:52

One in 7 Elementary School Students Will Be Homeless…

There were 100,000 homeless students in New York City public schools during the 2015-16 school year, a number equal to the population of Albany.

Aug 15 12:42

Household Debt Hits Record as Auto Loans and Credit Cards Climb

U.S. household debt reached a new record of $12.8 trillion in the second quarter, driven by rising mortgage debt, a strong quarter for auto loan originations, and an uptick in credit-card balances, which reached their highest level since 2009.

Aug 15 12:17

Feds Collect Record Income and Payroll Taxes Through July

Through July, the federal government collected approximately $1,312,691,000,000 in individual income taxes. At the same time, it collected $976,278,000,000 in Social Security and other payroll taxes.

Aug 15 12:16

Criminal charges sought for protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North Carolina

What kind of a Cop stands by and lets people destroy public or private property because they believe these people have a constitutional right to destroy!
UTTER MADNESS!

When protesters, angry over the deadly incidents in Virginia this weekend, decided to take down a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina on Monday, law enforcement stood back and watched.

At no time did officers with the Durham Police Department or deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office intervene as activists brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull it down, according to multiple media reports.

No one was arrested Monday, however, a day later, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews announced investigators were working to identify the protesters and planned to bring criminal charges against them.

Aug 15 11:48

Silicon Valley Tightens Its Grip On Free Speech

In a chilling oped published in The New York Times on July 14, Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, argued that so-called “hate speech” is the same thing as physical violence because it may possibly cause emotionally fragile individuals stress — and should be made illegal.

Thankfully, the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from following such advice, but online companies are taking it upon themselves to stamp-out so-called “hate speech,” strangling free speech and the free exchange of ideas in the process.

A number of troubling actions by internet companies — Google most prominent among them — are making it increasingly clear that some in Silicon Valley have proclaimed themselves defenders of the progressive, politically correct faith, and that those firms will silence any and all heretics who challenge those beliefs.

Aug 15 11:38

Official says Israeli delegation will try to persuade White House that cease-fire deal should be amended to make sure Iranian forces, Hezbollah and Shi’ite militias are kept out of Syria

A delegation of Israeli defense officials will visit Washington later this week for talks with senior White House and American defense officials. Haaretz has learned that the delegation will be headed by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and he will be joined by the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, as well as the head of the Defense Ministry's political-security department, Zohar Palti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mossad Chief Cohen, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi; and Zohar Palti, a word, please: your "defense interests" for Israel have been assured by the United States of America for generations, culminating in the defense aid package given to you by President Obama, to the tune of 38 billion dollars, over the course of a decade.

Obama hands Israel the largest military aid deal in history.

This was again topped by President Trump's aid over concerns of his Saudi weapons deal in May:

Both Presidents Obama and Trump have done this, knowing it is a violation of the Symington Amendment and the Glenn Act, which prohibits any financial aid to any country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and does not allow its nuclear weapons to be inspected: Israel fails, miserably, on both counts, but still, always gets the money it wants, while homeless American Vets sleep in our streets, and kids living in extreme poverty are horrifically food-insecure.

Israel has not been invited to the discussion between the US and Russia about the issue of peace in Syria; Russia was invited by the Syrian government to rid it of all jihadists; Israel and the United States were not.

Israel's greatest problem, is its pathological inability to get along with its regional neighbors in an intelligent, and cohesive manner; therefore, it is always demanding that "Daddy Warbucks" (read: the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America") get it out of its current self-imposed dilemma, whether it is punching up a cease fire agreement, in this case, or anything else, like "regime changing Tehran, but only with American blood and American money.

I frankly hope that the meeting goes absolutely nowhere; it may cause Israel to "play better with others" in the region. And please note: this delegation is not going to Moscow to attempt to get what it wants, from the Syrian cease fire.

Aug 15 11:03

US Launches Quiet Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies

While all eyes were distracted with the Trump-demeaning headlines of the foreign sanctions bill, few spotted the hidden mandate that foreign governments monitor cryptocurrency circulations as a measure to combat "illicit finance trends" in an effort to "combat terrorism."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, this is to keep us slaves to the private central bankers!

Aug 15 11:01

Israel delays half of Gazans seeking to leave Strip for medical care, WHO says: All those who seek permission are patients whom the Palestinians have allowed to leave Gaza and for whom they’ve committed to pay

The World Health Organization has revealed that Israel delayed about half of those seeking to exit the Gaza Strip to be treated in Israeli hospitals in May, with similar statistics for the preceding months.

According to the WHO examination, of the 2,282 requests submitted to the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip in May, 47.2 percent were approved, 2.1 percent were refused, while 50.7 percent were held up with no explanation, causing the patients to miss their appointments for examinations or treatments. Often these are people who had previously received exit permits for treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This refusal to allow sick Gazans to access care is one of the multi-pronged Israeli "final solutions" to the "Palestinian question: assassination by denial of medical care.

Aug 15 10:56

LEAKED EMAILS: SAUDI POWER BEHIND THE THRONE “WANTS OUT OF YEMEN”

THE KEY SAUDI official in charge of the catastrophic ongoing war in Yemen wants it to stop, he told two influential foreign policy figures in Washington this spring.

Mohammed bin Salman, a member of the Saudi royal family who effectively rules the country, made the comments to Martin Indyk and Stephen Hadley. Indyk was a high-level diplomat during both the Clinton and Obama administrations and Hadley a top adviser to former President George W. Bush.

Indyk relayed the conversation to Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, and the man most responsible for aiding bin Salman’s rise in Washington.

“I think MBS is far more pragmatic than what we hear in saudi public positions,” Otaiba wrote to Indyk on the morning of April 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was in April; if Prince Salman wants Saudi troops out of Yemen, why has he not given the order to draw down?!?

And why, in the same blog, do we have this accompanying story?!?

Airstrikes against Yemen soaring, far surpassing 2016 figure

Aug 15 10:49

Pence: Failed State Venezuela a Threat to US: Says Venezuela Is 'Collapsing Into Dictatorship''

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Colombia, Vice President Mike Pence warned that Venezuela is “collapsing into dictatorship,” and that the country becoming a “failed state” would make it a threat to the security and prosperity of the United States.

Pence was a bit vague on what the US is actually going to do about it, as opposed to President Trump’s threats to attack the country militarily, rather saying the US will use all of its economic and diplomatic power to ensure democracy is restored in Venezuela.

Pence dodged questions about whether this necessarily meant regime change, but other administration officials have made clear they oppose the Maduro government in general, and its recent moves to increase the power of the ruling Socialist Party in particular.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Vice-President, a word, please: much of this "failed state" status in Venezuela is a direct result of United States' economic war engineered against it.

Unless you have a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder), you will remember that, upon the prodding of the United States, Saudi Arabia lowered its oil price to punish Russia economically.

Want to hurt Russia?!/ Lower the price of oil!

But this oil price reduction not only hurt Russia economically; it crushed the Venezuelan economy as well:

Falling crude oil prices crush Venezuela's ailing economy

Then, President Obama created a series of sanctions against Venezuela:

President Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela

In 2017, President Trump placed sanctions against Venezuela:

President Trump Sanctions Venezuela

Vice-President Pence, this collective DC upset with Maduro is less about his dictatorship in Venezuela, as the US government has supported many US-centric dictators throughout history, like Pinochet in Argentina, or the Shah in Iran; that is not the issue here.

The issues, sir - and you know this to be true- are about Venezuela's huge oil reserves; establishing a US-centric government to insure that the oil is not sold to Russia or China, nor that they get any hand in its production; and insuring that Venezuela's oil is only sold for the US dollar; that's it, in a nutshell.

Aug 15 10:14

US, China, Koreas Revisit Diplomacy After Soaring Tensions

A flurry of threats last week had the whole region fearing a new Korean War was about to break out, but Monday gave way to at least a bit of an attempt by everyone involved to revisit the possibility of diplomacy.

That’s not to say that diplomacy is any more imminent this week than war was last week, but as North Korea put its Guam missile launches on hold, US officials against made it very clear they were at least open o a resolution that didn’t involve nuclear war.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said that US should show itself to be committed to an alternative to the conflict, while US officials continued to reiterate how ready they were for war. Either way, both sides agree it was entirely the other side’s fault, and that it’s entirely up to the other side to stop the provocations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However this decision came down from Kim Jung Un to not send his missiles flying in a Guam-centric direction, the world is, collectively, breathing a sign of relief this morning.

The question is, what will the US, China, North and South Korea do now?!?

Will they take advantage of the slight ratcheting down of tensions in order to get to the conference table, and hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the Armistice, in return for Kim Jung Un abandoning his nuclear program, and let North Korea trade, unimpeded by sanctions?!?

In the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity" are one in the same; let us hope the US government takes great advantage of this slight lessening of tensions here.

Aug 15 10:08

Diamond And Silk Talk To Alex Jones About Suing YouTube

Aug 15 09:58

WIKILEAKS: RIYADH FLIRTS WITH TEL AVIV THROUGH NORMALIZATION

A “highly classified” press release by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was published by WikiLeaks, reveals the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initiated discussions on the issue of normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi peace initiative that was adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut Summit in the same year.

This was followed by a media propaganda in 2006, the year in which influential people in Saudi Arabia started speaking out that Israel was no longer among the enemies of the United States, but was the closest to an unofficial ally.

This discourse has developed and turned into Saudi initiatives to establish ties between the two countries in 2008. Since that date, the effectiveness of the ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh and the support of the rapprochement between the two are clearly noticed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No where, in bilateral relations in the Middle East, can one see a better personification of the Arabic phrase: "The enemy of my enemy (in this case, Iran) is my friend!"

Aug 15 09:48

4 deputies break in woman's home at 3 AM without warrant

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Welfare check" has become a favorite tool for police to enter your home without a warrant.

Aug 15 09:16

COMEY BOTCHED THE HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION

Dear John: You recently criticized the FBI for its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.

I am a retired FBI agent and extremely proud of my career and service. I feel compelled to write. Former FBI Director James Comey’s statements, testimony and behavior are truly abhorrent.

Comey admitted under oath before Congress that the bureau did not utilize a federal grand jury in the Hillary e-mail investigation.

Furthermore, he testified that in his experience, when dealing with attorneys, you can obtain information easier and faster than via a federal grand jury.

Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent known to me investigated a criminal case without the use of a federal grand jury, federal grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, etc.

Search warrants and/or subpoenas should have been executed at Clinton’s residences in Chappaqua and Washington and at Platte River Networks.

Aug 15 08:53

CHALLENGING THE BLACKLIST ~~ BDS FIGHTBACK

Human rights activists are challenging Israeli blacklists of supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or BDS.

Aug 15 08:44

UKRAINE HOSTS US MILITARY TO BE PERMANENTLY STATIONED ON ITS SOIL

United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees (C.B. – construction battalion), of the Naval Construction Force held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25. According to the Navy.mil, the official website of the US Navy, the maritime operations center is one of three projects that are currently planned to be executed by the Seabees in Ochakov and will serve as a major planning and operational hub during future military exercises hosted by Ukraine. The Seabees arrived in Ochakov in April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits and perform other logistical tasks for the maritime operations center project.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, the US military has boots on the ground, permanently, in Ukraine.

IF those in the bowels of power in DC actually wanted better relations with Russia, they would not be permanently installing a naval base at Ochakov.

Aug 15 08:35

SEATTLE POLICE USE PEPPER SPRAY AS PRO-TRUMP AND ANTIFA PROTESTERS FACE OFF (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These protests appear to be distractions from the real issues with which Americans should be dealing.

Hatred, and clobbering "the other" over the head, are never real solutions for the problems we face.

And we have to come to terms with the reality that racism is, at its very root, a mental illness which has to be taught.

And to anyone who might dismiss this out of hand, please remember the wonderful lyrics from the musical "South Pacific", which opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York in 1949, and pushed a lot of social boundaries for its time, in the piece "You've got to be carefully taught":

"You've got to be taught
Before it's... too late,
Before you are 6...
or 7 or 8
To hate all the people
your relatives hate:
You've got to be
carefully taught!!"

Aug 15 08:23

REVEALED: POLICE USE 'CODE WORDS' TO WARN FELLOW OFFICERS THEY ARE ABUSING CITIZENS

Imagine, asking a police officer to treat citizens with respect only to have them swear at you, taser and arrest you. When you ask why you've been arrested, they inform you that you are being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. (The real reason you were arrested, you challenged their authority.)

But something strange, happened during your arrest. You overheard an officer use a 'code word'.

What did the 'code word' mean? Are the police using secret 'code words', to justify their misconduct and illegal arrest?

No, the truth is much stranger than that.

Police departments are using 'Ethical Policing is Courageous' (EPIC) training so police officers will 'maintain fairness' when dealing with the public.

According to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), "EPIC is the first line of defense in preventing mistakes and officer misconduct.' (To learn more about EPIC click here, here and here.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is the need for this so intense, that this program had to be adopted in the first place?!?

Why is it our peace officers cannot understand when they cross the line into citizen abuse?!?

Aug 15 07:48

Random Man at Protests Interviewed By MSNBC, NY Times Is Deep State Shill Linked to George Soros

The random Charlottesville observer who was interviewed by MSNBC and liberal outlets turns out to be a deep state shill with links to George Soros.
It looks like the State Department was involved in Charlottesville rioting and is trying to cover it up.

But after Deep State got caught they are trying to erase this guy from their records.

Aug 15 07:33

Google insiders warn “outright censorship” of the internet is Google’s top priority… and everyone has been intimidated into silence

With liberal censorship running rampant in the mainstream media, in Hollywood, on college campuses and across the Internet, our country needs pro-First Amendment voices now more than ever. Once the freedom of speech is gone, it is only a matter of time before an all-powerful authoritarian state is established and individual liberty in America ceases to exist.

Aug 15 05:13

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE INACTION: PART OF A NATIONWIDE DEVELOPMENT

In the major moral crisis growing out of Charlottesville, a lot of attention has been paid to Trump’s lack of leadership. But the whole nation has a stake in a related matter, the inaction of the local police. The Charlottesville Police Department was not caught unawares. It had anticipated a crowd of from 2,000 to 6,000 people, and had promised a presence with assistance from the Virginia State Police.

Aug 14 22:01

Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg & Hollywood As A Weaponized Tool Of Manipulation

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes to the broadcast researcher, comedian, and author Jay Dyer. The two of them have a very in depth conversation about some of the topics, films, and people Jay discusses in his book titled ESOTERIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, CULTS, AND SYMBOLS IN FILMS. A more fitting description could not be found of the book than that of the author himself. To quote Jay, “There is not another book out here like it, a book that tries to combine philosophy; geopolitics; comedy; conspiracy; satire; and metaphysics all into one package.” And that he does extremely well ladies and gentlemen.

Aug 14 21:45

Racism, Revolution & The King Alfred Plan

On this edition of DTRH Popeye breaks down the fear and racism being pumped out by the mainstream media and the government for the purpose of dividing the masses. He explains what a “revolution” really means, and why the powers that shouldn’t be want to push you towards a violent one. Then Popeye goes back in time to April 30th 1978 in order to bring radio legend Mae Brussell back on the airwaves to cover The King Alfred Plan. The King Alfred Plan was a fictional CIA-led scheme supporting an international effort to eliminate people of African descent. Mae doesn’t think The King Alfred Plan is fictional. Specifically it defined how to deal with the threat of a black uprising in the United States by cordoning off black people into concentration camps in the event of a major racial incident. The Plan first appeared in John A. Williams’ 1967 novel, The Man Who Cried I Am, a fictionalized account of the life and death of Richard Wright.

Aug 14 19:04

Riots & False Flags; Mass Migration

Well, it may be the oldest power ploy on earth.

Those fearing loss of power due to economic downturn, crop failures.... or wait for it... exposure of malfeasance, shift into high gear:

Create an enemy, that's the ticket!

Historical examples:

Krauts
Yellow Peril
Viet Cong
Osama bin Laden, aka Tim Laden, CIA-asset
Saddam Hussein & WMD's
Current POTUS, and those who voted for him

Aug 14 16:32

Turkey’s Drive To Restore Ottoman Era Influence

After nearly a century of being relegated to a smaller regional power acting alongside the Israeli-Saudi nexus, Turkey’s new leadership stands prepared to significantly increase its political power and prestige. Taking advantage of various conflicts around their borders, Turkey has embarked on a bit to expand their influence not just in the Middle East, but also on the borders of an increasingly volatile European Union. These actions, along with consolidation domestically and an increased focus on militarization mean that Turkey’s profile stands a good chance of rising over the next decade.

Aug 14 12:04

Moldova To Become Foothold For US Military

The former Soviet republic of Moldova may actually become yet another foothold for the US military in Europe. The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA) plans to construct eight training facilities for military operations in urban terrain at the Bulboaca training base in Moldova. The fact that the US Navy Department is involved makes believe the facility will host American Marines.

A total of $1.6 million has already been invested in the renovation of the Bulboaca base located near Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria or the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. The largely Russian-speaking region broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is no wonder that Russia sees US troops on its borders as a clear and present danger!

Aug 14 11:59

Dunford: "Military Options" For North Korea Ready If Sanctions Fail

After President Donald Trump warned on Friday that the US military is “locked and loaded” and presumably prepared for an all-out nuclear showdown with North Korea, administration officials engaged in that most artful of Trump-era maneuvers: softening the president’s rhetoric without appearing to undercut him.

Now that financial markets are taking the threat of nuclear war between the US and North Korea seriously - or were until this morning - the administration is trying to walk a fine line between reassuring investors that nuclear war isn’t imminent, while stressing that all military options remain on the table.

Echoing comments made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo on the Sunday talk shows, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford emphasized during a meeting with South Korea's president that the US will only resort to military options once all "diplomatic and economic sanctions" have been exhausted, according to Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at these very mixed messages, I'm coming down with intellectual whiplash!

Aug 14 11:54

Why Some Pharmaceuticals Are So Expensive

Enter “outrageous drug prices” into Google and you will receive plenty of examples. As reported here, Marathon Pharmaceuticals planned to charge $89,000 per year for its Emflaza brand of the corticosteroid deflazacort. Deflazacort was introduced in 1969 and is available outside the U.S. for less than $2 per tablet. US patients with muscular dystrophy have been obtaining the drug for around $1,500 per year from foreign sources.

Aug 14 11:42

Is Trump Spear-Heading a Bluff on North Korea?

If you want to radically change the dynamic then you have to apply extreme pressure. I feel this is what Trump and his advisors are doing. They are appearing to “have the strength to force the moment to its crisis” to quote T.S. Eliot.

And that strength or purpose is creating large movements. Trump is a bully. It’s what he does, at least publicly. The response so far from China has been to denounce the idea of regime change in Pyongyang.

The response from Russia, through Foreign Minister (and top diplomat in the world right now), Sergei Lavrov was to announce a deal brokered between it, North Korea and China to get what Trump wants; no potential for nukes in North Korea.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Aug 14 11:34

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

SETTING THE STAGE

In March, at around the time of the biggest annual maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, the North fired four extended-range Scud missiles into waters off the Japanese coast in what was intended to be a mock attack on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.

Iwakuni is one of the main U.S. bases in Japan and was the staging point for F-35 stealth fighters believed to be training for precision strikes on North Korea against Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.

The March missile launch was not as bold as the plan for Guam — the North didn’t tell the world beforehand and deliberately sent the missiles much farther north than the base itself, an easy tweak. But the move sent a strong message that such an attack would be possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that North Korea will go ahead with its plans, to test launch missiles around Guam; what is very important, should they do it, is how the US and China respond to such an act.

I think Chinese President Xi Jinping should be working very closely with President Trump on presenting a united US/Chinese response if this happens; Kim Jung Un needs to realise that both countries are working in concert on this issue, and he cannot separate the US from China here.

War with China, over North Korea, would be the worst possible scenario imaginable here, and would create a genocide of the South and North Korean people.

Please, let's not go there.

Aug 14 11:22

FOR NETANYAHU AND THE SAUDIS, OPPOSING DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN WAS NEVER ABOUT ENRICHMENT

“THIS WAS NEVER about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The conversations, attended by American civilian and military officials and other Western representatives, as well as Iranian diplomats and Tehran’s then-nuclear negotiators, were shockingly honest.

It was April 2012. Tensions between Israel and the Obama administration were rising.

The closed meeting, organized by a prominent U.S. university and held in a small Western European country, revealed dynamics driving the conflict that are rarely discussed in public: The Israeli fear that Iran’s rise in the region would be accepted by the U.S., and that it would regard Tehran as a legitimate player in the new regional order without Tehran accepting Israel’s existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As those who read this blog regularly appreciate, I have been a very vocal critic of many of President Obama's policies; the P5+1, regarding Iran, was not one of them, and I consider it one of the prudent, and effective, international deals of his entire presidency.

Unfortunately, President Trump wants to tear up the agreement, and right now, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is in Vienna, attempting to find a way to claim that Iran is not complying with the agreement, even as the IAEA states, emphatically, that they are.

As Israeli Prime Minister goes down to abject defeat in his coming trial for corruption, it will be interesting to see if Israel's next Prime Minister will still call for "regime change" in Iran, (only at the costs of American blood and American money), or find some other way to recharacterize Iran as essentially non-threatening, and find ways to engage, both economically and politically.

Aug 14 11:08

US Officials See Arming Ukraine as Chance to ‘Pressure’ Russia

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was adamantly opposed to the idea of arming Ukraine, seeing it as contrary to a potential diplomatic rapprochement with Russia. As with a lot of candidate Trump’s positions, President Trump’s position seems to be shifting.

The possibility of arming Ukraine is now the topic of intense debate within the cabinet, with proponents arguing that such arms would be a great way to increasing the pressure on Russia after a flurry of anti-Russia sanctions.

Such a move is potentially risky, because Ukraine is in the midst of a shaky ceasefire with eastern rebels, a ceasefire the US hasn’t publicly endorsed. The armament of one side could be seen as overtly trying to undermine the ceasefire, and encouraging Ukraine to attack the rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those in the Bowels of Power in DC, I am politely informing you that doing this would be a very bad idea for the Ukrainian people.

The corruption seen in the "appointment" of Poroshenko by the West in 2014, has not abated, but become far worse, in the three years since it happened.

In Ukraine, Guns Prevail Over Law—And Treason Is Everywhere

Junker says corruption is undermining Ukraine's progress

Ukraine tops corruption list

Also, what kinds of weapons is DC thinking about sending/selling to Ukraine?!?

As reported at defensenews.com:

" The last time the United States considered arming Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons — about three years ago — the proposal was ultimately dropped over concern for Russia’s reaction. But amid a flash in tension between Moscow and Washington, the U.S. Defense Department is back at it.

According to a Monday report in The Wall Street Journal, the Joint Chiefs of Staff — with the support of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker — has drawn up a proposal to deliver anti-tank weapons (some have speculated this includes advanced Javelin missile systems) and anti-aircraft missiles to Kiev’s military."

And how can the US government be assured that these weapons actually go into the hands of the Ukrainian military, rather than be sold off on the black market, to various factions, as happened with Ukrainian black market rocket engines winding up on North Korean missiles?!?

North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say

Now, let me get this straight; theoretically, Ukraine is supposed to be an ally of the United States, yet... this was still allowed to happen?!?

The US has troops embedded with the Ukrainian military as "advisors" , through a group multinational training group, and will be there until 2020.
JOINT MULTINATIONAL TRAINING GROUP-UKRAINE

US special forces are in 70% of the world's countries, including Ukraine.

At this moment in time, arming the Ukrainian military will send the absolutely wrong signal to Moscow, that the US is itching for a fight against it, and Ukraine seems to be a reasonable place from which to start that war; unless that is the real calculus driving the decision to arm Ukraine.

Aug 14 09:59

China implements UN sanctions against North Korea, as Trump trade probe looms

In an unprecedented move against North Korea, China on Monday issued an order to carry out the United Nations sanctions imposed on the rogue regime earlier this month.

China made the announcement amid not only Pyongyang's escalating war of words with the United States regarding the North Korea nuclear missile program, but also as President Trump was reportedly set to order an investigation into China's trade practice -- a probe which could lead the U.S. to levy its own sanctions on Beijing.

Trump has sought China's help in dealing with North Korea, as China has remained one of the last defenders of dictator Kim Jong Un and could apply enormous financial pressure should it turn on the North Korean leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me here, is the way in which trade wars can morph into shooting wars, and that would be the worst of all possible options with China.

Aug 14 09:55

Trump refuses to take call from Venezuela’s Maduro

President Trump rebuffed the offer of a phone call from the president of Venezuela late Friday night, after Mr. Trump warned that he is considering military options to address civil and political unrest in the South American country.
“President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” the White House said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Mr. Trump after Mr. Trump made a surprise statement late Friday that he’s considering unspecified military action to address what the administration is calling a “dictatorship.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is a really bad sign of how much the relationship between Venezuela and the US has deteriorated.

Aug 14 09:51

JULIAN ASSANGE ASKS WHY THE US SAID NOTHING WHEN OBAMA SUPPORTED UKRAINIAN NEO-NAZIS

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sent a series of highly apposite Tweets regarding the recent right wing versus left wing protests in Charlottesville that have resulting in one death and multiple injuries.

In the above Tweet, Assange has juxtaposed a neo-Nazi torch march in Kiev with the far-right torch march in Charlottesville. Apart from the torches, it is clear that the Ukrainian fascists were far more equipped for violence as they were wearing bullet-proof combat gear and facial coverings.

Apart from this, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis got scant political coverage in the western media in spite of the fact that their actions included overthrowing a legitimate government as recognised by the United Nations and the installation of a fascist regime which continues to wage a war of aggression on the peoples of Donbass. This war has included the use of chemical weapons on civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was an absolute aura of "cool" around Obama, which made it "double plus ungood" to criticise the negative actions President Obama took, even when they were hurting democracy around the world, like the overthrow of Yanukovych in Ukraine; the arming and enabling of the Saudis against Yemen; and the selling of arms to Bahrain, when peaceful protestors would be tortured to extract "confessions" from them, have them tried by a kangaroo court, and jailed for a long over nothing they had actually done.

Aug 14 09:31

NYT SHOCKING REPORT: US "ALLY" UKRAINE IS SOURCE OF NORTH KOREAN MISSILE

When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea's ballistic missile program.
Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing "expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact true...holy cow!!

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Aug 14 09:27

IRAN PARLIAMENT CHANTS ‘DEATH TO AMERICA’ AFTER VOTING TO BOOST MISSILE PRODUCTION

Iran’s parliament chanted ‘death to America’ on Sunday following a vote to increase ballistic missile production and boost the number of Revolutionary Guards in response to U.S. sanctions, less than a year after president Obama sent $1.7 billion in Euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currencies strapped to pallets in exchange for U.S. hostages.

The vote to boost defense spending by US $520 million – less than one 10th of 1 percent of the $600 billion U.S. defense budget, was cast to counter “terrorist and adventurous actions” by the United States in the region, and will also be used to boost the ranks of Revolutionary Guards.

Per Iran’s state-run news agency PressTV:

The measure came after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill passed by US Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program in early August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An open letter to the Iranian Majlis: yes, I know that you are in both Israel's and the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America's crosshairs.

Yes, I understand that Israel wants to create regime change in Iran, but only wants the costs of such an action to be solely in American blood and American money.

But please, you need to understand that most thinking Americans do not want war at all against Iran, but are utterly powerless when it comes to actually being in any kind of control of the American deep state, which has its own agendas, and those agendas have utterly nothing to do with the real needs and concerns of American citizens.

Since the 1979 Revolution, Iran has been on an incredible journey, and has garnered a great deal of respect for that journey from all around the world. You have developed a Constitution (something that Israel does not have); minority religions, like Christianity, Baha'i, and Judaism, are protected; you have developed incredible schools of learning for your kids and young adults; and the growth of your scientific research in many areas has been formidable.

So the bottom line here, is that, understanding all of this, as a thinking, rational human being, I could never say, "Death to Iran", and neither could a lot of my friends and colleagues.

The American Deep State's "war" against you, is all about controlling your oil, and insuring that your oil is sold only in US dollars.

Aug 14 09:20

US Launches Quiet Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies

While all eyes were distracted with the Trump-demeaning headlines of the foreign sanctions bill, few spotted the hidden mandate that foreign governments monitor cryptocurrency circulations as a measure to combat "illicit finance trends" in an effort to "combat terrorism."

Aug 14 09:07

Riot police open up with flashbang grenades and pepper spray on antifascist protesters who hit them with SILLY STRING as thousands gather in cities across America in solidarity with victims of Charlottesville's 'Unite the Right' rally

Thousands gathered in cities across the US on Sunday in response to the shocking violence seen at Charlottesville's 'Unite the Right' rally on Saturday.

Anti-fascist groups, Black Lives Matter supporters and others gathered in cities in states from coast to coast, including a planned march on Trump Tower in New York, a candlelight vigil in Florida and a rally in a public square in Cleveland.

In many cities the events were loud but peaceable - however, things took a nasty turn in Seattle, Washington, when antifascist protesters were blocked from reaching a pro-Trump 'Freedom Rally' in Westlake Park.

The antifascist group - some holding signs with anarchy symbols - faced off with police in riot gear and sprayed them with Silly String.

A brief scuffle was captured about 45 minutes into this Facebook video, as protesters appeared to rush police, leading to them pushing back to maintain the line and stop them reaching the pro-Trump rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The right to peacefully protest are enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But I have to wonder; cui bono, who benefits from the violence we have been seeing here, which appears to be spreading nationally?!?

Are there elements in the American Deep State who want this, in order for President Trump to declare a national martial law, so that the warmongers can continue with their agendas against North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela, unabated, because no national protests can happen against these these actions, once that martial law is in place?!?

All racism is a mental illness, and should be treated as such. But fighting in the streets will never resolve this; quiet dialogue, with all Americans working together, possibly can, and it is high time, at this portion of the 21st century, that such dialogue happens.

Aug 14 08:53

Protests scheduled for the Bundy Trial in Nevada

Here are the courtroom violations that the defendants are enduring:

Visibilty of the US Constitution has been denied in this federal courtroom. The only way it is allowed is if it’s turned backwards inside observers’ pockets.

Defendant Todd Engel has been denied his right to represent himself because he asked an FBI agent on the stand if head BLM agent Dan Love was under investigation for misconduct. Judge Navarro has denied the right of the defense to call these witnesses.

Aug 14 08:44

Feds want $2.8 million from farmer for plowing too deep on own property

In November and December, 2012, John Duarte did what farmers do. He plowed land to plant wheat. The 450-acre parcel had previously been used for wheat, and then grazed when the price of wheat dropped, by prior owners. The land also spent some time in the Conservation Reserve Program before John’s company, Duarte Nursery, Inc., purchased it in 2012. A family friend then proposed growing wheat in that field to take advantage of favorable prices, and John gave the go ahead. One of his conditions was that vernal pools on the farm, which can be plowed without a permit so long as it is to produce a crop, be nonetheless avoided in an abundance of caution. Unfortunately, those instructions were not completely conveyed to the tractor operator, who avoided the major water features on the property but did shallowly plow and then plant wheat in some smaller vernal pools that occupy less than 5 percent of the property.

Aug 14 08:42

ECHOS OF McCARTHYISM IN THE ANTI BDS CAMP

“All human beings deserve human and civil rights, including the Palestinians,” Waters said. “And we’re winning it. This is why they want to silence me, this is why they call me an anti-Semite and this why they don’t want me on Charlie Rose or Stephen Colbert, speaking.”

Aug 14 07:28

EXXONMOBIL, KOCHS, ISRAEL PUSHING WASHINGTON TO PARTITION IRAQ AND SYRIA

ears before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were circulating within the Pentagon to partition the country along “sectarian” lines, with the express purpose of allowing the U.S. and its regional allies to better control oil resource production and movement within the Middle East. In Syria, the same narrative of partition has more recently been circulated as the “only” solution to the nation’s sectarian divisions, divisions which did not emerge until they were artificially created in 2011 when the current conflict began and later fomented by hostile foreign actors.

Aug 13 14:19

Carl Herman/Jim Fetzer Discussion Series on illegal wars, debt slavery, “official” lies. Essential education for American adults to recognize and end US .01% rogue state empire (1 of 4)

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in Government, Economics, and History, also credentialed in Mathematics. Jim Fetzer (podcasts here, here) is the McKnight Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Duluth; Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth; Editor, Assassination Science; and Co-Editor, Assassination Research. Jim and Carl contribute nearly 100 years of academic training and professional experience in this four-part series to reveal among the most obvious lies of omission and commission keeping Americans ignorant of ongoing .01% US rogue state empire.

Jim and Carl factually assert an Emperor's New Clothes condition that Americans can easily see for themselves, if they care to look.

4-part series, with linked documentation:

1. US illegal: history of rogue state empire (56-minute video here)

2. Enslaving Americans with debt: basic math to see the problem and obvious solutions (videos to be posted)

Aug 13 09:54

False Flag?

Some interesting stuff from Twitter.

Aug 13 08:45

North Korea On Standby To Launch At Mainland USMac Slavo

According to state run propaganda media, North Korea is on standby to launch a missile at the mainland United States. Responding to President Donald Trump’s recent warnings to the rogue regime in this manner has just flung tensions to heights never seen – not even during the Cold War.

North Korea took its turn Saturday to raise tensions in the back-and-forth escalation toward war with President Trump and the United States. The state-run newspaper said that North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.” The same newspaper also noted that the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.” Unfortunately, it is possible that we will witness World War 3 and these heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could be the catalyst.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been confirmed by other media, including zerohedge.com; express.co.uk; and the nypost.com.

With General Dunford making the "grand tour" of South Korea, Japan, and China, I am hoping and praying that a peaceful solution can ultimately be found.

But if Kim Jung-Un actually goes ahead, and follows through on his threats, all bets are off for a peaceful resolution of this issue.

Aug 13 08:20

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren't enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of "sleepy, vacationy" Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week, citing an administration official, a step that Trump delayed two weeks ago under the guidance of his new Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly, but now appears imminent. It is also an escalation which most analysts agree will launch a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The thing I hate most about trade wars, is their capabilities of morphing into shooting wars.

I would like to hope President Trump has the presence of mind to understand that this is precisely where we should not be going with China right now, particularly with the simmering, quasi-war state of hostilities over North Korea.

Aug 13 08:14

Top U.S. General Readies Military Plan for North Korea, but Pushes for Diplomacy

The Pentagon’s top military officer said here Sunday the focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korea missile crisis, even as the military works up viable options in case they become necessary.

Amid heated rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s rogue leader, Kim Jong Un, the military is quietly supporting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to use diplomatic and economic pressure to avert war.

“As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford in his first public remarks since the crisis escalated with North Korea’s launch of a second intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how real is that part of this headline which states that the General"... Pushes for Diplomacy" and how much of that is simply for domestic Unhinged, Surveilled States of America consumption.

Aug 13 08:05

Buddhist extremism, despite a clampdown, spreads in Myanmar

In May, Myanmar’s Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a state appointed organization representing over 500,000 Buddhist monks known as Ma Ha Na, issued a controversial order against the Ma Ba Tha nationalist group to remove its signboards across the country.

The committee’s order came in response to Ma Ba Tha’s association with anti-Muslim activities and amid calls from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government that the Buddhist nationalist group was provoking instability. Ma Ha Na also accused Ma Ba Tha of acting against basic Sangha principles, rules and regulations.

and monks belonging to the hardline Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha rally to the US embassy in Yangon on April 28, 2016. Photo: AFP/Romeo Gacad
In May, Myanmar’s Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a state appointed organization representing over 500,000 Buddhist monks known as Ma Ha Na, issued a controversial order against the Ma Ba Tha nationalist group to remove its signboards across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy appears to be a force with which to be reckoned.

If his power is allowed to grow, unchecked, look for more ethnic cleansing of the minority Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar, and to a really horrific extent.

Aug 13 07:59

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

Aug 13 07:47

Another View: An Objective Account of the #UniteTheRight Event

Wow, the Unite The Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia today was a total shit show, thanks largely (in my opinion) to the decisions made by local and state political and law enforcement authorities.

Unfortunately – and unsurprisingly – the actual event was in fact shut down prior to it even getting started, as local and state officials declared a state of emergency and canceled the event. The organizers and participants of the Unite the Right rally were ordered to disperse, and the event was shut down. Of course, chaos erupted, fights broke out, and the radical, anti-White scum were emboldened.

Aug 13 07:43

FAKE RALLY & FAKE CAR ATTACK IN VIRGINIA

Something smells extremely Gefilte-fishy about the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and the alleged bizarre car-killing which took place there. Not only do the video of the incident (here) and the images of the aftermath present all the usual earmarks of a crisis-actor stunt, but the prominent presence at the previous night's "torch rally" of one "Richard Spencer" of the "National Policy Institute" also gives us cause for great suspicion.

From the article:
Spencer, an effeminate-sounding atheist, does not tolerate "anti-gay" views at his events, and his pedigree seems more establishmentarian that rebel -- having graduated from St. Mark's elite prep school in Dallas, Texas before moving on to Duke University. His election night rallying cry of "Hail Trump" and occasional use of German terms stink of contrived imposterism. And a very strange unearthed old photo of him and his wife posing with Laura Bush really sets Sugar's animal instincts off!

Aug 13 07:27

Trump and Mad Dog Mattis: Ultimatum to North Korea, Miscalculations Could Lead to Catastrophic War

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Mattis issued an ultimatum to North Korea, saying “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”

His warning came in response to Pyongyang suggesting plans to fire ballistic missiles to within 30 – 40 km from Guam by mid-August.

On Thursday, Trump said his “fire and fury” warning perhaps wasn’t “tough enough.” The DPRK should “get (its) act together (or it’ll) be in trouble like few nations have ever been.” Its leadership should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything harmful to America or its allies.

Kim Jong-un “disrespected our country greatly. He’s not getting away with it.”

On Friday, China warned Washington, saying if it tries to forcefully topple North Korea’s government, it’ll intervene to stop it.

It repeated calls for calm and diplomatic outreach – easing tensions, not escalating them further. China’s People’s Daily said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, China is behaving like the adult in the room on this issue, with this editorial.

But I have to really wonder; just what kind of power does he wield over Kim Jung Un, to prevent him from carrying out his threat to bomb the mainland USA?!?

North Korea set to launch 'FINAL ATTACK' - WW3 fears grow as Pyongyang ESCALATES rhetoric

Aug 12 12:10

North Korea displays submarine-based missiles for first time as nuclear tensions with US rise

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles for the first time on Saturday ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the other missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding father.

The North Korean ceremony began with a massive parade of military personnel and hardware through Pyongyang on Saturday morning to mark the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the revered founder of the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not Kim Jung Un's military parades, and both his and President Trump's bombast which concerns me here; it is what each leader is actually prepared to do, in this latest war of words which may well escalate to a shooting war which concerns me, particularly in light of the fact that Mike and I live very close to a first strike target, which China can actually hit!

Aug 12 11:38

'There was a witch-hunt': Silicon Valley conservatives decry Google groupthink

After a Google employee was fired for penning a controversial ‘anti-diversity’ manifesto, conservatives say it proves Silicon Valley is a liberal echo chamber

Aug 12 09:27

Even Precise US Strike Would Prompt North Korean Retaliation: There Is No 'Limited War' Option With North Korea

As the rhetoric continues to pick up around North Korea, the talk of military options, or worse the “military solution” increasingly appears to center around the conceit that there is some possibility for a limited war, or some other way that the US could make a quick attack on North Korea and fix everything militarily.

Experts, however, broadly agree that’s simply not the case. North Korea has spent the last 60+ years worrying about a US attack, and preparing to retaliate with everything that they have. This retaliation, even before factoring in North Korea’s nuclear program would destroy much of South Korea, and likely kill upwards of a million people.

That threat of massively destructive retaliation was always the ace up North Korea’s sleeve that kept them from getting attacked in the first place, sort of a mutually-assured destruction build around conventional arms and the fact that the huge, and economically important, city of Seoul is so close by.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no good military options here; the only option which makes sense is to get North Korea, China, Japan, South Korea, and the US back to a negotiating table where the existing armistice would be replaced by a true peace treaty, guaranteeing freedom of unsanctioned trade, in exchange for Kim Jung Un letting go of his nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

Aug 12 09:09

Lavrov: the US stirs the broth, then seasons it with whatever they deem necessary

There is ample evidence that American diplomats in various countries are leading the actions of the local opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the forum "Territory of Meanings."

"Anywhere, in any country - in Eastern Europe, in Central Europe - the US embassy literally runs the processes, including the actions of the opposition," he said.

Aug 11 17:42

Is North Korea Showing the Emperor is Naked?

Amid the thick fog of (rhetorical) war between Washington and Pyongyang, it’s still possible to detect some fascinating writing on the (unbuilt) wall.

A case can be made that President Trump is using North Korea to kick the 24/7 Russia-gate narrative out of the US news cycle. It's certainly working. After all, in Exceptionalistan weltanschauung, the prospect of war and its possible rewards certainly trumps hazy accusations of Russian hacking and election interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, what Escobar is saying is true, this could potentially destroy the entire structure of the US international security relations horrifically quickly.

Aug 11 11:28

US-South Korea drills to go ahead despite spike in tension with North – officials

Joint US and South Korean military drills will go ahead as planned later in August despite a spike in tensions in the region, officials in Seoul said, as Donald Trump continues to threaten the use of force to make North Korea curb its missile program.

The ‘Ulchi-Freedom Guardian’ exercises are held annually and cause outrage from North Korea, with Pyongyang calling them preparation for war.

The 2017 wargames were planned before the outbreak of the current crisis and won’t be rescheduled, military officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, told AP.

The drills, which are to take place between August 21 and 31, will begin without delay, the unnamed officials said on Friday, without elaborating.

On Thursday, the US military launched another exercise in the region, teaming up with its Japanese counterparts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing of multinational military drills is never accidental.

You've got the US/South Korean drills running from between August 21 and 31.

You've got the ongoing drills with Japan ending on 28 August.

Were the US government to create a false flag, I would suspect that the most likely time would be from 21 August through 28 August, when you have the maximum US/South Korean/Japanese military participation in these drills, presenting, potentially, a target-rich environment with which to create that false flag, to be blamed on North Korea as the justification for war against it.

Aug 11 11:01

US Military Presence Overseas Mushrooming: Here, There, And Everywhere

Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. The forces use several hundred bases, more than 1,000 if the figure includes overseas warehouse and installations. The US may need more soon, with its presence and involvement in armed conflicts on the rise.

Under President Trump, drone strikes worldwide grew 432 percent as of mid-March. Civilian death toll is significant in Iraq and Syria as a result of US bombardment.

A war with Iran appears to be imminent. An attack against North Korea is on the cards. There is a plan to spend $8 billion on bulking up the US presence in the Asia-Pacific region over the next five years by upgrading military infrastructure, conducting additional exercises and deploying more forces and ships.

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