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Mar 13 08:51

House votes to investigate Vladimir Putin's 'ill-gotten wealth'

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would require the Trump administration to investigate Russian President Vladimir Putin's wealth.

In a voice vote, lawmakers approved the Vladimir Putin Transparency Act, a bipartisan bill that accuses Putin of undermining democratic reforms in Russia.

"It is the sense of Congress that the United States should do more to expose the corruption of Vladimir Putin, whose ill-gotten wealth is perhaps the most powerful global symbol of his dishonesty and his persistent efforts to undermine the rule of law and democracy in the Russian Federation," the bill said.

The legislation would require the Director of National Intelligence, and the secretaries of Departments of State and Treasury, to assess the extent and location of Putin's wealth. The report would have to estimate his net worth, sources of income, and shell companies he might use.

The bill is one of four House lawmakers were considering Tuesday aimed at Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear House of Representatives; we understand that this is about demonizing Russia, ahead of some kind of a war against it.

But everything some misguided moron in the Legislature pulls a stunt like this, they are NOT taking care of the American people, period, end of discussion, which is what the voting public hired you to do.

Our infrastructure is in a state of collapse; our schools are crumbling, and what passes for "education", in some parts of this country, is a complete, bad joke, almost as though the Powers that Be responsible for education in those states wanted to insure that students have no critical thinking, or job skills, whatsoever.

And trust me, for those up for election, and re-election in 2020, we are watching you very carefully right now.

Mar 13 08:44

ZUCKERBERG WANTS FACEBOOK TO BUILD A MIND-READING MACHINE

All was going to plan. Zuckerberg had displayed a welcome humility about himself and his company. And then he described what really excited him about the future—and the familiar Silicon Valley hubris had returned. There was this promising new technology, he explained, a brain-computer interface, which Facebook has been researching.

The idea is to allow people to use their thoughts to navigate intuitively through augmented reality—the neuro-driven version of the world recently described by Kevin Kelly in these pages. No typing—no speaking, even—to distract you or slow you down as you interact with digital additions to the landscape: driving instructions superimposed over the freeway, short biographies floating next to attendees of a conference, 3D models of furniture you can move around your apartment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the future, Zuckerberg wants the entire notion of "informed consent", which has been a basemark American value for a long period of time, thrown out as "antique", and "impossible to gauge", at this point in the 21st century.

And don't think for one second that once such a machine is perfected, it will not get into the hands of those who should never be allowed to use it, and not for good, but for pure evil.

If you haven't seen it, please get Terry Gilliam's film, "Brazil", the Director's Cut, and see how the technology employed by the government, destroyed lives.

It is a brilliant, brutal view of what happens when power and technology are fused, in the interests of total control over a society; and how the end result means "neutralizing people", both physically and psychologically, who may think "differently."

Mar 13 08:30

BOEING, THE FAA, AND WHY TWO 737 MAX PLANES CRASHED

On Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing all on board. Five month earlier an Indonesian Lion Air jet crashed near Jakarta. All crew and passengers died. Both airplanes were Boeing 737-8 MAX. Both incidents happened shortly after take off.

Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are now grounded about everywhere except in the United States. That this move follows only now is sad. After the first crash it was already obvious that the plane is not safe to fly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Boeing knew that the plane would be unsafe without extensive pilot retraining , but sold it anyway to unsuspecting airline owners.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg should be held personally, and legally responsible; the manufacturer should have to give back the money it took from these airlines, plus fines, and Muilenburg should be tried and convicted by his peers, for knowingly selling unsafe aircraft.

But that would only happen far away and apart from the situation in the US, where "Justice!" has morphed into " Just US!!, as the battle cry of the elite."

Of course, we all know that this will never happen in this country; the monied rarely eat their own.

Mar 13 08:22

POMPEO ACCUSES CUBA AND RUSSIA OF PROPPING UP VENEZUELAN RULER

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Cuba and Russia on Monday of propping up President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela in the Trump administration’s most explicit argument yet that his government is a dictatorial regime kept alive by two American adversaries.

Mr. Pompeo’s comments came amid a devastating power outage that has plunged many of Venezuela’s most populous areas into darkness, spoiling food in a nation where little is available.

He denied Mr. Maduro’s accusation that foreign powers — a clear reference to the United States — had any role in creating the blackout that has brought the country to the brink of social implosion. Instead, Mr. Pompeo said, the blame lies squarely with Havana and Moscow.

“When there is no electricity, thank the marvels of modern Cuban-led engineering,” Mr. Pompeo said in comments laced with sarcasm. “When there’s no water, thank the excellent hydrologists from Cuba. When there’s no food, thank the Cuban communist overlords.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Pompeo is completely blind to how horrific the optics are on what he said, and the way he said it.

But I would like to hope (and pray) that Putin doesn't decide that Russia's investments in Venezuela are worth a military conflict with the US right now.

Because right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money, the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia over Venezuelan oil, because this is truly what such a war would be about; who controls the oil, and it what currencies it is sold.

Mar 13 08:17

HOW STATES/EMPIRES COLLAPSE IN FOUR EASY STEPS

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH
The promises cannot be met, and so society decays into warring elites and competing constituencies.

There is a grand, majestic tragedy in the inevitable collapse of once-thriving states and empires: it all seemed so permanent at its peak, so godlike in its power, and then slowly but surely, too many grandiose, unrealistic promises were made to too many elites and constituencies, and then as growth decays to stagnation, the only way to maintain the status quo is to appear to meet all the promises by creating money out of thin air, i.e. debauching the currency.

This political expediency works most wonderfully for a time: people don't realize the silver content of their coinage is being cut to near-zero, or there's nothing holding up the value of their currency but trickery and vague allusions to past glory.

Trust in the state/empire's currency suddenly collapses in a phase shift: all seems well until the moment the avalanche sweeps it all away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of America is an empire in decline, is no secret for those of us who can see the opulent decadence around us.

The American people are now no more, in the eyes of the government, the deep state, and corporations, than fodder for taxes, and breeders of soldiers for future wars (if fully automated wars are not in use within the next 20 years.)

And we are faced with two possible outcomes; the total economic collapse of the USA, as happened with the old Soviet Union, or a world war so horrific that life itself will cease to be on this planet.

Mar 13 08:11

Pompeo seeks to recruit top world oil execs to promote US foreign policy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to recruit some of the top oil industry guns to serve as Washington's foreign policy tools to crack down on "bad actors" like Venezuela, Russia and Iran.

Addressing members of IHS Markit's CERAWeek annual energy conference in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, Pompeo divulged what has long been an open secret – that the US is willing to use all its political clout to propel its economic interests and vice versa.

Mar 13 08:10

French MPs approve anti-riot bill amid Yellow Vest protests, rights watchdog sounds alarm

The upper house of the French parliament has greenlighted a bill giving police broad powers to quell unrest. It comes as a rights watchdog warned of civil liberties being undermined in France due to crackdowns on protest.
Following hours of tense debate on Tuesday, the French Senate approved an anti-hooligan ('anti-casseurs') bill by a margin of 210 votes to 115.

The bill has courted widespread controversy, having been denounced as "liberticide" by the left, and hailed as a "the law of protections" by the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

Mar 13 08:10

PROPOSED BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA GUN PICTURES PROVES GUN CONTROL IS TOTAL CONTROL

“If you post it on social media, that’s probable cause for us to come get the guns out of your house,” Democrat Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo proclaimed in a Facebook video three years ago. “That’s it. It’s now on you to explain why you have a gun in your house and why it’s on social media…”

He was stumping at the time to change the law to deny the right to keep and bear arms to young adults old enough to vote, marry, sign binding contracts and serve in the military. Pending that, he wanted parents to call the police on their children if they saw them posting pictures and videos with guns online.

Mar 13 08:08

A CRITICAL FLAW IN SWITZERLAND'S E-VOTING SYSTEM IS A MICROCOSM OF EVERYTHING WRONG WITH E-VOTING, SECURITY PRACTICE, AND AUDITING FIRMS

Switzerland is about to have a national election with electronic voting, overseen by Swiss Post; e-voting is a terrible idea and the general consensus among security experts who don't work for e-voting vendors is that it shouldn't be attempted, but if you put out an RFP for magic beans, someone will always show up to sell you magic beans, whether or not magic beans exist.

Swiss Post contracted with Barcelona firm Scytl to build the system, then consulted with outside security experts and KPMG to audit the system, and then announced a bug-bounty program that would allow people who promised to only disclose defects on Swiss Post's terms to look at some of the source code.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the US, as a whole, wanted a clean voting system, it would be by paper ballot, and not electronic voting whatsoever.

But of course, the Powers that Be do not want an unriggable system; they want a system to be gamed in favor of the highest bidder, in terms of which Presidential candidate will do the most for the corporate entities which them, once they have become elected.

The military-industrial complex,the Deep State, and major corporations hate and revile a clean voting system, because it just might actually give people the candidate they wanted, rather than those the corporations want; and therein lies the rub.

America's current voting system, particularly at the national level, is a very Kabuki-like show, and give the illusion of "people-power, with lots and sound and fury, and signifying nothing.

Because by the time Presidential candidates are chosen, they are chosen to continue the objectives of the Deep State, Corporations, and the military industrial complex.

The American people have no real choice whatsoever.

Mar 13 07:58

THE ESTABLISHMENT EYES CENTRAL AFRICA FOR MORE MISSION CREEP

As if the United States wasn’t already pursuing enough murky and dubious military missions in such places as Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, a push appears to be underway to expand Washington’s involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa.

U.S. troops are more deeply engaged in “anti-terror” in Niger, Somalia, and other countries than most Americans realize. When four American Special Forces personnel died in Niger in 2017, even members of Congress were surprised.

A lobbying effort now seems to be taking place for U.S. intervention to alleviate suffering in the Central African Republic (CAR), because of that country’s ongoing civil war. NBC News took the lead with a story on the March 6 Today show and followed it up with a more detailed segment on the Nightly News that same evening. Cynthia McFadden was the lead journalist for the report that included searing footage of suffering in one UN-run refugee camp.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa is where the last of the most greedily sought-after resources still remain, to a large degree, untapped. Here's Google's observation on the "low hanging fruit", available for the pickings, in this place:

"The Central African Republic is rich in high- value natural resources, including diamonds, timber, gold, uranium, possible oil deposits and endangered wildlife. Timber and diamonds are particularly essential to CAR's economy.Nov 15, 2014"

"Post-pacification", the US government simply wants to make sure that it is completely in control of these resources, and therefore will be calling on US centric companies to exploit and expropriate them; and that they are all sold only for the American dollar.

The pattern is completely obvious, if one has been paying attention to US "interventions" elsewhere.

Mar 13 04:20

PROPOSED BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA GUN PICTURES PROVES GUN CONTROL IS TOTAL CONTROL

“If you post it on social media, that’s probable cause for us to come get the guns out of your house,” Democrat Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo proclaimed in a Facebook video three years ago. “That’s it. It’s now on you to explain why you have a gun in your house and why it’s on social media…”He was stumping at the time to change the law to deny the right to keep and bear arms to young adults old enough to vote, marry, sign binding contracts and serve in the military. Pending that, he wanted parents to call the police on their children if they saw them posting pictures and videos with guns online.

Mar 12 22:30

Military Hero Terrance Popp

This is about Liberties & Rights and how men are treated by the Courts!
Gross mistreatment of Men and Veterans!

Hero returns from war wounded and court makes him a slave.

This is unedited video filmed for Lawless America...The Movie. The comments are those of the subject.

Lawless America is a documentary film that is exposing government corruption, judicial corruption, and law enforcement corruption.
Terrence Popp's website.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwd_sSDZ8EQt6SEeOO2tBRA

Mar 12 13:39

Leftist logic: Russia shouldn’t interfere in our elections, but let’s let all illegal immigrants vote

In one fell swoop, the “Demoncrat” Democrats went from declaring their two-years-in-the-making Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy, which was a dogmatic stance against foreign interference in elections, to voting to allow all illegal immigrants (non-citizens) to freely vote in our U.S. elections. Unbelievable. Well, not really. Not considering that the Democrats live by their own insane rules that only apply when they say they apply. Still, this gets much, much better, so keep reading.

Mar 12 13:37

Chlorinated chicken? Eugh! (E1356)

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the post-Brexit reality: chlorinated chicken for everyone! As the UK braces for hormone-laden beef and chlorinated chicken products, Max and Stacy wonder if this isn’t a good metaphor for the monetary system, which has been injected with the growth hormone of quantitative easing. The Fed’s balance sheet is now as massive as a Franken-chicken is today. In the second half, Max interviews Mish Shedlock of MishTalk.com about the latest economic data from America, and whether or not lofty stock market valuations are warranted.

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/

Mar 12 13:29

Southern Poverty Surpasses Half Billion in Assets; $121 Million Now OffshoreReports $518 million in total assets despite $21 million fall in donations

The SPLC's assets increased despite its total revenue falling by $15 million last year. The SPLC hauled in $136 million in total revenue throughout 2017. This number fell to $121 million in 2018. Its contributions and grants also fell by more than $20 million from 2017 to 2018, from $132 million to $111 million.

Despite the fall in revenue, the SPLC's vast investment portfolio expanded in 2018, which included a drastic increase in the amount of money it has parked overseas. By the end of 2018, its non-U.S. equity funds rose to $121 million, an uptick of nearly $30 million from the $92 million it had parked in offshore investments throughout 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! That looks like some serious money SPLC has stashed away...

Mar 12 13:21

I Can’t Trust Socialists When They Keep Lying to Me

Socialism says it is for “the people”.. except when it starves them and then deprives them of food and medicine. In fact, Socialism means political elites use government power to rule everyone else. Unfortunately, too many millennials think they are the elite.

Mar 12 12:33

‘No vaccine, no school’: Italy starts punishing parents who refuse to immunize their kids

Italian parents are being warned not to send their kids to school without vaccinations, or face a €500 fine, while children under six can be turned away altogether.

Mar 12 10:57

SYRIA READY FOR WAR TO REGAIN OIL-RICH GOLAN HEIGHTS

There is, however, a more practical and less ideological reason for annexing the Golan Heights—oil.

In early 2013, Israel granted the American corporation Genie Oil and Gas a permit to explore for oil and gas on a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. Genie Energy is advised by Dick Cheney and its shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch.

Bestselling author and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in Golan Heights, Israel, Oil and Trump:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, (and it concerns me that this story goes to a single source as reference, World Israeli News), the Middle East is about to get into another bloody conflict, over the Golan oil and reserves here.

I have not read any confirmation in any Syrian news in English, that this was actually what Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister said.

This could well be Israeli propaganda, to give Netanyahu time to do something to make him look like " a leader" to his people, ahead of the 9 April elections in Israel.

The Middle Eastern Leadership knows that Netanyahu's hanging on to power by a very fine thread, and with a 56 page indictment against him, may well not win the next election.

I would expect things to get very nasty, if Netanyahu's internal pols don't show him winning the race for Prime Minister; cornered animals, and cornered politicians are at their most dangerous; and right now, Netanyahu is cornered, geopolitically, so it is difficult to foresee what he is willing to do at this point.

Mar 12 10:37

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here, is what Russia is really ready to do, militarily here.

They need to protect their assets, which is reasonable; but will that "protection" mean the deploying actual Russian forces in Venezuela, at the behest of Maduro?

The jury is still out, but I would not bet against it.

Mar 12 10:33

US WARNS GERMANY IT WILL END INTELLIGENCE SHARING IF HUAWEI IS GIVEN 5G CONTRACT

SOURCE: INTEL NEWS
The United States has warned Germany that intelligence sharing between the two countries will be threatened if the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is awarded a contract to build Germany’s 5G network. The company, Huawei Technologies, is a private Chinese venture and one of the world’s leading telecommunications hardware manufacturers. In recent years, however, it has come under scrutiny by some Western intelligence agencies, who view it as being too close to the Communist Party of China. More recently, Washington has intensified an international campaign to limit Huawei’s ability to build the infrastructure for 5G, the world’s next-generation wireless network. Along with Britain, Australia and Canada, the US is concerned that the Chinese telecommunications giant may facilitate global wiretapping on behalf of Beijing’s spy agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is just angry that Huawei got Germany's 5 G contract, and these actions are not the actions of a mature leadership. This is a 3 year old saying angrily, "I'm taking my toys, and going home!!"

This isn't about Chinese wiretapping; this is about no US company getting the money for the contract, because,yet again, in terms of invention and innovation, the US finds itself behind the proverbial 8 Ball.

Mar 12 10:29

MARCO POLO IS BACK AS ROME RIDES CHINA'S NEW SILK ROAD

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR, ASIA TIMES
All roads seem to lead to Rome as Italy expresses its love for China’s Belt and Road Initiative...

President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Italy for an official visit on March 22. The top theme of discussion will be the New Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

A day earlier, in Brussels, the EU is to debate a common strategy related to Chinese investments in Europe.

A substantial part of the EU is already linked de facto with BRI. That includes Greece, Portugal, 11 EU nations belonging to the 16+1 group of China plus Central and Eastern Europe and, for all practical purposes, Italy.

And yet it takes an undersecretary in the Italian economic development ministry, Michele Geraci, to tell the Financial Times that a memorandum of understanding supporting BRI will be signed during Xi’s visit, for all (White House) hell to break loose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What does President Trump intend to do about this?!?

More economic Sanctions?!?

More bombings?!?

At the moment, if the meeting does go through on the 22nd, President Trump has very little ammo against either China, or Italy here, and is in no position to bargain.

Mar 12 10:25

POPULATION CONTROL IS THE NEW NAME OF THE GAME: KREMLIN VIES WITH CHINA TO SEE WHO CONTROLS THE INTERNET BETTER

SOURCE: WOLF STREET
BY FRED DUNKLEY, SAFEHAVEN.COM:
In a thinly veiled attempt to gain control of the internet, the Russian State Duma has passed two bills designed to do two things: ostensibly halt the spread of “fake news” and keep people from spreading information that “disrespects” the government. But Russians aren’t having it.
On Sunday, thousands took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s “digital sovereignty bill” that will require all Russian telecoms companies to reroute internet traffic through the state telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor. It means censorship and what protesters are now calling the rise of the “internet iron curtain”.

On March 7, the Russian State Duma—the lower house of parliament—passed the two bills, and now they go up for a second vote later this month. If passed, they will be signed into law by President Putin. In Moscow alone on Sunday, some 15,000 took to the streets, Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intelligent people in all countries where this kind of censorship is attempted, will find a way around such strictures; I am sure that some very smart Russians, will certainly find a way to make this happen.

Mar 12 10:23

US REGIME CHANGE BLUEPRINT PROPOSED VENEZUELAN ELECTRICITY BLACKOUTS AS ‘WATERSHED EVENT’ FOR ‘GALVANIZING PUBLIC UNREST’

SOURCE: THE GRAYZONE
THE US-FUNDED CANVAS ORGANIZATION THAT TRAINED JUAN GUAIDO AND HIS ALLIES PRODUCED A 2010 MEMO ON EXPLOITING ELECTRICITY OUTAGES AND URGED THE OPPOSITION “TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION…TOWARDS THEIR NEEDS”
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL
A September 2010 memo by a US-funded soft power organization that helped train Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido and his allies identifies the potential collapse of the country’s electrical sector as “a watershed event” that “would likely have the impact of galvanizing public unrest in a way that no opposition group could ever hope to generate.”

The memo has special relevance today as Guaido moves to exploit nationwide blackouts caused by a major failure at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant at Guri dam – a crisis that Venezuela’s government blames on US sabotage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now Americans know; this is textbook, and with US diplomats out on their collective ear by the weekend, expect the next chapter of this brutality to unfold close to that point in time.

There is a video from the daily mail which will haunt me for all my days; it is that of a mother, carrying the body of her dead daughter, because no hospital had the electricity to treat her, and were all shut down.

And DAMMIT, NO, Mike Pompeo, President Trump, or John Bolton, do not EVER let me hear you describe this situation as one of collateral damage; the blood on your hands, from this manufactured crisis, is and ultimately will be enough to drown oceans.

Mar 12 10:15

THE EUROPEAN UNION'S MANDATORY NATIONAL BIOMETRIC ID CARD WILL AFFECT 512 MILLION PEOPLE

A recent European Union (EU) announcement about national ID's will destroy millions of people's privacy and create a near global biometric database.

An article in State Watch News revealed that the EU has agreed to create a MANDATORY national biometric ID card.

"Measures being negotiated as part of the EU's 'Security Union' are moving ahead swiftly, with the Council and Parliament reaching provisional agreements on new rules for immigration liaison officers, the EU's Visa Code and the introduction of mandatory biometric national identity cards; and the Council agreeing its negotiating position on the new Frontex Regulation."

Earlier this week the Nepal government announced their plans to roll-out a national biometric ID card that will affect 30 million people.

Last month, I wrote an article warning people about the global effort to restrict everyone's right to travel. But what is happening across Europe and Asia should send chills down everyone's back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those are chilling numbers indeed.

Mar 12 10:13

HOW MONSANTO FOUGHT A NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT OF ROUNDUP ACTIVE INGREDIENT GLYPHOSATE

In March 2015, agrochemical giant Monsanto had a problem. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate, the principal ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer product, was probably carcinogenic to humans.

Negative results from the IARC panel, which identifies and evaluates environmental causes of cancer in humans, could mean a potential hit to the company's profitability. Roundup is a major profit generator for Monsanto. In 2015, Monsanto made nearly $4.76 billion US in sales and $1.9 billion in gross profits from its "agricultural productivity" sector, a large part of which was made up of Roundup sales, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

A review by CBC/Radio-Canada of internal Monsanto documents disclosed in the court case of Dewayne Johnson, who sued Monsanto and won $78 million last October, showed the many efforts the company took to fight the IARC assessment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a company which should be completely sued out of existence, for the horrible cases of cancer it has created for people using it.

And not only should it be sued out of existence, but also, all executives who signed off on the fake reality that it was non-toxic, should spend some very long time in jails, to insure that nothing lie this ever happens again.

Mar 12 10:12

Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find – Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik to make their articles less prominent on the search engine’s news delivery services.

“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said during a Q & A session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday, when asked about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda.”

Mar 12 10:10

CHINA SAYS XINJIANG HAS 'BOARDING SCHOOLS', NOT 'CONCENTRATION CAMPS'

China is running boarding schools not concentration camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, its governor said on Tuesday, as the United States called conditions there “completely unacceptable”.

China is running boarding schools not concentration camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, its governor said on Tuesday, as the United States called conditions there “completely unacceptable”.

(L-R) Nayim Yasen, deputy director of the Ethnic Affairs Committee of the National PeopleÕs Congress (NPC), Shewket Imin, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang Chairman Shohrat Zakir, and Sun Jinlong, party secretary of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Production and Construction Corps, attend the meeting of Xinjiang delegation on the sidelines of the NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As horrific as these measures may seem to outsiders, I can understand that having no violent protests in two years, must seem like an answer to a dream come true, for the Chinese government.

Mar 12 10:07

US imperialism, a criminal organization running scared

The United States has dispensed with diplomatic niceties and now simply tells its vassals and protectorates to get with its program or else.

Press TV reports that, “The United States has warned Italy against supporting China's global economic effort, called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), denouncing the infrastructure plan as a ‘vanity project.’”

“In a thinly veiled rebuke of the initiative, which aims to unite European and Asian markets, a spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisers said on Saturday that Italy’s participation in the BRI would add ‘legitimacy’ to Beijing’s infrastructure project. Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination. No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project,” spokesman Garrett Marquis said on Twitter.

Mar 12 10:06

FEDS TO UNSEAL EPSTEIN DOCUMENTS REVEALING SCOPE OF BILLIONAIRE'S INT'L CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING RING

On Monday, a Manhattan appeals court gave billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s former alleged partner in crime, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, until March 19 to establish good cause as to why documents detailing the scope and size of their international child sex trafficking operation should remain sealed. Failing to do so would mean these documents will be made public.

“We’re grateful that the court ruled the summary judgment papers are open and they are moving to expedite having them unsealed,’’ said Sanford Bohrer, the attorney representing the Miami Herald. “This is very unusual for a court to do this.”

The Herald reports that the appeal is supported by 32 other media companies, including the New York Times and Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Grab the popcorn, folks, this... is going to get interesting.

You see, the monied never, ever believe that they are going to get caught over anything ugly or nasty they have done, that the other elite and monied will basically forgive them, and leave them to their "own persuasions."

The optics on this are going to be ugly as hell for President Trump, but I am sorry; in this situation, he has brought it upon himself.

Mar 12 09:57

YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT FACEBOOK HAS BANNED NOW...

If this sort of extreme censorship continues, pretty soon anybody that has anything even remotely important or interesting to say will be completely banned by Facebook. As you will see below, Facebook has just banned Zero Hedge, and they have also just announced that they will be systematically censoring any content that has “misinformation” about vaccines. Of course this is just the latest chapter in a relentless campaign by the social media giants to censor alternative sources of information. Since Donald Trump’s victory in November 2016, the social media crackdown has just gotten worse and worse, and it has gotten to the point where we can now safely say that free speech is dead on the major social media platforms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Google have, by their collective actions, demonstrated that they are now the 4th Arm of the American government, the horrific dark surveillance arm, which now joins The Legislative, Judicial, and the executive branches in their ugly march to the "unity mombo", and to try to assure us astounded Americans that all is right with whatever this government does or says.

Apparently, to the heads of these countries, consider the classic novel "1984" not a cautionary tale, but a "how-to manual".

I am reminded of what happened shortly before Hitler rose to power, and started World War II. He took over all communications in order to make the German people believe that everything he was doing was just and right. Propaganda in Nazi Germany

And we are so very close to the precipice of another world conflict, that I can almost taste it.

Mar 12 09:44

ISRAELIS ‘UNDERGO JEWISH DNA TEST BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO MARRY’

Israel’s rabbinate “has been performing genetic testing on Israelis from the former Soviet Union, to check if they are ‘genetically Jewish’ as a condition for marriage registration”, according to Ynet.

The new site reported that “at least 20 couples have come forward after having been asked to undergo the procedure in the past year.”

“Although the existence of such tests was initially denied by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau admitted to having requested that some couples prove their Jewish status,” Ynet added, noting that “Lau claimed those were isolated incidents and there was no coercion.”

Ynet’s investigation revealed that “the complicated procedure was undertaken not only by the couples themselves but also by their relatives.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but understanding how vicious, vile condemnation of "the other" drives both Israeli government, and its religious leaders, I should not have been so surprised that these practices were being demanded by these rabbis, even though the statement is made that there is "no coersion."

Mar 12 09:40

 RON PAUL: BIPARTISAN ATTACKS ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT

The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would expand the national background check system to require almost everyone selling firearms, including private collectors who supplement their incomes by selling firearms at gun shows, to perform background checks on the potential buyers. The bill has a section purporting to bar creation of a national firearms registry. However, the expanded background check system will require the government to compile lists of those buying and selling guns. In other words, it creates a de facto national gun registry.

Similar to the experience with other types of prohibition, making it more difficult to legally buy a gun will enhance the firearms black market. Criminals, terrorist, and even deranged mass shooters will thus have no problem obtaining firearms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ron Paul is absolutely, one thousand percent correct here.

Mar 12 09:38

ESCALATION FEARS GROW IN VENEZEULA AS GUAIDÓ SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND US WITHDRAWS DIPLOMATS

Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country.

Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating efforts to overthrow the elected government.

Pompeo announces US pulling out all diplomats from #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/LAev9qtyqR

— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) March 12, 2019
The presence of embassy staff in Venezuela is a "constraint" on US policy? That sounds very regime changey to me. Buckle up just in case. pic.twitter.com/y1ckutYKG2

— Hawaii Delilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) March 12, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to get uglier as things devolve in this country, and be completely assured that the US government is FAR from finished here; they want those oll reserves in the Orinoco Basin enough to steal this country away from its rightful owners, the Venezuelans.

I weep at what this country has become.

Mar 12 08:52

American Pravda: Amazon Book Censorship

As most are surely aware, the last year or two has seen a growing crackdown on free speech and free thought across the Internet, with our constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights being circumvented through the agency of monopolistic private sector corporations such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Although as yet our government has not gained the power to ban discordant views nor punish their advocates, anonymous tech company censors regularly take these steps, seemingly based upon entirely opaque and arbitrary standards which lack any power of appeal. No one really knows why some individuals are banned or “de-platformed” and others are not, and surely this looming uncertainty has imposed self-censorship upon hundreds of individuals for every publicized victim who receives an exemplary punishment.

Mar 12 08:51

How Middle America Is to be Dispossessed

In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College.

Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party.

In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento.

How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America?

Let us count the ways.

Mar 11 14:52

The Sheriff Revolt on New Gun Laws Shows Why America Needs More Decentralization

What the refusal of the 12 county law enforcement officials is doing is voicing displeasure with what amounts to a distant population dictating how they’ll operate in their own homes. Why are people in Seattle, who may never even set foot on the Eastern-side of the Cascades, let alone actually make that region their permanent home, imposing law on residents of Omak?

Mar 11 13:34

Anti-Gun Activist Booted From Gun Hearing For Threatening To Shoot People…

An unidentified woman was reportedly ejected from a Connecticut gun hearing Monday after she was spotted sending a text threatening to shoot a lawmaker and NRA members.

Mar 11 11:17

WHY IRAN, NOT VENEZUELA, IS THE LIKELIEST U.S. SHOOTING WAR

Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington’s next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch.

The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One

Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran?

Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, in an article from amn.com, the following headline appeared:

Israel to go to war in Syria, if Netanyahu's leadership is in jeopardy

And I have to wonder: is THIS the reason President Trump has not ordered our military completely out of the country?

Are they to be the "sacrificial lambs" to get hit from an Israeli false flag mission, claiming it was Syrian (or Russian troops) who did the deed?

This, of course, would not be the first time that the Israeli government ordered our troops to be murdered; and if your mouth is gaping in outrage right now, you need to cage the rage, and read about the bombing of the USS Liberty here: The USS Liberty: If Americans Knew

And of course, there is the threat from Al Assad, that if Israel's IDF does not leave the Golan Heights, Syria will attack them militarily, to get them out. Syria notifies israel that it will attack the IDF in the Golan Heights

So, in summation, there are 4 scenarios which may be playing out here: you have a potential Israeli strike against Iran, if Netanyahu feels his days as prime minister are numbered; you have a potential Israeli strike against alleged Iranian outposts in Syria (and/or against US forces there), potential Syrian strikes against Israel in the Golan, or potentially, US strikes against Iran

It is very infuriating, seeing how many people want the spectre of death and destruction to continue its rampage in the Middle East; this may well involve both Russia and the US, if any of these scenario unfold or some of them unfold simultaneously.

Mar 11 10:22

SUBVERSIVE STATECRAFT SCANDAL EXPOSES BOMBSHELL GERMAN-DESIGNED BREXIT PLAN

Cast your mind back to summer last year. The Cabinet gathered at the Prime Minister’s country retreat of Chequers, on the sylvan Chiltern downs. There was very important business: Theresa May, flanked by senior civil servant Olly Robbins, presented the draft agreement for Britain’s departure from the EU. For the first time, ministers (including Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson) saw the proposed terms – and the extent to which May would abide by her pledge of ‘Brexit means Brexit’. The chief whip instructed that nobody could leave without consenting to the Withdrawal Agreement, unless they resigned – and must then find their way home without ministerial transport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, the owner of this transcript has to come forward in the UK, and explain to the British people precisely what has been done to them, by their leadership, "D NOtices" be damned.

Snap elections need to be held in the UK as quickly as possible, because Prime Minister May needs to be replaced, and quickly, by people who understand what Brexit meant, in terms of the EU dictatorship of Brussels, and how the UK might prosper outside their relationship with the EU.

Mar 11 10:12

WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSASSINATING KIM JONG UN'S BROTHER HAS BEEN FREED

Following the decision in Siti's case (the two women are facing separate cases though they are jointly on trial), a lawyer for Huong also requested an acquittal. The trial has been suspended until Thursday to allow time for the Malaysian attorney general to make a decision.

After her release, Siti, clad in a black traditional Malay dress and headscarf, was rushed to the Indonesian embassy, where she gave a brief statement to the media.

"I feel so happy. I did not expect that today I would be released,” she said, adding that she had been treated well in prison.

The two women told authorities that they thought they had been hired to participate in a reality TV show prank, and that they didn't realize what they had been tricked into doing until it was too late.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remote assassinations have to be done in a way which completely exonerates the real perpetrators, and have to go precisely to plan.

That is what failed here; and that makes this moment one of the most clumsily-created political assassinations in North Korea's history.

This kind of remote political assassination, to consolidate one's power, as Kim Jung Un has pretty obviously had done, are considered a big, fat, hairy no-no in the 21st century, save for the assassination of Adnan Khashoggi and The Clinton Body Count

Mar 11 09:26

The Growing Effeminacy of the West Will Lead to a More Authoritarian State

"A nation of weaklings and girlie men is an invitation to statism and totalitarianism. The weak and cowardly can not defend themselves. ... This is likely another very important reason why the Cultural Marxists who rule over us are normalizing transgenderism and homosexuality, and now even calling masculinity itself “toxic”."

Mar 11 09:23

Prof. on Manning’s Arrest: Revenge Move Against Anyone Who Challenges Washington

US whistleblower Chelsea Manning was detained on Friday after a federal judge found her to be in contempt of court as she rejected to respond to the 2010 WikiLeaks case-related questions before a secret grand jury.

“The latest arrest of citizen Chelsea Manning demonstrates the attitudes inherent in a culture of revenge which advocates moves against anyone who dares to challenge US Establishment interests," Professor Stuart Rees, the director of the Sydney Peace Foundation and an Australian academic, human rights activist, and author, told Sputnik in a written interview.

Slamming what he described as the “invisible deliberations” of US grand juries to punish dissenters, he pointed the finger at America’s “alleged rules of law” and warned that “there may be no legal justification for the latest action against Chelsea Manning”.

Mar 11 08:36

Amazon’s modern day ‘book burning’ campaign against conservative authors

In the last few weeks, Amazon crossed a dangerous and precarious line and began a modern day book burning campaign against titles written by authors from the populist right which have been arbitrarily deemed ‘politically dangerous’.

While the internet giant continues to sell books like Karl Marx’s ‘The Communist Manifesto’, Al-Qaida’s Doctrine for Insurgency: Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin’s ‘A Practical Course for Guerilla War’, Leon Trotsky’s ‘Terrorism and Communism’, Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’, ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’, the world’s largest bookstore banned ‘Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill for Islam‘ which was co-authored by British Activist Tommy Robinson and Peter McLoughlin.

Despite scathing reviews, the book was ‘the No.1 best-selling exegesis of the Koran’ on the site. The book reportedly had over 1000 five star reviews that were left by verified Amazon customers in the last 18 months.

Mar 11 08:26

California police report almost no racial profiling

California’s first-in-the-nation attempt to track racial profiling complaints against police produced numbers so unrealistically small that the board overseeing the tally wants departments to make changes to encourage more people to come forward.

The panel’s most recent report found 17 percent of California’s law enforcement agencies reported not a single complaint in 2017.

And of 659 profiling complaints that were filed in a state of nearly 40 million people, just 10 were sustained. Three-quarters of the profiling complaints involve race or ethnicity, but they can also include age, gender, religion, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Kill 'em all. Let God sort them out!"

Mar 11 08:14

More Power to You Miss Omar

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.

I keep in my bookcase a cautionary book, ‘They Dared Speak Out’ written by US senators and congressmen who all lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.

Journalists learn this first commandment very early. Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril. Until recently, we journalists were not even allowed to write there was an ‘Israel lobby.’ It was widely considered Washington’s most powerful lobby group but, until lately, mentioning its name was seriously verboten.

Mar 10 14:17

Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures

Second Amendment sanctuary’ counties say they won’t enforce background checks, other gun-control proposals In swaths of rural America, county sheriffs, prosecutors and other local officials are mounting resistance to gun-control measures moving through legislatures in Democratic-led states.

Mar 10 10:19

YOUTUBE TERMINATES MIDDLE EAST OBSERVER AFTER ALMOST 10 YEARS ONLINE

After almost 10 years online, over 250 videos, almost 13,000 subscribers, and about 8 million total video views, YouTube has terminated the Middle East Observer (MEO) channel on its platform.

Mar 10 09:44

NSA in 'deliberate process' over future of surveillance program, says spy chief

The National Security Agency is preparing to potentially abandon a controversial surveillance program exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the agency’s director indicated.

Paul Nakasone, head of both the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, vaguely discussed the future of the government’s once-secretive system for obtaining and analyzing domestic telephone records, or metadata, in light of a senior congressional aide recently claiming that it was quietly suspended.

“We are in a deliberative process right now,” Mr. Nakasone said Wednesday at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, attendees reported. “We’ll work very, very closely with the administration and Congress to make recommendations on what authority should be reauthorized.”

Mar 09 23:28

Stage 4 cancer patient says Missouri police searched his hospital room for marijuana

BOLIVAR, Mo. - A Missouri man battling Stage 4 cancer said police targeted him and searched his hospital room for marijuana and he has the incident on camera.

The officers involved said it's all part of the job, but the small Bolivar Police Department is now facing complaints.

Mar 09 12:09

PALMER LUCKEY WINS SECRETIVE PENTAGON CONTRACT TO DEVELOP AI FOR DRONES

Palmer Luckey (previously) the alt-right financier who was made a billionaire by Mark Zuckerberg's decision to acquire his VR startup Oculus, is now running a Peter-Thiel-backed surveillance startup called Anduril Industries, which has won a contract to contribute to Project Maven, the Pentagon's controversial AI-for-drones system (Google's involvement in Project Maven sparked an employee uprising that ended with the relevant executives leaving the company and the contract being allowed to lapse).

Luckey's company won the contract after he made lavish contributions to the campaigns of Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is needed, far more than are AI systems for drone weapons, is a reasonably sane foreign policy, which, at the moment, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, does not appear have at all.

And there appear to be major, industrial-strength contradictions in how this foreign policy should be carried out.

These wild sanctions and assertions, made by both the President and Congress, are causing even those countries which once looked at their relationship with the US as paramount, to now be doing their level best to extract themselves from those relationships, just as quickly, both economically, and in terms of treaties and defense agreements, as they can.

The only answer the US government seems to have to any geopolitical dispute, is wars, or threats of wars. Any subtlety or moral tone, followed upon with honorable behaviour on the part of this country, have just... left the building, on President Trump's watch.

And in the use of drone strikes in Yemen, the indiscriminate assassinations of non-combatants, including infants, toddlers, children, and the elderly medically fragile, seem not to raise any questions, about how the US government has become complicit with Saudi Arabia in the committing of these war crimes.

Palmer Luckey, good for you that you got the contract; but in the greater scheme of things, do you not realize that you, and your company, will be a part of this ongoing carnage and genocide?

Is that what it means, to be an American, in the 21t century?!? Profiting from technology adjuncts which massively improve the US's penchant for killing non-combatants?

George Carlin was not only a very funny guy; he was, in many ways, a prophet. I think you will remember this, when you hear it: George Carlin: War Transcript

I would like to sincerely hope that my brother and sister Americans, when they become aware of what is happening here, will start asking those questions, and soon.

And if Congress wants our country to be on the right side of history here, they should stop funding, and arming, and providing guidance for these missions.

This war was never approved by Congress, which is Constitutionally mandated, began under President Obama, and is continued by President Trump.

As an American who is deeply concerned about the trajectory of its foreign policy, it is painful for me, to understand that I am a citizen of a country which commits war crimes.

But what is worse, as a Christian pacifist activist, is to to understand how the voices of my brother and sister Americans keep getting drowned out, when it comes to peace, and the only people to whom the government is listening... are the warmongers and their agents provocateurs.

Mar 09 11:15

EX-MERCENARY CEO ERIK PRINCE ADMITS TO TRUMP TOWER MEET WITH DONALD JR. AND SAUDI EMISSARY

Erik Prince, former head of mercenary business Blackwater, revealed in a bombshell interview Friday that he attended a meeting in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and a representative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss “Iran policy” during the presidential campaign.

The interview marked the first time Prince has publicly acknowledged such a meeting. Prince said in congressional testimony in 2017 that he had no “official” or “unofficial” role in the campaign — other than a “yard sign” and writing “papers” — according to the transcript of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Nor did he mention the meeting in his testimony, according to transcripts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tom Perez, a word, please. You are a very brilliant and accomplished gentleman, and I am sure that your family is very proud of your accomplishments.

But that being said, sir, the last paragraph I've posted, makes me a little sick to my stomach, and angry that these folks are still fixated on Trump's election, and have zero proof of amy illegal foreign money making it into Trump's coffers. Notice the phrase: "MAY have provided illegal international aid to sway the American election."

So here is a heartfelt plea to this countries' Dementocrats from an independent centerist progressive; please, everyone, can you cage the rage , and manage to focus on 2020, and not on the 2016 election?!?

There are a lot of things President Trump has pledged in his campaign which haven't been delivered, and in preparing for 2020, you need to balance those unmet challenges with intelligent solutions, and give the American people something (and someone) behind which the American people can rally?!?

You did this with the election of John Kennedy, a president about whom all Americans could feel proud; yes, he had his moral weaknesses, but they did not affect his presidency.

Why, please, is this not possible now?!?

Because I need to make this argument as clearly to you as I can; having to hold one's nose, because time and time again, the American people feel like they have to vote for the lesser of two evils, which is still voting for evil.

Can you possibly please manage to find a candidate that doesn't have more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot?!?!?

You're welcome!!

Mar 09 10:51

US CONGRESSMEN CALL FOR SAUDI TO RELEASE DETAINED DUAL CITIZEN

Senior US Congressmen have called for the Saudi Arabian authorities to release dual citizen Walid Fitaihi, who has been detained and tortured in Saudi prisons.

In a joint statement issued on Thursday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lead Republican Michael McCaul and Chairman Eliot Engel said that Fitaihi must be released. “We are deeply concerned by reports that Dr Walid Fitaihi, a dual US-Saudi citizen in Saudi custody, has been tortured,” the statement read.

They added: “Allegations like this are stunning and the reported lack of due process [in Saudi Arabia] is completely unacceptable. Torture and coercion of all prisoners must end.”

Concluding their statement, the Congressmen said: “We call on Saudi Arabia to immediately release Dr Fitaihi and allow him to travel outside Saudi Arabia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, we all understand that Saudi Arabia is a brutal place, with no true Constitution, and is run by the Butcher of Yemen, who understands, at least in theory, what human rights laws are, but doesn't want them introduced into his country, at least not while his regime is still in power.

But what is it about this guy, which makes him so valuable to Saudi Arabia?!?

It looks as though what he has done, is raise the level of health care in Saudi Arabia, for many of the people who would otherwise not have care.

This is what he says in his English bio:

"Affiliation
International Medical Center

About:
My mission in life is to improve the quality of health care in the Middle East through founding the International Medical Center (IMC) @theimcjeddah, and ensuring that it truly represents a major paradigm shift in health care delivery in the region."

Did he open his mouth and say something which infuriated the murderous Crown Prince bin Salman, who then gave the order to have him arrested and tortured?!?

Unfortunately, it appears to me that whatever this guy did, he did an industrial-strength job of pissing off the Prince; and these acts of torture will continue against other prisoners, until either Bin Salman dies, or is deposed by a bunch of very, VERY angry Saudis.

And President Trump, where, please, the hell are you in this case?!? Can you not plead, personally, for this guy?!?

I mean, after all, the Butcher of Yemen is one of your BFFs in the Middle East, right?!? Do you not think he wouldn't listen to you, if you called him?!?

Mar 09 10:30

IDENTITY POLITICS – TRIBALISM – DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM – ULTIMATELY MASS MURDER THROUGH DEHUMANIZATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BLOCKING THE WAY TO “SOCIAL JUSTICE”!

Thanks to FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) for this eye opening article – what does the Khmer Rouge have in common with Democratic Socialism? Democratic Socialists are just mass murderers waiting in the wings for an opportunity to ply their trade. Remember that SOCIALISM IS FOR THE RICH!

“Social justice” is a nebulous and amorphous canard that cannot be clearly, concisely and cogently confirmed let alone defined. It is an obscure, but very effective tool for tyrants and mass murderers to oppress, intimidate cajole and compel people into the pig pen of Communist society. By the way, have you noticed that those who run Communism are always well fed pigs! Read George Orwell’s Animal farm to see how easily the masses can be propagandized and manipulated into the herd mentality.

Mar 09 10:15

US FIRM RETURNS $400M FUND TO SAUDI ARABIA OVER KHASHOGGI MURDER

A Beverly Hills-based talent agency, Endeavor, has returned a $400m investment fund to Saudi Arabia and cancelled its contract with the kingdom over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reported.

The fund was given to the firm's chief Ariel Emanuel during a high-profile Hollywood party last spring, which brought together Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Disney chief executive Robert Iger and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, among others.

The money was meant to fund the growth of Endeavor and diversify the kingdom's economy through the agency's work in various industries, including sports and film production.

But following the murder of Khashoggi, the firm returned the fund, protesting the murder, and effectively ending its relationship with Saudi Arabia, according to two NYT sources with knowledge of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Say what you want; but to do this, for that eye-popping amount of money, is amazing; my hat is off to these folks, who decided that personal and social responsibility meant more than just collecting millions off of a billionaire with no conscience or heart.

Bravo, well done, all!

Mar 09 09:37

The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

Uncle Sam wants you.

Correction: Big Brother wants you.

To be technically accurate, Big Brother—aided and abetted by his corporate partners in crime—wants your data.

That’s what we have been reduced to in the eyes of the government and Corporate America: data bits and economic units to be bought, bartered and sold to the highest bidder.

Those highest bidders include America’s political class and the politicians aspiring to get elected or re-elected. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “If you have been to a political rally, a town hall, or just fit a demographic a campaign is after, chances are good your movements are being tracked with unnerving accuracy by data vendors on the payroll of campaigns.”

Your phones, televisions and digital devices are selling you out to politicians who want your vote.

Mar 09 09:35

JOHN KIRIAKOU: Neither Rain, Sleet, nor Snow Will Stop the Post Office From Spying on You

You may remember that last year some nut was arrested for mailing bombs to prominent Democrats, media outlets, and opponents of Donald Trump. Less than a week after the bombs went out, a suspect was arrested. Almost immediately, video turned up of him at a Trump rally, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and chanting for the camera. He was soon tried, convicted, and jailed. End of story.

But it wasn’t the end of the story. The investigation into the bomb incidents focused attention on an almost unknown federal surveillance program—one that poses a direct threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of every American. It’s called the “Mail Cover Program” and it’s run by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Yes, even the Post Office is spying on us.

Mar 07 19:03

Inside China's mass surveillance system: Chat log leak of over 360 MILLION records reveals 'shocking' amount of personal data government collects from citizens

A leak of around 364 million online records in a Chinese database, including private messages and ID numbers, has again highlighted the size and scope of Beijing's mass surveillance system.

The files show a wealth of information linked to online accounts, including GPS locations, file transfers, and chat logs, according to the database discovered by Victor Gevers, a security researcher at Dutch non-profit GDI Foundation.

The data collection appears indiscriminate -- some conversations are simply banter between teenagers, like one commenting on someone's weight and clothing size.

Mar 07 18:32

Facebook cracks down on anti-vaxxers: Firm says pages spreading misinformation about vaccines will no longer show up in recommendations (but it WON'T remove them entirely)

Facebook says it will no longer show anti-vaccination groups or pages in its recommended content as the site faces mounting pressure to curb misinformation.

But, it won’t remove anti-vaxxers altogether.

In a blog post today, the firm said it is instead working to ‘tackle vaccine misinformation’ by giving it less of an audience and promoting more accurate information.

"More accurate information" = corporate propaganda

Mar 07 16:42

JP Morgan Is Quietly Moving Bank Branches Out Of Lower Income Areas

Some of the biggest banks in the United States are quietly closing branches in low income areas, and nobody more so than the people's JP Morgan.

As one example, JP Morgan is shutting it outlet in Aberdeen, Washington, where it has just one branch. And now that the bank is going to be leaving the town, the closest Chase branch is going to be 40 miles away. This is part of a broader move that banks are making, as they shift their attention in the age of online banking to wealthier areas, according to a new Bloomberg article.

Mar 07 16:41

Household Net Worth Tumbles By $3.7 Trillion, First Drop In 4 Years

n the Fed's latest Flow of Funds report released at noon today, the Fed published the latest snapshot of the US "household" sector as of Dec 31, 2018. What it revealed is that with $120.4 trillion in assets and a modest $16.1 trillion in liabilities, the net worth of US households dipped to $104.3 trillion, its first drop after 12 consecutive quarters of increases, and down $3.7 trillion as a result of the near-bear market in the fourth quarter, which wiped out estimated $4 trillion in various financial assets like corporate equities, mutual and pension funds, and deposits after the market tumbled in Q4, offset by a $345 billion increase in tangible assets, of which $280 billion was in real estate values.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This...is officially awful.

Mar 07 16:39

Top US General Seeks More Troops In Europe To Confront Russia

Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to “stay ahead of Russia.”

Even though Russia’s military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the “growing” Russian threat justified even more US spending on Europe. This has, of course, been a common argument for Pentagon officials, and is why the US such a massive number of troops in Eastern Europe in the first place.

“I’m not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture that we have in Europe in support of the National Defense Strategy,” Scaparrotti told SASC Chair Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., adding:

“Of concern is my intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity given that increasing and growing threat of Russia. I need more ISR.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please, here.

What the US does NOT have is a reasonably sane Foreign Policy on Russia, and that has to get fixed, and hopefully soon, before some stupid mistake puts the US into a shooting war with Russia.

Punishing a country for something it did not do (as the US constantly does with accusing Russia of "annexing" Crimea, which never happened?!?), is not sanity.

Walking away from a weapons treaty which was working, is not sanity.

Not insuring that our military has the kind of "top shelf" weaponry that Russia currently does, is not sanity.

And sir, this is primarily due to how DC and the Military Industrial Complex are now intertwined at the hip, with weapons companies believing that their political contributions mean "never having to say they are sorry" , when they sell the military equipment which is outmoded upon delivery; never lives up to the hype; and contains huge cost over-runs.

I do not see Russia as the antagonist here; but I do see Russia being used as the very lousy pretext for some very odd US foreign policy views which do not augur well for peace between the US and Russia.

It appears that for some in Washington, Russia has replaced Emmanuel Goldstein as the country upon which which it focuses its "2 minutes of hate", daily.

But have you ever thought how we could ratchet down world tensions if we
"engaged Russia, rather than enraging its leadership" with, what to me appears to be a number of completely bone-headed foreign policy decisions?!?

Mar 07 16:05

Babies killed after Israeli army prevents fire-brigades from entering Hebron

Two Palestinian infants were killed in a fire after the Israeli military prevented fire brigades from reaching them on time in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The two children, a toddler believed to be 18 months old and his younger sister burned to death after a fire that broke out in their homes.

The Mayor of Hebron said the Israeli military is responsible for the death of the infants.

Hebron’s fire chief said a call was received at 10:35 on Thursday night of a fire breaking out in a house in the old town of the occupied city.

Ayman Nasser Eddin said two fire trucks were immediately dispatched to the scene but were kept from passing through two different army checkpoints.

After the the fire trucks were finally allowed through the checkpoints 20 minutes later the 18-month old boy was already dead and his younger sister was unable to be saved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What kind of monsters will not allow help for two infants, burning slowly to death, in agony?!?

Stories like this, and more, in the independent press, has definitely lead to a US drop in favor of Israel.

American support for Israel falls to ten-year low, poll finds

Mar 07 16:01

Netanyahu: Israeli Navy Could Target Iranian Oil Tankers in International Waters

Since dishonoring the P5+1 nuclear deal, the Trump Administration has made clear their goal is to bring Iranian oil exports to zero through sanctions. That’s wholly impractical, with many nations, including P5+1 deal signatories, saying they intend to keep buying from Iran despite US sanctions.

But Israel does have a navy and a burning desire to pick fights with Iran. In comments Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s Navy could soon be ordered to target Iranian oil tankers to prevent them selling oil abroad.

Netanyahu is trying to prevent Iran selling oil to nations like China without American permission as “smuggling,” and potential military attacks on oil tankers in international waters as enforcement of US sanctions. It’s not clear anyone else in the world, the US included, would generally consider that the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such targeting would be an outright act of war.

Is Netanyahu hitting the panic button, due to corruption charges being placed against him?!? Folks, if true, this is really bad, because Netanyahu's strategy will be to antagonize Iran, then expect the cost of the war - in blood and money - to be paid by American troops.

Mar 07 15:52

Damascus Not Invited to Brussels Conference on Syria - EU Source

Representatives of the Syrian authorities are not invited to the third international donor conference on Syria in Brussels, a EU source told Sputnik on Monday.

The Brussels conference, devoted to mobilizing financial aid for the war-torn country, will be held on March 12-14. The second conference on Syria, which was held in Brussels last April with the participation of representatives from 57 countries, managed to mobilize $4.4 billion in financial aid for Syria for 2018 and $3.4 billion for 2019-2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is it NOT a little "odd" to be creating a conference about aid to Syria, which at least includes some of their elected officials?!?

Mar 07 15:48

Hungary Cannot 'Yield' to EU, Stop Defending Christian Values, Endorse Migration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is known to be one of the most vocal anti-immigration advocates in Europe and has categorically opposed the idea of accepting refugees from other European countries under migrant resettlement schemes proposed by the European Union.

The Hungarian government will not abandon its anti-migration stance after the European People's Party called on Budapest to stop its anti-EU rhetoric, spokesman Zoltan Kovacs wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

"We listen to other opinions, including (EPP group leader Manfred) Weber's," Kovacs said. "But more important than party discipline are the defence of European Christian values and stopping migration. On this, we cannot yield."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Orban is courageous enough to say what others will not; he is not blind to the problem of unfettered immigration, seeing what has happened in neighboring countries which have had this happen, and believes truly that his agenda can save the day for Hungary.

Mar 07 15:42

FORCED BLOOD DRAWS & IMPLIED CONSENT LAWS MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

SOURCE: JOHN W. WHITEHEAD
“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

You think you’ve got rights? Think again.

All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.

This is the grim reality of life in the American police state.

Mar 07 15:36

TRACKING JOURNALISTS THROUGH A SECRET DATABASE

The President has little appreciation for liberty or the dangers of a growing police state. And those working under him understand this and act accordingly.

He is as bad as most other presidents. The only difference being that there is a group of about 30% of the population, MAGA people, who don't understand this and believe he is going to protect them from the expanding state.

Wow. Big scoop by @nbcsandiego: The Trump administration created a "secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan and in some cases, placed alerts on their passports." https://t.co/n1l4uDt300

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Really?!? I would actually want to see the list, before I jump on board here.

Now, can @nbcsandiego provide the list they assert is actually real?!?

I have to have proof, not just an assertion.

Mar 07 15:28

US FDA CHIEF SCOTT GOTTLIEB STEPS DOWN AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday he plans to step down in a month, calling into question how the agency would handle critical issues such as e-cigarette use among teens and efforts to increase competition for prescription drugs.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, announced Gottlieb's resignation on Tuesday.

Gottlieb was well regarded and won bipartisan support for his efforts to curb the use of flavoured e-cigarettes among young people in the United States, speed approval times for cheap generic medicines to increase competition and bring down prescription drug prices and boost the use of cheaper versions of expensive biotech medicines, called biosimilars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what really led to this guy's resignation... and where he is going next.

Mar 07 14:55

"ARTIFICIAL" MAGNITUDE 2.1 EARTHQUAKE DETECTED IN NORTH KOREA

This doesn't look good...

Two days after reports about North Korea rebuilding a long-range missile test site surfaced in Western media, the Korea Times reported Thursday that a 2.1-magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea.

Most alarmingly, the Korean Meteorological Administration said the quake was the result of "artificial" seismic activity, presumably the result of an explosion inside a mine.

"The epicenter is measured to be near the land surface," one official reportedly said.

Mar 07 14:54

Authoritarian Apple blocking all films that are critical of technology, just like Amazon bans all films critical of vaccines

Hollywood is on the verge of getting another original content producer, as tech giant Apple prepares to launch its own Netflix-like media streaming service. But reports indicate that, under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple is planning to censor all content that’s critical of technology in much the same way that Amazon is now banning films and even books that are critical of vaccines.

Cook is reportedly highly involved in the process of choosing what streaming media content will be available through Apple, instructing those below him to shy away from all stories that depict “the negative consequences of technology.” He’s also made it clear that he wants to avoid “controversial” topics like religion, and stick primarily with “family-friendly” content of which he personally approves.

Mar 07 14:53

NEC CORPORATION TO SCAN VISITORS IRISES AT THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM & MUSIC CONFERENCE

In what can only be described as revolting, makers of facial and Iris recognition cameras are setting up an exhibit booth at a Film & Music Festival in America's heartland.

Three days ago, the NEC Corporation announced that they will be "participating" in one of the world's largest events dedicated to the interactive, film and music industries, the "South By Southwest Conference" (SXSW) in Austin, Texas from March 10-13.

Why would a facial recognition company set up shop at the SXSW which "celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries"?

Call it passive propaganda or outright brainwashing or call it whatever you want but one thing is certain.

It takes a lot of Chutzpah for a company that makes a living out of identifying everyone to try and convince the public that "we are having fun together and having a communal experience." (See the video above.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if one does not want to have one's irises scanned?!?

And with whom will this data be shared?!?

Just a little food for thought here.

Mar 07 14:46

LAWMAKERS IN HAWAII PROPOSE REPEALING SECOND AMENDMENT

Legislators in Hawaii, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, moved this week to bring their concerns about the Second Amendment to the national level.

In Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) No. 42, introduced Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers assert that

in light of the numerous tragic mass shootings at schools, work places, and public events, this body believes that it is necessary to repeal or amend the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

In the resolution, lawmakers urge Congress to

a"dopt a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution pursuant to article V of the United States Constitution to clarify the constitutional right to bear arms."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our Hawaiian Congressional Representatives would certainly win a prize for being some of the most fact-challenged people on this planet.

Senator Mazie Hirono is not confused: she is willfully ignorant

They are NOT going to get this ratified by Congress, nor should it be.

The Second Amendment was placed there by people who understood what capricious leaders could potentially do against the citizens of their country; and it is this right to bear arms which keeps a capricious government at bay.

Of course, Congressional Representatives would NEVER in a million years, define themselves as "capricious".

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And let's also take a look at Hawaii's state representatives, who signed of a Light Rail to Nowhere, which is now is way over budget, and massively off its schedule.

Some people made a lot of money on this deal; but it sure as heck wasn't most of the people living and commuting on Oahu.

December 018: The cost of the 20-mile elevated rail plan has surpassed $8 billion.

Mar 07 10:48

WE SHOULDN’T TRADE ‘LIBERTY’ FOR ‘FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY’: RAND PAUL WARNS AGAINST FORCED VACCINATION

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - In case you haven’t been paying attention, there has been an unprecedented push by the mainstream media and government in 2019 to force all citizens to be vaccinated. This mandatory vaccine hysteria has so far been highly effective as governments across the country have proposed legislation to remove your right to informed consent.

Nonetheless, currently, across the country, there are over 100 bills filed in 30 different states proposing to expand, restrict or eliminate vaccine informed consent rights.

One of the states proposing legislation like this is Kentucky, who is represented by Senator Rand Paul. On Tuesday, Paul addressed the tyrannical idea of forced vaccinations during a Senate Health Committee hearing. His comments were spot on, logical and rational. However, the pro-mandatory vaccine crowd is tearing into him for it.

Mar 07 10:47

PDVSA DECLARES EMERGENCY ON TANKER FLEET

Venezuela’s struggling oil company PDVSA declared a maritime emergency after a German company operating a portion of its tanker fleet said it planned to return ten vessels because of unpaid fees, Reuters reports, citing a PDVSA document and anonymous sources.

The news is the latest in a string of bad tidings for PDVSA, which has found itself juggling falling crude oil production due to mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, and an outflow of qualified personnel, including in the tanker department.

According to Reuters, the company needs as many as 160 people, including tanker captains, machinists, and operators, to bring back the ships that Germany Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSM) is returning because of unpaid fees. However, PDVSA does not have these crews.

The pile of unpaid PDVSA bills is getting higher: last month, the German company said it would abandon two of the Venezuelan company’s vessels in Portugal because of unpaid bills to a number of third-party companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the kind of outcome the Trump Administration wanted to see here.

Mar 07 10:10

WHY THE U.S. IS TERRIFIED THAT HUAWEI CONTROLS THE WORLD'S 5G NETWORK

With 29 billion connected devices by 2022, one security expert claims, “Whoever gets to dominate 5G infrastructure will become the owner of the next generation of the world’s telecoms infrastructure.” That company is Huawei. ? TN Editor
US lobbying against Chinese firm Huawei, one of the biggest phone makers and telecommunications kit providers in the world, hit a new level this week during the phone industry’s big annual conference.

Around 100,000 technology vendors, carriers, and device makers head to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona every year both to strike deals and to showcase emerging technologies. This year, the conversation was dominated almost exclusively by 5G, as carriers look to introduce next-generation, superfast mobile networks.

The conference was heavily sponsored by Huawei, as the firm made its big pitch about its 5G capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is not China's emerging grasp of this technology; the problem is that the US has fallen way behind, in its grasp of the importance of this technology.

Mar 07 10:06

STATEWIDE RENT-CONTROL LAWS CANNOT ESCAPE THE LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Last week, Oregon became the first state in the nation to adopt a mandatory statewide rent control policy. Yet, rent control never delivers on the promise that it will multiply the affordable housing in high-value markets to serve middle- and lower-class families. It also always has negative consequences, and this time will be no different.

The new statewide law applies to landlords who have at least four units, one of which is at least 15 years old. It prohibits them from increasing rent more than 7 percent over inflation annually. The bill also prohibits no-cause evictions after the first year of residency, in addition to the protections against eviction already on the books.

The change comes after the median rent in the state increased by 14 percent over three years during the population boom. The largest hike took place in Portland, Oregon, where, according to the New York Times, rents have grown by 30 percent since 2011.

Mar 07 08:05

US-funded Cuban network fires staff for ‘anti-Semitic’ report on Soros

At least eight staff members of a US government-funded media company that broadcasts in Cuba have been fired for airing a segment that referred to George Soros as a “multimillionaire Jew” who was “the architect of the financial collapse of 2008.”

The three-part report on Radio and Television Marti, which broadcasts news to Cuba to promote American foreign policy interests, also called Soros a “left-wing billionaire of Hungarian-Jewish origin” and a “nonpracticing Jew of flexible morals” and raised far-right conspiracy theories about him.

Mar 07 07:03

"Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories" Censored w/ A.I. Algorithms says ADL

Mar 06 23:45

ANGRY WHITE MEN | Redonkulas.com

Popp performs a surgical beatdown on one of the dumbest and most factually inaccurate videos to ever grace the internet: Pop Culture Pirate's racist rant on angry white men.

Mar 06 12:04

Truth-Tellers Are Being Censored

A large number of readers have complained that they do no longer receive the newsletter of paulcraigroberts.org. In absence of a logical explanation this is likely the result of Google censorship and shadow banning. Conspicuously, Paul Craig Roberts’ quarterly request for donations in December had the weakest response in the history of the website.

Governments have politicized truth and allocated large resources to imprison, censor, and shut down vocal critics while putting pressure on digital media moguls to expell critical information related to 9/11, the psychopharmaceutical complex, the military/security complex, the Israel lobby, Wall Street, the big banks and US imperialism and unilateralism. Facts have become persona non grata as “official explanations” are the new truth.

Mar 06 08:08

How Would People React To A Social Media Tax? Look At Uganda

The East African nation with a population of 43 million has become the latest country to attempt to gag the voice of its citizens after imposing a social media tax intended to ‘‘curb gossip.’’ The Ugandan government has introduced a tax of 200 Uganda shilling (5.4 cents) a day to use social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and others.

And, perhaps to the delight of the Ugandan government, millions of its citizens are quitting these networks.

Mar 06 07:33

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons “STRONGLY OPPOSES” Mandatory Vaccines

In a statement to a Senate subcommittee, The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons said they "STRONGLY OPPOSE" mandatory vaccines.

Mar 05 12:27

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES UNCOVER ONGOING WORK ON CENSORED CHINA SEARCH

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES HAVE carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal.

Late last year, bosses moved engineers away from working on the controversial project, known as Dragonfly, and said that there were no current plans to launch it. However, a group of employees at the company was unsatisfied with the lack of information from leadership on the issue — and took matters into their own hands.

The group has identified ongoing work on a batch of code that is associated with the China search engine, according to three Google sources. The development has stoked anger inside Google offices, where many of the company’s 88,000 workforce previously protested against plans to launch the search engine, which was designed to censor broad categories of information associated with human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.

Mar 05 12:13

Beijing Goes 'Full Orwell' As Annual National Party Congress Begins

One year after Chinese President Xi Jinping cemented his status as "emperor for life" by having his "Xi Jinping thought" enshrined in the Chinese constitution, the ruler of the world's second largest economy will preside over yet another National Party Congress in Beijing this week, where thousands of delegates from China's "two sessions" will gather to hear Xi's policy pronouncements - economic and otherwise - during the most challenging economic environment of Xi's six-year reign.

Members of the nearly 3,000-strong National People’s Congress (NPC) , and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body, will congregate in the Great Hall of the People for the meeting. Like last year, the crowd will include business leaders like Tencent founder Pony Ma, and cultural luminaries like actor Jackie Chan and former NBA player Yao Ming.

Mar 05 11:28

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on working with Silicon Valley tech giants on creating algorithms to censor opinion they don't like.

Mar 05 09:17

French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism

There is a pushback in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s speech to a major Israel lobby group last month vowing to criminalize anti-Zionism.

More than 400 intellectuals, artists and activists have signed an open letter to Macron that was published on 28 February in the national newspaper Libération.

“Mr. President, we are French citizens who respect the laws of the republic, but if you adopt a law against anti-Zionism, or if you officially adopt an erroneous definition of anti-Semitism that permits outlawing it, please know that we will break this law with our words, our writing, our art and our acts of solidarity,” the letter states.

“And if you decide to pursue us, to silence us, even to imprison us for that, well, you can come and get us.”

Mar 04 21:12

Extreme leadership: Champions of game-changing facts for humanity so fearful & stupefied they’re afraid to look

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“If somebody asks them, ‘Why, what evil does he practice or teach?’ they do not know, and cannot tell; but in order that they do not appear to be at a loss, they repeat the ready-made charges which are used against all philosophers about teaching things up in the clouds and under the earth, and having no gods, and making the worse appear the better cause; for they do not like to confess that their pretense of knowledge has been detected — which is the truth…” Plato, Apology of Socrates, 23d

Wise practice and challenging competition produce increasing expertise. Arguably, the most important area to practice and compete is to upgrade living conditions on Earth for a planet dominated by historical rogue state empires annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions (and here).

After 42 years of such practice and competition, these are my current “top 3” conclusions:

Mar 04 16:20

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet "Oligopoly"

The Directive will be voted on at the end of this month, and its Article 13 requires that online communities, platforms, and services prevent their users from committing copyright infringement, rather than ensuring that infringing materials are speedily removed.

In a new official statement on the Directive (English translation), Kelber warns that Article 13 will inevitably lead to the use of automated filters, because there is no imaginable way for the organisations that run online services to examine everything their users post and determine whether each message, photo, video, or audio clip is a copyright violation.

Kelber goes on to warn that this will exacerbate the already dire problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

Mar 04 15:55

Sorry Mr. Pence, The Venezuelan Military Aren't Rubes

We all know that this coup attempt by the US and Guaidó failed because we all saw the anti-Maduro thugs on the Colombia-Venezuela border throw a tantrum when they realized their error. Once these CIA stooges realized the trucks of aid weren’t crossing the border they just decided to burn them and blame it on Maduro (which has also failed).

But why did it fail?

In the weeks leading up to the latest coup, multiple US officials spoke publicly (and privately) to members of the Venezuelan military urging them to turn on the Bolivarian Revolution. For the sake of simplifying this argument, let’s focus in particular on the promises made by the Vice President of the US, Mike Pence.

Mar 04 15:51

California to Tax Anything & Everything They Can Think Of

So enjoy life while you can. Governments only look at the immediate future and never tomorrow. Hence, they are doing their best to ensure the decline and fall of everything thanks to their complete mismanagement and self-interest. Representative governments have never worked for once you have career politicians, they will never place the interests of the people before their own.

Mar 04 14:33

No Relief From Lies, Incessant Lies, & Damnable Lies About Your Guns ~ VIDEO

The aims of the Radical Left is insidious. But, it has access to money; lots of it. And the Radical Left is well organized. The ruthless internationalists, who seek to destroy our Nation, orchestrate the radical Left's every move; provide the Radical Left with its talking points; create the Left's agenda, and tick off the items on the agenda, once accomplished. It is all a well-planned, orchestrated subterfuge. It is all a carefully calculated, ruthless scheme to take the Nation from the American people, without the American people even knowing it is happening.

Mar 04 11:39

US Navy Declares F-35C Stealth Fighter "Ready For Combat"

The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation published a statement last week declaring its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35C stealth fighter jets are operationally ready for war.

After several decades of testing and development, the service announced Thursday that the fifth-generation fighter had achieved Initial Operating Capability, indicating that it has passed all tests to be flown on combat missions.

Thursday's announcement came after a squadron of the F-35Cs qualified and deployed with the San Diego-based Nimitz-class supercarrier, Carl Vinson.

“The F-35C is ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” said Commander Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller. “We are adding an incredible weapon system into the arsenal of our Carrier Strike Groups that significantly enhances the capability of the joint force.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope to heck that the US Navy will not have to walk this back.

Mar 04 11:37

As Guaido Re-Enters Venezuela Monday, Bolton Threatens US Action If He's Detained

US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to re-enter Venezuela on Monday after previously meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and other regional leaders in Colombia last week, and after visiting with the president of Ecuador on Sunday. The Maduro government, including Venezuela's Supreme Court, has said he could face up to 30 years in prison for violating a prior travel ban placed on him — something which the US has balked at, saying it would take action if Guaido were prosecuted or harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: had Juan Guaido been chosen as the US's "sacrificial lamb", ultimately to be assassinated by the very elements he trusted for safe passage back home?!?

Will his imprisonment/"neutralization" by US alphabet soup agencies be his end, if he really goes back to Venezuela today, to create a larger outcry?!?

Assassinations are as Deep State American as apple pie; I seriously doubt that Guaido has even though about this, but right now, he really needs to consider this possibility, given the number of times this has happened on the international stage.

Mar 04 11:25

MSNBC YET AGAIN BROADCASTS BLATANT LIES, THIS TIME ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS’ OPENING SPEECH, AND REFUSES TO CORRECT THEM

MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a defining attribute of a news outlet: a willingness to acknowledge factual errors, correct them, and apologize. That they not only allow their lies to stand uncorrected but reward their employees who do it most frequently – especially when those lies are directed at adversaries of the Democratic Party – proves that they are, first and foremost, a political arm of the Democratic establishment.
The most recent example is as glaring as it is malicious. On Saturday in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders delivered his first speech for his 2020 presidential campaign in front of thousands of people. MSNBC broadcast the speech live, and anyone can watch the full 2-hour event, or just Sanders’ full 35-minute speech, on YouTube.

As a result, there’s no confusion possible about what was said. Everyone can see it with their own eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the people we might turn to, to actually report the news, are proven rotten to the core, there are only two remedies: never watching them again, and a short letter/email to their president, Phil Griffin, explaining (in small words) why you will never watch them again.

Mar 04 11:12

HUAWEI CFO SUING CANADA, ITS BORDER AGENCY AND POLICE FORCE

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
A Huawei executive is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force, alleging that they arrested, searched and interrogated her before informing her she was under arrest.

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant, said on Sunday they had filed a notice of civil claim in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Canada arrested Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, at the request of the United States on December 1 at Vancouver's international airport.

Meng and Huawei face US charges of conspiring to violate Washington's sanctions on Iran.

The suit said that instead of immediately arresting her, authorities interrogated Meng "under the guise of a routine customs" examination and used the opportunity to "compel her to provide evidence and information".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, in light of a trade war between the US and China, is a thoroughly lousy thing for the US to have done; the optics are wretched, and has caused nasty blowback against our Canadian supporters as well, with arrests of Canadian officials in China.

Mar 04 11:05

NETHERLANDS RECALLS IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN TIT-FOR-TAT; FOLLOWS EU CHARGES OF IRAN "TERROR PLOTS"

In a diplomatic tit-for-tat the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran after members of its diplomatic staff at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Monday.

"[We] Have decided to recall the ambassador in Tehran for consultations," Blok said in a tweet. "The decision follows the expulsion of two Dutch embassy staff. That is unacceptable."

Though the immediate reasons for this latest spat between the two countries remains unclear, tensions have heightened after the European Union first began accusing Iran of "assassination attempts" and state-sponsored "terrorist plots" in Europe.

Last month Iran slammed EU charges as "groundless" — charges which Dutch officials had helped push into the open in tandem with other European leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the EU actually prove about these "alleged Iranian terror plots"?!?

Probably absolutely nothing.

Mar 04 11:02

UK UNDER PRESSURE FROM US TO ADOPT AGGRESSIVE ANTI-BDS POSTURE IN POST-BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The UK is under pressure to adopt a more aggressive posture towards the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in exchange for better trade deals with the US in post-Brexit negotiations between the two countries.

Details of the post-Brexit trade negotiations-which suggest Britain is unlikely to get softer treatment than other US allies-were released last week in an 18-page document by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), led by Robert Lighthizer. Listed amongst the “negotiating objectives” of the Trump administration is a demand for the UK to take a more hostile stance towards BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One had to expect this from Israeli politicians regarding BDS, as Israel girds its collective loins for the upcoming 9 April elections, and Netanyahu has been caught, red-handed, enmeshed in corruption scandals, for which he will most probably be tried.

Mar 04 10:55

CHINA ACCUSES ARRESTED CANADIANS OF STEALING STATE SECRETS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
China has accused two Canadians currenctly held there of acting together to steal state secrets and intelligence, according to state media.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested in China in early December soon after the detention in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, who is currently facing extradition to the United States.

On Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency cited unidentified Chinese authorities as saying Kovrig violated Chinese laws by acting as a spy and stealing state secrets and intelligence with the help of Spavor. It was the first time the two men's cases have been linked.

It said Kovrig often entered China using an ordinary passport and business visas and acquired information from Spavor, his "main contact".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Chinese "arm-twisting" on Canada, regarding the fate, extradition, and trial of Meng Wanzhou in the US.

It will be interesting to see how Canadian officials deal with this.

Mar 04 10:50

SNITCH SWITCH: SMART ASSISTANTS WITH “MORAL AI” COULD CALL POLICE ON OWNERS WHO BREAK LAW

SOURCE: THE NEW AMERICAN
Reprinted with permission from TheNewAmerican.com.

Call it Terminator meets the second-grade tattletale, but some “experts” have suggested that electronic home assistants could be programmed with moral artificial intelligence (AI) that could decide whether to report its owners to the authorities for breaking the law.

As the Daily Mail reports:

Academics at the University of Bergen, Norway, touted the idea at the ACM conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society in Hawaii.

Marija Slavkovik, associate professor the department of information science and media studies, led the research.

Leon van der Torre and Beishui Liao, professors at the University of Luxembourg and Zhejiang University respectively, also took part.

Dr Slavkovik suggested that digital assistants should possess an ethical awareness that simultaneously represents both the owner and the authorities — or, in the case of a minor, their parents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why, in our home, other than our cell phones, there will never be a digital AI, folks.

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