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Aug 26 08:57

Some patients treated for putting sunblock in their eyes during eclipse

Those experiencing blurred or impaired vision after watching the solar eclipse may want to see an eye doctor.
Nurse Practioner Trish Patterson told our sister station KRCR it usually takes 24 hours before people start noticing symptoms, including visual defects or blurriness.

Aug 26 08:57

Prison food worker: 'I was fired for refusing to serve rotten potatoes'

A prison food worker said he was fired last week after he refused to serve rotten potatoes to inmates at a Michigan correctional facility.
“It was the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Steve Pine, 48, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., who worked for Trinity Services Group at Kinross Correctional Facility in Kinross, Mich., since July 2016. Kinross, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is about 329 miles north of Detroit.

Aug 26 08:54

U.S. will not tolerate Venezuelan 'dictatorship': Haley

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday that U.S. sanctions against Venezuela were a strong message to President Nicolas Maduro that the United States would not tolerate a “dictatorship” in that country.

Haley, speaking at United Nations headquarters in New York, said she had not been asked to meet at the UN with visiting Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What, precisely, does Ambassador Haley mean when she says that the US "... will not tolerate a dictatorship in Venezuela."?!?!?

Ambassador Haley, a word please; the US government has been very cosy with dictatorships it has helped install around the world, from that of the Shah of Iran to Pinochet in Argentina; and to Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine (an action over which some of the more aware career State Department staffers are experiencing "Buyer's Remorse", but I digress).

Hugo Chavez used Venezuela's great oil wealth for the good of Venezuelan citizens.

Economic policies of Hugo Chavez

You and your colleagues are very comfortable with dictators, just as long as they are western-centric, and to your liking, economically.

But what you and your colleagues are "lusting after in your collective hearts", is to insure Venezuela is controlled by a US centric puppet; give control of the Venezuelan oil fields to American or US-friendly foreign nationals; and insure that Venezuela's oil is only sold in US dollars.

I am certain that if you believe you can accomplish "regime change" in Caracas, you will do that, most probably militarily, no matter how many innocent Venezuelans get killed.

In terms of its ability to fight back, militarily, Venezuela may appear to be "the low hanging fruit" for regime change.

But Ambassador Haley, I must strongly caution you that the US government needs to review its recent military epic fails around the world to date, and spanning several administrations; the US wars against Iraq; Afghanistan; Somalia; and Libya were not the "poster child" wars successive administrations thought they were going to be.

IF the US government goes in with a decap strike against Maduro, it may not go terribly well, as the Venezuelan people will most probably not accept an outside military force as "liberators".

Just saying...

Aug 26 08:44

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles into East Sea

North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Saturday morning, according to South Korean and U.s. militaries. The North fired "several unidentified projectiles" from the vicinity Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province starting at around 6:49 a.m., said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Some of those flew more than 250 kilometers in the northeastern direction, it added.

Aug 26 08:23

Israel’s Alarm over Syrian Debacle

But rather than making a wider war less likely, the upshot is to make it even more. Having bet on the wrong horse, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now finds himself facing a nightmare scenario in which Iran takes advantage of Assad’s winning streak to extend its reach from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon beyond. It’s not just a question of political influence, but of the emergence of a powerful Iranian-led military bloc.

Eleven years after fighting a vicious 34-day war in southern Lebanon, Israel thus finds itself facing not only Hezbollah but the Syrian Arab Army, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and Iraqi Shi‘ite militias – all backed by Russian military might – in a front extending across its entire northern border. All are battle-hardened after years of combat, better armed, better led, and more self-confident to boot. Israel finds itself confronting a new threat that is many times more powerful than Hezbollah (or Syria) alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the "justification" Israeli politicians will make to the world for a pre-emptive strike against Syria.

And the proof to Israel's claim that Iran is building a missile factory in Syria's Baniyas? Most probably non-existent, unless someone from Tel Aviv can show the world incontrovertible, non-photo-shopped 2017 images of this alleged bomb manufacturing site.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: you have used the "scaremonger/victim" card, as a characterisation of Israel, one too many times, so it has lost its luster for thinking people around the world.

And I would very politely remind those in the Bowels of Power in Tel Aviv that Iran hasn't started a war in over two hundred years.

IF, in fact, Iranian missiles are being manufactured at Baniyas, they will only be defensive in nature, to prevent a US/Israeli attack against it.

Please, what logical reason would Iran have to attack Israel?!? The short answer is, none!!

Iran's Majlis and senior government officials are many things; but they are not fools. They understand that any attack against Israel would bring the US into the fray immediately, and turn Iran into molten glass, should they dare to try it.

One of the things Netanyahu HATED about the P5+1 accord, was that it stopped its nuclear weapons program (and is still declared in compliance with that treaty by the IAEA very recently), which meant that the Americans had no reason to invade Iran, and regime change it.

Oh, yes: the Israeli government is very keen on regime change in Tehran; but explicitly wants all the costs in blood and money be borne by the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika.

IF Israel goes ahead with any bombing of Syria, it will entail a mighty military effort from the US as well, and most probably a nasty military response from Russia, which is protecting the Al-Asad government in Damascus.

One of the things the Israeli government loves to do to its own people, is to terrify them into believing, every second, that Israel is under near-immediate threat of attack from its Arab neighbors, when logic indicates that Israel, through generous financial and military assistance, is bristling with weapons and personnel who understand how to fight back, or initiate a strike, when commanded.

So I would suggest that the Arab nations surrounding Israel have every reason to be concerned about pre-emptive strikes against them, rather than the other way round. This threat of a strike against Syria is a perfect example of that.

Aug 26 07:55

Trump and Korea: I’m Also Scared

Meanwhile, Trump has backed himself into a corner over North Korea. His threats and bombast have not made the North’s leader Kim Jong-un stop threatening to launch nuclear-armed missiles at the US island of Guam, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. That is, if the US and South Korea keep up their highly provocative annual military war games on North Korea’s borders that each year invoke North Korea’s fury.

Unless, of course, Trump, who managed to avoid Vietnam era military service because of a bump on his foot, decides to go nuclear. This would mean hitting North Korea with a score or more nuclear weapons, large and small, before the North could riposte. North Korea would be totally destroyed, and its 25 million people left dying, maimed or starving. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, would also be shattered.

Aug 26 07:48

US Dismisses UN Plea: Won’t Stop Bombing Civilians in Raqqa

The soaring civilian death toll form US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa has gotten so bad that yesterday, it actually fueled a statement from the UN requesting the US pause their airstrikes to allow more civilians to flee the city.

US officials are rejecting this call, however, with Special Envoy Brett McGurk insisting that the war against ISIS is going very well, and that the “number one thing that we have to do to” to help civilians in Raqqa is continue the war and defeat ISIS outright.

McGurk went on to say that President Trump is “focused like a laser destroying ISIS,” and that the war is going well, but that they will take the UN call to pause the strikes “under advisement.” It’s clear, however, they aren’t taking the call seriously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This event very much reminds me of the statement by the Papal Legate at the siege of the Cathars at Montsegur, France.

When informed that women and children were with the men, taking refuge here, the Papal Legate's command was: "Kill them all; God will find his own!!"

Given this bloodlust for killing everyone still breathing in Raqqa, allegedly to take out ISIS, I am completely astonished that Special Envoy McGurk has not requested the use of several MOAB bombs against the city.

Because it has become painfully apparent that in US diplospeak, "helping people" now means "assassinating civilians".

Aug 26 07:44

Devastation: What We Know About Hurricane Harvey So Far

The most devastating storm in a decade has hit the Texas coast, causing buildings to collapse, widespread flooding, and power outages.

And according to experts, the worst is yet to come.

Aug 26 07:39

US, Somali Troops Execute 10 Civilians, Including Children, in Village Raid

US and Somali troops attacked the farming village of Barire early Friday morning, capturing a group of ten civilians and summarily executing them one at a time. Locals brought the bodies, including three children, to the capital of Mogadishu to protest the incident.

Deputy Governor of Lower Shabelle Ali Nur Mohammed blamed the US forces, saying that they rounded up the farmers working in the fields, then “one by one” shot them, saying that all the slain were unarmed civilians.

US African Command confirmed that US troops were “supporting” the Somali operation, but offered no details. They confirmed being aware of reports of civilians being killed and promised an “assessment” of the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, particularly the murder of those children; wow, it was like shooting fish in a barrel!!" - Official Somali government souse.

Just when the hell, please, did I become a citizen of a country which assassinates children, then just throws a whitewash on the whole action, with complete cynical impunity?!?

Aug 26 07:28

ANGRY MARINE WHO DISCOVERED AWAN'S "SMASHED HARD DRIVES" BREAKS SILENCE, UNLOADS ON WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

Andre Taggart, the U.S. Marine who alerted the FBI when he moved into a house he rented from Imran Awan only to find a garage full of "smashed hard drives", has decided to reveal his identity in a stinging, at least for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, new interview with the Daily Caller.

Taggart, a black U.S. Marine who says he typically votes Democrat, is apparently fed up with Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Islamophobia smoke screen which he views as just a dishonest attempt to shield the Awans from their crimes. In his epic rant to the Daily Caller, Taggart says the whole thing just "pisses me off" and that he's "absolutely disgusted with everything going on in the country right now."

As we noted a few weeks ago, Taggart first discovered Awan's smashed hard drives after he rented a house in Lorton, Va. that belonged to them. Upon moving in, the Marine found a trove of abandoned computer equipment in the garage, much of which had been destroyed, and called the FBI to take a look.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to my world, Mr. Taggart; and you did a brave and noble thing by turning those smashed drives over to the FBI, and I hope and pray that some of the intel on them will reveal the insidious, drug-drenched money-junkie workings of the DNC and the Clinton Foundation.

Aug 26 07:21

NORTH KOREA RISKS ‘FIRE AND FURY’ WITH LAUNCH OF THREE ‘SHORT-RANGE’ MISSILES

In a move which can only be construed as calling President Trump’s bluff over his ‘fire and fury’ threat over further provocations, U.S. Pacific Command announced that North Korea has launched several ‘Short-Range’ ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan today.

Earlier today, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that several ‘unidentified projectiles’ from area of Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province at around 6:49 a.m. local time, flying over 250 Km (155 miles) towards the North East.

“Our military is closely monitoring for North Korean additional provocation and strengthened surveillance and security postures and maintaining readiness postures,” the South Korean release said.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials told Kyodo news service that the North had fired ‘a projectile’ into the sea between Japan and the Korean peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that no people or property appeared to have been harmed in the falling of these missiles, I think, at this moment, President Trump is going to show restraint; at least, that is what I would caution him to do right now, were I a "president whisperer".

Aug 26 07:15

MUGABE SAYS ZIMBABWE "WILL NOT PROSECUTE KILLERS OF WHITE FARMERS"

93-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe made it clear in an address this week that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted.

In 2000, Zimbabwe implemented a controversial land reform program that saw squatters invade and seize hundreds of white-owned farms around the country. As Newsweek details, the violent seizures resulted in the murder of several white farmers, with many more displaced, and close associates of Mugabe given large chunks of land.

And now, speaking at a rally in Harare, Mugabe confirmed this massacre will go unpunished, according to Zimbabwean news site NewsDay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was never a "land reform" program; it was a land grab program, and by any means necessary, including summary execution of the existing land owners.

And to the people of South Africa; apparently, if you are non-indigenous person owning agricultural land, you are next:
2017: South African Government is going to focus on land reform.

"It's A Declaration Of War": South Africa's President Calls For Confiscation Of White Land

Aug 25 20:57

Pelosi: Trump's Arpaio pardon a ‘mockery of rule of law’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped President Trump's decision to pardon controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, calling the action a "mockery of the rule of law."

"POTUS pardon of fellow birther Arpaio makes mockery of rule of law, & says communities of color can be targeted & abused with total impunity," Pelosi wrote in a tweet.

Aug 25 18:47

First-Time Drug Injection Used To Execute Alleged Racially Motivated Murderer

Mark Asay, the first white man put to death in Florida for the murder of a black man, was executed with a never-before-used, three-drug cocktail.

Asay, 53, who was convicted of double murder in 1987, was pronounced dead at the state prison in Starke at 6:22pm Thursday. His murder convictions are based on the shootings of Robert Lee Booker, 34, and Robert McDowell, 26. Booker was a black man and McDowell was mixed white and Hispanic.

Aug 25 18:07

Trump's Top Economic Adviser Just Made Comments Supportive of Antifa

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn has responded to Donald Trump’s Charlottesville comments, insisting that the president had to do a better job condemning white supremacists. Cohn aligned his views with the establishment media, asserting that the violent Antifa counter-protesters were “standing up for equality and freedom”. “Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” he said... This is further indication that Cohn is a New York leftist who has no clue as to what is going on in America. He reads mainstream media headlines and has no deep knowledge nor understanding---and the man is Trump's top economic adviser. Scary.

Aug 25 17:44

Trump's Top Economic Adviser Just Made Comments Supportive of Antifa

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn has responded to Donald Trump’s Charlottesville comments, insisting that the president had to do a better job condemning white supremacists. Cohn aligned his views with the establishment media, asserting that the violent Antifa counter-protesters were “standing up for equality and freedom”. “Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” he said... This is further indication that Cohn is a New York leftist who has no clue as to what is going on in America. He reads mainstream media headlines and has no deep knowledge nor understanding---and the man is Trump's top economic adviser. Scary.

Aug 25 16:10

BREAKING: DNC Fraud Lawsuit Dismissed

Aug 25 15:11

All Your [3D-Printed] Bases Are Belong to Us!

The structure, called a barracks hut or B-Hut, was printed as a result of a three year Army Program called the "Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures." It uses an additive manufacturing process to "print" semi-permanent structures in a theater of operation. The ability to use concrete sourced from readily available materials reduces logistical requirements for the U.S. Army.

Aug 25 14:43

Sears Death Spiral Accelerates: Vendors Halt Shipments As Cost Of Default Insurance Soars

When we commented back in March on the unexpected "going concern" notice in Sears' 10-K which sent the stock crashing, we pointed out the immediate spin provided by Eddie Lampert's distressed retailer which promised that its comeback plan may help alleviate the concerns, “satisfying our estimated liquidity needs 12 months from the issuance of the financial statements", to which however we added the footnote that "the question is what happens when vendors start demanding cash on delivery as concerns about SHLD.'s liquidity concerns continue to grow.

Shortly after, we wrote "Sears Enters Death Spiral: Vendors Halt Shipments, Insurers Bail" in which we described that as Sears financial condition deteriorated, vendors were boosting their "defensive measures", such as reducing shipments and asking for better payment terms, to protect against the risk of nonpayment as the company warned about its finances.

Aug 25 14:41

Rome Is Burning... This Time It's By Refugees

Police in Rome evicted 100s of refugees that had occupied Piazza Independenza just one block from the country’s main train station.

The squatters were defiant so local police used water cannons and batons in the forceful eviction. As Reuters reports,

Some 100 refugees had occupied Piazza Independenza since Saturday, when most of about 800 squatters were evicted from an adjacent office building they had occupied for about five years.

Hung on the building was a sheet with writing reading “We are refugees, not terrorists” in Italian.

A small fire burned on the pavement and a sheet hanging from a first-floor window was set alight by squatters inside. Most of the squatters were Eritreans who had been granted asylum. Police said they had refused to accept lodging offered by the city.

More than 600,000 boat migrants have arrived in Italy from North Africa since 2014.

Aug 25 14:33

LA’s response to homeless encampments ‘isn’t working,’ councilman says

Amid rising homelessness and mounting outcry from residents and business owners, a Los Angeles city councilman said Wednesday he wants to take a hard look at the way the city responds to the increasing presence of encampments and recreational vehicles.

“What we have isn’t working,” Councilman Mitchell Englander said.

In recent months, the issue of homelessness has become inescapable, with residents encountering more homelessness in their neighborhoods, according to the councilman, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley.

“There’s not a conversation I have — whether it’s fixing a street, trimming a tree, walking to school or going to a grocery store — where we don’t talk about homelessness,” he said.

Out of Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office: “Ditto,” said spokesman Branimir Kvartuc.

“We’re very, very conscious of it,” Kvartuc said. “It’s a battle every day.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a horrific image of America, going out to the world, that we do not have the means, or willingness, to deal with the problem.

I cannot imagine anyone saying to themselves, "Oh, I just want to be so financially stressed, after losing my job and my residence, because I couldn't pay the rent, that I sincerely want to homeless now."

I am no bleeding heart; I was very lucky to come from a family with true work ethics, and have learned to make what I'm good at into a profession.

Aug 25 14:27

Newsletter on UCCS: 'Veterans should be banned from four-year universities'

The university explained while this group is not affiliated with the college, they say it is free speech and the group can post what they want.

The article says veterans should be banned from UCCS and other four-year colleges. It also generalizes veterans and says they are unsympathetic to the LGBTQ community. The article says all veterans have far right-wing ideologies.

"They [the authors of the letter] try and talk about inclusion as a principle," said UCCS student Joe Hollmann. "Yet, they're excluding one of the most important members of society, those that are guarding our freedom to even talk about this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

This is just one of the most misconceived concepts in a long history of misconceived concepts; to deny an education to Veterans because of some assessment, created by magical thinking, they are all right wingers, so have no right to an education at this school?!?

Where is the logic, here?!? Has anyone actually come up with a standards and means test to determine what former military think, to make that determination?!? And please, aren't we all Americans, even if we think differently about political issues?!? And that to me, coupled with the First Amendment restrictions and educational restrictions someone at this school, or may have attended this school, want to force on their community.

Aug 25 14:16

NAFTA Is 23 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy

Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a “giant sucking sound” as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong. But now history is repeating itself, and most Americans don’t even realize that it is happening. As you will read about at the end of this article, Barack Obama has been negotiating a secret trade treaty that is being called “NAFTA on steroids”, and if Congress adopts it we could lose millions more good paying jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any trade deals which do not better the situation of workers in the US makes them worse for the American worker, and consequently, should not be ratified by the US Senate.

But we know what will happen here; corporations who support these alleged congressional representatives, will be come "The Congressional Whisperers", and insure that trade deals which compromise the American people, financially, will ultimately be ratified, because those deals support their corporations, no matter how horrific they may well be for We the People.

Aug 25 14:10

US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine, Production of Bio-weapons and “Disease Causing Agents”

Ukraine turned into the proving ground for the new generation of US biological weapons, European mass media report.

In 2015, American alternative media outlet InfoWars accused the Pentagon of developing new types of biological weapons in secret military laboratories in Ukraine. The facilities were constructed under the terms of the bilateral agreement signed between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Department of Defense in 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just lovely; why are they not putting energy and effort into curing people, rather than killing them?!?

I have to wonder against whom these weapons are to be used; and that makes me very nervous.

Aug 25 14:03

Whistleblower Lawsuit Charges Illegal Retaliation, Dangerous Practices at CIA’s Elite Directorate of Operations

The Pars lawsuit claims that, in 2015, the CIA’s Chief of Base at a US military facility routinely required subordinates to risk their lives by passing through an area of hostile fire without any operational need to do so. The Chief of Base who did this, the lawsuit says, was an officer with “limited to no” previous experience operating in a conflict zone.

For reporting the misconduct to his superiors, the lawsuit says Pars was sent home in an act of unlawful retaliation, directed by the Chief of Station, the highest-ranking CIA official in the unnamed country which, given details in the complaint, appears to be Afghanistan. Since the alleged reprisal more than two years ago, the lawsuit says Pars, his career in shambles, has made dozens of unsuccessful attempts to get a new assignment. Meanwhile, there is no public record of any accountability for the Chief of Station or other CIA officials allegedly involved.

The CIA declined to comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is obviously completely insane, and should have been stopped by this lady's superiors; that fact that they didn't, yet set upon Pars, to "murder the messenger", rather than fix the problem.

This is an institutional problem for many American alphabet soup agencies, and needs to be fixed.

Aug 25 13:57

Girl Wearing Trump Shirt Gets Mocked At Starbucks, So Trump Supporters Have Perfect Idea

When she received her beverage, she noticed it didn’t have her name, but instead the words “Build a Wall.” The story went viral, and Starbucks issued an apology. But, things didn’t end there…

Aug 25 13:56

NEW BILL WOULD FORCE ARRESTED PROTESTERS TO PAY POLICE OVERTIME, OTHER FEES

A NEW BILL INTRODUCED by seven Pennsylvania Republican state lawmakers could force protesters arrested at demonstrations to pay for police overtime and other fees related to the action.

The bill, SB 754, has been introduced by Rep. Scott Martin of Lancaster County; his district has been the site of anti-pipeline protests aimed at the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline.

Under the terms of the bill, “a person is responsible for public safety response costs incurred by a State agency or political subdivision as a result of the State agency’s or political subdivision’s response to a demonstration if, in connection with the demonstration, the person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense.”

In other words, they could be on the hook for costs, such as police overtime, medical or emergency response, or other basic public services associated with protests. Whatever felony or misdemeanor offense the protester was convicted of would come with its own independent penalty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will have an horrifically chilling free speech, protected by the Bill of Rights and Constitution, and would also have a chilling effect on peaceful protestors who just want to make their voices heard, creating no violence whatsoever, which is probably precisely the design intention of the author of this bill.

It very much reminds me of the brilliantly dystopian quote from Orwell's 2984: “The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”

IF this kind of behaviour is asserted at the State and Federal levels, we will reach a point in this country, where the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be thoroughly eviscerated, and no longer exist as protections against a government which does not serve We the People, but only serves Those the Corporations; we have become irrelevant to our alleged representatives in State and Federal Government.

To those with skills and kids, get the hell out of this country right now; it is morphing into a dictatorship will all the techno bells and whistles to guarantee that you are thoroughly surveilled, 24/7, and you won't understand the ramifications of that surveillance until it is far too late.

Aug 25 13:44

Big Brother Wants Warrantless Access to Your Smartphone

Imagine you’re a journalist, meeting with a secret government source. Thanks to the information provided by this source, you break an astronomically important story of government fraud or abuse. After the story breaks, the government decides it wants to go back and look at your cell phone’s historic geolocation information and metadata, tracking your every move and jeopardizing your source. Current Supreme Court precedent and a decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals allow government to collect this type of metadata without a warrant.

That’s why a group of 20 media organizations has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging the justices to overturn the lower court’s order, and require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before collecting archived cell phone location data and metadata. The brief is signed by media nonprofits such as the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and media publishers like First Look Media, publisher of The Intercept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm about to ditch my eye phone for a couple of strings and a tin can!!

Aug 25 13:40

Mattis: US Actively Considering Arming Ukraine

On a visit to Ukraine today, Defense Secretary James Mattis played up the narrative that the ongoing fighting in Eastern Ukraine was wholly Russia’s fault, vowing that the US “stands with Ukraine” against the Russians, and confirming active considerations are ongoing to providing lethal military aid to them.

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko claimed 3,000 Russian troops are in Ukrainian territory, a claim which appears to be built around the assumption that Crimea, which seceded from Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation, is still technically Ukrainian.

Still Mattis appeared to accept the number unquestioningly, accusing Russia of trying to “redraw” the map of Europe by military force, and vowing that the US would stand against them. Though he stopped short of promising arms to Ukraine, he gave the impression they were probably coming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec General Mattis, a word, please: these alleged "defensive weapons" will most probably not be used in this context. Rather, the Ukrainian military will likely use them in an offensive manner against independent, pro-russian bastions in the Southern and Western parts of the country, which could well erupt into all out war in the region, pitting the US against Russia over Ukraine.

And I sincerely hope you have thought all possible scenarios through, completely, to their logical conclusion before you make this move.

Aug 25 13:31

The Alamo Going To Be Bulldozed In Response To Charlottesville? via Jim Stone (Video)

In Texas, the effort to stop white supremacy should include dismantling the racist mythology of the Alamo

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, the big question everyone is asking is how do we stop white supremacy? I think not teaching it would be a good place to start. And in the wake of the removals or planned removals of Confederate monuments in Texas and across the country this month, it is high time we start rethinking other racist American monuments and the narratives that surround them. The Alamo should be in that conversation, too.

The Alamo is, after all, dedicated to the American fear of the Mexican body, of Mexican invasion, of Mexican agency that firmly and directly contested agendas of white supremacy in early 19th-century Texas.

Aug 25 12:49

Iran Ready to Support Saudi Arabia in Improving Bilateral Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister claimed that his country is willing to support Saudi Arabia's move to improve bilateral relations.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran is ready to improve bilateral relation with Saudi Arabia whenever the latter expresses a similar interest, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday.

“If the Saudi authorities take steps to improve their relations with us, Iran will certainly respond in a positive manner,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

Iranian security protect Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, Iran, while a group of demonstrators gathered to protest execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi
Can’t We Get Along? Saudis Ask Iraq to Help Resolve Rivalry with Iran
The two states are expected to begin a series of diplomatic contacts next month, the news outlet reported. T

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: IF these reports are true, and I am reading the tea-leaves correctly, should Saudi Arabia deepen its relations with Tehran, the US will not have its proxy army in Saudi Arabia to fight a war against Iran.

The only country in the region with a leadership which will be collectively excreting bricks with be that of Israel; I am almost willing to bet Netenyahu is at this moment in time, developing several false flag scenarios to blame on Iran and/or Saudi Arabia, with the intentionally of destroying the fledgling trust and rapprochment between these countries.

Aug 25 12:38

U.S. SENATE WANTS TO LABEL WIKILEAKS A “NON-STATE HOSTILE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE”

“It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States,” a section of the Act reads.

The Act almost unanimously passed a Senate panel last month 14-1, rejected by only one man, Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who staunchly opposed the measure due to the provision that was snuck in about WikiLeaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously said in April that the arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange was a “priority” for the DOJ."

Why, please sir?!? Do you any possible clue, or the slight comprehension, of what this kind of petty, impotent language helps makes the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, look to the rest of the world?!?

To the best of my understanding, the guy has an enviable track record for getting the truth out there, and I find that commendable; you and your buddies in the Senate, however, want him arrested because he has embarrassed the American government by telling American citizens, and the world, the truth about your, and our Government's, activities you didn't want us to have.

Aug 25 12:18

D.C. judge approves government warrant for data from anti-Trump website

The Justice Department last week proposed amending the scope of its warrant to exclude the IP addresses of website visitors and limit the search only to records from July 1, 2016, to the Jan. 20 Inauguration Day.

But DreamHost said the warrant was still too broad, as it could sweep in people who sent emails to disruptj20 addresses. The company objected to the two-step process that would require it to turn over data in bulk and let prosecutors search for and seize evidence of criminal involvement in the riots.

Morin said at a hearing on Thursday that he recognised the tension between free speech rights and law enforcement's need to search digital records for evidence. He said he added safeguards to his order granting the government's request for information in an effort to balance those two concerns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Morin knows the drill in DC: "Plata o Plomo";silver... or lead.

How that gets defined in the bowels of DC, is as: you help me get out this scrape, and you will be rewarded; but if you do not, please accept the reality that we will terminate you... with extreme prejudice.

And Morin, to no great shock, was a Clinton appointee, so he may well be better acquainted with where the bodies are buried, than other of his colleagues.


Morin was appointed judge in 1996 by President Clinton and previously served as presiding judge of the court’s criminal division, where he helped oversee management of calendars for judges who handle criminal cases. He also has worked representing death-penalty clients at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

I wonder just what, instead of ratcheting down the parameters of his investigation so severely, he would have found if he had been led to connections with some very powerful people, who have utterly no sense of fair play or morality?!?

That's why he got this case; to tighten the screws and button down any attempt to really find where the money went, or implicate any of the DNC in his investigation of these protests.

Aug 25 11:55

CONGRESS QUIETLY PASSED A BILL ALLOWING WARRANTLESS SEARCHES OF HOMES—ONLY 1% OPPOSED IT

The proposal for a safety commission to act as a wing of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority may sound logical, when its power includes thing such as the ability to “Adopt, revise, and distribute a written State Safety Oversight Program” and to “Review, approve, oversee, and enforce the adoption and implementation of WMATA’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.”

However, there is one major red flag buried within the text of the bill that stems from the list of “powers” given to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, and it violates one of the basic tenants of the U.S. Constitution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely just as suspicious as it appears to be, and I hope that this law is, ultimately, repealed in a Supreme Court case.

Aug 25 11:51

US TAXPAYERS SPENT $50 MILLION FOR LUXURY CARS, GUNS, & BOOZE TO MENTOR AFGHAN INTEL OFFICERS

A foreign company hired by the U.S. government to mentor and train Afghan intelligence officers billed Uncle Sam for more than $50 million in luxury cars - including Porsches, an Aston Martin, and a Bentley - and the lucrative salaries of executives and their spouses (who didn’t do any work). The firm also spent $1,500 on alcohol and $42,000 on automatic weapons prohibited under the terms of the contract, according to figures provided by a U.S. Senator from a federal audit that has not been released to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would almost be willing to wager a penny ...that this report will never be released to the General Public.

And this, when homeless American Vets sleep rough in our alleys, and are unable to get treatment from the VA?!?

This spending in Afghanistan, demonstrates, once again, that average US citizens are irrelevant to those in the bowels of power in DC, and the government is only answerable to the monied corporate class, interested in controlling Afghanistan's pipelines; harvest its minerals; and keeping the burgeoning opium trade here going.

And trust me, in this next "surge" in Afghanistan; it won't be the men and women from the monied class who will die, or get maimed for life, serving this country's economic interests.

Aug 25 11:46

I predict a 'RIOT' as dissent in American media becomes illegitimate

The portal purports to use “600 Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence efforts online” to prove how Moscow is trying to sow seeds of doubt in the Western political system, via the social network. However, the creators won’t reveal the users concerned, and results seem to suggest they are mostly members of the US alt-right and alt-left. Meaning this is yet another attempt to pass off American dissent as some Kremlin “Psy-op.” Which is beyond ridiculous.

Aug 25 11:43

HERE'S HOW MANY AMERICANS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK (HINT: IT'S A LOT)

Is your family forced to count down the days each month until the next paycheck arrives? If so, you're part of a staggering, and growing, majority of households in America, the richest country on the planet, that is forced to do the same.

According to a new poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, over three-quarters of American households are forced to live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet.

The survey highlights a troubling trend in household finances: More than eight years since the end of the recession, the share of Americans who are living on the financial edge is growing, said Mike Erwin, a spokesman for CareerBuilder. While some may want to blame Americans' spendthrift ways, Erwin pointed to two trends that continue to put financial stress on households: stagnant wages and the rising cost of everything from education to many consumer goods.

Aug 25 11:39

OUTRAGE BUILDS OVER GRADE-MANIPULATION SCANDAL IN BALTIMORE SCHOOL SYSTEM

Earlier this month, ‘Project Baltimore’, an investigative reporting initiative, which was launched in March 2017, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. uncovered a Baltimore City school with zero students proficient in math and the highest graduation rate in the area.

The school in focus is Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, after teachers contacted Project Baltimore saying grades were being change so students can graduate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many, horrific examples of abuse of children; but such abuse, intellectually, is visited on more poor and minority students as their alleged "education" in low income areas.

If any kid is NOT being prepared for achieving intellectually, academically, and in real life goals, this is a travesty against that child's future, and the highest possible outcomes for that child scream drug dealer; gang member; and thoroughly addicted adult. Not pretty. are they?!?

The film "Stand and Deliver", was based on a real-life situation with a teacher in the LA area who refused to take failure on the part of his math class to be the norm. So what he did was prepare them to complete in a state level math challenge, which they won, handily. But the School Boards accused them of cheating, so he went back, prepared them again, and they again won-handily.

And why?!? Because this teacher saw potential and giftedness in these kids where others saw them as complete failures, barely graduating high school, and getting them from high school to either social services, or juvenile hall, which were, in their minds, the only outcome for these kids; and that so absolutely was not true.

One of the things we have to do in this country, if we want to grow as a nation, is that all parents, working in tandem with schools, need to participate in the child's,and the school's, life. Be there for the open houses; make time for the PTA meetings, and look your kid's teacher in the eye, and say, "I'm here to help; what can I do, please, in looking over my kids' shoulder at their homework"?!?

Aug 25 11:26

Trump’s Defining Moments

Aug 25 11:17

OBAMACARE 'ARCHITECT' SETTLES SUIT OVER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has been dubbed the architect of Obamacare, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of filing fraudulent claims for government payments.

According to the settlement agreement, Gruber’s allegedly fraudulent claims date back to 2014, when the economics professor was hired by the State of Vermont to conduct research and economic modeling “relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system.”

Gruber rose to notoriety in late 2014 when video footage surfaced showing him admitting that the Affordable Care Act was passed under false pretenses, even boasting that “the stupidity of the American voter” made the grand deception possible.

The settlement notes that in two of the submitted invoices, Gruber documented that his “research assistants” worked for 500 hours at a rate of $100 an hour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An interesting piece of work President Obama hired, but that's just the point; Gruber's hiring was due strictly to connectedness and party affiliation.

It was certainly not due to his competency or morality (of which he has absolutely none); it was all about how much money he could intensely suckle from the system, until he was found out to be an utter and complete fraud, who knew the Obamacare system would ultimately collapse under its own weight.

Aug 25 11:10

RUSSIA UNVEILS ‘INVISIBLE’ SUPERSONIC FIGHTER JETS HARD TO TRACK ON ENEMY RADARS

Officially revealing the fifth generation of Sukhoi-57 supersonic stealth fighter aircraft, Russia has made a statement that it is in the game of stealth warfare. The Sukhoi-57 is designed to compete with the American F-22 Raptor and the Chinese Shenyang J-31 Falcon Hawk, claimed the official statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence.

“T-50 was created for qualitative superiority over predecessors, opponents and competitors,” says MIA’s Alexander Khrolenko. “This is the answer to the US aircraft of the fifth generation F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This fighter jet looks pretty capable; and in the hands of an experienced pilot, capable of doing some great damage.

With the show Russian WMDs put on in Syria, countries around the world are clamoring for these weapons, as opposed to a lot of what US weaponry manufacturers are creating these days.

And those weapons manufacturers in the US have no one but themselves to blame for this turn of economic events against them.

Aug 25 11:03

NEXT STOP, RECESSION: THE FINANCIAL METEOR STORM IS HEADED OUR WAY

Business-cycle recessions are not just inevitable, they are necessary to flush bad debt and marginal investments/projects from the system.

The next recession--which I suggested yesterday has just begun--will be more than a business-cycle downturn; it will be a devastating meteor storm that destroys huge chunks of the economy while leaving other sectors virtually untouched.

The dynamic that's about to play out is simple: wages for the bottom 95% have gone nowhere for 17 years, while costs have soared far above official inflation for everyone exposed to real-world costs.

We have filled the widening gap between stagnant household income and rising expenses with debt. This stop-gap works for a while, but eventually the cost of servicing debt consumes the entire budget, leaving little to nothing to save or invest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, please, don't panic; but prepare as well as you are able for the coming financeapocolypse.

There are a couple of things to remember here; first, get your debt load paid down as much as you can, and try not to used credit to get stuff you don't really need. To keep your credit score healthy, keep it at a near-zero balance, then buy something small with your credit card, and pay it off as close to zero as you can. There is an impending hike rate coming from the Fed, so that will affect your credit card interest greatly.

One other thing to understand is your credit score, and its meaning, and that can be done free at places like creditkarma.com. Then, if there is something negative and outstanding, you can work to resolve it, so that your credit score goes up.

Aug 25 10:05

Trump Supporters Will Pay Price of Afghan War

(*#NEVERTRUMP to the rescue: Just Say It's The DEMOCRATS FAULT , and we'll take care of spinning it so .)

Aug 25 09:47

Mattis: US Actively Considering Arming Ukraine

(*to clean up another "Obama Disaster"

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Ain't That Right , Boys ?)

Aug 25 09:46

BREAKING: BOMBSHELL DOC CLEARS TRUMP ON RUSSIA... NO WONDER MEDIA'S COVERING C-VILLE

Martin Lioll for the Conservative Tribune reports, We’re just a few weeks short of autumn now, and the only collapse we’ve seen is of the Russian narrative. The media has, you may have noticed, moved on to Charlottesville.

Aug 25 09:37

Alt-Left Activist Who Sucker Punched Black Trump Supporter Gets Arrested

Counter-protester who 'sucker-punched' Trump supporter at O.C. rally tried to flee state, police say

Aug 25 09:35

LAURA INGRAHAM JUST GOT ULTIMATE REVENGE ON CNN AND MORNING JOE THAT WILL RUIN THEM

Laura Ingraham loves to tell it like it is, wouldn’t you agree? She did it again, just after President Trump’s Arizona rally on Tuesday. While it’s difficult to get an accurate account of the crowd size, the venue holds 19,000 and it appeared packed from photos.

Aug 25 09:08

#PepperBalls has been identified and charged with 3 Counts of Aggravated Assault on Police

Nut shot Antifa Guy face 3 felonies

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Aug 25 09:01

Illegal Crossings Drop 94% After Border Wall Is Erected Near Yuma, AZ

That’s how much illegal border crossings have dropped in Yuma, Arizona after a fence was put up.

Aug 25 08:58

Russian lumber imports to US increase by over 40% after Trump slaps tariffs on Canadian imports

Russia has emerged as one of the winners from the trade dispute between Canada and the U.S over lumber.
The U.S. is importing more softwood lumber from overseas after it slapped tariffs on Canadian supplies, making them more expensive. Russian shipments are 42 per cent higher so far in 2017, according to U.S. government data.

Aug 25 08:51

Legal Genius Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) -- video

Bobble head explains limits of 1st Amendment(VIDEO)

Aug 25 08:44

Legal Genius Kamala Harris (D-Calif)

Legal Genius Made a Pretty Dumb Comment About Presidential Pardons

Aug 25 08:37

Nation's oldest Civil War pensioner collects $73 a month from VA

The Civil War may have ended 152 years ago, but for Irene Triplett, it still continues in a way far more tangible than recent fights over Confederate monuments.
For Triplett, 87, the Civil War means a monthly check for $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Aug 25 08:37

Falsely accused of satanic horrors, a couple spent 21 years in prison

The “satanic panic,” some call it now. It began some time in the 1980s, when newscasters and fundamentalist Christian cartoons warned of the evils of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and stretched into the 1990s, when police and psychiatrists saw thousands of unfounded accusations of ritualistic sex abuse and children were seized from British parents accused of devil worship.

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