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CURRENT EVENTS

Dec 30 19:29

Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning ask Obama for pardons - but experts say they have virtually no chance of clemency

Webmaster addition: Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning should have sold illegal drugs. Obama is pardoning drug criminals by the dozens!

Dec 30 17:11

THAT SICK PROPANE DEALER WHO REFUSED TO DELIVER TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS JUST GOT BUSTED!

Liberals often describe themselves as being open-minded and tolerant, but following the unexpected victory of President-elect Donald Trump, far too many have revealed themselves to be closed-minded and intolerant of those who don’t share their ideology.

Dec 30 15:30

George Washington University drops American history requirement from its history program

If you live in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area and feel a rumbling under your feet, don’t worry. It’s just George Washington spinning in his grave. No wonder millennials are voting for socialism… and appear so ignorant of the world around them. They are, and it’s by design.

Dec 30 15:13

U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn "Injustices Perpetrated Against Palestinians By The Israeli Government"

Gee, how did CNN, Fox, The NY Slmes, and all the other fake news completely miss this one? Maybe they don't want the Christians in America to learn about the atrocities perpetrated against Palestinians by Israel? Most Reverand Bishop Oscar Cantu, Chairman of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, recently sent a following letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine. In it, the bishop notes that Palestinian homes are destroyed, confiscated, and the Israelis even encroach on Christian monestaries and convents!

Dec 30 15:02

The Obama Regime Seeks Last-Minute War With Russia

In the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, the warmongers in Washington, DC are hell-bent on causing as much chaos as possible. If they don’t manage to start a war with Russia before Donald Trump is sworn in, it won’t be for lack of trying.

Dec 30 14:41

Welcome To JohnInBarbados.com!

Welcome to JohnInBarbados.com. Some close friends of John who are greatly grieved over his sudden loss have contacted me and want to ensure that John's legacy lives on.
We are just putting this site together and will include a lot of archived information, audio interviews, and discussions with the erudite John Marsh, who left us too soon on December 23, 2016.

The purpose of this website is to bring John's friends and fans together in a social, educational, and memorial tribute platform. We will continue John's legacy of social interaction and intellectual discourse among those who knew, loved, and want to remember John.

Dec 30 14:39

Liberals call for division in ‘unjust, racist, sexist’ America

As president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration gets nearer, American liberals are becoming increasingly anxious about what his administration will mean for progressive fantasies. They don’t see Trump’s rise as a referendum on 8 years of failed progressive policies, but simply as proof that America is a nasty place.

Dec 30 14:39

Middle East Now Without a US Carrier

The Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group chopped out of the European theater of operations Dec. 26 and headed home to Norfolk after months of operating in the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, where the strike jets of Carrier Air Wing 3 flew hundreds of missions against Islamic State group targets in Syria and Iraq. The homecoming is set for Dec. 30 — two days shy of the Navy’s stated goal of bringing the group home in seven months.

US carrier groups regularly relieve each other in theater, often handing off duties within sight of the other in the Arabian Gulf or Arabian Sea. But this time, no carrier is in the Eisenhower’s wake.

Dec 30 14:24

‘F**K YOU. GO TO HELL’: GEORGETOWN PROF LOSES IT ON MUSLIM TRUMP VOTER

a Georgetown University associate professor had a month-long meltdown after a Muslim woman explained why she voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

Dec 30 14:22

Babylon the Great has fallen!

So, it appears several “kids” decided to spread some after-Christmas cheer with brawls at the mall. See here. Hmmm… it would appear the great America that Obama created for us hasn’t trickled down to youth, what? This must be Trump’s fault, like everything else that has happened since he was elected! “Gosh, the onions in the fridge went bad! Let’s see… we bought them back on November 3. See! I knew it! It’s Trump’s fault!”

Dec 30 13:57

Liberty University just got major credit with 2nd Amendment supporters

Virginia-based Liberty University will soon begin construction on an on-campus shooting range to promote sport shooting and, more importantly, give students a place to practice shooting skills that could save their lives.

Dec 30 13:52

The cost of Obama

Eight years of Obama spent the Democrats into a hole deep enough to hide every “green energy” boondoggle and auto industry bailout. The price of Obama has been too rich for even billionaires like Mike Bloomberg and George Soros. So, the Democrats are paying it now. Enjoy 2017, lefties! You earned every moment.

Dec 30 13:50

2016: The Year the Left Broke

Ultimately, Obama’s last year will go down as the year alt-left fanaticism led to the death of the left. It also begat Trump.

Dec 30 13:46

Fan Page Owners Fight Facebook Censorship Crackdown

Content Creators fight back after Facebook censors tens of thousands of Fan Pages with 100s of millions of followers, often with no explanation and no way to appeal.

Dec 30 13:12

10 Things Palestinians Can’t Do Because Of The Israeli Occupation

The Israeli government and some U.S. politicians are attacking the Obama administration for permitting a recent U.N. Security Council resolution that condemns Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Secretary of State John Kerry faced further ire on Wednesday after saying the settlements threaten prospects for peace in the region.

Yet part of the reason the administration decided to speak out forcefully about the settlements is because they are such a key feature of Israel’s occupation ? now approaching its 50th year. The occupation affects almost every aspect of Palestinians’ lives in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Dec 30 12:43

Bibi Netanyahu To Kerry: "Israel Looks Forward To Working With President-Elect Trump & U.S. Congress To Repeal U.N. Resolution (Full Speech)

"Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, to mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and ultimately, to repeal it. Israel hopes that the outgoing Obama Administration will prevent any more damage being done to Israel at the UN in its waning days. I wish I could be comforted by the promise that the US says we will not bring any more resolutions to the UN. That's what they said about the previous resolution. We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence that the United States organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the United Nations Security Council. We'll share that information with the incoming administration. Some of it is sensitive, it's all true. You saw some of it in the protocol released in an Egyptian paper. There's plenty more; it's the tip of the iceberg."

Dec 30 12:39

VETERAN DIES WITH MAGGOTS IN WOUNDS, 4 VA STAFF MEMBERS RESIGN IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

A veteran died after live maggots were found in his infected wounds.

A 73-year-old veteran, Owen Reese Peterson, died after being treated at a veterans’ hospital in rural Oklahoma for several weeks. The Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that Peterson had live maggots in his wounds prior to his death in October.

The director of the Department, Myles Deering, confirmed this but also stated that Peterson’s death was not related to the maggots and that he instead died of sepsis.

Peterson entered the facility with an infection that needed serious treatment and wound up with sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication with an infection. Raymie Parker, who was Peterson’s son, told Tulsa World,

“During the 21 days I was there… I pled with the medical staff, the senior medical staff, to increase his meds so his bandages could be changed. I was met with a stonewall for much of that time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The entire staff of this facility should be fired, and those responsible for this man's care charged with manslaughter.

The rest of the patients should be transferred to other VA facilities, where they might get some semblance of reasonable care.

But for this to be happening to even one of our Vets is utterly inexcusable.

Although I hate, and abhor, the wars which cause our Vets injury; that having been said, I firmly believe that they should be afforded the same level of care that Dick Cheney gets: they have earned it.

Dec 30 12:33

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LOOKING TO EXPAND DEFINITION OF 'CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE' TO HIT BACK AT RUSSIANS

One of the ridiculous parts of all of the discussions around "cybersecurity" concerns what should be considered "critical infrastructure." That's because, thanks to various executive orders, what the President declares as "critical infrastructure" leads to different cybersecurity requirements. There have been concerns that this will result in broadly classifying the internet as "critical infrastructure" in a manner that will lead to easier surveillance. But, as we noted nearly a decade ago, broadly classifying the internet as critical infrastructure would be silly, when the use of that designation should be narrowly focused on things like voting and banking (not to mention things like energy grids and water supplies).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Computers can be hacked; this is why we need to go back to the plain, simple paper ballots.

And as to the claims that Russia allegedly "hacked the 2016 elections"; this is just one big, fat, hairy bunch of codswallop.

And as to the FBI and DHS reports on the alleged "Russian hacking" of elections:
FBI, DHS RUSSIA REPORT BEGINS WITH GIANT DISCLAIMER 'PROVIDING NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND'

Putin is just biding his time until Trump is inaugurated; at that point, I would almost be willing to bet that relations between Russia and the US are going to warm dramatically.

Dec 30 12:20

HOMELAND BORDER EMPLOYEES TOOK MILLIONS IN BRIBES TO ALLOW MASSIVE SECRET INFLUX OF ILLEGAL DRUGS AND IMMIGRANTS

In 2012, Joohoon David Lee, a federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, was assigned to investigate the case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking.

Instead of carrying out a thorough inquiry, Lee solicited and received about $13,000 in bribes and other gifts from the businessman and his relatives in return for making the “immigration issue go away,” court records show.

Lee, an agent with Homeland Security Investigations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, filed a report saying: “Subject was suspected of human trafficking. No evidence found and victim statement contradicts. Case closed. No further action required.”

But after another agent alerted internal investigators about Lee’s interference in another case, his record was examined and he was charged with bribery. He pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but apparently, pretty widespread!!

Dec 30 10:05

The Elite Just Made Their Move Against Russia With No Evidence

US Government have made their move with lies and fake news, they are pushing and provoking Russia to get a war started, next move a cyber attack. US says that they did not create, fund or support the IS, that Turkey is using fake news. US is sending additional troops to Syria.

Dec 30 09:02

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF NDAA “INDEFINITE DETENTION”

On December 31, 2011, New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed into law the most constitutionally damaging law in American history, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

This New Year’s Eve we note its 5th Anniversary. Previous annual appropriations bills funding national defense were mostly procedural but it was the addition of two sections, buried deep within the over 600 page document, that potentially gutted the Bill of Rights for American citizens thought by the President to be assisting the enemy, that so upset constitutionalists and libertarians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian pacifist activist, who consistently exhorts her government to find other means than war through which to resolve its geopolitical issues.

I work as hard as I can to be fact-centric when I am posting to the WRH website; I never advocate violence.

Does all of that make me, a born-American citizen, an "enemy of the state"?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer, at this point in 21st century America, is yes.

A police officer could, under the NDAA, arrest me, and have me spend the rest of my life in indefinite detention with no due process whatsoever.

Welcome to Amerika, my friends; your papers, please!!

Dec 30 08:52

MILLIONS OF BEES DEAD AFTER SOUTH CAROLINA SPRAYS FOR ZIKA MOSQUITOES

South Carolina honey bees have begun to die in massive numbers. Death of the areas bees has come suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at the hive entrances. Dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that 'colony collapse disorder' was not the culprit.

In colony collapse disorder, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Instead, the dead heaps in S.C signal a more devastating killer. The pattern matches acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single Bee Farm in Summerville, 46 hives died on the spot, totaling around 2.5 million bees.

Walking through the farm, one Summerville woman stated it was “like visiting a cemetery, pure sadness.”

A Clemson University scientist collected soil samples from Flowertown on Tuesday, according to WCBD-TV.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been known, for quite some time, that Naled kills bees. As reported in September of this year, at the miamiherald.com:

Keys bees suffer from pesticide used to kill Zika mosquitoes

I think the bee-keepers in Dorchester County have a very strong justification to file a class action lawsuit against the country; county officials knew, or should have known, that this is a documented effect of using this product, and should be held liable.

Dec 30 08:51

Fake News, Mass Hysteria, And Induced Insanity

The "fake news" is that we've never been healthier, healthcare costs are under control and our economy has fully "recovered." These sustained "fake news" campaigns are intended not to induce hysteria, but an enduring acceptance of what is visibly destructive and insane. Food for thought as we enter 2017. Always start every inquiry with a simple question: cui bono--to whose benefit?

Dec 30 08:43

“GUILTY, BUT NOT PUNISHED”: ANOTHER BANKING CRIMINAL LET OFF THE HOOK

It is a verdict which we see over and over when it comes to the crimes of the Big Banks, the central banks, and their minions. These felons are caught committing serious offenses, again and again, yet receive either no punishment, or at worst some token slap on the wrist.

The banking felon to escape punishment this time is IMF criminal, Christine LaGarde . LaGarde’s criminal conviction came while she was still France’s Finance Minister. It involved a $400 million government pay-out authorized by LaGarde, against the advice of several other Finance Ministry officials, to “French tycoon” Bernard Tapie. LaGarde announced she wouldn’t appeal being let off the hook for her crime. How magnanimous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Justice", for the well-heeled in the Western world, and particularly in the US, has become translated as "just us", while someone who steals food to feed their family can wind up in the US prisons for years.

Dec 30 08:40

After states legalized medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

Legalization of medical marijuana is not linked with increased traffic fatalities, a new study finds. In some states, in fact, the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped after medical marijuana laws were enacted.

Dec 30 08:39

Body found in burnt-out car in Rio 'believed to be Greek ambassador'.

Brazilian police suspect a body discovered inside a charred vehicle in Rio de Janeiro is Greece’s ambassador to Brazil who went missing three days ago, it has been reported.
A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment on the report by TV channel Globo.

Dec 30 08:39

CHARGES DROPPED FOR MAN WHO OPERATED VEHICLE “WHILE UNDER CAFFEINE”

Thanks in part to public exposure brought about by alternative media sites such as The Free Thought Project and others, Joseph Schwab of Fairfield, CA, will not face felony driving under the influence (DUI) charges for operating his vehicle while under the effects of caffeine. Yes. That’s right. Caffeine.

However, police note that they are still charging him with reckless driving.

TFTP brought attention to Schwab’s case on Monday in our first story.

And on Wednesday, the Solano County, CA District Attorney Krishna Abrams, announced they were dropping the DUI charges against Schwab. “After further consideration, without a confirmatory test of the specific drug in the defendant’s system that impaired his ability to drive, we do not believe we can prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt,” the press release reads.

Despite their best attempts to charge this man with a DUI, they were unable to find anything other than caffeine in his system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this officer was low on her arrest and conviction quota.

Dec 30 08:34

ANTHONY BOURDAIN SLAMS "PRIVILEGED" LIBERALS FOR THEIR "UTTER CONTEMPT" OF WORKING-CLASS AMERICA

It was his commentary on the arrogance of the liberal superclass that all other liberals (and conservatives) should note and learn from, and it is 100% accurate.

"I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have four words I will use to to describe Bourdain's commentary here, and they are: "God bless you, sir!!" :-)

Dec 30 08:27

FAKE NEWS, MASS HYSTERIA AND INDUCED INSANITY

The "fake news" is that we've never been healthier, healthcare costs are under control and our economy has fully "recovered."

We've heard a lot about "fake news" from those whose master narratives are threatened by alternative sources and analyses. We've heard less about the master narratives being threatened: the fomenting of mass hysteria, which turns the populace into an easily manipulated and managed herd, and induced insanity, a longer-term marketing-based narrative that causes the populace to ignore the self-destructive consequences of accepting the fad/ ideology/ mindset being pushed as "good" and "normal."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lies of the government, conveniently regurgitated by the lies of corporate media, the whorespondents, and presstitutes, cannot ever be believed anymore, by any thinking American.

And there are a hell of a lot more of us than both of the apparatchiks of the "deep state" want to admit exist.

Dec 30 07:53

Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait.

Dec 30 07:48

Boy, 12, who sleeps for months celebrates first Christmas awake for 4 years

A 12-year-old boy who sleeps for three and a half months at a time has celebrated his first Christmas awake in four years.
Connor Prince, from Toton, Nottinghamshire, has rare sleep disorder Kleine Levin Syndrome, which has caused him to sleep through the past four Christmases.

Dec 30 07:38

BREAKING: PUTIN WILL NOT EXPELL Any American Diplomats From Russia. He Will Not Play Obama’s Game.

President Putin knows how to make Obama look like a man, who is jealous and confused. Putin just announced he will not expell any American diplomats from Russia in response to sanctions.

Dec 30 07:33

Shock: Joint FBI-Homeland Security report fails to prove Russians behind Clinton leaks

Joint report by FBI and Department of Homeland Security into Russian hacking allegations derided as ‘childish’ by IT experts; fails to prove Russians behind Clinton leaks.

Dec 30 07:32

Nigel Farage commends Putin’s ‘mature’ response to US diplomatic expulsions

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision not to expel American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US.

The MEP and prominent Brexit campaigner commended Putin on Twitter, describing the move as “mature.”

Farage, who has cultivated a close relationship with US President-elect Donald Trump since the US election, went on to say the new administration “can’t come soon enough.”

Dec 30 07:31

Drudge Report under massive DDOS attack, is U.S. government to blame?

Massive attack on Drudge comes on the heels of Obama announcing retaliatory measures against Russia

(INTELLIHUB) — Media icon Matt Drudge has revealed that his highly popular website “The Drudge Report” is currently experiencing a massive DDOS attack on a level never before seen in the websites history.

Dec 30 07:28

Obama incites second Cold War with Russia, acts on unproven allegations

Outgoing President Barack Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over unsubstantiated allegations that they were involved in hacking during the 2016 presidential election.

Dec 30 07:14

Trump says he will meet with intelligence leaders about Russia

President-elect Donald Trump will meet with the Intelligence Community next week to discuss Russian interference in the election, he said in a vaguely worded statement issued Thursday evening that did not mention sanctions announced by President Obama earlier that day.

“It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump wrote in the brief statement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”

The statement did not define “this situation,” but the transition team earlier in the day had promised a response to the announced sanctions would be forthcoming.

Dec 30 06:49

DON’T SHOP AT PUBLIX: LOOK AT THE DISGUSTING THING THEY DID TO TRUMP

We told you that the left were a bunch of suckers. We told you that they would bitch and whine about losing the election. Don’t support businesses that are anti-Trump because they are anti-American. BYE, BYE PUBLIX.

Dec 30 06:49

BREAKING: FBI, DHS Release Report (Allegedly) Linking Russia To DNC Hacks - However, I Do Not Pretend To Understand It.

I am going to first make it clear that I do not understand the report itself, and I am confused as to what Departments of the Federal Government have released it. It was my prior understanding that the CIA was preparing this report; however, their name does not seem to be mentioned.

Dec 30 06:45

BBC Finally Admits Its Famous ‘Women Write Better Code’ Story Was Fake News

When the issue of “fake news” came to prominence at the end of this year’s election cycle, traditional media outlets were the firsts to engage in relentless finger-pointing. Journalists everywhere deplored the spread of misleading, lazily reported and, in some cases, totally fabricated stories that had been facilitated by social media.

Dec 30 06:45

George Takei: I Lost Family in Hiroshima. Mr. Trump, Nuclear Weapons Are No Game.

Three days before Christmas, President-elect Trump tweeted (yes, tweeted) that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and enhance its nuclear capability” until the world “comes to its senses regarding nukes.” The world, for its part, blinked in astonishment, wondering once again what Mr. Trump might mean, and why such a momentous announcement appeared via social media. Prior presidents generally undertook any shift in nuclear policy with care, and with the advice of experts in arms control and proliferation who have made keeping us safe their life’s mission. After all, when a single person has the power to rain down nuclear fire across the world, caution might not only be warranted, but expected.

Dec 30 05:21

Matt Drudge suggests U.S. government cyberattack on Drudge Report website

Sounds highly probable. Would like to hear any followup investigation results for this.

Dec 30 00:51

Scott Adams: Best Arguments For and Against Climate Model Credibility

Below are competing links on the credibility of climate change models. One makes the case that the models do a good job. The other makes a case that the models are not credible. See which one you find more persuasive.

As I have been saying all along, I can’t tell which argument is right. I’m not smart enough to evaluate this sort of topic. But if we are looking at the persuasion dimension alone, one of these is far stronger persuasion than the other.

Dec 29 22:14

Here's What Russia Had to Say About Obama, Hacking Accusations, and US Sanctions

President Obama and the US Congress have taken drastic measures to provoke Russia during the last days of the administration. They've accused Russia of interfering with the election in an attempt to delegitimize Trump's election and they kicked 35 Russian diplomats and their families out of the US today.

Congressmen on both sides of the aisle are chomping at the bit, positively salivating over the idea of war with Russia. Today, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his support of Obama's actions.

Here is Russia's response.

Dec 29 20:33

Charges Dropped for Man Who Operated Vehicle “While Under Caffeine”

Thanks in part to public exposure brought about by alternative media sites such as The Free Thought Project and others, Joseph Schwab of Fairfield, CA, will not face felony driving under the influence (DUI) charges for operating his vehicle while under the effects of caffeine. Yes. That’s right. Caffeine. However, police note that they are still charging him with reckless driving.

Dec 29 20:18

“Guilty, But Not Punished”: Another Banking Criminal Let Off The Hook

It is a verdict which we see over and over when it comes to the crimes of the Big Banks, the central banks, and their minions. These felons are caught committing serious offenses, again and again, yet receive either no punishment, or at worst some token slap on the wrist. The banking felon to escape punishment this time is IMF criminal, Christine LaGarde . LaGarde’s criminal conviction came while she was still France’s Finance Minister. It involved a $400 million government pay-out authorized by LaGarde, against the advice of several other Finance Ministry officials, to “French tycoon” Bernard Tapie. LaGarde announced she wouldn’t appeal being let off the hook for her crime. How magnanimous.

Dec 29 19:05

Designation of Gold Butte area could lead to another standoff with furious local land owners and patriots across country

With a stroke of the pen President Obama has unilaterally declared vast swaths of land in Utah and Nevada as two new national monuments, thus putting them under control of the federal government.

Dec 29 16:53

Scott Adams: The Illusion of Knowledge

Yesterday I kicked the hornet’s nest by suggesting that no scientist really believes that complicated models with lots of variables can reliably predict the future. This is a subset of my larger point that no non-scientist can evaluate the claims of climate science because BOTH sides look 100% convincing to the under-informed.

So how did the public respond to my claim that BOTH sides of the debate look convincing? They berated me for not sufficiently researching materials from ONE side of the debate that happens to be their side. Many people suggested that I could simply do some homework, on my own, and get to the bottom of climate science.

That is a massive public illusion.

Dec 29 16:30

Trump Responds To Obama's Russian Sanctions: "Time To Move On"

In a relatively weak initial statement, president-elect Trump has rather diplomatically commented that:

"It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

Dec 29 16:22

Farewell ~ Thomas Sowell to Retire

"With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful."

Dec 29 16:22

WikiLeaks: Seth Rich Leaked Clinton Emails, Not Russia

WikiLeaks have suggested that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich leaked the Clinton and Podesta emails, and not Russian hackers as is widely reported.

According to a new interview in the U.K.’s Daily mail newspaper, WikiLeaks say that U.S. intelligence reports suggesting that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary are “absolutely wrong”.

Dec 29 16:04

TRUMP WINS MONEY FOR YOU! LOOK WHAT HE JUST DID TO THE AIR FORCE

First Boeing and now Lockheed Martin has bent the knee to Trump. Trump’s twitter account is now saving taxpayers BILLIONS!

Dec 29 15:58

Obama Administration Issues Sanctions Against Russia, Removes 35 Diplomats

By Derrick Broze

In the latest drama between the United States and Russia, President Barack Obama has announced an amendment to a previous executive order designed to target foreign entities who attempt to interfere with the U.S. elections. Obama also ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, sanctions against Russian intelligence officials, and the closing of two Russian intelligence facilities in New York and Maryland.

In response to alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Convention, Obama approved an amendment to Executive Order 13964...

Dec 29 15:54

Central Bankers Are Losing Faith In Their Own Alchemy

King identifies a basic problem in the banking system that has again and again led to financial crisis. “The idea that paper money could replace intrinsically valuable gold and precious metals, and that banks could take secure short-term deposits and transform them into long-term risky investments came into its own with the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century. It was both revolutionary and immensely seductive. It was in fact financial alchemy — the creation of extraordinary financial powers that defy reality and common sense. Pursuit of this monetary elixir has brought a series of economic disasters — from hyperinflation to banking collapses.”

They're still looking for that damn 11th marble!
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/11thmarble.php

Dec 29 15:40

"Grizzly Steppe” – FBI, DHS Release “Report” On Russian Hacking

The DHS releases a 13 page report explaining on how alleged Russia allegedly hacked the U.S. election by stealing and leaking Democratic party emails.

Dec 29 15:29

"Grizzly Steppe" - FBI, DHS Release "Report" On Russian Hacking

The report comes as part of a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia issued Thursday by the Obama administration in response to the hacks. The Intelligence Community in October formally attributed the attacks to Russia, but provided no evidence to support its assessment. It is unclear if this report, for which the DHS "does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding" its contents is what is supposed to pass off as "proof" that Russia hacked the US election; if so, Putin will indeed be laughing all night.

Dec 29 15:29

Obama amends 2015 executive order to ‘counter malicious cyber-enabled activities that undermine democratic processes or institutions’

Executive Order 13694 originally enacted on April 1, 2015 was amended Thursday “in order to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities declared […] in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions.”

Dec 29 14:39

Russia Warns Of "Proportional Response" To Obama's "Paranoia"

Having already made it clear that any sanctions would be met with retaliation, IFX reports that Russian Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov exclaimed that "any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive." Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Russia has no alternative than to make a proportional response, adding in a call with reporters that Moscow "doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks" while Duma Foreign Affairs head Slutsky slammed U.S. sanctions as "signs of real paranoia."

Dec 29 14:30

BREAKING NEWS: The US Has Expelled 35 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS, Closed 2 Russian Embassies, As OBAMA Places Sanctions On Russia!

Wow...things are not looking so good between the United States and Russia. Obama is reportedly in the process of putting sanctions on Russia, due to the alleged "hacking" of the electoral process.

Dec 29 14:26

Obama Mocked By Russian Embassy: "Everyone Will Be Glad To See The Last Of This Hapless Administration"

Russian Embassy, UK
Russian Embassy, UK –
Verified account ?@RussianEmbassy

President Obama expels 35 (Russian) diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl (American) people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.

https://t.co/mleqA16H8D

https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassy/status/814564127230271489?ref_src=t...

Dec 29 14:24

Obama’s drone war is a black mark on his legacy that cannot be ignored

President Obama’s last weeks in office have been marked by a series of exit interviews, conversations that are often as inherently fascinating as any discussion with a man soon to quit the most powerful job on the globe must be.

In one such interview, a thought-provoking piece from The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama raised the issue of drone warfare, which has become a signature policy of his administration:

“The truth is that this technology really began to take off right at the beginning of my presidency. And it wasn’t until about a year, year and a half in where I began to realize that the Pentagon and our national-security apparatus and the CIA were all getting too comfortable with the technology as a tool to fight terrorism, and not being mindful enough about how that technology is being used and the dangers of a form of warfare that is so detached from what is actually happening on the ground.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations cannot be tolerated or "normalized" by any civilized country, as a way to wage warfare, while simultaneously priding itself on being a country which is governed by the rule of law.

The two, rule of law, and extrajudicial assassinations, are mutually, and morally exclusive.

President Obama, of course, just doesn't want to see this, and has "lawyered up" with people who have been ordered to give him "legal cover" for these assassinations but what I am saying is the absolute, honest, if uncomfortable truth.

And in terms of practical effect, the consequences are that people who have their children, wives, moms, aunties and grandparents, murdered in this way, are going to find jihad against western assets and elements very attractive.

In fact, sometimes, I have to wonder if these extrajudicial assassinations are actually done simply to keep military conflicts in which the US military is enmeshed around the world, continuing and expanding, keeping the military-industrial complex happy.

Dec 29 14:12

Obama’s Christmas Gift to Trump: A Ministry of Truth

he CFDAPA (yes, I’m going to give that mouthful an acronym) started out as a separate piece of “bipartisan” legislation introduced by US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) Chris Murphy (D-CT). It got rolled into the NDAA for the same reason Obama signed it on the Friday before a holiday weekend. That is, to minimize public attention and mute criticism.

Some of the more overheated responses to the CFDAPA paint it as a scheme allowing the federal government to “outlaw” media outlets that don’t toe the government’s line: Just wave a magic wand, declare an impertinent blog to be “foreign disinformation and propaganda,” shut the blog down, and maybe drag the blogger off to Gitmo for a long chat.

No, it’s not quite that, at least in theory, but the prospect shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. And in some ways it’s actually worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that responsible netizens with blogs, whose observations do not conform to governmental narratives, will find a way to get their points heard.

I, frankly, refuse to be afraid, and I really think that the first case will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if First Amendment values still apply to expressions of both facts and opinions on blogs.

Dec 29 14:06

Palestine 2017: Time To Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

Doubtless, the UN resolution – like all others – remains rather symbolic as long as there are no practical mechanisms to ensure the enforcement of international law.

Not only will Israel not respect the United Nations’ will but is, in fact, already accelerating its settlement activities in the Jerusalem area, in defiance of that will.

The Jerusalem municipality had announced that 300 housing units will be built in the illegal settlements of Ramat Shlomo, Ramot, and Bit Hanina while the Security Council members were preparing for the vote on the “legal invalidity” of the Jewish settlements.

The Palestinian National Authority, on the other hand, is already celebrating another symbolic “victory”, which is readily being marketed to unamused Palestinians as a major step towards their freedom and their independent state.

Dec 29 13:40

US Retaliates Against Russia For "Hacking The Election": Expels 35 Diplomats, Closes Compounds, Issues Sanctions

As promised (or threatened), the Obama administration has unveiled - via the US Treasury - new sanctions against Russia over election hacking allegations (that as yet have not been supported by any actual evidence). Despite president-elect Trump's comments that "we ought to get on with our lives," the sanctions apply to five entities and six individuals, and also including the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and closing two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday

Dec 29 13:12

US announces retaliation against Russia over election-related hacking

President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S. The diplomats were declared persona non grata for acting in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expulsions and sanctions are meaningless after January 20th. Between now and then, possibly this weekend, there will be a false-flag, possibly the take-down of the internet (to silence all those pesky truth-tellers) and Russia will be blamed, followed by an attack.

Dec 29 11:20

BP Pipeline Spills Coal-Bed Methane Into Colorado River

A BP pipeline running along Sauls Creek in Bayfield, Colorado ruptured last week for “unknown” reasons, spilling similarly unknown quantities of methane-contaminated wastewater into a tributary of the Los Pinos river.

Dec 29 11:07

John In Barbados Discusses Loving Others And Helping Out His Neighbors

John in Barbados Discusses Loving Thy Neighbor: This is a very lovely clip - perhaps quite different than when you heard John discussing politics. In this yet-unreleased clip which we are sharing for the first time today on the new site JohnInBarbados.com, John shares stories of helping others and explains why it is important. "I've worked on the premise that I've taken a lot out of this world, and it was about time I started giving back, so if me neighbors roof was leaking them get me equipment and go over there and repair the roof," he begins.
"...Being neighborly and helping people out, you get repaid 1,000 times, I'm telling people. That is the truth." This interview conducted by Ted Midward, took place in October 2016.

Link fixed

Dec 29 10:53

Obama’s legacy of debt and disease: National debt doubles in just eight years while 10.7 million more Americans now on food stamps to buy cancer-causing junk foods

President Obama has doubled America’s national debt and thrust 10.7 million more people onto food stamps… all in just eight years… all while subverting the culture, education, law enforcement and religion.

Dec 29 10:44

Trump to Collapse the Dollar in 2017? Analyst Sees “Economic Crisis Coming”

The system is looking for a scapegoat, for someone to blame, as a massive debt bubble – across several industries – threatens to burst, and a host of other systemic financial problems threaten to collapse down upon us.

Dec 29 10:39

Mexico central bank flags Trump risks to Mexico

cited a deteriorating inflation outlook, after Trump's surprise victory sent the peso to fresh lows

Dec 29 10:38

The Gloves Come Off: Media Tycoon Alex Jones to Sue Facebook and Wash Post

Now, make no mistake, Facebook, Snopes, and WaPo are lawyering up right now faster than they pissed their already skid-marked knickers. Alex Jones owns one of the biggest media companies in the world (Infowars); which of course dwarfs the Washington Post. He also has alliances with many of the titans in the alt media which all combined recently conjured an influential juggernaut powerful enough to put Der Trumpen Führer in the White House. In court, Facebook’s billions can’t buy a jury but Alex Jones’s influence can.

Dec 29 10:37

Turkey cafe boss held for Erdogan 'tea insult'

Insulting the president can carry a four-year jail term.

Dec 29 10:30

Pro Tip: Don’t Try To Rob The Owner Of A Gun Shop

Well, according to WHIO News, two armed robbers must’ve forgot that. As the owner went to open his shop, two armed robbers rushed into the store. No sooner than they breached the doorway, he already had his gun drawn and opened fire. The first robber was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. The second one was at least smart enough to call himself lucky to still be breathing and beat feet.

Dec 29 10:29

Utah AG says he’ll sue Obama over national monument

attorney general says he is preparing a lawsuit against President Obama for his decision to designate a new national monument

Dec 29 10:26

We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017

The case against Clinton’s emails has been re-opened and now the ball is Trump’s court.Facebook’s fake news checker went haywire as it reported on a rumor and called it a fact checked piece of news, which turned out to be fake.

Dec 29 10:23

Should This Man Be Hired by President Donald Trump To Take Down Hillary Clinton?

With the incoming new Attorney General after confirmed by the Congress. Jeff Sessions will be walking into a department very compromised with Obama political appointments which would make the present DOJ staff ineffective to go after government corruption. He needs to bring in a man who will be above reproach and be effective to bring the Clinton crime cabal to justice. I know Prosecuting Hillary Clinton is on the top of his list in the incoming Trump administration. Now who will be the man who will make a solid case against Hillary Clinton for her corruption?

Dec 29 10:12

Obama Administration Looking To Expand Definition Of 'Critical Infrastructure' To Hit Back At Russians

One of the ridiculous parts of all of the discussions around "cybersecurity" concerns what should be considered "critical infrastructure." That's because, thanks to various executive orders, what the President declares as "critical infrastructure" leads to different cybersecurity requirements. There have been concerns that this will result in broadly classifying the internet as "critical infrastructure" in a manner that will lead to easier surveillance. But, as we noted nearly a decade ago, broadly classifying the internet as critical infrastructure would be silly, when the use of that designation should be narrowly focused on things like voting and banking (not to mention things like energy grids and water supplies).

Dec 29 10:06

TOUCHING TRIBUTES TO CARRIE FISHER FROM INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

She was not only an iconic female figure in media, one of the earliest strong female characters that young girls everywhere looked up to, she was also an advocate for mental health, sharing her own story of dealing with depression and addictions and in doing so, giving a voice to those struggling with these issues.

Dec 29 09:57

Saudi man who called for end to 'guardianship of women' is jailed

A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday.
The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the eastern city of Dammam, was convicted of “inciting to end guardianship of women” in statements he posted on Twitter and in public posters, the Okaz daily said.

Dec 29 09:49

Trump Team Floats ‘Public-Private’ Veterans Health Care

Trump signaled that his priority was to eliminate the long wait times at the VA.

Dec 29 09:46

Owner of She’s A Pistol tearfully announces store’s closure amid mounting expenses

Four young African_Americans in need of dope money tried to rob a gun store. They weren't successful and this poor woman is left with a shattered life a dead husband and no way to make a living.One of the perps even threatened to sue her for shooting him after he killed her husband. The idiot was claiming self-defense.

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Becky Bieker, whose husband Jon was killed in robbery attempt at their store in January 2015 has been trying to keep their business, She's A Pistol, going in a new location.

But she says the fallout from her husband's murder has slowly killed the business they built together.

In January of 2015, Jon Bieker was defending the store and his wife, after 4 men burst in and robbed them at gunpoint. A shootout ensued, and Jon was shot and killed.

"They took Jon. He was by best friend," Becky said.

Dec 29 09:43

No, the DEA Hasn’t Made CBD Oil Illegal… Yet

An administrative change by the Drug Enforcement Administration has left users of CBD oil, a popular tincture derived from agricultural hemp, fearful that they could lose access to this vital health remedy.

CBD oil is currently considered legal in all 50 states, and agricultural hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant from which CBD oil is extracted, is legally grown in many states. While scientific research into its benefits is just beginning, preliminary results show that CBD oil can benefit conditions ranging from epilepsy to chronic pain.

But on Dec. 14, the DEA added a notice to the Federal Register that quietly informed the public that it had established “a new drug code for marihuana extract.” The DEA’s argument is that the agency is entitled to regulate CBD oil because all extracts contain trace amounts of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis which remains illegal at the federal level.

Dec 29 09:41

A NYT investigation found that Homeland Security workers accepted nearly $15 million in bribes.

In 2012, Joohoon David Lee, a federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, was assigned to investigate the case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking.
Instead of carrying out a thorough inquiry, Mr. Lee solicited and received about $13,000 in bribes and other gifts from the businessman and his relatives in return for making the “immigration issue go away,” court records show.

Dec 29 09:39

Nearly 20,000 migrants turned away at Germany's borders, 55,000 more chose to leave

The number of migrants stopped at Germany's borders has doubled, while voluntarily deportations are also on the rise. The issue is set to be a major political issue ahead of elections next year.
An increasing number of migrants are voluntarily leaving Germany to return to their homelands and police are refusing entry to more people at the border, according to media reports on Wednesday citing official statistics.

Dec 29 09:33

Trump: Don’t Blame Russia For Hacking; Blame Computers For Making Life Complicated

President-elect Donald Trump is less than enthusiastic about some senators’ suggestion that Russia ? and perhaps even Vladimir Putin himself ? should be sanctioned for interfering in the U.S. elections, telling reporters Wednesday that it’s time people move on.

For Trump, the real culprit isn’t the Russian president or his hackers. It’s computers and technology.

U.S. intelligence agencies have been clear in saying that they have a pretty good idea of what’s going on. The FBI, CIA and the director of national intelligence have agreed that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections to help Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Intelligence officials also recently told NBC News that they have “a high level of confidence” that Putin himself was involved in the covert operation.

“There will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither Senator Graham mor US intelligence agencies can provide any modicum of evidence that Russia hacked the 2016 elections; so, why should the American people believe them?!?

The short answer is, without evidence, the American people should not believe them on this.

This is simply the DNC, completely unable to get over the hard truth that they stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders (who might well have won the election); presented an horrifically flawed candidate in Hillary Clinton; and somehow, magically believed that if they got the major urban areas to support her, that they could win the electoral college, and win the election.

President Obama, as the titular head of the Democratic Party, is simply doing the one thing which has been his leitmotif throughout his presidency; avoid any personal responsibility for the Democrat's 2016 debacle, and attempt to blame his party's loss on Russia.

These upcoming sanctions are, again, an attempt to punish Russia for something it most likely absolutely did not do.

I would also like to politely remind President Obama and Congress that sanctions are frequently a prelude to a shooting war against the country being sanctioned.

I sincerely hope and pray that this is not their "end game" against a Trump presidency, which, in the 23 days left for Obama's administration, may well see a false flag operation, for which Russia will be accused, and Trump will have a shooting war with Russia on his hands before he takes the oath of office.

Dec 29 09:23

First Cash Ban, Now Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold To Crackdown On Terrorists

The UMich and the Conference Board consumer confidence models surged reporting that the illusion is complete and people believe the economy is improving.

Dec 29 09:22

QUAKE ALERT: Fears of BIG ONE coming as US hit by EIGHT tremors in an hour

The US Geological Survey revealed a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, struck on Wednesday morning near Navada’s border with California.

The largest tremor hit at around 12.22am local time, and was closely followed by seven further quakes with magnitudes between three and 5.6.

Now there are fears a magnitude 7 or above "Big One" could strike the earthquake prone region.

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 29 09:13

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Every night for the past year or so, Adriana and Omar Chavez have slept in an RV parked in East Palo Alto, a downtrodden community in Silicon Valley.
On a recent morning before sunrise, they emerged on to the empty street. Omar showed his phone to his wife: 7.07am. “Shall I wake up the girls?” he said, his breath visible in the freezing air.

Dec 29 09:13

Fox News wonders whether we should cancel food stamps because 0.09% of spending is fraudulent

A bit over 44 million Americans participate in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps. That's a higher number than in most years past, representing about 13.7 percent of the U.S. population, but it's down from the high of 47.6 million in 2013, 14.9 percent of the population that year.

Dec 29 09:10

Soros: Trump is a “Would Be Dictator” Who Threatens the New World Order

Billionaire globalist George Soros has penned a panicked rant in which he decries President-elect Donald Trump as a “would be dictator” who threatens the future of the new world order.

Dec 29 09:07

INDIA FEARS RUN ON BANKS: CAPITAL CONTROLS AND WITHDRAWAL LIMITS TO CONTINUE

Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money.

Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits.

A decision by New Delhi on November 8 to scrap all large-denomination banknotes overnight removed 86 per cent of India’s currency from circulation. In an effort to prevent banks running out of cash, the finance ministry then imposed strict limits on the amount of new notes that could be withdrawn. Customers can currently withdraw just Rs2,500 from an ATM per day — equivalent to $37 — or Rs24,000 over the counter per week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The notion that such curbs will "...eliminate illicitly earned or unaccounted for income...." is so completely, hysterically false, I don't know where to begin.

The "bad guys", anticipating this, have already found safe havens for their cash, and learned how to either brilliantly encrypt its whereabouts, or laundered it to the point where it is untraceable.

But this "war on cash" IS coming to a bank near you here in the US, which means you are going to have to figure out where and how you want to store your financial assets under your own control, before the excrement hits the ventilator system.

Dec 29 09:06

A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons

Now, the neocons and liberal hawks find themselves on the outside looking in and one can expect their anger to be voiced at increasing decibels across the mainstream media. But whether anyone still takes them seriously is another question.

Dec 29 09:01

Welcome To JohnInBarbados.com: A Tribute To The Legacy of John Marsh, The "Caribbean Critic."

Welcome to JohnInBarbados.com. This site was started by some of John's close friends who are greatly grieved over his sudden loss and want to ensure that John's legacy lives on. The purpose of this website is to bring John's friends and fans from across the world together in a social, educational, and memorial tribute platform. We will continue John's legacy of social interaction and intellectual discourse among those who knew, loved, and want to remember John. John's friends will be having a memorial radio broadcast next week, and are inviting submissions to be included in the show. Do you have a story, comment, audio or video file about John that you'd like to share? Or just a memory of him, or what he meant to you? Did the man whom you only knew from a radio show a few minutes each day have an effect on you? Why? Please contact us and share your thoughts. All of the submissions, whether written or audio, will be included in the live show, which will also be a call-in program.

Dec 29 09:00

AMAZON ECHO SAVES ALL YOUR VOICE DATA, POLICE ARE NOW ACCESSING IT, HERE’S HOW TO HEAR AND DELETE IT

If you don’t want the government to see something, don’t store it digitally — which is why the following instructions are very important.

According to Amazon, when Amazon Echo or Echo Dot detect the wake word, when you press the action button on top of the devices, or when you press and hold your remote’s microphone button, the light ring around the top of your Amazon Echo turns blue, to indicate that Amazon Echo is streaming audio to the Cloud.

All of the audio in the room is recorded and stored, not just what you think you are asking Echo.

The device also records everything in the room prior to you using the wake word. When you use the wake word, according to Amazon, the audio stream includes a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word, and closes once your question or request has been processed.

When you go inside the Settings menu in your Alexa app on your phone, you can listen to every one of your requests by selecting History.

Dec 29 08:54

THE COUP AGAINST TRUMP AND HIS MILITARY-WALL STREET DEFENSE

Ultimately, President Obama is desperate to secure his legacy, which has consisted of disastrous and criminal imperial wars and military confrontations. He wants to force a continuation of his grotesque policies onto the incoming Trump Administration. Will Trump succumb? The legitimacy of his election and his freedom to make policy will depend on overcoming the Clinton-Obama-neocon-leftist coup with his own bloc of US military and the powerful Wall Street allies, as well as his mass support among the ‘angry’ American electorate. Trump’s success at thwarting the current ‘Russian ploy’ requires his forming counter alliances with Washington plutocrats, many of whom will oppose any diplomatic agreement with Putin. Trump’s appointment of hardline economic plutocrats who are deeply committed to shredding social programs (public education, Medicare, Social Security) could ignite the anger of his mass supporters by savaging their jobs, health care, pensions and their children’s future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would disagree with Dr. Petras' characterisation of many of Trump's supporters as "downwardly mobile"; these are people who saw those jobs which meant a decent living, and access to a middle class lifestyle, stolen from them as a result of offshoring/outsourcing of American labor.

In many liberal circles, economically depressed areas of this country are dismissively described as "flyover country"; but I can assure Dr. Petras that the people who live in these areas, are absolutely NOT "flyover people". They are people who are legitimately angry about corporate economic machinations which left them jobless, and they are capable of working intelligently, and well, given half a chance.

They do not want government hand-outs; they want a hand-up, by way of companies coming back to the US, because tax codes and regulations have enabled them to do so, and provide meaningful jobs to these people again.

There are, at this point in the US's economy, 95 million people who are not participating in the US labor market.

New Record: Americans Not in Labor Force Breaks 95 Million for First Time

And the US Department of Labor has this very neat trick for not including these people in their statistics; if people have not been actively looking for a job for over 4 weeks, (because the job market is too tight, or they are being passed over in favor of younger workers), they are not counted as unemployed.

Dec 29 08:29

NEARLY 450 DRUG CONVICTIONS REVERSED AFTER COPS WERE FRAMING TOTALLY INNOCENT PEOPLE

A Philadelphia man claims in court that he spent more than two years in jail on bogus drug charges because several city police officers conspired to plant false evidence in his car.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Leroy Gonzalez claims he was just one of many who have been framed by the narcotics officers who were acquitted of corruption charges after a federal jury trial in May 2015.

Prosecutors had alleged the men routinely beat and robbed drug suspects.

Following their acquittal, the officers went to arbitration and got their jobs back in July 2015, although one of the officers was forced to retire after he failed the mandatory drug test he had to submit to before returning to duty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's alleged "war on drugs" is stupid, useless, and counterproductive as hell.

When the pressure is on to "get convictions" on drug raids, police will do anything to "make it so" to please their superiors, and many times, cops will create and plant false evidence in order to achieve the high conviction rate they are expected to turn out.

And most generally, those drugs against which which narcotics officers are acting are those where various government agencies are not "getting their cut" from the profits, such as crack cocaine.

The late writer, Gary Webb (who allegedly killed himself by shooting himself in the back of the head - TWICE-) brought to light some of these illicit activities between the US government, and drug dealers, in a series of articles for the San Jose Mercury News, titled "Dark Alliance", and was then professionally, and personally crucified, for his efforts.

The CIA, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of Gary Webb

Dec 29 08:16

Obama edges Trump as 'most admired' man in America

President Obama has retained his status as the most admired man in America for the ninth year in a row, edging out successor Donald Trump, according to Gallup's annual survey.

Gallup just imploded what was left of their credibility!

Dec 29 08:15

WATCH: TEXAS COP SHOOTS MAN IN BACK, FALSELY CLAIMING HIS LIFE WAS IN DANGER

It was a hot summer night in July and Texas cops were looking for two shirtless black men who had just committed a robbery when they came across a shirtless black man two blocks away, shooting him in the back and leaving him paralyzed.
David Collie was not the man they were looking for, but the Fort Worth police officer shot him anyway, claiming Collie had turned toward them with an object in his hand, making them fear for their lives.

The object, they claimed in their reports, was a box cutter, which they say was found 10 feet from Collie after he was shot.

But a dash cam video released Tuesday shows Collie did not turn toward them nor did he appear to have an object in his hand.

The video, in fact, shows they barely gave him a chance to do anything as they pulled up to him in the apartment complex two blocks from the gas station where the armed robbery supposedly took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, this is how the police in Fort Worth, Texas, are interpreting the phrase "protect and serve", which seems to translate as the attempted assassination of as many people as humanly possible, then lie about it.

Dec 29 08:14

French president pardons woman convicted of killing her husband after he abused her and their children for 47 years.

A French woman in her sixties who murdered her husband in 2012 has been released after a second intervention by President Francois Hollande.

Dec 29 07:50

Hawaii Café Bans Trump Supporters, Yelp Users Get Revenge

All people are different and that’s, exactly, the beauty of everything. Imagine how boring it would be if everyone shared same opinions, likes and dislikes? While supporters of Hillary Clinton claim they are tolerant and accepting, the reality is much different.

Dec 29 07:46

Duterte Publicly Admits He Threw A Man Out Of A Helicopter

The president of the Philippines made his second murder confession in a month Tuesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he threw a kidnapper out of a helicopter mid-flight during his tenure as mayor of Davao. The president’s statements were intended as a warning to corrupt officials, reports the Philippine Star.

Dec 29 07:46

Amazon Echo Hears Everything You Say, And Police Want To Listen

From the moment consumers started buying voice-activated “smart hub” speaker devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home, it was only a matter of time before police began taking advantage of the millions of homes that now contain always-on, internet-connected microphones.

Dec 29 07:39

PayPal serves illegal Israeli settlers but won’t let Palestinians open accounts

‘Without access to PayPal, Palestinian entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and others face routine difficulties in receiving payments for business and charitable purposes,’

Dec 29 07:37

BREAKING: RUSSIAN FEDERATION Vows RETALIATION To OBAMA'S Threat Of Sanctions Over "CYBER HACK!"

Just as quickly as I finished my report on Obama’s declaring retaliation against Russia for hacking US Election, the Russian Federation is already firing back.

Dec 29 07:34

Obama and Hillary's "moderate rebels" left behind mass graves of tortured and mutilated Syrians in East #Aleppo.

Russian troops have found mass graves in Aleppo with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation, the Russian defence ministry has claimed.

Dec 29 07:28

From N.Y.C. to the West Bank: Following the money trail that supports Israeli settlements

Haaretz Investigation: U.S. Donors Gave Settlements More Than
$220 Million

Dec 29 07:09

FLASHBACK - Monsanto Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS Kills Story and Fires Reporters!


FOX NEWS Reporters (Reporters Steve Wilson & Jane Akre) uncover that most of the Milk in the USA, and across some parts of the world is unfit to drink due to Monsanto Corporation's POSILAC®, which has been proven to be a cancer-causing growth hormone (known in short as "BGH" "BST" or "rBGH"), but they were fired for trying to tell people the truth. QTZ1039

(Important note: After a long court battle, the Court dismissed the whistle blowers protection for the reporters because the Court stated that there was no law, to force that the NEWS state the truth! FACT! Going on to say the NEWS was no different than other TV shows/reality shows!!)

Dec 29 07:03

FORBES.COM HIT PIECE ON NATURAL NEWS BACKFIRES

In an email to me in 2013, Forbes.com legal counsel openly admitted they have no responsibility to make sure the things they print are true. And they claim to be able to print outright lies under protection from the DMCA.

Dec 29 06:57

FLASHBACK - Rivero challenges the NSA

The US Government insists their demand for a ban on strong encryption or back doors into all of our electronic devices is to stop crime and terror.

But over the course of a year, as documented on this page, What Really Happened issued six encryption challenges based on systems of encryption created and programmed here on an air-gapped computer.

Now, I am not an encryption expert, and only a moderately decent programmer. The NSA would have a strong motive to break my codes to discourage others from creating their own systems of encryption.

None were ever solved.

If I can beat the NSA, it means real criminals and terrorists can defeat the NSA and keep their communications private.

Hence, the real agenda of the government is not to stop crime and terror but to monitor the American people to make sure they are not thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts about how this nation is being run!

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Dec 29 06:43

Nine in ten agree they should be able to encrypt their messages and calls, so they can only be read by the recipient (90%)

The review of the ePrivacy Directive is one of the key initiatives proposed under the Digital Single Market strategy in May 2015 and it aims at reinforcing trust and security in digital services in the EU.

Dec 29 06:42

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying.

American health-care spending, measured in trillions of dollars, boggles the mind. Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care -- a number so large that it can be difficult to grasp its scale.

Dec 29 03:42

BREAKING: OBAMA Just Declared With GREAT CONFIDENCE Russia Hacked US, And He Plans to Retaliate Now – Prepare For Sanctions And Cyber Attacks! This IS NOT What The American People Want!

I was eating dinner this evening, and my husband was watching ABC NEWS. The News Anchor…I believe David Mueller said: BREAKING NEWS – President Obama declares with GREAT CONFIDENCE RUSSIA HACKED ELECTION.

Dec 28 19:15

Israel's attorney-general orders criminal probe against PM Netanyahu

in two unspecified matters involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Dec 28 17:14

Pro-White Genocide Professor Given No Punishment Despite Saying Massacre of Whites 'A Good Thing'

Despite explicitly stating the massacre of white people during the bloody Haitian revolution was "a good thing" and wishing for "white genocide" on Christmas eve, professor George Ciccariello-Maher says Drexel University supports him.

Dec 28 16:11

Peru volcanoes explode into life triggering state of emergency and MASS EVACUATION

TWO volcanoes in Peru have erupted into life, just 60 miles apart sparking widespread fears and authorities have declared a state of emergency and started a mass evacuation.

The Sabancaya volcano started spewing ash and smoke some 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) into the air on Monday, in the latest in a series of worrying explosions in the south of the South American country.

The volcano, situated just 40 miles from Peru’s second most populous city Arequipa in the Andes, returned to life at 8.24am on Monday just over a week after it began activity on December 16.

Local authorities have warned the local inhabitants they are likely to be affected by the ash from the 20,000-ft (6,000m) volcano whose name translates at ‘tongue of fire’ in the local dialect of Quechua.

Dec 28 15:13

DEBBIE REYNOLDS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL FOR POSSIBLE STROKE

Debbie Reynolds just suffered a medical emergency, which we're told is a possible stroke ... and EMTs just raced to the scene, TMZ has learned.

Debbie was at her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills and just after 1 PM someone from the house called 911.

We're told 84-year-old Debbie, whose daughter, Carrie, died Tuesday, has been distraught since Carrie's emergency Friday on a United jet.

Family sources tell us they called 911 to report a possible stroke.

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