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CURRENT EVENTS

Aug 20 09:55

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds

The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

Aug 20 09:35

Trump Donates An 18-Wheeler Worth Of Supplies For Louisiana Flood Victims

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary sent a tweet!

Aug 20 09:21

What have they done to Ryan Bundy?

Ryan Bundy is being tortured. Multnomah County jail is notorious for dead and injured inmates!

Ryan Bundy is in Solitary Confinement until after his trial. This means that he will have limited opportunities to prepare for defending his freedom. How did this happen?

The FBI agents are already under investigation for lying during that incident. They claimed that they did not fire their weapons. However, it has been shown that there were two bullet casings that were illegally removed from the scene. All of OSP’s shots have been accounted for, therefore the shots seem to have come from the FBI.

Bundy has maintained that he does not give permission to State or Federal authorities to remove the evidence from his arm. He has said that he is willing to have it removed, however, he has certain conditions under which he will agree, including having an independent forensic analysis done. The Federal authorities refuse these terms.

Aug 20 08:55

WIKILEAKS: VOTE RIGGING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST DNC MOVES FORWARD

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed that the class action lawsuit against the DNC for vote rigging is moving forward, implicating both Hillary Clinton and former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in legal proceedings.

The suit includes six claims: fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, monetary restitution for donors of Sanders, the DNC breaking its own fiduciary duties, and negligence for failing to protect sensitive donor information that was hacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!!!

Aug 20 08:53

Publicly Funded NPR Follows the Left’s Lead, Closes Comments Sections

Publicly funded National Public Radio has announced that it will be closing its comments sections in a bid to “move the conversation to social media,” following the lead of many left-wing news sites in doing so.
In a blog post by NPR public editor Elizabeth Jensen, she said that although the decision is “sure to upset a loyal core of its audience,” the company would now prefer to “let social media pick up the slack.”

Scott Montgomery, the managing editor for NPR digital news cited the reason for the move as the company’s need to engage more in social media, saying that NPR has “reached the point where we’ve realized that there are other, better ways to achieve the same kind of community discussion around the issues we raise in our journalism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this move, NPR has completely destroyed what little legitimacy it has left.

Aug 20 08:49

WHO MANUAL DIRECTING "AUTHORITIES" ON HOW TO RESPOND TO VACCINE DENIERS IN PUBLIC

The endlessly increasing vaccine push on the public, at the behest of pharmaceutical companies, can be looked at as nothing more than a psychological operation (PSYOP). From the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) comes the 2016 "Best Practice Guidance 1st Edition: How to Respond to Vocal Vaccine Deniers in Public". From this guide parents and communities will understand how to see through the simplistic messaging maneuvers and counter the ongoing public PSYOP. The WHO's guiding document opens on page one with the following statement:

"This guidance document provides basic broad principles for a spokesperson of any health authority on how to respond to vocal vaccine deniers.The suggestions are based on psychological research on persuasion, on research in public health, communication studies and on WHO risk
communication guidelines."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am no science denier, or anti-vaxxer; having said that, however, I have found some very effective ways of enhancing my wellness which do not involve conventional medical treatment.

Trust me; I would never be a Christian Scientist with appendicitis; but understanding something about nutrition and wellness has kept me in reasonably good shape, at 67, which is a real gift at this age.

I would encourage all of our readers to do the due dilligence, and educate themselves about the power of nutrition to augment health.

When I have friends locally who have just had a really lousy health diagnosis, I encourage them to have a nutritional consult at a medical center under 7th-Day Adventist management.

As ovolacto-vegetarians, these people have health statistics that are, generally, off the chart, in terms of great health outcomes. They have learned to use food as a weapon against disease, and they have my complete and utter respect for having done so.

Aug 20 08:45

Chef feeds Rio's homeless with excess Olympic food

Twelve hours ago, Fagner Dos Santos ate his last meal: two hardened bread buns and coffee. For much of the past decade, the 33-year-old has been battling drug addiction while living on the streets of Rio. When he eats at all, it’s usually at a grungy soup kitchen or after picking through the trash.

Aug 20 08:44

Flood Destroys Home Of Hate Group Leader Who Claims God Sends Natural Disasters To Punish Gays

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an organization labeled an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was left homeless by the destructive flooding that has ravaged southern Louisiana this week, killing 11 people and destroying an estimated 40,000 homes.

Aug 20 08:40

U.S. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS TELL INVESTORS RUSSIAN THREAT IS GREAT FOR BUSINESS

The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.

Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions with Russia to fuel new business in the wake of Russian’s annexation of Crimea and modest increases in its military budget.

In particular, the arms industry — both directly and through its arsenal of hired-gun, think-tank experts and lobbyists – is actively pressuring NATO member nations to hike defense spending in line with the NATO goal for member states to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Russia did not annex Crimea; after the putsch in Kiev in 2014, which threw Yanukovich, the duly elected President, under the proverbial bus, and anointed Poroshenko as Ukraine's President, Crimean authorities understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev. They therefore held a free and fair referendum, to decide if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post putsch, or petition the Russian Federation to join. In an overwhelming vote, Crimeans decided to to petition the Russian Federation to join. The Russian Federation accepted this request. Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.
2. It is very alarming, but perfectly predictable to me, that weapons manufacturers and banks can smell money in the bloodshed which is almost surely to come from any kind of US/Russian military conflict regarding Ukraine, as the demonisation of Russia, which you see in all the presstitute/whorespondent outlets, continues to escalate.

Aug 20 08:31

CIA WHISTLEBLOWER JEFFREY STERLING CLOSE TO DEATH IN FEDERAL PRISON

Jeffrey Sterling, one of the most recent victims of the U.S. government’s war on whistleblowers, may be at risk of dying in a Colorado prison.

In an interview published Tuesday in The Colorado Independent, the wife of the CIA whistleblower warned that his health is failing due to inadequate medical care at FCI Englewood, the federal prison where he is serving a sentence of three-and-a-half years.

“I’m concerned my husband may die,” Holly Sterling told the Independent’s Corey Hutchins. “I’m extremely concerned.”In May 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony charges, including seven charges of violating the Espionage Act, for revealing information about Operation Merlin, a secret CIA operation carried out under President Bill Clinton to undermine Iran’s nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sterling's death, through neglect, is the Federal Government's desired outcome here, as a vicious example for others who may feel morally compelled to speak out regarding the cost/benefit relationship of various of its programs.

It is no accident that for the organisation "Reporters Without Borders", the US ranks as 41st in terms of press freedoms out of 180 countries which comprise their list.

Aug 20 08:30

Chuck Grassley Wants Answers From Loretta Lynch

"At this point, the American people and Congress are owed answers."

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Aug 20 08:28

State Forcing Flood Victims to Obtain Permits Before Fixing their Homes

By Claire Bernish

Residents in South Bend, Indiana, dealing with several feet of flooding following a record-decimating rainfall now also have to deal with costly and time-consuming government red tape in order to rebuild homes and businesses — making them hapless victims of both nature and the State.

Before Hoosiers can pick up the pieces by reconstructing their property, the City of South Bend is forcing them to also pick up a building permit...

Aug 20 08:25

PORTLAND BANS ANTI-CLIMATE CHANGE MATERIALS IN SCHOOLS

The Portland Public School Board voted earlier this year to ban any classroom materials, including textbooks and other material purchased by the district, that cast doubt on the existence of climate change.

This new rule was passed unanimously by the board’s members, who agreed with testimony from Bill Bigelow, a former Portland teacher, when he said,

“We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”

Materials that present climate change as a theory rather than as a fact will no longer be used and, going forward, they will not be purchased by the district for students. Additionally, materials must make it clear that human activity is responsible for the rapid climate change occurring on our planet. The resolution also calls for the superintendent and staff to develop an education plan for teaching students about climate justice.

A student of Lincoln High School, Gaby Lemieux, said in testimony at the hearing,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I understand that we have to mandate the companies which produce fossil fuel to become as environmentally friendly as possible.

But we cannot stop there; the US government has got to send one little slice of the money it spends on its wars of conquest to control fossil fuel resources to create truly usable alternative energy; the kind of energy which can power a tank, or fly a plane.

That would be both logical and intelligent.

But the people desirous of banning books which don't spew the codswallop of human caused global warming are missing one critical fact; how hot, or how cold, the earth gets is primarily dependent on the sun, and it's cycles.

The predictions for winter 2016-2017 from the Old Farmer's Almanac (which has an annoying reputation for being generally correct), are as follows.

Get ready for a shift from last year! For the winter of 2016–2017, we expect temperatures to be much colder than last winter but still above normal. Winter 2017 will also feature below-normal snowfall overall; the snowy exception is the northern tier of the U.S., which can expect to be blanketed in white. Winter will be colder in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Exceptions will be in a swatch from North Dakota to Maine, which will have below-normal temperatures. Most of the Pacific states will have below-normal temperatures, with above-normal temperatures in the Intermountain region and Desert Southwest. Snowfall will be above normal from southern New England and western New York southward through the Appalachians, but not in northern New England. Snowfall with also be above what’s typical from eastern Minnesota to the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan and southward to St. Louis, Missouri; and from central North Dakota westward to the Pacific. We expect below-normal snowfall in most other places that normally receive snow. Precipitation will be below normal across most of the southern two-thirds of the nation. However, precipitation will be above normal in the North, with the primary exceptions being above-normal rainfall in northern California, southern Oregon, portions of the western Lower Lakes region, and Florida. With rainfall below normal in most of California, the drought there will continue. In Canada, brace for more snow and colder-than-average temperatures throughout most parts of the country. The exceptions to the winter of white will be Manitoba, portions of Saskatchewan, and northern sections across the land. While snowfall will generally be below normal in these areas, temperatures will remain chilly

Frankly, with an 80% success rate in their predictions over the last 225 years, I would more likely place my bets on this than ANYTHING the "Warmistas" have to say.

Aug 20 08:18

Australia has the most expensive internet in the world because big players Telstra and Optus are so powerful they can charge huge rates, an internet security company claims

Australia has the most expensive internet in the world because big players Telstra and Optus are so powerful they can charge huge rates, an internet security company claims.

In its analysis of worldwide bandwidth pricing, CloudFlare said costs across Australia and New Zealand were 17 times more than its benchmark of Europe.

Aug 20 08:16

Trump predicts he can win 95 percent of the black vote

Donald Trump promised Friday night that if elected president, he will win 95 percent of the African-American vote in his reelection bid.
Renewing his effort to reach out to black voters at a rally Friday evening, Trump suggested that Democratic politicians that overwhelmingly govern in America’s inner cities have failed African-Americans. Trump told the Dimondale, Michigan, crowd that “we can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created our problems in the first place. A new future requires brand-new leadership.”

Aug 20 08:14

Images of Syrian Boy Remind Us of the Forgotten Victims of Permanent War

Waking Times

In the above snapshot taken this week, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh is shown after his home in Aleppo, Syria was targeted by airstrikes and rescue crews then pulled him from the rubble. His family is dead. The video and images of Omran have gone ‘viral’ on the internet in recent days, reminding us who exactly it is who pays the price in endless, inter-generational warfare.

Webmaster addition: There are indications that this photo is a fake, to build a case for direct US invasion of Syria. The Boy is seen scratching his "wound" in the video, and considering that there is a nearby bombed house, it is suspicious that we see 15 first responders just standing there doing nothing.

Aug 20 08:12

GANG MEMBERS CHANT “BLACK LIVES MATTER” WHILE BEATING UP WHITE VICTIM

Gang members chanted “black lives matter” as they viciously beat up a white victim in Charleston as part of an initiation ritual, a story that has received no national media attention.

In a video posted on Facebook, Brandon Reiter relates how he was driving home before picking someone up to “help them get home”.

A woman was “frantically waving her arms on the side of the road” and Reiter offered her a ride, reports Counton2.com.

When he arrived at the destination, Reiter’s passenger stole the tip money he had on his counter and when Reiter exited the vehicle, he was immediately surrounded by two black men and had a gun put to his head.

A member of the gang known as “Blue” ordered the other gang member to shoot Reiter, before Reiter was able to snatch the gun away and run back to his truck

However, other members of the gang were waiting for him and subjected Reiter to a brutal beat down that was part of a gang initiation ritual.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very charming.

Reiter is damned lucky to be alive.

And I can thoroughly understand why there was no major whorespondent or presstitute coverage of the incident, and that is it does not fit the narrative of white on black crime.

Aug 19 19:41

Reporters Freaking Out Over Trump Supporters

In the past week more Trump supporters than usual have been coming up to the press pen at rallies and staring at reporters, holding Trump-Pence signs, taking pictures and telling off reporters–causing the reporters to get uneasy

Aug 19 18:52

Outrage at North Carolina college as 'white, male, Christian able-bodied and straight' students are told 'to check their privilege' in poster campaign

A North Carolina university became embroiled in controversy on Friday after a student group posted a 'privilege board' on campus which calls on white, male, able-bodied, Christian, or cisgender people to 'check their privilege.'

Students at Appalachian State University notice the board when they enter Plemmons Student Union, a major campus hub that has allowed the incendiary board to remain in place since last semester.

Aug 19 16:28

the US Navy’s F-35C is causing significant damage to runways upon landing -- and the Pentagon is touting this as a good thing.

The landing system causes the F-35 to land in precisely the same spot every time, tearing up the runway in short order. Normally, there is some variation in exactly where the landing hook hits, so the wear and tear on the runway is spread out over an area, but not so with the F-35. Apparently, it is the only precision feature of the F-35, and the DOD is spinning this as a positive.

Aug 19 16:06

George Soros using his billions to fund #BlackLivesMatter and the immigration push

The goal of the global elites is to erase borders by importing great masses of Third World people to take American jobs at slave wages in order to destroy the middle class and create crisis conditions that will have the people clamoring for strong government intervention.

Aug 19 15:49

Liar, Liar: More bad news for Clinton

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues making excuses about her private email server at the State Department, House Republicans are prepping a perjury case against her for lying to the Select Committee on Benghazi last year.

Aug 19 15:29

Rothschild Warns “Biggest Financial Experiment in History” About to Unleash Consequences Unknown

Central bankers have never had more power; monetary policy has never been stranger. Stock markets are at record highs, but the real economy is stagnate and suffering. The individuals in it are finding it difficult to makes ends meet, and are drowning in debt.

Aug 19 15:26

Women Are The Fastest Rising Prison Population – Study

Female prisoners were once unheard of in most US counties, but in the last half-century, they have been filling cells with higher rate increases than their male counterparts, according to a new study.

Aug 19 15:03

SJW Attack Survival Guide

This survival guide is intended for the use of the individual who finds himself under attack by Social Justice Warriors for standing up against them and their ever-mutating Narrative.

Aug 19 15:00

Trump Plays the Role of President in Louisiana

Trump’s arrival on the scene helps him on a number of levels. Most importantly, it provides a dramatic contrast to Hillary Clinton and President Obama, both of whom have neglected to visit a region where more than a dozen have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes.

Aug 19 14:40

Footage Of Boy In Aleppo Is Opportunistic, Vile Propaganda From Western Media

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s August, 2016 and the Western mainstream press is parading yet another injured child in front of a population of normally uncompassionate audiences in order to drum up support for some type of NATO military action against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

The picture of a little boy, seemingly injured in some type of bombing incident, sitting alone in an orange chair in the back of an ambulance, blood stains on his face and covered in dust from cracked concrete also comes in video form, footage that lasts for about two minutes, showing the boy being carried to a well-equipped ambulance (with English writing on some of the equipment). The boy’s story is also accompanied by “heart wrenching” stories from “activists” in east Aleppo alleging the crimes of the Syrian government and the horrific situation in the area...

Aug 19 13:45

With mosques under surveillance, Islamic State turns to football for recruitment

James Dorsey looks at how the Islamic State group is using football and sports clubs to recruit, despite targeting football matches and despising the game as an invention of infidels designed to distract the faithful from their religious obligations.

Aug 19 12:10

Why Rothschild is Shifting From US Dollars to Gold, 'Other Currencies'

Rothschild has called attention to the fact that despite the policy having resulted in the rapid rise of stock markets, this growth cannot last forever as the real sector remains anemic with weak demand and deflation in many developed countries.

Meanwhile, the geopolitical situation is not getting easier: China's economic growth has slowed down, the election atmosphere in the US remains fraught and the conflict in the Middle East continues to rage on. Germany, France and the US have been subjected to terrorist attacks. To complicate matters even further the UK voted to leave the EU.

"In times like these, preservation of capital in real terms continues to be as important an objective as any in the management of your Company's assets," Lord Rothschild emphasizes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: a crash is coming; it is only a question of when.

Aug 19 12:04

US-Mexico Border Agents Stop 1000s Of Middle-East Immigrants With Forged Papers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working with Mexican immigration officials have found thousands of non-Hispanic illegal immigrants crossing Mexico’s southern border to make their way to Texas. As Breitbart details, the so-called "extra-continental" immigrants enter countries as far south as Brazil and make their way to the United States, often with forged travel documents.

“The reality is that the vast majority of the people that Mexico encounters [on its southern border] that are extra-continental will eventually end up on our border,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official told Reuters this week. The Reuters article confirmed the Syrian nationals reported at the Mexican border with Laredo last year by Breitbart Texas’s Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz are part of this growing pattern of illegal migration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How safe do you feel, understanding what those numbers mean to our security?!?

Frankly, were I living in the US, and particularly in the Southwest border states, I wouldn't feel very secure at all.

Aug 19 12:00

Two More Banks Start Charging Select Clients For Holding Cash

Last weekend, when we reported that Germany's Raiffeisenbank Gmund am Tegernsee - a community bank in southern Germany - said it would start charging retail clients a fee of 0.4% on deposits of more than €100,000 we said that "now that a German banks has finally breached the retail depositor NIRP barrier, expect many more banks to follow."

Not even a week later, not one but two large banks have done just that.

Overnight, the Irish Times reported that Bank of Ireland is set to become the first domestic financial institution to pass on the ECB's negative rates to customers for placing their money on deposit with the bank. The newspaper has learned that Bank of Ireland, which is 14% owned by the State, has informed its large corporate and institutional customers that it plans to charge them a negative rate of -0.1% for deposits of €10 million or more starting in October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF individuals are still allowed to have cash, in the near future, they will have to put it in some other place than banks, and perhaps, if they can, will be putting it into silver and gold.

That is why we are looking at banks' call for a cashless society.

Aug 19 11:58

Mike Rivero on Islam and Muslims


Webmaster addition: This appears to be an attempt to show a contrast between my personal experience with Muslims and the fact that I agree with Trump that allowing unrestricted refugees into the US will trigger the same problems seen in Europe. I wish to point out that all the Muslims I have ever met ... immigrated to the US legally and were vetted before being allowed in.

Aug 19 11:49

Lochte apologizes over Rio 'robbery' scandal

Star US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized to Brazil on Friday for inventing a story that he and three teammates were mugged during the Olympics, as one of them paid $10,800 to avoid charges.

The US gold medal-winning swimmers hoped to draw a line under the scandal that erupted when Lochte went public with a shocking report of how the four were mugged on their way back from a party in Rio de Janeiro.

The claim that a man posing as a police officer held them up at gunpoint early Sunday and forced them to the ground sparked a media frenzy and pushed Brazilian Olympic authorities into an embarrassed apology.

But after police declared the story was fabricated -- saying all that happened was that the swimmers were subdued by security after getting drunk and vandalizing a gas station bathroom -- the now discredited Lochte finally came clean.

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Aug 19 11:42

Clinton’s State Department Blew $6 Billion In Contracts, And We’re About To Learn Why

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may soon have to answer questions about an estimated $6 billion in contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence that happened under her watch at the Department of State.

Non-profit government watchdog Cause of Action Institute (CofA) filed a Freedom of Information Act request Friday for records related to a March 2014 management alert issued by the department’s Inspector General (IG).

“The total value of the contracts the [IG] reviewed exceeded $6 billion,” the CofA’s FOIA request said. “Many of these cases arose during the tenure of Secretary Hillary Clinton.” Clinton was the country’s top diplomat from January 2009 to February 2013.

The IG alert that unveiled the mismanagement was based on three investigations and two contract-related audits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect this kind of cronyism to permeate a second Clinton White House.

Aug 19 11:41

3-minute video: Hillary’s 2002 Senate speech of KNOWN LIES pimping OBVIOUS illegal War of Aggression on Iraq for OIL (Operation Iraqi Liberation); cackling about it in 2014: Don’t vote for her, demand her arrest

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

This article will explain, document, and prove that Hillary Clinton pimped an obviously illegal War of Aggression on Iraq in 2002 as US Senator, with lies known to be false as they were told, and is one of the .01% US "leaders" guilty of ongoing War Crimes requiring her arrest.

Maurice Lawerence’s sharp 3-minutes of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cackling in 2014 about her “hard choice” of 2002 as Senator to authorize illegal War of Aggression on Iraq, with 2011 video as Secretary of State “excited” about Iraq as a business opportunity (graphic images):

Historical context

In 2003, OIL (Operation Iraqi Liberation) was the official name of what the US was doing in Iraq, as Mugsys RapSheet’s 1-minute video reminds us:

Aug 19 11:39

Clinton Foundation Promises to Stop Taking Bribes If Hillary is Elected

Not to be outdone by Trump promising to always put the interests of America first if elected, Hillary and Bill Clinton have promised to stop accepting bribes through the Clinton Foundation if Hillary is elected.

Webmaster addition: If Hillary steals the White House, they won't need more bribes. The problem for America will be Hillary repaying the bribes by looting the nation.

Aug 19 11:37

Israelis Scheming to Replace Aqsa Mosque with ‘Third Temple’: Report

The Palestinian-run International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) independent news organization carried the report on Monday, citing Israeli television channels.

Israeli Zionists claim they have the right to build a third temple in line with “scriptural prophecies” to follow the tradition of the first and second ones built in ancient times.

Back in June, Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel said “the first temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, the second temple in 70 CE,” adding that he wished to see a third one built.

The Israeli media, IMEMC reported, alleged that the Israeli bodies favoring the construction of the temple had received “wide political and popular support.”

These organizations explained that they are ready to bring the equipment and tools to start building the temple in the place of both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque,” it added, citing Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any attempt to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque will result in utter catastrophe for Israel, and generate a religious war which will engulf the entire region.

But perhaps, that is the design intent of the current Israeli government.

Aug 19 11:36

Scott Adams Talks about Trump’s Third Act

This is the Periscope video companion to Scott Adams’ blog post: Trump’s Regrets.

Aug 19 11:28

7 Chicago Cops Face Firing Over Black Teen's Shooting Death

The police chief of the US city of Chicago recommends the firing of seven officers accused of making false reports over the deadly cop shooting of a black teenager.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s decision was announced on Thursday nearly two years after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American, in October of 2014.

Aug 19 11:26

Closing Manus Island’s Detention Centre: Australia’s Search for “Alternative Cruelties”

It all goes back to April, when the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the Manus Island detention facility, ostensibly directed and run by the Australian government, in breach of the PNG Constitution.

By the order of the court, “Both the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments shall forthwith take all steps necessary to cease and prevent the continued unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers or transferees at the relocation centre on Manus Island and the continued breach of the asylum seekers or transferees constitutional and human rights.”

Unfortunately, Australian officials and law enforcement authorities across various states have shown a certain enthusiasm, even hunger, for youth detention. In the Northern Territory and Queensland, instances of brutality against juveniles in detention centres have been common and publicised of late. The zeitgeist is very much against the child in such instances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep wondering why the government of Australia is not working together with international adoption agencies which could, at least, give some of the children an option for a better life.

I do not at all have any resonance with the concept that illegal immigrant children should be made to "suffer" for the sins of their parents; I really thought Australia was better than this.

Aug 19 11:11

France: Video Shows "Unaccompanied Minors" Attack Locals With Metal Chairs

Video from Rennes, France shows a gang of migrants wage war with locals by chucking metal chairs at their faces.

The "unaccompanied minors," whom locals say are mostly all fully grown adults claiming they're children to be given refugee status, are known for sexually harassing women, committing robberies, assaults, home burglaries, and engaging in brawls like this one captured on video.

Aug 19 10:00

Ukraine may impose martial law if eastern fighting worsens: Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilisation if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsened. Poroshenko made his comments as fresh tension with Russia over Crimea reignited fears that a fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February 2015 could collapse following the deadliest month of fighting in a year. “If the situation escalates in the east and in Crimea we don’t rule out the possibilities (that) we will be forced to introduce martial law and announce a (further) mobilisation,” Poroshenko said in a televised speech from the western Lviv region. Poroshenko did not make clear what introduction of martial law might mean, and whether he was talking about martial law in the whole country or only in some parts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Poroshenko is expecting a revolt from within Ukraine with which to move him out of power, and thinks martial law will be the tool for preventing that.

That is why he is pounding on alleged "Russian aggression" as the potential justification for declaring martial law.

Aug 19 09:55

US Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality and Politics

The Presidential Policy Guidance would sanction targeting a person who poses a "continuing, imminent threat," not just to "U.S. persons," but also to "another country's persons." A 2011 Department of Justice (DOJ) white paper, leaked in 2013, said that a US citizen can be killed even when there is no "clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future." This makes a mockery of the "imminence" requirement. The administration presumably sets an even lower bar for non-citizens.

There must also be "near certainty that an identified HVT [high-value terrorist] or other lawful terrorist target" is present before using lethal force against him. Yet the administration engages in "signature strikes" that don't necessarily target individuals but rather target all males of military age present in an area of suspicious activity. And the Presidential Policy Guidance does not define "high-value terrorist."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This legalistic mishmash has been engineered as "window-dressing" for the hard fact that this process has utterly no true relationship to the Law of this Land, which is very firmly routed in the concept of due process, and is denied all victims of extrajudicial assassinations.

And I have to speculate here; how long will it be before these tortured rationales lead to extrajudicial assassinations right here at home?!?

Unfortunately, were I a betting person, the short answer would be, "Not long!!"

Aug 19 09:32

Fayetteville 911 dispatcher charged with trafficking opium

A 26-year-old Fayetteville 911 dispatcher has been arrested and charged after authorities said she stole a controlled substance.

Ashleigh Kruger, who has been with the Police Department since November 2011, stole a controlled substance and was in possession of that medication when confronted by detectives, police said.

Kruger has been charged with two counts trafficking in opium or heroin and two counts misdemeanor larceny.

Aug 19 09:27

BREAKING: Trump Puts Politics Aside, Does What Obama Doesn’t Have The GUTS To…

Hours after the Obama administration announced the president would not head to Louisiana to tour the devastation left behind by massive flooding, Donald Trump’s campaign said late Thursday the GOP nominee will spend the following day visiting and helping the tens of thousands of victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's non-involvement with Louisiana's flooding reminds me of Bush's response to Katrina!

Aug 19 09:26

Congress Seeks to Establish Russia as Permanent Enemy

The Cold War provided a solid generation of unfettered government growth in the US on the pretext of the Russian threat, and over the past few years American officials have relished at the new round of tensions with Russia, and the budget-busting spending it has permitted.

They’re hoping to make that permanent, with a new bill called the STAND for Ukraine Act aiming to make temporary measures imposed during Ukraine’s regime change permanent, and hamstring all future governments from a diplomatic rapprochement with Russia.

The new push centers in part on the fear that some future president might be less on-board with open-ended hostilities. Current Republican nominee Donald Trump has expressed doubt about the current acrimony, and said if elected he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! We know there was trouble with lead in the pipes for the House of Representatives this year;

After Lead Contamination In House Office Building’s Water, Lawmakers Demand EPA ReformsBut did lead also lead to the crazy thinking in the Senate, for these people to want to permanently enshrine a state of economic war against Russia?!?

I would like to politely remind our readers, that economic wars frequently devolve into shooting wars.

It is apparent to me that the money junkies are so terrified of a potential Trump presidency, which may herald better relationships with lots of other countries, that they will do anything to prevent any kind of better relations with Russia.

And this "anything" is pretty demonstrably creepy. As reported by Boris Zilberman on May 6th of this year:

Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today announced that they have introduced comprehensive legislation to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. An additional bipartisan group of 14 members, including the bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, joined Reps. Engel and Kinzinger to introduce the Stability and Democracy (STAND) for Ukraine Act (H.R. 5094), which clarifies the position of the United States on Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, tightens sanctions on Russia, and drives new innovations to provide support for Ukraine.”

Russia's alleged "illegal occupation of Crimea... never happened.

And I would politely like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that lying to the American people, in order to further a "narrative" which may ultimately lead to a shooting war against Russia,as did the Bush Administration's claim against Iraq, that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction", will not be tolerated by the American people again, ever.

Here is the actual timeline of Crimea's referendum to leave the Ukraine, which passed unanimously, and its petition to the Russian Federation to become accepted as a member:

Crimea's case for leaving Ukraine

Next, I would like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that
Victoria Nuland boasted about having undercut the legitimate government of Ukraine when Yanukovich got unceremoniously thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" the country's President:

American Conquest by Subversion: Victoria Nuland’s Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to “Subvert Ukraine”

And lastly, the "contributions"
of the international financier with an infinite capability for seeing potential money in the blood of mass murder, George Soros:

SOROS ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR COUP AND MASS MURDER IN UKRAINE

Representatives, I am just an ordinary person; but if I can figure this out, so can most thinking Americans, and I would strongly suggest that there are more of them out there than you care to number.

This legislation is a nasty piece of work; please withdraw it from consideration.

And although I do not know, I would strongly suspect that both of you have a lot of investment in the military/industrial complex, and would benefit, financially, from such a war.

Sponsoring this legislation makes it painfully clear that you do not really serve the best interests of the people you allegedly represent, but the interests of those companies which would profit highly from a war against Russia, including the banks which loan money, to all sides, to keep the war going.

Aug 19 08:54

Orthodox Rabbi Stabbed by Muslim Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' - 'Not Terrorism Related'

A rabbi wearing full Jewish garb being stabbed by a Muslim shouting "Allahu Akbar" is not terrorism related, at least according to police in France.

Aug 19 08:45

Target Sales Falling After Transgender Bathroom Decision, First Sales Drop In 2 Years

Target made the now very well known decision to let customers use whichever bathroom they felt more comfortable in.

Aug 19 08:12

U.S. Court Upholds United Nations’ Immunity in Cholera Suit

A United States federal appeals panel has upheld that the United Nations cannot be sued in American courts, dealing a setback in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of cholera victims in Haiti.

The ruling by the three-judge panel in New York was released on Thursday, a day after a spokesman for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged for the first time that the United Nations played a role in the outbreak, which killed thousands of people.

In the decision for the panel, Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit wrote that the United Nations did not lose its legal immunity even if it failed to give the plaintiffs a chance to seek a settlement, as required by an international convention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: once again, the Haitian people have been thrown under the proverbial bus of UN despotism. And how the hell did this outbreak happen, after having eradicated this disease for 100 years? Read this, and weep:

Haiti's Cholera Outbreak Tied To Nepalese U.N. Peacekeepers

And you can be quite sure that these “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be of cold comfort to those already dead here from this outbreak.

Aug 19 08:00

Devastating Comparison Between Obama’s Baton Rouge Flood Response And Bush’s Response To Katrina Speaks Volumes

Liberals hammered George W. Bush for his response to Katrina.
Remember when he flew over the flooded areas but didn’t land?
Remember Kanye West’s insane comment?
Well, it seems like liberals have a really short memory because a dozen people have been killed by a devastating flood in Baton Rouge and President Obama is nowhere to be found.

Aug 19 08:00

Twitter Announces Tools That Seem Intended To Curb Harassment

Today, Twitter announced two product features that seem intended to help users handle abuse on the platform.
The features come one week after BuzzFeed News reported on Twitter’s decadelong problem with harassment thanks to what company insiders past and present describe as inaction and organizational disarray.

Aug 19 07:54

Scott Adams: Trump’s Regrets

By now, most of you know that Trump expressed “regret” at saying things in the past that might have hurt people. Most viewers interpreted this as an apology, of sorts.

Trump? Apologize?

I have some thoughts on this, in no particular order.

Aug 19 07:47

Scott Adams: Trump Won the Week (Persuasion-wise)

What we saw this week was Trump directly, and skillfully, addressing the public’s concern that he’s scary and temperamentally unfit for the job of president. This week he was less bombastic, more on script (using the prompter), and he said in clear language that he was on the side of all Americans, rejecting bigotry and hatred in all forms.

People needed to hear that.

Words alone aren’t enough to change the public’s impression of Trump. But words are a necessary condition of any change, and he got all the words right this week. If he wants to move the polls, he’ll have to stay on these messages and make sure his actions and off-hand jokes don’t conflict with this new and improved approach.

Aug 19 07:38

Why the new Iran revelation looks so bad for the Obama administration

Back in January, Iran released five American prisoners it had been holding. That same day, we have come to find out, the American government sent $400 million in cash to Iran.

It isn't hard to draw conclusions based on the proximity of those two events. And yet, the Obama administration repeatedly sought to separate them from one another — even as Republicans have almost universally accused it of paying a "ransom" for American "hostages."

The administration's task in denying that allegation just became much more difficult.

In response to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the State Department on Thursday acknowledged that the money was used as "leverage" in the prisoner-release negotiations. The money was already due to Iran as part of a settlement over a decades-old failed arms deal — also reached in January — but State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed it was withheld until the prisoners had left Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's very clear here: what the Obama Administration told the American people, and the world, about this transfer of money was another lie.

This was precisely a ransom for these prisoners.

Americans know it, the Iranians certainly know it, and the world knows it.

Aug 19 07:18

IT’S TIME TO ABOLISH THE DEA AND AMERICA’S “WAR ON DRUGS” GULAG

It’s difficult to pick the most destructive of America’s many senseless, futile and tragically needless wars, but the “War on Drugs” is near the top of the list.Prohibition of mind-altering substances has not just failed–it has failed spectacularly, and generated extremely destructive and counterproductive consequences.

What was the result of the Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s? Prohibition instantly criminalized 40+% of the adult populace and created hugely profitable criminal organizations.

What was the result of the “War on Drugs”? This modern-day Prohibition instantly criminalized large swaths of the adult populace and created hugely profitable criminal organizations.

If you want to increase drug use, criminalize innocent citizens and spawn gargantuan criminal organizations, then by all means declare “war” via Prohibition. The results of Prohibition/War on Drugs are so visibly perverse and so destructive that the entire enterprise is sickeningly Orwellian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the money made from selling the drugs, and laundering the money made by the drug cartels.

This is one of the most important reason to defeat Hillary Clinton this November, as she is part of America's "Narcocracy", and the Bush, Cheney, and and Clinton families are dynastic members of an elite crime syndicate.

And if that comes as kind of a shock to you, please feel free to read the following:

The Crimes of Mena

The Mena Arkansas
Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Drug Connection

THE BUSH-CHENEY DRUG EMPIRE

And no less prominent a financial institution than HSBC was prosecuted
for laundering drug money.

‘Acts of terror’: HSBC faces lawsuit over laundering of Mexican drug money

And where was FBI Director Comey working while all this was going on?!?

Comey Oversaw Drug Cartel Money Laundering Operations As a Top Executive At HSBC Bank

The way that all this information dovetails demonstrates, painfully clearly, that the biggest "pusher" of drugs in this country...IS THE COUNTRY OF THE United States of America.

Aug 19 07:11

Photos Offer Rare Glimpse Of Crowded Conditions Inside Immigrant Detainee Holding Cells

Photos recently ordered released by a federal judge show crowded and what critics say are inhumane conditions in immigrant detention centers along the US-Mexico border.

Aug 19 07:10

This Scientist Had The Best Comeback To A Troll Who Told Her To “Learn Some Science”

This is Dr. Katie Mack, a theoretical astrophysicist from Australia. Her research focuses on understanding the basic building blocks of the universe, like black holes and dark matter and other concepts that make most people’s heads hurt.

Aug 19 07:05

Trump Visits Louisiana Flood Victims as Hillary Rests and Obama Vacations

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence are going to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday to meet victims of the flooding that has killed 13 and forced 30,000 Louisianans to leave their homes.
“I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them, and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours,” Trump said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday.

President Obama has given no indication he will interrupt his two week vacation in exclusive Martha’s Vineyard to visit the flood victims. The president played another round of golf Thursday with television star Larry David and Bain Capital co-managing partner Jonathan Lavine.

Aug 19 06:57

JUDGE DEALS BLOW TO FBI, DOJ SECRECY OVER TERROR TASK FORCE OPERATIONS

Can the FBI keep secret the number of chairs it has in its Boston office? How about the number of investigations its local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) conducted in the year 2014, or how many parking spaces it reserves for its agents? No.
Despite the Bureau’s attempts to hide this information from the public, a federal judge today ruled that records about the Boston FBI’s budget, staffing, and investigations are not exempt from public disclosure. The ruling also pushes back against the federal government’s assertion that an agency doesn’t have to perform a search for records simply because it thinks another agency has similar documents, upholding a centrally important facet of FOIA law: if an agency possesses a record, that record is subject to public disclosure—no matter who produced it, and no matter which other government agencies might also have it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs; well done!!

Aug 19 06:52

BLM Getting $100 Million From George Soros & Other Liberal Foundations Matters

You know you're anti-establishment when giant liberal foundations and George Soros are working to dump $100 million into your coffers.

Aug 19 06:43

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL COZIED UP TO GOOGLE BEFORE ANTITRUST LAWSUIT WAS SHELVED

When the Federal Trade Commission neared a momentous decision on whether to charge Google with violating antitrust laws in January 2013, the White House was watching closely.

New emails uncovered by the Campaign for Accountability, a public interest watchdog organization, show that a White House advisor met with top Google lobbyist Johanna Shelton and top Google antitrust counsel Matthew Bye twice in the weeks before the FTC announcement.

And hours prior to the final decision – in which FTC commissioners took the unusual step of overriding their staff’s recommendation to sue, and voted to settle the case instead – the White House official even sought Google’s talking points in the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I absolutely not surprised at the "coziness" of the Obama Administration's relationship here, and being in bed with Google?!?

Aug 19 04:12

"Black Lives Matter, Motherf**ker!" Video Shows Black Youths Fight With Cop & Resist Arrest

This is insane.

A black teenager in Fresno was filmed fighting with a cop after flagrantly ignoring the officer's repeated orders "not to jaywalk across a busy intersection." The teen not only proceeded to jaywalk against the cop's commands, but allegedly turned to smile at the officer while illegally crossing the intersection against the light.

When the officer confronted the teen, the black youth responded by calling the cop a "n*gga" about two dozen times and threatening him repeatedly. As the officer is seen trying to arrest the teenager, who appears to be of similar strength and stature, the teen is seeing grabbing the cop's arm while screaming "get up off me, n*gga!"

Aug 18 22:06

MUST WATCH: Donald Trump Delivers the Best Speech of His Life

Donald Trump just knocked it out of the park.

The establishment which has worked so hard to destroy him is in absolute in panic mode right now. On CNN, Anderson Cooper asked his Democrat panel if they were "scared" after watching this Trump speech and they were visibly shaken and didn't even know how to react!

Just one day after switching up his campaign, Donald Trump has delivered the best speech of his life.

Aug 18 18:53

Have you learned the $1 million per US household benefits from monetary reform and public banking yet? 2 interviews to help: Catherine Austin Fitts and Ellen Brown. And yes, this will only happen with recognition of CRIMINAL LOOTING requiring arrests

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“We know that the entire governmental infrastructure financially has been run as a criminal enterprise for some time... The government is being run outside of the laws related to money. That requires a double standard and parallel universe between what you say you’re doing and what you’re doing.… The citizens have got to make up their mind: are they going to tolerate this level or corruption or not? It’s ours to decide.” ~ Catherine Austin Fitts in the interview

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Aug 18 18:04

Court rules that ISPs do not need to give up information on alleged pirates, copyright infringers

An American Internet Service Provider (ISP) has received validation that it does not have to give up personal details of alleged copyright infringers. The Eastern Virginia District Court has denied copyright holder BMG Rights Management a permanent injunction against Cox Communication that would force the ISP to match personally identifiable information such as email address, physical address, and name to an IP address that has been accused of copyright infringement. In this case, BMG was trying to force Cox Communication to actively spy on allegedly pirating users and “verify” that they had stopped pirating.

Aug 18 18:02

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

Aug 18 17:23

More PC Bovine Excrement : Princeton HR department — Don’t use word ‘man’

The Princeton University HR department has largely wiped the word “man” from its vocabulary. The relatively new policy in effect at the Ivy League institution spells out the directive in a four-page memo that aims to make the department more gender inclusive.

Aug 18 17:14

Hillary Clinton hasn’t held a press conference in 257 days. That’s ridiculous.

You get the idea. It's been a long time. Lots of important things have happened. Clinton is now the unquestioned favorite to be the 45th president of the United States — if you believe polling. The fact that she continues to avoid questions from the press is simply unacceptable given the office she is seeking and the stakes in this election.

Aug 18 17:07

City may reallocate $6M to fight Zika virus; spraying residents from the air more frequently; intensifying ground efforts

KEY WEST, Flor. (INTELLIHUB) — Officials in the city are divided whether or not to divert $6 million in funding that was already appropriated to be spent on city housing and parking projects to aid in the fight against the Zika virus, according to a local radio program which aired Thursday.

Aug 18 16:30

Venezuela Destroys Thousands of Guns: “Renewal Of Efforts To Disarm” Hungry, Angry Population

Their form of gun control means, of course, that only the police, the military and the criminals will have guns...

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said... “We are going to bring disarmament and peace.”

What happens in a country where food is scarce, and those with guns can get everyone else to do what they want for food? How does decency survive?

Read more at SHTF

Aug 18 16:05

Chart: Clinton Foundation Donations Linked to State Department Favors

The recent release of additional private emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email servers based at her New York home provide a clearer picture of the “pay-to-play” connections between Clinton’s State Department, her and her husband’s and daughter’s Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, and the private investment consulting and investment firm of Teneo Holdings, Inc. in Manhattan.

Aug 18 15:56

‘Clinton Defense’ placing new burden on prosecutors…

Director Comey has revitalized that old argument and probably created a new one. By doing so has placed a new burden on federal prosecutors. Defense attorneys will now not just privately bemoan the fact that their client did not have Clinton privileges, but publicly argue that their client had never read and understood the statute under which they have been charged by the government. -- They could actually start winning in federal court, but the rest of us will still never succeed arguing before the local JP that we actually did not read the stop or speed limit sign or never understood the nuances of the state’s traffic regulations and thus never “willfully” violated the law.

Aug 18 14:58

Soros Hack Reveals Plot Behind Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Media Manipulation; Cash For “Social Justice”

We continue to dig through the filings for further ties, financial or otherwise, between Soros and the various branches of the US government as well as the 4th estate.

Aug 18 14:48

Could Trump Hurt Both Parties?

Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Queen of War, Golden Goldman Girl, for all practical purposes, is now the official bipartisan candidate of US neocons and neoliberalcons alike.Certified add-ons include Wall Street; selected hedge funds; TPP cheerleaders; CFR(Council on Foreign Relations) interventionists; media barons; multinational corporate hustlers; in fact virtually the whole exceptionalist US establishment, duly underwritten by the bipartisan, mega-wealthy 0.0001%.

Aug 18 14:42

Join The Lazy Man’s Party!

When the U.S. began to overtax the rich to appease the masses and fund everything the federal government provides, no thought was given to where this was headed. -- Then when the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, divvied out near-free money to the financial classes in the 2008 financial/credit/home loan crisis to cover the losses of lenders but not home mortgage holders, little did anyone realize how this would not only crush the middle class but create super-wealthy oligarchs that now demand government do their bidding by virtue of the fact how much government relies upon them.

Aug 18 14:36

Video Appears to Show the Day Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch Met on Tarmac

The pair merely exchanged social pleasantries and didn’t discuss the email probe, according to both Lynch and Bill Clinton. The conversation, which lasted around 20 minutes, was “primarily social,” Lynch said. -- But critics, including Donald Trump, cried foul.

Aug 18 14:11

As Death Toll Climbs In Louisiana Flooding, Obama Officials Urge No Race, Color Discrimination

With torrential rains and fatal flooding battering parts of the southern US, the Obama administration has urged affected states to abstain from discrimination and provide emergency aid, regardless of race, color and origin.

Aug 18 13:49

Economy going down with the ship?

T he Dry Bulk Shipping Index (BDI), is at five-year lows. That tells me the entire dry bulk shipping fleet is in the toilet. -- And one more thing: more ships are being scrapped than were scrapped in the darkest days of the Great Recession. What’s more, the average age of a recycled ship was 30 years. Today, that average is down to 15 years. -- No one is replacing the scrapped vessels with new ships, either. They’re scrapping old ships to get operating capital because there’s no real shipping business. Some tankers are regularly carrying more water ballast than cargo.

Aug 18 13:39

Leaked Board Documents: Soros Organization Tried To Influence Supreme Court Ruling On Illegal Immigration

Open Society Foundations, Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros’ stated vehicle for progressive social change, orchestrated a well-funded attempt to secure a desired outcome in a U.S. Supreme Court case on illegal immigration enforcement, according to a newly discovered memo between the organization’s top U.S. officials and board members.

Aug 18 13:36

The Real Existential Threats of 2016

For, as John Adams reminded us, “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

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Aug 18 13:17

Hypocrite Hillary Used the Word ‘Assassination’ in 2008 Anti-Obama Campaign

For, as John Adams reminded us, “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Aug 18 13:14

Hypocrite Hillary Used the Word ‘Assassination’ in 2008 Anti-Obama Campaign

This reminder of Hillary’s hypocrisy did not appear in the MSM nor in most of the “alternative” media, CounterPunch excepted, during the present flap over her charges against Trump. It is one more reminder why we must turn to alternative sources beyond the reach of the imperial US media to get the entire truth. The level of censorship and distortion in the MSM has now reached epic proportions, most notably with the treatment of the Trump campaign, for example in the New York Times.

Aug 18 13:08

In Black Robes, CERN Scientists Stage “Mock Human Sacrifice” At Shiva Statue

Somebody decided to gather together a bunch of black robes and stage a mock human sacrifice in front of CERN’s occultic Shiva statue – and catch it all on film for a hoax video they may hoped would fool online critics.

Read more at SHTF

Aug 18 12:10

Following "Deadliest Month" In A Year, Ukraine President Warns Of "Full-Scale Russian Invasion"

The last month has seen Russia pull out of peace talks (citing attacks in Crimea and detention of key individuals) and an increasing mobilization of Ukraine troops near the Russian border, and now, after the deadliest month since last August, Ukraine president Poroshenko has warned he isn't ruling out a full-scale Russian invasion and may institute a military draft if the situation with its neighbor worsens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right after being "installed and anointed" as Ukraine's President, Poroshenko has been crying wolf about a potential "Russian invasion" over the last two years, and yet ... no such invasion has come about.

My guess is that Russia's response to the attempted sabotage in Crimea by Ukrainian agents provocateurs will be asymmetric, and most probably economic in nature.

The Ukrainian economy is hanging by a thread right now, and could be pushed over the edge by some very clever maneuvering on Putin's part; that will get the Ukrainian people so outraged, that Poroshenko has failed them so badly economically, that they will throw the current bums out of office - possibly, quite literally.

Aug 18 12:03

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, "TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, "Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.” Those “Russia Ties” consist of Flynn’s having appeared as a commenter at Russia’s international television network, RT, which is Russia’s equivalent of Britain’s BBC. This was the day’s big news? Really? Is there an editorial agenda here — or only a low-news day, when the Olympics are on, records are being broken, and the Presidential contest is getting under way?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank God, someone out there is noticing this beside the folks at WRH!!!!!

Aug 18 11:59

US Corporate Debt Has Doubled To $6 Trillion Since The Crisis: This Is Who Bought It

Yesterday, in the FOMC notes, the Federal Reserve made a stark admission: “several expressed concern that an extended period of low interest rates risked intensifying incentives for investors to reach for yield and could lead to the misallocation of capital and mispricing of risk, with possible adverse consequences for financial stability.” To this, Bank of America chief credit strategist Hans Mikkelsen had an amusing retort:

"We agree. However, because we are still in the reach for yield phase we remain bullish on HG corporate bond spreads."
In other words, it's a bubble and everyone - even the Fed - knows it, just as a recent survey also by BofA revealed, but keep on buying because, well, TINA.

But who is buying, and how much?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of if the next economic crash is coming, but when; and that, unfortunately, could be a lot sooner than many people realize.

Aug 18 11:48

11-Yr-Old Boy Gives Away 600 Pairs Of Shoes To Kids In Need

Wilmington, NC – Prepare to have your faith in humanity restored. Eleven-year-old Gunner Robinson of North Carolina has given away 600 pairs of new shoes to schoolchildren who normally would never get new shoes for the school year. Where is he getting the shoes? For three years, Gunner...

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Aug 18 11:39

Obama unlikely to halt vacation to visit flooded Louisiana

President Barack Obama is unlikely to break from a New England vacation to survey flood damage in Louisiana, despite calls for him to visit and meet with responders and victims.

The White House insists Obama is not indifferent to the suffering of thousands who were washed out of their homes in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas of the state. At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, and at one point 11,000 were in shelters. That number has dropped as water levels have receded.

In an editorial published Wednesday, The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge called on Obama to visit "the most anguished state in the union." The newspaper noted that Obama interrupted his two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard earlier this week to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Massachusetts island.

The newspaper said Obama can and should visit now that the once-raging floodwaters are receding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the residents of Louisiana, who thought that this President might care enough to come down and take a look at the devastation with which your are coping, unfortunately, you were completely wrong.

You have no wealth, and no real resources with which to "buy into" Obama's future plans to "re-invent" himself, post-residency; the residents of Martha's Vineyard do.

And that is just the inconvenient truth, folks; sorry.

Aug 18 11:37

Minnesota: Somali Rep Hailed As 'History Maker' Reportedly Married to Her Brother

Ilhan Omar, the Somali representative who unseated 44-year incumbent Phyllis Kahn in an "historic victory" last week in Minnesota is reportedly married to her brother.

Aug 18 11:36

The Entire Leftist Media Has Become The Huffington Post, Trump's Becoming Breitbart to Fight Back

Trump appears to have recognized trying to play on the lying media's terms is mistake. That's why he's joining forces with Stephen K. Bannon of Breitbart and Fox News creator Roger Ailes to become the media and take his message straight to the people.

Aug 18 11:32

Central Banks Now Selling US Debt at Record Pace

In the first six months of 2016, foreign central banks sold a net $192 billion of U.S. Treasury bills, notes, and bonds. This is more than double the pace from the same time last year. China, Japan, and Brazil were the leaders in selling U.S. debt.

With the U.S. debt running at approximately $19.4 trillion, this could be problematic. A large selloff of U.S. bonds would decrease their price, or in other worlds, increase domestic interest rates in general (bond prices and interest rates always move in the opposite direction).

With the debt roughly the size of the U.S. economy, interest spending on the debt is forecasted to be the fastest growing area of federal spending in the coming years, eclipsing Medicare and Social Security. In 2015, the U.S. spent $223 billion, or 6 percent of the federal budget, despite historically low interest rates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops there.......

Aug 18 11:29

Kris Kristofferson’s Dramatic Cure of his “Incurable” Alzheimer’s Disease

Apparently Kristofferson had been mis-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia about three years ago, which started more than one medical misadventure for he and his neurologists that involving neurotoxic medication trials with drugs. Those drugs that Kristofferson was treated with had been approved by the FDA on the basis of a couple of short-term trials involving only a few hundred so-called “Alzheimer’s Dementia” patients. The results that were submitted to the FDA showed only minimal improvement (albeit “statistically significant”), but only in mild to moderate dementia. Thus treating severely demented patients with those drugs was not FDA-approved (“off-label”).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iatrogenic diseases are taboo to speak about in this country for good reason; they make millions for big pharma, and many times, as happened with Pfizer, physicians are "encouraged" - not to mention, financially compensated, for the prescription of "off-book medications".

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Aug 18 11:16

Justice Dept Announces it Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons … Prison Stocks Plummet

By Claire Bernish

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government...

Aug 18 11:08

Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House

TWO BIG ISSUES dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.

Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric.

Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity.

She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he was chosen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Clinton speaks on something, you can bet on her to do just the opposite, as demonstrated by these two hires.

And there is ARE real, legitimate problems with the TPP, one of the worst being the acceptance of countries into this partnership, such as Malaysia, Peru, Brunei, and Vietnam, which have both horrific human rights and environmental issues.

As reported at flushthetpp.org in July of this year:

In a cynical bid to salvage the already-controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Obama administration today removed Malaysia from a list of the world’s most flagrant violators of basic human trafficking norms – two months after the discovery of mass graves for human trafficking victims in Malaysia, Public Citizen said. In its annual Trafficking in Persons Report released today, the U.S. Department of State ignored TPP member Malaysia’s documented deterioration of human trafficking enforcement and upgraded the country’s human trafficking compliance status. Members of Congress, religious groups and leading U.S. and Malaysian human rights organizations have rightly lambasted the decision as an indefensible maneuver to avoid a U.S. law that prohibits Fast Tracking the TPP as long as a country on the blacklist, like Malaysia, is a party to the pact. “The administration knows that the TPP will have trouble in Congress, but turning a blind eye to Malaysia’s grave human rights violations in order to include Malaysia in the pact because it’s one of the few TPP countries we don’t already have a trade deal with and keeping the TPP on Fast Track so Congress’ oversight is limited is shameful,” said Alisa Simmons, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The maneuver also will backfire, instead adding to the controversy surrounding the TPP. “If the Obama administration is willing to ignore people-smuggling camps in Malaysia, why should we believe it would not also ignore TPP member Brunei’s criminalization of homosexuality, TPP member Vietnam’s widespread child labor or TPP member Peru’s rollback of environmental protections?” Simmons said.

Aug 18 10:53

Merkel says refugees didn't bring Islamist terrorism to Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday refugees had not brought terrorism to Germany, adding that Islam belonged in the country as long as it was practiced in a way that respected the constitution.

More than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Germany last year. The mood towards them has soured after a spate of attacks on civilians last month, including three carried out by migrants.

Two of those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

"The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees," Merkel said at an election campaign event for her Christian Democrats in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ahead of a regional vote on Sept. 4.

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Merkel, and her party, will be officially toast as of the next general election.

Aug 18 10:49

Obama will leave his successor a ticking time bomb

Barack Obama likes to credit himself with getting America to step back from the abyss of the Middle East. When he shops around the story of his legacy, the president says he was proudest of his decision not to follow the "Washington playbook" and commit to toppling the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

It would be a fitting story to tell of the man who ascended to the presidency while simultaneously winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Obama returns America's sword to its sheath, and earns the praise of his fans and admirers. Just as he passed on a better economy to his successor than the one he inherited from Bush, so he passed on a safer world.

Unfortunately this story is a lie from end to end. The world the next president will inherit is full of traps.

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It is not just one ticking time bomb the next President will inherit from the epic fail of the Obama Presidency; it will be numerous time bombs.

Between the economy; Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; Syria; Russia; Ukraine; and China, the next President will have multiple messes with which to have to deal.

Aug 18 10:42

Dems: Future Leaks Might Be ‘Russian Lies

After hacker Guccifer 2.0 twice hacked significant Democratic Party targets, first releasing considerable information during the DNC and then hacking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, party leadership appears to be getting a bit gunshy about future leaks embarrassing their presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They’re also trying to get in front of such leaks by speculating that whatever they say might be “Russian lies” designed to make Hillary look bad.

Democrats have repeatedly speculated that Guccifer 2.0 amounts to the Russian government, and have suggested the hacks were a Russian plot to get the Republican nominee elected.

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Folks, such an accusation is desperation on the cusp of madness by the Democrats.

Aug 18 10:39

US Sees Longtime CIA Asset Gen. Hifter as Threat to Libya War

As the US war in Libya moves into its third week, officials and analysts are seeing a lot of problems with their plans, but perhaps the biggest problem is one of their own creation, the Libyan Army and its leader, long-time CIA asset Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Hifter was a general of Moammar Gadhafi until 1987, when he was captured by Chad. The next year, he became a US proxy for an anti-Gadhafi insurgency, and after that collapsed, moved to Virginia, with occasional trips back to Libya for other failed US-backed plots.

When NATO imposed regime change in 2011, Gen. Hifter was quick to make his grand return, and has been trying to consolidate his power ever since. He announced a coup in 2014, which didn’t amount to much, and is now at the head of the army loyal to the UN-backed Tobruk government.

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Stupidity...should be horrifically painful.

And the degree to which the US government is pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion, is thoroughly terrifying, and brilliantly demonstrated in the problem they are now having with Hifter.

So what is the US government going to do now, pull a decap strike on this guy, if they can get through his military lines, and find him?!?

It was just this last May that al-Monitor reported:

Gen. Khalifa Hifter's star appears to be rising once again in Libya, and it is only a matter of time before we see him become a figurehead in a country that is lacking any but is eager to have one. Summary⎙ Print Gen. Khalifa Hifter's speculative role in Libya's future is as captivating as his intriguing past. Author Mustafa Fetouri Posted May 9, 2016 His enemies in Misrata and Tripoli have always questioned his motives and intentions, but it remains to be seen if he will be a uniting leader for a fragmented country or a divisive politician pushing Libya toward even more fragmentation. During March, Hifter almost completely liberated Benghazi and started moving his troops to retake Sirte in western Libya, where the Islamic State (IS) has been in control for almost two years. Hifter's troops are surrounding the city, awaiting his orders to attack IS, which has launched battles west and southwest of the city, taking more territories and small villages such as Abu Grain and Zamzim. Hifter's declared aim is to liberate Libya from Islamists, but it is unclear what his next step will be if he takes Sirte. The next big city on the way to Tripoli is Misrata, which has the most powerful local militia in Libya. Misrata is already an enemy of Hifter, which means attacking it will trigger longer, more devastating war in the country. So who is this man who has been on and off the Libyan political scene for the last 40 years, shifting positions as his fortune changed from a Moammar Gadhafi loyalist to a prisoner of war to Gadhafi's sworn enemy and — most recently — as chief of staff of the Libyan army under the internationally recognized government in Tobruk?

My goodness, how quickly things can change in the geopolitical arena!!

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Aug 18 10:25

US: Russia’s Use of Iran Bases Could Violate UN Resolution: Russia Points Out That's Obviously Not the Case

The US State Department is claiming that the Russian use of an Iranian air base for strikes against ISIS in Syria could violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and claims to be consulting “our lawyers” to decide if it amounts to a violation.

Resolution 2231 bans Iran from obtaining nuclear-capable ballistic missiles or combat aircraft, though the State Department claims it can be used to do a lot of other things, and that Russia having military assets inside Iran might amount to the “transfer of military technologies” to them.

Russian officials are pointing out that’s obviously not the case, and that no aircraft or supplies are being transferred to Iran, they’re just using an Iranian base. The language of the resolution does not suggest any ban on Iran allowing the use of their air bases.

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A short message to the US State Department; the lies simply are not working, folks; you have far too many very thoroughly engaged, on-line citizens, who remember very clearly when the US and the world was fed that codswallop about "Iraq's weapons of Mass Destruction", and therefore can never believe anything the US government says, ever again.

Aug 18 10:19

Feminist Website: Bill Clinton May Have Raped Juanita Broaddrick, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s ‘Evil’

The feminist website Wonkette published a piece Monday in which the writer acknowledges that Bill Clinton “could very well have raped” Juanita Broaddrick — but added that it doesn’t make the former president “evil.”

In an article bearing the headline “Let’s Talk About Juanita Broaddrick,” writer Rebecca Schoenkopf addresses Broadrick’s allegation that Clinton raped her in an Arkansas hotel room 40 years ago. She acknowledges the “contemporaneous evidence,” including some of Broaddrick’s friends claiming to have seen her crying and with bruised lips not long after the alleged incident occurred.

While Schoenkopf doesn’t buy the allegation that Clinton’s wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, knew about or tried to keep Broaddrick quiet about the alleged rape, she does give some credence to the accusation against the former president.

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So, let me get this straight: Rebecca Scheonkopf of Wonkette.com, has become an apologist for rape, in an attempt to exonerate her heroine, Hillary Clinton, from any responsibility whatsoever,as being the "Bimbo Eruption Enforcer in Chief" after Bill's numerous, serial sexual peccadilloes?!?

Ms. Scheonkopf is obviously suffering from a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder), and I would strongly encourage her to seek medical, and psychological attention for this, STAT.

As reported at realclearpolitics.com in February of this year:

Elder: "What can you tell us about what Hillary did? What was her role in all of this?" Klayman: "We know from the various women who had contact. Some of them had contact with Hillary Clinton in Arkansas. They know her way of doing business. ... And Stephanopoulos and Carville himself effectively admitted it when they did that documentary, 'The War Room.' It was Hillary who was at the top of that. She was the one who called the shots. And the private detectives who were sicced on these women ... were hired by Hillary Clinton. I took the deposition of (one) and confirmed that (he was) hired through Hillary's lawyer. So there's a lot of different evidence here, direct and circumstantial, that places Hillary at the center of these acts against the women." Elder: "The most serious allegation, of course, is the one by Juanita Broaddrick. She claims that when Bill Clinton was Arkansas attorney general, he raped her, and two weeks later, at some campaign function, Hillary came up to her and verbally intimidated her, saying things to her, according to Broaddrick, that made it clear: Keep your mouth shut, or else." Klayman: "One of the private detectives broke into her house and took an answering-machine tape ... to make sure there was no evidence of what had occurred. These were the kind of things that have been done. ... They would have the private detectives -- for instance, Kathleen Willey experienced this -- she was riding her bike one day and one of these private detectives, or one of his agents, rode up to her on another bike and mentioned the names of her children in a very sinister way. 'How are your children, Ms. Willey?' In fact, that happened to me during a deposition at Judicial Watch, where one of the lawyers that were representing the Clintons -- shortly after my daughter was born -- mentioned her name. And there was no way of knowing that. They wanted us to know that they were watching us ... that we were at risk." Elder: "I've interviewed Kathleen Willey, and I've said to her, as I'm saying to you, when people came by and made threats and said names and suggested she should 'watch it,' you still can't trace that to Hillary."

And a final caveat to Ms. Scheonkopf: What do all the countries in North Africa and the Middle East which donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation have in common?!? Check here, and you have one of your answers:

Clinton Foundation Takes $25.5M from Countries that Kill, Imprison Gays

Here's another link with a pretty grim chart of what these countries paid, and what they do to their gay communities:

List of Middle East Countries Hillary Has Taken Money from that Punish Gays with Death

Oh, and here is a nice little factoid about another "wonderful" practice from all the countries in the Middle East and North Africa which donated to Clinton's foundation allow, which include Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Qatar, Sultanate of Oman; UAE; Embassy of Algeria; and the kingdom of Brunei:

Prevalence of female genital mutilation by country

So, in summation, all of the countries which contributed to the Clinton Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa still allow the frightful, barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, and jail, chemically castrate , and/or execute members of their LGBT communities.

Take a good look at the countries in the table on the left of the article, and you will see Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Qatar, Sultanate of Oman; UAE; Embassy of Algeria; and the kingdom of Brunei as countries where FGM is still practiced.

Now, what can you say about the morality of a person who takes money from countries like this, understanding that these horrific practices continue to take place?!?

The answer is very simple; Hillary Clinton has utterly no morality, and that is the God's truth. In her world, the end justifies the means, period, end of discussion.

I am very sorry to have to disabuse Ms. Schoenkopf, and those who want to think like her, of the notion that Hillary Clinton is, in any way, shape or form, a moral human being; but it is time people accepted the awful truth about this sick "dynamic duo" of Bill and Hill.

They are both thugs of the highest order, dressed in Armani suits, to give them the "aura" of "legitimacy", when that alleged "legitimacy" has been purchased through assassinations, blackmail, and money.

And lastly, when was the last time that a Presidential candidate has a "dead bodies list", following them?!?

The Clinton Dead Bodies List

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