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Dec 23 18:33

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

A former UK ambassador to Syria has castigated officials and the media in Britain for their selective moralising and reporting of the armed conflict in Syria...>>

Dec 23 17:08

Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl

Poor Palestine – the major Palestinian players, Fatah and Hamas have degraded and set back the liberation movement by crawling with begging bowls to self-interested, absolutely not Palestine-interested, Arab states, and furthermore both are fickle beggars switching loyalties to conform to the US volatile currents in the Middle East.

Dec 23 16:23

FBI Announces $50,000 Reward and National Campaign to Identify East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to announce the launch of a reward and national campaign to help identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Dec 23 16:00

Putin shrugs off Trump's nuclear plans, says Democrats sore losers

"I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military was the most powerful in the world," Putin said, referring to State Department comments from Thursday.

"Nobody is arguing with that."

Dec 23 15:47

'No Smoking Gun': Mistrial Declared In LA County Sheriff Corruption Case

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s corruption trial ended after jurors said they were deadlocked when all but one were in favor of acquittal. The judge declared a mistrial, and now Baca is free pending the prosecution’s decision to retry him.

Dec 23 15:42

Dr. Jim Willie: U.S. Dollar’s Status as the Global Reserve Continues To Lose Credibility (Video)

In the following interview with Dr. Willie, we review many reasons Americans should still be very concerned about the economic dangers that lie ahead. The simple fact is that many of the problems are too far along to be reversed by a President Trump, or anyone else for that matter. At one point during Part I of the interview below, Dr. Willie reads a direct quote from this month’s issue of The Hat Trick Letter, his monthly newsletter. Dr. Willie expresses his own frustrations with trying to convince loved ones that all is not as it appears in financial markets.

Dr. Willie reads:

Dec 23 15:20

California Starts Investigating 2 Deadliest Police Agencies

The Department of Justice in the US state of California has launched an investigation into two police agencies in the state which is known as the deadliest agencies in the entire country.

The investigation began on Thursday into Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Bakersfield Police Department with officials trying to examine excessive use of force and other serious misconduct used by the two departments.

Dec 23 15:19

Florida Supreme Court Orders 150 Death Row Inmates Be Resentenced

At least 150 death row inmates in Florida will need to be resentenced after the state’s supreme court ruled that they had been convicted under unconstitutional laws.

Florida has the second largest population of death row inmates in the US, with nearly 400 people awaiting execution. On Thursday, the state’s supreme court ruled that nearly half of those inmates needed to be resentenced.

Dec 23 14:51

US White Cop Tackles, Arrests Black Woman Who Called For Help

A video has been released showing a white US officer tackling and arresting an African American woman who had called police for help.

Police authorities in Forth Worth, Texas, received a call Wednesday by the woman who reported assault of her 7-year-old boy by a man for alleged littering.

Dec 23 12:14

City Passes Ordinance Mandating CCTV Surveillance By Businesses, Including Doctors And Lawyers Offices

Another government has decided to "protect" local businesses by forcing them to install surveillance cameras. All commercial businesses located here will now be required to install and maintain security cameras or face a fine or jail following passage of a new citywide ordinance by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

Dec 23 11:23

Star Wars: Lucas wrote a ‘false flag’ historical allegory about US devolution to rogue state empire. It’s true: US ‘leads’ ‘developed’ nations to war-poverty murder ~500 million in last 25 years as most evil government in world history

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Star Wars’ Rogue One is a story of rebel leaders’ strategy development to stop a total-evil empire fooling many with “fake news” of bringing “safety and security” to the public after a history of false-flag terrorism (and here). In the story, insiders leak literally explosive data that unfolds to escalating military engagement.

Our real world is a story is exactly the same of a rogue state empire, but with an option for public awakening to Emperor’s New Clothes facts that could end the empire through lawful arrests of .01% criminal leaders.

Edited from what I wrote about Star Wars in 2015:

“How do democracies get turned into dictatorships? The democracies aren’t overthrown; they’re given away... Star Wars was really about the Vietnam War.” - George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

“The (Star Wars) Empire is like America ten years from now.” - George Lucas, 1973

Dec 23 10:51

Trumpocalypse? Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling Food, Guns And Emergency Supplies

Fearing that a Trump presidency could rapidly evolve into a “Trumpocalypse”, a significant number of leftists are now stockpiling food, guns and emergency supplies. In fact, even though many had expected a sharp drop in gun sales following Trump’s victory, what actually happened is that fear of what is coming under Trump pushed background checks for gun sales to an all-time record high on Black Friday. The election of Donald Trump has awakened the left to a degree that we haven’t seen in decades, and some on the left are embracing hardcore survivalism without any apologies.

Dec 23 10:28

Nigerian Authorities Seize 2.5 Tons Of Fake Plastic Rice

Nigerian authorities have intercepted a shipment of around 2.5 tons of fake rice, allegedly from China.

Dec 23 09:50

600 Delayed and Cancelled Flights Strand LAX Holiday Travelers

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled out of Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, leaving thousands of passengers trapped in holiday hell on the busiest travel day of the year.

The first of two storms to buffet the region forced the delays or cancellations of 229 flights in and out of LAX between midnight and noon Thursday, said airport spokeswoman Mary Grady. Airport officials said another 400 flights are likely to be delayed or canceled Friday morning.

Dec 23 09:43

Made-in-America Weapons, War Crimes, and the Outcry Over Yemen

As the US limits some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, human rights groups present 'overwhelming evidence' pointing back at Washington.

Yemen’s 21-month war has devastated the country and sparked a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN recorded 4,014 killed and thousands more injured by Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March 2015 and September 2016, carried out with the backing of the US and UK.

The war has displaced 2.2 million Yemenis, while an additional 180,000 have fled the country (refugees are so desperate, some are fleeing to Somalia). Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, was pulled into this crisis after Houthi rebels ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in early 2015. Alarmed by the Houthi rebel advances in Yemen, neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for the United Nations to bring an end to the “coup” (pdf).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, Saudi Arabia, The United States Government, the UK Government and (as reported at this blog yesterday) the Canadian government are neck deep in war crimes.

The House of Saud, apparently, believes that committing utterly genocidal war crimes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, killing scores of innocents n the process, is no big deal.

The Saudi military hits schools, hospitals, and open-air markets, all civilian targets, with impunity.

Their scorched earth approach to this campaign, against their brother and sister Muslims in Yemen, reminds me of what the Papal Legate, Pierre de Castelnau, said to his military in the church's persecution of French Cathars at the siege of Languedoc, upon hearing that women and children were also with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what was that infamous statement?

It was: "kill them all: God will find his own."

I don't quite know how this translates into Arabic, but you catch my drift.

However, the images I am about to share don't lie. And I will warn you: they are intensely graphic, so if you have a problem with real images of the war in Yemen, please go no further in reading this article.

And did I mention that the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, which means food cannot get into this country, has translated into starvation for thousands of Yemen's kids?!?

At this moment in history, my brother and sister Brits, Canadians, and Americans share more in common than our English heritage; we are all governed by administrations who are complicit in war crimes courtesy of these weapons sales, used for genocide in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia.

I don't know how it makes the rest of you feel; but right now, come January, I think that the citizens all these countries need to have a peaceful, focused dialogue with those who allegedly represent us, and let them know that these weapons sales cannot continue, because their use, in the Saudi war in Yemen, is obscenely immoral, and if they want another term in office, they will, collectively, stop this.

Dec 23 09:42

Unmarried Maid arrested for giving birth to illegitimate baby in Dubai. The police said the hospital should have informed them immediately. “They should not accept such cases of unmarried pregnant women,” police said.

A 30-year-old Ethiopian woman was arrested in Al Qasimi Hospital on Thursday after she confessed that her newborn baby is illegitimate and she is an illegal maid, an official at Sharjah Police told Gulf News on Saturday

Dec 23 09:42

The United States is returning over 9,000 acres of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, acreage it has held since the conclusion of World War II

The United States is returning over 9,000 acres of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, acreage it has held since the conclusion of World War II.
The move is the largest return of land since 1972 and comes amid long-standing controversy over the U.S. military presence on the southern Japanese island, heightened by a string of crimes that includes the murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman earlier this year. A former U.S. Marine was arrested and charged in the case.

Dec 23 08:58

Brzezinski: Trump told me 'let it be an arms race' on nukes

President-elect Donald Trump told MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski that he's fine with a nuclear arms race developing, Brzezinski said Friday morning.
The "Morning Joe" co-host said Trump privately told her he is confident that the U.S. can “outlast” any other country.
“Let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass ... and outlast them all,” Brzezinski recounted Trump saying.

Dec 23 08:38

"Deplorables Unite" - (Do you hear the people sing) Trump Anthem with Lyrics

Dec 23 08:31

New Missouri Law makes Grade School fights a Felony, resulting in up to a 4 year Sentence

If you have a child heading back to grade school after the holiday break, the rules on fighting are getting stricter.
There's a new statute going into effect starting January 1, 2017 that ups the punishment when students get into a fight.
The change means that if your student is caught fighting once they return back to school, they will get jail time.

Dec 23 08:31

McDonald's sued because 'Extra Value Meal' is 41 cents more

McDonald's is being sued over the price of its value meals.
According to plaintiff James Gertie, the fast-food chain's "Extra Value Meal" of two cheeseburgers, medium fries, and a soft drink costs 41 cents more than it would if you just ordered each item individually off the regular menu, the Cook County Record reported.

Dec 23 08:02

Edward Snowden: Solution to ‘fake news’ not censorship but critical thinking

Recently, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held a Periscope livestream to tackle the notion that “fake news” helped sway the U.S. election in Donald Trump’s favor. The solution to “fake news” was not censorship but rather critical thinking, Snowden said.

Dec 23 07:35

Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who's Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs

While it has been said for a long time that the U.S. is bleeding manufacturing jobs overseas, particularly to China, some businesses have been moving operations the other way round.
And now, the head of a leading Chinese glass maker making the same move has openly questioned if his country really is such a lucrative destination for offshore factories, reports Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post.

Dec 23 07:35

4 bodies found at property of retired N.Y. cop

Four bodies believed to be the missing men allegedly killed by retired Briarcliff Manor cop Nicholas Tartaglione during a busted drug deal in April were recovered Tuesday on property he rented in Orange County.

Dec 23 07:08

9/11 Truther James Brolin Meets George H.W. Bush

Who knew that George H. W. Bush had a twitter account, anyway!? Brolin and his wife Barbara Streisand met with the Bushes last week. Brolin famously plugged a 9/11 truth website on 'The View' in 2006.

Dec 23 04:30

Trumpocalypse? Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling Food, Guns And Emergency Supplies

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, many liberals all over America have suddenly become extremely interested in prepping. Fearing that a Trump presidency could rapidly evolve into a “Trumpocalypse”, a significant number of leftists are now stockpiling food, guns and emergency supplies.

Dec 23 03:28

HOLIDAY HIGH ALERT! Multiple Warnings Issued All Over The World!!

RED ALERT!!

Not one, not two, but THREE major events have recently taken place over the world!!

Dec 22 19:38

Michigan Deputy Arrests Lieutenant For Drunk Driving

Finally a good cop! "NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW," the deputy tells an obviously drunk and obnoxious Lt. Brian Filipak, of Washtenaw County, Michigan. The deputy then arrests Filipak, after threatening to taze him.

Dec 22 18:19

GOOGLE EMPLOYEE SUES THE COMPANY FOR ‘INTERNAL SPYING PROGRAM’

The employee is suing Google, stating that the “spying” policies violate the California labor laws.

According to the suit, Google has several policies in place that make it impossible for employees to give information that may harm the company’s reputation, including illegal conduct and contract breaches that takes place within Google itself.

In fact, employees are urged to report fellow co-workers who they think might be “leaking” information to a third party, including misconduct on the company’s part.

The report also states that employees may not complain about activities they deem suspicious or possibly even illegal to Google’s attorneys for fear of repercussions.

The suit, which was filed by an anonymous Google employee, also claims that Google has a program named Stop Leaks which aims to curb confidential information about the company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how completely Stasi of Google!

But then again, what can one expect from a company which routinely forwards private communications to agencies of the US government, at its command?!?

GOOGLE: US GOVERNMENT SPYING HAS TRIPLED SINCE 2010

Dec 22 18:09

GOOGLE EMPLOYEE SUES THE COMPANY FOR ‘INTERNAL SPYING PROGRAM’

This is insane to the point where I would advise all Missouri state residents with kids to get the hell out of the state, or get your child into a private school now.

It has been demonstrated, over and over again, that when kids are given counseling and emotional rehabilitation, the outcomes are far better than those of kids who get jailed.

The Missouri State Legislature has collectively lost its mind on this issue, and wherever possible, parents need to vote with their feet.

Dec 22 18:04

SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE COMPLETE — NEW LAW MAKES SCHOOLYARD FIGHTS A FELONY

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We want to make you aware of a few new State Statutes that will go into effect on January 1, 2017, which may have a drastic impact on how incidents are handled in area school districts.

The way the new statue reads, if a person commits the offense of an assault in the third degree this will now be classified as a Class E Felony, rather than a misdemeanor. If he or she knowingly causes physical injury to another person (hits someone or has a fight with another individual and an injury occurs) – one or both participants may be charged with a Felony.
Gone are the days when teachers broke up fights and sent the kids home, calling the parents and perhaps suspending the kid if it was a serious incident. “School Resource Officers” or local cops now arrest the kids and, if there is any perceived injury (an arbitrary judgment), will charge them with third-degree assault – treating children cooped up in school as if they are violent adults on the streets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is insane to the point where I would advise all Missouri state residents with kids to get the hell out of the state, or get your child into a private school now.

It has been demonstrated, over and over again, that when kids are given counseling and emotional rehabilitation, the outcomes are far better than those of kids who get jailed.

The Missouri State Legislature has collectively lost its mind on this issue, and wherever possible, parents need to vote with their feet.

Dec 22 17:59

'Please pray for us': Blaze in Manhattan high-rise left a seven-year-old girl in cardiac arrest, trapped nine people on the roof, and injured 18 others

A high-rise fire on the Upper West Side of Manhattan caused a little girl to go into cardiac arrest, left nine people trapped on the roof and injured other 18 people, including four firefighters, before it could be put out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any second that building will collapse into its own footprint, just like World Trade Center building 7. Any second now ........... Screw it, let's go get drunk."

Dec 22 16:52

Obama's "Midnight Regulations" Will Cost Americans $6 Billion?

President Barack Obama and his administration are about to issue multiple regulations totaling about $6 billion during the “midnight period” between the Election Day and the Inauguration Day.

Dec 22 16:51

These Democrats Want to Abolish Electoral College

Back in November, the Huffington Post reported that two-thirds of Democrats want to abolish the Electoral College while 4 out of 10 responded they would refuse to accept Donald Trump as the legitimate President of the United States.

Dec 22 16:45

Austrian Police Issue “Rape Whistles”

Police in Vienna will distribute 6,000 pocket alarm “rape whistles” to Austrian women on New Year’s Eve to try and prevent another mass nonwhite invader sex attack like that which occurred last year, the Interior Ministry has announced.

Dec 22 16:44

US Cities Step Up Security After Berlin Attack

Authorities in major American cities have increased security measures for the New Year holiday in the wake of Monday’s attack in the German capital of Berlin, where a truck driver rammed his vehicle into a Christmas market, killing 12 people.

Dec 22 15:28

Jet Blue Passenger Kicked Off Plane For Accosting Ivanka Trump and Her Kids

A Jet Blue passenger was kicked off a plane this morning after "accosting" Ivanka Trump and "verbally berating her and 'jeering' at her 3 kids."

Dec 22 15:27

Screaming lawyer chases down Ivanka Trump and yells at her as she sits with her kids on flight to Florida - and his Hillary supporter husband BOASTS about the verbal attack before they're kicked off

Ivanka Trump made it very clear on Thursday that she has no problem staying cool and calm under pressure.

The 35-year-old mother-of-three was travelling with her children to Palm Beach, Florida from New York City on a JetBlue flight when a man began to accost her.

'Your father is ruining the country,' said Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn, who had a child in his arms according to TMZ.

Goldstein then began screaming out: 'Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.'

Dec 22 15:21

Two Muslim Americans Kicked Off Delta Flight For Speaking Arabic

Two Muslim American YouTube stars were escorted off a US airline in London after several British passengers complained when one of them spoke Arabic to his mother on the phone.

Dec 22 15:03

Germans Rage At Merkel As Details Emerge About Berlin Truck Terrorist

Germans rage after learning the Berlin terrorist is asylum seeker on U.S. no-fly list, previously under surveillance and had been jailed numerous times.

Dec 22 14:38

Rapacious consumerism and climate change

Graham Peebles highlights the destructiveness of neo-liberalism – the infinite desire for consumer goods and environmental degradation – and argues for a paradigm shift away from individualism and towards the community.

Dec 22 14:16

“Lines Out The Door”: How Americans Respond When Liberal States Restrict Their Gun Rights

The window is closing on freedom in the Golden State, as liberal government leaders and increasingly bureaucratic laws are being used to strip away the rights of the people.

“When Gov. Brown signed that bill, the first 30 days in July were just insane. It died down for a while but now we are back with everyone trying to get what they can before the end of the year.”

“We have people lined up out the door and around the block,” Terry McGuire, owner of the Get Loaded gun store in San Bernardino, added.

Read more at SHTF

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 13:35

President-elect Donald Trump NEWS

Trump calls for expanded U.S. nuclear weapons capability

Trump taps RNC's Spicer for White House spokesman

Trump campaign star Conway named as his presidential counselor

Dec 22 13:26

Germany says Tunisian's fingerprints found in Christmas market crash truck

GUESS PEOPLE WERE NOT BELIEVING THE "FOUND ID" CLAIM

Dec 22 12:42

Can the Government Deduce Your Religion Without Asking?

I’m hearing a lot of chatter about President Trump potentially creating a “Muslim registry,” which, as it turns out, already exists. The current system only registers non-residents from certain countries. But how hard would it be for the government to figure out all of our religious beliefs – citizens and non-citizens alike — without asking?

My guess is that the government already uses Big Data to determine our religious beliefs and more. Consider all the information they have.

Dec 22 12:37

Does The U.S. EPA Have ALL Of Monsanto’s Hidden Science Regarding Glyphosate And GMOs?

As you sit down to your various holiday feasts during the next week or so, maybe you ought to think about what’s in your food. Do you really know the chemicals and GMO ingredients, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) probably EVEN doesn’t know many of them due to Monsanto’s…

Dec 22 12:30

Burien, Washington declared sanctuary city by narrow council vote

From Seattle Times: Burien is about to become a so-called sanctuary city — joining Seattle and King County — after the City Council voted narrowly late Monday to bar city employees from asking for documentation of a person’s immigration status.

Dec 22 12:21

Watch Elon Musk Freak as SpaceX Makes History

Last year around this time, SpaceX pulled off the feat of launching a rocket and then having it return safely to Earth after sending its cargo into space. The milestone got plenty of news coverage at the time, but National Geographic TV has now released a video with a compelling inside angle: It shows SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his employees watching the launch unfold—"this is bad," says Musk at one point, worried about impending failure—complete with jubilant celebration.

Dec 22 12:18

A Reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

This year, next week, just after Christmas, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to travel to Pearl Harbor. He and President Obama will visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

“This visit is to comfort the souls of the victims,” Abe said. “We’d like to send messages about the importance of reconciliation.”

The mushroom cloud from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945.
The two leaders’ visit comes at an important time. Back in May, both men visited Hiroshima — the first time a sitting American president had come to the place where we dropped the first atomic bomb in August 1945, killing more than 125,000. With these visits we seek to heal old profound grievances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Michael Winship; sir, I live on Oahu, just moments from Pearl Harbor.
Mike and I have been to the Arizona Memorial many times.

One of the most powerful moments there, was watching both Japanese and American Veterans of World War II, who have come to know each other, throw flowers into the water together, and cry at the insanity which is war,and I completely concur with that sentiment.

But that being said, I must thoroughly disagree with you that Trump represents what you characterise as a part of some "...far-right populist movements", or that "nationalism" is a dirty word.

Yes, the US is part of a (terribly dysfunctional) family of nations right now, and we need to get that sorted, in a peaceful, rational way, through intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations.

But the cold, hard reality is that the transnationalism which has caused Americans to lose their jobs to offshoring and outsourcing, has been very economically great for the corporations shopping work to the lowest bidder, but one oozing gash in the gut for what's left of the American middle class.

It is no wonder that people in terribly economically disadvantaged states voted overwhelmingly for Trump over Clinton. These areas may be euphemistically characterised as "flyover country" by dismissive politicians and their advisors; I can assure you, however, that the people living in these areas are NOT "flyover people"; they wanted their real needs and concerns addressed, and did not see or hear anything from Clinton which made them feel that was going to happen on her watch.

And I do take umbrage at your not terribly thinly veiled dig at Trump as someone who will be the kind of President who will "... force march us into darkness."

I think quite the contrary; in listening to everything the man has said, I hear someone who, at the end of the day, will be judged by history as a no-nonsense centrist, who will work to accomplish peace through trade, and an intelligently strong military, which is used with restraint.

And finally, Mr. Winslip, I would like to politely point out the following; the Obama administration is conducting wars, overt and covert, in Somalia; Yemen (via a Saudi proxy); Afghanistan; Yemen; Syria; Libya and Iraq, that we know of.

I would hardly call these wars a "positive legacy" from his two terms in office, and I seriously doubt that any rational person could either.

Dec 22 11:09

Md. attorney general says nursing homes kicked out patients to boost Medicare payments

A nursing home operator in Maryland aggressively and illegally booted residents from its facilities to maximize payments it collected from public health plans and in many cases dropped the residents off at homeless shelters or inadequate living facilities, the state’s attorney general alleged in a sweeping lawsuit filed Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit asserts that the firm, Neiswanger Management Services (NMS), was acutely aware of the reimbursement differences between federal Medicare and the lesser rates paid by Medicaid, which uses state and federal money to provide health coverage for low-income patients.

NMS’s motive, according to the attorney general: Leave bed space for new Medicare patients, who yield more than $500 a day in reimbursements, compared with roughly half that for Medicaid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am certain that these kinds of practices, to earn more money for nursing home owners, go far beyond the state of Maryland.

I am also reasonably sure that Neiswanger Management Services had their legal folks go over the terms and conditions, regarding discharge of their clients, to the point where these practices just barely skated on the outskirts of "legal".

However, that being said, these practices are both immoral and inhumane.

Many of these patients may have been both physically and mentally disabled, and if they do not have at least one family member to strenuously advocate for them, can get dumped and shuttled into whatever hellholes at which they have been left, without ever being able to make a complaint to the outside world.

These older people who had this done to them were hidden; dumped; maltreated; and simply left to die.

At the end of the day, a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable; and among those most vulnerable are those who are no longer able to care for themselves, for whatever reason.

Our fragile elderly need to be treated with respect, kindness, and consistency of care, period, end of discussion; otherwise, we cannot, here in the US characterise ourselves as having a "civilised society".

Dec 22 10:51

HOW THE MILITARY EXCLUDED THE WHITE HOUSE FROM INTERNATIONAL SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS

Russia kicked the U.S. out of any further talks about Syria after the U.S. blew a deal which, after long delaying negotiations, Kerry had made with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

In a recent interview Kerry admits that it was opposition from the Pentagon, not Moscow or Damascus, that had blown up his agreement with Russia over Syria:

More recently, he has clashed inside the administration with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Kerry negotiated an agreement with Russia to share joint military operations, but it fell apart.

“Unfortunately we had divisions within our own ranks that made the implementation of that extremely hard to accomplish,” Kerry said. “But I believe in it, I think it can work, could have worked."

Kerry's agreement with Russia did not just "fell apart". The Pentagon actively sabotaged it by intentionally and perfidiously attacking the Syrian army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to recall noting last June, that there seemed to be a war going on in Obama's administration between the Pentagon and the White House: this article certainly appears to confirm it.

A rogue US military is a very dangerous thing; and in this period of transition, I cannot foretell what the Pentagon, coupled with the US "deep state" has in mind, to insure that President-elect Trump has a hot war on his hands even before he takes the oath of office, as their "gift" to him.

However, in that leaked memo about Trump's defense priorities, it is very reassuring to know that Russia was not mentioned.

So a short memo to Russia's President Vladimir Putin: please hang in there until Trump assumes the Presidency of the United States.

I have a strong sense that the relationship between our two countries is about to become a lot less stressed after this happens.

Dec 22 10:45

Military Helicopters Over Midtown Were Training to Lift President-Elect Donald Trump Out of New York City: Sources

Low-flying military planes and helicopters spotted over midtown Manhattan last week turned out to be part of a training exercise on safely airlifting the next president out of New York City, law enforcement sources say.

Dec 22 10:40

MAINSTREAM MEDIA ADMITS SYRIAN “REBELS” HAVE BEEN STARVING CIVILIANS IN ALEPPO

The mainstream media has surprisingly admitted that it is, in fact, the rebels in Aleppo who have been starving the city’s civilian population.

The rebel group in question is called Jaish al-Islam (or the Army of Islam in English). This is the same rebel group that has been documented carrying out ISIS-inspired executions, is intent on establishing sharia law in Syria, and cooperates and conducts attacks regularly with al-Qaeda. The group’s former leader has gone on record to say he will cleanse the region of Shi’ites, Alawites, and Zoroastrians. The organization has also been heavily suspected of using chemical weapons and shelling civilians.

It is for these reasons that Secretary of State John Kerry classified them as a subgroup of al-Qaeda, going off-script in the process.

But we’re still at war with al-Qaeda, aren’t we?

Dec 22 10:36

YAHOO EMAIL SCAN SHOWS U.S. SPY PUSH TO RECAST CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVACY

Yahoo Inc's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings.

The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) last year resulted from the government's drive to change decades of interpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment right of people to be secure against "unreasonable searches and seizures," intelligence officials and others familiar with the strategy told Reuters.

The unifying idea, they said, is to move the focus of U.S. courts away from what makes something a distinct search and toward what is "reasonable" overall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, when I email, even though I am a Christian pacifist activist who never advocates violence, I am figuring that various US "Alphabet Soup" intelligence agencies are reading my posts, both on this website and Facebook; my emails; my texts; and occasionally listening in to my cell calls.

I am not being paranoid here; just pragmatic.

But what annoys me, personally, about this violent, and unscrupulous, blanket assault on my 4th Amendment guarantee against "unreasonable searches and seizures," is, I'm really not one of the "bad guys" they looking for!

I'm the director of my English-speaking church choir (we also have a Samoan speaking choir), and Mike and I are very active contributors to two food programs for the food insecure on Oahu through both my church and our sister Catholic church.

I would strongly suggest that the really "bad guys" who are actually intent on doing harm to this country are either so low tech that our security agencies cannot find them; or so brilliantly encrypted in their communications, that our security agencies also cannot find them.

And BTW, if any of those agents surveilling us who live on Oahu happen to sing and sight-read, I have a great church choir for you to join!! :-)

Dec 22 10:19

IRAN IS NOT THE BIGGEST NUCLEAR CHEATER — GUESS WHO IS

If you think Iran presents the greatest danger of nuclear war today, think again.

It is none other than the United States that has consistently violated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—and it’s these violations that are one of the main drivers of the spread of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war across the world.

While some worry about inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities, Americans should be pushing first for inspecting something nearer to home: the embarrassing and dangerous record of nuclear treaty violations committed by the US and its fellow nuclear states.

And there’s something else that bears closer inspection: how the mainstream media’s misreporting about nuclear armaments played a key role in justifying the Iraq war and other recent conflicts.

Dec 22 10:10

Why Social Security Is Doomed: “Birthrate At Lowest Level on Record”… And the Future Is Unfunded

Here’s more evidence that the “recovery” never really happened, and the entire social net structure is doomed to fall apart.

The birthrate, long tied to economic growth, has been dropping to its lowest point in recorded history.

This demographic shift is bad news for the economy – in terms of housing, consumer markets, and especially for the long-term funding of social security, medicaid, medicare and other obligations...

Read more at SHTF

Dec 22 10:05

SYRIA AMBASSADOR REVEALS NAMES OF ALLEGED WESTERN/SAUDI/GCC INTELLIGENCE AGENTS TRAPPED IN EAST ALEPPO

After hearing about how Assad has “barrel bombed,” “tortured,” “burned alive,” and otherwise maimed civilians in East Aleppo (who are themselves committing mass suicide to evade Syrian government forces according to mainstream outlets), the real reason for the increase in hysteria has finally come to light.

The real reason for America’s concern is not because of civilians at all or even because of their terrorist proxies who will soon be totally annihilated in East Aleppo. It is because their own intelligence officers are stuck in East Aleppo, completely surrounded by Syrian military forces, and their capture will not only weaken the Western operation in the country, it will reveal to the world what most already know – that the U.S. and its allies are working hand-in-glove with the terrorists it claims are moderates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I completely unsurprised by this development?!?

The leadership of those countries attempting to cause regime change in Damascus, is about to be named and shamed by the Syrian government, as well they should be.

And the agents who got stuck in Eastern Aleppo included nationals from the following countries: Turkey; the USA; Israel; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; and Morocco.

And bravo to Dr. al-Ja’afari, for maintaining such grace under pressure, in his explanation of what was really going on here.

The US government has lost its stated objective of regime change in Syria through its proxy jihadists; the only thing President Obama could do now, but only for the amount of time he has left in office, is to order boots on the ground in Syria, risking war with Russia over such an action.

Dec 22 10:03

Children in 3,000 US Communities Have Lead Poisoning Levels Higher Than Flint

Reuters reveals children in nearly 3,000 U.S. communities have lead poisoning levels higher than Flint Michigan

Dec 22 10:01

U.S. cities with Nativity scenes ignore takedown demands

A historic Hispanic city in New Mexico has one in the center of town on public property. A small farming community in Colorado has another outside of a public park. A West Pennsylvania city refused to take its display down despite a legal threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.

Dec 22 09:46

Nearly 95% of all new jobs during Obama era were part-time, or contract

A new study by economists from Harvard and Princeton indicates that 94% of the 10 million new jobs created during the Obama era were temporary positions.
The study shows that the jobs were temporary, contract positions, or part-time "gig" jobs in a variety of fields.
Female workers suffered most heavily in this economy, as work in traditionally feminine fields, like education and medicine, declined during the era.
The research by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Alan Krueger at Princeton University shows that the proportion of workers throughout the U.S., during the Obama era, who were working in these kinds of temporary jobs, increased from 10.7% of the population to 15.8%.
Krueger, a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, was surprised by the finding.
The disappearance of conventional full-time work, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work, has hit every demographic. “Workers seeking full-time, steady work have lost,” said Krueger.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for Obama having left Trump his "legacy" of a "great economy"!!

Dec 22 09:41

Ivanka Trump Accosted by Passenger on JetBlue Flight

If these stupid libtards keep this up,harrassing a mother in coach with 3 kids in tow,they are going to get prosecuted and maybe hurt!
This is despicable!

Ivanka Trump just had a bumpy start to her Xmas holiday ... an out-of-control passenger on her flight began verbally berating her and "jeering" at her 3 kids.

Ivanka was on a JetBlue flight leaving JFK Thursday morning with her family when a passenger started screaming, "Your father is ruining the country." The guy went on, "Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private." The guy had his kid in his arms as he went on the tirade.

Dec 22 09:23

Percentage of Young Americans Living With Parents Rises to 75-Year High

Pity both parents and the American housing market: Millennials are moving back home with their folks -- and they aren’t moving out.
Almost 40 percent of young adults lived with their parents, step-parents, grandparents and other relatives last year, or the highest point in 75 years, according to data from real estate analytics company Trulia. The only time in U.S. history when the share has been higher was in 1940, when the U.S. economy was regaining its footing from the Great Depression and the year prior to the country’s entry into World War II.

Dec 22 09:23

Out-going EPA chief: 'Good luck saying climate change isn't real' to Americans facing storms, droughts and wildfires

Boston native, Irish Catholic, lover of Guinness beer and a good laugh — has been a central player in the Obama administration’s work to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and combat global warming at home and abroad.
A career environmental bureaucrat and a veteran of Republican administrations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, McCarthy promised a “common sense” approach to fighting climate change during her 2013 confirmation hearing

Dec 22 09:17

Judge rules school children can pursue climate change lawsuit against Washington State

Eight Seattle children should have “their day in court” to argue that Washington State and others aren't protecting them from climate change, a judge ruled.
King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill allowed the young petitioners to move ahead in their case against the state, writing that “it is time for these youth to have the opportunity to address their concerns in a court of law, concerns raised under statute and under the state and federal constitutions.”

Dec 22 09:17

Hundreds of Kenyan girls are preparing to spend Christmas in schools, rather than with their families, fearing that their parents will force them to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

Schools that should have closed more than a month ago for the holidays are staying open for the girls, while others are staying in churches in north-western Pokot County.
Alice Jebet, 14, says there are financial, as well as cultural reasons, why so many parents support the practice:

Dec 22 09:15

SHOCK: MSNBC SAYS THIS WAS MOST ACCURATE TRUMP TWEET EVER AND THEY’RE DEAD RIGHT

As Republican electors went to cast their votes for Donald Trump in the Electoral College on Monday, they had already undergone over a month of abuse from liberals who were trying to intimidate them. The media paid only passing attention to this phenomenon of elector abuse — and Donald Trump was sick of the double standard.

Dec 22 09:13

Indian Student Behind Swastika Hate Hoax Facing 40 Years in Prison

A hate crime hoaxer who drew swastikas and wrote "KKK" and "Heil Hitler" around Nassau Community College in New York is being threatened with 40 years in prison.

Dec 22 08:30

Lead sheriff in Chris Kyle murder investigation found dead inside Erath County home

Tommy Bryant was reportedly found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his home overnight, according to local officials.

...

Law Enforcement was investigating him for allegedly cheating on his continuing education training, yourstephenvilletx.com reports. He served as sheriff for nearly 20 years in Erath County, which is about 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Dec 22 08:20

How to wake people up without being an A-hole

It’s fair to say that all of us don’t know what we’re talking about when it comes to specific topics. We might have excellent awareness in some areas, but next to none in others. Yet whenever we read the comments section of anything controversial on Facebook or elsewhere, there are always the various opposing views, many of which are ignorant, condemning and outright abusive. The disheartening aspect is many people who have awoken to some of the conspiratorial ‘truths’ that have been brilliantly exposed by the independent media, as well as run a relatively good heart program, can still be some of the most ignorant bullies out there.

Dec 22 08:13

Canada's telecom and broadcast regulator has declared that broadband internet access should be deemed a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians

The CRTC has declared broadband internet a basic telecommunications service.
In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the national regulator ordered the country's internet providers to begin working toward boosting internet service and speeds in rural and isolated areas.

Dec 22 08:13

Poll: 62 percent of Democrats and independents don't want Clinton to run again

A majority of Democratic and independent voters made clear that they don’t foresee Hillary Clinton in their 2020 vision of the presidential election, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday.

Dec 22 07:25

Ruling Elite Come Out of the Closet

*hyperlinks live at source*

Notice the desperation in the attempts to overturn Trump's victory in the 2016 Presidential election. The Elite are not used to losing and adamantly back their candidate, Hillary Clinton, no matter what it takes.

The Rothschild clan, whose fortune is estimated at over $30 trillion, traditionally conceal their assets and keep a low public profile. But during Hillary's 2016 campaign, Lynn Forester de Rothschild hosted high ticket fundraisers for her good friend in an ostentatious display of support.

George Soros, a malevolent pillar of the oligarchy apparently connected to bloody color revolutions around the world, continues to back Hillary with his so-called purple revolution, with evidence of encouraging violent mobs to attack Trump supporters.

If this divisiveness spreads across the country, it could lead to civil war.

Dec 22 06:29

Arrest in 'Vote Trump' burning of Mississippi black church

A Mississippi man with a prior criminal record was arrested Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump," and the church's bishop said the man is a member of the congregation.

Dec 22 06:28

Killing hatred with kindness: Black man has convinced 200 racists to abandon the KKK by making friends with them despite their prejudiced views

A black man has single-handedly caused more than 200 white racists to leave the Ku Klux Klan simply by confronting their prejudice with friendship.
Inspirational Daryl Davis, 58, a blues musician and author, has travelled all over the US since the early 1980s actively seeking out and befriending members of the openly racist organisation.
The KKK is a white supremacy cult founded in 1865 organizing members to persecute people for the color of their skin or their religious beliefs.

Dec 22 04:40

Nativity Gets Place At (*Massachusetts) State House

Opens today after push by Andover rep

***but only after roping in lawyers when, he claims, officials initially told him “religious displays” were not allowed.

“I think it’s important, it’s an expression of what a lot of Christians really believe Christmas is all about,” (*MA) state Rep. James J. Lyons Jr., (R-Andover) said of the display of Jesus in the manger, which is being provided by the American Nativity Scene Committee and will be set up in the Great Hall this afternoon. “We’re just very happy that we’re going to be doing this. It’s been a little bit of a process.”

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The event comes a day after DeLeo, Lt. Gov Karyn Polito and other state officials attended a ceremonial lighting of a 15-foot menorah in the State House to mark the start of Hanukkah this weekend. The State House also hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting.

Dec 22 04:05

Metallica Frontman: I Escaped California Over ‘Elitist’ Progressives

Hetfield’s treatment is similar to countless other celebrities in California who are shunned merely for disagreeing with far-left ideology. According to former SNL cast member Victoria Jackson, more than 2,000 conservative and libertarian celebrities are forced to hide their viewpoints over fears of being “backlisted” by the industry.

Dec 22 04:01

Albuquerque Police Department to start manufacturing crack cocaine so they can arrest the people they sell it to

When Big Government goes off the rails, it’s almost like they’re smoking crack. In this case, that’s not far from the truth: The Albuquerque Police Department now plans to manufacture crack cocaine so they can sell it to people who are then arrested for “possession of crack.”

Dec 22 03:51

College Student Earns 4.0 GPA, Then Drops Out: “You Are Being Scammed!”

What can be done to alleviate this situation? Why do banks get bailed out (2008 Lehman crisis) for cheating the world, while students must continue to pay a debt? Why is a private institution (The Federal Reserve) in charge of this nation’s money and finances? How will students continue to be able to go to college when the price continues to skyrocket as the federal minimum wage stays stuck at $7.25 an hour? At some point soon, the masses won’t take it anymore from the banking cartel. The education system is in for some major changes very soon.

Dec 22 01:35

Bomb Found in Augsburg, Germany: 50,000 Affected by Evacuation

A bomb has been found in the Jakobervorstadt. As the city of Augsburg announced on Wednesday in a press conference, a large part of the inner city must be evacuated for the defuse of the air bomb. The evacuation is scheduled for the first Christmas holiday.

3.8 tonnes: The largest air bomb of the post-war period

Dec 21 20:02

One Year Ago Tonight, I met Our President And He Said I was a "Very Committed Trump Guy" With "A Lot Of Energy", And That "I'm On His Side!"

After I told him that "Israel did 9/11!" and that it was Israelis, not Muslims, who were cheering and arrested in New Jersey on 9/11. I called into Mike Rivero's show on the long drive back home from Michigan. Since Trump insulted every single one of the other protesters there who interrupted his speech that night, but he complimented me and said I could stay, I thought that was VERY interesting. Someone on YouTube made this combo with clips of my video and the TV coverage of Trump's very positive response to me. :-)

Dec 21 19:46

USAF Band WWII Holiday Flashback

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kicks ASS!!!!

Dec 21 17:26

Kids Kill Home Invaders! (Compilation 2016)

13-minute vid of pure 2A Americana. I love it.

Dec 21 17:01

FBI warrant for Hillary Clinton laptop emails released

A judge has released the search warrant the FBI used to look for classified Hillary Clinton emails on the Huma Abedin – Anthony Weiner laptop.

Dec 21 16:50

Could Hillary Clinton still face prosecution?

President-elect Donald Trump’s political handlers have suggested that the incoming administration will have bigger priorities than continuing investigations into Hillary Clinton’s possible illegal activities. But that isn’t quelling an ongoing movement calling for the former top diplomat’s prosecution.

Dec 21 16:33

Will Trump Lower the Cost of Speaking the Truth? -- Paul Craig Roberts

In America, nothing is less respected by the ruling elite and the presstitute media than truth.

Dec 21 16:23

Claim: Low flying military flyover in Manhattan was Trump rescue exercise

Early last week reports of a C-130 military plane and multiple Black Hawk helicopters flying low across Manhattan took the internet by storm with dozens of pictures and videos posted by confused Twitter users wondering what was going on.

Dec 21 15:04

Trump win ignites hope for stalled Alaska copper, gold mine

the EPA took the unusual action of blocking a mine before the project owner applied for a development permit.

Dec 21 14:50

In Case You Blinked: 2 Yale, 1 Harvard Alum Dispatch George W. Bush's War Crime Trial In 32 Minutes

In case you missed it, nine days ago three ivy-league black-robed villains dispatched the matter of George W. Bush's and company's war crimes in a mere 32 minutes. The federal civil lawsuit Saleh v. Bush is brought by an Iraqi woman, Sundus Shaker Saleh, against former President George W. Bush as well as Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. The case was heard in San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court on Dec. 12th. The three-judge appellate panel was comprised of Judges Andrew David Hurwitz, a 69-year-old Yale grad and Obama apointee; Susan P. Graber, a 67-year-old Yale Law School grad and Bill Clinton appointee; and Richard Franklin Boulware II, a 48-year-old black Harvard Law School grad who was also appointed by Obama.

Dec 21 14:42

Yahoo's secret scanning of emails at the behest of a U.S. is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have

"A lot of it is unrecognizable from a Fourth Amendment perspective," said Orin Kerr, a former federal prosecutor

Dec 21 14:39

Plastic rice' seized in Nigeria

It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year.

Dec 21 14:36

Oklahoma's new fracking guidelines aim to reduce quake risk

Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique.

Dec 21 14:08

New York City Combats Discrimination After Big Rise In Hate Crimes

New York City has launched a campaign against discrimination and harassment following a 30 percent rise in hate crimes this year in America’s most populous city.

The campaign, which began on Tuesday, features ads that are set up in subway stations and published in newspapers and social media, urging people to avoid intolerance.

Dec 21 14:06

Top 5 Disasterous Pipeline Spills Of 2016

A spill from an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in North Dakota has been contained after leaking 4,200 barrels of oil. While the 176,400-gallon leak is nothing to sneeze at, it is only the sixth worst spill of the year.

Dec 21 14:01

Turkish prosecutors probing why Russian envoy's killer not taken alive: state media

President Tayyip Erdogan defended the police actions.

Dec 21 13:46

Wow! German Officials Tried to Send Berlin Market Killer Back to Tunisia But Couldn't

Wow! German Officials Tried to Send Berlin Market Killer Back to Tunisia But Couldn't... Tunisia wouldn't take him!

Dec 21 13:24

Car driven into Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra

A VAN carrying gas bottles was driven into the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby in Canberra last night and set alight, causing an explosion.

Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton last night tweeted a photograph of the incident and said that no staff were injured.

“A vehicle has rammed our office in Canberra & exploded all staff are safe,” he posted.

Dec 21 13:23

Trump names economist Peter Navarro to head National Trade Council

to make American manufacturing great again

Dec 21 13:21

FLASHBACK: 'Leaky Vaccines' Could Spur More Dangerous Disease

'Leaky' vaccines - ones like the flu vaccine that induce viral shedding - spread infection and keep particularly deadly viruses from dying out naturally.

Dec 21 13:18

Facebook says government requests for account data rise 27 percent

Facebook for the first time provided information about government requests to preserve relevant user account information.

Dec 21 13:15

U.S.-supplied drones disappoint Ukraine at the front lines

proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say.

Dec 21 13:08

Gingrich: Trump Will "Decay As Much As Obama Did" If He Caves To D.C. Pressure

"If Trump remains honest and seems like a person who's authentic, he's gonna go a long way. If under the pressure of this city, if he's gonna start dissembling and saying things that aren't true, he'll decay as much as Obama did," Newt warned. "This is not a country that wanders around trusting people in power," he added, noting that he sees his role in the Trump administration "as a strategic planner."

Dec 21 12:59

The Front Line of This War Runs Through Art Galleries in Ankara and Christmas Festivities in Berlin

Dr. Sebastian Gorka studies the war on terrorism as a profession, and I consider him to be the source to go to for answers on this subject. The heart-breaking attacks we have just witnessed is a step up in the war. The tactics are beginning to penetrate and intrude into the joys of living in a civilized society.

Dec 21 12:53

EU court: governments cannot force telecom firms to store all data

* EU court struck down EU-wide data retention law in 2014

* Britain and Sweden had challenged that ruling

Dec 21 12:51

FINRA fines Wells Fargo, others $14 million for records' changeable format

for record-keeping problems that may have allowed company and customer documents to be altered.

The securities industry's self-regulator found that the firms failed to keep hundreds of millions of electronic documents

Dec 21 12:50

Former BlackRock fund manager jailed for 12 months for insider trading

Mark Lyttleton, 45, admitted buying shares in EnCore Oil and Cairn Energy ahead of public announcements from both firms

Dec 21 12:49

U.S . brings charges over pay-to-play scheme at New York pension fund

prosecutors on Wednesday accused a former portfolio manager at New York state's retirement fund of steering $2 billion in trades in exchange for bribes from brokerage employees,

Dec 21 12:47

Goldman Sachs to pay $120 million over attempted ISDAFIX benchmark manipulation

it attempted to manipulate a global benchmark for interest rate products known on Wall Street as "ISDAFIX,"

Dec 21 12:45

Kremlin says almost all communication channels with U.S. are frozen

The United States on Wednesday disputed comments

Dec 21 12:16

WhiteHat: Who is Blocking InfoWars & How They’re Doing It

The Great Firewall of China is the name given to the Chinese government’s systematic blocking of information from the Chinese people.

Dec 21 11:40

FAKE NEWS FALLOUT: NEW YORK TIMES VACATES 8 FLOORS IN MANHATTAN HEADQUARTERS AS REVENUES PLUMMET

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS PLANNING TO VACATE “AT LEAST EIGHT FLOORS” IN ITS MANHATTAN HEADQUARTERS AS PART OF A PLAN TO CUT COSTS, GENERATE RENTAL INCOME, AND REDESIGN OFFICE SPACE, ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL MEMO.

Dec 21 11:35

Our New Attorney General, JEFF SESSIONS, Has Described The Investigation Into CLINTON A “high prosecution case.”

It is definitely an exciting time to be alive as long as you are not Hillary Clinton.

Dec 21 11:27

Congress: Obama AdminFired Top Scientist to Advance Climate Change Plans

A new congressional investigation has determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda, according to a new report that alleges the administration ordered top officials to obstruct Congress in order to forward this agenda.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released a wide-ranging report on Tuesday that shows how senior Obama administration officials retaliated against a leading scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry surrounding key research into the impact of radiation.

A top DoE scientist who liaised with Congress on the matter was fired by the Obama administration for being too forthright with lawmakers, according to the report, which provides an in-depth look at the White House’s efforts to ensure senior staffers toe the administration’s line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does this not surprise me?!?

These are typical Obama strong-arm tactics, when he is confronted with the slightest, logical question, regarding his climate agenda, which would ultimately have been to create a carbon tax.

Dec 21 11:22

German Officials Identify Suspect In Berlin Christmas Market Attack

Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office named 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri as the suspect in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people on Monday evening and said he could be armed and dangerous.

Daily newspaper Bild reported he was known to police as a possibly dangerous individual, and part of a large Islamist network.

He had been in contact with the network of a leading Islamist ideologist known as Abu Walaa, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The newspaper, which did not cite a source in its report, added the Tunisian had applied for asylum and been granted a residency permit. He had gone into hiding this month, the paper added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merkel is toast, in the next election cycle, with this assailant having been identified as a Tunisian immigrant.

In related news on this issue:

THIS IS WAR: German ministers turn on Angela Merkel amid call for martial law after Berlin

'THEY ARE MERKEL'S DEAD!' German far-right blames Angela Merkel’s open-door migrant policy for Berlin truck attack

Merkel has, unfortunately, has brought this development upon herself, by opting for an "open door policy" which does not fully vet migrants, and cares for them at the very great expense of the German people.

Dec 21 11:20

“Few Are Prepped For A Stock-Market Shock”: As Debt Collapse Nears, Wall Street Has Blinders On

Fresh stock market highs are giving everyone the holiday season cheer that encourages spending and inspires optimism about the future under the incoming Trump administration.

…but reality is still looming over the desperately vulnerable economy. In particular, the debt bubble could pop, and it will hurt.

Read more at SHTF

Dec 21 11:18

Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump

Clinton’s margin of victory in the popular vote is the largest in raw numbers for any candidate who has gone on to lose in the Electoral College. Her margin of victory is almost six times larger than that of Democrat Al Gore, whose popular vote win in 2000 is now the second-largest in this category. Gore received about 500,000 more votes than Republican George W. Bush, but came up short in the Electoral College after a hotly contested race in Florida.

Trump’s substantial deficit in the popular vote makes his margin by percentage of votes the third-worst among winning candidates since 1824 (when the popular vote was first officially recorded), according to an analysis by The New York Times published earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am really, really ready for this whining to stop.

We are either a country with a rule of law, or a banana republic; it is just that simple.

At the moment, Federal law stipulates that whoever wins the electoral college, wins the election, to allow smaller states a real voice in the electoral process.

And the whiniest of lines here, regarding Clinton's having won the popular vote, but not getting elected, is "Thanks to the Electoral College, none of this matters."

If Clinton's "Whinistas" do not like the law, they should advocate for legislation to eliminate the electoral college, before the 2020 elections; but that would require that they do something constructive, and apparently, a positive change which would give them a shot at winning the next Presidential election, is just...too much effort.

So don't look for Democrats to be advocating for this any time soon.

And the other thing the Clinton Whinistas need to do, and right the hell now, is a very sang-foid, post mortem as to why Clinton lost the election.

And I can tell them precisely why, if they can take their fingers out of their ears, long enough to listen:

1. The DNC stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, who a lot of people could have gotten behind:

DNC Admits They Stole the Election From Bernie Sanders

Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy

BREAKING: DNC Lawyers Basically ADMIT The DNC Rigged The Primary Against Bernie Sanders!

2. In Sander's stead, they nominated a deeply flawed candidate with more baggage than Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot, Hillary Rodham Clinton:

From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Primer on Bill and Hillary Clinton ...

Here they are: Hillary's 22 biggest scandals ever

Top 10 Clinton scandals exposed by WikiLeaks

The Clinton scandals will never stop

16 Most Notorious Hillary Clinton Scandals

I could have posted a lot more links, but I think, DNC, you catch my drift.

And the next time you vet a candidate for President, could you please, possibly, choose someone without a "dead bodies list", hanging around their neck like an rotting albatross?!?

Oh, and BTW, can someone tell me what has happened to Bryan Pagliano, the guy who allegedly "bleached" Clinton's computer, but refused to answer questions about what he did for her to a Congressional Committee?!?

I mean, has anyone seen the guy recently?!?

It's curious; he seems to have vanished without a trace, after refusing to testify before Congress, but... I digress.

So in summation, DNC, please, when vetting a candidate for the 2020 Presidential run, find someone who is "relatively" politically clean; not tone-deaf to the real needs of the American people; and who is not a warmonger.

You have such a lady in your presence right now, and her name is Representative Tulsi Gabbard, from the State of Hawaii. She is a pro-peace Democrat (and minority) I think the American people could get behind, and someone for whom I have a great deal of respect.

I would strongly suggest that not being able to learn from your mistakes means that you will only continue to repeat them, and keep losing presidential elections.

And before you start talking about Hillary's popular vote numbers, please subtract the millions of illegal immigrants and dead people who voted for her.

Dec 21 10:41

‘More evidence of pending tyranny’: Robert Reich sounds the alarm on Trump’s private security force

Monday, Politico reported that President-elect Donald Trump is still employing a private security force at his rallies to crack down on protesters — and Robert Reich thinks that’s a very ominous sign.

In his latest Facebook post, Reich reacted with alarm to Trump’s continued use of a private security force led by longtime ally Keith Schiller. In particular, he says that Trump’s decision to rely on his own personal security force is “more evidence of pending tyranny.”

“Even after the election, Trump’s private security force has removed protesters – sometimes roughly – at many of his ‘Thank You Tour’ rallies, including about a dozen protesters during a rally in Grand Rapids on Dec. 9, after Trump shouted ‘Get ‘em out!'” Reich explains. “Kings and dictators have palace guards. President’s don’t. At least not until King Trump

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ok, Robert Reich: here is an image of one protester begin subdued, and removed from the rally at Grand Rapids on 9 December:

protester being subdued and escorted out of a Trump rally in Grand Rapids, Michgan, 9 December, 2016

What I am seeing here, and correct me if I am wrong, is a security guard subduing a protester with a bear hug, before escorting her out of the rally.

I do not see any indication of violence here.

I cannot see the stage from which Trump was speaking, so I cannot determine the distance between the protester and Trump.

But what if she had been armed with a gun, with an intent to shoot to kill?!?

Just in case you are suffering from SMD (selective memory disorder), it appears that I need to politely remind you that Donald Trump's life was saved by his own private security during a rally in Reno, Nevada, where a man approaching the stage was apprehended, first by his own security team, and then handed over to SWAT.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is hustled off the stage by security agents during an incident at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada, U.S.

His first responders were the members of his own security team.

I would, therefore, like to strongly suggest that Trump's decision to keep his own security team in place is not a precursor to "tyranny", but Trump's understanding that in a crunch situation, that team can be trusted to keep him alive.

Trump understands, acutely, that it has happened before that Secret Service agents, assigned to protect their president, have not done so: it happened during the assassination of President John Kennedy.
Video shows Kennedy's Secret Service ordered to stand down. Note the two Secret Service men walking on either side of the car would have been in an ideal position to protect Kennedy when the shooting started, but as this video shows, were ordered back into the Secret Service car following JFK's car. One agent clearly expresses confusion at this order.

And let us not forget that Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own security detail.

Any questions, Mr. Reich?!?

Dec 21 10:39

Holocaust Revisionist Ernst Zundel Was Actually Charged & Imprisoned For Disseminating "False News" In Canada

I recently re-listened to this outstanding interview of holocaust researcher Ernst Zundel by Dr. Jim Fetzer. This astounding 2012 interview is an absolute must-hear. It's particularly relevant now because as Mr. Zundel reveals in the two-hour interview, he was actually charged and imprisoned for over a year in Canada for disseminating "false news". This was under an 800-year-old law (yes, you read that right) that had never been prosecuted in Canada before.

Dec 21 10:06

JUNK FOOD ADS TARGET BLACK KIDS 50 PERCENT MORE THAN WHITES – STUDY

African-American and Latino children are more likely to be exposed to junk food ads than their white counterparts, a new study finds. New calls are being made for advertisers and networks to “do more” to prevent bad dining choices.
In the US alone, companies spend around $1.8 billion marketing junk food directly to kids and roughly nine out of every 10 youth-targeted food ads are for sugary drinks, cereals, sweets, snacks and fast food, according to the Obesity Action Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity conducted a study that found African-Americans are subjected to 50 percent more of these junk food related ads and are more than twice as likely to see an ad for junk food than their white peers.

The study analyzed Nielsen data from 2008 to 2012, comparing the rate at which junk food and fast food ads were being viewed by children in different racial categories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Corporations have no moral compass whatsoever; their goal is to produce profits, and by any means necessary; so this study is absolutely no surprise to me.

Junk food is value-engineered to be able to be created as cheaply as possible, and with as little real dietary value as possible, so it is no wonder that the study concluded that our African-American and Latino kids are suffering from diet-related diseases.

And here is where moms in all of our communities have to get pro-active right now, and educate themselves, and their kids, on what foods are really safe and wholesome to eat; and between GMO products in our foods, and value engineering, many of them are really not, but are sold to the American public just to turn a profit. For example, as reported at http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/:

Top Breakfast Cereals that Contain Monsanto’s GMO Corn

the article states: "The recent French study that linked Monsanto’s GMO corn to cancer, liver damage, organ failure, kidney damage and premature death - is now being taken very seriously by health organizations and even governments all over the world and they are now warning their people and farmers to make healthier and better food choices.

These products include: Barbara’s Bakery Puffins Peanut Butter
General Mills Cocoa Puffs
Kellogg’s Corn Pops
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
Kashi Heart to Heart
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
General Mills Kix
General Mills Corn Chex
Quaker Honey Graham Oh’s
General Mills Honey Nut Chex

How many of these are in your kitchen cabinet right now?!?

Consumers have to, collectively, draw a line in the sand to those GMO corporations, and the corporations which use their products, and the junk food manufacturers and say, NO! You are not poisoning my kids with this stuff.

Then there has to be a very public boycott of these products, where the science is cited consistently; corporations need to be put on notice that if they are pushing junk food, or food with GMO products, that they will not be consumed, because we, the consumers, understand that both are hazardous to the health of our children.

When it comes to health, knowledge is power.

Dec 21 10:02

Berlin Market Attack Was Most Likely CIA False-Flag Operation

The attack on a Berlin Christmas market may be a state-sponsored “false-flag” operation to push Germany to play a more active role in the so-called war on terror in the Middle East, according to Chicago author and journalist Stephen Lendman

Dec 21 09:53

Doesn't The FBI Have Anything Better To Do Than To Read WhatReallyHappened.com Every Day?

I mean, I know it's a great site and everything, and I read it too, but not while I'm working! Is this what our tax dollars pay for? Where can I apply to be a WRH spy? Here are the latest ISP log screen shots. Maybe they have an FBI WRH Division? Let's not forget- the FBI, this is the agency that literally writes 'love letters' to the ADL . Most recently they supplied the dummy-bomb and goaded an alleged white 'domestic terrorist' pasty who was angry at the Bureau of Land Management. The FBI, when they're not reading WRH, also arrested 74-year-old Cliven Bundy, trained the cop who murdered concealed-carry holder Philando Castile, and trained the maniac thug who killed 62-year-old Idaho rancher Jack Yantis. This is a good time to remind everyone, donate to WRH today!

Dec 21 09:43

NEARLY 3,000 US COMMUNITIES HAVE LEAD LEVELS HIGHER THAN FLINT

A Reuters investigation this week uncovered nearly 3,000 different communities across the U.S. with lead levels higher than those found in Flint, Michigan, which has been the center of an ongoing water contamination crisis since 2014.

The investigation found that many of the hot-spots are receiving little attention or funding. Local healthcare advocates said they hope the reporting will spur action from influential community leaders.

All of the communities Reuters investigated had lead levels at least two times higher than Flint’s; more than 1,000 were four times higher. In most cases, the local data covered a 5- to 10-year period through 2015, the analysis states.

Areas affected by lead poisoning populate the map from Texas to Pennsylvania, reported Reuters‘ M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer. The available data charts 21 states that are home to about 61 percent of the U.S. population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me guess; the cities in which this this crisis is unfolding, very much like Baltimore, are in the poorest areas of the US, where corrupt politicians, who care nothing about the health and welfare of their citizens, keep getting elected, time after time, and consider their constituents to be "irrelevant", except for voting them back into office, so nothing gets done to cure the problem.

Corporate-induced poverty (the offshoring/outsourcing of the jobs which used to be the bedrock of America's middle class), coupled with the public assistance necessary to keep people alive, when there are no jobs, tends to keep those people forced to live this way, compliant.

I hope, and pray, that out of these communities dealing with this, there will come a small band of heroes who will get the word out, name and shame the politicians at the city, county, and state level, who are allowing this to happen, and get the problem solved.

Class action lawsuits are cumbersome, and take time; but perhaps, the threat of this happening to cities, counties, and states, will motivate them to collectively fix the problem as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, it is too late for the children who have already been affected by this lead poisoning; even though techniques like chelation therapy can get the lead out of their systems, it cannot counteract the brain damage these kids have already experienced.

Dec 21 09:22

Mellow Drivers? Study Says States with Medical-Marijuana Laws Have Lower Traffic Fatality Rates.

States with medical-marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study has found.

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Side note: The Washington Post has forgotten how to capitalize titles.

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