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Feb 12 10:47

Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned after admitting the charity "failed to act" over concerns about two of its staff members' behaviour in the wake of the Haiti sexual misconduct scandal. Penny Lawrence said she is "ashamed" that Oxfam workers we

Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned after admitting the charity "failed to act" over concerns about two of its staff members' behaviour in the wake of the Haiti sexual misconduct scandal.

Penny Lawrence said she is "ashamed" that Oxfam workers were found to have paid for prostitutes while working as aid workers during the devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 222,00 people.

Feb 12 10:45

Koreas Defy Naysayers on Winter Olympics Diplomacy

Diplomacy at the Winter Olympics has been an event covered like no other, and while some media outlets are in awe at the amount of progress that, by most accounts, has been made, there are also a lot of naysayers casting doubt on whether it amounts to anything.

The official US position has been to simultaneously downplay the talks, and to make some fairly high-profile efforts to undermine them. That seems to have been picked up by a lot of analysts as gospel truth.

The historic visit by a North Korean delegation that included both the parliamentary president and the sister of Kim Jong Un, handshakes, talks, and an invitation to South Korean President Moon to visit North Korea, have all been shrugged off by many as some sort of combination of a North Korean trick to undermine US interests, and one officials insist will fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both North and South Korean leadership want peace, even if the two Koreas cannot agree on a reunification process; the only International actor in the region which DOESN't appear to want want such peace to happen... is the United States.

And - at antiwar.com this morning, right underneath this breathless headline, come the following headlines:

North Korea invites South Korea's President tio Pyongyang

and...wait for it...

Secretary of Defense Mattis: North Korea cannot divide the US from South Korea

Forgive me, Sec Def Mattis; it appears, as my late grandmother would say, "The Horse is Already Out of the Barn." on this issue.

And sir, the optics of any attempt to squelch this newfound ratcheting down of tensions between North and South Korea, are going to be perceived by the rest of the world, as a barbarically martial and repugnant on the part of the US government.

I mean, can you seriously be thinking in this direction?!?

One would hope to heck, NOT!!

Feb 12 10:36

After 4th DWI, Man Argues Legal Limit Discriminates Against Alcoholics

After his fourth driving-while-intoxicated conviction in 2016, a San Antonio man tried to overturn his four-year prison sentence by arguing that Texas’ legal limit on intoxicated driving discriminates against alcoholics.

Feb 12 10:36

North Texas Teacher Dies After Getting The Flu; Had Delayed Picking Up Rx Because She Couldn't Afford $116 Copay

A second-grade teacher in Weatherford, Texas, died Sunday following complications from the flu.
Heather Holland, who was 38 years old, started to feel sick last Monday and went to a doctor who prescribed her Tamiflu Wednesday, her husband Frank Holland told WFAA.

Feb 12 10:33

Paul Nehlen On Twitter Ban: "I Lost My Twitter Account Because I Stood Up For Whites..."

Paul Ryan challenger Paul Nehlen said Sunday that he was banned from Twitter because he stood up for white people.

Feb 12 10:32

Fox News: 'School Science Project That Connected Race & IQ Is Pulled After Complaints'

The first rule of Science club is: Scientific inquiry is no longer permitted if it leads to hurt feelings.

Feb 12 10:31

Man Arrested For Spanking Stranger's Toddler At Store: 'This Is What We Do to Kids in Mexico'

A 62-year-old Mexican man was arrested for slapping and spanking a stranger's 2-year-old son at a Krogers in Newnan, Georgia.

Feb 12 10:24

Truth Bomb From Devin Nunes | The Obama Crime Cartel Used Carter Page To Spy On Congress

Excellent hit from Devin Nunes yesterday with Maria Bartiromo. Runs 60 seconds.

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Feb 12 10:23

Report: Equifax lost even more information on consumers than it told the public.

Confidential documents filed with the Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported.

Feb 12 10:23

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses

Tucked away in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, somewhere along the winding roads that hug Great Lakes shores, is an idyllic town named Bay View. For more than a century, generations of “Bay Viewers” have congregated here to share in summer activities.

Feb 12 10:17

US: CALLS FOR LORDE’S SHOW TO BE CANCELLED OVER SUPPORT FOR BDS

Lawmakers in Florida have called for New Zealand singer Lorde’s upcoming concert to be cancelled in protest of her support of the boycott against Israel, according to the New Zealand Herald.

On Thursday, State Representative Randy Fine cited a Florida law that says no state or local government can conduct business exceeding $1 million with any organisation engaged in a boycott of Israel.

Lorde cancelled her Tel Aviv show last year after an open letter called on her to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and show solidarity with the Palestinian people. The New Zealand singer-songwriter replied to the letter in a tweet: “Noted! Been speaking [with] many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me I am learning all the time too.” She cancelled her show two days later.

In a statement on Thursday, Fine said that Lorde’s decision meant she could be refused under the state’s anti-BDS legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That a state in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, can refuse an artist a venue because of her support of BDS is an absolute travesty.

Are we not supposed to be the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave", where expressing a minority opinion about human rights for Palestinians should at least be tolerated?!?!?

Apparently, in the state of Florida, not so much.

That Israel has so much control over state and Federal regulations, to regulate public opinion to the degree where expressing one's opinion about Palestinian human rights is a crime, is an intolerable legislative imposition, and the law needs to be struck down by the Florida Supreme Court, as absolutely antithetical to the First Amendment; if not the Federal Supreme Court ultimately coming to that conclusion.

Criticizing the government of Israel's policies is NOT anti-Semitism, although Tel Aviv has, in its own Orwellian way, has managed to twist the English language in order to conflate the two.

And Representative Fine, a word, please: the BDS cannot destroy Israel; it might, however, "pinch" financially enough, that the Israeli government might come to the table honestly, and begin negotiations which will enable a Palestinian state to exist.

It is a form of peaceful protest; nobody gets hurt, but it does draw attention to the constant trampling over Palestinians' rights, both legislatively in the Knesset, and courtesy of the IDF.

And sir, I am talking about incidents like those documented in the following articles:

The Israeli military detention of Palestinian Children

IDF Security forces abuse Palestinian Children

Palestinian minors arrested, suffer abuse

400 Palestinian Children held in Israeli Prisons prisons

Representative Fine, I am asking you, honestly, for one moment, to imagine how you would feel if such horrific treatment was meted out to your kids, and had done nothing wrong.

But you won't, or you can't, because you will always see Palestinians as "the other", not even worthy of breath.

Odd and, historically ironic, that response; there was a guy in Germany, back in the 20th century, who hated all he defined as "The Others" with such a passion, that he had them carted off to slave labor camps, where many of them died under horrific conditions.

Feb 12 10:13

People With Schizophrenia Can Be Trained By Playing A Video Game To Control The Part Of The Brain Linked To Verbal Hallucinations, Researchers Say.

People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say.
Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.

Feb 12 10:12

Xerox Engineers Say Chicago Crime Rate Fell After Printer Jams Fixed

Engineers at Xerox have made a bold claim for their skills at unclogging printer jams: their expertise was responsible for a drop in Chicago's crime rate during the mid-Nineties.

Feb 12 10:02

Big cat poacher is mauled to death and EATEN by the pride of lions he was hunting with only his head remaining at South African game reserve

Man is believed to have been hunting pride of lions when the big cats attacked
Screams were heard as he was being mauled to death at South African reserve
The lions devoured most of the poacher's body but left his head untouched

Feb 12 09:55

Comcast Considers Reviving Pursuit of Fox After Higher Bid Was Rejected

Cable giant’s offer for Fox’s entertainment assets was in the low $60 billions, exceeding Disney’s winning offer

Feb 12 09:43

Youngest children held by Israel jailed for months

Al-Bilawi was detained by occupation forces in December and his trial was postponed seven times, until he was sentenced on 22 January. He was also fined $100.
Israeli occupation forces have a policy of deliberately maiming and disabling Palestinian youths who resist their frequent invasions of Dheisheh refugee camp. Many others are arrested.
Note: paid for by the United States of America

Feb 12 09:27

71 Perish In Russian Air Crash - witnesses describe possible mid-air collision

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Witnesses describe the plane burning before falling to the ground - some have stated it crashed into a helicopter, but airport officials have dismissed the theory.>>>

Feb 12 09:24

Utah Mom Upset After School Tells 6th-Graders They Can't Say No When Asked To Dance

A school dance rule described by a school district in Weber County, Utah as a way to teach inclusiveness raised concerns for one student's mother, KTLA sister station KSTUreported Thursday.

Feb 12 09:23

America Lost A Cyberwar To Russia In 2016. When Will We Have Truth?

Trump’s fantasy of a military parade and Trump’s choice to release or block congressional memos about the Russia investigation were the two big stories of last week. At first glance, they have nothing to do with one another. In fact, they are part of the same story: a grand cover-up of American defeat.

Feb 12 09:17

A week after Meredith takeover of Time Inc., sources speculate about potential buyers for some of the magazines, especially Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated

it’s been a little more than a week since Time Inc. ceased to exist, and over at 225 Liberty Street on the banks of New York Harbor, where Meredith Corporation has assumed control of the 95-year-old magazine behemoth’s hundred-some-odd print and digital titles,

Feb 12 09:16

GOP Lawmaker Devin Nunes Reportedly Made His Own Fake News Website

A Republican lawmaker from California has been reportedly operating his own news website.
Politico reported that “GOP memo author” Rep. Devin Nunes and his campaign were behind The California Republican, a website that calls itself a “media/news company” in its Facebook description and claims to have “the best of U.S., California and Central Valley news, sports and analysis.” According to Politico, however, the website was registered by Alex Tavlian of Sultana Media, which was paid $7,773 by the Nunes campaign for “advertising; digital advertising management.”

Feb 12 09:15

Steve Bannon Said He ‘Didn’t Want to Be a Wet Nurse for a 71-Year-Old’ As He Left White House, Author Claims

Steve Bannon reportedly said he was “sick of being a wet nurse to a 71-year-old man” on leaving his role as White House chief strategist.

Feb 12 09:14

Trump Dossier" Sources Aboard The Crashed Russian Flight (*?)

Vyacheslav Ivanov is a CFO of Rosatom, Russia's nuclear energy company. He is alleged to have been involved in Hillary Clinton's Uranium One deal with Russia back in 2009 under Barack Obama.

This name appears on the list of the deceased in today's An- 148 air crash in Moscow. Reports are yet to be confirmed whether or not it is the same person.

Sergei Millian is a Belarus-born businessman who has worked with the Trump Organization and was reportedly a key source in the explosive Dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.

Glenn Simpson, who co-founded the opposition research firm "Fusion GPS", told lawmakers that a trip which the Trump Organization representatives took to Moscow several years ago had come onto the firm's radar as part of their research into Trump's business history.

This trip was organized by Sergei Millian, Simpson said. "Millian came up in connection with "Chris' " work as one of the people around Trump who had a Russian background." Chris is a reference to Christopher Steele>>>

(*probably nothing , but still another great vehicle to remind readers: Clinton/Obama are evil doers )

Feb 12 08:49

The market has spoken – clean energy just became the cheapest source of electricity

Spreadsheets, analysis, and predictions are all great. But nothing compares to the free market if you want to really understand the trajectory of clean energy pricing.

Feb 12 08:49

Teenage girls killed by 99-year-old RV driver on wrong side of highway: officials

A 99-year-old man killed two teenagers in a head-on crash by driving his RV at night without headlights on the wrong side of a Florida highway, investigators say — and records show he recently passed a re-examination in his home state of Michigan that allowed him to keep his driver’s license.

Feb 12 08:36

OFF THE AIR: NBC Pulls Commentator Whose Insensitive Japan Comments Sparked Furor

The NBC commentator who was skewered by viewers for insensitive remarks he made during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been relieved of his duties, the broadcaster announced on Monday.
“Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air,” an NBC spokesman told Reuters.

Feb 12 08:35

Waitress stiffed a tip on a $735 takeout order, then fired after she complained on Facebook

Tamlynn Yoder, 25, of Lake Park, Fla., lost her job at Outback Steakhouse after she complained in a social media post about not getting a tip.
Christ Fellowship Church placed a $735 takeout order and sent someone to pick it up. They did not leave a gratuity for the order.

Feb 12 08:35

Police had previously gone to home where officers killed

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Ohio had previously gone to the home where a man fatally shot two police officers for three domestic disputes but no arrests were ever made, incident reports from the Columbus suburb of Westerville show.

Feb 12 08:07

Michigan Teenager Expected to Testify at Rape Trial Is Found Dead

Mujey Dumbuya, a 16-year-old Michigan teenager, had been expected to testify at the trial of a habitual offender who is accused of raping her in a school parking lot last summer.

Feb 12 08:06

Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee Still Won’t Say What It’s Doing With Its Leftover Money

Representatives for President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee still won’t say what the committee did—or plans to do—with the tens of millions of dollars it pledged to charity last year. And it may be many more months until the public finally knows.

Feb 12 07:45

CITY FINES LANDLORD $2 MILLION BECAUSE OFFERED HOMELESS & DISABLED VETERANS CHEAP RENT

San Francisco, CA — In the land of the free, government and law enforcement not only wage war on the poor and homeless through various unscrupulous means designed to extract revenue and attack the right to exist but those who try to help the homeless—by feeding, clothing, or sheltering them—also face the wrath of the state. As the following case illustrates, even those who’ve laid down their lives for the state—veterans—and the ones who help them are now being targeted.

Judy Wu, a landlord in San Francisco has converted 12 properties she owns into 49 housing units over the last decade which she and her husband, Trent Zhu, rent to homeless, low-income and disabled veterans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Herrera comes off as a moral monster here, no matter what the law says, just wanting another conviction to provide yet another "notch in his belt" to insure future promotions.

The criminalisation of homelessness, particularly if they are our Vets, continues apace.

As a native San Franciscan, I can say unequivocably, that the city has lost both its mind... and its soul, if this conviction is allowed to stand.

Feb 12 07:19

Sex offender convicted of molesting 4-year-old re-elected fire chief of small town

A man convicted of a felony sex crime against a 4-year-old girl has been elected to his second term as chief of a Pennsylvania town's volunteer fire department, The Corry Journal reports.

Feb 12 07:19

Whistle Blower wins lawsuit against employer who threw feces at him

A crazy case involving one man who said his former boss who he blew the whistle on threw feces at him and threatened to cremate him alive. Barry Taul is the whistle blower responsible for uncovering over $1 million stolen from the federal government.

Feb 12 06:01

Dad who lunged at Larry Nassar donating GoFundMe earnings to help sexual abuse survivors

The man who attempted to attack former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar during his Eaton County sentencing hearing will be donating earnings from a fundraising account in his name to charity.

Feb 12 06:00

Trump sold a $40 million estate to a Russian oligarch for $100 million—and a senator wants to know why

A Democratic Senator wants the Treasury Department to hand over records relating to President Donald Trump’s sale of a Palm Beach estate which he bought for $41 million to a Russian oligarch for $95 million only four years later.

Feb 11 18:48

When it comes to child sex abuse in aid work, the Oxfam revelations are just the tip of the iceberg

Shocking revelations on BBC’s Newsnight on Friday 9 February saw former Oxfam head Dame Barbara Stocking admit that she “knew for years” after an internal Oxfam investigation that sexual exploitative behaviour has been going on at Oxfam. The behaviour included hiring prostitutes in earthquake-torn Haiti – who may have been underage – and downloading illegal material. It was revealed that the aid workers involved in such acts moved from aid job to aid job with spotless references.

Worse, Oxfam only reported accusations to its board, but not to prosecutors.

However, such behaviour is the tip of the iceberg.

There is a growing realisation that the worst of crimes – child abuse and child rape – make up a component of detailed and long-standing sex abuse accusations against UN and NGO aid workers, and peacekeeping soldiers.

Feb 11 18:36

OUTED: DuPont Covered Up the Health Risks of Teflon

True, Organic and Free

DuPont’s toxic legacy has left a trail around the United States — with some of the most visible harm taking place in the Midwest and along the Mississippi River. The after-effects of teflon production are so profound that a whole region of the country is dubbed “Cancer Alley.”

Feb 11 16:59

Outback server stiffed by church on $735 order loses job over Facebook post

A server at an Outback Steakhouse in Palm Beach Gardens says she was fired on Thursday after posting on social media that she was not tipped for a $735 take-out order placed by Christ Fellowship.

Feb 11 16:58

Pastor Sought in Sexual Assault of Girl at Covina Hotel Says He Was in ‘Wrong Place at the Wrong Time’

Police on Saturday continued to search for a pastor linked to the sexual assault of a girl in Covina after the man released a video saying he was innocent and planned to turn himself in.

Feb 11 13:54

Las Vegas district judge rules coroner can enter newsroom against federal law to seize and destroy 1 Oct. victim’s autopsy report

A major newsroom battled the widow of a slain metro police officer in a wrapped-up district courtroom Friday, after the plaintiff filed a motion to have her late husband’s autopsy report sealed from the general public’s viewing, against state law.

Feb 11 11:36

Parents suing Indiana DCS workers after warrantless blood draw

A southern Indiana family has filed a lawsuit against two Department of Child Services (DCS) workers who allegedly tried to take their daughter away following cannabidiol (CBD) oil treatment for her seizures.

Feb 11 11:35

OxyContin maker will stop marketing opioid products to doctors amid scrutiny

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) went after President Trump on Saturday for his tweet apparently questioning a lack of "due process" in abuse claims, saying that Congress could hold hearings about sexual misconduct allegations against him if he wanted due process.

Feb 11 11:15

NEW DETAILS | 3 DEMS On FISA Court Approved Warrant To Spy On Trump Campaign

Finally we find out the details of what happened after the first FISA warrant was denied...

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Feb 11 11:13

Actor Bill Murray | Democrats Are Dividing The Country Through Identity Politics

Great 2 minutes from Bill Murray on the modern Democratic Party.

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Feb 11 11:07

Washington State Senate passes automatic voter registration

During a Saturday session, the Washington State Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill E3SSB 6353 which provides for automatic voter registration in Washington State. The Senate Bill passed by a vote of thirty-four to thirteen, with two senators abstaining, and further removes barriers to voting access for millions of Washington residents.

Feb 11 11:07

Report: Equifax lost even more information on consumers than it told the public.

Confidential documents filed with the Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported.

Feb 11 11:04

$10M Worth Of Fentanyl Found Stuffed In Fish Fillets

Several slabs of fish weren't enough to keep New York City detectives from finding several kilos of the deadly drug fentanyl.
Officers tailed Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez, 35, to Leland Avenue and Archer Street in the Parkchester section of the Bronx Feb. 1. That’s where they noticed two boxes in the back seat of the 2017 white Acura MDX he was sitting in, police say.

Feb 11 11:03

Openly Gay Teacher Fired After Posting Wedding Pictures On Social Media

Some parents are speaking out after a popular first grade teacher was fired after she posted pictures of her same-sex wedding on social media.
Jocelyn Morffi taught first grade at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami for seven years. Last weekend, she married her girlfriend and posted pictures of the ceremony to Facebook. On Thursday, Morffi was fired.

Feb 11 11:02

Teen Set To Testify Against Man She Accused Of Rape Found Dead

A teenager who had been set to testify against a Michigan man she said raped her has been found dead in what police are investigating as a homicide.

A teenager who had been set to testify against a Michigan man she said raped her has been found dead in what police are investigating as a homicide.

Feb 11 10:40

Team USA's Openly Gay Athletes Aren't Backing Down From Feud With Vice President

Vice President Mike Pence’s anti-LGBTQ track record continues to haunt him halfway around the world.
That’s thanks to figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, Team USA’s first two openly gay athletes competing in the Winter Olympics.

Feb 11 10:40

Tyga Thinks He's The Father Of Kylie Jenner's Baby Stormi, According To New Report

Tyga is reportedly still clinging on to the hope that he and Kylie Jenner will reunite — and that Stormi Webster might actually be his baby.
According to a report from Hollywood Life, the rapper can seem to shake the feeling that he might be Kylie's real baby daddy, not her current boyfriend, Travis Scott.

Feb 11 10:39

‘It’s What She Wanted.’ Man Stabbed His 6-Year-Old Daughter in the Heart So He Wouldn’t Lose Custody, Police Say

Seth Pickering pleaded guilty to stabbing his daughter rather than give her up
(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) — A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday to fatally stabbing his 6-year-old daughter as national park rangers approached rather than give up custody of the girl.

Feb 11 10:20

BREAKING BOOM! | TOP FBI OFFICIAL BILL PRIESTAP IS COOPERATING WITH TRUMP JUSTICE DEPT

Top FBI Agent Bill Priestap is cooperating with Trump Justice officials, and has turned on Comey’s Criminal Syndicate. Complete details. The game is over.

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Feb 11 10:17

Baby Had 35 Broken Bones; Foster Parent Faces Battery, Neglect Charges

A foster parent in Indianapolis admitted to injuring a 2-month-old baby in his care, and child welfare advocates are calling the case alarming.
Doctors discovered that the baby had bruises on her body and 35 broken bones from her ribs to her hands, and now her foster parent is charged with neglect and battery.

Feb 11 10:16

2 Officers Shot Dead After Responding To 911 Hang-Up Call; Suspect In Custody In Ohio

Two Ohio police officers were shot and killed Saturday as they were responding to a 911 hang-up call.
Joe Morbitzer, the chief of the Westerville Division of Police, was visibly shaken as he appeared before reporters during a press conference early Saturday evening.

Feb 11 10:00

Israeli warplane downed by Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles

IAF chief Tomer Bar reveals F-16 intercepted following strike in Syria was likely shot down by barrage of surface-to-air missiles, shot by Syrian armed forces and made, supplied by Russia; mission 'a complete operational success' despite downing, Bar stresses; stray missiles from the barrage may have reached Israel's Central District—missile trails spotted in region.

The Israeli Air Force's leading conjecture on the F-16 plane that was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on Saturday morning is that Syrian forces used a Russian made SA-5 Gammon medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile to intercept the Israeli aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Israeli military doesn't know if it was a Russian SAM which shot down the Israeli F-16, but they will tar Russia for it anyway.

I would almost be willing to bet real money that this coming week, , the link between alleged "Syrian/ Iranian Agression" and Russia will be the mantra of the presstitutes in the corporate news.

Feb 11 09:50

THE OPEN WAR WITH IRAN HAS BEGUN

(Please be aware: this op-ed is how the Jpost is covering the events of yesterday. It takes outright lies and shapes them into propaganda, somewhat akin to what a magician does to create balloon animals, to advance their agenda of an open war against both Syria and Iran. ckr).

"This was long in the making. Years ago, the Iranians came to the rescue of Bashar Assad in Syria and, together with Russia, ensured his survival. The problem is that they haven’t left. On the contrary – even though Assad is today in control of the majority of Syria, Iran is staying put and trying to establish an even greater presence within the country. On Saturday, we saw how determined it is to do just that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, Russia's President Putin warned Israel's Netanyahu that there needed to be "restraint" on the part of all parties here, and that the Israeli bombings should not be permitted to endanger Russia Troops on the Ground.

Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid escalation in Syria.

Yesterday, Netanyahu made the following statements:

Netanyahu Vows To Defend Israel Against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the latest developments in the region.

Netanyahu says Saturday that he informed Putin of Israel's intention to continue defending itself against any aggression and to prevent Iran from establishing a presence "in Syria or anywhere else."

The questions come to mind: What precisely is Iran doing in Syria which causes Netanyahu to play the "self-defense" card, when it is essentially Israel which is the aggressor here?!?

When you invade a sovereign country, like Syria, and shoot bombs to destroy targets on the ground, is that not an act of war, rather than alleged "self-defence"?!?

By weasel-wording his language, (how Orwellian of Netanuahu, but he is sooo damned clever at this, as we have observed over the years), he is defining Israel aggression as acts of "defense"; and that, by international standards, should be indefensible.

Where is the incontrovertible proof, please?!?

But of course, neither Netnayahu, or the author of this codswallop, wants proof and truth; they want to escalate this into a full-blown regional war, until there is regime change in Damascus, and Tehran.

And of course, when it comes to actual blood and money to be spent on achieving those objectives, Tel Aviv thoroughly wants it to be American blood and American money spent; not Israeli.

Feb 11 09:46

Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide after sexual assault accusations emerge, officials say

A state representative in Kentucky shot and killed himself Wednesday evening, officials said -- just days after a report emerged in which a woman said he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Rep. Dan Johnson, a preacher and a Republican, shot himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, southeast of Louisville, Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell told WDRB. His body turned up on a riverbank near the bridge and the weapon reportedly was found at the scene. He was 57.

Earlier Wednesday evening, WDRB said Johnson took to Facebook to post about the accusations leveled against him, claiming they were “false” and “only GOD knows the truth.”

Feb 11 09:34

'Poor People's Campaign' calls for thousands of cooks, cashiers to walk off jobs on Monday

Most pastors say they preach the truth. The Rev. William Barber also delivers sermons on another topic: "the trick."
The trick is Barber's term for something that he describes as a weapon of mass distraction. It stymied the leaders of the populist movement in late 19th century. It vexed union leaders who promoted workers' solidarity. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King died trying to beat the trick.

Feb 11 09:34

A Pentagon budget like none before: $700 billion

It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.

Feb 11 09:15

MEET THE US ARMY'S LATEST KILLER-ROBOTIC HUMVEES

In the coming months, the United States Army is sending its first robotic Humvee to a field training exercise to see if the autonomous combat vehicle can accurately destroy targets, as part of a new experimental program to weaponize robots.

The killer Humvee, which is called the ‘Wingman,’ is part of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, or JCTD program, where engineers have developed autonomously piloted weaponized vehicles in hopes it will provide direct and indirect fire support for ground troops trapped in dangerous situations on the battlefield.

According to the Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC program, the goal behind the “Wingman” is to train soldiers and weaponized robotic vehicles to work together on the battlefield to confront America’s enemies. Army engineers say it will be Soldiers, not computers, which decide when the robotic Humvee fires a round.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I rather wish that the 20 million spent on this would have been invested in training government employees in the kind of logical, scenario-embracing moral thinking which leads to great, hard-won negotiations with other countries.

This would mean far less of our money going to the Merchants of Death for these kinds of weapons, and fewer wars would be fought by this country, because people hired by the government could think intelligently enough to prevent them!!!

Feb 11 09:08

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT

All young children have heroes …. mine was Abraham Lincoln. His name, as well as his image were very much a part of my childhood.
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There was a savings bank in my neighbourhood which carried his name. The upper wall was adorned with a mural of Lincoln leading the slaves to freedom, very much in the style of Moses doing the same thing.
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The local High School, which I attended, was Abraham Lincoln High School. The Brigade of brave American volunteers that went off to fight Franco and his fascists in Spain was named the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, definitely the bravest men I ever met.

Feb 11 09:06

Black box and 2 bodies recovered from site of plane crash near Moscow

Two bodies as well as a cockpit voice recorder and parts of the fuselage have been retrieved from the crash site of the Saratov Airlines An-148, Russia's Emergencies Ministry reported.

The area has been cordoned off by the police and the National Guard, the head of the local branch of the Emergencies Ministry, Sergey Poletykin, said on Sunday.

The search-and-rescue operation is ongoing. Special lighting has been set up so the operation can continue into the night, he added. Earlier, the ministry said the area will be observed by drones.

Feb 11 09:04

71 KILLED AFTER RUSSIAN PASSENGER PLANE CRASHES NEAR MOSCOW

A plane operated by Russia’s Saratov Airlines crashed in the countryside near Moscow on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, Russian Interfax news agency reported. 65 passengers and six crew members were onboard the plane which disappeared from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, TASS reported.

The plane - a 7 year old, short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 - was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan, according to Reuters. The plane was first operated by Rossiya Airlines, including on international routes, and then was leased to Saratov Airlines.

Flightradar tracking of the plane ended at 11:27AM UTC when the plane suddenly tumbled from a height of 6000 feet at an airspeed of 332 knots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly would really want to look at the manifest for passengers' names.

The plane wasn't very old; I have to wonder if this was just a tragic accident...or an assassination made to appear as a tragic accident.

Time, and a thorough forensic examination of the wreckage, may tell.

Feb 11 09:01

University of Nebraska won't expel 'white nationalist' student, citing First Amendment

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced Thursday it will not expel a junior who reportedly claims to be “the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area.”

Feb 11 09:00

This Former NFL Player Is Running on a Progressive Agenda to Flip a Red District in Texas

When it comes to Texas, for many years national political pundits have focused on one question: When will the state turn blue? This year, a number of Democrats are running in the Lonestar State, from Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Ted Cruz for a U.S. Senate seat, to several candidates vying for House seats considered newly up for grabs.

Feb 11 09:00

$20 BILLION HIDDEN IN THE SWAMP: FEDS REDACT 255,000 SALARIES

The only thing the bureaucratic resistance hates more than President Trump is the disclosure of their own salaries. It’s a classic case of the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy, underscoring the resistance faced by the new administration.

Recently, Open the Books filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (pictured) for all federal employee names, titles, agencies, salaries, and bonus information. We’ve captured and posted online this data for the past 11 years. For the first time, we found missing information throughout the federal payroll disclosures. Here’s a sample of what we discovered from the FY2017 records:

254,839 federal salaries were redacted in the federal civil service payroll (just 3,416 salaries were redacted in FY2016).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet totally predictable from this government.

Transparency, MY ASTROLABE!!!!

Feb 11 08:57

INTERNET MOGUL KIM DOTCOM'S LEGAL CASE RETURNS TO COURT IN NEW ZEALAND MONDAY FOR WHAT MAY BE THE MEGAUPLOAD FOUNDER'S FINAL CHANCE OF AVOIDING EXTRADITION TO THE UNITED STATES

The 44-year-old German national is accused of industrial-scale online piracy via his Megaupload empire, which US authorities shut down when the raid took place.

Feb 11 08:16

Trump says "we want Israel to have peace"

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered remarks together on Monday from Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem.
Note: And where were the Palestinians!

Feb 11 08:04

42-minute video: Jacque Fresco (Venus Project) explains humanity’s history of technological abundance subverted by lying ‘leaders’ choosing ongoing rogue state empire

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Jacque Fresco (1916-2017) founded The Venus Project to document technological solutions available here and now for a world that works for everyone with no-one left out. I was a friend of near-contemporary Bucky Fuller (1895-1983) with similar public communications.

Jacque’s brilliant 2010 42-minute public talk:

For complete documentation of technical solutions, his 2016 97-minute documentary, The Choice is Ours:

My documentation that our current condition is psychopathic, lying, illegal, rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.

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Feb 11 08:01

I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.

Fifteen years ago this week, Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, spoke at the United Nations to sell pre-emptive war with Iraq. As his chief of staff, I helped Secretary Powell paint a clear picture that war was the only choice, that when “we confront a regime that harbors ambitions for regional domination, hides weapons of mass destruction and provides haven and active support for terrorists, we are not confronting the past, we are confronting the present. And unless we act, we are confronting an even more frightening future.”

Feb 11 07:54

Circumcision to be banned in Iceland ?

REYKJAVIK—Several members of the parliament of Iceland have backed a bill calling for a ban of the circumcision of young boys in the country. The bill would impose imprisonment of up to six years on offenders.

Feb 11 07:49

Donate A Review of “Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism

ntended for a mainly Jewish readership, the book is essentially an apologia for Jewish communist militants in Eastern Europe in the early to mid-twentieth century ... Knowing that outright denial of the pivotal Jewish role in the Bolshevik revolution and the murderous regimes it spawned is intellectually untenable, a growing number of Jewish historians concede the point, but insist this leading role was morally justified because it was essentially "defensive" in nature ... In other words, tens of millions may have died because of the actions of Jewish communist militants, but their hearts were pure ... Revolutionary Yiddishland is another example of that incredibly prolific literary genre: Jewish apologetic historiography.

Feb 11 07:47

Greatest Threat to Free Speech in the West: Criminalizing Activism Against Israeli Occupation

THE U.K. GOVERNMENT today announced that it is will be illegal for “local [city] councils, public bodies, and even some university student unions … to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products, or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.” Thus, any entities that support or participate in the global boycott of Israeli settlements will face “severe penalties.”
Note: What power by a minority!

Feb 11 07:44

Four Days in Palestine: My Time with Bassem Tamimi

It is about a mile to get to the court. We go through one revolving door, then through the metal detector and our IDs are checked. Then a van that transports people the mile or so distance to the court complex comes by. We leave our phones, belts and money with the driver so that we don’t to have to take them off again at the next checkpoint. We get off and rush. Bassem’s phone is ringing again — it’s the attorney: “Where are you? They are already entering the courtroom.” As we rush ahead I can’t help thinking about Bassem — his wife and daughter are being held in that military prison, handcuffed and shackled, probably mistreated. It’s been a month and there is no end in sight.
Note: I weep.

Feb 11 07:35

Self-healing, recyclable electronic skin creates a way for prosthetic limbs to feel just like real skin does

Biomedicine just took another leap forward. University of Colorado Boulder scientists created so-called electronic skin—e-skin for short. The e-skin is a thin, semi-transparent material that can act like your skin through measuring temperature, pressure, humidity and air flow. The new material, which was detailed in a study published Friday in Science Advances, could make better prosthetics, improve the safety of robots in the future and aid development of other biomedical devices.

Feb 11 07:35

Russian plane missing after Moscow take off

A Russian passenger plane has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport with 71 people on board.
The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.
All those on board are thought to have died, officials told Russian media.

Feb 11 07:21

17-minute UFO/ET video: same ‘leader-liars’ of US empire annually killing millions, harming billions, looting trillions tell us ‘be afraid’ of aliens coming for empire killing millions, harming billions, costing trillions

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

As a National Board Certified Teacher of History, Economics, Government, also credentialed in Mathematics and honored by two Los Angeles Mayors as among the best teachers in Central Los Angeles (~20,000 teachers in that area), who has also spent over 10,000 hours in research for analysis of our most important facts in the challenge of being humans on Earth, please consider three factual claims:

1. Megalithic architecture is literal rock-solid evidence of prehistoric Earth civilizations with technologies greater than so-called “modern” humans. This is just one area of objective evidence that Earth’s history is very different from what is published in our texts and told to us by corporate media. Here is a start with several helpful links.
2. The US is an illegal neocolonial/rogue state empire lying to annually kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions.

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