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Aug 28 08:58

Putin and Netanyahu: The World’s Most Powerful President Meets the World’s Most Powerful Liar

There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin is the world’s most powerful President. By comparison, while China’s Xi Jinping is highly powerful and intelligent, China’s leadership retains a collective element while in Russia, Vladimir Putin maintains an unwritten but obvious veto power over all major decisions.

By the same extrapolation it is abundantly clear that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli leader is the world’s most powerful liar. His power comes from the fact that he is in charge of the highest portion of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, including nuclear weapons.

His dishonesty is immediately revealed by his statements about Iran. When speaking in front of the Russian President, Netanyahu said,

“…where the defeated Islamic State (Daesh) group vanishes, Iran is stepping in”.

This statement is disingenuous on many levels. First of all, Netanyahu stated to Putin that he felt that Iran is a danger and secondly, that this danger is tantamount to that of Daesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are dangerous times for Israel's Prime Minister; caught in a corruption probe at home, Corruption and bribery: Netanyahu Chief of Staff Revelations and disdained by heads of state abroad, he has become geopolitically cornered, and wounded; and no one can be more vicious than a cornered, wounded politician.

Several days ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement:

IDF will stop Iranian threat in Syria, declares Israeli defense minister

The article then goes on to say:

"Source: IDF will stop Iranian threat in Syria, declares Israeli defense minister

Israel will do what it takes to prevent an Iranian threat on its northern border, Liberman declared."

"Israel will not stand by while Iran advances in Syria and establishes itself militarily on Israel’s northern border, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated."

So is the Israeli government seriously looking at attacking Syria, using the excuse/justification that the presence of Iranian forces is just too large to tolerate?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against Netanyahu doing something like this, in order to deflect attention from his upcoming corruption trial.

And if that happens, what wil Russia do at that point?!?

I seriously hope that when Putin and Netanyahu met last week to discuss this, Russia issued some red lines here regarding Syria, in terms of what absolutely cannot be tolerated, in terms of an Israeli military response.

Also, if there is an American military component to Israel's plans for Syria, that could well mean war against Russia and Iran over this country.

Aug 28 08:23

Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces

The Trump administration Monday lifted a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.

The new plan takes effect immediately and fully rolls back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America's streets.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who led the campaign for the program's reinstatement, outlined the President Trump's new executive order Monday in an address at the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union.

Aug 28 08:15

“There is no American Deep State…it just looks like there is”

Last week the New Yorker, and yesterday Salon magazine, published editorials arguing against the very existence of an “American Deep State”. The arguments presented are very…interesting. Both are, perhaps, classic cases of protesting too much

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

Aug 28 07:50

NORTH KOREA KEEPS SAYING IT MIGHT GIVE UP ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS — BUT MOST NEWS OUTLETS WON’T TELL YOU THAT

THE CURRENT PHASE of the decades-long U.S.-North Korea standoff began this past July 4, when North Korea launched its first genuine intercontinental ballistic missile. In a statement, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un called it “a gift for the American bastards.”

Meanwhile, North Korea explained that it was examining its options “for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam,” a U.S. territory. Kim later walked this peculiar provocation back, at least for the moment.

But here’s what you don’t know, unless you’re an obsessive North Korea-watcher:

Also starting on July 4, North Korea has been saying over and over again that it might put its nuclear weapons and missiles on the negotiating table if the United States would end its own threatening posture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was a South American Cardinal (who got assassinated) who made the powerful claim that Americans were among the most lied-to people on earth; unfortunately, the guy was absolutely right, in his assessment here.

There are many, in the US deep-state, bowels of power, in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, who want see such a war go forward, no matter how many millions of North and South Koreans die in the process.

This would be an invitation to a total catastrophe, should China join the fight on North Korea's side, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

The logical thing to do here, is to get North Korean, South Korean, US, and Chinese diplomats, working together, to craft a true peace accord for North Korea, guaranteeing unrestricted, unsanctioned trade, with the proviso that North Korea would stop its nuclear weapons program as the trade off.

But as I said earlier; that...would be logical.

Aug 28 07:37

Pakistan FM: Afghan Troops Sell US Arms to Taliban

While US officials continue to blame the Pakistani government for the enduring Taliban opposition to their Afghan occupation, Pakistan has been increasingly firing back regarding US missteps, and the impact those have had on the Pakistani side of the border.

So while US officials argue that the Pakistani government is providing “safe haven” for the Taliban, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today noted that throughout the 16-year US war, Afghan soldiers have been routinely selling US-provided arms to the Taliban.

This has been a recurring problem in the Afghan War, as the Taliban really are awash in US arms, both a product of sales from corrupt Afghan soldiers, and of Taliban looting of Afghan police checkpoints and making off with entire armories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised, and I have to wonder; just what Sec-Def Mattis has in mind to prevent this in present and future deployments?!?

Aug 28 07:33

Germany Closes Indymedia Web Site

Without unobstructed free expression, no matter how contentious or offensive to some, all other freedoms are threatened.

On Friday, Germany shut down linksunten.indymedia.org, a disturbing pretext saying it was for “sowing hate against different opinions and representatives of the country," according to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, calling material on the site a “criminal offense.”

German authorities unacceptably consider the site an “association,” not a news outlet, irresponsibly circumventing constitutional protections of free expression - now banned by Merkel’s right-wing regime.

Aug 28 07:23

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

A months-long investigation which tracked and exposed a massive covert weapons shipment network to terror groups in Syria via diplomatic flights originating in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe under the watch of the CIA and other intelligence agencies has resulted in the interrogation and firing of the Bulgarian journalist who first broke the story. This comes as the original report is finally breaking into mainstream international coverage.

Investigative reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva authored a bombshell report for Trud Newspaper, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, which found that an Azerbaijan state airline company was regularly transporting tons of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey under diplomatic cover as part of the CIA covert program to supply anti-Assad fighters in Syria. Those weapons, Gaytandzhieva found, ended up in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Aug 28 07:21

US Raid Killed Civilians, Not Militants: Somalia Army Chief

A Friday morning raid by US and Somali troops in Barire village left at least 10 civilians dead, including three children. This incident was initially reported by the deputy governor of the region, and confirmed over the weekend by Somalia’s Army Chief.

Army Chief Ahmed Jimale Gedi told reporters he was “shocked” by the incident, and attributed it to distrust on both sides. The Somali government had formally dismissed the report Friday, claiming everyone slain was al-Shabaab militants.

The government’s refusal to admit what happened is an ongoing problem, with the provincial deputy governor confirming that the families have placed the bodies of the slain in storage, and are refusing to bury them until the national government admits what happened and agrees to pay compensation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC, that the killing of innocent non-combatants, including children is a war crime.

Aug 28 07:09

YouTube "Economically Censors" Ron Paul, Labels Videos "Not Suitable" For All Advertisers

Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views.

In a tweet published Saturday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a screenshot of Paul’s “Liberty Report” page showing that his videos had been labeled “not suitable” for all advertisers by YouTube's content arbiters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who own controlling interest in Google, do not want their Googleholics doing anything remotely like critical thinking, or even view something which goes in any way against the orthodox, presstitute-generated "belief streams", created by the magical thinking of the US government's "whorespondents whisperers".

And Dr. Paul, if Google is going to continue in indulging in this dark art of complete web censorship, you are most welcome to post on WRH, whenever you feel like it; we both appreciate, and respect, your deep understanding of both politics and finance!

Aug 28 07:00

Carl Herman/Jim Fetzer 4-part discussion series: .01% US illegal rogue state empire of Wars of Aggression, looting trillions, lying through corporate media and public education

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in Government, Economics, and History, also credentialed in Mathematics. Jim Fetzer (podcasts here, here) is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Duluth; Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth; Editor, Assassination Science; Co-Editor, Assassination Research, and author to over 30 books. Jim and Carl contribute nearly 100 years of academic training and professional experience in this four-part series to reveal among the most obvious lies of omission and commission keeping Americans ignorant of ongoing .01% US rogue state empire.

Jim and Carl factually assert an Emperor's New Clothes condition that Americans can easily see for themselves, if they care to look.

4-part series, with linked documentation:

1. US illegal: history of rogue state empire (56-minute video below, and here)

Aug 28 06:30

Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces

The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.

The new plan, outlined in documents obtained by USA TODAY, would roll back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America's streets.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to address the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union, and he may outline the program changes there.

Administration officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at the lifting of this military weapons ban, it is very interesting to speculate about what the White House, Pentagon, and national police are expecting to happen in the near term in this country.

Frankly, I smell panic in the air, due to the potential of things collapsing economically in this country, and what that might cause desperate citizens to do.

Aug 27 09:00

Paul Craig Roberts: "There Is A Conspiracy... And It's Against The American People"

In the United States “conspiracy theory” is the name given to explanations that differ from those that serve the ruling oligarchy, the establishment or whatever we want to call those who set and control the agendas and the explanations that support the agendas.

The explanations imposed on us by the ruling class are themselves conspiracy theories. Moreover, they are conspiracy theories designed to hide the real conspiracy that our rulers are operating.

Aug 27 09:00

68,000 DOCTORS BRIBED BY BIG PHARMA WITH $47 MILLION TO PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS PAINKILLER DRUGS, ANALYSIS FINDS

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had firsthand experience with this kind of practice.

A number of years ago, I had horrific, unexplained joint pain, that made simple walking, or playing my keyboard, completely impossible.

The pain could best be described as that of walking over broken glass, but the broken glass was not on the outside, but the inside of my hands and feet.

The podiatrists who were part of my HMO prescribed a drug for my pain. But this never actually worked all that well, and the pain persisted. When I finally went to my orthopedist, who had ex-rays taken, and said that he could find no physical basis for my pain, I remember coming home in tears, and saying to Mike "How do I pencil in the time to be a hypochondriac, please?!?"

Mike, being the wonderful husband he is, started checking on the net for what on earth was the culprit for my pain, and he - unlike my medical team- found the root core of the problem; I am violently allergic to formaldehyde precursors, which, in the US, are allowed to be put into a myriad of products, because it's a cheap preservative, and, theoretically only involves the outside of your body, but should not affect the interior. So we went around the house, looking at products, like scented soaps, and low-end cosmetics, with the offending chemicals, and threw them all out.

The next morning, it was like a switch had been thrown; I could walk, and play my keyboard absolutely without pain; it felt like a miracle had happened, but not one I could attribute to my physicians.

And the one test, that could have prevented this half-decade of agony... was somehow never ordered for me, and that was a test for chemical sensitivity.

I later learned that the drug company making the (alleged) pain killer I was taking was compensating physicians who prescribed this drug; and about 5 months after that, the podiatrists who I had been seeing were no longer on the website roster of my HMO.

So now, if I need to see a physician, and there is a prescription ordered, I have absolutely no shame in looking them straight in the eye, and asking them if they get compensated for proscribing the drug they have ordered for me, and letting them know I understand that the practice is quite common, for Big Pharma.

Clients of medical practitioners should have the right to know, and the absolute right to request a change in medication, if the medication prescribed (and potentially for which your doctors were financially compensated) absolutely doesn't work for them.!!

Aug 27 08:59

Congress Quietly Passed A Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes - Only 1% Opposed It

A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trump—and it happened with no media coverage and very little fanfare.

Aug 27 08:41

IRS REHIRES HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES FIRED FOR FRAUD, THEFT, ABUSING TAXPAYER DATA

The Inspector General for Tax Administration has discovered that under Commissioner John Koskinen, the Internal Revenue Service re-hired 212 employees it had previously fired for offenses including tax evasion, theft, and abuse of taxpayer data.

The title of the report makes it clear that the IRS “continues to rehire former employees with conduct and performance issues.” The inspection was requested by a U.S. Senator, who is not named in the report, although Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced legislation to block the agency from rehiring such employees shortly after the report was released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from the Nobama Holdovers.

President Obama Nominates John Koskinen As Next IRS Commissioner

Aug 26 16:46

2-minute satire video: Call 976-FLS-FLAG; full documentation of factual reality

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hat tip: Gary King

The Cheverly Brothers' artistic and brilliant two minutes:

You Won’t Fool Me

(to the tune of Let It Be Me)

I hate the tragic error

That flows from false-flag terror

You might fool millions, but you won’t fool me.

On air we see and hear it

The mindless martial spirit

That you’ve engendered, but never in me.

Your dastardly plotting

Is so vile and rotten

We’ve almost forgotten how real life should be.

So let experience school us

Next time you try to fool us

You’ll meet resistance from millions like me

Your dastardly plotting

Is so vile and rotten

We’ve almost forgotten how real life should be

So let experience school us

Next time you try to fool us

You’ll meet resistance from millions like me

David Martin; performed by the Cheverly Brothers as 976-FLS-FLAG.

Home page Poetry Poetry Archive 15 Contact

Aug 26 10:40

Damore's Revenge: Google Faces Growing Legal Threats As Other Googlers Come Forward

James Damore gained instant fame earlier this month when he was fired for "un-Googly conduct" after publishing a paper on an employee chat board suggesting that men may be better equipped biologically for engineering jobs than women. Apparently science is embraced by the Left when discussing climate change but not so much when it's used to suggest that anatomy might just be coded in a person's DNA rather than being a personal choice that each millennial can make, and change, on a whim.

But, according to a new note from Wired Magazine, Damore's firing for discussing an 'un-Googly" political position might not be just an isolated event. As Damore's attorney and prominent San Francisco Republican Harmeet Dhillon points out, several other Googlers have come forward claiming that they too were discriminated against for challenging Google’s liberal political orthodoxy.

Aug 26 10:37

Saudi Arabia and Israel Might 'Directly Intervene' in Syrian Conflict

Sputnik Radio discussed this statement with Israel Shamir, a Russian-Israeli journalist and Middle East expert, who said that the Russian Defense Minister could be a "little bit overoptimistic."

"There is a danger that some external forces would not agree with the settlement of the Syrian war. Those forces are Saudi Arabia and Israel," Shamir told Sputnik.

Once upon a time, Syria was a powerful state, he went on. However now it is in disarray, therefore Saudi Arabia and Israel are worried that this change on the ground could be to the advantage of Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, that is how this is going to come down; the US and Israel taking chunks out of Syria,to be "awarded" to the Kurds for an independent Kurdistan, with certain provisions as to who actually controls Kurdish oil,and in what currencies for which it is sold.

Aug 26 10:06

Why America Needs A Wall - Shocking Video Of Mexican Military Versus Drug Cartel Shootout

Dramatic video has surfaced on liveleak.com of an intense firefight between a Mexican military unit and Cartel Del Golfo CDG members in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The video starts out with Government troops rolling up to an intersection only to be met with a hellacious firefight.

Dramatic video has surfaced on liveleak.com of an intense firefight between a Mexican military unit and Cartel Del Golfo CDG members in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The video starts out with Government troops rolling up to an intersection only to be met with a hellacious firefight.

Aug 26 08:54

Trump Attorney Sues Greenpeace Over Dakota Access Pipeline in $300 Million Racketeering Case

Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, has filed a $300 million Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups for their activism against the long-contested North Dakota-to-Illinois project.

In its 187-page complaint, Energy Transfer alleges that “putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims and other purported misconduct” caused the company to lose “billions of dollars.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The protestors feared what would happen to this part of the planet if drilling began, and their worst fears were realised last May:

Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational

Dakota Access Pipeline has sprung 2 new leaks

What the creators of this lawsuit want to accomplish, is kill peaceful free speech and the right of assembly, protected under the First Amendment, outright.

Aug 26 08:44

US to Hand Raqqa Over to ISIS Affiliates After “Defeating” ISIS

US policymakers have recently announced plans to hand over control of the Syrian city of Raqqa to former Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated officials, Newsweek would report.

In its article, “Syria: Arab Tribes Who Once Supported ISIS Turn to U.S. As Endgame Being In Raqqa,” Newsweek reports:

A top U.S. diplomat in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has praised recent talks with Syrian tribal leaders slated to play a large role in governing Raqqa once the jihadis are expelled.

But the plan to create a careful balance of local power on the ground in Raqqa that will likely see former ISIS-affiliated officials ultimately in charge could cause a split between the U.S. and its Kurdish allies.

What appears to be ill-conceived policy is in fact the United States providing direct military protection to the remnants of terrorist organizations operating in Syria it has supported, including fighters of the so-called “Islamic State.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

This is the mechanism through which the US military will be staying in Raqqa, and other portions of Syria, for a long time to come.

But I must ask: have Syria's President Bashir Al-Assad and Russia's President, Vladimir Putin gotten the memo yet?!?

Because this US occupation in Syria could well lead to a war against Russia, within Syria and beyond, at any moment.

Aug 26 08:33

In Defense of Lee And Jackson

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ever since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, took place, memorials and statues of the great men of the Confederacy--along with the flags of the Confederacy--are being vandalized or taken down by municipal governments.

History revisionists flooded America's public schools with Northern propaganda about the people who attempted to secede from the United States, characterizing them as racists, extremists, radicals, hatemongers, and traitors.

Aug 26 08:31

More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches

The US military bases are there to assert US control over Afghanistan’s mineral wealth. According to Foreign Affairs, “there are more U.S. military forces deployed there [Afghanistan] than to any other active combat zone”, the official mandate of which is “to go after” the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS as part of the “Global war on Terrorism”.

Why so many military bases? Why the additional forces sent in by Trump?

The unspoken objective of US military presence in Afghanistan is to keep the Chinese out, i.e hinder China from establishing trade and investments relations with Afghanistan.

More generally, the establishment of military bases in Afghanistan on China’s Western border is part of a broader process of military encirclement of the People’s Republic of China.–i.e naval deployments in the South China sea, military facilities in Guam, South Korea, Okinawa, Jeju Island, etc. (see 2011 map below)

Pivot to Asia

Aug 26 08:23

NATO says Russia should be transparent about its military drills

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance would closely watch Russian military exercises in western Russia and Belarus next month, urging Moscow to be transparent about the drills.

The maneuvers, the largest in years, with tanks, naval and air units operating in and around the Baltic and North Sea, have raised NATO’s concern that the official number of troops participating might be understated.

“We are going to be watching very closely the course of these exercises,” Stoltenberg told reporters after meeting Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on a visit to check on the deployment of the U.S.-led alliance’s forces in the country’s east.

“All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces, but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I NATO'S Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, I would not be speaking of "Russian Transparency" in these drills, but rather on the issue of mutual cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Talking, then acting together, in accord, on these areas, will do far better to ratchet down tensions between Europe and Russia than an accusatory statement about the lack of transparency (whatever the heck that is) in Russia's military drills.

Aug 26 08:09

China says nothing will stop its long-range air force drills

No amount of interference or shadowing of its aircraft will stop the Chinese air force from carrying out long-range drills, the defense ministry said, announcing another round of exercises of the type that have unnerved neighbouring Taiwan and Japan.

The air force carried out further long-range exercises on Thursday, the ministry said, without giving details of where they happened. Japan said it was concerned about bombers flying close to its territory.

Such “normal” drills accord with international law and practices and are part of an “ordinary need” to raise combat abilities and strengthen the military, it added.

“No matter what obstructions are encountered, the Chinese air force will carry on as before; no matter who flies with us, the Chinese air force will fly a lot and as normal!” the ministry added, citing an air force spokesman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can one logically object to this, understanding that the US has been doing "freedom of Navigation" deployments in and around the South China Seas for some time now?!?

The short answer is, no!

Aug 26 08:05

I ASKED THE U.S. MILITARY FOR ITS LEAFLETS ABOUT JOSEPH KONY. IT SIDESTEPPED THE REQUEST, THEN BURNED THEM.

“JOSEPH KONY Est Mort,” reads a leaflet bearing the murderous Central African warlord’s visage and the message, in French, that he has died.

Over the last six years, the United States invested the better part of $1 billion to make that statement a reality. America sent military advisers, set up bases, gathered intelligence, and funded and equipped local proxies across the region in an effort to kill or capture Kony and destroy his Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia that has committed atrocities since the 1980s. The U.S. military even created that flier to tout Kony’s death and sent reams of them to a shadowy outpost in the Central African Republic where they sat, waiting for the day they could rain down from the sky. Now that leaflet — and that dream — have gone up in smoke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Aug 26 07:56

Korea, Afghanistan, And The Never-Ending War Trap

While the US-backed 'Hunger Games' in South Korea plow on, a 'new strategy' for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there... There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye.

Aug 26 07:54

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Economic policies of Hugo Chavez

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just saying...

Aug 26 07:23

Israel’s Alarm over Syrian Debacle

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 26 06:55

Trump and Korea: I’m Also Scared

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

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

Aug 26 06:48

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Aug 26 06:39

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 26 06:28

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 26 06:21

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 26 06:15

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 25 13:43

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

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

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

Aug 25 13:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 13:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 25 13:27

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

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

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

Aug 25 13:16

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 13:10

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 13:03

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

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

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

The CIA declined to comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 12:56

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 12:44

Big Brother Wants Warrantless Access to Your Smartphone

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 25 12:40

Mattis: US Actively Considering Arming Ukraine

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 11:49

Iran Ready to Support Saudi Arabia in Improving Bilateral Ties

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 11:38

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 25 11:18

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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


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

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

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

Aug 25 10:55

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 25 10:51

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 10:46

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

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

Aug 25 10:43

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 10:41

Jim Willie: Dead Petro-Dollar – New Eastern Energy Cartel: Replacement to the Dead Petro-Dollar

The Petro-Dollar is dead. It had served so well for over 40 years in maintaining the USDollar as global currency reserve, while keeping tight the controls on geopolitical power. The link between crude oil and the USDollar has been broken, painfully evident since 2016 with a harsh price decline that cannot rise about the $50 level. It remains stuck below that level despite heavy collusion in a demonstration that OPEC is dead defunct also. A void has been created in the energy sector, a most important sector. Enter Russia & China to fill the void. Both the crude oil market and the natural gas market have new alliances which feature nations acting in a cooperative manner. The common element is Russia on the production side, complete with pipeline arrays. The common other element is China on the demand side with large customer needs and financial influence. This article describes the two emerging organizations, which the Jackass calls the Oil Consortium and the NatGas Cartel.

Aug 25 10:39

OUTRAGE BUILDS OVER GRADE-MANIPULATION SCANDAL IN BALTIMORE SCHOOL SYSTEM

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 25 10:29

President Trump Quietly Signs Bill Allowing Warrant-less Searches of Homes

Aug 25 10:17

OBAMACARE 'ARCHITECT' SETTLES SUIT OVER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 25 10:10

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 25 10:03

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 24 17:57

Why Does US Military Have Records On 2013 Egyptian Military Coup?

Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, led a coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Egyptian constitution was subsequently suspended. When it happened, President Barack Obama avoided the use of the word “coup” to describe what unfolded. This was to ensure U.S. military aid continued to flow to the country. And, as The Guardian noted, “Ties between the Pentagon and the Egyptian military [were] already close.”

Aug 24 17:54

Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck

No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days.

Aug 24 16:14

A Sinister War On our right to hold cash.

An operation that began as a seemingly obscure academic discussion three years ago is now becoming a full-blown propaganda campaign by some of the most powerful institutions in the industrialized world. This is what rightly should be termed the War on Cash. Like the War on Terror, the War on Cancer or the War on Drugs, its true agenda is sinister and opaque. If we are foolish enough to swallow the propaganda for complete elimination of cash in favor of pure digital bank money, we can pretty much kiss our remaining autonomy and privacy goodbye. George Orwell’s 1984 will be here on steroids.

Aug 24 15:50

How we know the so-called ‘Civil War’ was not over slavery — Paul Craig Roberts

That truth is so rare everywhere in the Western World is why the West is doomed. The United States, for example, has an entire population that is completely ignorant of its own history. As George Orwell said, the best way to destroy a people is to destroy their history.

Aug 24 15:39

After Charlottesville, Open Carry Is Now A ‘Loophole’… VIDEO

Opponents of gun rights are now using the horror and stupidity of the Charlottesville protests to declare open carry of firearms a “loophole,” which of course must be closed posthaste.

Aug 24 13:54

Carl Herman/Jim Fetzer discussion series on US .01% illegal rogue state empire (4/4)

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in Government, Economics, and History, also credentialed in Mathematics. Jim Fetzer (podcasts here, here) is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Duluth; Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth; Editor, Assassination Science; and Co-Editor, Assassination Research. Jim and Carl contribute nearly 100 years of academic training and professional experience in this four-part series to reveal among the most obvious lies of omission and commission keeping Americans ignorant of ongoing .01% US rogue state empire.

Jim and Carl factually assert an Emperor's New Clothes condition that Americans can easily see for themselves, if they care to look.
4-part series, with linked documentation:

1. US illegal: history of rogue state empire (56-minute video here)

Aug 24 12:31

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

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

Aug 24 12:27

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

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would classify WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” bundled as part of the 2018 Intelligence Authorization Act. Presumably, that classification would authorize the use of force against WikiLeaks. “It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States,” a section of the Act reads.

Aug 24 12:22

NETANYAHU TO PUTIN: IRAN MUST LEAVE SYRIA OR "WE WILL ACT"

For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive. "Let the Sunni evil prevail," they say.

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border. This comes as ISIS is now crumbling, and at a time when most world leaders of nations driving the external proxy war in Syria have toned down their rhetoric regarding the future fate of the Assad government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu, where are you hearing the following?!? ""We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel."

Are the voices in your head getting louder, perhaps, sir?!?

Because in semi-official Iranian blogs such as presstv.com, and farsnews.com, which I read and to which I link pretty much daily, there is not a word about destroying Israel, but some deep, and intelligent, criticisms of how Israel treats the Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian children.

Where, please, do indefinite detentions, and the routine torture of children, to get them to accuse others in their communities of crimes they did not commit,"fit" in the only alleged democracy in the Middle East, which, by the way, still has no constitution, 69 years after it was founded?!?

Just curious, sir.

You could immediately make peace in a win/win situation by flying to Tehran, and developing a relationship with President Rouhani. And the reality here, sir, is that unlike what one sees in anti-Iranian Israeli propaganda, Jews in Iran are thriving.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

But of course, you won't, because part of the power Israeli politicians hold over their people is the power of fear; that the others in the region are ready to tear the hearts out of Israeli children, when it is generally Israeli settlers who are illegally claiming Palestinian land; encroaching more deeply in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, and briskly evicting Palestinians whose families have lived on certain spots for multiple generations.

And we all know that you most likely won't be fighting directly against Iranians in Syria; you have the American troops to do do that for you.

American troops will be in Syria for decades

An independent Kurdistan is being established in sections of Iraq and Kurdistan, in order to balkanize those countries, and control their oil, something Israel is encouraging.

And we all know that you would love to regime change Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

So please, don't give us this codswallop about "Iranian aggression", when Israeli aggression against its neighbors and the Palestinians have made it the absolute pariah of the entire Middle East.

Aug 24 11:31

Stunning Leaked Footage of Bunkerville Standoff at Bundy Ranch

Aug 24 06:38

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

Paul Craig Roberts

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s article ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-co... ) the question that lept to mind was, “How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasn’t fighting against slavery?”

Two days before Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

If the South’s real concern was maintaining slavery, the South would not have turned down the constitutional protection of slavery offered them on a silver platter by Congress and the President. Clearly, for the South also the issue was not slavery.

Aug 23 16:20

Freedom for the Speech We Hate: The Legal Ins and Outs of the Right to Protest

If ever there were a time for us to stand up for the right to speak freely, even if it’s freedom for speech we hate, the time is now.

Aug 23 16:07

Google Is Secretly Recording You

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users’ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations – even when they aren’t in the room.

Aug 23 14:32

After intimate pat-down, she wonders how much privacy must we give up to fly safely?

A Transportation Security Administration screener told MacFarlane she would have to undergo a full-body pat-down by a female officer. Late for her flight and with no option other than to be searched in private, MacFarlane agreed.

The pat-down, done over her clothes, explored her breasts, crotch and buttocks.

“I did not imagine that she would ask me a few times to spread my legs wider and in fact touch my vagina four times with the side of her hand,” MacFarlane later wrote in a complaint to the TSA.

Aug 23 11:47

Moqtada Al-Sadr and Saudi Arabia— The New Allies

After the meeting with Mohamed Bin Salman and other Saudi officials, Al-Sadr’s office stated that there would be a Saudi consulate in Najaf. Although looking at the suggestion superficially the intention seems to be to strengthen the Saudi relations with Iraqi government, there is more to that. It’s not a coincidence that Najaf was chosen. This would give Saudi Arabia the opportunity to crackdown on Shia opposition in the gulf countries while using religious authorities like Al-Sadr on their side. Al-Sadr left to Iraq, and Saudi bulldozers flattened Awamiya, terrorizing people and forcing hundreds to flee.

Aug 23 11:38

'A very bad day': Kim Jong-un orders production of more warhead tips as North Korea reveals missile plans

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, has ordered his scientists to step up production of warheads and solid fuel rocket engines for long-range ballistic missiles.

Requests in recent days from both South Korea and the United States for Pyongyang to halt its provocations and return to the discussion table appear to have fallen on deaf ears after Mr Kim was shown making his demand during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Sciences.

"He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips" through the use of carbon compounds, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday. Pictures show Mr Kim touring the research facility, trailed by uniformed officials assiduously scribbling in notebooks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you, as the commander in chief of your country, were looking at the naval juggernaut represented by the US/Japanese/South Korean troops drilling just off the Korean peninsula, wouldn't you, logically, be doing precisely the same thing?!?

Kim appears to be convinced that war is coming; therefore, he is making plans to be able to defend North Korea as well as he possibly can.

Aug 23 11:29

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries: A genocidal regime is America's newest possible ally

The United States seems to be working toward courting an unexpected ally in its operations in Africa. On Aug. 9, 2017, Alexander Laskaris — an American diplomat that works for the U.S. military’s Germany-based Africa Command — visited Sudan for a series of meetings with military and diplomatic officials.

The visit comes amid a gradual move toward warmer relations. In March 2016, the Sudanese government reopened the military attache’s office in its U.S. embassy after a 28-year gap. Around the same time, Washington named a military attache for its own embassy Khartoum. And in April 2017, a delegation of Sudanese military officials met with AFRICOM in Stuttgart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why not cozy up to a genocidal regime, when the US has been raining down genocide in Yemen, along with Saudi Arabia, and supporting the government of Bahrain and the Al Khalifa monarchy, which are torturing and jailing the Shia members of their population for wanting a constitutional monarchy?!?

Hey, if it is anything the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika know how to do , it is how to commit genocide!!

But, I digress. Let's look at a map of Sudan:

Map of Sudan with surrounding countries

This would be a very convenient, centralized place in which the US military might want to build a number of installations, with eyes all of of Sudan's neighbors, which include: Egypt; Libya; Chad; Eritrea; Democratic Republic of Congo; Kenya; and Ethiopia.

But there must be something more than just location; as reported at Wikipedia:

"Petroleum is Sudan's major natural resource. The country also has significant deposits of chromium ore, copper, iron ore, mica, silver, gold, tungsten, and zinc."

I would think that this sudden US "warming" toward Sudan has a two-fold purpose; as a strategic location for US military sites in Africa, and the control of Sudan's oil and mineral capabilities.

Aug 23 11:07

Amid outrage, Philippine opposition presses Duterte to stop killings

Political opponents of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged him to end a culture of impunity and quell a surge in drug-related killings, amid widespread anger at police over the death of a teenager.

Allegations of a cover-up in last week's death of Kian Loyd delos Santos has caused rare outrage among a public largely supportive of Duterte's campaign, which saw more than 90 people killed last week in three nights of intensified police operations.

The 17-year-old student was killed in a rundown area of Manila and according to a forensic expert who conducted an autopsy, Delos Santos was shot in the back of the head and ears while on the floor, suggesting there was no gunfight, contrary to an official police report. The victim's family reject police allegations he was a drug courier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That... was the only reasonable thing President Duterte could have said, under the circumstances.

But when you give police the authority to act with extreme violence, you are giving them the power to act illegally, with impunity, and not serve and protect the community.

Aug 23 11:01

Israel to High Court: Law seizing Palestinian land is humane response to 'distress' of thousands of settlers

The state on Monday asked the High Court of Justice to reject legal challenges to a controversial law that would allow for the retroactive expropriation of land owned by Palestinians in West Bank settlements. It called the law “a humane, proportional and reasonable response to the genuine distress of Israeli residents.”

In seeking to persuade the court to reject the legal challenges – filed by Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations – the state argued that the “practical alternative” to the law is the maintenance of the existing situation, which the state said is disruptive to the lives of “hundreds of families” in settlements, including families who built homes based on representations by government authorities that it was permissible.

The state added that the law is constitutional under Israeli law and also meets the requirements of international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And THIS, from the country which characterizes itself as "The only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

GIVE ME A BREAK!!

Aug 23 10:55

The New Trump: War President

Life with Deterrence

In the meantime, the White House needs to calm down and learn to live with mutual deterrence. That conclusion is surprisingly being reached even by some traditional hawks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Eliot Cohen, a co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, states flatly, “The United States is simply not ready for a war in Korea, even if one were the lesser of two evils. . . . The American military may have the aircraft to hammer North Korean nuclear sites, but it is also fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and returning to Europe to bolster deterrence there. . . . This could, in other words, all turn out much worse than even the president’s wary advisers, who know war (though far less ferocious war than this would likely be) may think.”

Aug 23 10:24

The New Trump: War President

n the meantime, the White House needs to calm down and learn to live with mutual deterrence. That conclusion is surprisingly being reached even by some traditional hawks.

Eliot Cohen, a co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, states flatly, “The United States is simply not ready for a war in Korea, even if one were the lesser of two evils. . . . The American military may have the aircraft to hammer North Korean nuclear sites, but it is also fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and returning to Europe to bolster deterrence there. . . . This could, in other words, all turn out much worse than even the president’s wary advisers, who know war (though far less ferocious war than this would likely be) may think.”

Aug 23 10:17

The Mini-Skirt Deception: How McMaster Got His Afghan ‘Surge’A photo of Soviet era Afghanistan won Trump over

According to reports, Gen. H. R. McMaster convinced President Trump to give up his longstanding opposition to the Afghan war by showing him this photograph, below, of Afghan women in what the media are describing as “miniskirts.” As the Washington Post put it:

“One of the ways McMaster tried to persuade Trump to recommit to the effort was by convincing him that Afghanistan was not a hopeless place. He presented Trump with a black-and-white snapshot from 1972 of Afghan women in miniskirts walking through Kabul, to show him that Western norms had existed there before and could return.”

Aug 23 10:12

Haley Demands IAEA Launch New Inspections of Iran Military Sites

Heading to Vienna to meet with officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley intends to demand that the agency begin conducting thorough inspections of Iranian military sites, claiming the P5+1 deal gives them authority “to look at any suspicious sites.”

This is likely to be a matter of serious dispute, as before the P5+1 deal was signed, the IAEA had already confirmed all issues surrounding Iran’s military sites were resolved, and the public version of the P5+1 text does not give them any access to random military sites for inspections.

Despite Haley’s claim that the IAEA has such authority, she goes on to accuse Iran of having something to hide, likely because she knows full well Iran isn’t going to comply with these demands, even if the IAEA capitulates and asks for access to the sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley has obviously been given her "marching orders" from Tel Aviv, through President Trump, that she has to find some way to destroy that fragile element of trust between Iran and the rest of the signatories of the P5+1, by forcing Iran to walk away from the deal, as a prelude to a US-generated war against it.

Israel demonizes Iran as its "existential enemy" in the Middle East, and wants to see it regime-changed, ASAP (but only, of course, at the costs of American blood and American money).

Should the US wage war against Iran, however, it will most probably be meeting a formidable foe here, and that will be Russia, whose politicians and military have stated, consistently, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

Right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

I hope to heaven that there are some realists in the Pentagon who understand this, and will warn President Trump against such a potential colossal military misadventure.

Aug 23 10:01

US, North Korea Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear ArmsAmbassador: US Ready to Use 'Full Range of Capabilities' Against North Korea

ensions between the US and North Korea are rising again today, at a UN Conference on Disarmament, as both sides played up the threat posed by the other, and the necessity of preparing a response to the other’s “aggression.”

US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood was eager to emphasize the “growing threat” of North Korea, vowing that the US would use “the full range of capabilities” at its disposal to deal with North Korea, which he declared a top priority for the US.

North Korea’s own envoy insisted that their efforts to develop a nuclear deterrence was fully justifiable in the face of “apparent and real threats” from the US, noting that the US had made “constant nuclear threats” against North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are 8 more days of the Joint US/South Korean/Japanese naval exercises on and around the North Korean peninsula: these drills end on 31 August.

If nothing goes bang/boom, from North Korea (or if there is no false flag created to be blamed against it), I will consider that nothing less than an absolute miracle here.

But I am deeply concerned about there being an attempt to provoke Kim Jung Un to the point where he feels it absolutely necessary to respond, militarily, in order not to lose "face", which is a very important component of Asian politics.

North Korea has demonstrated restraint here, but the question of "for how long?!?" is an open one.

Aug 23 09:53

No End in Sight for US War in Afghanistan

Starting with the 2001 invasion, the US war in Afghanistan is now 16 years in: as President Trump pointed out in last night’s speech, the longest war in American history. Even President Trump thought this was excessively long, admitting that “my original instinct was to pull out.”

But the US isn’t pulling out. Instead, President Trump recommitted the US to a new round of escalation with no concrete end conditions, and formally disavowed a “time-based” approach. He added that he doesn’t think the US should publicly announce the dates for ending their “military options.”

The reality behind this rhetoric, though, is that once again any pretense of the Afghan War ending is out the window, and the seemingly endless war again has no end in sight. Trump has laid the ground for reckless new escalations, and in presenting 9/11 and the Iraq withdrawal as justification, is committed to staying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am profoundly disappointed in President Trump's decision to continue this horrific,wasteful conflict, but apparently, his "president whisperers", Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Masters, have somehow convinced him that this is, in spite of all the blood and money spent, "winnable", 16 years on.

Of course, there is the billion dollar opium poppy trade to be supported by the US military for various US alphabet soup agencies for programs over which Congress has utterly no oversight:

Images: American troops guarding Afghani poppy fields

And there is, of course, that embarrassment of riches from Afghan minerals (if only we could get the Afghanis "pacified enough" to mine them, which will, allegedly pay for the continued US/NATO occupation in this country);

$1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan

How in the name of heaven President Trump and Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis believe they can change the course of this horrific war is absolutely beyond me; I think this coming surge in troop strength had more to do with the fear of not wanting to say we've lost this than a concrete, workable plan to win this war, because history has shown that everything we've done in Afghanistan to date has not worked.

Aug 23 09:39

MSNBC PRESENTS CASE AGAINST THE FIRST AMENDMENT

After promoting Antifa violence twice in one week, NBC had a ‘debate’ about whether the First Amendment protects ALL speech or not, declaring that there are ‘pitfalls’ to free speech.

MSNBC’s Katy Tur declared that the broadcast would focus on “challenging the First Amendment.”

Aug 23 09:37

Jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch standoff

A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of states' rights figure Cliven Bundy.

In a stunning setback to federal prosecutors planning to try the Bundy family patriarch and two adult sons later this year, the jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges, and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.

More than 30 defendants' supporters in the courtroom broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately and set Wednesday morning hearings to decide if Parker and Drexler should remain jailed pending a government decision whether to seek a third trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The judge did everything possible to throw the trial to the prosecutors, but the jury saw through it all.

Aug 23 09:03

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Squadrons Will Encircle North Korea

As many as 100 more F-35 joint strike fighters could be summoned to the Korean Peninsula to support allies in South Korea and Japan against the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, according to recent media reports.
F-35A jets forming the US Air Force’s 34th Fighter Squadron are slated to deploy to Iwakuni, Japan, and Osan Air Force Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, by the end of the year, UPI reports, citing South Korea’s Yonhap News.

The F-35 force operating proximate to South Korean and Japanese airspace is poised to be strengthened by Seoul’s agreement to buy 40 of the multi-role joint strike fighters. The jets are slated for delivery by 2021, the UPI report added.

Japan has already agreed to purchase 42 F-35s from Lockheed Martin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! THAT will significantly ratchet down tensions with North Korea, don't you think?!?

But seriously, with tensions so high in the region, I doubt that the US military can wait until the end of the year for this deployment.

Aug 23 08:59

North Korea Finishes Preparation for Guam Strike - Embassy in Russia

The charge d’affaires of the North Korean embassy in Russia told Sputnik that Pyongyang has finished preparationg for a strike on the US territory of Guam and is ready to carry it out in case of a "provocation."
The US must stop pressuring North Korea, the North Korean embassy's charge d’affaires Jin Jong Hyop said, emphasizing that whether there is a war on the Korean Peninsula depends on Washington.

"As you know, we have completed the preparation of the Guam strike. Everything will depend on whether the United States acts sensibly or not. If they do not do so, they will be shamed yet again on the Korean Peninsula in front of the whole world," Jin Jong Hyop said.

"They must stop blatant provocations and unilateral pressure," Jin Jong Hyop said. "This will determine whether there will be a war on the Korean peninsula or not."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the COs in charge of these drills; please be aware that Kim Jung Un interprets these navel maneuvers as practice/prelude for an invasion of North Korea

Any miscommunication, any stupid act, could trigger this guy into launching whatever he has, and thousands in Japan and South Korea will most likely die as a result.

And of course, the presstitutes and whorespondents in US corporate media are not breathing a word of this to the American people; I had to find it at the English language edition of sputniknews.com

This is why I read sputniknews.com; rt.com; presstv.com; and farsnews.com in English; to figure out what is actually going on when the US corporate press chooses not to tell me what is going on.

And that, must usually, is 24/7.

Aug 23 08:26

HOW GOOGLE IS SECRETLY RECORDING YOU THROUGH YOUR MOBILE, MONITORING MILLIONS OF CONVERSATIONS EVERY DAY AND STORING THE CREEPY AUDIO FILES

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

If you run Android software on your smartphone, Google may have been recording you every day - without you knowing

If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri.

Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google".

But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing.

In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it to switch on your phone and record around 20 seconds of audio.

It regularly switches on the microphone as you go about your day-to-day activities, none the wiser.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding this, I am about ready to go back to a 2-way radio.

Aug 23 08:25

The Rise of Antifa (VIDEO)

Freedom of speech is under fire from radical, left-wing groups that attack conservative rally goers across the country.

Aug 23 08:22

GITMO JUDGE BLOCKS 9/11 DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FROM VIEWING 28 PAGES

A judge presiding over the trial of five Guanta accused of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks has denied a defense motion seeking full access to 28 pages on Saudi government links to the attacks found in the 2002 report of a joint congressional intelligence inquiry.

Though the 28 pages were declassified in July 2016, the public version has 97 redactions amounting to about three cumulative pages of material. Defense attorneys wanted to see what’s still hidden from view.

Attorneys representing the accused 9/11 conspirators argued that evidence of other guilty parties, to include the possible complicity of the government of Saudi Arabia, could be useful to their defense during the guilt or innocence phase of the upcoming trial and, if necessary, during sentencing as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what so terrifies Judge Pohl about releasing this information to the attorneys for the defendants in this case.

Aug 23 08:11

THE TALIBAN TRIED TO SURRENDER AND THE U.S. REBUFFED THEM. NOW HERE WE ARE.

DID YOU KNOW that shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban tried to surrender?

For centuries in Afghanistan, when a rival force had come to power, the defeated one would put down their weapons and be integrated into the new power structure — obviously with much less power, or none at all. That’s how you do with neighbors you have to continue to live with. This isn’t a football game, where the teams go to different cities when it’s over. That may be hard for us to remember, because the U.S. hasn’t fought a protracted war on its own soil since the Civil War.

So when the Taliban came to surrender, the U.S. turned them down repeatedly, in a series of arrogant blunders spelled out in Anand Gopal’s investigative treatment of the Afghanistan war, “No Good Men Among the Living.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of the American comedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid"; and there was an incredible, monumental amount of stupid going on in the Bush administration, leading to far more blood and money lost in Afghanistan than there had to be.

Aug 23 07:59

PENTAGON HIRES BOEING, GRUMMAN FOR NUKE MISSILE PROJECT

The Pentagon has hired Boeing and Northrop Grumman to develop a replacement for the US Air Force’s arsenal of ageing Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and cruise missiles, amid nuclear tensions with North Korea.

"The Minuteman III is 45 years old. It is time to upgrade," Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said in a statement on Monday, three days after the deal for the new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) was inked.

Boeing and Northrop Grumman were awarded $349 million and $328 million respectively to continue the project over the course of the three-year contract.

The Air Force has estimated that the project would cost US taxpayers at least $62 billion. However, the Pentagon's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) says the costs would surpass $85 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Lockheed is "disappointed" with this selection?!?

Ever thought about fixing the debacle which is the F-35, which is bleeding taxpayers dry for a completely unusable fighter jet?!?

Aug 23 07:37

School nurses intimidating and pressuring young girls to get the HPV vaccine jab, even resorting to BULLYING tactics

The campaign group Alliance for Natural Health International (ANHI) recently claimed that schoolgirls who chose to opt out of human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) were being subjected to pressure and bullying from nurses and school staff.

According to the group, they have been receiving reports about tension between parents and school officials. The international organization also stressed that these types of bullying and intimidation are putting undue stress to children and their families.

The group claimed that the schoolgirls are being unfairly questioned about their decision to withhold consent about the vaccine in hopes of changing their minds and going against the will of their parents and guardians.

Aug 23 06:30

Federal jury finds 4 Bundy supporters not guilty of most charges in 2014 Nevada standoff case

The Judge did everything in her power to Railroad these men. It didn't work.The jury saw through her and did the right thing! The Americans are Awake now!

For the second time, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, has acquitted four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents at the ranch of Cliven Bundy in 2014.

Aug 22 16:05

Defining Hypocrisy: Democrats Warn Steve Bannon Against Publishing Classified Info On Breitbart

Now this is rich. After nearly 9 months of Democrat operatives leaking every piece of sensitive and/or embarrassing information they could get their hands on to the New York Times and Washington Post, they're now suddenly worried about Steve Bannon doing the same. We guess it's one of those 'do as I say, not as I do" sort of things.

As McClatchy points out, Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, seems to be particularly worried about what Bannon might publish in his renewed role at the helm of Breitbart.

"Steve Bannon has an ongoing obligation to safeguard our nation’s secrets, and he does not gain some kind of extra Constitutional protection just because he is now returning to a position in the media,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

On has to wonder just what has Representative Cummings so terrified about what Bannon could possibly say about anyone in the DNC?!?

Aug 22 15:58

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers. Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation? Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan? What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that a lot of political pressure was brought to bear here, in order to keep the indictment as narrow as humanly, legally possible; because what you have here is an absolute viper's nest of collusion, and potentially a massive lawsuit which could bite most of the elites in the DNC.

The narrowness of the indictment was not set accidentally; this was deliberate, and absolutely smacks of coverup and corruption.

10 Shocking things to know right now about the Democrat's big IT scandal

Aug 22 13:01

Ernst Zundel talks about criminal charges against him in Germany for his 9/11 research

at the 3:30 mark in this interview with Ernst Zundel, he talks about the 12 charges placed against him in a German court for his research on 9/11. Zundel says that tbis fact is not widely knkwn -the charges were not merely for holocaust revisionism, but for his 9/11 resarch, and that the government didn't want him to "open this can of worms."

Aug 22 11:16

Yemeni Airport Catastrophe: Dying Victims Unable to Access Medical Treatment

The closure of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen is an unfortunate element of the multilateral war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, which has resulted in civilians suffering, according to the director of the Yemeni Democracy Monitoring Center, Abdel Wahab Al Sharfi.

Al Sharfi told Sputnik that the most affected people in this situation are civilians who cannot leave in order to receive medical treatment and basic health necessities.

According to him for over a year the politicians have been solving their political tasks to the detriment of ordinary Yemenis.

Al Sharfi further spoke about how Saudi Arabia is waging a multilateral war against Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudi military has been doing an incredible job of turning Yemen, already the poorest, and most corrupted failed state in the Middle East, into an actual living hell for the Yemeni people.

As the Architect of this genocide, Prince Salman has to be very pleased with himself.

Aug 22 11:09

US military constructing new base in Iraq’s Kurdish region: Report

The US military is reportedly building a new permanent base in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Iraq's Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported on Tuesday that the base is being constructed in Kariz village of Zummar district, located 60 kilometers northwest of Mosul, stressing that 60 percent of the work has already been done.

The report added that 120 US soldiers and 300 long-range artillery systems have also been stationed in the area.

Hassan Khalo Ali, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official, said the base is being built on an area of ??20 acres of land, local people can see helicopters continuously taking off and landing and entering the base is prohibited in every way to ordinary people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US military is headed for permanent occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan; this will assist it on controlling the pipelines from countries (as well as controlling Afghanistan's mineral wealth); insuring that the oil is only sold to specific countries, and not to others; and insuring that the oil from Afghanistan and Iraq is only sold in US dollars.

Aug 22 10:52

Turkey to thwart attempts to set up Kurdish state in Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined Turkey’s resolve to prevent any attempt by Syrian Kurdish fighters to establish a Kurdish state in northern Syria.

In a Tuesday speech in Ankara, Erdogan described the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) as terror groups, noting, "We do not and will never allow a so-called state to be established by the PYD, YPG in northern Syria.”

"They want to establish a terror corridor in northern Syria reaching the Mediterranean," he noted.

Erdogan reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to continue to fight against PYD and YPG "wherever we find them.”

The Syrian Kurdish fighters control two "cantons" in Syria's northeast as well as the Afrin region to the west. Turkey says PYD and YPG are the affiliates of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered by Turkey, the US and EU as a terror group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Erdogan didn't get the memo:

Breaking: US Occupation of Syria Now Official

The article goes on to state:

"It has long been assessed that the reason that the US had simultaneously backed ISIS and Kurdish forces was for the purpose of using ISIS as a “place holder” to be defeated, either virtually or in actuality, only to then carve out a US occupation zone under the pretext of forming an independent Kurdish state. Previously last year, representatives of the Kurdish autonomous region made an unconstitutional and unilateral announcement of federalization.

This turn was used to create a seemingly legal ambiguity, or ‘gray area’, to confuse public discourse at the media level. However, the anti-terrorist coalition’s foreign ministers as well as international legal experts are under no illusions that the unilateral declaration of federalization is just as much a violation of Syrian sovereignty as would be a breakaway republic made possible only thanks to a war of US occupation.

Under the international legal norms of the Geneva convention as well as subsequent parallel agreements, a foreign occupying country does not have the right to divide, separate, occupy, or carve out a section of a country regardless of what the occupying army terms such as."

So unless and until Erdogan is willing to fight the US military in Syria, it appears that his plans to prevent a Kurdistan from being carved out of Syria looks like a pipe dream, at this point.

And frankly, I don't think he is going to go there.

Aug 22 10:38

When The Left Eats Its Own: Watch ANTIFA Thug Punch BLM Member

Much of the ugliness we see on the Left today is embodied in groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA. Both groups think they are oppressed, both are obsessed with identity politics, and both are steeped in Marxist ideologies. You’d think that they would get along just fine but that’s not the case. People who have their identities wrapped up in victimhood are narcissistic by nature. They want the spotlight at all times, and can’t stand to see someone else hog it. So it was probably just a matter of time before these two groups clashed.

At a recent protest a member of BLM confronted an ANTIFA member, and challenged him to take off his mask. The crowd of ANTIFA supporters began chanting “He’s a cop!” at the black man. It wasn’t long before the masked ANTIFA thug got in his face, and threw a punch.

Aug 22 10:37

Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices may "cease to function"

Sonos has confirmed that existing customers will not be given an option to opt out of its new privacy policy, leaving customers with sound systems that may eventually "cease to function".

It comes as the home sound system maker prepares to begin collecting audio settings, error data, and other account data before the launch of its smart speaker integration in the near future.

Aug 22 10:28

Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor

Yesterday we reported that in a shocking, and explained move, statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, had been banned by Google on Friday, with his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts wiped clean and no longer accessible.

As we discussed yesterday, it was not clear what Salil did to provoke Google:

On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident.

That changed yesterday, because after our article detailing Salil's plight went viral, and was read 300,000 times, Google responded and as of this morning, has restored all of Salil Metha's accounts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The censoring algorithms Google with which it "punishes" all those who do not tow its party line, have come back to bite it... in a very sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Congrats to this guy getting his on line life back; but this never should have happened in the first place.

Aug 22 10:23

Treasury Slaps Sanctions On China, Russia Entities And Individuals Over North Korea

In a move that is certain to infuriate China further and result in another deterioration in diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing, moments ago the United States slapped both Chinese and Russian entities and individuals with new sanctions in the Trump administration's escalating attempts to pressure North Korea to relent and stop its nuclear program and occasional missile launches.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people who aid North Korea's missile program or "deal in the North Korean energy trade." The U.S. also aims to sanction people and groups that allow North Korean entities to access the U.S. financial system or helps its exportation of workers, according to the Treasury:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is deeply disturbing how quickly financial sanctions become preludes to wars against those countries which have been sanctioned.

Aug 22 10:12

FBI Suspects Members of Congress Leaked Grand Jury Indictment to the Awans; DOJ Officials Possibly Implicated Too

FBI agents suspect somebody in Congress tipped off the Awans that they would be indicted and now the criminal cases once-seemingly isolated to a group of rogue Pakistani IT specialists working for Congress suddenly has gotten much larger. And much more troubling.

Federal agents said preceding his arrest, Imran Awan acted like a man who was recently tipped off that he would be pinched and moreover, it was no coincidence Awan’s wife was whisked out of the country in March after sidestepping the FBI at Dulles International Airport to flee to Pakistan.

“She had cardboard boxes for luggage,” one FBI agent said. “The school didn’t even know she took her kids out.”

Aug 22 10:01

NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA took part in the drills. During the shooting at the training grounds, the Bulgarian soldiers flatly refused to shoot as “Russian identification marks have been placed on the targets, and they won’t shoot at Russians!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not augur well for NATO readiness at any level, should there be an actual, verifiable "threat" against it.

Aug 22 09:57

Breaking: US Occupation of Syria Now Official

As RT reports, US Commander of American forces in Iraq and Syria Lt. General Stephen Townshend stated:

“We’ve informed the Russians where we’re at … (they) tell us they’ve informed the Syrians, and I’d just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened.”

Since, as Reuters reports, clashes between Kurdish and Syrian forces have intensified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have Syria's Bashir al Assad and Russia's Putin received this memo?!?

Because the US carving up of Syria, in order to create an independent Kurdistan, is completely illegal, under international law.

The number of flash points, which could ultimately trigger US wars against Russia and/or China right now, are growing exponentially; this is a very bad situation into which the US government and military have gotten us, and one which, I fear, will not end well for the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Aug 22 09:21

Visiting U.S. military commanders to issue warning to Pyongyang

Three top U.S. military commanders plan to issue a strong warning message to North Korea in a rare joint press availability here later Tuesday, officials said.

Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, Strategic Command head Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves are scheduled to hold a press conference at a local U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) base.

It's quite unusual for the U.S. commanding generals serving abroad to gather in South Korea and release public statements together.

It apparently reflects Washington's alertness against North Korea's rapid development of nuclear bombs and missiles.

In July, the North successfully test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

The U.S. intelligence community also believes the secretive communist nation has made significant progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One way or another, with all the US Coalition pieces in place for such a situation to happen, I would suspect that Kim Jung Un will either uncork some missiles during this drill, which ends on 31 August, or that he will be made to appear to have done that, courtesy of a US false flag.

Aug 22 09:15

White House braces for thousands of protesters outside Phoenix rally where Trump could PARDON famed 'tent city' sheriff Joe Arpaio

Thousands of protesters could descend on Downtown Phoenix tomorrow as President Donald Trump makes his first visit to Arizona since winning the White House.

A combined 5,600 people have said they plan to attend, judging from RSVPs on two Facebook advertisements for anti-Trump rallies.

One features a logo incorporating the number '45' – Trump is the 45th US. president – in a mockup of the Nazi swastika. The other includes a graphic of Trump with Ku Klux Klansmen, and is advertised under the title 'White Supremacy Will Not Be Pardoned.'

That's a reference to reports that Trump may issue a presidential pardon on Tuesday night to former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

'If protesters come, they come,' a White House official told DailyMail.com on Sunday. 'The president isn't going to change who he is or what he's doing because of loud and obnoxious people who are never going to like him no matter what.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just hope his security detail has their eyes and ears wide open; the political ugliness in this country has reached a fevered pitch, and may translate into some truly rancid behaviour here.

Aug 22 09:00

PayPal Bans Conservative Sites After Soros-Funded Group Attacks Them

PayPal banned Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defense Initiative from receiving online donations using their platform because of the site’s “activities” after being designated as “hate sites” by left-wing groups.

Jihad Watch was reportedly banned from PayPal on Saturday after ProPublica – a George Soros funded investigative group – targeted the site and its director Robert Spencer (not to be confused with white nationalist Richard Spencer) in a hit piece that claimed the site was guilty of “extreme hostility toward Muslims.”

Aug 22 08:52

TSA FACIAL BIOMETRIC BODY SCANNERS AND GOVERNMENT WATCHLISTS BEING USED IN TRAIN STATIONS

The TSA is winning the war on Americans minds as commuters are being tricked into giving away their rights without a fight.

The above video warns that facial recognition body scanners are coming to a train station near you…

“Soon you might have to pass through one of these to get to your train or subway.”

Last week, the TSA Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ‘voluntarily’ asked commuters to walk through facial recognition body scanners before being allowed to board a train

If you watched the video you might have noticed that the mass media (CBS) did not interview a single person who was concerned about their privacy. Instead, they quoted passengers who think body scanners are a good thing.

Nothing suspicious about that, right?

CBS warned that if the LA Metro installs the body scanners next year, commuters won’t be able to opt-out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian pacifist activist, which means I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, logical negotiations. I am not a violent human being, nor do I ever advocate violence.

That being said, when we get back to the mainland, we will only be driving an older car which cannot be tracked by GPS, and will adopt a Cuban mechanic to keep it running!!!

The massive invasions of privacy by the Federal Government have run amok, and I will gently, peacefully refuse any more horrific intrusions in our private life.

Aug 22 08:44

VENEZUELAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK ASYLUM IN US TO “EXPOSE THE NARCO-DICTATORSHIP”

The mystery continues regarding the whereabouts of Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, who fled her country after suffering threats and persecution by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. She is alleged to be applying for asylum in the United States.

Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana said Sunday, August 20, that “most assuredly” Luisa Ortega, who arrived in Bogota on Friday, will “end up in the United States.”

Pastrana said Ortega will be seeking political asylum in the United States, where, according to him, she will reveal important information about criminal activities in the Maduro regime.

“I think it is difficult for the attorney general to stay in Colombia…she is going to end up in the United States because she will be fundamental to exposing the ‘narcodictadura’ of president Maduro,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, No, No, Venezuelan Attorney General Diaz; the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are the last places on this planet you want to go: the governmental, institutional narcocracy here will be thoroughly displeased by your presence, and your life will be very much in peril, particularly if you are talking about drug corruption's influence in politics.

Think about it: Hillary Clinton was so comfortable with the narcocracy which supported her and Bill Clinton, that she did not object to her picture being taken with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabreras, at a White House Christmas party.

Image: Hillary Clinton next to convicted drug felon Jorge Cabreras at a White House Chirstmas Party

Here's the info about his financial relationship to the Clintons:
The Jorge Cabrera Scandal

Aug 22 08:14

AFGHANISTAN - TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE FOUR MORE ONE-YEAR WARS

This evening Trump will announce a new "path forward" in the occupation of Afghanistan. According to the usual leaks it will be very same path the U.S. has taken for 16 years.

Several thousands soldiers from the U.S. and various NATO countries will (in vane) train the Afghan army. Special Forces and CIA goons will raid this or that family compound on someone's say-so. Bombs will be dropped on whatever is considered a target.

Trump will announce that 1,000 or so troops will be added to the current contingent. About 15,000 foreign troops will be in Afghanistan. About three contractors per each soldier will be additionally deployed.

Trump knows that this "path forward" is nonsense that leads nowhere, that the best option for all foreign troops in Afghanistan is to simply leave:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 21 Nov 2013
We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply disappointed in President Trump's decision here.

He knows better; he understands that this new "surge" will be absolutely no different than all the surges before this in the last 16 years.

And in this decision, he has failed the American people in a spectacular fashion, and has guaranteed much more blood and money will be lost.

His military advisors, that unholy trinity of Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, have betrayed him, in the name of "optics"; in their dystopian view, that another US war cannot be viewed as "lost" is more important than doing the right thing for the American people, which would be to withdraw US and NATO troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiatewith whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

That Sec Def Mattis signed off on this just puzzles me intensely; I know that this man is absolutely lionized by every military person who has served under his command, but to tell the President that this is his only, highest and best, option in Afghanistan?!?

Something is just not right with this.

Aug 22 07:42

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS IRS TO RELEASE NAMES OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES THAT TARGETED TEA PARTY GROUPS

Remember Lois Lerner? If not, she was basically the person that Obama put in charge of weaponizing the IRS so that it could be used by the Democratic party as a political weapon of mass destruction to suppress Tea Party groups back in 2012. Ring any bells yet?

Well, as a testament to the efficiency of our legal system, it turns out that the case is still ongoing some 5 years later. Of course, this has to be a simple bureaucracy issue because there is no way that the Obama administration, you know, the only scandal-free White House in modern history, played any role in delaying the completely transparent transmission of information about this shocking threat to our Democracy...just ask CNN...we're sure they'll confirm the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, Judge Walton: well done!

Aug 22 07:34

KINDER MORGAN PAID $115,000 TO MASS. STATE POLICE TO STOP PROTESTS AGAINST PIPELINE

New documents reveal the Massachusetts State Police were paid over $100,000 by Kinder Morgan Inc to prevent local activists and representatives of indigenous communities from stopping the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline project.

The Narragansett have been fighting to stop destruction of sacred ceremonial stones. Ultimately, the FERC approved the permit for construction despite the land being covered under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Land Disposition Policy. After pursuing legal strategies for stopping the project, activists opted to take their fight to the frontlines of the pipeline construction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is "open season" on the American people, and their resources, at this point in American history; all that can be sold and privatized, will be sold and privatized.

Aug 21 15:11

It’s Time To Audit The Fed

We’ve been told over and over again it can’t be done, while defying those expectations each step of the way, and we now have a President who has indicated his support for Audit the Fed. Let’s shock the establishment again by pushing it over the finish line.

Aug 21 15:05

Geez, you shouldn’t own a gun! : 63 shot over weekend in Chicago; only long July 4th weekend more violent this year

More people were shot in Chicago over the weekend than on any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that stretched four days, according to police and data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

Aug 21 14:47

Ignoring bad history doesn’t make it go away (video)

Amid the national fervor over Civil War monuments, a former Trump spokeswoman is reminding the left that doing away with reminders of history doesn’t change anything. Democrats ought to listen up.

Aug 21 11:40

A Storm is Coming And It Can’t Be Stopped

The hardcore left will not bend or compromise any of their beliefs and neither will the conservative right. And, sadly, only the folks in middle America see what is coming.

Aug 21 11:11

I am not a number! I am a man!

The United States of America is the world leader for invading your privacy. No other country past or present even comes close, and this absolutely includes Nazi Germany. Not many Americans really know this.

Aug 21 11:09

The USS Indianapolis Still At Sea

The Worst Naval Disaster in US History

At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive.

Aug 21 11:07

Ray Dalio's Gravest Warning Yet: "I Am Tactically Reducing Risk... This Is Broadly Similar To 1937"

Two weeks after Ray Dalio warned in his latest letter to Bridgewater clients that the right trade in the current environment is to buy gold in case "things go badly", the head of the world's biggest hedge fund is out with his gravest warning yet, saying that he is "concerned about growing internal and external conflict leading to impaired government efficiency." In his LinkedIn post, he writes that he "continues to closely watch how conflict is being handled a guide, and I’m not encouraged.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world was feverishly preparing for war at this time, and Japan invaded Manchuria in 1937, which many historians actually see as the starting point for World War 11.

With US geopolitical tensions extraordinarily high against China; North Korea, Russia and Iran right now, it makes perfect sense for Dalio to make this comparison.

Aug 21 10:57

Are Markets Sleepwalking Into A Debt Ceiling Crisis: Mnuchin Issues Another Warning

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley reminded its clients that perhaps the biggest threat facing markets over the coming weeks is the “three-headed policy monster” inside Washington: raising the debt ceiling, passing a budget and embarking on tax reform. As MS cross-asset strategist Andrew Sheets noted, "none are easy, but we see the debt ceiling as the most immediate test."

Aug 21 10:53

One Statistics Professor Was Just Banned By Google: Here Is His Story

On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident. Here are some examples commented from best-selling author Nassim Taleb, and they have been re-tweeted by government officials, and the NYT and WSJ journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the very dark side of Google witch hunts on steroids, leaving massive, innocent cybercasualties in its wake.

Aug 21 10:44

Pope Francis: Rights of Migrants Trump National Security Concerns

Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants’ dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns.

Francis’ politically pointed message was made in view of the Catholic Church’s 2018 world refugee day, celebrated Jan. 14. It comes amid mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and beyond following waves of migrant arrivals and Islamic extremist attacks.

In the message, Francis demanded governments welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, saying Jesus’ message of love is rooted in welcoming the “rejected strangers of every age.”

He demanded a simplified process of granting humanitarian and temporary visas and rejected arbitrary and collective expulsions as “unsuitable.” He said the principle of ensuring each person’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; it doesn't matter when Europeans get assassinated, shot, stabbed, and run over by cars, unchecked immigration must be the law of the land in Europe, in the view of Pope Francis.

The same thing can certainly be said for George Soros, who you don't see opening the doors to his lavish private estates to immigrants, yet insists Europe must do this, no matter the societal, and physical damage which has been done to countries which have implemented an open door immigration policy.

This is the classic "NIMBY" (not in MY back yard, thank you very much!) response of the elites to the damage these US-government generated wars of conquest have cost to the people of Africa and the Middle East, resulting in mass migrations away from the countries which have been clobbered by US firepower.

I would like to politely suggest that the Pope truly missing the big picture here, as the young men flooding into Europe are many times radicalised Middle Eastern and African Muslims of military age, with a desire for carnage and revenge, because of what happened in their native countries, i.e., command and control of their resources by foreign armies, from which they received utterly no compensation. The "welcome strangers" who Jesus comforted were generally not out to kill him, and by any means necessary.

Once in Europe, they do not want to integrate, learn the languages of their host countries; learn job skills; or "fit in", in any way; instead, they demand their host countries adapt Sharia law, and believe that brutal rape against young women should be considered perfectly normal.

And I am curious as to how many immigrants has His Holiness allowed to live in Vatican City right now.

I would be willing to guess that the answer is, absolutely none!!

Aug 21 10:18

Video: The Horrors of Factory Farming

Aerial views of the first factory farms I visited—pig facilities—didn’t capture grass and rolling hills, but instead exposed rows of windowless metal buildings. Each confined thousands of intelligent, sensitive pigs who spent their lives on concrete floors in crowded pens. The footage also reveals what appear to be red lakes but are in fact giant, open-air cesspools. Waste falls through slats in the pigs’ concrete flooring and is flushed into these massive pits, which sometimes have the surface area of multiple football fields. To lower the levels of these cesspools, many facilities spray their contents into the air where they turn into mist and drift into neighboring communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is another answer than ditching meat all together, and that is demanding that the meat you buy is 100% organic.

Talk to the manager of your local market, or big box store, and tell them, gently, that henceforward, the only meat you are willing to take home from that store has to be 100% organic.

They will, in turn, get the message to the meat resources they use, and we can create change in this way.

Aug 21 10:12

The World Remembers the 64th Anniversary of the West-sponsored Coup in Iran

Peaceful, tolerant and socially oriented Islam was seen as a tremendous threat, at least in London, Washington, and Paris. It had to be stopped, even destroyed – resolutely and by all available means. Only the pre-approved Wahhabism, which was collaborative with the West and from the onset at least partially ‘co-produced’ by the British Empire, was singled-out and allowed to ‘bloom and succeed’.

Iran fell first, in 1953.

Actually, it did not fall; it was brutally destroyed.

According to the logic of the Empire, Iran had to be derailed and ruined, in order to prevent so-called ‘domino effect’.

As written by Irfan Ahmad, an Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and author of “Islamism and Democracy in India”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Regime change; why it's just as American as apple pie!!" - Official Pentagon Souse.

And please, don't think for a moment that those in the bowels of power in DC are not continually plotting another regime change in Iran, to make the government more western-centric; to insure that only western countries are in control o Iran's oil; and to insure that Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars.

Aug 21 10:08

The Charlottesville Conspiracy and the Anti-American, Anti-White, Subversive, Hate Promoting Mainstream Media

America is occupied by a foreign, occupying enemy. The American Federal Government and most State government’s are now defacto. They have been usurped and are occupied by deceivers operating in accordance with a communist model of maintaining control of the people using the deception they are American Constitutional governments.

Aug 21 09:41

South Korea's Moon says military exercises with U.S. not meant to raise tensions

- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday joint military exercises starting with U.S. forces on Monday are purely of a defensive nature and do not aim to raise tensions on the Korean peninsula.

South Korean and U.S. forces will conduct military exercises from Monday through to Aug. 31 that will involve computer simulations designed to prepare for a possible attack by nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of heaven can South Korean President Moon Jae-in say this with a straight face, when he understands that Kim Jung Un believes that these drills are preparations for an invasion of his country?!?

There's a massive disconnect going on here, and I am amazed by either his complete naivete, or complete cynicism, over Kim Jung Un.

But were I a betting woman, in the next 10 days, I would not bet that Kim and his rocket engineers will simply be holding hands, and singing the Korean equivalent of "Kumbayah" as these drills continue; I think we will see some kind of military response, possibly the launch of a missile or more, as a show of force, by the North.

Aug 21 09:26

The Goal of ‘Not Losing’ in Afghanistan

Trump is in a bind. As Taliban forces continue to rack up military and political gains across their country, no serious expert can possibly believe that continued U.S. intervention will deliver “victory.” Sixteen years of experience show that almost every U.S. tactic has not only failed, but backfired.

Far from winning hearts and minds, nighttime Special Forces raids and bombing runs have turned countless villagers against the Afghan government and its foreign backers. Far from bolstering Kabul’s resources, tens of billions of dollars in U.S. aid created an epidemic of corruption that decimated the government’s credibility and put money and weapons in the hands of the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for President Trump's speech to the nation regarding Afghanistan; and I am waiting for him to announce a "surge" in troops (yet again), as the US government and military have done so many times before, in this 16 year war.

I am waiting to be disappointed yet again with this alleged "new strategy" in Afghanistan, which cannot be more than a complete rehash and recombinations of older, failed strategies, wrapped with "new packaging, yet incapable of really fixing the situation.

And I know, as surely as I am sitting and typing this, that this surge is not about training Afghani forces to fight on their own; and this surge is not about giving the Afghani people the "gifts of freedom and democracy".

This surge is all about controlling Afghanistan's pipelines; controlling Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth; and controlling its opium poppy production, which funds various US "alphabet soup" agencies' "off the shelf" operations upon which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

It is just that simple, folks; and nothing President Trump will say tonight will convince me otherwise, unless he is talking complete NATO and US drawdown, just as safely as it can be managed.

And I think that is as likely as pigs discovering their ability to fly.

Aug 21 09:11

Trump Officials Trying to Finalize Legal Language to Expand Gitmo’s Use

While President Trump has made clear he intends to not only keep Guantanamo Bay open, but refill it with a new round of detainees, the administration has been struggling with the legal obstacles surrounding a new influx of captives.

The goal is to come up with an executive order that not only reverses President Obama’s 2009 pledge to eventually close the facility,but to provide some sort of basis for putting newly captured people into the facility, after years of trying to release most of those already there.

The initial executive order, which President Trump nearly signed back in late July, would’ve allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda members to be held there, despite warnings from legal officials about the consequences this would have for the broader ISIS war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, a little definition of who these "detainees" are; they are, by every international code of conduct, prisoners of war, and as such, deserve basic humanitarian treatment.

And President Trump, a word, please: Gitmo, as it currently exists, is a blot and stain on the American moral character, and should be closed down.

The torture done here; the force-feeding through NG tubing, when prisoners don't want to eat, is an affront to what we are supposed to be as a nation.

And we understand full well why COs at Guantanamo are so eager to keep their prisoners alive; because through an autopsy process, it would be discovered that water boarding, to get these people to falsely confess to crimes they may have never committed, wasn't the worst thing which had happened to them.

It not only happened at Gitmo; it happened at other facilities in places like Morocco and Pakistan, where torture was outsourced. As reported at the independent.co.uk, regarding the case of Binyam Mohamed:

He was arrested in Pakistan in April 2002 travelling on a false passport and handed over to US interrogators who he says turned nasty when he mentioned a website he had seen with instructions for building a nuclear bomb. The website included instructions such as refining uranium by whirling it in a bucket above an individual's head. What followed, he insists, was a catalogue of encounters with foreign intelligence agents in Pakistan and later Morocco while being subjected to tortures that included being chained to a gate for 22 hours and being cut on his genitals 20 or 30 times during interrogation sessions over two years. Last month, it emerged in a High Court judgment that an MI5 officer visited Morocco three times during the time Mr Mohamed was being held there. MI5 insists it was unaware of his rendition to Morocco in 2002.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it broadcasts to the world that it doesn't care about the rule of law; human dignity, or human rights; it observes those values only in their breach, through the use of torture.

There are compelling reasons not to torture.

It is counterproductive in the extreme, and rarely produces actionable intelligence, because those tortured are saying whatever they can think of in order to get the torture to stop.

And lastly, it also gives carte blanche to countries which don't very much like the US to torture American military and civilians.

Aug 21 08:52

White House Continues to Talk Up ‘Preventative War’ Against North Korea

While there has been a concerted effort from some members of the Trump Administration to downplay the risk of an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the possibility of such a conflict is still palpable, with White House officials openly talking about launch a “preventative war” to resolve the situation.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is seen as one of the leading advocates of this idea, which seeks to avoid the question of how much of a threat North Korea will pose in the future by just attacking them outright now, consequences be damned.

But this position also fits neatly into President Trump’s own “fire and fury” narrative, and Trump has repeatedly given the impression in recent weeks that he considers attacking North Korea out of the blue a viable option, albeit one of many that are under consideration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; how in the name of heaven do Mc Masters and Mattis believe that the US will be able to attack North Korea, yet not have China join the fray on North Korea's side?!?

The Chinese government has made the statement that "regime change" in North Korea will not be allowed to happen; how can that not translate into Chinese military aid, and military muscle, for North Korea if it gets attacked by US and Coalition forces, consisting of Japanese, South Korean, and the US military?!?

How do we prevent hundreds of thousands of casualties in South Korea and Japan?!?

These are the issues which appear to be yet unaddressed by Mc Masters and Mattis, in their concept of an alleged "preventable war" against North Korea; and this is one of the chronic problems in administrations going back to that of Bill Clinton; the desire to resolve real-world problems with magical thinking, coupled with a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Aug 21 08:31

More Europeans' Consider Idea to Send Those Posing Threat to States of Origin

"We need to resolve the political problems. We need to stop thinking that by putting more police, more military we will resolve the problem," Kader Abderrahim, a research fellow at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and lecturer at Sciences Po university, told Sputnik.

According to IRIS fellow Abderrahim, in today’s globalized world closing borders does not make any sense.

Aug 21 08:25

US Embassy to Suspend Issuing Non-Immigrant Visas in Russia Starting From Aug 23

The US Embassy in Moscow is suspending nonimmigrant visa processing throughout Russia starting Wednesday because of Moscow's requirement to reduce its diplomatic staff to 455 people by September 1, the embassy said Monday.
"Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23," the US mission said in a statement.

It said operations would resume in Moscow on September 1, while visa operations at US consulates in other Russian cities "will remain suspended indefinitely."

All scheduled appointments would be canceled and instructions would be provided to applicants on how to reschedule, the US embassy said.

"Planning for departures and staff reductions has already begun in order to meet the Russian government’s September 1 deadline for the reduction of personnel," the embassy said in response to a query on why it canceled visa interviews scheduled before September 1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though this is technically a rebuff for Russia's stating that US staff must be reduced by 1 September, it is a very worrying sign indeed.

Aug 21 08:21

IT staffers may have compromised sensitive data to foreign intelligence

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.

What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.

Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that the number of potential defendants in this investigation is starting to mushroom!!

Drip...drip...drip....

Aug 21 08:03

REPORTER WHO EXPOSED BBC PEDOPHILIA COVER UP FOUND DEAD

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52.

MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and other pedophiles.

Dismissed by the establishment as mad and dangerous, MacKean was finally vindicated when the truth about Savile’s pedophilia eventually came out in 2012, a full year after MacKean first tried to bring his notorious crimes to light.

The BBC, who blocked her groundbreaking investigation from airing and spent the next few years attempting to destroy her reputation, are reporting that she died of “complications from a stroke.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Stroke", MY ASTROLABE; this was most probably an assassination made to look like a stroke, when the autopsy was done, because of the enormous, stealthy and dark powers of the elite in the UK, and how that power it is used (including assassinations) to protect its own.

R.I.P., Liz; your incredible courage should be an inspiration to others.

Aug 21 07:56

BEWARE THE "THE CULTURAL CIVIL WAR" NARRATIVE: YOU'RE BEING PLAYED

Remember the "Russians hacked our election!" hysteria - or have you already forgotten? That entire narrative collapsed under a deluge of factual evidence that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) data release was an insider job, and a compelling lack of evidence of any other Russian hacking.

That failed narrative has now been replaced with a new mass hysteria: "a new cultural Civil War is inevitable." In this narrative, America has succumbed to us-versus-them divisions divided by all-or-nothing ideological bright lines.

Snap out of it, America: you're being played, just as you were played by the absurd "Russia hacked the election" mania.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other names for this ploy are "divide and conquer", and "misdirection."

Aug 21 07:53

HOW THE ELITES ARE DIVORCING FROM REALITY: THE ECONOMIST'S

The Western globalist elites have not digested Trump’s victory or Brexit yet. They are having a hard time dealing with their ideological failures, and when the reality dares not to comply with their day dreaming, they go online and create a parallel world, where their “expert” predictions always turn right and their failures cannot be questioned.

The Economist‘s portal named “what if”, a neo-liberal, wishful thinking echo chamber, is the point in case.

Its latest piece attributes magical powers to the new hero of the elites, Emmanuel Macron, who soundly defeated “evil” Marine Le Pen in May. For The Economist, Macron is nothing short of Jesus as he was correspondingly depicted on the monthly’s cover walking on water:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been long demonstrated that when a society's elites are singularly unhappy with reality, they create" realities" of their own, which have utterly nothing to do with facts on the ground.

Aug 20 19:29

The Neocons Are Pushing the USA and the Rest of the World Towards a Dangerous Crisis

Trump wins. Problem: he will be completely alone. The Neocons have a total, repeat total, control of the Congress, the media, banking and finance, and the courts. From Clinton to Clinton they have deeply infiltrated the Pentagon, Foggy Bottom, and the three letter agencies. The Fed is their stronghold. How in the world will Trump deal with these rabid “crazies in the basement“?

I went on to suggest that Trump’s only option would be to follow Putin’s example and do the the Neocons what Putin did to the oligarchs. Clearly that did not happen.

Less than a month ago I warned that a ‘color revolution ‘ was taking place in the USA.

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