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Feb 01 12:14

Arizona police shooting of Daniel Shaver draws New Mexico civil rights lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A controversial Arizona police shooting of an unarmed man has prompted a former New Mexico woman to file a federal lawsuit over what happened to her during and after the confrontation.

Portillo described seeing the shooting.

“As he was crawling out, I guess his shorts were falling down cause of the material, because it was basketball shorts,” said Portillo. “And if you’re trying to crawl with your hands up this way, I mean out of reaction, you’re going to try to pull up your shorts… and then… they shot him.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOemQG8M7g4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBUUx0jUKxc

Jan 30 09:45

Winston Shrout

Winston Shrout , (7-1-17--Correction:11-17-15) , says There will be no Cash by End of (Correction:THAT)Year. Sorry. In the context of his claims I, was spooked.

Jan 29 23:39

The Twisted Truth About Mueller’s Corrupted Probe

You know the old saying, “give someone enough rope and they’ll hang themselves?” Well that time has surely come for Mueller, the FBI (Fake, Biased Investigations) and the whole damn bunch of Trump hating, sore loser Clintonistas. With this week’s astounding revelations of premeditated, utterly biased and criminal behavior by top members of Mueller’s hit squad, this is more than a smoking gun.

Those that need to be investigated and charged are Robert Mueller, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, Hui Chen, Jeff Sessions, Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and too many to list here. These are key members of the deep state political apparatus. There is more than enough rope for all of them to “hang themselves.” Need I say more?

Jan 29 20:28

False wars, false ‘money,’ false corporate media… nuclear false flag Super Bowl?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

I’ve warned of false flag attacks at the Super Bowl and on Chicago. This is an updated warning.

Your question: If US .01% oligarchs concluded they could get away with it, would they stage a False Flag Operation (and here for abundant historical examples) at the 2018 Super Bowl to further their political agenda? Perhaps it would look like this 2-minute clip from the 2002 movie, The Sum of All Fears; with plot of a non-complicit US President and non-false flag terrorism:

Considerations for your answer: History is the best tool to predict future events of specific groups’ plans. This is similar to what both Super Bowl teams do in game strategy: analysis of opponents’ history with reasonable conclusions what they’ve successfully done before, they will likely do again.

But is there a US .01% oligarchy that would orchestrate a False Flag Super Bowl attack? Isn’t that beyond reason???

Jan 29 13:04

2018 Must be the Year of Dealing with Voter and Election Fraud or the Democrats Will take Back Congress

Voter and election fraud is not a victimless crime at all. How many people’s livelihoods and standard of living has been affected for the worse because of politicians kept in office by election and voter fraud? It has done the most harm to the people who are the most poorest stuck in the ghettos with no hope of escaping their condition because of corrupt government policies. This is why there are so many of these big cities like Chicago. The voters can never seem to get rid of the political corruption and tackle the high crime in the city and county because the Windy city is known for election and voter fraud because the fix was always in before the first ballot was cast.

Jan 29 12:26

How Regional Rivalries Threaten to Fuel the Fire in Syria and Iran

Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio.

The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low intensity warfare is heating up in areas of the Islamic republic populated by ethnic minorities, including the Kurds in the northwest and the Baloch on the border with Pakistan.

Taken together, the two developments raise the spectre of a potentially debilitating escalation of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as an aggravation of the eight-month-old Gulf crisis that has pitted Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar, which has forged close ties to Turkey.

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt rather than Saudi Arabia have taken the lead in criticizing Turkey’s incursion into Syria designed to remove US-backed Kurds from the countries’ border and create a 30-kilometre deep buffer zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Turkey demanding that US troops get out of Manbij ...or else, while the US government has declared it is not leaving,US General Votel says that US forces will not leave this could get very dicey, very quickly.

I have a very serious concern that those service members, embedded with the Kurds in Manbij, may be pawns, and it is not impossible that they are being used very cynically by this administration.

And I say that, because the minute US service members get killed by Turkish fire, the narrative may well immediately be ordered to be shifted, so that the US government will blame their deaths on either Syrian or Russian forces, as a "justification" for war against either, or both countries.

I just hope to heaven that I am a million percent wrong here.

Jan 29 11:38

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close we are to war on the Korean peninsula.” In a speech at Georgetown University, she laid out the U.S. military maneuvers over the past several months—including a nuclear-powered submarine heading to South Korea, the movement of three aircraft carriers to the Western Pacific, and the Army testing out “mobilization centers” for deploying troops and training soldiers to fight in tunnels like those beneath North Korea—that inform this worry. In an interview with me, she said the U.S. military seems to be operating with the attitude that a conflict “‘will probably happen, and we better be ready to go.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Duckworth, as a person living on Oahu, and understanding that a Chinese or Russian bomb could devastate it, and our surrounding islands, please color me...very concerned!!

Jan 29 11:30

By Remaining in Syria the US Is Fuelling More Wars in the Middle East

The US may want to get rid of Assad and weaken Iran across the region but it is too late. Pro-Iranian governments in Iraq and Syria are in power and Hezbollah is the most powerful single force in Lebanon. This is not going to change any time soon and, if the Americans want to weaken Assad by keeping a low-level war going, then this will make him even more reliant on Iran.

The present Turkish incursion shows that Ankara is not going to allow a new Kurdish state under US protection to be created in northern Syria and will fight rather than let this happen. But the YPG is highly motivated, well-armed and militarily experienced and will fight very hard, even though they may ultimately be overwhelmed by superior forces or because the Turkish and Syrian governments come together to crush them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one way in which to accurately describe the current US "strategy" in Syria: painfully incoherent, lost, and myopic.

Jan 29 11:12

US Ambassador Urges Russia To React "Calmly" To "Corrupt Oligarchs" List Due Monday

The US Ambassador to Russia urged the Kremlin to react "calmly" to the U.S. Treasury Department's list of "corrupt oligarchs" due Monday. The list is designed to "name and shame" elite Russians into thinking twice before engaging in business with Putin's government. It will be up to Congress to decide whether the list should be published.

"I urge to take this report, based on its real and not a contrived essence and without emotions, because relations between our countries are far from being exhausted by this one legal act, and I was reminded about it in Washington, where I was two weeks ago," - US Ambassador John Huntsman via -newsru (translated)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the most completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid remark Huntsman could have possibly made, looking at the number of sanctions placed upon Russia, primarily as punishing it for what it did not do (i.e., allegedly "annexing" Crimea from Ukraine), a lie that every rational person sees as a lie, regarding the 2014 putsch in Kiev; the throwing the duly elected President Yanukovich under the proverbial bus; and crookedly installing Poroshenko as his successor.

And BTW, Ambassador Huntsman, the US government was heavily involved in this overthrow, which President Obama personally admitted:

President Obama admits that a US Brokered a deal in Support of Regime Change in Kiev.

When Crimea understood that representative government in Kiev no longer existed, they passed two referendums, one to ask its people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-Coup, or join the Russian Federation. There was a unanimous vote by the Crimean people to petition the Russian Federation for membership, which Russia later granted.

Peaceful self-determination is a value enshrined in the UN charter, but Ukraine and the US vengefully spat all over that, in their threatening stance toward Russia, the sanctions against it being "punishment" for something Russia absolutely did not do.

So I have an observation for Ambassador Huntsman; sir, in the words of my late grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn" on this issue, and both Putin and Xi are a zillion chess moves away from those of the US government.

And why?!? Both Russia and China are rapidly moving away from the US dollar in their trading, and so are other countries as well.

Putin Orders End to US dollar trade in Russian Seaports
Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar — And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

The US Dollar may be at risk as the global reserve currency

23 countries now abandoning the US dollar

Challenging the dollar: China and Russia plan from petroyuan to gold

Russia and China have the means to absolutely crucify the US dollar into absolute non-existence, and for the following reasons:

1. The US dollar, at this point, has no intrinsic value: it is simply a worthless piece of paper, with no tangible asset or assets backing it whatsoever.

2. By these actions by Russia and China, the Bretton-Woods Accord, which acknowledged the US dollar as the primary global currency in 1944, has ceased to exist.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government will attempt to crush these new economic developments though a number of massive wars.

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

So Ambassador Huntsman, if you are suddenly recalled from Russia to the US for "consultations", you now cannot say, with a straight face, that you did not know why.

Jan 29 10:30

Gowdy: FBI's Strzok, Page should testify to answer allegations, questions about 'secret society'

The House Republicans’ top investigator, Rep. Trey Gowdy, said Sunday that text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show they “hated” then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, but the South Carolina lawmaker suggested the two testify to settle concerns on whether they were powerful enough to take down Trump or protect Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from criminal charges over her emails.

“I can’t prove that they were the final decision makers,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, told “Fox News Sunday.” “But I don’t have to. Two really important people hated (Trump); would have done anything to protect” Clinton.

Gowdy pointed out that Strzok interviewed Clinton about her use, as secretary of state, of private servers on which emails with classified information were discovered. And Strzok scrubbed language about Clinton’s “grossly negligent” behavior from the final FBI report on the server-email investigation, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, Strzok,Page, and Clinton's aides should be, collectively looking for countries with which the US has no extradition treaties, and be prepared to live there the rest of their lives!!

Unfortunately, I fear that this will only happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic!!

The level of absolute corruption, having gone on so long, at the highest levels of this government, absolutely disgusts me.

Jan 29 10:21

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company.

The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and share it with others.

Strava suggests military users 'opt out' of heatmap as row deepens
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The map, released in November 2017, shows every single activity ever uploaded to Strava – more than 3 trillion individual GPS data points, according to the company. The app can be used on various devices including smartphones and fitness trackers like Fitbit to see popular running routes in major cities, or spot individuals in more remote areas who have unusual exercise patterns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard face palm, at warp speed, upon reading this!!

This app has been around since 2014, and the US military has just discovered this problem?!?

wikipedia.org: Stava Fitness App

Jan 29 10:11

COP PLEADS GUILTY DISFIGURING HANDCUFFED MAN WITH A FLASHLIGHT, PEPPER SPRAYING KIDS

Bayonne, NJ– Officer Domenico Lillo of the Bayonne Police Department in New Jersey was actually raided by FBI agents and arrested in connection with a 2013 case of police brutality. With so much compelling evidence against him, Lillo pleaded guilty. However, the court is taking their time in the sentencing.

Lillo was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday but the U.S. Attorney’s office extended the date until March 5.

To lessen his sentence, Lillo agreed to testify against a fellow officer. Ironically enough, the fellow officer’s only crime was covering up for Lillo by falsifying records and hiding the assault.

“It was my understanding… (that) when the incident report was written the flashlight strike would be omitted,” Lillo told the jury in his fellow officer’s trial last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...If THIS is what "protect and serve" means to New Jersey police, civilians need to vote with their feet, and find a state where such actions are not tolerated, period, end of discussion.

Jan 29 10:01

PROPOSAL FOR NATIONALIZED 5G NETWORK TRIGGERS BLOWBACK FROM REGULATORS, INDUSTRY

Last night, Axios dropped a bombshell on the week's already brimming news cycle when it published a report and PowerPoint deck created by a National Security Council staffer outlining the necessity of building a nationalized 5G network to guard against cyberthreats.

But while the PowerPoint portrayed a nationalized 5G network as essential for national security, Axios said Monday that the report is generating a fair amount of blowback.

According to Axios, those sounding alarm bells range from those who fear it could lead to greater surveillance to those who see it as an unwarranted encroachment on free enterprise. Still others worry that government control of key communications networks could threaten free speech.

Both the FCC and CTIA issued statements this morning opposing the idea. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai opposes the idea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such an act by the US government would completely nullify and destroy any essence of any freedom of communication which still survives in this country.

This feels like desperation on the cusp of madness, courtesy of a government terrified of its own people.

Jan 29 07:54

LaVoy Finicum: Family Of Fatally Shot Rancher Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against Feds, Police

Despite a finding that police were justified in the shooting of Oregon refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum, his widow is seeking $70 million in damages as part of a lawsuit filed on the two-year anniversary of his death.

Jan 28 18:44

Trump says America open for business. Marijuana industry asks “What about us?"

WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump told world leaders that America is open for business. But one budding U.S. industry — marijuana growers and sellers — sees irony in this boast, which comes as they feel forced by the administration to invest millions in cannabis businesses across the border.

Privateer, which has the backing of the Silicon Valley mogul and Trump supporter Peter Thiel, announced Thursday that it had raised more than $100 million in its third round of fundraising. Kennedy said those dollars, which brings their total funding to $200 million, shows that U.S. investors continue to see growth opportunities despite the federal government’s threats to clamp down. But Kennedy said more than 75 percent of the funding would be invested in Canada and overseas where governments are more supportive of the industry.

“That money would have gone to jobs and would have gone to pay taxes in the U.S. It would have gone to manufacturing facilities in the U.S.,” Kennedy said.

Jan 27 13:22

Clinton, Podesta And Others In Senate Crosshairs Over Dossier; Given Two Weeks To Respond

GOP Congressional investigators have written six letters to individuals or entities involved or thought to be involved in the funding, creation or distribution of the salacious and unverified "Trump-Russia dossier" believed to have been inappropriately used by the FBI, DOJ and Obama Administration in an effort to undermine Donald Trump as both a candidate and President of the United States.

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SCS) wrote six Judiciary Committee letters requesting information from: John Podesta, Donna Brazille, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Robbie Mook, the DNC, and Hillary For America Chief Strategist Joel Benenson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drip...Drip...Drip!!!

Jan 27 13:12

‘We will NOT comply’ Russia refuses to impose North Korea sanctions set by United States

RUSSIA has announced it has no intention of imposing sanctions on North Korea set by the United States, insisting it is under “no obligation” to comply with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for further demonization of both Russia and North Korea continuing apace by the US corporate presstitutes, and more "linkage" attemped in coverage of both countries.

Jan 27 13:07

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight: The Most Perilous Time in World History

The clock was moved less than a full minute for the first time because he’d only been president a few days.

The Atomic Scientists expressed concern over his announced nuclear arsenal expansion, his strident nationalism, his dismissiveness about climate change, his “intemperate statements,” and questionable appointments, potentially “ma(king) a bad international security situation worse.”

His actions during his early days in office were cause for concern – far more worrisome after a year as president, his administration infested with hawkish generals and neocon extremists.

His and their rage for war and hostility toward sovereign independent states risk unthinkable nuclear war on his watch – perhaps confrontation with Russia and/or China going nuclear by accident or design.

In announcing today’s move, Atomic Scientists (AC) president Rachel Bronson said

“(i)t’s with considerable concern that we set the Doomsday Clock, as of today. It is two minutes to midnight.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, I must concur; right now, in terms of US foreign policy, the inmates (read: warhawks) have taken over the asylum,and are very ready to gun down any country standing in the way of US hegemony.

At 68, I only remember being this terrified on one occasion: during the Cuban missile crisis, before Kruschev "blinked".

Jan 27 12:51

US Bombers in Guam Seen Readying for Tactical Nuclear Strike on North Korea

With all other signs of tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the decline, the US is stepping up its deployment of nuclear-capable bombers and general firepower to the airbase at Guam,

This is further fueling speculation that the US is preparing itself for the long-speculated sneak attack on North Korea, and that such a sneak attack could involve B-61 gravity bombs as part of a tactical nuclear strike.

The Trump Administration has been seen to be favoring the idea of a “limited attack,” betting that North Korea would not retaliate. It’s hard to imagine this could possibly be both limited and involve nuclear arms, but recent developments on the B-61 suggest that’s indeed the point of the weapon.

Some analysts have suggested the Pentagon could carry out a nuclear attack with B-61s that would totally destroy North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure while killing no more than 100 people, and that might be small enough to avoid retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PARDON ME, BUT HAVE THESE BLOODY ALLEGED "ANALYISTS" COLLECTIVELY LOST THEIR MINDS, AND GONE RABID, BARKING-DOG MAD?!?!?

President Trump, please, I am begging you; don't listen to people who are giving you, and your advisors, information that is absolutely skewed to what you want to hear about the potential success of a "limited strike" against North Korea.

This falls into the category of "extreme magical thinking."

BEFORE you decide to do this, please lisen to the people who are going to be brutally honest about what the true consequences of such a strike will be, particularly how China is most likely to react, should such a strike be ordered by you.

You need to make this decision from fact, and not from "fairytale data", conjured up by people who want to make you believe this is doable, with little or no consequences.

Because, Mr. President, do you really want to get the US embroiled in a war in China?!? Because if you order this strike, that is most likely the outcome, sir.

Jan 27 12:36

Turkey Vows to Expand Syria Offensive East to Iraq Border

One week into the Turkish invasion of Syria’s Afrin District, the war against the Kurdish YPG looks to be expanding precipitously, with President Erdogan first announcing he’d extend the war to Manbij, and now all the way east to the Iraqi border.

This suggests Turkey’s war against Syria’s Kurds is likely to span the whole of YPG territory, which at present is about 25% of all of Syria. That war will include Turkey’s allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which Turkey tends to install as de facto rulers in places they’ve seized.

More importantly, this escalation all but ensures Turkey will be in an military confrontation with the US, as all of America’s troops deployed in Syria are in YPG territory, embedded with the Kurds, who they consider allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if there is no "grand understanding:" between Turkey,Syria, the Kurds, Iraq, and Russia?!?!

And the other question, still unanswered, is how much military "monkey business" will Russia, which was invited to Syria at the behest of the Syrian government, allow to happen before it intervenes, and hard, militarily?!?

Is the US goal in Syria, in terms of having US troops in the country illegally, to pick a fight with Russia,and have that become the "justification" for a war against Russia, which, unfortunately, US troops might well not be able to win?!?

And I posit that question as someone who is a Christian pacifist activist, who very deeply cares about her country, and is deeply disturbed by various policy trajectories the US government is taking, both foreign and domestic.

We have reached a point in time where the US government believes that the only answer to any geopolitical dispute has to be war, and has completely forgotten the high art of good will/win/win, moral... negotiations.

Here are the cold hard facts; Russia consripts; the US does not. Our troops are intensely overstretched. The Russians have weaponry which has proven field tested and combat ready; the US presents badly engineered products,like the F-35. And the US doesn't have the manufacturing capacity (we've offshored it/outsourced that), nor the money to insure a positive outcome of a war against Russia.

Jan 27 12:17

PEPE ESCOBAR PUTS 'DAVOS MAN' STRAIGHT: "IT'S INEQUALITY, STUPID!"

For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.

Groucho, of course, has been immortalized along with the rest of the Marx Brothers in the zany Hollywood movies of the 1930s, such as A Night a the Opera, A Day at the Races and Animal Crackers.

In one quick-fire response, he joked: “I sent the club a wire stating, ‘Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member’.”

Well, to start off with those billions of people would not get past the bouncers, because the self-defined World Economic Forum is about exclusion. Yet even if, by divine design, they were handed free passes, what would be the point?

Jan 27 12:08

TRUMP NOW INCREASES ‘DEFENSE’ BUDGET 37% ABOVE OBAMA’S

The Washington Post headlined on January 26th, "Trump plans to ask for $716 billion for national defense in 2019 — a major increase”, and reported that when President Trump had entered the White House in January 2017, the ‘Defense' budget was $521 billion, but that President Trump will propose in his upcoming State-of-the-Union speech, a 2019 ‘Defense' budget of $716 billion, which, if it becomes law, would mean a 37% increase, above Obama’s last Pentagon budget (for 2017).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are most probably looking at the US government initiating more wars, and a possible return to the draft, and soon.

Jan 27 12:02

TURKEY DEMANDS US FORCES LEAVE SYRIA'S MANBIJ IMMEDIATELY

As Turkish and allied militant forces from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) advance further upon Kurdish positions in northern Syria, Turkey has called upon the United States to vacate its military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Turkish foreign minister Melet Cavusoglu said that Ankara is calling upon the US, its official ally in NATO, to cease any and all support to Syrian Kurdish forces and militias.

While both Turkey and the United States are in violation of international law by entering Syria with military forces without permission by Damascus or a UN mandate, both countries have vastly different interests in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that in the information about the conversation between McMaster and his counterpart, Turkey's Ibrahim Kalin, there is no mention of a withdrawal of US troops from Manbij.

This could get ugly, very quickly, pitting one NATO member(Turkey) against another (the United States).

I would like to believe that saner heads in both the US and Turkish governments will do everything possible to ratchet down the tensions here, but I sure as heck wouldn't bet on it.

Jan 27 11:54

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants

Israel is hiring civilian “immigration inspectors” to crack down on “illegal aliens and their employers,” marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nation’s relationship with migrants and refugees.

In an advertisement this month, the Population and Immigration Authority said it would pay up to 30,000 Israeli shekels ($8,845) for civilians to carry out an “enterprise of national importance.” That included undertaking “enforcement tasks” against migrants that involved detecting, investigating, and arresting them. Candidates are expected to start in March 2018, a month before the country starts its designated “voluntary” process to return migrants to their country of origin or a third one.

The move comes a few weeks after Israel said it would help purchase tickets, obtain travel documents, and give $3,500 to African illegal migrants to leave—threatening them with arrest if they are caught after the end of March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perfectly predictable.

But then again, what CAN one expect... from a vilely apartheid, self-proclaimed "democracy", with nuclear weapons?!?

Jan 27 11:34

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants

Israel is hiring civilian “immigration inspectors” to crack down on “illegal aliens and their employers,” marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nation’s relationship with migrants and refugees.

Jan 27 11:06

TRANSPARENCY ADVOCATES WIN RELEASE OF NYPD “PREDICTIVE POLICING” DOCUMENTS

Late last month, a Manhattan judge ordered the New York City Police Department to release documentation about the department’s use of secretive and highly controversial “predictive policing” surveillance technology, scoring a win for advocates of transparency on police policy. The documents came to light as part of a lawsuit against the city filed by the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based policy institute.

Little is known about how the largest domestic police force in the United States uses crime forecasting software, which works through analysis of historical crime data like arrest records, incident reports, gang documentation, and “stop and frisk” encounters to generate individual or geographic predictions of crime. In July 2015, then-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton branded predictive policing as “the wave of the future” and entered into a trial program with at least one predictive policing company, the Philadelphia-based Azavea.

Jan 27 11:03

TRUMP’S NEW FRIDGE WILL COST TAXPAYERS $24,000,000.00

When Donald Trump was seeking the office of President, he frequently criticized the taxpayer dollars wasted on Air Force One. Trump even called for the canceling of the Boeing contract to construct a new fleet. However, like most of his promises made on the campaign trail, his since changed his mind.

Illustrating the insane nature of the US government’s bloat and excess, the taxpayers will be robbed of a whopping $24,000,000.00—to install a new refrigerator in Air Force One—seriously.

Boeing was awarded a $23,657,671.00 contract to design, test, and install two VC-25A G12/G13 chillers for the customized 747 jumbo jet in December.

“The Air Force requires that the current air chillers in the G12 and G13 galleys be modified with new cold food stowage to improve reliability and maintainability,” a contract notice from the Pentagon states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jan 26 16:29

SIX REASONS WHY THE NSA IS USELESS AND MUST BE DISMANTLED.

The NSA was started by executive order under the Administration of President Harry Truman at the start of the cold war with the Soviet Union. President Trump can dismantle and shut down the NSA by the same executive actio

Jan 26 12:18

Death Panels Next? FDA Approves A.I. Model That Predicts Your Chance Of 'Sudden Expiration'

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the very first artificial intelligence (AI) computer that monitors a patient’s vitals to help forecast sudden death up to six hours before the grim reaper shows up.

Excel Medical, a medical device data company in Florida, developed the deep learning algorithm called WAVE Clinical Platform for the eradication of unexpected hospital deaths.

To sum up, AI’s gift to humanity is the knowledge of when you supposed to die six hours before. As for the baby boomer generation, what would you do in your last six hours? Further, what happens when the technology progresses to 12-hours, and or even days in advance of your death. How will the human psyche process such knowledge?

How long before the same A.I. can predict your sudden death a few years out? ...and decide whether you're worth keeping around?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is that last paragraph which troubles me about the use of this technology;

At 68, I still compose, have a day job, and yell (lovingly) at our church choirs.

Am I yet "irrelevant"?!? The short answer is, HELL, no!!

Jan 26 12:08

New Hepatitis B Vaccine Studies Show Disastrous Results from Vaccinating All Newborns

…in the decade from 1991–2001, exposure to thimerosal-containing HepB vaccines in the first six months of life resulted in an estimated 0.5–1 million US children being diagnosed with learning disabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For those who care about their children, vote, with you feet, to a state where there are exemptions from vaccinations.

Jan 26 11:58

Will There be a US Nuclear Sneak Attack on North Korea?

Under the cover of the pre-Winter Olympics thaw between North and South Korea and the momentary lull in the “fire and fury” rhetoric from the Trump White House, there are growing signs that the Pentagon and the CIA are pressing ahead with preparations for a preemptive war against North Korea, including the use of nuclear weapons.

There have been multiple reports in the American corporate media of behind-the-scenes discussions between the US military and intelligence apparatus and the Trump administration of the feasibility of a so-called “bloody nose” attack, involving US air strikes on North Korean nuclear facilities, with the expectation—however ill-founded—that they would not provoke a full-scale war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A window for such an action is closing rapidly, and South Korea's Foreign Minister has openly stated that an attack against North Korea "is not an option"

Attacking North Korea is not an option

The games begin on 9 February, and end on 25 February. North Korea is participating in the event, and Vice-President Pence has stated that he will be in attendance, essentially to protect, as well he can, against any more talk of unification between North and South Korea.

But no matter how this attack is sliced and diced, should it go forward, the optics will be very bad for the US government, which will be blamed for it happening, no matter how they try to justify it.

Jan 26 11:49

Trump: No More Palestinian Aid Unless They Accept Peace Talks

Going off the script in remarks to the press Thursday in Davos, President Trump announced that the US will no longer provide any monetary aid to the Palestinians in any form, unless the Palestinian leadership agrees to enter peace talks with Israel.

Though there was no sign peace talks were about to resume at any rate, President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital led Palestinian leadership to reject the idea of any US-mediated talks being possible.

Trump, however, is presenting the Jerusalem declaration as making things simpler, in that Jerusalem is now “off the table,” and that reduced the amount of important issues yet to be resolved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: this... is not "the art of the deal"; this ...is blackmail, particularly against Palestinian children and infants who so desperately need basic food and medicines just to survive.

Jan 26 11:42

Trump Confounded by Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

After years of piecemeal US military operations vaguely advancing ill-defined goals, the American position in Syria, and its vast collection of allies and enemies is so inscrutable that the State Department tried, and failed, to clarify what the US position actually is.

President Trump is being described as downright confounded about what to do about the Turkish invasion of Syria earlier this week, which sees the NATO member nation sending troops into Afrin District to attack the US-backed Kurdish YPG forces there.

In the immediate term, the US can, and largely has, chosen to ignore this and urge calm, though with US troops embedded in Kurdish territory elsewhere in Syria, including Manbij, Turkey’s talk of expanding the invasion would quickly put them in the line of fire.

It’s not as if this problem is a sudden surprise. Turkey’s been threatening the Kurds for years, and has been complaining about the US backing the Kurds more or less constantly in that same period of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no clear goals in this war against both Syria, and the reality is that the US government has failed, big time, to achieve its objective of regime change in Damascus.

I lay the President's confusion at the hands of that unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers" who have his ear right now, consisting of Kelly, Mc Masters, And Mattis; I suspect that the info about the coming debacle in Syria, and that the Turkish government was ultimately make good on its word to destroy the Kurds, got "filtered out" of any communication they had with President Trump on the issue.

And notice; not one tiny peep from the corporatized US presstitutes, that this was even happening. It has been labled "invisible to the US public (except to those who read or write blogs dedicated to ferreting out the truth, like WRH).

I first read of it on Friday, courtesy of zerohedge.com; then, the Turkish invasion was annouced at that same blog the following Sunday.

But this is Kryptonite to the US press, until the State Department has come up with some kind of a plan, to try to end this peacefully.

I am hoping - and praying - that none of the US embeds in Manbij are hurt or killed. But I am realistic enough to understand that this may well happen, and when that does happen, what the hell is the US government going to do about it?!?

Are our military in Syria to become the "sacrificial lambs", to be slaughtered as a "justification " for the US to go into Syria, hot and heavy, in a war against both Russia and Syria?!?

I wish I could bet that this will not happen; that at the end of the day, the US government will find a peaceful resolution, and get our troops safely out of Syria; unfortunately, however, just because an attack against Syria, and the Russian presence there, would be the most hamfistedly, pigheadedly stupid thing thing the US government and military could do right now, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Jan 26 11:25

Turkey Will ‘Target’ US Troops If They Keep Supporting Syrian Kurds

US-Turkey tensions mounting surrounding the Turkish invasion of the Syrian Kurdish Afrin District look to be getting much worse, with Turkey’s deputy premier Bekir Bozdag warning that the US is the one risking confrontation by supporting the Kurds.

Bozdag warned the US needs to “review its soldiers and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground,” and that US forces who continue to support the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers terrorists “will become a target in this battle.”

The US isn’t believed to have any serious forces inside Afrin District, which Turkey is presently invading. Turkey’s President Erdogan, however, says they will attack Manbij next, and there are a substantial number of US troops deployed there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, please let me get my head around this; Turkey, a NATO member, is threatening war against American troops embedded in Manbij, (The US is also a NATO member) if they find them embedded with the YPG there?!?!?

War with Turkey... over Syria?!?!?

This is a thoroughly insane situation, yet it has been brought about by the "magical thinking" inside the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, that if somehow the US was able to carve out a little piece of Syria to call "their own" (or the Kurd's own), and Syria's sovereign statehood be damned here, that they could somehow push Bashir Al Assad out of power, and regime change Damascus.

Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds

Erdogan has stated that he has "made a deal" with Moscow about this invasion into Turkey. And as an invited guest of the Syrian government, Russian troops, aligned with the Syrian troops, have done a formidable job of basically scraping most of the jihadists out of the country.

The question now is, what will happen if the situation in Manjib gets ugly quickly, and American military are shot and killed here?!?

Is the US government really thinking about spinning such a potential narrative here, as a reasonable excuse for going to war with Russia over Syria?!?

Jan 26 11:07

OSHA CITES KOCH FOODS IN GAINESVILLE, ALLEGES SAFETY, HEALTH VIOLATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $208,977 for Koch Foods' poultry processing operation in Gainesville.

According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA cited Koch Foods of Gainesville LLC for a repeat violation of allegedly failing to provide machine guarding, exposing employees to amputation hazards.

"Fourteen serious citations were issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards," officials stated in the release.

The proposed penalty and citations were part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That $200,000 fine is just a slap on the proverbial list, looking at the kinds of profits this company is making.

Estimated Revenue, Koch Brothers, 2015:
US $100 billion (2015)

IF OSHA really wanted to make a difference here, they would have on-the-ground inspectors at every plant the Koch brothers own, to prevent issues like this from happening.

However, unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, and hell freezes over, and for the following reason: despite their personal loathing for then-candidate Trump, they did support him monetarily in the runup to the 2016 election:

Kochs' Ground Game in Election Will Support Trump No Matter What

Jan 26 10:56

Online Vendors Try to Make a Quick Buck as Cape Town Runs Out of Water

Day Zero—currently predicted to be April 12 by local officials—is the exact day when the city of Cape Town in South Africa will run out of water.

This may sound like a far-fetched, dystopian hellscape. But Cape Town has been dealing with ongoing drought for three years now because of a host of factors, including poor government planning, all aggravated by climate change. The dams and reservoirs that supply the city of an estimated 4 million people are running dangerously low. Already under water use restrictions, residents will soon have to collect rations of water piped into the city at centralized points, protected by armed guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not mentioned in this article is a complete lack of care for existing water resources, resulting in crumbling infrastucture here, coupled with extensive government corruption.

Jan 26 10:49

DOWNTIME OF A TOP CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER COULD COST U.S. ECONOMY $15 BILLION

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days. A new study finds that if a top cloud provider went down, manufacturing would see direct economic losses of $8.6 billion; wholesale and retail trade sectors would see economic losses of $3.6 billion; information sectors would see economic losses of $847 million; finance and insurance sectors would see economic losses of $447 million; and transportation and warehousing sectors would see economic losses of $439 million.

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days.

Lloyd’s, in partnership with the risk modeler, AIR Worldwide, on Tuesday released a new report, Cloud Down: The impacts on the U.S.economy, which analyzes the financial impact of the failure of a leading cloud provider in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why in the name of heaven would anyone want to put ANYTHING on the cloud, knowing the potential downside, particularly when product or service liability doesn't exist for the computer industry?!?

The sad state of software liability

The article goes on to state:

"Software license agreements are typically crammed with boilerplate language freeing the software provider from virtually all forms of liability while binding the commercial user to severe use restrictions. Unhappy with that? Too bad. Anyone who has ever installed software after “consenting” to the terms of the accompanying clickwrap, shrinkwrap or browsewrap understands that the disgruntled user has exactly two choices when it comes to mass market license agreements: take it or leave it.

Jan 25 17:51

NSA Deletes “Honesty” and “Openness” From Core Values

The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed “honesty” as its top priority.

Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four “core values” listed on NSA.gov, alongside “respect for the law,” “integrity,” and “transparency.” The agency vowed on the site to “be truthful with each other.”

On January 12, however, the NSA removed the mission statement page – which can still be viewed through the Internet Archive – and replaced it with a new version. Now, the parts about honesty and the pledge to be truthful have been deleted. The agency’s new top value is “commitment to service,” which it says means “excellence in the pursuit of our critical mission.”

Jan 25 13:37

To AG Jeff Sessions: 15 National Priorities of Immdeiate Importence then Going After Marijuana States

There are so much Jeff Session can do to keep him busy that are a priority over legalized Marijuana users and growers where when people voted or the elected legislatures of the several states responding to the will of the voters. What are your thoughts about what is a priority over going after the Marijuana states?

Jan 25 09:58

Pot banning supervisors served recall notices

These anti-freedom mattoids are goin down,down,down!

Two county supervisors who played a role in enacting a pot ban in Calaveras County were served with notices of intent to recall them Tuesday during a board meeting in San Andreas.

Two separate groups, led by Jeremy Maddux of District 4 and Joan Wilson of District 1 respectively, served Supervisors Dennis Mills, District 4, and Gary Tofanelli, District 1, recall notices after both campaigns obtained more than the required 20 signatures since last week in support of their efforts.

Maddux said during public comment that Mills was a “divisive” politician, who brought a personal agenda into the office in banning cannabis. He condemned the supervisor for alleged Ralph M. Brown Act violations, “disparaging” remarks to county staff and disregard for members of the public who challenged his positions.

Jan 25 09:35

How a Cannabis Ban Turned One California County Into 'Ground Zero for Chaos'

After millions were invested in legal,environmentally safe Cannabis farms and over $12 million in taxes were collected from them, a new County Supervisor shut them all down. The count of Calaveras lost 20% of their operating funds. The only other industry they have is ranching and kale growing.

On Jan. 10, supervisors in this historic county—where Gold Rush mining camps flourished in 1850—voted to kill off the Green Rush that exploded here in 2016. By a 3–2 tally, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors declared all commercial cannabis farms illegal. The county planning department estimated that as many as 1,600 commercial cannabis growers were operating in the region in mid-2017. Many of them were licensed by the county. Now, the move to ban cannabis businesses means every one of those growers must cease operations by May 1. Millions of dollars in tax money will vanish from the economically beleaguered county of 45,000 residents.

Jan 25 09:29

A court has ruled that police can execute your dog if it moves or barks

Yes, Officer Tarek Hassani exited his car on a quiet suburban street, kicked a black labrador twice, shot the dog, and left it to die in a snowy driveway. And then?

He issued its angry, upset owner a $100 ticket for having it off-leash.

Jan 25 08:50

Declassified Files Expose UK's Secret Support of Murderous Dictator Pinochet

On September 11 1973, the democratically-elected Chilean government, led by President Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a brutal coup organized and backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency, and executed by the Chilean military. General Augusto Pinochet assumed leadership of the country, killing and torturing thousands of opposition figures.

The role of US government and intelligence services in supporting Pinochet before and after the coup is well-documented — the UK government doing much the same significantly less so. However, newly published declassified files have exposed Britain's secret collusion with his repressive junta from the day it seized power.

Jan 25 08:43

Spy Court Finds Surveillance Operating Outside The Law

The NSA, CIA, and FBI are criminal organizations that should be abolished and their leaderships imprisoned. Here is proof from the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that security agencies have been operating outside the law:

On page 4 the federal court that oversees the spy program states that the US government has not been in compliance with procedures governing the acquisition of data from spying. Moreover, the full scope of noncompliance “had not been previously disclosed to the court.”

The document describes aspects of the government’s noncompliance with the law and steps the government assures the court that it has taken to bring surveillance into compliance with the law.

Jan 25 08:31

Department of Justice effectively told Devin Nunes he's playing with fire on his still secret memo

Justice Dept. weighs in on memogate, warning House intel release of Nunes memo would be "reckless" without DOJ/FBI review

Jan 24 22:10

World must 'wake up to threat from tech giants'

Silicon Valley billionaire Marc Benioff has compared the current crisis of trust facing the tech giants to the financial crisis of a decade ago, urging regulators to wake up to the threat from Google, Facebook, and the other dominant firms.

The outspoken entrepreneur accused some of the industry's most influential bosses of "abdicating responsibility" and being ignorant to how powerful and sophisticated they had become. Regulators now had "have no choice" but to intervene, he said.

Jan 24 15:50

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standards being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies long ago, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve stability their societies.

Jan 24 14:54

Coup d'état political intervention

Coup d’état, also called Coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.

Can you say Deep State?

A coup rarely alters a nation’s fundamental social and economic policies, nor does it significantly redistribute power among competing political groups.

Jan 24 14:48

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection

Historical and Revision Notes

Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §?4 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §?4, 35 Stat. 1088).

Word “moreover” was deleted as surplusage and minor changes were made in phraseology.
Amendments

1994—Pub. L. 103–322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $10,000”.

Jan 24 14:44

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy: AKA Coup d'etat

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, §?1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Jan 24 14:06

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standard being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve their society.

Jan 24 12:04

DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENT SHOWED OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BROKE LAW TO SPY ON AMERICANS

A Bohemian Grove-style secret society within the FBI was conspiring against President Trump after he won the election, a revelation which may bring Mueller’s probe to a close. NSA whistleblower William Binney breaks down how the Deep State used surveillance against Trump. Davos insider Ted Malloch also reveals what the elites are up to in this week’s Davos meeting in Switzerland.

Jan 24 12:03

Trump renews the permanent state of national emergency!

On October 20, 2017 Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13814 extending the state of emergency. Like all of the Presidents since 1933, Trump maintained the unconstitutional powers the state of emergency authorizes.

Under federal law, a national emergency declaration lasts for only one year, meaning that the 9/11 terrorist-threat national emergency has now been re-declared 16 times. And the number of agencies the White House has created to deal with the ‘national emergency’ has grown to over 600 – the worst and most insidious being the Department of Homeland Security.

Jan 24 10:26

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos

As topics like empire, imperialism, and even war and peace, are censored and excised from political debate, US officials, subservient media and the rest of the US political class conjure up an illusion of peace for domestic consumption by simply not mentioning our country’s 291,000 occupation troops in 183 other countries or the 39,000 bombs and missiles dropped on our neighbors in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan since Trump took office.

The 100,000 bombs and missiles dropped on these and other countries by Obama and the 70,000 dropped on them by Bush II have likewise been swept down a kind of real time “memory hole,” leaving America’s collective conscience untroubled by what the public was never told in the first place.

Jan 24 10:21

Pence to Attend Winter Olympics to Stop North Korea ‘Hijacking’ Games

White House officials have announced Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea in early February, with an eye seemingly toward ensuring that North Korea’s attendance of the event doesn’t lead to improved relations.

Officials say Pence believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un intends to “hijack” the Olympics with his country’s involvement, and that Pence will be there to offset the “charade” that is North Korea’s Olympic team.

Bilateral talks between North and South Korea have improved relations in recent weeks, and a big part of that is their agreement on the Olympics. The US clearly has problems with this improved relations between the two, and has gone to great lengths to present North Korea as somehow trying to trick everybody in being willing to negotiate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does the Vice President have a clue as to how these statements make it painfully apparently, that the only option the US government believes it has, regarding North Korea, is war?!?

I have never, this lifetime, seen the US government so thoroughly afraid of peace breaking out, and a potential accord being reached between the two Koreas.

This definitely makes me wonder if North Korea is absolutely the first country on the US government's timeline for "regime change", and a spontaneous reconcilliation between North and South Korea would absolutely destroy any attempts at regime change in the North.

Jan 24 10:09

Intense battles continue between Turkish fighters, Kurds in Syria's Afrin

Turkish soldiers are seen with their armored vehicles near Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay, Turkey, on Jan. 23, 2018. Turkish military's operations in Syria will continue "until all terrorists are fully eliminated" and 3.5 million Syrian refugees return home, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Tuesday

- Intense battles continued Tuesday between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led troops on the outskirts of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave in northern Syria, a monitor group reported.

The battles between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led fighters stretched from northeastern Afrin to its southwestern part, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkish warplanes also struck several targets in Afrin on Tuesday, killing two children and two women on Tuesday, the observatory said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan needs a quick ending to this invasion of Syria, because he absolutely doesn't want the optics here to be about massive Syrian casualties, but it appears that Kurds are not going to allow him that luxury.

Unfortunately, unless there is an immediate ceasefire, coupled with negotiations on a practical way to repatriate displaced Syrians taking shelter in Turkey, this could very well drag on, and morph into a hard, nasty campaign from both sides.

Jan 24 10:01

Monitors warn of preparations for fresh surge of fighting in Ukraine

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tuesday, amid Kremlin condemnation of Kiev’s new legal stance on the grinding conflict.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission said neither side was abiding by the 2015 Minsk agreement, which has failed to end fighting that has killed more than 10,300 people and displaced 1.6 million.

“Instead of fully complying, instead of withdrawing weapons, disengaging and de-mining, it seems the sides are in fact doing the opposite,” said Alexander Hug, principal deputy chief monitor of the mission.

“All across eastern Ukraine [we have] been observing readiness. Everywhere we observe indications that the sides are preparing to continue the conflict, or even escalate it,” he said via video link from the main separatist-held city of Donetsk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get nasty in a heartbeat; please remember in December of last year, the US approved of the sale of offensive weapons to Kiev.

When those weapons are actually delivered to the Ukrainian military, will most probably dictate the start of further conflicts here.

Let us hope and pray that tensions can be ratched down by both sides; otherwise, American troops permanently stationed in Ukraine could find themselves fighting Russians.

Jan 24 09:54

Putin, Erdogan discuss situation in Syria, including near Afrin — Kremlin

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke over phone to discuss the situation in Syria, including near Afrin, where Turkey is conducting a military operation, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two presidents exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including in the northwest of the country, near Afrin, where the Turkish armed forces are conducting a military operation. Both side stressed the importance of further joint efforts towards crisis settlement that are to be based on the principles of respect to Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," the Kremlin said.

According to the press service, the two leaders also touched upon preparations for an upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 29-30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has won this round, backing up diplomacy with Turkish "muscle" in Syria.

The US government has now lost Syria, whatever various spokespersons say, and this is yet another epic fail, and catastrophe of non-critical thinking, in the Middle East.

Jan 24 09:49

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The Central Intelligence Agency is briefing President Donald Trump on the risks and opportunities of a limited attack on North Korea, its director suggested on Tuesday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo would not discuss the “wisdom of a preemptive strike” on Pyongyang or its nuclear weapons program, he told an audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. But in rare public remarks, Pompeo portrayed North Korea as an urgent priority for the agency, and disclosed aspects of its role in setting back Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program during his first year at Langley.

Kim is a rational man, Pompeo said the CIA had assessed. But it’s less clear that Kim takes seriously the prospect of a U.S. attack, something that could blunder the world into a devastating nuclear conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is ... timing.

Faced with an economic collapse in this country, whatever war the US is going to trigger, be it against Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea, has to happen relatively quickly, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public as to the causes of the collapse, which they will immediately blame on the waror wars.

My best guess here would be, that the US will feign negotiations with North Korea, give them a time limit in which to engage, and if they "miss the window", either generate a "false flag", to be blamed on North Korea, or a actual attack, will happen.

I would like to politely remind CIA head Pompeo that China is producing some wonderful weapons which actually work as advertised; also, they conscript, which the Us does not at this time.

War with North Korea, unless they actually hit an American interest or target first, will most likely mean war with China.

Jan 24 09:36

MONTH AFTER GETTING $3.5 BILLION TAX BREAK FROM TRUMP, BANK OF AMERICA HIKES FEES ON POOREST CUSTOMERS

Consumer advocates and banking customers are expressing outrage after an announcement by the Bank of America that it would begin charging fees to account-holders who maintain low balances.

The decision, announced Monday, comes a month after the Republican tax law gave the bank an expected $3.5 million tax break, and less than a week after it posted $2.4 billion profits in the last quarter of 2017.

Critics argued that such news should garner at least as much attention as the bank's announcement last month that it would use some of the financial windfall to give its 145,000 employees a one-time bonus of $1,000 each—a relatively small portion of its tax savings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, B of A, for having outed yourself as the poster child for egregious vulture capitalism!!!

Jan 24 09:31

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS HE’LL NO LONGER ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LAWYERS WITH CASES BEFORE HIM

After controversy over how he handled two prominent investigations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said he would no longer take campaign donations from defense attorneys with cases before him.

Vance said his campaign will no longer accept contributions in any amount from such lawyers and will cap donations from their law partners. Vance was re-elected in November to a four-year term.

The district attorney also will not solicit contributions personally and will have his campaign shield him from the identities of his donors. Candidates for judgeships in New York state follow similar guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I have, is why is this not ilegal to have sitting judges accept "donations" (read: bribes) from attorneys over whose cases they may be presiding?!?

This smacks of a complete contempt for what is supposed to be "due process".

Jan 24 08:55

DEMOCRATS DEMAND TWITTER, FACEBOOK CRACKDOWN ON #RELEASETHEMEMO "RUSSIAN BOTS", THERE IS JUST ONE PROBLEM...

Last week, a four page memo detailing FBI abuse of FISA warrants against the Trump campaign was circulated within the US House of Representatives
Amid calls from several Congressional Republicans, the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo immediately went viral
In an effort to downplay genuine public concern, a "Russian propaganda" tracking website used primarily by Democrats and Neoconservatives has suggested that #ReleaseTheMemo went viral thanks to Russian bots
California Reps. Dianne Feinstein and Adam Schiff sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter CEO's on Tuesday, asking that they take action against the Russian scourge

Meanwhile, Tw.itter's internal analysis of the hashtag has thus far found that authentic American accounts, not Russians, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo, according to The Daily Beast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt by the Democrats to misdirect the justified anger of Americans at what went down at the last election (where Bernie Sanders was denied the opportunity to represent the Democratic party as their Presidential Candidate, because the DNC stole it for Hillary) will NOT"... go gentle into that good night, nor will the lie about Russian tampering !!

It is obvious to me that the Democrats are well and truly terrified, right now, because Americans are demanding the truth.

Jan 23 13:42

Now Trump Menaces Pakistan

If the Pakistan-Afghanistan border had been mined and fenced on both sides, as proposed by Pakistan, and patrolled aggressively by the armies of both countries, nobody could claim that illegal crossings would have been easy. If the Afghan army had been ordered to cooperate with their opposite numbers across the border, and if there had been coordinated surveillance and aggressive foot patrols – as wanted by the Pakistan military – then it would have been very difficult indeed for insurgents to cross in either direction. The US did not approve Pakistan’s proposal for fencing and minefields and did not supply any assistance for the project. So the barrier was not erected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing this set of bone-headed moves are going to do, regarding Pakistan, is to thrown it more deeply into the orbit of China and Russia.

The only characterisations of US foreign policy one can state with a straight face, right now are, "incoherent and fractured."

Jan 23 12:16

A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

While much of America’s – and the world’s – attention focused this weekend reflecting on Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, holding one-year anniversary events for the historic Women’s March and drawing up balance sheets of his promises and achievements, Russia has had a rather different issue on the front-burner: a possible war with Ukraine.

The situation in the Donbass region of south-eastern Ukraine has been a feature of Russia’s political talk shows for the past couple years, along with the military campaign in Syria and more recently the stages in the preparation for presidential elections on March 18.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to whom have the US government and NATO pledged allegiance should such a war break out?!?

Why, UKRAINE, of course!!

Here is what has transpired, so far:

Ukraine hosts US military PERMANENTLY STATIONED ON ITS SOIL.

Amid Russian Tensions, US Army continues to build up Ukrainian Training Center

Folks, I am havng a double facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this; and the intense upsurge in the demonizing of Russia right now, isn't helping anything.

I am very concerned about a US/Ukrainian war against Russia, and for the following, logical reasons:

1. With all of their existing missions, US military forces are stretched nearly beyond belief. Russia conscripts; the US goverment has ot done so in a long time. And sould such a war be brewing, I would not bet against the reinstitution of the draft in this country.

2. The US military doesn't have the money, or the manufacturing, to pursue a war against Russia in Ukraine.

3. The US military doesn't have the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to such a war. The world has witnessed the integrity and capability of Russia's weapons during their mission in Syria, and that was something to behold.

The US military?!? I give you the F-35, which has cost taxpayers billions, and delivered little of what it promised, even at this late date.

A war against Russia in Syria would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government could possibly do at this moment; unfortunately, however, that is utterly no guarantee whatsoever, that it will not do this.

Jan 23 11:53

Syrian Kurdish Forces Launch Powerful Counterattack Against Turkey

Turkey is hoping for a quick victory in Afrin, but its soldiers and allied Syrian militiamen are facing counter-attacks by Kurdish forces on villages close to the border. The Kurds are reported to be readying reinforcements to join the battle from their bases in north east Syria where they have thousands of troops who until recently were fighting Isis.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says there would be “no stepping back from Afrin” which means that the campaign, bizarrely named ‘Operation Olive Branch’, will continue. But it will take time to drive the Kurdish YPG paramilitary forces out the Afrin enclave north of Aleppo. So far the Turkish offensive has captured only a few villages close to the border in three days of fighting and there are a total of 350 villages in Afrin.

The population of the enclave is estimated to be 200,000, many of whom will be come refugees if Turkey and Arab militiamen take control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have that story accompanied by the following:

Turkey escalates attacks on Syrian Kurds

Jan 23 11:49

US Struggles With Fighting Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds, Two Key Allies

US warnings and calls for restraint have failed, and Turkey has invaded Syria’s Afrin District, beginning what could be a protracted battle with the US-backed Kurdish YPG. Two major US allies are in open conflict.

US allies have often clashed in the course of the Syrian War, but this is shaping up to be a long military campaign by Turkey, which has been looking to push against the Kurds for quite some time.

The US is so far just calling for “restraint,” but their involvement in the fight could come quite quickly, as Turkish officials have repeatedly said after Afrin, they’ll be attacking the YPG-held city of Manbij, a city that has US troops embedded within.

The US initially sent troops to Manbij to try to deter a Turkish invasion, betting they wouldn’t want to risk causing casualties to a fellow NATO member. That the fight is already ongoing now may change that calculation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; the US military has troops embedded with the YGB in Mandij, the city in Syria Turkey has announced it will attack next.

Is the White House planning to create an exit corridor through which the American troops be able to leave, and quickly, or are they "sacrificial lambs" with which to justify a full-on invasion of Syria and/or Turkey?!?

This is about to get ugly, quickly.

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