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Mar 25 08:27

Rest of EU must not be CONTAMINATED by Brexit, says Schauble

BRUSSELS does not want to punish Britain over Brexit but must look after the European Union’s remaining member states, according to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.

Mar 25 07:19

The Unaccountable Military Industrial Complex Is Destroying America and the Rest Of The World Too

On Jan. 17, 1961, US President Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex.

He warned, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."

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Mar 24 19:45

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Mar 24 14:44

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine.
The al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in the capital, Sana’a, has seen an increase in babies being born prematurely and with deformities, which doctors say is a result of the war and the Saudi-led coalition’s bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these Saudi monsters,enabled by the US military, using DU weapons, like US forces did in Falujah, Iraq?!? The level, and nature of these deformities reminds me very much about what we saw after the American military used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq.

Now, I am going to guarantee you that this image of an Iraqi child, ravaged in the womb, by DU, looks identical to the image of the child you see in the article above:

Image: Iraqi child suffering from DU exposure

Mar 24 14:42

(NZ)Police swoop on $10k bank account deals

Police say new rules key cog in crackdown on financial crime but change ignites fears of privacy erosion.

Banks will be forced to provide police with customer details on all cash transactions over $10,000 in a fresh crackdown on money laundering and the potential financing of terrorism.

Under new rules to be introduced from November, banks will give police sensitive information including names, locations and even phone numbers.

Police say it is a crucial step in gathering intelligence - but it has prompted fears of more erosion of privacy.

And banks say they can't rule out passing on the cost to customers in fee hikes.

New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties spokesman Thomas Beagle told the Weekend Herald police seemed to be gathering data without reason to suspect a crime.

"It's particularly worrying, police will be collecting all this information without the need for a warrant," he said.

Mar 24 12:40

Watch These Geopolitical Flashpoints Carefully: “There Are Always Triggers And Warning Signs”

In the survivalist community there is a philosophy – there is no such thing as a crisis for those who are prepared. This is true for prepared individuals as much as it is true for prepared communities and prepared nations. The only way a society can fall is when it becomes willfully ignorant of potential outcomes and refuses to organize against them.

By extension, it would make sense that by being prepared for a particular crisis or outcome an individual or group could not only survive, but also profit. It is not crazy or outlandish to entertain the idea that there are groups in power (perhaps for many generations) that aggressively seek to predict or even force particular outcomes in geopolitics for their own profit. And, by profit, I do not necessarily mean material wealth. In many cases, the power of influence and psychological sway over the masses might be considered a far greater prize than money or property.

Mar 24 12:18

Will Washington Risk World War III to Block an Emerging EU-Russia Superstate?

The relentless demonization of Vladimir Putin is just one part of Washington’s multi-pronged strategy to roll-back Russian power in Central Asia and extinguish Putin’s dream of a “Greater Europe”. Along with the attempt to smear the Russian president as a “KGB thug” and “dictator”, the media has also alleged that Moscow intervened in the US presidential elections and that Russia is a serial aggressor that poses a growing threat to European and US national security. The media onslaught, which has greatly intensified since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, has been accompanied by harsh economic sanctions, asymmetrical attacks on Russia’s markets and currency, the arming and training of Russian adversaries in Ukraine and Syria, the calculated suppression of oil prices, and a heavy-handed effort to sabotage Russia’s business relations in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to that rhetorical question at the top of this article is, HELL, yes!!

Mar 24 11:03

‘America Reloaded’: FBI Posed as Film Crew to Access Bundy Ranch Militia

As armed militants descended upon Bundy Ranch in Nevada to support a rancher during his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2014, undercover FBI agents posed as documentary filmmakers to collect statements from the militia.

Mar 24 11:00

CIA’s NightSkies tool can hack, remotely control iPhones without user knowing

WikiLeaks has revealed the CIA’s alleged ability to infiltrate and control iPhones through a tool called NightSkies, which is physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones and allows the CIA to monitor and download files from targets’ phones undetected.

The revelation is part of WikiLeaks’ latest Vault 7 release named ‘Dark Matter.’

NightSkies works in the background and grants “full remote command and control,” to the CIA, allowing it to upload and download files from iPhones, including details from the owner’s phonebook, text messages and call logs, and to execute actions on the phones as it wishes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going back to a pre-NSA phone!

Mar 24 10:47

Constitution is BANNED in Federal Courthouse

The trial for the Political Prisoners in Las Vegas, Nevada continues this week. The prosecution has presented their case over 5 weeks, even extending it beyond what they originally stated.

Judge Gloria Navarro has allowed the prosecution much leeway, but has ruled that the defendants will not need the same concessions. She has micro-managed the defense case repeatedly and has now decided the six defendants will only need a week to present their case.

The government’s case, though it was scheduled to be completed already, does not expect to rest until this Friday, March 24, 2017. The court will then take a week off. The defense is expected to begin their case on Monday, April 3rd.

Mar 24 10:39

UN: Sanctions on North Korea Hindering Food Aid

A new report from the top UN official in Pyongyang is warning that the growing array of international sanctions against North Korea is having a serious deleterious impact on humanitarian aid shipments, saying they are facing a “radical decline” in donations because of sanctions fear.

In addition to the fear of accidentally violating sanctions with such donations of food, there is considerable diplomatic pressure not to feed the North Koreans, with South Korea’s government arguing that the North Korean government is using money not used on food for missile tests.

While that is true, North Korea’s government doesn’t appear to be interested in spending the money on food either way, and the UN is warning that about 41% of the population is undernourished at this point, with young children suffering from the most chronic malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The starvation of children, allegedly to "soften a country up" for invasion and/or occupation, is not a new tool of the West; the US and Saudi Arabia have been very effectively causing Yemeni kids to die of malnutrition over these last two years, courtesy of shutting down all Yemeni ports, so food cannot get in. Here's what THAT looks like:

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition

Mar 24 10:33

US General: Russia ‘Perhaps’ Supplying Taliban

In the past few months, US officials have increasingly found it convenient to blame Russia for anything that goes wrong, no matter how little credibility such an accusation has. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, US Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, may have gone the farthest, however, saying that it was conceivable that Russia was providing unspecified “supply” to the Afghan Taliban.

Gen. Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had “seen the influence of Russia of late,” and that “perhaps” this included supplies, though he neither offered any details on what sort of supplies he was accusing Russia of “perhaps” giving the Taliban, nor any evidence that anything he said was true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please; trying to blame the nearly 16 year old, utterly failed US/NATO occupation on Russia, and providing absolutely no evidence with which to support your claim, is, shall we say diplomatically, completely counter-productive.

Mar 24 10:27

US Army Orders Multimillion Contract for Support Services at Kuwait Base

Pentagon reported that Vectrus Systems had received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Vectrus Systems has received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations and security support, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

"Vectrus Systems Corporation [of] Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $521 million modification… contract for services for Kuwait base operations and security support services in the Kuwait area of responsibility," the announcement stated on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Kuwait:

Map of Kuwait and surrounding countries

There are 10 US military bases in Kuwait:

And as reported at globalsecurity.org in 2012:

The Associated Press reported in June 1012 the precise numbers on US forces in Kuwait, a presence that Pentagon officials has only reluctantly acknowledged. There were 15,000 troops stationed at Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Camp Buehring, in Kuwait. The U.S. uses Kuwait in its war planning as “staging hubs, training ranges and locations to provide logistical support” and to give it “flexibility” should the White House decide on a “pre-emptive” military strike against Syria or Iran. The U.S. military is maintaining at least 10 bases around the tiny emirate, including a command headquarters, a logistics center and two Air Force bases. During the two decades since U.S. and Coalition forces liberated Kuwait, a robust US presence -- military and civilian -- has become virtually a fixture in Kuwait. This posture has been encouraged by a welcoming host government that has seen its own long-term security linked to a significant USG presence, particularly on the military side. The generally hospitable official Kuwaiti environment, expressed in material terms by over US$1.2 billion annually in such benefits as free access to bases, waived port and air support fees, customs waivers, subsidized fuel and other services, rendered Kuwait an indispensable ally in the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the US presence in Kuwait significantly facilitated US operations in the AF/PAK theater. US military operational flexibility here was governed by the favorable terms of a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the Government of Kuwait signed in 1991 and extended for ten years in 2001; at the conclusion of the extension, the DCA continued in force indefinitely unless terminated by either side on one years' written notice.

So, if the US government is beefing up these bases now, and Kuwait is a place for power projection into the Persian Gulf, and construction is supposed to be completed in March of next year, what is the US military planning for the spring of 2018?!?

I do not know; but my gut is telling me, something wicked this way comes.

Mar 24 10:21

Gun Owners of America: Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Still Contains Gun Control

Trump is becoming a nightmare!

Gun Owners of America (GOA) is warning that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.o still contains measures that will allow doctors, insurance companies, and the ATF to use medical records to further a gun control agenda.
The first thing GOA points out is that Ryan’s bill “needs to be amended to prohibit the ATF from trolling the national health database, or Medicaid, or any new entitlement program for persons with PTSD, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, or merely ‘anxiety.’” GOA says the recently repealed Social Security gun ban allowed such trolling, which opened the door to the ATF growing the list of the persons prohibited from gun ownership based on otherwise private information gathered from health records.

Mar 24 10:06

Jihadi terror manuals on how to use a car as a 'tool of war' for mass murder can be found in just two minutes on Google and Twitter

Guides to mounting a car terror attack were available on Google and Twitter last night.

The vile manuals were online despite widespread warnings that UK jihadists use them for training.

Fanatics are urged to deploy large vehicles as ‘tools of war’ before going on a stabbing rampage – the template for Wednesday’s atrocity in Westminster. Boris Johnson accused social media websites of inciting terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this man did was horrific, hideously immoral, and inexcusable.

But the bigger question that this article in the dailymail.co.uk did not want to answer is, why did this man become so radicalised, to the point where he felt he had no other possible response to his anger but the slaughter of innocents, who had done him utterly no wrong whatsoever?!?

I think that, at least, part of the answer to this is the way American, and Western foreign policy has been conducted for quite some time.

The US government, as does the UK's, has a pathological appetite for militarily subduing parts of the planet with the resources it wants; expropriating those resources to which it has no moral right; insuring that the leadership in the countries from which they are being extracted is Western-centric; then insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

And those living in the countries where this is happening, who do not see this arrangement as being good and positive for the citizens of that country?!?! They get assassinated with extrajudicial assassination drone strikes, which have killed thousands of innocents; children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

The US and British governments, collectively, cannot say with a straight face that there is no blood on their hands through its military misadventures in places like Yemen; Syria; Africa; Iraq; and Afghanistan, to get those resources it believes that further wars will require. And this, too, is horrific, hideously immoral, and inexcusable.

But they wrap these wars in a cheap, Chinese-made flag of patriotism, and tell the kids going off to fight them, that these wars are about duty; honor; courage and defending their "way of life", when these wars are ultimately only about improving the corporate profits of those companies involved in the military/industrial complex, and expropriating foreign resources through more wars of conquest.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic, he was definitely on to something.

So what is ultimately to be done here?!?

I have a very lovely, bright, and spiritually clear first cousin, about 20 years my senior, who is a professor emeritus of Constitutional Law for a major university.

He says that by the US and the UK government spent a fraction of the money it has spent on these horrific wars, many of which the US military is still finds itself enmeshed, and spent it on the development of workable alternative energy which actually can drive a tank, or power an airplane, or a rocket, this would make these wars of conquest unnecessary and irrelevant.

I think my first cousin is entirely right; if the US and UK really want to stop terrorism dead in its tracks, they must stop mucking about in other peoples' countries, and not create the fury and radicalisation over 3rd world exploitation which can manifest like this horrific attack at London's Parliament.

But if the US and UK do not do this kind of development of alternative energy, so that we are not dependent on fossil fuel into the future, then you have to realize that, to those elites in both governments, attacks like this against their hapless citizens, against which these governments cannot protect against, are simply "the cost of doing business", and these damned, perpetual wars will continue, as will the rage that will continue to manifest as murderous violence against both their soldiers in country, and against our citizens.

Mar 24 09:40

Trump’s son-in-law funds Israeli settlement projects

Big conflict of interest for Kushner and Trump!

In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and trusted confidant of US President-elect Donald Trump, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organisations and institutions located in illegal West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.

Kushner’s family donates a few million dollars a year on average to charitable causes through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, which Jared sits on the board of along with his brother and two sisters. The foundation was established in 1997.Another key beneficiary of Kushner charity in Israel is the Israeli army. Between 2011 and 2013, the foundation donated a total of $315,000 to Friends of the IDF, on whose board Jared serves.

Mar 24 09:17

Washington Talks End Without Agreement On Israeli Settlements

Most countries consider Israeli settlements, built on land captured in the 1967 Middle East war, to be illegal. Israel disagrees.

The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump’s aides aimed at opening the way to renewed peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians, despite deep skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for success.

Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, who recently returned from a visit to the region, led the U.S. delegation in what were described as “intensive discussions” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff Yoav Horowitz and foreign policy adviser Jonathan Schachter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice how that mainstream corporate presstitutes have been ignoring these meetings as though they represented the plague itself.

And President Trump, a word, please.

Exercises in futility will not bring credibility to your foreign policy

Israel has demonstrated, since its inception, that it is pathologically incapable of being a good neighbor to any of the countries surrounding it, and also refuses to state, clearly, what the State of Israel's borders are, and that is because of the following reason.

This is because of their"vision" if you will, of creating what is called in Israel "Eretz Israel" or Greater Israel, which will run from the Nile to the Euphrates.Let's take a look at a map, and see what bits and pieces of other countries have to be ceded in order to make that happen:

map: Eretz Israel

We've got hunks of Jordan; Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia which will have to go in order for Israel to accomplish this; and these countries won't let that happen without a fight.

And so, what is Israel doing right now to claim more territory closer to home, and by any means necessary?!?

It is practicing serial genocide against the Palestinians; it has ramped up a brisk annexation program in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, throwing out Palestinians whose families have lived in those homes for generations.

This is the country which will not declare it is a nuclear armed country, even though it is; will not sign the NNPT (which, I might add, Iran has done), and refuses to have its nuclear weapons inspected.

This is the country which attempted to frame Egypt for the deliberate Israeli attack against the USS Liberty; this is the country which cheer-led the disastrous US military attack against Iraq (because it was an alleged "existential threat" against Israel, because of its great standard of living under Saddam Hussein), and continues to advocate for a US-led military strike against Iran (again, because it is an alleged "existential threat" to Israel). This is the country bombing Syria, unprovoked, and uninvited, in order to attempt to accomplish regime change there.

President Trump, it is time to cut your losses with Israel, and move on to something that can truly be accomplished; and unfortunately, a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians will only happen after pigs have discovered the ability to fly.

Mar 24 08:48

WHAT IS CROWDSTRIKE? FIRM HIRED BY DNC HAS TIES TO HILLARY CLINTON, A UKRAINIAN BILLIONAIRE AND GOOGLE

As usual, the rabbit hole gets much deeper the more you look.

In yesterday’s post, Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, I examined how CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to look into its hacking breach, had been exposed as being completely wrong about a separate attack it claimed originated from the same group it claimed broke into DNC systems, and supposedly works for Russia’s military intelligence unit, GRU. Here’s some of what we learned:

An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

The whole things gets even more disturbing the more you look.

For example, Counterpunch put out a very important article earlier today on the topic, adding several crucial nuggets of information.

First there’s this:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bottom line here, as far as I can see, is that there is no "there" there, in terms of Russian hacking of the 2016 election.

Mar 24 08:42

LAWSUIT: POLICE DESTROYED FARM HOUSE TO CAPTURE HOMELESS MAN ARMED WITH AN ICE CREAM BAR

Is it possible to arrest an unarmed homeless person without destroying the residence he's hiding in? To the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and Clovis PD (and far too many other law enforcement agencies), the question remains rhetorical.

David Jessen's farmhouse felt the full, combined force of two law enforcement agencies and all their toys last June. According to his lawsuit [PDF], a homeless man was rousted from a nearby vacant house after he was discovered sleeping in the closet. He left peacefully but was soon spotted by the construction crew breaking into Jessen's house. The construction worker, god bless him, called the police because he thought they could help.

Now, the officers might have been concerned the homeless person had armed himself with one of Jessen's weapons, despite his assurances they were well-hidden/unloaded. Even so, they had plenty of options available that didn't include doing all the things they did instead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was not about "to protect and serve'; this was about "to search and destroy with impunity", and it appeared that the local cops did this with the sure and certain knowledge that they had the right to create as much property damage as they possibly could.

Mar 24 08:33

HAS ERDOGAN GONE FULLY ROGUE?

Over the last 20+ years, America has applied the nebulous term ‘rogue state’ with a bit of impunity.

So when discussing what makes a rogue state, it is better to construct a new, more neutral definition than rely on the American application of the word to any state which doesn’t dance to the NATO/US tune.

Let us define a rogue sate as: a state whose government pursues unilateral aggressive policies which result in the country’s sudden or gradual isolation from regional neighbours, former allies and those beyond.

But what about Turkey? Turkey is a great state, a powerful state, and a regionally important state with an economy to be reckoned with, in spite of recent downturns.

But Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly going rogue.

Mar 24 08:27

FBI has uncovered 'evidence of treason' among alt-right websites, says George W Bush's ethics lawyer

The man who served as former president George W Bush's most senior ethics lawyer has suggested that the FBI is "uncovering evidence of treason" by far right US news websites over their links with Russia.

Richard Painter tweeted a link to an article suggesting that the Bureau was looking into news outlets like Breitbart News, InfoWars and the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, to see whether they worked with Russian-backed operatives to disseminate stories favouring Donald Trump during the presidential election. at times when his campaign appeared to be struggling.

Sources told US publisher, McClatchy that online "bots" had created created millions of social media posts linking to articles on the sites, some of which were completely false, while other contained a mixture of fact and fiction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This strikes me as desperation on the cusp of madness.

I have linked to all the resources indicated above, when I have been able to vet that the information came from multiple sources, and believed, to the best of my knowledge, that the information presented was factually based.

But when it becomes, "alleged treason" to tell the truth, the best you can, on a blog, you know your government has gone full tilt-boogie Orwell on you.

And that George Bush even had an "ethics layer", in his lying about the reasons reasons the US government had to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, is hysterically hypocritical, and worth a great laugh, but Richard Painter CANNOT expect to be taken seriously by any thinking American on these charges, after the dark, and brutal, legacy of Bush's presidency.

So now, this now thoroughly embarrassed, morally bankrupt, and completely irrelevant man is desperately attempting to forward the US Deep State Narrative of Russia being the "bad guy" in the geopolitical arena, and a country the US government and military needs to wagewar against.

I have to wonder just how much of Painter's stock portfolio is invested in companies which comprise the US Military/Industrial Complex, to make these accusations.

Mar 24 08:12

THE DEEP STATE'S DOMINANT NARRATIVES AND AUTHORITY ARE CRUMBLING

This is why the Deep State is fracturing: its narratives no longer align with the evidence.

As this chart from Google Trends illustrates, interest in the Deep State has increased dramatically in 2017. The term/topic has clearly moved from the specialist realm to the mainstream. I've been writing about the Deep State, and specifically, the fractures in the Deep State, for years.

Amusingly, now that "Progressives" have prostituted themselves to the Security Agencies and the Neocons/Neoliberals, they are busy denying the Deep State exists. For example, There is No Deep State (The New Yorker).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple; after Bush's "j'accuse" against Saddam Hussein, that he had alleged "weapons of mass destruction" to sell the invasion and occupation of Iraq, no one can take ANYTHING the Federal Government says seriously any more.

The great lies have been unmasked; US citizens realise that all wars are economic in nature, and the American people have become war-weary, and war-skeptical.

Our alleged "Congressional Representatives" no longer represent We the People; they represent the interests only of those large corporations which fund their campaigns.

Voters have become...irrelevant, as long as those campaign coffers remain full.

Mar 24 08:10

Security Alert: Windows 10 Has Been Quietly Logging EVERY KEYSTROKE You Type And Sending It To Microsoft (This Is How To Stop It)

Yesterday we reported that an international group of hackers claim they have breached Apple’s iCloud user database and stolen 300 million usernames and passwords. The group has threatened to initiate a widespread factory reset on April 7th, 2017, potentially wiping out data on tens of millions of iPhones and iCloud accounts should Apple fail to pay a ransom.

But that breach by nefarious hackers, while serious, is nothing compared to what your trusted operating system provider may be doing on your personal computer.

According to a recent report, if you are a Windows 10 user then every single keystroke you have ever typed on your computer may have been logged and sent to Microsoft.

Mar 24 08:04

AFTER US REFUSED TO CHARGE THEM FOR LAUNDERING TERRORIST MONEY, MEGABANKS BUSTED AGAIN

An investigative reporting coalition recently released a report alleging a multi-billion dollar money laundering operation that has affected hundreds of banks and companies in 96 countries including the repeat offender, HSBC.
In 2012, HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, settled with the U.S. Government, avoiding criminal prosecution of its executives, for helping to launder money for Mexican drug cartels as well as Al Qaeda. According to the US Senate’s report, which investigated the matter, HSBC provided a “gateway for terrorists to gain access to U.S. dollars and the U.S. financial system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, this is SOP (standard operating procedures) for the TBTF (too big to fail) banks; I'm not surprised, and unless and until the executives who signed off on these actions get prosecuted and jailed (and I am talking about hard time, and NOT a "Club Fed"), such practices will continue.

When all prosecutors like Lynch do is a slap on the wrist, through fines, and not prosecuting individuals who thought these kinds of actions were "a good idea" persist, nothing will change.

Additionally, the rich very rarely eat their own; I do not know what the lady's net worth may be, but I don't think she left her position as Attorney General a pauper

Mar 24 07:51

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF POLICE WHO POUNDED ON WRONG DOOR, DIDN'T IDENTIFY THEMSELVES, THEN KILLED INNOCENT MAN FOR HOLDING A GUN

According to a federal appeals court, police will not be held accountable for banging on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failing to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shooting and killing the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense. Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott had committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, he was gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night “knock and talk” in Scott’s apartment complex.

In ruling in favor of qualified immunity for police, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has given law enforcement agencies further incentives to engage in aggressive “knock and talk” practices, which have become thinly veiled, warrantless exercises by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into “talking” with heavily armed police who “knock” on their doors in the middle of the night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assassinating ordinary citizens by police has become the order of the day, and this decision highlights the reality that now, police the right to do this with impunity.

This was a truly lousy ruling, in terms of siding with true justice in the United States, and demonstrates, very clearly, that US jurisprudence is rapidly slouching down the road of Code Napoleon law, where individual citizens were considered guilty until proven innocent.

Mar 24 07:44

SURVEILLANCE STATE GOES AFTER TRUMP

Since Donald Trump’s election, former Special FBI Agent Coleen Rowley has been alarmed over with how Democratic hawks, neocons and other associates in the “deep state” have obsessed over “resurrecting the ghost of Joseph McCarthy” and have built political support for a permanent war policy around hatred of Russia.

Rowley, whose 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of the FBI’s pre-9/11failures, compared the current anti-Russia hysteria to “the

‘Red Scare’ fear of Communism” famously associated with legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who collaborated with Sen. Joe McCarthy’s hunt for disloyal Americans in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This hatchet job on both Trump and Russia has got to end, so that this country can get the REAL, and pressing problems it faces sorted, like illegal immigration; the crumbling of America's infrastructure, and a military which spends huge sums of money for equipment and services it buys, but doesn't get very much "bank" for its buck, at the end of the day.

A magician would call this McCarthy-esque "witch hunt" against both Trump and Russia "misdirection"; taking the focus of what they are doing, and placing that focus somewhere else.

Mar 23 17:04

The Season of Sacrifice

With the attack in London yesterday the season of sacrifice has begun. Take the time to listen to this broadcast about this time period of the year. Pay attention to all of the events that have happened in this time period over the years. It's a pattern that can be clearly seen when one's eyes are open to it. Remember ladies and gentlemen, it does not matter if you believe in this, the powers that shouldn't be do. To have any chance of winning a battle one must fully understand the opponent.

***FROM THE SHOW DESCRIPTION***

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the broadcast close friend, and occulted knowledge specialist Mark Passio. The two of them cover “The Season of Sacrifice” that takes place every year in the beginning of April, it’s origins, and what it means to the powers that shouldn't be. They showcase how many different tragedies have happened during this time period.

Mar 23 14:28

FEC Dems again eye regulating Drudge, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

The campaign by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission to regulate the internet, from Twitter and Facebook to Drudge, is back after some liberal commissioners threw in the towel amid GOP opposition.

Seizing on an exit report card of the agency by ex-Commissioner Ann Ravel, the left is complaining that the internet isn't being regulated for political content and spending, but should be.

Mar 23 14:21

Trump's Labor Secretary nominee faces questions over why he cut a deal with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein instead of indicting him on federal sex crimes

Alexander Acosta is facing questions over plea deal he oversaw for pedophile
Billionaire sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida charges of soliciting prostitution and was sentenced to 18 months in prison
Lawsuit questions why Acosta, whose confirmation hearing is this week, cut deal with Epstein a decade ago instead of pursuing a federal indictment
Acosta defended decisions as best outcome given evidence available at the time

Mar 23 10:54

Whistleblower Tapes: Trump Wiretapped “A Zillion Times” By ‘The Hammer,’ Brennan’s and Clapper’s Secret Computer System

President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and his Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan oversaw a secret supercomputer system known as “THE HAMMER,” according to former NSA/CIA contractor-turned whistleblower Dennis Montgomery.

Clapper and Brennan were using the supercomputer system to conduct illegal and unconstitutional government data harvesting and wiretapping. THE HAMMER was installed on federal property in Fort Washington, Maryland at a complex which some speculate is a secret CIA and NSA operation operating at a US Naval facility.

Mar 23 10:35

The NSA & Your Data: If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear

Welcome to the Domestic Surveillance Directorate

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Our value is founded on a unique and deep understanding of risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats. Domestic Surveillance plays a vital role in our national security by using advanced data mining systems to "connect the dots" to identify suspicious patterns.

Mar 23 10:28

Prosecutor Lee Klayman "Comey Lied about Trump Surveillance" - Founder of Judicial Watch

Comey should be hauled back to testify before the committee on March 28th - Klayman to be present at hearing

Mar 23 10:09

THE WORST RETAIL CATACLYSM EVER: SEARS WARNS IT IS ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE AS PAYLESS PREPARES TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY

More than 3,500 retail stores are going to close all across America over the next few months as the worst retail downturn in U.S. history gets even deeper. Earlier this week, Sears shocked the world when it announced that there is “substantial doubt” that the company will be able to “continue as a going concern” much longer. In other words, Sears has announced that it is on the verge of imminent collapse. Meanwhile, Payless stunned the retail industry when it came out that they are preparing to file for bankruptcy. The “retail apocalypse” that I have been warning about is greatly accelerating, and many believe that this is one of the early warning signs that the economic collapse that is already going on in other parts of the globe will soon reach U.S. shores.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sears is the proverbial "canary in the coal mine."

When it is about to go under, we will probably see a tsunami of other retail establishments falling in its wake.

And online buying is not the villain here; people just don't have the expendable income with which to shop, and they are keeping a very close eye on credit card usage, now that the Fed has upped their rates.

Mar 23 10:03

NOW CAN WE ADMIT THE WAR ON TERROR HAS FAILED?

In the wake of the terror attacks in England, France, Germany and elsewhere, can we finally admit that the war on terror is an utter and complete failure?

10 WAYS TO REDUCE TERRORISM

So if the war on terror has failed, what should we do to stop terrorists?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very logical, well- thought out, rational approach to the issue; but because it is logical, the US government will not pay absolutely zero attention to it, because it prefers to do the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things it can to keep terrorism continuing.

And why?!?

Because of the profits terrorism creates for the military/industrial complex, and for the banks, and the ability of terroristic acts to create fear in their people, so that they are easily manipulated to give up more of their freedoms and liberties!!

Karl Marx said some very odd things, and the main critique I have of communism, is that it takes all of society to be living saints to actually make it work; and in this lifetime, I have seen very few living saints.

But when he made the point that all wars were, ultimately, economic in their origin, he was one hundred percent correct.

So I have to ask, about the terrible attack in London at Parliament yesterday, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!? And how many more draconian laws are going to be placed against British subjects, and how much more of whatever freedoms they have left will be taken away, in its wake?!?

Mar 23 09:51

David Rockefeller & a dark legacy in Brasil – A critical obituary

On March 20, David Rockefeller died at the age of 101. As the obituaries for one of the world’s richest men gush over his philanthropy, it needs to be pointed out that he was a major player in several Latin American coups, supported extremely corrupt military dictatorships, post-dictatorship neoliberal policies that greatly exacerbated income stratification and poverty and that his dark legacy will continue to influence the region long after his death.

The Rockefellers’ arrival in Brazil

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man had a very dark legacy, no matter his what his philanthropic profile looked like!!

Mar 23 09:45

NEW DOCS EXPOSE BUSH SR. ILLEGALLY DESTROYING EVIDENCE OF US CRIMES WHILE HEAD OF CIA

Documents recently dredged from the CIA’s massive database expose an effort by the former director to destroy documents evincing the agency’s illegal activities and operations.

That director — George H.W. Bush, who served in the role from January 1976 until January 1977 — went on to become the 41st President of the United States.

As MuckRock reports,

“In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug wrote to CIA Director George H.W. Bush about the existing moratorium on the destruction of CIA files. As the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights, which had jurisdiction over government information policy including FOIA and the Privacy Act, she wanted the moratorium extended — specifically, she wanted to ensure that Congress had time to enact legislation in response to the Church, Pike, and Rockefeller hearings and the resulting reports.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Mar 23 09:39

Super Snowden Whistleblower Releases 600,000,000 Pages Of Illegal NSA Spying

Mar 23 09:29

Mainstream Media In Total Collapse

Few any longer believe the “mainstream media,” that is, the presstitutes. This has put the presstitutes into a panic as they lose their value to the ruling elite if they cannot control the explanations in order to justify the self-serving agendas of the ruling elite.

To fight back against the alternative media that does tell the truth, a secret group, PropOrNot, as well hidden as an an offshore money-laundering operation, published a list of 200 websites accused of being “Russian agents/dupes.”

PropOrNot’s effort to discredit truth-tellers was hurt by the site’s anonymity.

Consequently, the next list appeared on the website of the Harvard University library, where it is attributed to a Melissa Zimdars of whom no one has ever previously heard. The websites on the list are also on the PropOrNot list, but those of us on Zimdars’ list are no longer “Russian agents/dupes,” merely purveyors of “fake news.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reader wrote in to point out that while whatreallyhappened.com is on the Harvard list, none of Alex Jones' websites appear anywhere!

Mar 23 09:27

ABOUT HALF OF DETROIT CAN'T READ

America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate.
The report, titled "Addressing Detroit's Basic Skills Crisis" makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary.

Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: "Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks."

Various estimates of the scale of need for basic skills services in the region convey a crisis-level order of magnitude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; but of course, illiterate and innumerate people are incapable of critical thinking, or "doing the math", when it comes to politicians manipulating them, and politicians love it when people cannot do either.

I would suggest that this failure of the Detroit educational system is not accidental, but deliberately institutional.

So I can absolutely imagine that the local, state, and Federal politicians, looking at these numbers, are rejoicing at what they see!!

Parents in Detroit and elsewhere, whose kids are going to public schools, please do NOT count on your schools to educate your children, because most likely, THEY WILL NOT. Horrifically bad teachers will not be removed because of union protection.

Start reading to your kids, getting them reading as well, and start them on simple math, TODAY. Start a club, or a group, which does this after school, and make it fun!!

I was enormously lucky, in many aspects to have been born into the family I was. Language, and reading, were very strongly stressed by my parents, and when I was in high school, my Dad took me to EVERY Shakespeare play done at the local community college, as if to tell me, "The English language is your heritage, my dear; LEARN IT AND USE IT WELL!!"

Mar 23 09:12

WIKILEAKS RELEASES "NIGHTSKIES 1.2": PROOF CIA BUGS "FACTORY FRESH" IPHONES

The latest leaks from WikiLeaks' Vault 7 is titled “Dark Matter” and claims that the CIA has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers. The full documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all by its lonesome, the CIA has decided to eviscerate the 4th Amendment to the Constitution; and the Judicial, Executive and Legislative portions of our government are collectively impotent to stop them?!?

Folks, here's the deal for me.

I am a Christian Witness/Pacifist Activist who never advocates violence as a response to anything this government doe, but exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical disputes with negotiations rather than through war; I am a published composer of religious music, and a choral conductor at my local Methodist church.

So will someone please explain to me, in a way that seems reasonable, as a completely non-violent, loving, and logical human being, why I should be targeted for surveillance?!? Is the short answer, "Just because they CAN??"

And the really hysterical/ironic part of all this, is that the actual baddies have already encrypted cell and other communications to the point where they are "bullet-proof" to all of the US's "alphabet soup" intelligence agencies.

Mar 23 09:01

Tillerson Confirms US Plans For Long Term Military Presence In Iraq

(*vindicating my personal point of view , when presented with Bush the second was delusional when he declared Mission Accomplished , in Iraq .
When looked at one way , yes! , he was as much a knucklehead , as Trump is naive .
My point of view is Bush was honest , for a change . After his dad made that mess , in the original Gulf War presented by the US Government, and CNN , the 'mission' , for Bush Jr. was to get us back IN , PERMANENTLY . making it easier for Tillerson amd Trump , to keep the thumb on those people .)

Mar 23 08:36

Trump's Labor Secretary nominee faces questions over why he cut a deal with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein instead of indicting him on federal sex crimes

Another BAD appointment by Trump! Trump's appointee gave a serial child molester a pass!

President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee is facing questions over the unusual plea deal he oversaw for billionaire sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, while serving as US attorney in Miami.

Alexander Acosta made a deal with Epstein which meant he avoided federal prosecution and a potential life prison sentence when he was found guilty of soliciting prostitution in 2008.

He is now at the center of a lawsuit, which names President Donald Trump as a witness, which accuses him of mishandling the case a decade ago.

Critics, including attorneys for some underage victims of financier Epstein, claim the plea agreement was a 'sweetheart deal' made possible only by Epstein's wealth, connections and high-powered lawyers.

The story resurfaced just hours before his confirmation hearing for the secretary of labor was set to start.

Mar 23 08:32

Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones

The latest leaks from WikiLeaks' Vault 7 is titled “Dark Matter” and claims that the CIA has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SELL YOUR APPLE STOCK NOW!!!!!!!

Mar 23 08:09

A Very Nice, Evil Man — Gary North on David Rockefeller.

So, I will not miss David Rockefeller. I suppose I should speak well of the dead, but I'm going to make an exception in this case. I don't want to lie. I am also not going to stay silent. He wasted his time. He wasted his money. He wasted his life. He was my favorite modern example of Mark 8:36. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

Mar 23 07:53

If the US Senate Weren’t a Gang of Thieves — Andrew P. Napolitano on questions for Judge Gorsuch.

One of the reasons Justice Scalia gave for rejecting as an interpretive tool the statements made by members of Congress when they passed any legislation under scrutiny is the truism that politicians have only one goal in their work, no matter what they are saying — to get re-elected. The senators examining Judge Gorsuch are probably more concerned with that than with doing the right thing for the court. I hope that in this respect, I am wrong, as I have been before.

Mar 23 07:38

Sen. Feinstein finds the Founders’ views on the Constitution ‘troubling’

Of course, Feinstein doesn’t really care about the Constitution. But she’s not alone. As I’ve written many times, politicians — with only a handful of exceptions — do not care about the Constitution and generally see it as an impediment to their objective. What she truly finds “troubling” is that it impedes — in whatever small sense — her from her objective to steal guns from Americans or enslave them in other ways.

Mar 23 07:17

Vault 7: Projects - Dark Matter

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

Mar 23 00:06

Nuclear War: Hopefully Just A Bad Dream

Go here
for the full text of my description, with images as closely resembling as I could find.

From the conclusion:

Notably, there were two types of nuclear scenarios with which The Powers That Be in my dreamworld had not seen fit to torture me, and with which I therefore had not had the misfortune to have had any familiarity. One of them is the aftereffects, environmental and political, of a modern-day First Strike by the United States....

Excerpts:

Dreamt, last night, that WW3 started.

And we may have started it.

Mar 22 16:06

NYPD sent video teams to record Occupy and BLM protests over 400 times, documents reveal

The department could not locate legal authorizations for its surveillance operations

Mar 22 15:50

Top Obama Administration Officials Show Total Lack of Self-Awareness on Twitter

Several top officials from the Obama administration woke up and decided to join Twitter now that they were out of jobs. It must have been like turning on the TV news for the first time after coming out of an eight-year-long coma because none of them can seem to grasp the concept that they were the ones actually in charge of a world seemingly spinning out of control.

Mar 22 15:48

Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Delay Bill

(*The People Of The Coomonwealth Voted FOR Legal Recreational Marijuana . The Republican Govorner , Charlie Baker , on November 20 2016 , Made It Clear He Didn't Like The Bill .
Today He Made It Clear The People Can Blow Smoke , eh , Pound Sand!)

Mar 22 15:13

Turns out Trump was hacked… sort of

It is yet another reminder that the federal government’s various law enforcement agencies continue to conduct warrantless mass surveillance on millions of innocent Americans. If Trump’s irritated by having his personal privacy violated, perhaps he should lead a charger to reinvigorate the nation’s 4th Amendment.

Mar 22 14:26

Gun Control and the Second Amendment

There should not be gun-control laws anymore than there should be shovel-control laws or broom-control laws. Guns should be treated as commodities just like bananas, apples, and oranges. It is what you do with a gun that is important, not that you buy, sell, or own one.

Mar 22 14:21

Will Russiagate Backfire on the Left?

If the investigation of Russiagate turns up no link between Trump and the pilfered emails, Democrats will have egg all over their faces. And the Democratic base will have to face a painful truth. Vladimir Putin did not steal this election. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lost it. Donald Trump won it fair and square. He is not an “illegitimate” president. There will be no impeachment. They were deceived and misled by their own leaders and media. They bought into a Big Lie.

Mar 22 14:04

Facebook Expands Roll-Out of Fact-Checker in ‘Fake News’ Crackdown

Facebook has expanded the roll-out of its fact-checker tool to combat ‘fake news’ as more users report the appearance of the ‘disputed’ message alert. The pop-up lets users know when a story’s accuracy is questionable before they share it.

Mar 22 13:52

Living the DREAM : Americans Are Dying With an Average of $62K of Debt

You’re probably going to die with some debt to your name. Most people do. In fact, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian. Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875.

Mar 22 13:43

In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell once said that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Since he offered those words decades ago, we have seen deceit become a pervasive and global problem, where the general public really has no clue what is happening around the world. The truth is, we live in a world of secrecy, and many prominent figures throughout history have been trying to tell us this for years. Even President Theodore Roosevelt warned us of the secret government, revealing that “behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”

Mar 22 13:08

Stop the presses!

The headline above is not my demand. It is my plea. Please, stop the presses, stop the propaganda, stop the lies. The mainstream news is giving me migraines. At the end of the day I know less than when I woke up in the morning. Obama versus Trump is being constructed as a story of good versus evil, light versus darkness, hope versus hopelessness. If the far left sell this lie, the Fourth Estate is more dangerous to America than Donald Trump could ever be.

Mar 22 12:31

The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of

On a heavily protected military base some 15 miles south of Washington, D.C., sits the massive headquarters of a spy agency few know exists. Even Barack Obama, five months into his presidency, seemed not to have recognized its name. While shaking hands at a Five Guys hamburger restaurant in Washington in May 2009, he asked a customer seated at a table about his job. “What do you [do]?” the president inquired. “I work at NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency,” the man answered. Obama appeared dumbfounded. “So, explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial…” he said, unable to finish the name. Eight years after that videotape aired, the NGA remains by far the most shadowy member of the Big Five spy agencies, which include the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Mar 22 12:20

GOP lawmaker: Trump communications may have been 'monitored'

One more time. It was the NSA with their net that catches everything that was the source of the leaks. Right before he left office Obama signed an E.O. that has the NSA pass what they Hoover up, to 16 other Federal Agencies.
There is where the leaks are coming from and it is on paper legal under Obama's E.O. If Trump hasn't canceled that E.O. He had better do so pronto!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials — possibly including President Donald Trump himself — may have been "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection."

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 11:24

BREITBART AND INFOWARS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR TIES TO RUSSIA

Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, according to a new report.

The Hill reported the probe is focused on discovering whether Russian operatives used conservative outlets to help spread stories favoring now-President Trump, McClatchy said Monday after confirming with two people familiar with the inquiry that the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division is driving the investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so looks like McCarythyistic desperation on the cusp of madness, I hardly know where to begin.

And yes, having read, and occasionally linked to both blogs, I would characterise them as "conservative"; but "ultra-right?!?

In November's election, I really felt as though I had very little choice whatsoever than Trump, in light of the fact that the Democrats shoved Clinton down the voters' throats to the point of massive, collective regurgitation, and "arranged" for Bernie Sanders to lose its party's nomination.

Wikileaks proved primaries were rigged; the DNC undermined democracy

Busted! Document proves DNC, Clinton rigged election

Racketeering Lawsuit Exposing Nationwide Vote Rigging in DNC Primaries Could Derail Clinton

But unless and until the DNC is able to "get over" the reality that the American voters saw, in Clinton, a spoiled, wealthy corrupt warmonger who was pathologically incapable of identifying with everyday working people; until they are able to "get over" the reality that people knew she massively botched both Libya and Benghazi, and that her alleged "foreign policy chops" never met a war she didn't like, we are going to see more Federal tax money wasted on continuing investigations of this nature, full of sound and fury, and at the end of the day, most probably, signifying absolutely ....nothing.

Mar 22 11:05

A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches

Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix.

WikiLeaks publishes docs from what it says is trove of CIA hacking tools
Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed a cache of documents that are believed to have been stolen from the CIA and published by WikiLeaks two weeks ago. The flaw, found in at least 318 switches, allows remote attackers to execute code that runs with elevated privileges, Cisco warned in an advisory published Friday. The bug resides in the Cisco Cluster Management Protocol (CMP), which uses the telnet protocol to deliver signals and commands on internal networks. It stems from a failure to restrict telnet options to local communications and the incorrect processing of malformed CMP-only telnet options.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YIKES!! And there is no "fix" for this?!?

Mar 22 10:54

DONALD TRUMP IS FILLING TOP PENTAGON AND HOMELAND SECURITY POSITIONS WITH DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

President Donald Trump has weaponized the revolving door by appointing defense contractors and their lobbyists to key government positions as he seeks to rapidly expand the military budget and homeland security programs.

Two Department of Homeland Security appointments Trump announced Tuesday morning are perfect examples.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am profoundly disappointed by these developments; we need people in these positions who insure, through an audit process, that all the money spent by the US government intelligently, and that the "bang" for its weapons development dollars is a profoundly positive one.

Throwing more money at a failed system will not fix the problems of a failed system, the corporate governance of which believes it is perfectly acceptable to deliver flawed, so late in delivery as to be obsolete, and vastly over-budget products.

Mar 22 10:49

EU Official: We’ll Force Members To Accept Refugees

The commissioner for the European Union’s “Common Immigration and Asylum Policy” said the bloc can force member states to accept refugees, the Associated Press reports.

The commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said that the bloc has the “tools, the means and the power,” to force member states to comply. Avramopoulos’s comments came during a visit to Poland, which has opposed EU efforts to resettle refugees. Poland argues that many of the refugees in Europe came to improve their economic prospects, rather than fleeing a dangerous war-zone.

Avramopoulos’s comments are the latest in a series of threats by EU officials to countries that refuse to accept refugees or challenge the EU’s quotas. “The Commission might start infraction procedures” against resistant nations, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans declared in early February. He expressed his hope that “peer pressure” would force countries to comply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the EU believes it can FORCE member nations to absorb thousands of violent young men into their countries?!?

These two have, by these statements, looking at all the horrific violence which has accompanied this unvetted immigration has created, spoken the death knell of the EU.

And I have a grand idea; why don't EU member nations FORCE their leadership in Brussels to accept these immigrants in their own homes, particularly if they have teenage girls in their homes?!?

Let the "cultural enrichment" of EU officials, and their families, begin, and right the heck now!!

Mar 22 10:41

OUR HOPELESSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY

Democracy in America has become a hollow shell. The conventional markers of democracy--elections and elected representatives--exist, but they are mere facades; the mechanisms of setting the course of the nation are corrupt, and the power lies outside the public's reach.

History has shown that democratic elections don't guarantee an uncorrupt, functional government. Rather, democracy has become the public-relations stamp of approval for corrupt governance that runs roughshod over individual liberty while centralizing the power to enforce consent, silence critics and maintain the status quo.

Consider Smith's Neofeudalism Principle #1: If the citizenry cannot replace a dysfunctional government and/or limit the power of the financial Aristocracy at the ballot box, the nation is a democracy in name only.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As crystallized in the following video:

Mar 22 10:35

FLASHBACK - 5 Minute Speech that Got Judge Napolitano Fired from Fox News

Mar 22 10:34

The War on Water Is a Very Real Crisis

One of the hidden costs of industrial agriculture is its intensive water usage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 80 percent of U.S. consumptive water (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes.1

Only about 3 percent of the water on Earth is fresh water, which is dependent on rain for replenishment. Fresh water stored in aquifers, meanwhile, is being increasingly depleted, at a rate that cannot be naturally restored.2

In some areas, pollution has left water largely undrinkable while industry (often the same ones responsible for the pollution) is draining underground aquifers at alarming rates. Irrigation is necessary to grow crops (including alfalfa hay used primarily for cattle feed) in arid regions of the U.S., but experts say it's unsustainable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really concerns me is the toxicity of water levels in many places in the US.

We here in Hawaii are very lucky, because the water here is very pure and clear of contaminants, but kind of already lousy in many areas of the continental US.

Mar 22 10:04

Russia Smear Attempt To Shut Down Dissenters!

Mar 22 09:55

FEDERAL JURY RULES IN FAVOR OF TORTURED TO DEATH ARMY VETERAN. FAMILY AWARDED $10 MILLION (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

A federal jury has ruled in favor of the estate of an Army veteran who died on the floor of a jail in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Elliott Williams broke his neck and was lying naked and paralyzed for 51 hours. The county is ordered to pay the family $10 million.

On Monday, the jury returned after deliberating for around 10 hours and found that Williams’ civil rights were violated by both the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who was ordered to pay the family an additional $250,000 in punitive damages from his own pocket.

Williams, an Army veteran, was arrested by Owasso police after suffering a mental breakdown. His only alleged crime was a misdemeanor for obstruction, but Williams died in custody before the formal charges could be filed.

During the first day of the trial, jurors saw the last 51 hours of William’s life captured by the jail’s surveillance cameras.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever was involved in this horrific act against this Vet should be spending the rest of their lives in jail, period, end of discussion.

Mar 22 08:14

Jerome Corsi: Leaked Documents Show That NSA Spied On Trump Since At Least 2004

Mar 21 11:53

The Story of Your Enslavement

Mar 21 11:48

The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

Mar 21 11:37

The Korean Crisis, the US' Next Phase of Pan-Eurasian Containment

The security situation has markedly deteriorated on the Korean Peninsula in recent days following the North’s latest missile test, which Pyongyang antagonistically said was a drill for striking US bases in Japan in response to the latest US-South Korean military exercises that it rightly views as a sign of hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the two "adults in the geopolitical room", and I am talking about Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, would get involved here; they are about the only two human beings in the world who could, potentially, de-escalate this mess, and come up with a face-saving plan which all the major actors could get behind, and help forge a peace treaty with North Korea, in return for its abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, I am very concerned that the American Deep State will not allow this to happen, and continue to push, and provoke North Korea into a place where it feels it has no choice but to lash out militarily, which will be the "excuse" for a huge, US-sponsored military decap strike against it.

At least, that is the way I'm reading the "tea leaves" on the issue at the moment.

The large scale US/South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of April of this year, right before the South Korean elections in May;

US, South Korea launch large-scale military exercises

After the impeachment and removal of President Park from office this month, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took over as acting President. Moon Jae In, a progressive who advocates the "Sunshine Policy", and is doing very well in the polls,is encouraging more rapprochement with North Korea, and may, if elected, want direct negotiations with Kim Jong-Un at a summit, as reported at pressreader.com on 11 March, 2017:

South Korea likely to reset its relationship with the North after Presidential election

It is a very certain bet that, should he get elected, the US government will do everything in their power to crush such an outreach, and insure that his ability to negotiate with North Korea becomes limited in the extreme.

Mar 21 11:00

Kurds Say Pentagon Plans to 'Send 1,000 Troops to Syria in the Coming Weeks'

A representative of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance largely made up Kurdish and Arab militias, has confirmed that the Pentagon is planning to deploy an additional 1,000 US ground troops to Syria to assist the SDF in the upcoming operation aimed at liberating Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh's caliphate.

"Every two days the US deploys a large amount of weapons, primarily heavy armaments, to the region. They have sent tanks, armored vehicles, missiles, sniper rifles, mortar launchers and other types of weaponry," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Sputnik Turkey. "In addition, the United States has told us that a decision was made to send an additional 1,000 US troops to take part in the Raqqa operation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, the US government is ramping up a huge military escalation of their invasion of Syria.

Please remember: Russian military were invited by the sitting President of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad; the US military has not been invited to help clean out the jihadists who are trying to destabilise the country.

IF, in fact, there are any Russian casualties from this escalation, it could well put the US on a path of war against Russia over the future of Syria.

I think the words "absoflippinglutely insane", come to mind right now.

Mar 21 10:48

Will Russiagate Backfire On The Left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale.

In Monday’s Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief.

Yet longer-term damage may have been done to the left. For Monday’s hearing showed that its rendering of the campaign of 2016 may be a product of fiction and a fevered imagination.

After eight months investigating the hacking and leaking of the emails of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta and the DNC, there is apparently no evidence yet of Trump collusion with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As that title question asks, "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished!!"

Mar 21 09:42

US Launching Soaring Number of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate precipitously, with record numbers of airstrikes in recent months, and the coalition dropping over 7,000 munitions on Iraq and Syria in just the last two months.

Air Force Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff attributed to the continued increase in strikes to the effort to support Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, a city of well over a million people. With the fighting there heavily confined to residential neighborhoods, however, the heavy use of airstrikes must raise concern of large civilian tolls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Civilian casualties are never a concern of the US military, when it comes to Iraq's oil being under control of a US-centric government, and only sold for US dollars.

And the civilian death tolls in Iraq and Syria, will most likely skyrocket from here.

Mar 21 09:38

Trump Expands Special Forces Deployments Around Africa, Mideast

Reports from earlier this month that Pentagon has been increasing deployments of special forces around the Middle East and Africa appears to be continuing apace, with the most recent reports suggesting that President Trump has expanded the deployments into Central Africa, and is continuing the policy across the region.

The use of small-scale special forces as an alternative to larger deployments of regular combat soldiers became popular in the Obama Administration as a way to keep official troop levels comparatively low while getting into more and more military operations around the world.

While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a saying in French, and the approximate translation is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", and I am seeing this as a very honest leitmotif for the Trump administration's early months.

The US government is continuing to flex its military muscle around the world to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; make sure that the rulers in the countries which have those resources are western-centric; and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

I...am not amused.

Mar 21 09:29

Poroshenko says Ukraine needs IMF next $1bln tranche as 'air to breathe'

Kiev needs the next tranche worth $1 bln from the IMF as "air to breathe", Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko said at a meeting of the Council for Regional Development on Monday.

"This is not only $1 bln the country needs as the air, this is also a macro financial assistance from the EU (where we also met all the criteria) which will be granted once the money from the IMF is transferred to the account of the National Bank. This is 600 mln euros of extra funds," he said.

Poroshenko said that funds from international organizations will be directed "to specific projects", to "joint territorial communities" and will be used "to resolve issues ranging from the construction of infrastructure to energy saving."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Due to the massive corruption and graft which has poisoned Ukraine's political atmosphere, the IMF's "investment" in Poroshenko's Ukraine has been an abject, and complete failure, and they know it, but are impotent to stop what is going on.

Mar 21 09:13

Report: Law Enforcement Leaks Database To Journalist Containing Trump Wiretap Info

According to investigative journalist Jerome Corsi reporting for Infowars, law enforcement sources out of Arizona have provided a database containing the “individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010,” thus proving once and for all that Donald J. Trump was, in fact, under surveillance during Barack Obama’s tenure as President.

But if that’s not enough to burst your bubble, what you are about to read next will, because the absolute bombshell report doesn’t stop there. As it turns out Infowars founder and popular radio talk show host Alex Jones was also under surveillance in Texas.

Jones said on the Sunday show that they had even listed an address in which he “secretly” does broadcasts from.

Mar 21 08:52

RUSSIA CONSPIRACY MONGERING HITS WALL AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

It was over five hours of odd metaphors, logical fallacies, and dark accusations, but the House Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, starring FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, ended with no substantial revelations.

The only news was the confirmation of a previously reported FBI investigation, which began in July.

While ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (D-CA) and others did their best Joe McCarthy impression, the show was stolen by Representative Denny Heck (D-WA), who claimed the entire affair was an “inside job” and that the “attack” by Russia was akin to 9/11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bottom line is, there's no "there" there.

Mar 21 08:39

THE UPCOMING TRADE WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA WILL BE THE BIGGEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides. The Trump administration and the Chinese government are both gearing up for a prolonged trade war, and this is going to have very severe implications for the entire global economy. During the campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly stated that we “can’t continue to allow China to rape our country”, and he was quite correct about that. Over the past ten years, the U.S. has run a trade deficit of over $2 trillion with China, and as a result of imbalanced trade we have lost tens of thousands of manufacturing businesses, millions of good paying jobs, and hundreds of billions of dollars of tax revenue.
So clearly something needs to be done to balance our trade with China and other countries. But the situation must also be handled delicately, because trade disruptions could bring substantial short-term economic pain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars make me nervous, because many times, they are simply preludes to actual shooting wars.

Mar 21 08:36

INSIDE THE TRUMP LOBBY THAT WANTS TO BREAK-UP IRAQ

A secret network tied to Cambridge Analytica, Islamist insurgents, ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers has convinced Trump to let go of Iraqi national unity.

Ex-Bush administration officials with pro-Trump leanings have forged a secret alliance with a former private Iraqi Pentagon contractor who is a member of one of Iraq’s wealthiest dynasties.Their mission is to promote the break-up of Iraq as the only viable way to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). They have achieved partial success: on Monday, the Trump administration announced a subtle but seismic shift in US policy toward the possibility of Iraq’s dissolution.Yet this network has been intimately connected to Cambridge Analytica (the technology firm that ran Trump’s election campaign), entities that have sponsored ISIS and other Islamist militants, as well as to ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers?—?who might benefit from the break-up of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the moment the US invaded and occupied Iraq, this was precisely the outcome which Israel wanted; Tel Aviv wanted to see a fracturing of Iraq into little fiefdoms, so that it would be impossible for Iraq, as a national entity, to ever attain the status it had as one of the most financially viable, and educationally progressive, countries in the Middle East.

Mar 21 08:30

STEALING FROM THE CITIZENRY: HOW GOVERNMENT GOONS USE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE TO ROB US BLIND

“Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.”

- “ Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” Institute for Justice
In jolly old England, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country has gone full tilt-boogie right into Code Napoleon Law territory, where now, a person is considered guilty until proven innocent.

And THAT...stands the Constitution and Bill of Rights squarely on their heads.

Mar 21 08:27

GREEK POLICE INTERCEPT 8 PARCEL BOMBS HEADED TO EU INSTITUTIONS & COMPANIES

Greek police have reported that they found and neutralized eight suspected parcel bombs at a postal sorting center in Athens on Monday. Last week, two such bombs targeted the German finance ministry and the IMF.

“Eight suspected packages which listed persons in European countries as recipients were located and confiscated today,” police said in a text message to the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very relieved that these weapons were intercepted; unfortunately, however, with Greece in the throes of the agonising austerity into which the IMF has put it, I am very concerned that these bombs may not be the end of this problem.

As I have said many times before on this blog, as a Christian pacifist activist and witness, I abhor, and never advocate, violence; but I can understand how it can happens, when people get pushed against a wall.

And it appears that Greece's financial problems are about to get a whole lot worse this year:

IMF Warns Eurogroup Loan Measures Not Enough for Greek Debt

Mar 21 07:28

Independent Treasury Act of 1920

The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to transfer any or all of the duties and functions performed or authorized to be performed by the assistant treasurers above enumerated, or their offices, to the Treasurer of the United States or the mints or assay offices of the United States, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, or to utilize any of the Federal reserve banks acting as depositaries or fiscal agents of the United States, for the purpose of performing any or all of such duties and functions, notwithstanding the limitations of section 15 of the Federal reserve Act, as amended, or any other provisions of law: Provided, That if any moneys or bullion, constituting part of the trust funds or other special funds heretofore required by law to be kept in Treasury offices, shall be deposited with any Federal reserve bank, then such moneys or bullion shall by such bank be kept separate and distinct from the assets, funds, and securities of the

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the law that turned over the US Treasury to a private for-profit corporation; the Federal Reserve!

Mar 21 04:48

BEX ALERT!: FBI's Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites

Unbanned at Breitbart this morning. They need all the bots they can get now!

WASHINGTON
Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories some fictional that favored Donald Trump's presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as bots,to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

Mar 20 23:29

Spying reforms allowing GCSB to spy on Kiwis pass into law with little opposition

The Government's foreign intelligence agency can now spy on New Zealanders under spying reforms passed into law this afternoon.

The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill was supported at its final hurdle by all parties except the Greens.

The reforms have not attracted the same level of debate and controversy as the expansion of the Government Communications Security Bureau's (GCSB) powers in 2013. That is partly because the latest round of law changes have cross-party support.

The bill brings the GCSB and the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS) under the same laws and warranting regime.

In a fundamental shift in policy, it permits the GCSB to monitor New Zealanders if national security issues are at stake.

Until now, New Zealanders could only be targeted by the agency if they were an agent of a foreign power.

Mar 20 13:52

UN Report on Mass Surveillance: “Trying To Appear Tough On Security By Legitimising Largely Useless, Hugely Expensive And Totally Disproportionate Measures Which Are Intrusive On So Many People’s Privacy”

A White House panel has previously slammed the NSA, and said that mass spying is unnecessary.

Now, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy notes in a new report (with our comments)

Deeply concerning … the status of the right to privacy in the surveillance area of activity has not improved since the last [UN surveillance] report. [Indeed, it’s getting worse … and will only expand unless we fight for privacy.]

Mar 20 12:14

THE GLOBAL FAMINE BEGINS: UN ANNOUNCES THAT THE WORST FOOD CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa. Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya. And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa. The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done. When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe. Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much of this famine is from natural causes, and how much is man-made, through these horrific wars affecting not only Yemen, but also many countries in Africa as well.

War is a great method for depopulation, if governmental leaders have the morals of a dead tree stump. (And you KNOW I will get massive complaints from dead tree stumps on that one!!)

Mar 20 11:58

JOHN MCCAIN - THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN 'HERO'

As of late, we the people of Arizona are very shocked to see what he has become. He is a caricature of a man who, around here, is about as popular as the ping-pong president. How could the people of Arizona, the state that brought you the O.K. Corral, the Grand Canyon, constitutional carry, and sunshine 360 days a year re-elect such a steaming lumpen pile?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is profoundly unfortunate that there is no equivalent for (alleged) Congressional Representatives of the 25th Amendment, when they start working against the true interests of We the People, as has Senator Mc Cain for some time now.

I have speculated, on many an occasion, about whether all the stocks he holds are military/industrial complex-centric; at this moment, I would not bet against it.

It is also a shame that Congressional Representatives are not required to put their finances into a blind trust, as does the President.

Mar 20 11:44

CONFIRMED: FISA’S SECTION 702 PERMITS “WARRANTLESS” SPYING ON AMERICANS’ COMMUNICATIONS

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has come under scrutiny as it is set to expire this year on Dec. 31. The deadline of the contentious section which came into law in 2008 and was renewed in 2012, has impelled lawmakers to review its necessity.

Section 702 of the FISA arguably allows the NSA and other agencies to exploit loopholes to intercept Americans’ communications while collecting information on foreign targets. Depending on who you speak with, this is an infringement on Americans’ privacy under the Fourth Amendment, or it’s vital to national security.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who opened the recent meeting over Section 702’s future began by outlining it as “an important safeguard.” He continued however, saying that “We must ensure that our protection doesn’t come at the expense of cherished liberty.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problems here are threefold; first, this violates the 4th Amendment to protect Americans from unreasonable search and seizure; second, there is so much data gleaned through this process as to make the bits and peaces of info almost useless; and third, the baddies have already gotten encryption down to a point where their communications cannot be broken into.

Mar 20 11:32

Let the Brexit begin: UK PM Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on March 29

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, March 29, to officially begin the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Mar 20 11:13

California Lawmakers Looking To Make Bad Law Worse By Banning 'False' Political Speech

A new bill, pointed out by the EFF's Dave Maass, seems to be a response of sorts to "fake news" and other political detritus of this highly-partisan system. Ostensibly, the bill is aimed at keeping voters from being misled on issues that affect them. The problem is, this bill would allow the government to determine what is or isn't misleading and apply to a citizen's social media posts, blog, etc.

Mar 20 11:09

NSA Documents Prove Surveillance of Donald Trump & His Family

UPDATE: Bombshell “ Obama Illegally Spied on Sheriff Arpaio's Prosecution

WASHINGTON, D.C. Infowars.com have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010 a database that suggests both Donald J. Trump and Alex Jones were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years.

LIVE COVERAGE OF NSA SPYING ON TRUMP

Mar 20 10:36

D.C. DAIRY LOBBYING ORGANIZATIONS TRYING TO KILL BILL TO LEGALIZE RAW MILK IN MONTANA

Deep-pocketed national organizations representing big dairy have thrown their political clout behind efforts to kill a bill that would legalize limited raw milk sales in Montana

Last week, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association sent a 26-page document to members of the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee urging them to kill House Bill 325 (HB325).

“Due to the significant public health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) respectfully urge that you oppose HB 325, legislation designed to allow the sale of unpasteurized milk in Montana. HB 325 would remove existing regulations prohibiting the direct sale of raw milk, consumption of which has been opposed by every major health organization in the United States, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mar 20 10:29

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS LOOKING TO MAKE BAD LAW WORSE BY BANNING 'FALSE' POLITICAL SPEECH

A new bill, pointed out by the EFF's Dave Maass, seems to be a response of sorts to "fake news" and other political detritus of this highly-partisan system. Ostensibly, the bill is aimed at keeping voters from being misled on issues that affect them. The problem is, this bill would allow the government to determine what is or isn't misleading and apply to a citizen's social media posts, blog, etc.

SEC. 2.

Section 18320.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following:

(a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election.

(b) Any candidate for election to public office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, it is official; the California legislature has collectively lost its mind.

The reality that the sponsors of this bill see absolutely nothing Orwellian about it, and its implications, whatsoever, is horrifyingly amazing!!

Mar 20 10:24

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Market conditions in Eurozone are showing signs of a return to the conditions that sparked the 2011 European debt crisis which first reared its head in 2009.

The ECB uses a system called Target2 to assess levels of debt and the bank's data appears to show it is only a matter of time before the current system breaks.

At the time several eurozone member states including Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Cyprus were unable to repay or refinance their government debt.

They were bailed out through assistance of third parties including Eurozone countries, the ECB, and the International Monetary Fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to get very economically ugly, and very quickly.

The UK had the absolute right idea with its "Brexit" of the EU, and may well have gotten out barely just in time. But as the following article indicates, Europeans may well have to pony up for EU countries' expenses they did not, themselves, sign off on, or create:

EU TAXPAYERS BRACE AS DEEPENING BANKING CRISIS MEANS EURO-TARP LOOMS

Mar 20 10:19

ISRAEL: AMERICA’S MAD DOG IN SYRIA

Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but for the entire region.

A more recent row between Israel and Syria was the reported incursion of Israeli warplanes into Syrian airspace, including attacks near the eastern Syrian city of Palmyra. Palmyra hosts an ongoing battle between Syrian forces and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist organization. Israeli airstrikes against Syrian forces – then – would have facilitated ISIS operations in the region.

ISRAEL IS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR, NOT A CHAMPION AGAINST IT

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From its very inception, Israel has been a rogue nation, driven by its own mythology of achieving its territorial claims to all the lands between the Nile and the Euphrates (Biblical Israel)

Let's look at a map, to see what those claims actually entail;

Biblical Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates

As you can see, this alleged "promised land" includes bits of Iraq; Egypt; Syria; Saudi Arabia, Jordan; and Lebanon.

The reason that the Israeli government refuses to define its borders is that its religious right believes that those borders extend into these countries, the governments of which should just roll over and play dead, enabling the IDF to claim bits of these countries for "eretz Israel" (Greater Israel)

The problem for the Israeli government is that this rolling over and playing dead, to enable this annexation, just hasn't happened yet. And because of that, in the minds of those in the Knesset in Tel Aviv, that makes Syria a prime target for destabilization and regime change.

Mar 20 10:00

FIVE CREEPY THINGS YOUR ISP COULD DO IF CONGRESS REPEALS THE FCC’S PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

Why are we so worried about Congress repealing the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs? Because we’ve seen ISPs do some disturbing things in the past to invade their users’ privacy. Here are five examples of creepy practices that could make a resurgence if we don’t stop Congress now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The examples of companies which have done this before are highly unsettling.

Mar 20 09:17

Hedge Fund CIO: "The Odds Of Trump Succeeding Are Zero In The Absence Of A New War"

Peel back the patina and you’ll discover that today’s monetary policy, tax policy, foreign policy, trade policy, and regulations of every stripe are levers the elite pull to entrench their interests. Secular stagnation is what we came to call the symptom without identifying this cause. Then came a synchronized global cyclical recovery, which we may now confuse as a Trump inspired break from this stranglehold.

“If I thought our new president could increase budget deficits by another 2% per year, my thesis would crumble. I’d be wrong. But the odds of this are zero in the absence of starting a new war.” He paused, considering the rebound in interest rates, the record equity highs.

Mar 20 08:30

THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE AGAINST AMERICAN FREEDOM

“The Democrats, the liberal media and juvenile snowflakes are bad losers and they’re making themselves look ridiculous by continuing to refuse to accept that Donald Trump is their President, and looks set to be so for eight glorious years as he Makes America Great Again”. That is the view of many millions of American patriots and conservatives – and, sadly, it is terribly wrong.

The reality is that Donald Trump, American democracy, and the survival of the Christian world as a whole, are in grave and growing danger. This is because the ‘War on Trump’ is not the futile and ridiculous lost cause that many on the right naively believe. Rather, what we have seen so far are just the opening shots and manoeuvres in a well-planned coup d’etat, which is being prepared by sinister forces with enormous experience of ‘regime change’ all over the world.

Mar 20 07:56

Mainstream Media in Total Collapse — Paul Craig Roberts

Few any longer believe the “mainstream media,” that is, the presstitutes. This has put them into a panic as the presstitutes lose their value to the ruling elite if the presstitutes cannot control the explanations in order to justify the self-serving agendas of the ruling elite.

To fight back against the alternative media that does tell the truth, a secret group, PropOrNot, as well hidden as an offshore money-laundering operation, published a list of 200 websites accused of being “Russian agents/dupes.”

PropOrNot’s effort to discredit truth-tellers was hurt by the site’s anonymity.

Consequently, the next list appeared on the website of the Harvard University library, where it is attributed to a Melissa Zimdars of whom no one has ever previously heard. The websites on the list are also on the PropOrNot list, but those of us on Zimbars’ list are no longer “Russian agents/dupes,” merely purveyors of “fake news.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mar 20 07:32

Obama used NSA & FBI to spy on Trump – veteran CIA officer

Mar 19 20:08

Flashback: Dragnet NSA Spying Survives: 2015 in Review

Secret mass surveillance continued to spark global controversy this year, yet the National Security Agency’s dragnet programs unconstitutionally monitoring Americans are stretching into their second decade. Ignited by news reports in 2005, eight years before Edward Snowden’s revelations blew the lid off illegal and unconstitutional domestic spying in 2013, mounting concerns around the world about the threat to free expression made 2015 a watershed year in the battle to restore privacy.

Mar 19 15:45

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies.>>

Mar 19 13:07

Who Towers Behind Trump?

By Michael Collins Piper

An inquiry into the background of flamboyant American entrepreneur Donald J. Trump provides some surprising insights into Trump’s path to power and influence, for the fact is that Trump’s rise to stardom came as a direct consequence of his having functioned as hardly more than a colorful front man for some very wealthy behind-the-scenes sponsors.

Mar 19 08:50

THE ROTHSCHILD AND SAUD FAMILIES FUND BOTH JOHN MCCAIN AND HILLARY CLINTON

On 21 October 2016, I headlined “An Email From Lynn Forester de Rothschild to Hillary Clinton, Against Elizabeth Warren” and reported extensive back-door funding of Hillary Clinton by the Rothschild family.

On 15 December 2016, I headlined “U.S. Gov’t. Is Secretly Allied with America’s Enemies“ and noted that:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would the Rothchilds be covertly funding candidates who seem, on the surface, so ideologically incompatible?!?

The answer is very simple; both Mc Cain and Clinton are warmongers of the highest order, and bankers love wars, because all sides have to borrow money at horrific interest rates, to keep those wars going.

Mar 19 08:06

Marine Le Pen 'WILL NOT WIN' the French presidential election, Jean-Claude Juncker claims

The European Commission president, speaking in an interview ahead of the European Union’s 60th anniversary next week, said he was optimistic about the outcome of the race.

He said: “The European Union will survive Marine Le Pen because she won’t become President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We screwed Scottish Independence. We really came close to screwing BREXIT! We screwed Geert Wilders. And WE ARE GONNA SCREW MARINE LE PEN SO BAD SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN FOR A WEEK!!!!" -- JC Junked

Mar 19 08:01

‘MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!’ Filipino politicians tell EU to STOP meddling in their affairs

Aquilino Pimentel III, the country’s senate president, accused the bloc of attempting to “micromanage” the nation’s political issues after it called for the release of a detained Philippine senator.

He said: “The EU parliament should know its place in the world. It has no right to micromanage Philippine affairs, hence much more no right to micromanage our country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Soros MADE us do it!" --- Eeee Ewe

Mar 19 07:21

We Kill Each Other For PAPER

Mar 18 13:38

Gorsuch Not a Sure Vote for Trump in Immigration Crackdown

What a great nominee! Stupidity or on purpose!

Top court nominee sided with man who came to U.S. illegally

Judge attacked doctrine that gives executive branch last word

A Mexican immigrant who twice entered the U.S. illegally has one man in particular to thank for being able to live and work in Oklahoma City with his family -- Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.

Gorsuch, the nominee President Donald Trump is betting on to be his Supreme Court tie-breaker, wrote a 2016 ruling permitting Hugo Rosario Gutierrez-Brizuela to stay in the U.S. and, his lawyer hopes, within a few years become a citizen.

“Without it we were done," said Timothy Cook, the attorney. Had the decision gone the other way, Gutierrez-Brizuela would have been promptly deported, he said.

Mar 18 10:30

It's Time To Get Painfully Honest: Banks Are Evil

I don't talk to my classmates from business school anymore, many of whom went to work in the financial industry.

Why?

Because, through the lens we use here at PeakProsperity.com to look at the world, I've increasingly come to see the financial industry -- with the big banks at its core -- as the root cause of injustice in today's society. I can no longer separate any personal affections I might have for my fellow alumni from the evil that their companies perpetrate.

And I'm choosing that word deliberately: Evil.

Mar 18 10:25

Trump’s One Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Boondoggle. Handing Over Public Assets to Private Corporations

Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is not an infrastructure plan and it won’t put $1 trillion of fiscal stimulus into the economy.

It’s basically a scheme for handing over public assets to private corporations that will extract maximum profits via user fees and tolls. Because the plan is essentially a boondoggle, it will not lift the economy out of the doldrums, increase activity or boost growth. Quite the contrary. When the details of how the program is going to be implemented are announced, public confidence in the Trump administration is going to wither and stock prices are going to plunge. This scenario cannot be avoided because the penny-pinching conservatives in the House and Senate have already said that they won’t support any plan that is not “revenue neutral” which means that any real $1 trillion spending package is a dead letter. Thus, it’s only a matter of time before the Trump’s plan is exposed as a fraud and the sh** hits the fan.

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IF this information is true, I am disappointed beyond what language can convey.

Mar 18 10:16

UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report

The head of the United Nations' West Asia commission, Rima Khalaf, has resigned over what she described as the pressure to withdraw a report that was critical of Israel.

The report accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. Lebanon-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.

"It was expected that Israel and its allies will exercise pressure on the UN secretary-general to distance himself from the report and that they will ask him to withdraw it," Khalaf said at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

"The secretary-general issued his orders to me yesterday morning to withdraw the report. I asked him to review his position, but he insisted," she said. "Therefore, I submitted to him my resignation from the UN."

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This is a woman of great moral courage, and has just become my brand new heroine.

Mar 18 10:11

UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report

The head of the United Nations' West Asia commission, Rima Khalaf, has resigned over what she described as the pressure to withdraw a report that was critical of Israel.

The report accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. Lebanon-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.

"It was expected that Israel and its allies will exercise pressure on the UN secretary-general to distance himself from the report and that they will ask him to withdraw it," Khalaf said at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

"The secretary-general issued his orders to me yesterday morning to withdraw the report. I asked him to review his position, but he insisted," she said. "Therefore, I submitted to him my resignation from the UN."

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This is a woman of great moral courage, and has just become my brand new heroine.

Mar 18 10:05

Saudi General: Trump Promises Increased Support Against Iran

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri today told a group of US reporters that the Trump Administration has made promises to “significantly” increase US intelligence and military support for the kingdom against Iran, with a particular eye of fighting against the “Iran-backed” Shi’ites in Yemen.

Asiri presented the move as a necessary US commitment to “restore” US-Saudi ties after Saudi resentment that built up during President Obama’s time in office. Though he did not elaborate, Saudi Arabia’s main source of anger at Obama was going along with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia has long presented its invasion of Yemen as being about the Shi’ites there being an “Iranian proxy,” though evidence suggests no real Iranian support for the Houthi movement before the invasion, and very limited support, mostly to spite the Saudis, afterwards.

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President Trump, a word here please.

Iran has not started a war of aggression in over 300 years.

The IAEA says that Iran has been complying will all facets of the P5+1 Agreement.

If the US and Saudi Arabia start a war against Iran, Russia will definitely come to its defense militarily.

And 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.

And finally, Mr. President, I would like to politely point out to you that it is not Iran which is slaughtering children, women, and non-combatants in Yemen, or starving them to death; it is your good pal, Saudi Arabia, in whose war crimes in Yemen you have decided that the US government will continue to be complicit.

Mar 18 09:57

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSome in Pentagon Fear ISIS War Surge Is ‘Mission Creep’

Just a couple of months out from inauguration, President Trump has been pushing for some pretty substantial escalations of America’s involvement in the ISIS war. This is true the world over, with special forces being deployed in growing numbers, but nowhere is it more obvious than in Syria, where the US has gone from a few hundred troops to a few thousand.

As those troops increase, so do the military goals being set out for Pentagon commanders, which has many of them concerned that they are facing large-scale mission creep, and are being pushed in the direction of scrapping previous efforts to make sure local forces were doing all the heavy lifting on the ground, and that US troops were just facilitators.

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In the case of Syria, the US military is invading the country in order to attempt regime change here; let us be very clear on the objective, and the alleged "fighting ISIS" is just the cover story, because the Syrian and Russian troops have been quite effective in beating back ISIS here.

Mar 18 09:56

NVIC Tracking 134 Vaccine Bills Introduced in 35 States

A tidal wave of new bills has flooded 35 states in the U.S., threatening to either limit or completely eradicate vaccine exemptions. Clearly health freedom and informed consent is undergoing full frontal assualt right now. Please read, share, and take action accordingly.

Mar 18 09:46

Russia urges US comment on reports of fatal Syria mosque strike

The Russian Defense Ministry has urged a comment from the US after photos of a purported US missile fragment found in the rubble of a bombed Syrian mosque emerged online. The Pentagon denies that their forces hit the mosque.
“A photo showing a fragment of an air-to-surface AGM-114 Hellfire missile has emerged. It leaves no chance for the US-led coalition to remain silent as usual and for diplomats to spout anti-Russian rhetoric,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Friday.

A general view shows the debris following a reported airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province, March 16, 2017.

The airstrike on a mosque in Syria’s Aleppo province happened overnight into Friday, March 17. At least 40 civilians are feared killed.

“I think we should expect comments from the US partners anytime soon,” Konashenkov noted.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

I am having a palm to forehead moment at warp speed, upon reading this!!

Additionally, there is even further damning evidence of potential US military complicity in this bombing from theintercept.com on the incident:

Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did

Mar 18 09:38

LAPTOP WITH “HIGHLY SENSITIVE” TRUMP DATA, CLINTON EMAIL PROBE INFO STOLEN FROM SECRET SERVICE AGENT

Even when Hillary Clinton is no longer running for president, laptop "accidents" continue to follow her.

As regular readers will recall, shortly before the election, the FBI revealed that a laptop containing some of Hillary Clinton's emails mysteriously disappeared in transit, while several months later, another laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner just as mysteriously was found to contain emails between his then-wife Huma Abedin and her boss, Hillary. The laptop in question prompted the FBI to reopen its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the presidential election.

Now, according to the New York Daily News which cites police sources, a laptop computer containing information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information, was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in Brooklyn.

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Cui bono!!?!? Who benefits?!?

Mar 18 09:32

Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood

As policing has militarized to fight a faltering war on drugs, few tactics have proved as dangerous as the use of forcible-entry raids to serve narcotics search warrants, which regularly introduce staggering levels of violence into missions that might be accomplished through patient stakeouts or simple knocks at the door.

Thousands of times a year, these “dynamic entry” raids exploit the element of surprise to effect seizures and arrests of neighborhood drug dealers. But they have also led time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries, demolished property, enduring trauma, blackened reputations and multimillion-dollar legal settlements at taxpayer expense, an investigation by The New York Times found.

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These raids usually happen in poorer neighborhoods, and of course, to the Deep American State, and their minions overseeing police departments, the killing of poorer American citizens is really of no concern whatsoever.

And did you ever stop to think that whenever the US government "declares war" on something, drugs, poverty, etc, the problem gets worse?!?

The US government should really look at what happened in Portugal, once they decriminalised the ownership of small amounts of recreational drugs for personal use:

14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here's What Portugal Looks Like

Of course, what Portugal did...was logical.

Mar 18 09:22

WHICH "WAR TORN" COUNTRY? - U.S. SLAUGHTER IN SOMALIA, YEMEN AND SYRIA

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.
An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees' boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

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I remember something the brilliant comedian (and near-prophet) George Carlin once said, and I am paraphrasing here, but the concept was that the US government, and military, were very adept at killing brown people; unfortunately, that hasn't changed since Carlin's death.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist and witness, I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical disputes through moral, hard-won diplomatic negotiations, rather than through war.

Unfortunately, there is, apparently, a tumultuous river of blood-lust running through the veins of the American Deep State, and a deeply held conviction that killing is always the preferred way of resolving disputes, rather than negotiating. In the minds of the members of the Deed State, slaughter is potent; it creates death and fear.

And it doesn't seem to matter which party is in power; the US government's enthusiastic participation in war crimes remains the same.

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen are atrocious and unspeakable, yet the US government continues to sell the bombers, and the bombs, for this genocide, and provide guidance for the bombing runs. Additionally, because Saudi forces have closed Yemeni ports, the Yemeni people, particularly the children, are starving to death.

This is what the US complicity in Saudi war crimes has "accomplished" for the Yemeni people:

Images: wounded and dying Yemeni children from Saudi bombing strikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death because of Saudi port blockades

The images you are seeing are real; this is the unspeakably ugly face of this country we are projecting abroad, through these horrific wars, and the US government's complicity in war crimes.

I would like to think my brother and sister Americans have not been so sedated by social media, coupled with drugs and a completely dumbed-down education, that they cannot see what is happening, and in the most peaceful way possible, tell the US government that these wars must stop.

Mar 18 08:28

The Utter Hypocrisy of the Government in the Bundy Ranch Trial

The utter hypocrisy that is being demonstrated in the Bundy Ranch trial by those who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution from both foreign and domestic enemies is quite telling as to the level of corruption we are seeing in our land today. Furthermore, it is demonstrating that many of those who have taken that oath not only don’t know what the Constitution says, but also have become the very domestic enemies they proclaim to oppose because of their ignorance.
“In a shocking statement made outside the earshot of the Jury this past Friday, Navarro said that she has no obligation to allow the defense to call the former Special Agent in Charge of the Bundy cattle impoundment to the stand for the purpose of impeaching his testimony to the grand jury.”

Mar 18 08:22

Mike Krieger: "Forget Russia, Donald Trump Works For Wall Street"

The evidence is overwhelming and indisputable at this point. Donald Trump is a phony, who has given his administration over to Wall Street crooks even more enthusiastically than his predecessors, and his predecessors were very enthusiastic.

I’ve written about this many times, and I warned throughout the campaign that my biggest fear was Trump is far too cozy with the finance industry, fake populist statements aside. His latest hire for the number two position at the Treasury Department once again proves the point.

As David Dayen reports in his excellent article at The Intercept, Donald Trump Isn’t Even Pretending to Oppose Goldman Sachs Anymore:

Mar 18 08:20

The Crumbling American Superpower

A Wall Street-driven agenda of globalization of US manufacturing and out-sourcing of production has left America a hollowed-out, crumbling Superpower. Since the 1980’s the United States has significantly under-invested in both new infrastructure and in renewing old. As US multinational corporations moved their factories overseas to cheap labor production in Mexico, then in Asia, especially China, and elsewhere, they found tax loopholes that allowed them to walk away from supporting the country that as recently as the 1960’s was the world industrial economic leading nation. Today US corporations hold $2.4 trillion in overseas profits that they keep abroad to avoid US taxes.

The result of all this neglect is that over the past three decades since the end of the 1980s, federal funding of major infrastructure projects such as dams has dropped by half, from 1 percent to 0.5 percent of GDP.

Infrastructure Report Card......

Mar 17 18:09

Liberty Is Not for Wimps — Walter E.Williams

The bottom line is that it takes a bold person to be for personal liberty, because you have to be able to cope with people saying things and engaging in voluntary acts that you deem offensive. Liberty is not for wimps.

Mar 17 17:24

Heal or Heel: either planetary freedom for a future brighter than we can imagine, OR we roll-over to obey .01% psychopathic commands as work animals (those who survive)

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

heal: to make healthy, whole; free from ailment. To free from evil; cleanse; purify.

heel: (dog) to follow at one’s heels on command.

Those of us who are messengers for a future brighter than we have the capacity to imagine are too few in numbers to affect policy outcomes (apparently and yet), and too many for humanity to ignore.

We are in numbers to offer choice, and only choice, pointing to facts for an end of rogue state empire, and beginning an era of truth, love, and game-changing technology.

We are deadly serious in lively self-expression.

Three of humanity’s fundamental choices for Life:

Heal for peace and love, or heel to fear and endless wars.
Heal for economic prosperity and unimaginably beauty, or heel to ongoing poverty with gruesome suffering.
Heal for truth and justice, or heel to Orwellian lies and .01% psychopathic domination.

Heal for peace and love, or heel to fear and endless wars

Mar 17 15:53

Brussels plot to TORPEDO Brexit: Eurocrats insist on no trade talks before Britain leaves

BRUSSELS chiefs are plotting to torpedo Theresa May’s Brexit strategy in an extraordinary act of self-harm which will leave Britain unable to seal a trade deal with the bloc before its departure date.

In a bombshell move eurocrats want to seek a legal lock on discussions about the UK’s access to the single market, meaning that the issue cannot be brought up during the negotiations.

Instead they intend to ensure that the two-year period allowed for under Article 50 revolves around just two issues - their £50bn demand for an exit bill and the residency rights of EU citizens in the UK.

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