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May 11 13:25

Retired General: Jordan Won’t Support Ground Invasion of Syria

A new round of joint military exercises has fueled considerable speculation among Jordanians that their government may be about to participate in a surprise US invasion of Syria. The speculation was growing to the point Syria issued a statement yesterday warning them against doing so.

Those familiar with the situation say it’s likely an idle rumor, however, with retired Gen. Mousa al-Odwan, a former special forces commander, saying he doesn’t believe the Jordanian government would offer direct military support in the event of any ground invasion of Syria.

Jordanian political analysts appeared to agree with this assessment, saying their nation’s military is in no position to get into a protracted involvement in a ground war in Syria, and that doing so would have “dire consequences” for the nation’s military and its stability.

While Jordan isn’t on good terms with Syria, their official stance is that the Syrian Civil War should be resolved peacefully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would certainly like to hope that General Mousa al-Odwan's assessment of the situation is correct.

However, the following images are very disturbing, from zerohedge.com, a blog which is very, rarely wrong:
Drone Images Expose Major US, Jordan Military Build-up On Syrian Border

There could, however, be an other explanation: as reported at aljazeera.com on 7 May:Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise

May 11 13:11

FBI Agents Furious With Comey Ready to Come Forward: ‘They Are Going to Talk’. “There should have been a complete search

“There should have been a complete search of their residence,” the agent pointed out. “That the FBI did not seize devices

May 11 13:09

NEW FBI BOSS: TRUMP LOOKS AT SURVEILLANCE STATE ADVOCATE MIKE ROGERS

President Trump is considering the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to replace James Comey, according to Bloomberg.

Rogers is a seasoned swamp veteran and an ardent supporter of the surveillance state.

In 2013, he voiced his support for NSA surveillance programs. “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated,” he said.

In 2006 as a congress critter, he voted to allow electronic surveillance without a warrant, a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. He voted to let the government gather intelligence without congressional oversight and also voted to extend the PATRIOT Act.

Rogers voted for $78 billion in “emergency” funds to keep the pointless wars going in Iraq and Afghanistan and also voted against bringing the troops home. He voted yes to declare the Iraq occupation part of the endless war on terror.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lord, please tell me that even though President Trump may be looking at this guy, please tell me that President Trump will have a second thought, and go for someone who is at least to some degree morally upright!!

May 11 13:04

“PEOPLE ARE MOVING AROUND ON TOP OF THIS POWDER KEG”

A half-hour before dawn, the pedestrian bridges that connect the Venezuelan towns of San Antonio and Ureña with the Colombian city of Cúcuta begin to fill with people. The traffic is circular, as it has been for years, with large numbers crossing in both directions — but those headed into Colombia are greater in number.

Venezuelans crossing the border are easily distinguished by their luggage. Many drag rolling suitcases behind them, bulging at the edges; others lug duffel bags and cardboard boxes on their shoulders. Some even have their cats and dogs in pet carriers.

In January, 47,095 Venezuelans entered Colombia, more than double the number from January of last year. Some 21,000 of them crossed into Norte de Santander, the state of which Cúcuta is the capital. Here and at other points along the nearly 1,400-mile border, the situation is beginning to feel like a refugee crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot stand for very much longer, as the center, in Venezuela, both socially, and economically, cannot hold.

May 11 11:55

BREAKING: Voter fraud investigations - executive order establishing bipartisan presidential advisory commission

Pres. Trump signed on election integrity.

It begins. Democrats will crap in their pants.

Bernie Sanders- Trump just announced a commission to examine voter fraud. The only problem with that is there is virtually no voter fraud in this country.

May 11 10:08

Kansas City mom humiliated, shamed after forced to pee in cup on United flight, she says

United just can't seem to learn! United needs to fire the entire crew on planes where this kind of stuff happens. Another lawsuit for sure. How humiliating!

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City mom says she was humiliated and shamed on a United Airlines flight with her family.

She had to go to the bathroom, and flight attendants handed her a plastic cup. Then, they shamed her and told her they would report her.

Nicole Harper is the mother of two and has an overactive bladder. She says she was heading home from Houston with her family when she really had to use the restroom.

May 11 09:30

The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook

Nations are beginning to take more seriously the control of their respective information space after years of allowing US-based tech giants Google and Facebook to monopolize and exploit them.

Vietnam, according to a recent GeekTime article, is the latest nation to begin encouraging local alternatives to the search engine and social media network in order to rebalance the monopoly over information both tech giants enjoy in the Southeast Asian country today.

Google and Facebook: More than Search Engines and Social Media

The two tech giants and others like them may have appeared at their inceptions to political, business, and military leaders around the world as merely opportunistic corporations seeking profits and expansion.

However, Google and Facebook, among others, have become clearly much more than that.

May 11 09:21

POLICE GIVEN ACCESS TO DHS’S MASSIVE BIOMETRIC DATABASE

According to an article in Texas Public Radio, law enforcement will now have access to DHS’s biometric database. “Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database…” Letting police have access to everyone’s biomterics is asinine and the potential for abuse will be astronomical.

May 11 08:57

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets

Aetna Inc. will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it.

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May 11 08:04

Exclusive–James Comey ‘Threw the Reputation of the FBI Under the Bus,’ Says Bureau’s Former Assistant Director

The former assistant director of the FBI tells Breitbart News that President Donald Trump fired bureau director James Comey for legitimate reasons.

“He was fired for cause in my view,” James Kallstrom informs Breitbart News. “When the referral came to the bureau close to a year ago, Comey knew at that point, if not soon after, that the Justice Department had no interest in conducting a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. They would never approve a grand jury and they would never approve an indictment.”

Kallstrom faults Comey for presiding over a “sham” investigation of Clinton. From granting unnecessary immunity deals to conducting an interview of Clinton not under oath to too slickly issuing a document dump the day after the Fourth of July, the FBI deviated from standard-operating procedure during the investigation of the former secretary of state’s reliance on private servers to send and receive classified material, Kalstrom says.

May 10 15:30

4 People, Including A Baby, Have Died In A Jail Run By Potential Trump Nominee Sheriff David Clarke

Four people, including a newborn baby, have died at the Milwaukee County Jail since April. One man, a 38-year-old with mental health issues, died of “profound dehydration.” For a facility with a population cap of 960 that previously averaged a couple of deaths per year, the string of deaths is concerning.

During his visit, Shanksy said he was alarmed by the “extremely large number of vacancies” at the facility, particularly for medical positions.

May 10 15:28

Sheriff's jail under scrutiny after inmate dies of thirst

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is one of the most outspoken political figures in the criminal justice system.But he's been particularly quiet about a recent inmate death that happened in a jail he oversees.

"The man that just recently died of thirst was essentially tortured," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of the activist group Voces de la Frontera.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Terrill Thomas died of "profound dehydration" in solitary confinement in 2016. He went seven days without liquid. Jail staff reportedly cut off Thomas' water supply in his cell and didn't turn it back on.

May 10 12:39

Exposed: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation Connection

flashback -- A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism

May 10 11:24

S. Korea's new president willing to visit rival North

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump.

Moon, speaking during his oath of office as the first liberal leader in a decade, also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system in southern South Korea. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These statements and sentiments will be characterized by the American Deep State as "double plus ungood", and not the outcome they had wanted, particularly in light of the following:

New South Korean President wants to resolve THAAD issue through negotiations with China and US

So, what should be celebrated as a breath of fresh air for both North and South Korea, is most probably being viewed as an horrendous turn of events by the ever war-centric creatures in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

The question is, what are they actually willing to do about it, short of a decap strike against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Unfortunately, this move in a peaceful direction by President Moon may well be thwarted by the American Deep State; it is a matter of when, and how, and tensions on the Korean peninsula will most probably be kept artificially high, courtesy of the US government, to achieve their goals, if possible.

May 10 11:12

The last president to fire an FBI director? Bill Clinton

It's been 24 years since a president fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1993, President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns. It was the first and only time to happen in U.S. history. That is, until Donald Trump fired James Comey.

Sessions, appointed by Ronald Reagan, had been under investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during George H.W. Bush's final year in office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So before Democrats get all huffy and "morally outraged" about the canning of Comey, they may well need to take a look at their own party's history of doing precisely the same thing under Clinton.

May 10 10:58

Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies

Sessions announcement on prison sentencing is a corrupt payoff to the private prison industry,pure and simple. Wonder how much stock he and Trump have in the private prison industry?

WASHINGTON — Private prison companies, which stand to make big gains under President Trump’s tough new immigration orders, also have contributed big sums to pro-Trump groups, including the organization that raised a record $100 million for his inauguration last month.

For-profit prison companies' hopes for significant gains under the Trump administration already are coming to fruition. On Thursday, the Justice Department rescinded an Obama administration order to phase out the use of private-prison contracts in the federal Bureau of Prisons.

May 10 10:55

SOURCES CLAIM THAT COMEY FIRING COULD RESULT IN RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS, POTENTIAL NEW CLINTON PROBE

In the wake of Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey citing “serious mistakes” and mishandling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, emerging information appears to indicate that in the aftermath of Comey’s firing the FBI intends to begin releasing documents on the Clinton investigation and the Department of Justice may request a second look at the investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Couldn't happen to a more deserving person than Hillary Clinton!! :-)

With Comey no longer there to protect her, she's got no hedge/insurance that her actions will not be met with intense scrutiny.

May 10 10:52

Jeff Sessions' Role in Expanding Private Prisons Is Deeper Than You Might Think

"Some of the biggest backers of Donald Trump's presidency were for-profit prison operators, who bask in his tough stance on illegal immigration and glowing reviews of their industry," TV One's Roland Martin explained on Monday.

"I do think we can do a lot of privatizations and private prisons; it seems to work a lot better," Donald Trump told Chris Matthews in an MSNBC town hall on March 30. "When Obama made the decision [to phase out private prisons] in August, the next day, a subsidiary of GEO group, one of the nation's largest for-profit prison operators donated $100,000 dollars to the pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now," Martin explained.

May 10 10:50

SEATTLE MAYOR WANTS TO TAX DIET SODA TO FIGHT "WHITE PRIVILEGED INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM"

Back in February, Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray called for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugary soft drinks in order to "improve Seattle's educational opportunities for students of color." Per Lynx Media, the tax was expected to raise some $16 million per year.

Of course, when someone on his staff pointed out that a tax on sugary drinks would disproportionately impact the minorities that he was apparently trying to help, Murray knew that something drastic had to happen. So that's when he decided to launch a new attack against the most recognizable symbol of "white privileged institutionalized racism" on the planet: DIET SODA!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

Are the mayor and city council, perchance, drinking the same water as are California legislators, who want to tax all space launches which happen in their states, by the mile, and have declared that up to 62 one miles, vertical, belongs to the state of California?!?

California Wants To Tax Space Flights... By Miles Traveled

This is the only thing to which I can attribute this utter nonsense on the part of the Seattle government.

If the Seattle City Council wanted to do something positive here, it would ban all sodas which use caramel coloring to make it brown, because this chemical is carcinogenic.Coloring used in some sodas poses cancer risk to consumers, study suggests

May 10 10:25

FBI RELEASES 'STUDY' OF LAW ENFORCEMENT'S PERSECUTION COMPLEX

In what may be an attempt to bolster now ex-FBI director James Comey's oft-derided "Ferguson Effect" claims, the FBI has released a "study" that gathers facts feelings from law enforcement officers around the US and attempts to build a narrative somewhere between "life is unfair" and "there's a War on Cops." It's not a study. It's an opinion poll with the word "study" appended to it.

In short, the Ferguson Effect theory is this: cops are afraid to do their jobs because they're undergoing intense scrutiny in the wake of controversial shootings. It's bullshit, but there are plenty of law enforcement officials willing to stake their reputations on assertions that portray their officers as cowards. Faced with heightened public scrutiny, officers are apparently deciding to do less work than before, supposedly to head off any misrepresentation of their tactics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have a member of HPD as a neighbor, and they are one of the most nice, personable people you could imagine. They take their job very seriously, and wouldn't harm anyone unless they absolutely had to.

But the extreme militarisation of America's police force, both in terms of military equipment, and Israeli IDF training, has created an emotional "safe space" for the expression of extreme brutality to the point of murder, and stories demonstrating this vicious change in how policing is done are legion.

IF police want there to be less anger at how they are doing their jobs, they need to change the way they are doing their jobs, so that there are no more atrocities, such as the one the world witnessed in Ferguson.

Ferguson unrest: From shooting to nationwide protests

May 10 10:14

JEFF SESSIONS WANTS TO BRING BACK LONG MANDATORY PRISON SENTENCES FOR MINOR DRUG OFFENSES

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing policy changes set in place by the Obama administration that eliminated harsh punishments for low-level drug crimes and could direct federal prosecutors to again charge drug offenders with crimes carrying the most severe penalties, according to U.S. officials.

The change, if adopted, would overturn a memo by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to avoid charging low-level defendants with drug offenses that would trigger severe mandatory minimum sentences. Only defendants who met certain criteria, such as not belonging to a large-scale drug trafficking organization, a gang or a cartel, qualified for the lesser charges under Holder’s instructions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attorney General Sessions, a word, please: What follows is for the users, not the dealers; drug addiction is a disease, and should not be criminalised, any more than having cancer should not be criminalised.

Have you not heard of Portugal's success in dealing with addiction?!? What they did was to decriminalise small amounts of drugs for personal use, but urged counseling of those addicted, and the results were amazingly positive.
Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin

Would it not make sense to learn from other countries' successes in this area?!?

But if you do not, I want to ask a question; how much of your personal portfolio, please, is invested in private prisons?!?Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies

Because, sir, this is the ONLY reason I can possibly conceive for your having become "stuck on stupid",championing a policy which we know fails both the individual addict and society in general, and does not make the American public more safe.

May 10 09:56

EMERGENCY CREWS BEGIN WORK ON COLLAPSED NUCLEAR FACILITY TUNNEL - LATEST UPDATE

During a routine surveillance of the area this morning, a 20-foot-wide hole in the roof of one of the tunnels was observed, leading to the precautionary sheltering of employees and notifications to area counties and states. After no contamination was detected, the shelter in place order was lifted and employees were sent home from work early as a precaution. Workers continue to monitor the area for contamination as a crew prepares to fill the hole with clean soil.

The approximately 360-foot-long tunnel where the partial collapse occurred contains 8 rail cars loaded with contaminated equipment. That tunnel feeds into a longer tunnel that extends hundreds more feet and contains 28 rail cars loaded with contaminated equipment. The hole opened up in the shorter tunnel near where it joins the longer tunnel. The tunnels were sealed in the mid-1990s and are checked periodically.

And now one of them has collapsed...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our American infrastructure continues to collapse around us; and with a nuclear site collapse, this is about as serious as is a heart attack.

Yet, the US government is perfectly comfortable giving 38 billion dollars to Israel over 10 years, US gives Israel 38 billion dollar in military aids over 10 years but this could not have been fixed in time to prevent the collapse?!?

Where the hell are the US government's priorities here?!? Trust me, they are not about We the People.

And despite all the reassurances that this has been sorted, and handled, I have to wonder how long it will be before the workers at this site, and/or their children, will come down with radiation-induced illnesses.

May 10 09:33

SCHOOL BANS UNVACCINATED KIDS AFTER IMMUNIZED CHILDREN START CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK

Close to one-quarter of students at a California elementary school have been directed by school officials to stay home for three weeks due to a small onset of chickenpox cases that began in March.

The chickenpox outbreak at Mariposa School of Global Education in Augora Hills, California is unique because the first case of chickenpox discovered at the school was found in a student who had been fully vaccinated.

Daniel Stepenosky, the superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District that includes the Mariposa School, acknowledged to CBS Los Angeles that three students were found to have chickenpox. “A kindergartner, a first-grader, a third-grader. The first case happened around mid-March. The student was immunized, however still contracted chickenpox.”

According to local newspaper The Acorn, Stepenosky noted that “(It’s) interesting . . . the first of three cases was a student that was fully immunized. . . . He was the vaccinated one.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would almost bet real money that the one question which will NOT be asked here is, did the unvaccinated kids have chickenpox (which the article does not state) or did the chicken pox vaccine act in such a way that the vaccinated kids wound up with chicken pox anyway?!?

That is the "avoid the question at all costs" question which should have been asked here, and wasn't.

May 10 09:28

ISRAELI PARLIAMENT MOVES TO CEMENT ISRAEL’S STATUS AS AN ETHNOSTATE

Israel’s parliament gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill defining the country as the “national home of the Jewish people” which downgrades Arabic from official language status.

The bill, supported by 48 against 41 of the Knesset’s 120 members, seeks to “defend (Israel’s) status as a Jewish and democratic state”, said Avi Dichter, the bill’s sponsor, of the ruling Likud party.

On Sunday, ministers gave the bill the initial green light.

It needs to be debated by a parliamentary committee and voted on three more times in the plenum before it becomes part of the country’s so-called “basic laws”, which are similar to a constitution.

It would give special status to the “Jewish and democratic” nature of Israel, to the Jewish calendar and to Hebrew as Israel’s official language.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This legislation, if passed, will give more legitimacy toward an Israeli "Final Solution" against its Palestinian population, and this will be accomplished with an absolute vengeance which will make the civilized world shudder.

May 10 09:23

Torture Chamber Challenge

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Lamb seems to be holding a rather fun challenge outside the Nevada prison of having people go into a makeshift replica (of a 3x3 wooden box cell) to represent a 3x3 cement cell Ammon Bundy was put in some nights ago ( to help raise money for Ammon's Attorney's to be able to represent him).

So the 3x3 wooden box cell Mr. Lamb built outside the Nevada prison is being called I believe, "The Torture Chamber Challenge" and these videos show how people taking the challenge react.

Remember, these people can leave the box when they want. Ammon Bundy cannot.

May 10 07:06

EXPOSED: The 140 shock orders EU is demanding Greece to adhere to for a bailout deal

A SHOCK document has been released revealing the 140 EU orders Greece must obey before the release of the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout.

The extensive list of austerity measures, including crippling pension cuts and major tax rises, could devastate the stricken Mediterranean country already on its knees as it is scrambles to meet strict requirements.

May 09 23:15

Young Mom Dies in Jail Cell as Video Shows Officers Laugh & Gawk at Her — Lawsuit

At 4:43 a.m., according to the lawsuit, surveillance camera footage shows one of the guards looks in on her and “starts laughing and jumps back at what he sees.”

The cop was laughing at the fact that Nunnally had urinated on herself. He then called in the other officers to gawk at the young mother — as she died. Despite seeing that she’d urinated on herself, the officers did nothing.

When the ambulance was finally called — after the officers fulfilled their sadistic desire for horrific entertainment — it was too late.

Nunnally’s death was entirely preventable. However, because police chose to gawk and laugh at her as she died, instead of render aid, her children will now grow up without their mom.

The lawsuit will now seek to hold those officers responsible.

May 09 21:59

Edward Snowden Twitter Account

Edward Snowden?Verified account @Snowden 7h7 hours ago

Edward Snowden Retweeted Edward Snowden

This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you.

Edward Snowden added,
Edward SnowdenVerified account @Snowden
Set aside politics: every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html
983 replies 30,248 retweets 44,311 likes
Edward Snowden?Verified account @Snowden 7h7 hours ago

Set aside politics: every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work.

May 09 18:30

Europe: How Billions Vanish Into the Security Industry Black Hole

The European Union spends billions on research into advanced technologies meant to make society safer. But our investigation – with 22 journalists in 11 countries – shows that the generous subsidies are mostly good for one thing: filling the coffers of the security industry.

May 09 14:15

Wall Street funded Communists

Know your history. Communism is another Bankster Project!

Professor Sutton stated, “Western textbooks on Soviet economic development omit any description of the economic and financial aid given to the 1917 Revolution and subsequent economic development by Western Firms and banks.” “In the Bolshevik Revolution we have some of the world’s richest and most powerful men financing a movement which claims its very existence is based on the concept of stripping of their wealth,” declared Allen. “[M]en like the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Schiffs, Warburgs, Morgans, Harrimans, and Milners.”

May 09 11:34

Chicago Gangs Turn To "Armor-Piercing Rifles" In Police Ambush

Last week we noted that Chicago's police officers were taking their own lives in record numbers...the devastating consequence of having to work everyday in the "war zone" that is Chicago (see: "Chicago Is A War Zone": Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average).

Now, yet another brutal weekend of violence and an ambush of police officers sitting in an unmarked vehicle offers a small glimpse of what Chicago police officers have to face on a daily basis. The escalation in violence this weekend even prompted Chicago's police department to issue a new bulletin warning officers of an ongoing gang war in which "gunmen are using weapons powerful enough to pierce bullet-proof vests" which shows an increasing tendency to "arm themselves with weapons most associated with soldiers in battle." Per the Associated Press:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, this is what Rahm Emanuel's Chicago has come to; a gang-riddled war zone, with bullets flying on every corner.

May 09 11:31

Trump Approves Plan To Directly Arm Kurds; Turkish Lira Tumbles

Update: Reuters confirms that the US arming of yet another ethnic group in the middle east is now a "go"

WHITE HOUSE APPROVES SUPPLYING WEAPONS TO YPG FIGHTERS IN SYRIA - U.S. OFFICIAL TELL REUTERS
WEAPONS TO HELP YPG FIGHTERS IN RAQQA OFFENSIVE, NO TIMELINE DISCLOSED FOR START OF SUPPLYING ARMS

Turkey's 'sultan for life' Erdogan will not be happy. NBC News is reporting that two US defense officials have confirmed President Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia - an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; re-drawing the maps in the Middle East to your liking may well have consequences you and your team may not have considered, and may well not be of your liking.

Your pretext here is having the Kurds fighting ISIS/ISIL, but it is a completely false premise.

ISIL/ISIS was a deliberate creation by the US government to prevent the Syrian government from continuing, and supposedly create regime change in Damascus.

Michael Flynn: The Rise of the “Islamic State” (ISIL) Was “A Willful Decision” of the Obama White House: Former DIA Chief

The creating of an Independent Kurdistan, to be cobbled together from territory currently claimed, respectively, by Turkey and Syria, will cost a great deal, in blood and money, and neither country is willing to give the territory up for the creation of such a country.

Al-Assad will either have to be assassinated, or regime changed by a vote; and Turkey's Erdogan may well pull Turkey out of NATO, which would put the alliance at great strategic discomfort.

And lastly, Mr. President, Russia's Putin will not stand idly by when the US and Kurdish forces attempt to carve up sovereign Syrian territory; this arming of the Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria will be seen as a definite attempt at Syrian destabilisation, and tantamount to an act of war it.

May 09 11:03

US Says We Fly Where We Want in Syria

Washington, Pentagon. The US has responded to Russia’s creation of “no fly zones” in Syria by indicating the US will fly “wherever it wants” and “whenever it pleases” according to Pentagon spokespersons.

The Coalition forces headed by the US will strike at the Islamic State anywhere in Syria, including in the security zones established by Russia, Turkey and Iran, In Russian news agency reports citing a Pentagon representative.

Earlier, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum on the establishment of security zones in Syria. According to the memorandum, check points and observation centers will be established along the borders of these security zones. The zones exclude aircraft from hostile action.

When answering the question whether the Coalition will stop the flights over these security zones, the Pentagon official said that the Coalition will carry on with its operations as usual, with no regard for Russia’s plans to end air strikes in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, it sure as heck didn't take that long for Sec Def Mattis to come to his conclusions about flying through these security zones; which means that pilots flying through these regions risk getting shot down by Russian and Syrian ground forces or aircraft.

I am profoundly uncomfortable with the Pentagon making potential sacrificial lambs out of these pilots.

May 09 10:58

Is the US Preparing A Ground Invasion of Syria? Drones Spot Hundreds of US, Jordanian Armored Vehicles at Border

The US and Jordanian militaries may be prepping a massive invasion of Syria, intelligence reports gathered from surveillance drones suggest.

Damascus is reportedly on high alert after some 400 American and Jordanian military vehicles were located at a Jordanian military base near the Syrian desert border earlier today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that is not the case, because that will put US troops directly in confrontation with Russian and Syrian troops; that most probably means World War III for sure.

What I would like to hope - and pray - we are seeing , is simply the following:
Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise: some 7,400 troops from 20 nations taking part in Eager Lion military drills, 'the largest and most complex to date'.

These exercises (if, in fact that is what they are) are scheduled to end 18 May.

May 09 09:50

US Says ‘Yes’ to Nuke Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treaty

Twice in seven days the United States shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles toward the Marshall Islands, but the same government refused in March to join negotiations for a new treaty banning nuclear weapons.

In late March, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley explained why the US would boycott the "treaty ban" negotiations that began March 27 at the UN in New York City. Haley said about nuclear weapons, "[W]e can’t honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them, and those of us that are good, trying to keep peace and safety not to have them." North Korean president Kim Jong-un could have said the same thing about his seven nuclear warheads, especially in view of US bombs and missiles currently falling on seven countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya – and engagement in massive war games off the Korean peninsula.

US military: "We are prepared to use nuclear weapons"

May 09 09:41

Lawmakers ask VA to explain lethal methamphetamine experiments on dogs

It ought to be obvious by now folks. The US is run by a bunch of demonic psychos!

Nine Democratic lawmakers have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why the agency is conducting taxpayer-funded experiments in which dogs are killed to study the effects of methamphetamine and antidepressants on their brains.

In a letter to the department’s inspector general, Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada and eight Los Angeles-area lawmakers said details of the experiments on Dobermans are “alarming.”

May 09 09:40

Trump's Advisers Reportedly Propose Plan to Change US Strategy in Afghanistan

Advisers to US President Donald Trump have worked out and proposed a new plan that could significantly change the situation in Afghanistan expanding the military activities against militants, local media reported.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a group of Trump's military and foreign policy advisers had proposed a strategy aiming to push the Taliban terrorist movement, outlawed in Russia, to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.

According to the news outlet, the plan implies strengthening of the Pentagon's role in anti-Taliban struggle as it could be allowed to make decisions on the issues related to the number of troops in the country, as well as their presence at the battlefield and to attack the terrorists not only with the use of drones.

The program could result in reverse of the steps of ex-US President Barack Obama reducing the country's presence in Afghanistan along with the costs of the operation, the newspaper added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Negotiations between the Taliban and Afghani government?!?

A breath of logic in this accursed, and never-ending war?!?

Well, colour me stunned, if it actually happens!!

May 09 09:34

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground.

Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters in the Syrian capital, but he cautioned it was "premature" to say whether the deal would succeed.

"There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations," al-Moallem said. "The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centers."

Though he did not specify who the military police would be, he appeared to be referring to Russian observers already in Syria.

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Translation: it appears that the US government and the rebels it has been arming and training, will completely ignore the de-escalation zones.

May 09 09:28

BRITAIN’S MINORITY REPORT STYLE ‘PRE-CRIME’ PROGRAMME UNEXPECTEDLY UNEARTHED

Today we live in an age where there is a technology battle front being waged against citizens of the West and the people are losing it on every front – nowhere is that battle raging most in Western democracies than in Britain. Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. Widely reported just a few days ago, it appears the government has just awarded itself the ability to monitor and surveil the live communications of the British general public at will. In addition, it also forces encryption backdoors to be made available to the authorities by privacy driven communications services such as WhatsApp. This is an exploit that will see a considerable degrading of security for everyone in Britain, which will inevitably lead to hugely increased hacking by criminals.

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May 09 09:27

WASHINGTON'S REAL MOTIVES IN NORTH KOREA AND AFGHANISTAN - PSYCHOLOGY, GEOPOLITICS & RARE EARTH METALS

In Geopolitics, and especially when dealing with countries that you are technically still at war with, credible threats, combined with shows of force are irresponsible provocations, that can easily spin out of control. Both sides are off the rails, which isn’t all that surprising if you really think about it. Kim Jong-Un and Donald J. Trump are operating at roughly the same intellectual and emotional maturity level. Their psychology is remarkably similar. They’re both thin skinned, manicured, bullies, who mask their insecurities with pretense and bluster; tiny minds who make themselves feel bigger by putting others down. And here they are playing chicken with the nuclear trigger; like they’re auditioning for a part in an Idiocracy prequel, or Team America Part II.

May 09 09:27

CBS:Vaccine Injured Veterans Denied Benefits

We just wrote a story about service men who were forced to get an anthrax vaccine (some refused and were court-martialed) because they were worried about the side effects. Well, servicemen and women are still being forced to take vaccines and live with the side effects, only now, they are also being denied benefits if the vaccines cause permanent damage. Please watch the video below and forward it to everyone you know.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely bites, and is an officially horrible stance by the US government and its military.

This smallpox vaccine has a known side effect of periocarditis, or myocarditis, and this has been documented by the CDC itself:

Cardiac Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination --- United States, 2003

This has been known since 2003, for heaven's sake; so why has the US military continually have given been giving this vaccine to our men and women in uniform since that time, when the known dangers were very clear at that point?!?

The short, and rather cynical, but true answer, is to make its manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur Biologics Company, richer.

And the other, interesting factor to consider?!?

This vaccine uses a live virus, and I have to wonder if this is the link to episodes of myocarditis and periocarditis in those vaccinated.

As reported at the FDA site about this vaccine:

How does ACAM2000 work? The vaccine is made from a virus called vaccinia, which is a "pox"-type virus related to smallpox but causes milder disease. ACAM2000 cannot cause smallpox; it does not contain the smallpox virus, but rather the "live" vaccinia virus - not dead virus like many other vaccines. For this reason, attentively caring for the vaccination site is important to prevent the virus from spreading from the vaccination site to other parts of the body, or to other people. ACAM2000 is administered differently than the typical "shot" associated with most vaccinations. A two-pronged stainless steel (or bifurcated) needle is dipped into the vaccine solution and the skin is pricked several times in the upper arm with a droplet of the vaccine. The virus begins growing at the injection site causing a localized infection or "pock" to form. A red, itchy sore spot at the site of the vaccination within 3-4 days is an indicator that the vaccination was successful; that is, there is "a take." A blister develops at the vaccination site and then dries up forming a scab that falls off in the third week, leaving a small scar.

May 09 09:01

'NO EVIDENCE RUSSIA INFLUENCING VOTER TALLIES IN...50 STATES' ? US EX-INTEL CHIEF

"Can we agree that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the election?” asked Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana) during the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Monday.

Yes," Clapper and Yates replied.

"Did they succeed?" asked Kennedy.

“We could not make that call,” replied Clapper.

"The only thing we said was we saw no evidence of influencing voter tallies in any of the 50 states, but we were not in a position to judge whether ? what actual outcome on the election," added Clapper.

Kennedy then asked "Have you ever leaked?"

“Not wittingly or knowingly,” replied Clapper.

"Classified or unclassified?," said Kennedy.

“Unclassified is not leaking," remarked Clapper as laughter erupted in the room.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, at the end of the day, presenting sound and fury, signifying nothing, Clapper's proof that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election is....zip, nada, nothing!!

This was simply a witchhunt, with Russia as the victim, in order to allow more demonisation against it.

And BTW, it is Clapper who needs to be educated on evidence and documentation of said evidence, which he absolutely did not have!!

May 09 08:53

SYRIA: THE NEW GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR MOVING EAST

The de-escalation agreement for four fighting zones in Syria has come into effect. The battles between Syrian government forces (red) and the foreign supported "rebels" (yellow) has ebbed in the north, in Idleb and north Hama, in the south round Deraa, around the besieged "rebel" enclaves north of Homs and east of Damascus in east-Ghouta. That does not mean that those areas are peaceful or safe. In the north Turkey is scrimishing with U.S. supported Kurds (purple), in Deraa governate ISIS is infighting with other Jihadi "rebels" and in east-Ghouta various "rebel" groups are trying to eliminate each other.

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IF this can hold, it ultimately means victory for the Syria government, which is not the outcome those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America want to see happen.

However, that being said, I wouldn't bet against an ultimately large contingent of American-backed rebels sticking a monkey wrench in the works on this soon.

May 09 08:47

TENSIONS RISE AS US ANNOUNCES MILITARY DRILLS NEAR EMBATTLED VENEZUELA

The involvement of the U.S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U.S. The drill, dubbed “Operation: America United,” will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U.S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to “ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.” Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.

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Interesting timing of this drill!!

May 09 08:42

POLICE CLAIM THE PUBLIC CAN'T USE "WORDS IN THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY" TO FIND OUT ABOUT FACIAL RECOGNITION

According to an article in Muckrock, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) doesn't want the public to know about their 'secret' facial recognition cameras.

Police in Minneapolis are going to great lengths, to keep the public from discovering how they're being spied on.

Last weekend, Tony Webster was notified that the HCSO was asking the Supreme Court to postpone the release of their facial recognition documents.

“I sent the [FOI] request to a bunch of different agencies in the Twin Cities metro area and the state police, and for the most part none of them had any problem complying with the request in a proper manner. They provided the documents and emails and it was really no big deal,” he says. All except for the HCSO, in the county which seats Minneapolis and thus the most populous in the state.

The Star Tribune revealed that the HCSO has been secretly using facial recognition cameras since 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a brilliant notion of how to prevent any kind of terrorism against the US and US assets overseas, and that is for the US government to stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure those countries are western-centric, even if that means regime change, then insuring those assets are only sold in US dollars.

You're welcome! :-)

And for next year's Super Bowl, just don't go. But explain, very publicly, why you will not only not be going, but that you won't watch it on TV, which means that the advertisers will have spent their millions ... for absolutely nothing.

I really dislike how the Federal and State governments have gone all "Code Napoleon" (one is always considered guilty until proven innocent) on the rest of us in this country.

May 09 08:40

Middle School Student Suspended For ‘Liking’ Gun Photo

A middle school student at Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio was suspended for 10 days for the simple act of ‘liking’ a photo of a gun on Instagram.

We repeat – the child ‘liked’ a photo of a gun.

The image of an airsoft gun had the caption “Ready,” which the school apparently interpreted as meaning the student was ‘ready’ to use it.

May 09 08:34

FIRST VACCINATED VERSUS NONVACCINATED PEER REVIEW STUDY PUBLISHED

Finally, it’s happened; the first vaccinated versus nonvaccinated children’s health peer review study has been published in the Journal of Translational Science [1]. The study titled “Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12- year old U.S. children” is published as an open access text, thankfully, which everyone—bar none—should read, especially if you are a parent or grandparent.

With 71 References and nine charts, it clearly represents documented proof of what the authors were able to ascertain, when in the Conclusions they state:

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So, bada BOOM, there you have it!!

May 09 07:12

ACLU Lawyer admits Trump Travel Ban Would Be Constitutional --- if Hillary issued it

ACLU tells court that Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional because Trump created it

May 08 13:38

Assange just tweeted this video; "Here's James Clapper's previous testimony to Congress about WikiLeaks when he was still DNI"

Sean Spicer Mocks Democrats: Maybe Sally Yates Will Tell Us How Russia Kept Hillary from Wisconsin?

May 08 09:47

When Your 'Country' Became A Fallacy

Since 1871 the United States president and the United States Congress have been playing politics under a different set of policies and rules.

May 08 09:28

Victim of Yemen's war: the death of Jamila, aged 7

Look at that little girls face. That is what Americans allow the ghouls in the district of criminals to do to children all over the Planet. SHAME!

By Abduljabbar Zeyad | HODEIDAH, Yemen

Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the malnutrition ward of Yemen's Hodeidah hospital.

Too weak to resist the march of disease and hunger in her war-battered country, the seven-year-old's tiny frame was swathed in a childishly bright green shroud and lowered by sobbing relatives into a dusty grave on Tuesday.

May 08 08:57

March On: Washington May Be Pushing Syrian Kurds' Plan to Extend Territory

Kurdish leaders are pushing for US support for a plan to extend their territory across Syria to the Mediterranean Sea, in order to create a trade route and bolster Kurdish enclaves in the North. The move may run into stiff local opposition.

In a mainstream media interview, Hediya Yousef, head of the Kurdish federalism project, said the Syrian Kurds wanted more territory in the North, in return for helping the US retake Raqqa from Daesh. He claimed the Kurds had a "legal right" to create a trade corridor to the Mediterranean.

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Has anyone been discussing this with either the Turkish or Syrian government?!? Neither is going to be too pleased, in light of the establishment of a US-backed, independent Kurdistan.

May 08 08:54

Paul Craig Roberts - American Democracy: A Dead Man Walking

At the Valdai discussion club, Putin summed up Western democracy, which I paraphrase as follows:

In the West, voters cannot change policies through elections, because the ruling elites control whoever is elected. Elections give the appearance of democracy, but voting does not change the policies that favor war and the elites. Therefore, the will of the people is impotent.

People are experiencing that they and their votes have no influence on the conduct of affairs of the country. This makes them afraid, frusrated, and angry, a combination of emotions that is dangerous to the ruling elite, who in response organize the powers of the state against the people, while urging them with propaganda to support more wars.

May 08 08:10

Thomas Jefferson: Government’s Role is Defense of God-Given Rights

When declaring independence from King George III’s tyrannical rule, Thomas Jefferson wrote that men are born with God-given, “unalienable rights,” and the government’s duty is to protect those rights.

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Obviously, our current oligarchy has another idea!

May 08 07:59

War And Empire: The American Way Of Life

In the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s 1991 attempt to annex Kuwait the U.S. deliberately destroyed much of Iraq’s water and sewer infrastructure.

The Pentagon even admitted on its website that these acts would lead to mass outbreaks of disease. These were certifiable war crimes under international law. After Saddam’s defeat the U.S. also imposed widespread sanctions on his regime that included preventing necessary medicines from reaching Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens perished as a result. In an infamous interview in 1996 Madeleine Albright, then the Secretary of State, was asked to justify the deaths of 500,000 children. She defended these atrocities by saying “I think this is a very hard choice but we think the price is worth it.” Twenty-one years have elapsed since Albright uttered her rationalization of this vicious barbarity and it has been virtually “disappeared” from the collective memory of Americans. But it is far from being the only one.

May 08 07:56

Federal Judge Declares Constitution Void, Threatens Civil Defendant With Death

Most Americans believe that we have a reasonably fair justice system with scholarly judges at the helm. Well, how about a federal judge who suspends the Constitution, confiscates all of a litigant’s assets, orders him not to hire defense counsel, and pronounces his orders enforceable by death?

That’s exactly what federal Judge Royal Furgeson did to Internet pioneer Jeff Baron, in a case that, New York lawyer David Relkin says is “the most outrageous denial of a person’s basic constitutional and human rights in this Country since the abolition of slavery.”

In the Texas case, Judge Furgeson “sentenced” Baron to an unprecedented “human receivership” to enable the judge’s lawyers to loot Baron’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Trust.

His offense? Baron was accused of not paying his lawyers enough money — “charges” that were later proven to be completely fabricated.

May 08 07:54

Archimedes: WikiLeaks drops latest #Vault7 batch detailing network hacking tool

A user manual describing an alleged CIA tool known as ‘Archimedes’, purportedly used to attack computers inside a Local Area Network (LAN), has been released by WikiLeaks. The latest batch is the seventh in the whistleblowing organization’s ‘Vault 7’ series.

May 08 07:52

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after 'battle' comments: Tasnim

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant", Tehran's defense minister was quoted as saying on Sunday after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran.

"If the Saudis do anything ignorant, we will leave no area untouched except Mecca and Medina," Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying.

"They think they can do something because they have an air force," he added in an apparent reference to Yemen, where Saudi warplanes regularly attack Iran-aligned Houthi forces in control of the capital Sanaa.

Dehghan, speaking to Arabic-language Al-Manar TV, was commenting on remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said on Tuesday any contest for influence between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and the revolutionary Shi'ite theocracy ought to take place "inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the current Iranian government; a word, please.

With President Trump's current "bromance" with the House of Saud, in terms of allowing US weapons to be sold to the Saudi Military, at massive profits for American weapons manufacturers, were I Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan, I would, perhaps, speak a little more cautiously.

The Deep American State elements of the Unhinged States of America, would love nothing better than to find a justification for a military attack against Iran; attacking Saudi Arabia would give them just such an excuse.

So please, let's ratchet down the tensions here, OK?!?

May 08 07:37

Liberal son of war refugees projected to win S. Korea vote

A former anti-government student leader, Moon Jae-in stands poised to succeed ousted leader Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the slain South Korean dictator who jailed him in the 1970s.

Moon, the current front-runner in Tuesday's election, has led a life that seems custom-made for a starring role in South Korean opposition politics.

The son of North Korean refugees, he waited in line as a boy in war-ravaged Busan for free U.S. corn flour and milk powder. Imprisoned as a university student for trying to topple South Korea's military rulers, the dictatorship later forced Moon into South Korea's elite special forces. He became a human rights lawyer and then rose to what the media called "King Secretary" to the last liberal leader of the country, with whom he worked to reconcile with North Korea. He later defended that mentor from corruption charges.

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If, in fact, this man gets elected tomorrow, look for either a massive false flag to happen, to be blamed on North Korea, or an assassination attempt against him, because his policies are not to the liking of the American Deep State and the people in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

May 08 07:32

The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world

The attempt, according to the ministry, involved “the use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance” and the advantage of this was it “does not require access to the target (as) their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months”.

The person directly responsible was allegedly a North Korean working for the foreign intelligence agencies.

A CIA spokesman refused to comment on the allegations.

But although such a claim cannot be dismissed as totally outlandish – given the long list of US involvement in coups and assassinations worldwide – the agency was forced to cut back on such killings after a US Senate investigation in the 1970s exposed the scale of its operations.

Following the investigation, then president Gerald Ford signed in 1976 an executive order stating: “No employee of the United States government shall engage in, or conspire in, political assassination.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep American State, as represented by the CIA, continues to have its collective hands soaked in blood.

May 08 07:27

Russian outlet Sputnik falls out of D.C. media orbit with denied bid for Capitol Hill credentials

Sputnik, a news service owned and operated by the Russian government, has lost its bid to be permanently credentialed on Capitol Hill over its direct ties to Moscow.
The Congressional Periodical Press Gallery has denied Sputnik’s request for a permanent media pass, Politico reported Friday, dashing for now the outlet’s odds of closer access to Washington’s movers and shakers.
Composed of a rotating group of accredited journalists, the Periodical Press Gallery assists bona fide print and digital correspondents with press-related questions and issues concerning the House and Senate, according to its website. Additionally, gallery membership also lends to approved outlets receiving greater access on Capitol Hill while also typically opening doors to other centers of power in Washington, like the White House and Supreme Court, Politico reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is a "canary in the coal mine moment" here, with regard to the further demonization of Russia in the Unhinged States of America, in preparation for war against it.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

I will continue to read its English language version until it is made unavailable (and when that happens, you had better have your prep gear well and truly under control), as I find it very pragmatically fact-based, in most of the articles it carries.

May 08 07:19

OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTI-PROTEST LAW IMPOSING HUGE FINES ON “CONSPIRATOR” ORGANIZATIONS

A STATUTE AIMED at suppressing protests against oil and gas pipelines has been signed into law in Oklahoma, as a related bill advances through the state legislature. The two bills are part of a nationwide trend in anti-protest laws meant to significantly increase legal penalties for civil disobedience. The Oklahoma law signed this week is unique, however, in its broad targeting of groups “conspiring” with protesters accused of trespassing. It takes aim at environmental organizations Republicans have blamed for anti-pipeline protests that have become costly for local governments.

The statute Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin approved Wednesday was rushed into immediate effect under a provision that declared the situation “an emergency.” It will dramatically increase penalties against protesters who trespass on property containing a “critical infrastructure facility.”

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This law should die an ignominious death, if in fact it is ultimately tested at the Supreme Court Level; however, given the state of American jurisprudence at this moment in this country's history, one has to doubt that arguments against it might even get heard.

Yes, I am cynical; but there are moments when I just cannot keep up!!

May 08 07:15

Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise

Jordan and the United States kicked off Eager Lion, an annual military exercise with about 7,400 troops from more than 20 nations taking part, on Sunday.

US and Jordanian officials said the manoeuvres would include border security, cyber-defence, and "command and control" exercises to bolster coordination in response to threats including "terrorism".

"Joint efforts and coordination and the exchange of expertise ... are needed at the time when the region is facing the threat of terrorism," Jordanian Brigadier-General Khalid al-Sharaa, who will head the exercise, told reporters.

US Major-General Bill Hickman, deputy commanding officer for the American army in the region, said this year's Eager Lion exercise - the seventh so far - is "the largest and most complex to date".

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One has to wonder who they are planning to invade NEXT in the Middle East?!?

May 08 07:10

These Nuclear Breakthroughs Are Endangering the World

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers – Russia and NATO in Europe, and the US, North Korea, and China in Asia – Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, “exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.”

Writing in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists, Matthew McKinzie of the National Resources Defense Council, and physicist and ballistic missile expert Theodore Postol conclude that “Under the veil of an otherwise-legitimate warhead life-extension program,” the US military has vastly expanded the “killing power” of its warheads such that it can “now destroy all of Russia’s ICBM silos.”

May 08 07:05

At Least 50 Afghan Soldiers Killed as Pakistan Overruns Border Checkpoints

The situation at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is always tense, particularly after Friday’s exchange of fire between the two sides, but appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control, as Pakistani forces have attacked and destroyed several checkpoints along the Chaman border, which connects Balochistan to Kandahar.

At least 50 Afghan soldiers are reported dead, and over 100 wounded, as Pakistan reports they’ve destroyed five separate checkpoints in “retaliation” for Afghan fire. There was no news of new Pakistan casualties since Friday’s exchange of fire.

Locals say that the border crossing was closed earlier in the day by Pakistani security officials, and has remained so, with loudspeakers ordering all villages on the Pakistani side of the border evacuated until further notice. Helicopter gunships are reported overhead, and over 2,000 families have been displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may get ugly, and very quickly.

May 08 07:00

ISRAEL THREATENS TO LEGALIZE APARTHEID, OPENS DEBATE ON BECOMING SOLELY JEWISH STATE

“Discrimination has received a legal stamp. The danger in this law in that it establishes two classes of citizen — Jewish and Arab,” said Ayman Odeh. Israel has greenlighted a national debate on a controversial bill that would anchor the apartheid state’s status as solely a Jewish one, further discriminating against Arabs and setting up a further barrier to a peace process with Palestine.

May 08 06:57

NORTH KOREA IS A MAJOR OPIUM PRODUCER, MAKING IT A PRIME TARGET FOR THE CIA

hen the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium trade” after the leader of the fundamentalist group had declared the substance to be un-Islamic. At the time, Afghanistan’s opium was used to produce 75 percent of the world’s heroin.

May 08 06:54

Obama Shows Why Wall Street Has Two Parties And We Have None

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The truth be told, the American people have utterly no representation in government, whatsoever; just the major corporations which own politicians through political contributions, and that is just a fact of life Americans need to understand.

May 08 06:38

WHAT'S KILLING THE MIDDLE CLASS?

The rising asymmetry of rewards within our economy has many drivers.

We all know the middle class that actually owns capital and wields political influence is shrinking. As I noted last week in Redefining the Middle Class: It Isn't What You Earn and Owe, It's What You Own That Generates Income, defining the middle class by household income alone is a misleading metric, as it leaves out the critical factors of debt and ownership of productive assets.

A household may have an income of $150,000 and appear well-off by that metric, but if they are mired in debt and own virtually no productive assets or wealth that can be passed on to future generations, they aren't middle class--they're well-paid proletariats.

So what's killing the middle class? If you read the dozens of articles on the decline of the middle class in the mainstream (corporate) media, you soon discover there's a short list of the usual suspects:

1. Globalization / outsourcing

May 08 06:30

Hillary Clinton Ties Herself To Macron’s Victory Over Le Pen, Attacks The Media

Hillary Clinton attempted to tie herself to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s runoff victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday.

Clinton posted a tweet calling Macron’s election a victory for “the world” and a “defeat” to the hackers who released Macron’s emails to the public shortly before the election, but then turned the focus towards herself, claiming “the media says I can’t talk about that.” Clinton is known to have staffers carefully craft and edit her tweets before posting.

The tweet is the latest step in Clinton’s return to politics amid public speculation that she will run for president a third time in 2020.

While speaking at a televised women’s event last week, Clinton declared herself a member of the anti-Trump “resistance” and blamed FBI Director Jim Comey and Russian interference for her loss to Donald Trump.

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And there you have it; Just as she is pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for what happened at Benghazi, she is also pathologically incapable of understanding why she lost last year's election.

And she lost it because she is perceived (and rightly so) as thoroughly corrupt; carrying more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot; absolutely not having the temperament for the job; painfully incapable of connecting with the Democratic Party's base; and imbued with a snotty sense of inevitability of her ultimate political victory.

She may have been the American Deep State's "wet dream", in terms of her martial proclivities; but unfortunately, President Trump is proving himself thoroughly pliable to its agenda.

The wars continue, and increase; and what is left of the middle class is continuing to get snuffed out of existence, economically; and I hate to admit this, but I am seeing a very dystopian vision of the future of this country at this moment.

May 07 11:13

Saudi Exceptionalism: Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it

It’s hard to fully capture the irony — not to mention sheer repulsiveness — of Donald Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip as US president.

The decision marks yet another rapid rhetorical turnaround for Trump. Candidate Trump was not a fan of the Saudi kingdom. In fact, he was not shy at all about calling Riyadh out in ways that his political opponents dared not dream of.

Trump’s righteous indignation and anger towards the Saudis dissipated almost immediately, however, upon taking office. This has been much to the delight of Washington neocons who have been eager to see more aggressive US policy toward Iran, Riyadh’s top regional foe.

As for all that money Clinton accepted? Well, Saudi cash is just fine if it lines the pockets of arms manufacturers Lockheed, Raytheon and BAE Systems. To quote Voltaire: When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion.

Arms deals and Yemen slaughter

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Through this US-enabled Saudi slaughter of Yemeni people, the United States of America has been - and continues to be - a complicit and willing partner in Saudi war crimes.

I don't know if it bothers you, but it very definitely bothers the heck out of me!!

May 07 10:56

What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat'

Earlier this week, during his testimony in the United States Senate, FBI Director James Comey said that Russia is the "greatest threat of any nation on Earth" to the democratic process in the United States.

During the hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey what kind of "threat" Russia presents to the "democratic process."

"Certainly, in my view the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability," Comey answered.

He also claimed that Moscow is still involved in attempts to influence politics in the United States.

Commenting on Comey’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing: "I think that’s the view of the FBI. We rely on them and the rest of the intelligence community to provide the president with updates on what they are learning."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Comey did not elaborate on evidence against Russia; all he has are allegations, with utterly no substance behind them, with which to demonize Russia, because he understands that the American Deep State ultimately wants war against both Russia and China to destabilise the ruble and the yuan.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

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I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

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I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 10:35

California Wants To Tax Space Flights... By Miles Traveled

It appears that California's politicians & regulators spend all their time trying to figure out how to tax something new. They will never reform, it’s always give me more.

They want to tax space travel per mile and claim 62 miles above California belongs to the State. Sooner or later, they will want a tax from all satellites that just pass by their state once a day.

The space launches are taking place from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara.

Any company should look for prosperity in Texas or Florida and forget California.

The state is beyond help at this stage.

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As a native California, I know I could never go back there to live; unfortunately, the state has, collectively, lost its mind.

May 07 10:31

The Inflection Point: Venezuela's Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

One month ago, when discussing the latest "explosive" turn in Venezuela's political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters. Overnight, according to Thor Halvorsen of the Human Rights Foundation, this "inflection point" appears to have arrived when he observed in a Tweet that "the military in parts of Venezuela has begun to defect. They are now marching *with* the protesters. Dozens of soldiers are under arrest."

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I am quite certain that there are a number of people in the bowels of DC who are very pleased with this outcome, and may well have been instrumental in bringing it about.

I am sure also that there is a "candidate du jour" the US government has waiting in the wings to bring Venezuela into the US dollar hegemony, once Maduro is well and truly overthrown.

May 07 09:12

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FIGHTS IN COURT TO PREVENT TOP CIA OFFICIAL FROM TESTIFYING ON TORTURE

MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS after President Obama formally ended the CIA’s torture program, the Trump administration is fighting to block the CIA’s new deputy director from providing a deposition about her role in pioneering the agency’s most abusive torture techniques.

The Trump administration appointed Gina Haspel as deputy director of the CIA in February, attracting criticism from human rights advocates due to her former role in abusive interrogations. The move was interpreted as a public sign of the administration’s approval for some of the CIA’s most brutal abuses after the 9/11 attacks.

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Why am I not surprised that President "Deep State" Trump should be making such a move, to defend one the chief torturers from the Bush administration?!?

May 07 09:08

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsIn Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), says that seven million Yemeni people are on the brink of famine. "I am shocked to my bones," said Egeland, following a five day visit to Yemen. "The world is letting some 7 million men, women and children slowly but surely be engulfed…" Egeland blames this catastrophe on "men with guns and power in regional and international capitals who undermine every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine, as well as the collapse of health and educational services for millions of children." Egeland and the NRC call on all parties to the conflict, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, the US and the U.K. to negotiate a cease fire.

This weekend, the situation stands poised to become dramatically worse with the apparently imminent bombing, by Saudi Arabia, one of the US’ closest allies, of the aid lifeline which is the port of Hodeida.

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The citizens of Yemen are dead people walking, about to be assassinated by the twin plagues of slow famine by starvation, or a quicker, but no less brutal end, through Saudi bombing strikes, to bring back the rule of the Al-Hadi government.

They are generally poor; and in wars like this, the poor are irrelevant,and whose lives should be snuffed out as quickly as possible.

It appears that the House of Saud; the Saudi government and Military, and the US government and military have, collectively, had their consciences surgically removed, to allow this genocide to continue, because it is the means to the end of re-installing the US-appointed Yemeni puppet, Mansour Al Hadi.

I am rather astonished that the US military hasn't been using MOABS and other bombs to completely destroy the civilian population here, because at the end of the day, this appears to be the Saudi and US government and military's design intent.

May 07 08:59

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Carrier Parked Off Iran Complains Iranian Surveillance a ‘Nuisance’

The USS George H.W. Bush, an American aircraft carrier parked perpetually off the coast of Iran, appears to have attracted the attention of Iran, and officials say that Iran’s use of surveillance drones to keep an eye on the massive US warship is a “nuisance.”

Officials also hyped the presence of small Iranian naval boats operating off the coast of Iran, claiming them to be “naked aggression” for sometimes being close to the US carrier, despite also appearing to have never actually left Iranian waters by all indications.

US officials have repeatedly made a big deal about Iran having ships off their own coast, while Iranian officials have responded by saying that they think a better question is why the US warships are 7,500 miles away from their own territorial waters, and constantly looming around Iran’s coasts.

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Does the Iranian military have aircraft carriers right off the Gulf of Mexico?!?

the short answer here is, no.

I rest my case.

May 07 08:55

Israel: Doctors refusing to force treatment on Palestinian hunger strikers must find their own replacement

Doctors who refuse to force treatment on hunger striking Palestinian security prisoners whose lives are in danger must find another physician willing to treat the patients, the Health Ministry ordered.

Over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli prisons, mostly Fatah members led by Marwan Barghouti, began a hunger strike on April 17, demanding additional privileges, and most are still continuing with their strike.

In a letter distributed to Israeli hospitals on Wednesday, the Health Ministry refreshed the regulations and procedures concerning hunger strikers as part of the preparations for treating the striking prisoners, hundreds of whom are still not eating.

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Force-feeding prisoners through an NG tube, is no easy feat, even if the person doing so is both well-trained, and completely humane, as the British found out during the time of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.

Some of these men are still going to die, and become martyrs for their cause, which is the polar opposite of the outcome Israel wants for these prisoners.

And when word gets out, the furor from the Palestinian community is going to, possibly, take a very brutal, and unexpected course.

May 07 08:49

US Dismisses Ban on Aircraft Over Syrian Safe Zones

A day after the US gave tepid support for the establishment of Syrian safe zones to try to separate combatant forces and reduce the amount of fighting, they appear to have noticed that this might get in their way of their own attacks across the country, and are pledging to ignore the demilitarization of the zones.

Back when Turkey and the US were both super keen on the idea of safe zones, a big selling point was the imposition of no-fly zones over the areas, to keep the civilians within getting bombed. This was also a big obstacle, as the US wasn’t totally clear it could do this without declaring war on Russia.

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I don't know what, precisely, the Vegas odds of the US government getting into direct military confrontation with Russia over Syria might be, but I would imagine, right now, that they are quite good.

May 07 08:43

Iraqi Prime Minister Says No US Combat Troops Will Remain After Daesh Ousted

Iraq's prime minister has said there will be no lingering US combat troop presence in his country after the battle to remove Daesh is finished, contradicting earlier reports.

Officials from both countries on Thursday reportedly said talks were ongoing regarding maintaining US combat troops in Iraq after Daesh is ousted, but Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Twitter on Friday that no US troops would stay on.

Here We Go Again: US May Keep Troops in Iraq Even After Daesh Is Ousted

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May 07 08:38

Putin ‘orders Gazprom to start laying pipes along Turkish Stream’s sea route’

Gazprom will be ready to start laying pipes on the Turkish Stream offshore section in several days, the company’s CEO Alexei Miller told Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 4, as Russia’s TASS reported.

Putin has ordered Gazprom to start laying pipes on sea stretch of Turkish Stream pipeline.

“We will be ready to start laying the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in several days,” Miller said, as quoted by the Russian news agency.

The Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project agreement between Turkey and Russia was signed on Oct. 10, 2016, and ratified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 7.

The project, which was announced by Putin during a 2014 visit to Turkey, is set to carry gas from Russia under the Black Sea to Turkey’s Thrace region.

One line, with 15.75 billion cubic meters of capacity, is expected to supply the Turkish market, while a second line will carry gas to Europe.

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This is a big deal, in light of the US government's objections against such a pipeline, because of how it will benefit Russia, economically, particularly in light of the natural gas which will be sold to Russia.

May 07 08:30

RUSSIA DEPLOYS CRUISE MISSILE FRIGATE TO MEDITERRANEAN

Russia’s newest cruise-missile warship is on course to join Moscow’s naval forces off the Mediterranean coast of Syria, Russian news agency Interfax reported Friday.

The Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that the frigate, which has been at the navy’s disposal for less than a year, will join Russia’s Mediterranean naval forces while on its way from its previous area of deployment, the Baltic Sea, to its home port in the Black Sea.

Russia has no Mediterranean fleet unit and during the civil war in its ally Syria, has periodically sent ships from either its Black Sea or Baltic Sea bases in the waters nearby. Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the formation of such a unit of up to 10 ships in 2013 that has relied on rotational deployments, supported by Russia’s Syrian port in Tartus.

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This deployment is meant to serve as a signal to the US military to get out of Syria; unfortunately, it is deliberately not being heard by the Trump Administration. And on Friday also, we had the following development happen:

Pentagon Deploys Troops to Turkey's Border With Syria

How many more US ground troops are actually in Syria, we will never know, because US military deployments are no longer allowed to be released to the general public.

But there is something I do know, in terms of the geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia regarding Syria; something wicked this way comes.

It is only a matter of time before there is direct conflict between US and Russian forces in Syria, and there appears to be no way to ultimately prevent that from happening, since war against both Russia and China appear to be a long-planned goal of the US government, in order to maintain the dollar's world hegemony.

The people who will get killed, or maimed for life, globally, by such a war, are irrelevant to those slavishly supporting the money junkies to that end.

Please remember; in the USA, your votes mean nothing, and you are of no use, unless you are one of the richest portions of America's demographic; and those people have marvelously stylish, well-provisioned shelters in which to ride out the apocalypse.

The Deep American State, and its very martial agenda, continues, no matter how you voted.

As reported by Chris Osborn in thenationalinterest.com How the U.S. Army Plans to Go to War Against Russia, China and Iran (Their Weapons, That Is)

May 07 07:54

RFK JR.’S TUCKER CARLSON INTERVIEW PROMOTES HEALTHY DEBATE ABOUT VACCINE SAFETY

By Robert J. Krakow of Law Office of Robert J. Krakow, P.C.

To the Daily Kos Blog:

In response to the article you published: Robert F Kennedy, Jr and vaccines – why real journalists don’t interview him”

Dorit Reiss misses the point on vaccine manufacturer immunity.

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These points are very important for caring, thinking parents to understand.

And if you have not seen it, buy or rent, on TV, the documentary "Vaxxed". It bears powerful witness to the reality that the CDC played fast and loose with the facts about data they had on children getting injured from vaccinations, and cherry picked the statistics they used in their documentation, which conveniently ignored data which might be shown as "devastating harmful" to the health and welfare of children's lives.

It is absolutely worth seeing, and Mike and I encourage people to see it.

May 07 07:43

DESPITE CONCERNS OVER POSSIBLE WAR CRIMES, US CONSIDERS MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR SAUDI ARMS PACKAGE

Despite the devastating and murderous war being waged on the people of Yemen by Saudi Arabia, Washington is working to ram through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in weapons for the despotic monarchy ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, Reuters reports.

Saudi Arabia is Trump’s first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with the U.S.-allied al-Saud dynasty. The kingdom’s human rights record, both inside and outside the country, has been dismal, and the country has regularly faced condemnation for its open disdain for international law in its onslaught on Yemeni civilians.

The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Washington also provides maintenance and training to Saudi security forces.

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President Trump has made one thing crystal clear; no matter the genocide and carnage Saudi Arabia will create with these weapons in Yemen, Trump will greenlight the sales of such weapons, because they make American weapons manufacturers more wealthy.

These actions are completely consistent with our "profits uber alles" figurehead of a President, who apparently has the morality of a dead tree stump.

May 07 07:36

Kushner family sells $500,000 'investor visa' to rich Chinese at Beijing ballroom event

The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big - and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you.

That was the message delivered Saturday by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's sister to a ballroom full of wealthy Chinese investors, renewing questions about the Kushner family's business ties to China.

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey real estate project to secure what's known as an investor visa.

The EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, which allows foreign investors to invest in US projects that create jobs and then apply to immigrate, has been used by both the Trump and Kushner family businesses.

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Forgive me, but this screams blatant "conflict of interest", and using the power of Trump's presidency for personal financial gain.

May 07 06:54

1-minute video: Usual US President anti-leadership in action: Trump claims Palestine and Israel ‘get along great’ in tragic-comic ignorance and obfuscation that Gaza is world’s largest concentration camp in all history

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hat tip: David Icke

President Trump in one minute of lies obfuscating Israel’s ongoing illegal Crimes Against Humanity on Gaza documented below:

This follows one minute of Trump claiming 24 areas nobody does better than him:

And 45 seconds of Trump discussing his large penis with the nation:

Of course, the world’s comedians are all over the ongoing tragic-comedy of American anti-leadership. The US is the opposite of “bigly great” as literal rogue state empire.

To document in context to clearly see US support of Israel's illegal War of Aggression:

Defining rogue state empire with eleven famous US historical examples demonstrating this as our most accurate description of the US today.
The facts are Emperor’s New Clothes obvious of lie-started and Orwellian-illegal US Wars of Aggression, looting by the trillions, and corporate media lying to “cover” these “Big Lie” crimes.

May 06 14:47

Hamilton musical resonates with revolution, leadership with teamwork; hits chords of dangers as subjugated work animals harmonizing with our world of the present

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I saw the record-breaking musical Hamilton in San Francisco. Art becomes popular when it resonates with underlying truths the public see, hear, and feel. Let’s consider three of Hamilton’s themes connected to our world of the present:

Revolution is in the air today, just as during the time of the play.
Leadership with teamwork is the only path to build a brighter future.
Revolution is a required response when promised rights are replaced with subjugation as work animals to psychopathic parasites.

Revolution: literally ‘turning away from’ rogue state empire

May 06 12:02

Despite Concerns Over Possible War Crimes, US Considers Multi-Billion Dollar Saudi Arms Package

Despite the devastating and murderous war being waged on the people of Yemen by Saudi Arabia, Washington is working to ram through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in weapons for the despotic monarchy ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, Reuters reports.

May 06 09:35

‘Greatest threat to US democracy is its sham two-party system, not Russia’

The USA is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic not a Democracy. It is now a Tyrannical Oligarchy. But the Government in the district of criminals is a complete Sham and the enemy of every life form on the Planet Earth!

The FBI chief's statement about Russian threat to US democracy is hot air designed to obfuscate Clinton’s failure, while the attacks on WikiLeaks are fanning the flames of Julian Assange’s mistrial, says former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday the FBI chief, James Comey, lashed out at WikiLeaks while questioned by senators on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and Russia's alleged involvement in the US election.

May 06 07:14

In Oklahoma, a law to bankrupt groups that organize political protests

On Wednesday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed HB1123, a new "trespass" law that declared an immediate "state of emergency" allowing prosecutors to charge protesters with felonies for "trespassing" on any property containing a "critical infrastructure facility," impose fines of up to $10,000 for acts that "damage, vandalize, deface, impede or inhibit operations of the facility", and fines of up to $100,000 or up to ten years in prison for "tampering" with the facility.

May 06 05:33

The Controlled Demolition of the Independent Media - thecrowhouse


" Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding,” Joseph exclaimed. “If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn’t there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?”

May 05 23:30

Sauron Rules in Washington

A reader asked why neoconservatives push toward nuclear war when there can be no winners. If all die, what is the point?

Their insane plan is as follows: Washington will ring Russia and China with anti-ballistic missile bases in order to provide a shield against a retaliatory strike from Russia and China. Moreover, these US anti-ABM bases also can deploy nuclear attack missiles unknown to Russia and China, thus reducing the warning time to five minutes, leaving Washington’s victims little or no time in which to make a decision.

It is Washington that wants to snuff out human morality and beome the master of the planet. As I have previously written, Washington without any question is Sauron. The only important question is whether there is sufficient good left in the world to resist and overcome Washington’s evil.

May 05 20:40

DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to further capitalize on the modern day drug war by ramping up the prosecution of cases involving people who manufacture, traffic and use pharmaceutical substances outside of their medicinal function.

According to National Public Radio, Uncle Sam’s leading drug enforcement hammers quietly announced a plan last month to recruit a slew of new special prosecutors for the sole purpose of nailing drug offenders to the wall. The agency said its intention was to employee as many as 20 legal eagles, all of whom would be paid through funds provided by the pharmaceutical industry, that “would be permitted to represent the United States in criminal and civil proceedings before the courts and apply for various legal orders.”

May 05 13:33

EVA BARTLETT DISCUSSES THE POWER OUTAGE AND DAILY ABUSES IN GAZA

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Eva Bartlett is a very responsible writer, and one whose integrity I respect greatly.

The world SHOULD know what is going on in Gaza, and this is part of Israel's "death by a thousand cuts" against the Palestinians.

May 05 11:42

We're Marching on Nevada Southern Prison!


Ammon Bundy has been SERIOUSLY BEATEN UP in Nevada Prison!!

Nevada Southern Prison: (775) 751-4500

Prison abuse must stop. Come to the prison in the desert. Invite, Share Join. We need to come toghethir in a bold non violent stand.

On May 4th Nevada Southern Detention guards tortured Ammon Bundy for 13 hours, dislocated his shoulder, made him set it himself and filmed while mocking him, then tossed him naked into solitary.

The abuse of staff at Nevada Southern and prisons across nation to prisoners of all colors and factions must stop and we must rise up to stop it.

People are traveling form around the county to gather and camp out in the area. We will rally and stand united for all abuses prisoners. It’s not about Republicans, democrats color or faction. It's about human rights.

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May 05 11:05

China FinMin Unexpectedly Skips Asian Trade Summit To Attend "Emergency Meeting"

Coming a time when traders and analysts are looking with growing concerns toward Beijing, riddled by deja vu memories of the China-induced near-bear market of 2016 when in a similar episode China's credit impulse tumbled - something which even Pimco highlighted earlier this week, when it reposted a chart first shown here in February...

... worries that not all may be well in China - for the second time in two years - grew this morning after the country's Finance Minister, Xiao Jie, unexpectedly skipped a summit conference with his Japanese and South Korean peers on Friday to attend an "emergency domestic meeting", a senior Japanese finance ministry official said quoted by Reuters. The official told reporters during a ministry press briefing that Xiao's absence was not related to any diplomatic matters, adding that Xiao was expected to attend the Japan-China finance dialogue in Japan scheduled for Saturday. He did not elaborate on the nature of the minister's emergency meeting.

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I have to wonder if this reflects a genuine economic problem for China; economic sabotage against it; or perhaps that sickening, sure and certain knowledge that those in the American Deep State are contemplating a first-strike nuclear assault against it, and that is why the THAAD system has been deployed in South Korea?!?

May 05 10:52

What the North Korean “Crisis” is Really About. Pretext to Nuke Both Russia and China?

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retaliation against a Washington first strike.

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For many years now, I have been utterly appalled at the quality of thinking from the American deep state and government, no matter who allegedly "runs" the country (and after President Trump's flipflops, I can assure you, it is NOT our President).

It's like that dream of a slo-mo train wreck, from which I cannot awaken.

But to even be contemplating a nuclear first-strike against both Russia and China is horrifically, insanely hubristic in a way I cannot even begin to articulate.

And to the Russian and Chinese governments: thinking, moral Americans would never, ever want such a war to happen. Please understand that the American people no longer control their own destinies, but those destinies are, in large part,scripted by the American Deep State, where "Hegemony Uber Alles" rules supreme, no matter how many people on the planet will get killed or maimed for life in such a war.

Unfortunately, as has been borne out by history, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 05 10:29

Greater Albania and the Balkans

In the Albanian context, the gnawing phenomenon, one of a terrier insistent on chewing away at the sinews of a larger opponent, has been taking place since Yugoslavia imploded in spectacularly bloody fashion in the early 1990s.

In its broader theatre, Albanian leaders are cunningly playing the pro-Western card to keep western powers on side. This is to be expected, given the shrewdness that resourcefulness entails. As the Albanian foreign minister Ditmir Bushati explained in his April visit to Washington, his country provided an appropriate, stern bastion against Russian influence in the Balkans.

These broader ambitions are not to be taken lightly. Technically, it could see Serbia amputated as far as Niš. This point is perceived as another territorial reassertion, given the expulsion of Albanians from the area during the Serbian campaigns of the 1870s.

May 05 09:57

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to ‘Declaration of War’ against Russia

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s international committee told Sputnik.

“This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships,” Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining “inspection authorities” over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

“Such a power scenario is beyond comprehension, because it means a declaration of war,” Kosachev underscored.

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Unfortunately, Kosachev's assessment is absolutely correct here.

May 05 09:52

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War with Russia

The demonisation of Putin and Russia

Since Russia intervened at the behest of the Syrian government, the Syrian conflict has swung away from the opposition (terrorist) groups which the US has been supporting to defeat Assad, an ‘unspoken truth’ in the mainstream media (see ‘The Dirty War on Syria‘). However, the US seems increasingly desperate to intensify its military intervention to bring its plan for Syria and the wider Middle East region to fruition. This does not just mean attacking Syrian government forces. It also involves putting pressure on Russia to step aside.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin was told by the UK ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft that he is on the “wrong side of history” because of his support for the “barbaric” Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Rycroft added that supporting the Assad regime would result in “shame” and “humiliation” for Russia.

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"US and NATO being civilising forces in a barbaric world?!?"

What British "Ministry of Truth" intern cobbled THAT bit of codswallop together for Rycroft, I have to wonder?!?

The truth is the polar opposite of this statement, and all one has to do at look, objectively at the US-government generated carnage in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria to understand this.

the hard reality here is, US and UK are utterly NOT on the right side of history, to look at attempting to regime change Damascus; and I shudder to think of just what Russia will do, when that attempt is made, because Russia is in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

May 05 09:33

India troops block Kashmir villages amid rebel hunt

Thousands of soldiers and paramilitaries were engaged in a huge operation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where armed rebels have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks.

Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched on Thursday, in Shopian district in the volatile south of the disputed Himalayan region.

"It is an unprecedented operation," deputy inspector general of police SP Pani told AFP news agency.

"It is impossible to capture the militants, but we hope there will be contact [exchange of fire] with them in the course of the day."

Suspected rebels are frequently killed in shootouts with security forces in Kashmir, but are only rarely captured alive.

Witnesses said hundreds of residents came out onto the streets in two villages, Sug and Tarkwangan, during the search operations and threw stones at the soldiers.

One said soldiers attacked private homes in his village with sticks and rocks.

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To the Government and Military leadership of India, a word, please; through these actions, you are throwing petrol on an already roaring fire.

At the end of the day, in the spirit of sober, honorable, and moral reflection, the issue of the fate of Kashmir must be negotiated by Kashmiris, Pakistani, and Indian leadership.

What you are doing now to the Kashmiri people is an absolute recipe for utter disaster, and may potentially cause a revolution which your military forces may well not be able to put down.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable".

You are close to that moment in Kashmir.

May 05 09:19

Saudi Arabia’s expected military assault on Yemen will almost certainly cause mass starvation

Three years into Yemen’s brutal civil war, the U.N. says the Arab world’s poorest country is suffering one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet, and that famine is imminent — a famine that may be accelerated with the help of U.S. President Donald Trump.

For the past two years, the U.S. has provided a Saudi Arabia–led coalition with intelligence and logistical support for its relentless airstrikes against Yemen, which the U.N. says have been responsible for most of the war’s 4,800 civilian deaths. But the U.S. has stopped short of directly assisting in the ground war.

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Starvation of Yemen's kids through malnutrition, because existing Yemeni ports are blocked, coupled with assassinations of completely innocent non-combatants are no big deal the Saudi military, the House of Saud, or, apparently, the to US government. But here's how that's looking to Yemeni kids and citizens:

Images: Yemeni children being killed and maimed for life as a result of Saudi bombings
Images: Yemeni children dying horrifically from starvation, because Saudis are blocking Yemeni ports

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?Images: Saudi Arabian troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And that these weapons are having the same effect in Yemen that they had in Fallujah, Iraq, with huge spikes of cancers, horrific birth defects, and still births?!?
Images: massive birth defects in Yemeni children,
courtesy of Saudi Arabia's use of DU weapons

Having been complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen for the past two years, the Pentagon will only see the assassinations of innocent civilians with their "victory" at Hodeidah as simply collateral damage, and of no consequence whatsoever.

In fact, the US government's willing participation and complicity in Saudi war crimes in Yemen very much reminds me of the statement made by the Papal legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars. Upon being informed that there were women and children there, as well as men, he gave the command: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

In fact, I am rather astonished that the US military hasn't dropped MOABS over all the major civilian population centers in Yemen by now, to kill every Yemeni civilian who is still breathing, to put an end, once and for all, to the Houthi insurgency.

May 05 09:03

The Triumph of James Comey

This nonsensical Russophobia – like the Red Scare before it – is meant to distract us from the real threat to our democratic process – which comes, not from any foreign enemy, but originates right here at home, with Washington at its epicenter.

This was brought home later in the hearing, when Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), brought up the question of WikiLeaks. Taking up where Sen. Graham left off, Sasse asked if we might expect the alleged Russian invasion of our politics to intensify, and Comey obliged him by answering in the affirmative – “especially” in 2020. The questioning continued along these same lines:

“SASSE: Do you believe any of WikiLeaks disclosures have endangered American lives and or put at risk American interests?

“COMEY: I believe both have been the result of some of their releases.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that famous line from Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he...is us."

What Wikileaks has done has been to bring up the issues of where American agencies have fouled up mightily, and some bureaucrats are highly embarrassed.

But to conflate that with endangering American lives or put American interests in peril?!?!

You've got to be kidding me!!

May 05 08:56

Pentagon to Pitch Revised Afghan War Plan to Trump Next Week

The latest in a series of Pentagon proposals on changing US policy in its assorted wars, a series of options are expected to be delivered to President Trump next week on Afghanistan. The options being presented, according to the Pentagon, are meant to “break the stalemate” in Afghanistan.

By “stalemate,” what the Pentagon really means is mounting losses, which have left the Taliban with more territory now than at any other point in the 16-year US occupation. The Pentagon has previously indicated the most ambitious escalation will involve some 5,000 more US troops and 13,000 NATO troops being deployed.

But either way, wars don’t get deescalated by the US these days, so all of the plans being offered are escalations, with the least of the deployments being 3,000 US troops and everything just going up from there. The details beyond that are not all public knowledge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

Even if you sign off on a major escalation in Afghanistan, including 5,000 US troops and 13,000 NATO troops 16 years on, when do these Pentagon staffers tell you that the war will actually be "won"?!?

Are the US government and NATO going to spend another 16 years, doing what they have done before, which has not worked, yet expecting a different outcome?!?

That, sir, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

And because our US troops are spread so thinly right now, can you practically do this without reinstating the Draft?!?

There has been enough blood and money spent here, yet the ultimate geopolitical objectives have absolutely not been realized.

What the US and NATO should be doing is pulling their forces out of Afghanistan as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

You are aware that it was the potential for obtaining these objectives which drove the Bush War Machine into Afghanistan, right?!?

May 05 08:29

New US federal budget Has No Money For The Wall But Plenty for Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump’s campaign promises are fading from minds of the Republican leaders who supported him and who now control both the House and Senate. The budget actually prohibits Trump’s border wall and fails to cut funding for the EPA. It provides funding for Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, and Obamacare subsidies. Trump asked for – and received $21-billion in funding to expand the military. In other words, the election made no difference. The bi-partisan agenda continue as before. –GEG

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May 05 08:23

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPentagon Seeks to Link Iran, North Korea Citing ‘Similar Looking’ Missiles

Every failed missile test or official warning by North Korean state media against attacking them is a new excuse for the US to offer loud condemnations and new threats, and while the US also likes to threaten Iran, they really haven’t had much in thew way of excuses for doing so in recent weeks.

Pentagon officials are looking to resolve that with testimony to Congress claiming that Iranian missiles look suspiciously similar to North Korean missiles. They don’t offer any proof, of course, that this means anything about them having a common origin, but this is clearly the connection Congress is meant to make.

The attempts at “sort of” connections continued throughout the testimony, with officials citing a North Korean submarine missile launch and noting that Iran is also working on the idea of firing missiles from submarines. Attempts to ratchet up the tensions didn’t stop there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, John-Luc Picard face-palm moment, upon reading this, and at warp speed

Because, apparently, at the Pentagon, there is not a single solitary soul who understands the concept of form following function.

Because, given what a missile is supposed to do, it would be obvious that the Iranian and North Korean missiles would look "somewhat similar", because they were engineered to achieve the same objective, even without the sharing of technologies!!

And why in the name of Heaven would Iran be reaching out to North Korea for such technology, which the North Koreans have extensive problems with staging, and guidance?!?! I mean, come on; this is ludicrous on the face of such an accusation!!!

But this attempt to demonize an alleged link between North Korean weapons programs and Iranian weapons programs, concerns me greatly, because it signals an uptick in hostilities against both of them, potentially and ultimately leading to war.

May 05 08:12

FORMER PRESIDENT OF MERCK LED SECRET BIOWARFARE PROGRAM, INFLUENCING EXPERIMENTS ON AMERICANS

Merck & Co. is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing corporation, and is one of the largest pharma companies in the world. They created such things as the MMR vaccine, and the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

As a corporation that has affected the lives of almost everyone around us in the Western world, with most people receiving their vaccinations that are known to do damage, we should know their history.

In this article, we will examine Merck’s connection to biological warfare, and the implications of that connection. Merck & Co. is not to be confused with the German “Merck KGaA,” but they both originate from the original German Merck. Merck was founded in 1668, in Germany. By 1887, a US division of Merck called Merck & Co. was set up in New York by George Merck. George Merck moved to NY in 1891.

In April 1917, as the US entered the Great War (WWI), the government announced the seizure of corporations affiliated with Germany.

May 05 08:09

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

The USA uses a lot of prison labor.

If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery

With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014. Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center.

The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related.

May 05 07:53

SEX SLAVERY, ISIS & ILLEGAL ARMS TRADE: LIBYA PLUNGED INTO FAILED STATE AFTER US INVASION

Today’s Libya is virtually unrecognizable from the Libya of years past. Following the violent ouster of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, things have taken a turn for the worse as the north African nation declines further into failure.
One example of Libya’s steep decline has been the proliferation of the illegal arms trade. In 2014, the United Nations named Libya as the primary source of illegal weapons for 14 different countries, fueling a series of international conflicts. More recently, a new report released by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey has also labeled Libya as an international hotspot for illicit weapon sales, examining thousands of attempted trades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; the current, horrific state of affairs is a direct consequence of then-Secretary of State Clinton, who was cheerleading for the ouster of Gaddafi.

It is painfully obvious, looking at her "legacy" here, that she didn't have the intellectual capacity to think the scenario through to its logical conclusion, about what would be the actual consequences for the people of Libya, once Gaddafi's assassination was accomplished, or she didn't give a damn, because the real reason for his ouster was not something publicly stated by the Obama administration.

Gaddafi’s Gold-money Plan Would Have Devastated Dollar

May 05 07:49

Are we heading for a new encryption war?

Under draft regulations to support the new Investigatory Powers Act, the government will be able to issue 'technical capability notices' to companies with more than 10,000 UK users to make it easier for police, spy agencies and other government bodies to access their customers' communications.

In particular, the regulations require companies to provide and maintain "the capability to disclose, where practicable, the content of communications or secondary data in an intelligible form and to remove electronic protection applied by or on behalf of the telecommunications operator to the communications or data, or to permit the person to whom the warrant is addressed to remove such electronic protection."

May 05 07:10

Is Trump Really President?

IS TRUMP REALLY PRESIDENT ?

Is Trump being allowed to “play at President” for public consumption, while the generals, spooks, and financial pirates run the show?

May 05 07:09

Elite troops are being worked too hard and spread too thin, military commander warns

The breakneck pace at which the United States deploys its special operations forces to conflict zones is taking a toll, their top commander told Congress on Thursday.

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, called the rate at which special operations forces are being deployed “unsustainable” and said the growing reliance of the U.S. military on its elite troops could produce a dangerous strain.

“We are not a panacea,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We are not the ultimate solution to every problem, and you will not hear that coming from us.”

About 8,000 U.S. special forces are currently deployed in more than 80 countries, Thomas said. Many are at the forefront of advising missions in Syria and Iraq as well as counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan. There are about 500 special operators in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This over stress of our Special Forces is one of the reasons I believe that the US government will be returning to the draft in the very near future.

Please understand: I respect our military greatly, and believe that they should get the best of everything, including the kind of health care Dick Cheney receives; they have earned it.

But that being said, as a Christian pacifist activist, I wish to heck that the US government would frequently employ moral, hard-won negotiations as the way in which to resolve its geopolitical differences, rather than through war.

May 05 06:51

HORRIFYING VIDEO SHOWS MULTIPLE COPS KICK, TASER, CRUSH MENTALLY ILL MAN UNTIL HE DIED

The tragic incident began to unfold on August 3, 2016, when Thompson was arrested. His family and girlfriend reported that Thompson is bipolar and had been off his medication for some time. During the bipolar episode, Thompson, who has no previous criminal record, was arrested on charges of domestic battery.

The clearly distressed man exhibited severe signs of mental distress and was unable to be booked, so he was placed in a holding cell. For hours after being arrested, Thompson jammed his fingers into his ears. He paced, clutched his head and stuffed toilet paper into his ears. He spent hours on the floor curled up in the fetal position before peeling off his scabby skin to use his own blood to draw on the floor, walls, and camera.

Heavily armored deputies in riot gear then raided Thompson’s cell to drag him out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is how "to protect and serve" is translated by the Reno police, in dealing with severely emotionally disturbed people, I will never, ever go there.

If you are thinking about Reno as a destination for a convention of symposium, please think again; what was visited on this man could be visited on anyone who comes as a tourist to this city, even though they are not doing anything which seems either criminal, or displaying emotionally distraught behaviour.

May 05 06:48

The Trump Empire Expands

Donald Trump and his family continue to carve out an unprecedented role for themselves as America’s business-managers-in-chief.

President Trump, his children and their spouses aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

It turns out that the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, the patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.>>>

May 05 06:46

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits' live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.

In its draft technical capability notices paper [PDF], all communications companies – including phone networks and ISPs – will be obliged to provide real-time access to the full content of any named individual within one working day, as well as any "secondary data" relating to that person.

That includes encrypted content – which means that UK organizations will not be allowed to introduce true end-to-end encryption of their users' data but will be legally required to introduce a backdoor to their systems so the authorities can read any and all communications.

May 05 06:43

THE FBI DIRECTOR’S UNSETTLING ARGUMENT FOR WHY WIKILEAKS DOESN’T DESERVE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTION

FBI Director James Comey offered some of the clearest indications yet that the United States government remains committed to prosecuting WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. He stated WikiLeaks is an “important focus” of intelligence agencies.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Comey attempted to distinguish WikiLeaks from outlets like the New York Times or the Washington Post. He acknowledged the First Amendment rights journalists have in the U.S. while arguing WikiLeaks does not engage in journalism.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse asked Comey why Assange has not been charged with a crime. Comey did not want to confirm whether there were charges pending but came pretty close by saying Assange “hasn’t been apprehended because he’s inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Wikileaks has done is to both inform the American public about the actions of its government, and embarrassed various agencies for their agendas, and absolute lack of candor, with regard to what they are doing, and why they are doing it; and that is something which the US government, and its agencies, hates to see happen, and will not tolerate.

And Comey's prattling on about his and his crew's alleged respect for the First Amendment "because all of us care deeply about the First Amendment and the ability of a free press to get information about our work and publish it.", is complete, and utter codswallop.

We do not have a free press in this country, whatsoever, because if the conclusions of that press get in the way of the Deep American State agenda, it will be suppressed as much as the US government can, and Comey knows it.

What we have in this country is a fawning, compliant bunch of presstitutes, constantly regurgitating the US government agenda and keeping the American people from being told about what is going on in the world; this is why I encourage our readers and listeners to read the foreign press in English; that way, you will definitely get some little glimmers of what the US government is doing with your money, and in your name.

May 05 06:29

SAUDI POWER STRUGGLE COULD DESTABILIZE THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST

Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while increasing the power of his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. These actions have the potential to lead to a direct conflict with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The expected internal power collision, predicted by many analysts, finally seems to be heating up. The real surprise, however, is that it is taking place while King Salman is still alive rather than during the succession period. King Salman’s royal decrees, in which he has appointed two of his other sons, Prince Abdulaziz and Prince Khaled as Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Ambassador to the United States respectively, has opened up Pandora’s box.

May 05 06:23

WHO ARE THE BIGGEST LOSERS FROM THE PUERTO RICO BANKRUPTCY

Back in 2013, markets tumbled (if briefly) on the news that Detroit would file for bankruptcy, at the time the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history with over $18 billion in liabilities. Yesterday, algos barely even bothered to look up when Puerto Rico's governor announced that the US Commonwealth would submit Title III (aka bankruptcy) protection, despite a debt load of more than $70 billion, or nearly four times greater than Detroit's.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Irresponsible bank executives and national leaders have created this disastrous situation for the Puerto Rican people, and I wish they had the horse-sense to "pull an Iceland"; declare the debt odious, and throw the bankers and politicians who did this in jail.

And BTW, are you aware that the Icelandic currency, the Krona, is now the strongest currencies in the world?!?

Icelandic krona crowned world’s best-performing currency

May 05 06:16

U.S. AND TURKEY ON COLLISION COURSE OVER KURDISH FORCES IN SYRIA

A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging a guerrilla war in Turkey for years.

In a radio interview on Turkish media, Cevik was asked what would happen to U.S. forces that were working with Kurdish forces that Turkey wants to attack.

“It doesn’t matter whether they are patrolling there. If those PKK terrorists continue their activities within Turkey…you know they are infiltrating from Northern Syria (into Turkey.) That’s the region they infiltrate from,” Cevik replied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how the US is planning to carve Syria up into little fiefdoms, one of which is engineered to exist as an independent Kurdistan.

Neither Erdogan nor Syria's Al Assad are going to be very happy about this, however. And Russian troops on the ground in Syria, appear to be expanding their mission to advise and assist, and we have reports of Russian troops on the ground in Northern Syria.

Russia expands its advise and assist in Syria.Images:
Russian soldiers arrive in Northern Syria.

May 05 06:03

UK'S NEW 'DIGITAL ECONOMY' LAW SOMEHOW NOW GIVES POLICE THE POWER TO REMOTELY KILL PHONE SERVICE

The UK's long-gestating Digital Economy Act has finally gone into force. The law is mainly interested in porn and pirates -- two issues most of the UK public is far less interested in having subjected to intrusive regulation.

But just keeping an eye on who is or isn't availing themselves of porn/torrents isn't the only intrusive aspect of the Act. As Joseph Cox of Motherboard points out, an amendment to the law grants some pretty scary new powers to UK law enforcement, allowing them to kill citizens' means of communication.

[L]aw enforcement agencies can remotely disable or restrict a mobile phone if it is suspected of being used for drug dealing or related to it, and in some cases regardless of whether a crime has actually been committed, according to legal commentators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

George Orwell, the author of "1984", wasn't just a writer; he was a prophet.

May 04 10:50

Lies, More Lies, and the IRS “Dirty Dozen”

... And ask yourself this: what else is the IRS (and indeed the rest of the US government) lying to you about?

May 04 10:22

Blasphemy and terrorism: Catchall phrases to repress dissent

James Dorsey says the abuse of labels like terrorism and blasphemy by governments, institutions, groups and individuals creates an environment that fosters violence, intolerance and disrespect for the other, and enables vigilantism and extremism.

May 04 09:03

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.

May 04 08:53

FBI and NSA outsource their harassment of Targeted Individuals and Watchlisted Individuals to private firms

Now there are a few private companies, think of Blackwater” on a cyber-level, which are also master’s of intrusion, hacking, identity theft, spoofing and 24/7 harassment of anyone who has been illegally and unconstitutionally watch-listed as a domestic threat. However NSA still has the budget, the tech-toys, the software and extra-judicial tactics which trump any of the subsequently mentioned private groups.

One of the companies which acts as a hired gun for the federal government (and thus has the luxury of operating without any oversight, is James Bimen and Associates, based in Fairfax, Virginia. This corporation is right down the street from several acronym agencies, has developed special tools for the FBI and is tasked to hack into computers and phones of watch-listed individuals (WLIs) and Targeted Individuals (TIs).

May 04 08:47

More Spying, More Lying — Judge Napolitano on the NSA octopus.

The genius of the Fourth Amendment is that it serves as a two-edged sword. By requiring probable cause before judges can issue warrants to agents for surveillance, the amendment both protects the privacy of those uninvolved in wrongdoing by leaving them alone and compels federal agents to focus their appetite for intelligence and their need for evidence on only those they legitimately feel may have done wrong. In the meantime, Trump knows that he has been the victim of overzealous and unlawful surveillance, and we can expect during the debate over renewal of Section 702 that he will have a more sober and constitutional view of all this than his predecessors have; and that may bring about more freedom and more safety.

May 04 08:30

Active TB Increases in Minnesota; 90 Percent Foreign-Born, 11 Refugees Diagnosed Overseas Before Arrival

The number of active tuberculosis (TB) cases diagnosed in Minnesota increased 12 percent in 2016 to 168, up from 150 one year earlier, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program’s Quarterly Surveillance Report, October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
Ninety percent of these 168 cases (152 of 168) were foreign-born, significantly higher than the national 2016 average of 67.9 percent of active TB cases that were foreign-born.

Fourteen of these 168 cases, or 9 percent were diagnosed within the first year in the United States of the 2,635 refugees who were resettled in Minnesota in FY 2016. The majority of these refugees came from two high TB burden countries: 1,195 came from Somalia, and 653 came from Burma, according to the State Department’s interactive website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this scourge was allowed to be visited upon the people of Minnesota by a tone-deaf, and thoroughly immoral US government, is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

May 04 08:25

Breaking. Russia Setting Up Military Installations in Northeastern Syria, in YPG-Held Area

A number of Russian troops and vehicles have entered the area of the Afrin Canton controlled by fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to photos and videos appearing online.

Pro-Kurdish media activists speculate that the Russian military is going to set up a military base or even a “joint military base” in the YPG-held area near the border with Turkey.

According to more neutral sources, Russian military servicemen are setting up two posts near the border in order to monitor possible clashes between Kurdish militias and the Turkish military.

This comes amid increasing US military activity along the Syrian-Turkish border. According to Kurdish sources in northeastern Syria, US troops have been patrolling the Kurdish-held areas bordering Turkey. Thus, US troops are a buffer force that should prevent Ankara from combating Kurdish militias in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before US and Russian ground troops start to confront each other in Syria; and then, what?!?!?

May 04 08:22

Israel’s Outrage Du Jour: Denying Palestinian Boy Terror Victim’s Rights After He Survived Incineration of His Family

Yesterday brought not one outrage du jour, but two from Israel. Defense minister Avigdor Lieberman denied 8 year-old Ahmed Dawabshe’s application for the official compensation offered all Israeli Jewish terror victims. The little boy’s father, mother and baby brother were all burned to death by Jewish settler terrorists. The attackers haven’t even been tried yet for their crimes though it is nearly two years since the crime.

Lieberman claimed Israel could not recognize Dawabsheh as a terror victim because he’s not an Israeli citizen. Note, that the Jewish settlers who incinerated both his parents and baby brother live right next door to him in the occupied West Bank and are Israeli citizens. Yet he is not and so is denied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Genocide and assassinations have been "normalized" by Israeli settlers as their "rights" against those pesky Palestinians, whose only "crimes" are...that they are still breathing, as happened with this eight year old kid, whose family had done absolutely nothing to them.

May 04 08:05

America’s Endless Afghan War

News this week that 300 Marines have returned to Helmand Province in Afghanistan recalls the failed surge of 2009-10, when roughly 20,000 Marines beat back the Taliban in the region, only to see those “fragile” gains quickly turn to “reversible” ones (to cite the infamous terms of General David Petraeus, architect of that surge).

While fragility and reversibility characterize American progress, the Taliban continues to make real progress. According to today’s report at FP: Foreign Policy, “the Taliban controls or contests about 40 percent of the districts in the country, 16 years after the U.S. war there began.” Meanwhile, in January and February more than 800 Afghan troops were killed fighting the Taliban, notes Foreign Policy, citing a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction. That’s a high figure given that fighting abates during the winter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF NATO High Command and the US government had two brain cells to rub together, (and the Afghani opium poppies weren't so damned profitable), the logical step here would be to leave Afghanistan as quickly as it was safe for US and NATO troops to do so, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for pipeline and mineral rights.

But, of course, THAT...would be logical; and there is no military metric whatsoever by which, 16 years on, either US nor NATO leadership can possibly "declare victory" in this insane war.

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