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Feb 05 21:00

REP ADAM SCHIFF’S Shocking Ties to George Soros Revealed [Video]

The far left and the Deep State are all intertwined in an incestuous relationship. As it turns out, George Soros was instrumental in helping fund Rep. Adam Schiff’s political career. Schiff was bankrolled by Soros’ organization MoveOn.org and Open Society Foundations:

https://patriotbeat.com/2018/02/06/well-well-well-look-who-adam-schiff...

Feb 05 19:42

Will The Conspiracy Against Trump and American Democracy Go Unpunished?

Dear Readers: This is one of the most important articles I have written, along with this one: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/02/02/nuclear-posture-review/. If the Russiagate conspiracy against Trump and American democracy goes unpunished, accountable government in the United States will cease to exist. US security agencies have long been involved in coups against foreign governments. Now they are involved in one against America. There is great danger that Republicans are so worshipful of “national security” and so determined to protect the reputation of the US government that they will give a pass to the high officials who participated in a conspiracy against the United States.

Feb 05 15:53

FLASHBACK - FBI Agents raid gas station mural depicting President Obama, Jesus

... a local gas station, owned by Abe Ayad, was raided by FBI agents last week because of images Mr. Ayad displayed in his store depicting President Obama and Jesus.

Ayad allowed Channel 5 access to his store's surveillance camera footage, showing what appear to be around a dozen FBI agents bursting into the store....

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear FBI. Please re-read that First Amendment.

Feb 05 11:56

Lebanon will be blown back to the ‘Stone Age,’ Minister Katz warns

Echoing messages conveyed to Iran and Hezbollah by the prime minister and IDF spokesperson, the transportation minister tells Ynet that ‘Israel has set a red line—it won’t allow Lebanon to become a factory for the production of precision-guided missiles for Iran’; Education Minister Bennett clarifies: ‘If missiles are fired from Lebanon, Nasrallah will become Lebanon’s destroyer.’

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday warned Hezbollah that Lebanon would go back to “the Stone Age” and maybe even to “the age of cavemen” if it turned into an Iranian factory of precision-guided weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does this Israeli accusation appear to have all the trappings (and "total lack of proof" look like President Bush's claim that "Iraq had weapons of Mass Destruction"?!?

The intelligent thing for Israel to have done (as a Member of the UN, as is Lebanon, and as is Iran), was to request the UN weapons agency, and the IAEA teams to reach an agreement to inspect Lebanon's alleged "Iranian Weapons factories" to see if these accusations hold water.

Of course, the Israeli government isn't using these threats as a means for creating a peaceful, reasoned resolution to their fears; these threats are simply a prelude to the coming war against Lebanon and Hezbollah.

But one really has to wonder; will the coming Israeli/Lebanon war about these alleged "Iranian weapons factories here, or about a disputed oil tender the Lebanese have put out over underseas natural gas deposits which Israel claims as its own?!? As reported a couple of days ago by newsweek.com:

MIDDLE EAST’S NEXT OIL WAR? ISRAEL THREATENS LEBANON OVER HEZBOLLAH AND NATURAL GAS

Feb 05 11:48

Israeli authorities knock down part of Bedouin school in West Bank

Israeli authorities on Sunday tore down two EU-funded classrooms that were part of a school for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank because they said they were built illegally.

Palestinians condemned the move.

Israeli authorities say such demolitions carry out court rulings against unauthorised building by Palestinians. Palestinians see it as part of a broader move to seize land for potential Jewish settlement expansion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any building in the West Bank which is NOT built by/for Israeli-only settlers only, is considered "illegal", and treated as such by the Israeli government.

Feb 05 11:32

Ankara vows revenge as 7 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Syria’s Afrin

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank lost in Ankara’s ongoing military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The casualties marked the deadliest day for Turkey since the offensive began.

Five servicemen died in fighting near the settlement of Sheikh Haruz located north-east of Afrin, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement issued by Turkey’s General Staff. The soldiers were killed as a Turkish tank came under attack, it said.

Earlier, the General Staff also reported about the death of two other Turkish soldiers. One was killed in clashes with local armed groups on Syrian territory, while another lost his life during an attack by what Ankara described as “terrorist groups” in Turkey's Kilis province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in heaven's name were the Turks thinking, that the Kurdish people inside Northern Syria were going to welcome them with flowers, as they were bombing the hell out of Syria?!?

And here's a companion headline of note, which may be one of the sources of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's ire:

Turkey sustains growing losses in Syria Invasion

Feb 05 11:26

Massive Pentagon agency lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars

One of the Pentagon’s largest agencies can't account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending, a leading accounting firm says in an internal audit obtained by POLITICO that arrives just as President Donald Trump is proposing a boost in the military budget.

Ernst & Young found that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects, just one of a series of examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment. Across the board, its financial management is so weak that its leaders and oversight bodies have no reliable way to track the huge sums it's responsible for, the firm warned in its initial audit of the massive Pentagon purchasing agent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; this is the same government which demands to know where you spent every penny, but cannot manage to find 800 million dollars spent by the US military.

I want to see a forensic accounting review on this missing money, before the US military is awarded one more cent!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Feb 05 11:22

RON PAUL: WHAT THE FBI/FISA MEMO REALLY TELLS US ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT

The release of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process set off a partisan firestorm. The Democrats warned us beforehand that declassifying the memo would be the end the world as we know it. It was reckless to allow Americans to see this classified material, they said. Agents in the field could be harmed, sources and methods would be compromised, they claimed.

Republicans who had seen the memo claimed that it was far worse than Watergate. They said that mass firings would begin immediately after it became public. They said that the criminality of US government agencies exposed by the memo would shock Americans.

Then it was released and the world did not end. FBI agents have thus far not been fired. Seeing “classified” material did not terrify us, but rather it demonstrated clearly that information is kept from us by claiming it is “classified.”

In the end, both sides got it wrong. Here’s what the memo really shows us:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this moment, and considering myself a reasonably responsible adult, I have absolutely zero faith in any element of the US government.

Elections are not about the qualities and beliefs of the individuals running for office, but about which ones are better trusted (and funded, overtly and covertly) by corporations, to be most committed to the existing status quo of allowing corporations to run absolutely roughshod over the American consumer, in terms of quality of product; pricing; and limited liability, or zero liability for their products, like software.

Yes, in this country, we have those 4 year, illusory, Kabuki-like spectacles of national elections in this country; but in the end, it is always the thoroughly vetted, war-centric, corporate-centric, Deep State-obeying candidates who generally win, no matter what We the People want;so real change, where we actually have a government which listens and responds to the needs and concerns of its people, cannot possibly happen.

It is utterly maddening to me that the Candidate Trump we saw on the election trail, one thinking about rapprochement with countries like China and Russia, and disengaging from these draining, horrific wars in which the US military is thoroughly mired, is not the President Trump we have in the White House.

He has been totally turned against peace and negotiations as the chief weapons of American statescraft, into one of the most terrifyingly sabre-wrattling, weapons-peddling Presidents in current history, to the point of having State Department officials shill for American weaponry at foreign air shows:

U.S. State Department official to promote military sales at Singapore show

US Delegation pitches arms sales in China's Backyard

Forgive me, but since when was it consided ethically proper, and morally correct, to send government officials to peddle the wares of America's Merchants of Death and Destruction?!?

The short, pragmatic answer is, since the world doesn't want to buy shoddily made American goods, or software, or, God forbid, our disease-inducing GMO-laden food, it appears... that our weaponry is the only thing foreign countries want to buy, when even that, too has a hard time competing with Russian or Chinese weaponry that is very well made, and does't cost anywhere near as much as its US competition.

Feb 05 10:42

INTERNATIONAL ARMS WATCHDOG FINDS THAT MOST ISIS WEAPONRY WAS PURCHASED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SAUDI ARABIA BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO OPPOSITION FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

A significant proportion of the weapons examined were unauthorised for retransfer, meaning that they had End User Clauses for US and Saudi military or police use that were quickly violated, not even being shipped to their country of authorised usage in many cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war criminality of the US government, in enabling and abetting this transfer of weapons, is truly staggering.

Feb 05 10:39

WATCH: HERO DAD SAVES 30 PEOPLE FROM GUNMAN – COPS SHOW UP AND SHOOT HIM

The man who should be celebrated as a hero for saving his wife, daughter, and at least 30 strangers from an armed gunman during an attempted robbery, is now recovering from a gunshot wound after police arrived at the scene and shot him.

Mike Becker, 31, told the Kansas City Star that he grabbed his handgun and rushed to the local Dollar General after he received a call from his wife saying that she, their 4-year-old daughter, and several other customers in the store were being threatened by a man with a gun.

While the customers huddled together in the back of the store, Becker’s wife hid their daughter behind bags of dog food. When Becker arrived, he said he found the gunman outside, pounding on the glass door.

“The only thing in my mind was my baby and wife,” Becker said, describing how he intervened and put his body between the gunman and the glass. “There was no way the gunman was getting in that store.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If THIS is how police in Independence, Kansas, interpret "to protect and serve", residents of this town need to vote with their feet, and get out that city PERMANENTLY,remove its tax base, and get the kids out of their public schools immediately.

Feb 05 10:33

TURKEY WARNS US TROOPS IN NORTHERN SYRIA MAY BE TARGETED BY ITS ARMED FORCES

Last week we reported that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now "fair game" in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am hoping - and praying - for, is that this major escalation in tensions, and the war of words, between DC and Ankara, does NOT mean that our troops in Syria are being considered "sacrificial lambs" by this administration, to be used as a pretext and justification, to establish a wider US footprint in Syria.

Remember: regime change in Damascus is ultimately the issue to which this Administration keeps stubbornly clinging like a tick, no matter how high military and civilian casualties might be in pursuance of that goal.

I just have to wonder at what point Russia, which was invited by the Syria govenment to get rid of its jihadis will say "NYET!!" to a further American invasion of this sovereign country, and what actual steps may be taken by the Russians to prevent this from happening.

Because if the game plan by DC is to engage Russia in Syria militarily, it is obviously a game plan which was never thoroughy vetted, or thought through, with any degree if intellectual rigor.

Feb 05 10:19

U.S. CONSIDERS CUTTING VENEZUELAN OIL IMPORTS, AS PRE-SALES OF "PETRO" CRYPTOCURRENCY LOOMS

Washington may be nearing a decision on extending sanctions against Venezuela to include imports of Venezuelan crude and exports of U.S. refined products to the troubled South American country.

That’s what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a visit to Argentina, adding that “One of the aspects of considering sanctioning oil is what effect would it have on the Venezuelan people? Is it a step that might bring this to an end more rapidly?”

Current sanctions target separate individuals from the Nicolas Maduro government as well as a ban on U.S. banks and other institutions buying Venezuelan debt. Venezuela has traditionally been an important exporter of oil to the United States, which made Washington wary of playing the oil import ban card.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an attempt, pre-Venezuelan elections, to slam the Venezuelan economy into an economic hole from which it cannot escape, and drive the quality of life here to include even more misery than it's people are already experiencing.

I am quite certain, come the next elections here (happening on April 30th of this year), that the US is backing it's "favorite son" candidate with money, illegal votes, and expecting the returned promise that Venezuela's oil will only be sold to the multinational companies of which the US government approves, and only sold in US dollars.

Feb 05 09:50

SECRET HOUSE MEMO RELEASED: THE FALLOUT, THE LIES, AND THE BIGGER PICTURE

That’s a lot more spying than three warrants granted by a FISA court to surveil the Trump team. But you’re supposed to look at the warrants and how they were obtained, and not look at the wall-to-wall spying on every American.

You’re supposed to get embroiled in the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee vs. the Democrat members, as they fling accusations at each other.

You’re not supposed to realize the NSA already has thousands of Trump-related documents, illegally obtained over a long period of time, as well as Obama-related documents, and documents on anybody and everybody who communicates electronically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The use of this false information was engineered to create a coup d'etat, and topple the legitimately elected President of the United States, utilizing weaponized disinfo, courtesy of the (alleged) DOJ (Democrat's Office of Juggernauts and FBI. (the Federal Bureau of Political Intrigue).

Thinking Americans should be outraged and disgusted at this travesty, and how it came to be.

The FBI and DOJ should be collectively sacked and reconstructed through the appointment of people who do not allow their political bias affect their work, period, end of discussion.

Feb 05 09:35

Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice - sources

Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Equifax (EFX.N) said in September that hackers stole personal data it had collected on some 143 million Americans. Richard Cordray, then the CFPB director, authorized an investigation that month, said former officials familiar with the probe.

But Cordray resigned in November and was replaced by Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget chief. The CFPB effort against Equifax has sputtered since then, said several government and industry sources, raising questions about how Mulvaney will police a data-warehousing industry that has enormous sway over how much consumers pay to borrow money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: has this guy been bribed, or threatened, or has he simply decided that this company is TBTF (too big to fail), should a thorough investigation be allowed?!?

Feb 05 09:31

CHINA TO STAMP OUT CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING COMPLETELY WITH BAN ON FOREIGN PLATFORMS

China is to block all websites related to cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including foreign platforms – in a bid to finally quash the market completely.

“To prevent financial risks, China will step up measures to remove any onshore or offshore platforms related to virtual currency trading or ICOs,” said an article published on Sunday night by Financial News, a publication affiliated to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

The article acknowledged that recent attempts to stamp out digital currencies by shutting down domestic exchanges had failed to completely eradicate trading.

“ICOs and virtual currency trading did not completely withdraw from China following the official ban … after the closure of the domestic virtual currency exchanges, many people turned to overseas platforms to continue participating in virtual currency transactions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how well this ban holds,and how it will effect other international traders in this currency which appear to have fully embraced its legitimacy.

Feb 04 18:02

Nunes memo = ONGOING .01% treason to overthrow presidential election AFTER overthrowing Bernie’s primary win DURING lie-started illegal Wars of Aggression murdering thousands of US military and millions of civilians + looting trillions from Americans

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Treason: the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or be consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies. ~ legal dictionary

You can read the Nunes 4-page memo with helpful analyses here, here, and here. Here’s a sharp 5-minute overview from The Truth Factory:

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) says he will lead a formal request for treason charges against former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Is treason an exaggeration?

No.

It’s long overdue, and the most comprehensively accurate title of ongoing .01% crimes against Americans and all the world’s inhabitants.
Overthrowing the primary election to kill Bernie Sanders

Feb 04 15:33

Study: 'Anti-vaxxers' often believe other conspiracy theories

This story is a great example of MSM disinformation and propaganda.
Every crime they commit is just a Conspiracy theory!

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 -- Think vaccines aren't safe? If so, you might also believe that Princess Diana was murdered.

That's the finding of new research into the relationship between conspiracy theory beliefs and anti-vaccination attitudes.

http://www.trueactivist.com/16-conspiracy-theories-that-turned-out-to-...
https://www.indy100.com/article/seven-bizarre-conspiracy-theories-whic...
https://listverse.com/2017/08/18/top-10-conspiracy-theories-that-were-...
And on and on!

Feb 04 10:19

YES, SERIOUSLY: NESTLÉ EXECUTIVE CONFIRMED TO SEAT ON MAINE BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

As if Mainers needed evidence their state government prefers corporate interests over the will of the people, Governor Paul LePage horrified residents already infuriated over the company’s Poland Spring bottling operations by nominating none other than Nestlé Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois — deemed “Nestlé Waters’ public face in Maine” by local media — for a spot on Maine’s Environmental Protection Board, which the Republican-held legislature subsequently confirmed on January 25.

Feb 03 11:51

US is in talks with Turkey about Manbij: Mattis

The United States is in talks with Turkey about Manbij, Syria, but it is not the right time to discuss it publicly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Feb. 2.

"I am not going to discuss [it] right now," Mattis told reporters at a news conference. "It is simply not the right time to do this in the public square."

Mattis was referring to Turkey’s plan to launch a military operation in the strategically important northern city as part of Operation Olive Branch.

Manbij lies northeast of Aleppo but just south of the Turkish border. Washington has voiced concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Manbij amid Turkey's ongoing operation in northeastern Syria.

There are about 2,000 American soldiers in Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that these talks will ratchet down the tension here, but it is hard to know what will ultimately be decided.

The one think I am hoping and praying that doesn't happen is that these US troops not be used as "sacrificial lambs", toward a greater US footprint in Syria, which means we will be looking at being at war with Russia also.

Feb 03 11:41

Can The Impending Collapse Of Russiagate Halt The Slide Toward A Nuclear 1914?

During the first Cold War between the US and the USSR, there was a general sense that a World War III was, in a word, unthinkable. As summed up by Ronald Reagan: “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Then, it was understood that all-out war, however it started, meant massed ICBMs over the North Pole and the “end of civilization as we know it.”

Not anymore. What was unthinkable in the old Cold War has become all-too-thinkable in the new one between the US and Russia. As described by veteran arms control inspector Scott Ritter, in analyzing a draft of the 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the US threshold for the use of nuclear weapons has become dangerously low:

The 2018 NPR has a vision of nuclear conflict that goes far beyond the traditional imagery of mass missile launches.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this shift in US war and nuclear-deployment policy doesn't terrify you completely, please read this again.

Feb 03 11:33

Amazon Patents Ultrasonic Tracking Wristbands To Control Workers

Amazon is seeking to boost worker efficiency through a new set of patents squarely aimed at improving its inventory management system using radio frequency based tracking of a worker’s hand to monitor their performance of inventory tasks.

Of course, the only thing more troubling than robots replacing human workers is the idea of robots tracking human workers’ hands, but i) there are profit margins to be optimized and ii) this is the same concept of being under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, it just happens that Amazon wants to put the device on the worker’s wrist.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Feb 03 11:19

Nunes: FISA Memo Just "Phase One," Now Targeting State Department In "Phase Two"

Committee is currently in the middle of investigating the State Department over their involvement in surveillance abuses.

"We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this," said Nunes.

"That investigation is ongoing and we continue work towards finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia investigation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that Nunez, and those looking at corruption in both the DOJ and State Department, are collectively wearing their Kevlar undies.

And that train "accident" last week?!? Should it have killed a number of Republican Representives, it might have led the way for special elections in the states of those killed, and turned the tide toward a Democratic-run House and Senate in 2019.

Feb 03 11:10

The Nuclear Posture Review: The World Will Not Survive the American Neoconservatives’ Doctrine of US World Hegemony

A report from the House Intelligence Committee was released that is proof that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice (sic), and the Democratic National Committee are engaged in a conspiracy against American democracy and the President of the United States with the full support of the presstitute media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know if the NPR scares the crud out of you; but it certainly does for me!!

Feb 03 11:02

America’s Cascading Disaster in Afghanistan

Cascading disaster is an apt term for the US military’s strategy in Afghanistan, which involves the indiscriminate killing of terrorist leaders, whether Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS or whatever else.

In addition to heavily underreported civilian casualties, US military strikes increase the ferocity of those terrorist outfits. Not just because those outfits want to show the world how strong they are. There is another element which arguably is even worse, as it is virtually impossible to reverse. Each “neutralized” leader leaves a power void within his organization and a number of usually younger and more ruthless members start fighting among each other to take over – with cruelty and spectacular attacks obviously being stronger “election” arguments than a “softy” willingness and capacity for peaceful dialogue.

Feb 03 10:58

US Airstrikes in Yemen Have Increased Sixfold Under Trump

With the Saudi invasion of Yemen turning sour and causing a humanitarian disaster, and the US having withdrawn most of its troops from the country early in that invasion, US officials have largely sought to downplay their military involvement in Yemen.

In reality, however, the number of US airstrikes being carried out has increased precipitously since President Trump took office, with 21 airstrikes on Yemen reported in 2016, and a more than sixfold increase leaving the 2017 figure at 131 strikes. 10 have been reported so far in January of 2018, suggesting that the escalation continues.

The strikes are theoretically targeted at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, though in practice with US troops in Yemen only “intermittently,” according to the Pentagon’s own accounting, it’s difficult to see how officials could know with any certainty what is being targeted by US warplanes, beyond being remote areas where such factions are believed to be operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Presidents Barak Obama and Donald Trump now have one thing in common, both blood-soaked, and vile, besides having been - and being President; responsibility for colluding in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

I remember years ago, as a kid, having swallowed the koolade of "America cannot, and would never do, something morally wrong" to another country.

Now, as an adult, and evaluating the global deteriorization demonstrated by world events and falling standards of living,, I am seeing massive US government military interventions through which to expropiateother country's natural resources to which this country has absolutely no moral right; regime change of governments, to make those governments more western-centric, and to insure that those resourcesm are only sold in US dollars.

The images I am about to present are absolutely "lose your lunch" real, graphic, and absolutely ugly, which it comes to Yemen; but I have absolutely no choice but to continue linking to them until the carnage in Yemen stops.

Images: Yemeni children getting killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-military enabled Saudi Bombing Runs

Due to Us/ Saudi blockades on Yemeni ports, food cannot get into the county; as a consequence children are starving to death from these blockades.
Images: Yemeni children starving to death, due to US/Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

And now, Yemenis are dying from diptheria and cholera, because there is scarce little medication to treat them. the kids you see in this video may be the lucky ones, who are getting treatment in time. Video:children being treated for cholera

I would like to remind our readers that this is being done in your names, and with your tax dollars. We need to have a blunt, and honest, national conversation about why the US government is in collusion with Saudi Arabia in this genocide against the Yemeni people.

Feb 03 10:15

TRUMP SAYS IT WILL BE HARD TO UNIFY COUNTRY WITHOUT A ‘MAJOR EVENT’

Hours before his first State of the Union, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness” and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans.

Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, Trump actually made these statements, then I am definitely feeling the cold chill of a US-engineered "false flag", running down my back like icewater from hell, to be blamed on the "villian du jour", (pick one: Syria; North Korea; China; Russia; Iran; Lichtenstein (just kidding, Lichtensteinians!), and off we go...

Feb 03 10:08

NOW THAT THE MEMO IS OUT, TIME TO GET THE UNDERLYING DOCUMENTS. JUDICIAL WATCH SUES FOR RUSSIA COLLUSION FISA DOCUMENTS

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for FBI documents regarding the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant application submitted to – and responses from – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to alleged collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)).

Judicial Watch filed suit in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia after the agency rejected a July 19, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My hat is off to Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch; these people have "male attributes" of titanium, which click loudly when they walk!!

Feb 03 10:06

BUYING CITIZENSHIP IS A $7 BILLION INDUSTRY

If you have lots of money, you can buy a citizenship in many different countries. The cheapest passport will run you $45,000, from the African island nation of Comoros. In this interesting short video I learned that if you can spare 1.15 million euros, Malta will sell you citizenship and a passport that allows you to work and live anywhere in the European Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I was perusing this article, I thought: what are the countries in which one can buy citizenship most cheaply?!?

And believe it or not, there are actual lists out there of these countries.

Cheapest Countries in which you can buy a Second Citizenship

Countries which sell Instand Citizenship, or passports

Where are the cheapest countries to buy citizenship?!?

Feb 03 09:58

VIDEO: MSNBC GUEST CALLS FOR REVOLUTION AGAINST TRUMP AMID FISA MEMO RELEASE

MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch called for a revolution in the streets after Trump released the Nunes memo Friday.

Deutsch, a former talk show host and frequent guest on MSNBC, says Trump is owned by Putin and that our Democracy is under siege.

He’s right. It’s under siege and Trump is taking it back!

“People need to start taking to the streets,” Deutsch barked, calling Trump a dictator.

Continuing his bizarre rant, Deutsch said, “We need a revolution at this point and I’m not doing T.V. here, this is what’s going on. I want to know what the people of this country are going to do if Rosenstein is fired. We can’t take this sitting down.”

He goes on to angrily admit, “Trump is winning. He’s winning kids. This crazy, wacky guy is winning. Half of the country thinks the media totally lies. At this point, 44% of this country doesn’t trust the FBI.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, it's official: this guy has lost his reality licence.

The truth of the business is, the presstitutes lie to forward the Deep State's agenda; and anyone with any brains who believes that the FBI has not been infected with politicization and corruption had better put on their reality glasses, and take a good, hard look at what is going on.

Feb 03 09:30

Russian fighter jet 'shot down' in Syria's Idlib province

A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area near Idlib in north Syria, reports say.

The pilot was said to have ejected before the crash and been captured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning wreckage on the ground, with a red star on a wing.

Russia has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.

Syrian government troops launched a major offensive around Idlib in late December, backed by Russian jets. The UN says some 100,000 civilians have been displaced.

The fate of the pilot has not yet been confirmed, nor which group shot his plane down or captured him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; who is really responsible for the shoot-down, and with what was it done, in light of the fact that no group has yet claimed responsibility?!?

We now have a update, courtesy of Zerohedge.com, as follows:

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down by Syrian Rebles, pilot Reportedly Killed

I am having to wonder if, perhaps, the rebels who shot down this plane were US backed, and if that might have been what gave them the firepower to successfully bring down the Russian warplane; this hasn't happened since 2015. (Warning: very graphic tweets at the end of this article.

If, in fact, this was a US-sponsored and armed rebel group, the situation in Syria is just about to get a great deal more volatile than it already is.

Feb 03 09:24

Pentagon acknowledges Russia is developing a 'doomsday' nuclear-armed torpedo

Russia is developing a new underwater torpedo with a nuclear warhead described as a “doomsday weapon,” according to a new Defense Department report.

The Pentagon quietly acknowledged that Russia is developing a “Status-6” system for the first time ever on Friday with a 74-page report.

The Nuclear Posture Reviewdescribed a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo,” which could be deployed from beneath a submarine.

But Pavel Podvig, an arms control expert, told NPR the Status-6 system might not even exist.

He floated the possibility that the graphic, showing a non-existent nuclear delivery system, was deliberately included in the broadcast as a ploy for Russia to flex some military might.

But Podvig also warned it might not all be smoke and mirrors. “My best guess is that there is a project to design an underwater vehicle with a purpose, unknown at this point. There is something there,” he told NPR.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Pentagon's "proof" that this exists is allegedly only a graphic shown on Russian television, with Putin looking on?!?

This is yet another pitiful attempt by the Pentagon to get itself more money, when the money it spends now has virtually no oversight.

Theoretically, the Pentagon will be undergoing its first audit this year.

Pentagon announces its first audit

The article goes on to state: "The Defense Department has famously never been audited, despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars annually and having more than $2.2 trillion in assets.

To be honest, I do not one more cent spent on the Pentagon until it has undergone a forensic audit which documents where every cent in its budget has gone.

Feb 02 20:36

The FISA Memo is Just the Beginning of Fighting the Swamp

The FISA MEMO was released by the White House today. Completely unredacted. The fight to keep this memo out of the public eye has been intense. And since it’s existence was made known it has clarified our domestic politics in a way that few objects ever have.

Time to put on our pointy shoes and start kickin’.

Feb 02 20:33

The FISA Memo, Obama and the Election that Almost Wasn’t

They knew the dossier on Trump, compiled by Michael Steele, was unverifiable. They hid its origin and motivation from the court. The information from this warrant and the details of the dossier were used to move public opinion and Congress into supporting Robert Mueller’s investigation.

But, to what end?

To disgrace and force from office the President of the United States. Thus, these people, and the leadership of the Democratic Party, President Obama himself and Hillary Clinton’s staff all conspired to criminally disenfranchise more than 60 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump.

Feb 02 12:42

Trump prepared for military action in Syria to deter chemical attacks: Officials  

Senior US officials have claimed President Donald Trump is prepared to launch a military action if necessary against the Syrian government which they say is possibly developing new types of chemical weapons.

The officials on Thursday said the government of Syrian Bashar al-Assad saved a part of chemical weapons stockpile despite a US-Russian deal under which Damascus had agreed to hand over all such weapons for destruction.

The government surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. The deal was negotiated by Russia and the United States.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Washington, DC, that Syrian armed forces "evolved" their chemical weapons and made continued occasional use of them in smaller amounts since April 2017. But they declined to provide specific details.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have I have a really lousy feeling about this.

Why is the US government flogging this old dead horse now, and reattaching it to some form of alleged-credibility life support, as an excuse to attack Syria?!?

The optics of such a claim, considering what happened the last time such a claim was made by a sitting US President, are pretty lame.

Unless there is ironclad proof that this has actually gone on, verified a zillion times by experts in this area, I will not believe, or buy this, for a second. It is only propaganda, engineered to forward an agenda; a partition of the country, plain and simple.

But the timing for this claim dovetails into another reality here: Turkey invaded Syria just about a week ago. They first went through Afrin, and are heading to Manbij, Syria, where American troops are embedded with Kurdish troops. General Votel has stated that he is not evacuating these troops.

IF Turkey attacks even one US military member here, it may well have hell to pay for such an action, and there is no sign of negotiation between the Turks and the US government. US military will not leave the city about to be attacked in Syria

I hope and pray, that our troops remain safe, and do not become "sacrificial lambs" here; but should any of them be killed or wounded, my sense is that, between the bogus US government claim that Syria is producing more chemical weapons, coupled with a number of US military casualties, courtesy of the Turkish invasion of Syria, President Trump will take to the air soon, and claim that we are invading Syria "to protect the Syrian people."

Feb 02 12:11

Obama State Dept Secretly Distributed Its Own "Dossier" To Undermine Trump, FOIA Docs Reveal

Watchdog group Judicial Watch released 42 pages of heavily redacted State Department documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which reveal that the Obama State Department provided Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) a "dossier of classified information on Russia" in order to undermine President Trump, according to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“These documents show the Obama State Department under John Kerry gathered and sent its own dossier of classified information on Russia to Senator Ben Cardin, a political ally in the U.S. Senate, to undermine President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch will pursue information on who pulled this classified information, who authorized its release, and why was it evidently dumped just days before President Trump’s inauguration.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me thoroughy unsurprised by this revelation.

Feb 02 12:09

McCain Responds To Memo Release: "Attacks On FBI Serve Only Putin's Interests"

Senator John McCain may be on his death-bed, but that does not stop him defending the deep state and his neocon cronies in response to President Trump's declassification of 'the memo'.

In a tweeted comment, McCain responded in his ubiquitous manner:

"The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s..."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Mc Cain feels he is compelled to lie about this issue, when many Americans have just awakened to one of the most egregious betrayals of whatever faith we have left in a corrupt, and rotten Federal Government, is a watershed moment for this Republic.

Feb 02 11:47

North Korean delegation flying to Russia for talks on 'mutual cooperation

A North Korean delegation is heading to Moscow for talks on mutual cooperation, the Russian Embassy in North Korea has said.

"The delegation flew to Moscow for consultations in the Russian Foreign Ministry on the vital issues of bilateral cooperation," the embassy wrote on its Facebook page.

The sides plan to discuss joint events to be held dedicated to the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what, precisely, the North Korean delegation is hoping to get from these negotiations?!?

Will it be trade, or Russian weaponry, to help keep any potential US attack from happening.

Feb 02 11:37

White House Wants More Options for Attacking North Korea

The White House is reportedly pressing the Pentagon to provide more options for different plans for attacking North Korea militarily. Officials are said to be frustrated by the limited choices offered by the Pentagon, and want more different options.

Said to be at the head of this push for more options is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who is telling President Trump that for his repeated threats to attack North Korea to be credible, the US needs to have even more plans to attack them.

Pentagon officials are said to be averse to providing any more options than they already had, saying they believe the White House is scrambling to hastily toward war in the first place. They say the more options they give Trump, the bigger the risk he’d use one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; you have exasperated the patience of thinking, peace-centric Americans with your fixation on North Korea.

President Trump, it is painfully obvious that the Candidate Trump those of you who supported you thought we were actually getting, is not the President Trump we have.

Somehow, it appears that you have, indeed become one with the "Dark Side of the Force", and have been thoroughly overtaken, philosophically, by that unholy triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, "your President Whisperers".

And most generally, these gentlemen tend to see war as the only option with which to resolve this country's geopolitical differences.

And to the Pentagon officials who are uncomfortable about giving the President more options on North Korea, and are calling for restraint and caution, bravo!

I do not believe in 68 years of existence on this planet, that I have ever had anything remotely positive to say about the Pentagon; however, that being said, in this instance, I feel compelled to say that this was a sound decision on their part.

They know full well that such an act may well threaten a world war, pitting North Korea, China, and Russia, against the US and NATO.

And the US military is absolutely not ready for such a war; they do not have the money, manufacturing, troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome here.

We have lived with nuclear powers we may not well like much, like India and Pakistan; but that is just the point.

Kim Jong Un is developing his weapons, and nuclear capabilities as a deterrent only; the guy is many things, but one of them is not stupid.

He fully understands that should he attack the US or any of its assets, North Korea would be turned into molten glass by a US-lead counterstrike.

Feb 02 11:14

State Department to Send Ambassador to Singapore to Sell F-35 Warplanes

Starting early next week, the Singapore Airshow is a big place for international arms deals to go down. US arms makers like Lockheed and Raytheon are responsible for some of the largest such deals, but finding buyers isn’t always easy.

The US State Department has apparently decided that selling Lockheed planes isn’t just Lockheed’s job, it’s the American diplomatic corps’ job, and is sending Ambassador Tina Kaidanow to the airshow specifically to drum up sales of the F-35.

The huge, costly Lockheed planes aren’t exactly flying off the shelves, and the State Department says this would be a good test case for the administration’s new policy of having officials take the lead in securing arms sales for major US companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Ambassador Kaidanow feels about shilling for one of the US's top Merchants of Death, Lockheed Corpoation!!!

Feb 02 11:07

NATO warships looking for opportunity to break Crimea's defence

It should be noted that the Duncan destroyer and the Gaziantep frigate have reserve places for Mk.41 vertical take-off missile launchers. These are unified installations that can be used to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It is also necessary to take into account the growing activity of US aerial reconnaissance. Several days ago, officials with the US Department of Defence accused a Russian pilot of a dangerous, as they believe, manoeuvre, when the pilot approached a reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force.

A Russian Su-27 approached EP-3 Aries reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force in neutral airspace over the Black Sea. The Russian fighter jet manoeuvred at close range in various positions, being "five feet" (1.5 m) from the right wing of the EP-3. Such manoeuvres are unsafe, officials with the 6th US Fleet said. The Pentagon was so impressed with the manoeuvre it has published five videos of the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though NATO is playing piccador here, and is spoiling for a fight; so I strongly caution NATO to please be very careful what it wishes for, in its aggressive behaviour against the Russian military.

Feb 02 11:00

GOP case: FBI probe based on tainted evidence linked to Clinton

Congressional Republicans are seeking to make the case that the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and possible collusion with Russia was based on flawed or politically tainted evidence connected to partisans loyal to Hillary Clinton.

The House Intelligence Committee memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that is the talk of Washington will be at the center of the argument. The release of that four-page memo is expected as early as Friday.

Another document — an eight-page criminal referral filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — is also part of the GOP case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read the memo here, and decide for yourselves what was going on:

The "So-Called" Nunes Memo

Feb 02 10:54

CALIFORNIA OVERREACTS AND PRESUMES EVERY HOMESCHOOLING PARENT IS A CHILD ABUSER

California is seeking to treat homeschool families as presumptive child abusers. Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require homeschool parents to prove — through home visits, interviews, and other government oversight — that indeed the parent is not abusive if they choose to exercise a legally protected and valid option for school choice. This measure would shift the burden to the parent to prove to the government’s satisfaction his or her parental fitness.

This is absurdly unconstitutional.

But in light of the remarkably horrifying case of Riverside County couple David and Louise Turpin, whose 13 children were reportedly chained, malnourished, and clearly abused, the media and lawmakers have chosen to focus on one coincidental detail — the Turpins were also registered as homeschoolers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intelligent, and caring home-school providers are under threat everywhere in this country, and that ... is a damned shame.

Most home-schooled kids wind up far smarter, and far ahead, intellectually, of their public-schooled contemporaries; and that is JUST what states, and the Federal Government, loathe; a kid with the capacity for the kind of critical thinking which can see through government propaganda, and understnd the nature of its agenda, in a hearbeat.

Feb 02 10:43

NEWSWEEK HIT PIECE CALLING ORGANIC FOOD A 'SCAM' AUTHORED BY KNOWN MONSANTO PROPAGANDIST

Monsanto, the megalithic corporation responsible for Agent Orange and for inundating the planet with noxious PCBs for years with full knowledge the horrific damage the substances cause to the planet and its inhabitants, finds itself in hot water, again, thanks to a poorly-delivered smear campaign against organic, healthy food — that is, food growing from the ground unassisted by its chemical pesticides and herbicides.

Just as many advocates of untreated food have suspected, Monsanto was caught red-handed disguising its own anti-organic propaganda — dangerously misleading and false information warning of supposed damage wrought to the environment through non-chemical growing methods — as valid scientific opinion pieces in major news outlets whose audience reach comprises millions of readers.

“The campaign for organic food is a deceitful, expensive scam,” railed Dr. Henry I. Miller for the Hoover Institution, in a piece republished by Newsweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks to me that Newsweak... has become Monsanto's very own presstitute on this issue, bought and paid for.

We can never forget the pioneering work of Professor Giles-Eric Seralini and his research team at the University of Caan in France. His studies demonstrated, incontrovertibly, and with intense physical documentation, that rats who ate Monsanto's GMO corn, saturated wtih Roundup, died of horrific physical abnormalities, due to the use of Monsanto products.

Then, Monsanto the influenced a journal to retract Seralini's report.

Following the retraction, Seralini sued for defamation, and won:

Seralini wins defamation lawsuit.

Feb 02 10:38

The Plot to Overthrow the President and Enslave the People…by the U.S. Government

With everything you’ve seen thus far from the State of the Union address, the Democrat-Progressives, and Left-leaning Republicans are arraying themselves against the President. Never have so many movie stars, oligarchs, and media mouthpieces threatened the President of the United States with bodily harm (veiled, or overtly) without repercussions. Soon the FISA memorandum will be made public. The makings of a true civil war are formulating before our very eyes.

Feb 02 10:32

ALABAMA COMMITTEE PASSES BILL TO HELP ENCOURAGE USE OF GOLD AND SILVER AS MONEY

An Alabama Senate committee has passed a bill that would exempt the sale of gold and silver bullion from state sales and use tax, encouraging its use and taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) introduced Senate Bill 156 (SB156) on Jan. 11. The legislation would exempt the gross proceeds from the sale of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion in the form of bars, ingots or coins from sales and use tax in the state for five years after the date of enactment.

The Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation Education approved the measure by an 8-4 vote.

A similar bill is moving through the Alabama House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this bill passes (and I would be willing to bet you that the Federal government will come after this with hammer and tongs, to prevent such a watershed financial moment from moving forward in this country), it will spark other similar bills in other states, which is a good thing.

Feb 02 10:27

US REGULATORS FINE DEUTSCHE BANK $70MN FOR TRYING ‘TO RIG BENCHMARK RATE’

US regulators have fined Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest lender, $70 million for attempted manipulation of a global benchmark for interest-rate derivatives and other financial instruments, AFP reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But no one goes to jail for signing off on these illegal practices?!?!?

It's good to be a banking exec at Deutsche Bank, because no matter how much you tamper, and play fast and loose with the rates, you'll never have to say you're sorry, and can concentrate on inventing the next scams with impunity.

Feb 02 10:21

TILLERSON RAISES PROSPECT OF VENEZUELA MILITARY OUSTER OF MADURO

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect on Thursday that the Venezuelan military could decide to oust President Nicolas Maduro, but said he did not know whether that would happen.

In a speech at the University of Texas ahead of a five-nation Latin American tour, Tillerson insisted the Trump administration was not advocating “regime change” in Venezuela, but said it would be “easiest” if Maduro chose to leave power on his own.

Tillerson predicted there would be change of some kind in Venezuela and said the United States, which has had steadily worsening relations with the country’s Socialist government, wanted it to be a peaceful one.

Maduro, whose approval ratings are low amid a collapsing economy, runaway inflation and rising malnutrition in the oil-producing country, is seeking re-election in a vote that must be held by the end of April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about Venezuela's vast natural resouces; who controls them; and in what monetary demonination they are sold.

As reported at indexmundi.com


Venezuela's atural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds

When President Obama made a deal wih the Saudis to cut oil prices drastically, this was to throw the proverbial "monkey wrench" into the economies of Russia and Venezuela.

How the Venezuela Crisis Is the Hidden Consequence of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Price War

In the case of Russia, this just didn't work; Russia has just become more self-sufficient, and its economy is set for a rebound, even though last year's 4th quarter was a little "soggy" economically. Economic forcus: Russia

But that has not happened for Venezuela, which depends on oil sales for 95% of its revenue. Oil Prices pushing Venezuela into collapse

So you have societal collapse, coupled with punishing US sanctions, coupled with an election at the end of April.

So all conditions are ripe for yet another "color revolution", as happened in Ukraine in 2014, where the duly elected President, Yanukovich, was thrown under the proverbial bus, to enable the "annointing" of President Poroshenko.

Tillerson is being wildly disingenuous here, in attempting to "shrug off" the notion of the US wanting regime change in Venzuela.

Make no mistake; the next Venezuelan election (IF it happens), will be more crooked than a dog's hind leg, with the US government both covertly, and overtly, supporting the most pro-western candidate they can find; one who is completely comfortable with Western control of the oil, and the oil only sold in US dollars.

Feb 02 10:17

Europe Cries “Never Again” As It Repeats History of Censorship And Euthanasia

Op-Ed by Brandon Turbeville

After Europe’s tragic experience during the second world war at the hands of Nazis, many Europeans have prided themselves as being the tip of the spear of “tolerance,” “anti-racism,” and “liberal” policies. Though the horrors of the Soviets and Communism are rarely mentioned, the horrors of Hitler are repeatedly bashed upon the heads of Europeans with the requisite collective guilt and trained need to atone for the crimes their grandparents and great grandparents were allegedly responsible for. Of course, the older generation was simply cannon fodder for the great powers of their time and it was the same power structures and elitists maintaining their positions today that were responsible for the horrors on all three sides but still the general public is viewed as responsible for the atrocities committed in their name, despite risking their lives for even speaking out in dissent at the time.

Feb 02 09:42

'They Couldn't Hide all the Death.' 5 More Rohingya Mass Graves Found in Myanmar

The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts.

Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had been choosing players for the soccer-like game of chinlone when the gunfire began. They scattered from what sounded like hard rain on a tin roof. By the time the Myanmar military stopped shooting, only Kadir and two teammates were left alive.

Days later, Kadir found six of his friends among the bodies in two graves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... And the UN, as usual, is proving impotent to stop this massacre of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

To have no place to go, coupled with the possibility that you and your family may be assassinated at any moment, for absolutely no reason than your ethnicity and faith, has to be a chilling probability for any Rohingya family cursed to be living here.

And where the hell, please is Aung San Suu Kyi, a winner of the Nobel peace Prize, when you need her the most, in this crisis?!?

She has been coopted by Myanmar's military, an uber-nationalistic Buddhist movement (THAT's a contradiction in terms), and keeping her mouth shut, just to cling on to what little power she has, while she, herself, has proven powerless to prevent this genocide.

I never thought, this lifetime, that I would have to say; "Watch out; here come the Buddhists, killing 'the other' with impunity, and getting away with it!

Unfortunately, however, this has become precisely the case in Myanmar.

Feb 02 09:26

HIGH RADIATION STILL DETECTED AT FUKUSHIMA PLANT 7 YEARS AFTER DISASTER

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has released the results of its latest probe of the site.

A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation.

Experts say exposure to such radiation for about an hour would be fatal.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, released the results on Thursday.

They said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts.

The finding shows that nearly 7 years after the meltdowns, radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Japanese people didn't run TEPCO out of town on a rail, and completely replace their legislature, when they knew the truth of what had happened here, is a complete, total mystery to me.

Feb 01 12:14

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

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

Portillo described seeing the shooting.

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

Jan 30 09:45

Winston Shrout

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

Jan 29 23:39

The Twisted Truth About Mueller’s Corrupted Probe

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

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

Jan 29 20:28

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

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

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

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

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

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

Jan 29 13:04

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

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

Jan 29 12:26

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jan 29 11:38

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 29 11:30

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 29 11:12

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 countries now abandoning the US dollar

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

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

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

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

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

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

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

Jan 29 10:30

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jan 29 10:21

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

wikipedia.org: Stava Fitness App

Jan 29 10:11

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 29 10:01

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 29 07:54

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

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

Jan 28 18:44

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

WASHINGTON

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

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

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

Jan 27 13:22

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 27 13:12

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 27 13:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 27 12:51

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 27 12:36

Turkey Vows to Expand Syria Offensive East to Iraq Border

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 27 12:17

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 27 12:08

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 27 12:02

TURKEY DEMANDS US FORCES LEAVE SYRIA'S MANBIJ IMMEDIATELY

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jan 27 11:54

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perfectly predictable.

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

Jan 27 11:34

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

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

Jan 27 11:06

TRANSPARENCY ADVOCATES WIN RELEASE OF NYPD “PREDICTIVE POLICING” DOCUMENTS

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

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

Jan 27 11:03

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jan 26 16:29

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

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

Jan 26 12:18

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jan 26 12:08

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 26 11:58

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Attacking North Korea is not an option

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

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

Jan 26 11:49

Trump: No More Palestinian Aid Unless They Accept Peace Talks

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 26 11:42

Trump Confounded by Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 26 11:25

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 26 11:07

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 26 10:56

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 26 10:49

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

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

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

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

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

The sad state of software liability

The article goes on to state:

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

Jan 25 17:51

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

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

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

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

Jan 25 13:37

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

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

Jan 25 09:58

Pot banning supervisors served recall notices

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

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

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

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

Jan 25 09:35

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

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

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

Jan 25 09:29

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

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

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

Jan 25 08:50

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

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

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

Jan 25 08:43

Spy Court Finds Surveillance Operating Outside The Law

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

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

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

Jan 25 08:31

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

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

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