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Feb 10 08:01

Report Finds Widespread Human Rights Violations in Nursing Homes

In its first-ever nursing home report, Human Rights Watch slams the "massive" nonconsensual drugging of residents, enabled by a government enforcement system that coddles violators. The report is a comprehensive overview of the reasons for, and outcomes of, the terrible overuse of psychotropic drugs as chemical restraints to sedate and subdue residents.

Feb 09 14:16

Turkey bombs US-backed militants in northern Syria

Turkey has bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in Afrin with impunity, just after Washington cited an alleged attack on the militants to target pro-government forces in Syria.

The Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed militants with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as well as two civilians were killed in the attacks.

Turkey began the attacks on January 20, but halted them after terrorists downed a Russian jet in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib, in order to allow Moscow to reinforce its air defense system.

The offensive is aimed at the YPG, which Turkey says bears ties with anti-Ankara militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels to me to be getting more dangerous by the moment.

The US has stated that it will NOT move its troops embedded with the Kurds at Manbij, which he Turks have stated they will invade next.

I really think that the US, by having a physical presence in Syria, is setting our military up at Manbij to become "sacrificial lambs" for a bloody display of a false flag to be blamed on Syria, so that the US has another "justification" for a full-on invasion of Syria.

Feb 09 14:03

Moody's Threatens US Downgrade Due To Soaring Debt, "Fiscal Deterioration"

Back in 2011, Standard & Poors' shocked the world, and the Obama administration, when it dared to downgrade the US from its vaunted AAA rating, something that had never happened before (and led to the resignation of S&P's CEO and a dramatic crackdown on the rating agency led by Tim Geithner).

Nearly seven years later, with the US on the verge of another government shutdown and debt ceiling breach (with the agreement reached only after the midnight hour, literally) this time it is Warren Buffett's own rating agency, Moody's, which on Friday morning warned Trump that he too should prepare for a downgrade form the one rater that kept quiet in 2011. The reason: Trump's - and the Republicans and Democrats - aggressive fiscal policies which will sink the US even deeper into debt insolvency, while widening the budget deficit, resulting in "meaningful fiscal deterioration."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YIKES!!!

Feb 09 13:53

News Corp CEO rails at 'dysfunctional' online environment

News Corp's chief executive on Thursday took a swipe at Google and Facebook for fostering a "dysfunctional" and "debased" online environment which harms the news media and responsible journalism.

Robert Thompson, CEO of the publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, stepped up his criticism of the online giants as the company released its quarterly earnings.

Thompson said the steps announced by Google and Facebook to stem misinformation and improve the quality of online news were "modest steps toward changing a digital environment that is dysfunctional at its core."

"The bot-infested badlands are hardly a safe space for advertisers, whose brands are being tainted by association with the extreme, the violent and the repulsive."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MR. Thompson, a word please: a lot of the independent media completely distanced from Google and Facebook, do a very creditable job of reporting the truth, and this is why you are losing viewership, and we ( at sites like WRH) are gaining.

Our reporting is neither debased nor chaotic; it is as factual as humanly possible, and not supportive of either US government narratives, leading usually to wars, or US government agendas, the primary purpose of which to achieve US world hegemony and domination.

Feb 09 13:12

US, South Korea Openly Disagree on North Korea Diplomacy

Weeks of diplomatic efforts with North Korea have the South Korean government upbeat, and presenting the Winter Olympics as the next step toward even better bilateral ties, and new opportunities to come.

While the US had previously been loathe to publicly clash with South Korea about the matter, the fact that the diplomacy is ongoing is clearly irking the administration, and has them now openly taking an opposite position to the South.

Where South Korea sees opportunities to improve ties, Vice President Mike Pence is very clear that he sees an opportunity to worsen them. South Korea seeks sports diplomacy at the Winter Olympics, and Pence wants to use it as a pretext for more sanctions and acrimony.

This public split is casting a long shadow over the Olympic games, where South Korea will have to manage Pence’s visit while also trying to keep him from doing too much damage to their diplomatic efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that the South Korean government does a successful job in "managing Pence's visit"; anyone with two braincells to rub together will see that it is obvious that officials from North and South Korea are having a reflective time, to see what can be done to mend relations, not further exacerbate them.

Feb 09 13:05

Japan ruling party body pushing for Article 9 revision draft within month

The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a body of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will try to draft a proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution as early as this month.

The effort is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to define legally the existence of the country’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Japanese Prime Minister is looking to get this passed before the end of this month (and folks, the end of February is only 19 days away), it does not augur well for peace between North Korea and her neighbors, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Timing, for getting this bill pushed through Japan's legislature before the end of the month is not accidental, and may well be telegraphing that the plans for an assault on North Korea in the early spring, perhaps March or April of this year, are close to getting greenlit.

I am hoping and praying that President Trump is listening to Sec Def Mattis on this one, and choses to avoid an outright military confrontation against North Korea; the aftermath could be more horrific than anyone can realise, and most likely, should the US govenment do a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, China will most likely side with North Korea militarily.

Feb 09 12:47

THE CLOUD ACT: A DANGEROUS EXPANSION OF POLICE SNOOPING ON CROSS-BORDER DATA

This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that diminishes the data privacy of people around the world.

The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act expands American and foreign law enforcement’s ability to target and access people’s data across international borders in two ways. First, the bill creates an explicit provision for U.S. law enforcement (from a local police department to federal agents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to access “the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information” about a person regardless of where they live or where that information is located on the globe. In other words, U.S. police could compel a service provider—like Google, Facebook, or Snapchat—to hand over a user’s content and metadata, even if it is stored in a foreign country, without following that foreign country’s privacy laws.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senators, Hatch, Graham, and Coons, I would like to politely suggest that you collectively re-read the opening statements to the the Bill or Rights, particularly the 4th Amendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things ..."

This law absolutely does not conform to the protections afforded American citizens under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which constitute the real, and only, "Contract with America" and the hearings on this legislation should be abandoned.

But sadly, in this portion of the 21st century, this is precisely the kind of thinking one must expect from those in the Bowels of Power in DC; this is
the kind of legislation which can only come from a government deeply fearful of its own people.

Because of all the ugly Federal Government revelations moving now at breakneck speed, Americans are going to start get angry at what has been done by a broken and corrupt system.

I would like to hope that they will use that anger in the most peaceful, calm, calculated way possible, which gets the b*astards who have put the US in its current state, voted out of office, never to return to a position of public trust or power, which they no longer deserve.

Feb 09 12:33

TRYING TO DELIVER "FAILING" GRADE TO BETSY DEVOS, TEACHERS LOCKED OUT OF EDUCATION DEPT

Teachers' groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos's confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a "Failing" report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation's public education system.

"This is a remarkable moment...this is the first time that I have ever been to this building where we were not let in."—Randi Weingarten, AFT President

In categories including protection of civil rights and equality in schools and ensuring funding for low-income students and children of color DeVos received "F" grades across the board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I found this blocking teachers from the building in which DeVos works more than a little heavy handed.

But let's back up, and think this one through, shall we?!?

What have popped up , dotting the US landscape in the last 20 years, are private schools, used by caring parents to "fill in the gaps" in their kid's education, or get their kids learning better, when the public schools have failed their children miserably.

And so what if these schools are franchised, when their approach seems to be doing the job of educating kids, and well?!? I have no problem with this.

Kumon Schools and Mathanasium come to mind, but there are many others.

Why not create one private school in a city like Baltimore, or Detroit, where public education has gone horribly awry:

In public Detroit schools, 93% are not proficient at math; 96% not proficient in Reading

In Baltimore School, Grade Rigging Scandal Escalates, School's CEO issues a memo to Respond

IF programs like those offered by private schools can actually work in cities like this, THEY CAN WORK ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY.

And remember; these very unionized teachers are utterly terrified of losing their jobs if the privatization go forward.

And do you have any idea of how hard it is get a non-performing union-member teacher to be fired from a public school?!?

The short answer is, painfully hard.

Feb 09 12:10

GLYPHOSATE IN L.A. RIVER CAUSES CONTROVERSY, LAWMAKER RESPONDS

Glyphosate poisoning of the L.A. river has become so bad and such a contentious issue that a congressman from the area has urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop using the weedkiller.

Over the last few years, the use of glyphosate to control weeds and other vegetation around the L.A. river has become controversial, with many concerned over the links to cancer, birth defects and reproductive issues.

The EPA claims that glyphosate is not carcinogenic but pretty much everyone else disagrees and it is likely that the EPA would approve agent orange for use as a fertilizer if Monsanto ramped up its lobbying efforts just a little more.

Representative Adam Schiff of Burbank wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the agency to stop using glyphosate and look toward using safer alternatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to wonder with what Monsanto bribed or threatened the decision-makers at the FDA with, to claim that "glyphosate is not carcinogenic."

I would like to invite everyone who believes that everything the FDA tells us is absolutely true, to look at the following article:

Scientist Attacked for Proving GMO Dangers Wins Defamation Suit in French Court

The article goes on to state:

"Remember Professor Giles-Eric Seralini and his research team at the University of Caan in France? They provided pictures of rats fed Monsanto GMO corn saturated with Roundup weed killer. That’s why the corn is genetically modified, to survive the most dangerous herbicide on the planet.

Their study discovered that rats fed GMOs developed tumors and died prematurely. But that wasn’t the purpose of their study. It was set up to examine the long term toxicity potential of eating Monsanto’s GMO corn along with the inherent exposure to Roundup."

Seralini and his team are among my pantheon of heroes from the Scientific Community, for having had the "male attributes" to continue with this study, and take it to its logical conclusion.

Of course, Monsanto attempted a "hit job" on Seralini's reseach and credibility
( read: character assassination by pressuring a respected medical journal to redact Seralini's research), he and his team came out vindicated.

And House Representative Schiff, even though I deplore your Trump-bashing in Congress, and the utter nonsense you have spewed with which to attempt to verbally assassinate this President, you are welcome to use this information in your dialogue with the Army Corps of Engineers.

I remember Burbank very fondly, and in THIS instance, believe you are doing the absolute right thing.

Feb 09 11:39

IRAQ SEEKS $100B INVESTMENTS TO REVIVE OIL, TRANSPORT SECTORS

Iraq is looking to attract US$100 billion worth of foreign investment that would help it rebuild its oil refining and petrochemicals sectors and reconstruct crucial infrastructure after it repelled Islamic State out of its territory following a three-year war against the militants.

In December last year, Iraq declared the war with ISIS over and is now seeking foreign investments in major projects that would help it to revive its economy, which has also been hurt by low oil prices.

Ahead of a conference on Iraq’s reconstruction that will be held in Kuwait next week, Iraq’s National Investment Commission published a list of major strategic projects available for investment, with 157 different opportunities up for grabs.

A total of 18 investment opportunities are up on offer in the chemicals, petrochemicals, fertilizers, and refinery sectors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just have to wonder how the US government will react when Russia, China,, and Iran reach out to Iraq to offer deals for these investment projects; and right now, the US government is impotent to prevent these from going through! :-)

Can we say, potential ultimate economic irony for the US, folks?!?!?

I knew you could!!

Feb 09 11:22

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.

The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged criminals, according to the Communist Party's official newspaper People's Daily.

The glasses are linked to a database that can match travelers with criminal suspects. It is unclear how long it takes for a match to be made in the real world, butWu Fei, the CEO of LLVision Technology which developed the glasses, told The Wall Street Journal that, during testing, the system could identify faces from a database of 10,000 in 100 milliseconds.

So far the glasses have identified people suspected of misdeeds ranging from traffic infringements to crimes like human trafficking.

A further 26 people using fake identity documents were also prevented from traveling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't worry; this technology is either coming to US cities, or perhaps is closer to being there than we think.

OH, and BTW: The Chinese may have taken a page from American law on the preventing people with high debts leaving the country.

As reported in July 20 at reason.com: there is now, enshrined in US law, a prohibition of people with back taxes being forbidden from leaving the country:

House Passes a Law enabling the Federal Government to revoke Passports for several reasons.

In the last statement in this article, we find the following, nearly mind-boggling information:

"UPDATE: Freedom fighter Norm Singleton alerts me to the gobsmacking fact that the latest iteration of the godawful transportation bill includes a provision to cover the perpetual Highway Trust Fund shortfall by allowing the IRS to revoke your passport if you owe more than $50,000 in unpaid taxes. Better travel while you still can, Al Sharpton!"

Feb 09 10:06

God complex of the world's 29th richest man who can't stop meddling with other countries' affairs...GUY ADAMS on the American financier who 'broke the Bank of England'

George Soros, in a rare moment of candour, once confessed to being driven by what armchair psychiatrists would call a Messiah complex.

'I have always harboured an exaggerated view of my self-importance.'

He wrote: 'To put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god...as I made my way in the world, reality came close enough to my fantasy to allow me to admit my secret. Needless to say, I feel much happier as a result.'

The remark, in a 1987 memoir called The Alchemy Of Finance, may at least partly explain why the self-made billionaire has chosen to spend the final years of his life meddling in day-to-day politics in almost every corner of the globe.

Feb 08 12:27

Russiagate Should be Called Hillarygate

As president, Trump has much to answer for. Alleging his team may have colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary is a bald-faced lie. Not a shred of evidence suggests it, nothing that would hold up in a fair and impartial tribunal.

No Russiagate investigation was warranted. No special counsel should have been appointed. The whole ugly business should be terminated with bipartisan consent.

Not a chance with undemocratic Dems wanting the witch hunt continued, disgraceful Adam Schiff one of their lead instigators. Maybe a Schiffgate investigation is warranted.

What’s ongoing is more evidence of the hugely corrupted Washington swamp. Deep state long knives killed Jack Kennedy for transforming himself into a peacemaker, threatening dirty business as usual.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is crystal clear to me that Lendman has analyzed this carefully, and has come to the same conclusion as Mike and I; that the corrupt American Deep State and DNC want Trump eliminated as president, and "with extreme prejudice", if necessary.

As we know, this has happened at least twice in the political history of this country; once with John Kennedy, and the other with Robert Kennedy, as he was running for President.

So Mr. President, please continue to wear your kevlar, and may your Protective Team be aware of possible security problems, and avert them before they can become serious.

Feb 08 12:05

US and Israel Escalate War on Syria

Both countries pursue regime change, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Assad.

Endless war rages despite all-out Russian efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution.

It’s nowhere in sight, war likely to continue as long as Assad remains Syrian president – even if he’s reelected in an internationally monitored open, free and fair election like in June 2014, Washington, Israel and their rogue allies not likely to accept results as valid.

For the second time since last November, the third time since 2013, Israel reportedly terror-bombed Syria’s Jamraya Research and Information Center north of Damascus – its warplanes operating from Lebanese airspace.

An unnamed Trump administration official said all options are on the table.

“Using military force is something that is still considered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister that Russia was invited to take care of Syria's jihadists; neither the US nor Israwl were invited.

And gentlemen, should Russia's Putin decide not to let this military malarkey by the US and Israel continue in Syria, do you think for a minute hw will not suddenly, and very forcefully, cause it to stop?

Feb 08 11:36

Big Pharma Prescribed Drugs’ or Vaccine-Induced Dementia Is Not Alzheimer’s

Is the So-called Alzheimer’s Epidemic (of “Unknown Cause”) Actually an Iatrogenic, Drug-and Vaccine-Induced Epidemic That the Medical Profession and Big Pharma are Desperately Trying to Cover Up?

The likely answer to that question is yes, and you could say the same thing about the twin epidemics of autistic spectrum disorders and chronic autoimmune disorders among fully vaccinated children in the First World.

Synchronous with the fast-paced over-vaccination agendas over the past several decades that the Big Pharma-, Big Medicine- and Big Business-dominated “first world”, careful, un-blinded, non-conflicted observers are witnessing and documenting the following inconvenient realities:

1) There are huge increases in childhood and adult vaccinations that have intramuscularly-injected neurotoxic, blood-brain barrier-destroying ingredients such as aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, glutamate and live viruses;

Feb 08 11:11

Pentagon Readies the ‘Father of All Bombs’ for Use Against North Korea

It is no secret that the Defense Department is preparing for possible preventive attacks on North Korean nuclear and missile facilities, supposedly intended to prevent the Kim Jong-un regime in Pyongyang from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the continental United States. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has openly called for strikes of this sort, sometimes described as the “bloody nose” option. But any such scenario faces two major hurdles: First, a US strike could provoke massive retaliation by the North against South Korea and Japan, producing vast numbers of civilian casualties; and second, it could fail to destroy all of the North’s nuclear and missile facilities, most of which are thought to be hidden in deep underground shelters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, please listen to Sec Def Mattis on this issue.

I would like to politely remind you that this country has managed to get along with nuclear armed countries it doesn't particularly like, as is the case with Pakistan.

These missiles Kim Jung Un is developing are simply for reasons of deterrence, in order to prevent a military strike by the US.

Kim Jung Un is many things, but stupid is just not one of them.

He would never, in a million years, do a first strike against any US asset, because he understands, full well, that should he do that, the US would turn North Korea into a sea of molten glass with its counterstrike.

Also, a pre-emptive strike against North Korea would most probably drag China and Russia into the fray, no North Korea's side.

Is the US military really ready for such a battle?!? Sir, you had really better think this one through, and consult with people who won't lie to you just to make you happy, before you give the order to do this.

Feb 08 11:02

Trump to Speed Up U.S. Arms Sales by Reducing Oversight, Sources Say

The White House is pushing to implement as early as March a plan that would make it easier to sell some weapons to foreign partners through a process some say eliminates key regulatory and congressional oversight, government officials and staffers tell U.S. News.

The proposal, first reported by Reuters in September, would affect the sale of small weapons and ammunition, delighting proponents who say the current process is too cumbersome while raising concerns among some experts about the risk of deadly arms falling into the wrong hands.

The new rules would transfer the oversight for the U.S. to sell some weapons like rifles and shotguns, as well as the ammunition for them, from the State Department to the Commerce Department, which some experts and officials say is far less prepared than its internationally oriented counterpart to vet potential foreign buyers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please: do not go forward with this.

And President Trump, can this country please focus on selling something else besides its weaponry, like whole, non-GMO food, and excellently manufactured products which people around the world are actually going to want to buy?!?

Just asking, sir......

Feb 08 10:56

Munich Report: EU, NATO Face Growing Risk of Inadvertent Russia War

The annual Munich Security Report, this year entitled “To the Brink – and Back?” warns that the European Union and NATO are facing a massively increased risk of an inadvertent war with Russia.

The report, due to be published later this week, cites mounting security concerns in Eastern Europe, fueled by weakening of nuclear treaties, mounting tensions, and mutual military buildups along the frontier.

Each of these increases the possibility of a miscalculation or other misunderstanding that would lead to a military conflict, which could quickly escalate out of control into a massive nuclear war.

This report echoes what many other reports have already warned about, that NATO-Russia relations are at their worst since the height of the Cold War, and that there aren’t enough safeguards to prevent a disastrous conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this looks like to me is more propaganda in an attempt to "sell" a NATO war against Russia, using some kind of a false flag to kick it off.

And if NATO is truly looking for some kind of repair in the relationship, and a ratcheting down of tensions, why are they not having some kind of delegation immediately negotiating with their counterparts in the Kremlin to prevent an horrific "accidental war" from happening?!?

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

The fact that no one in NATO's high command seems to want to negotiate with the Russians, to fix these problems, does not augur well for peace.

Feb 08 10:46

EU Threatens Force Against Countries Refusing Migrants

European globalists are preparing to "force" Central European nations to accept mandated migrant quotas and open borders, according to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban.

Following a meeting with fellow Fidesz party officials, PM Orban posted a short video on Facebook summarizing the threat leveled by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at Hungary and allied governments, vowing to stand firm in defense of European civilization and Christian identity.

"The presidency of Fidesz has discussed yesterday the announcement of the Belgian prime minister, that they will - if necessary with force - obligate Central European countries, including Hungary, to accept migrants," Orban said. "According to their plan, this will happen in June at the summit of the prime ministers in Brussels."

"Our presidency has taken a stand: we cannot give in to extortion. We will fight those who want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"- IF NECESSARY - WITH FORCE..."

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

Feb 08 10:43

Eric Holder Won't Rule Out 2020 Presidential Run, Says Comey "Made Mistake" Criticizing Clinton

Whether they want it or not, American audiences might soon have a front-row seat to "Fast and Furious: Presidential Drift."

When asked by reporters during a breakfast Wednesday organized by the Christian Science Monitor, former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder refused to rule out a 2020 presidential run, saying only "we'll see."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, GOD, NOOOOOOOOO!!

Holder is as crooked as they come, and we absolutely do not need another Clintonista in office, thank you very much.

BUT, DNC, you have a treasure in your own ranks, and yet you continue to choose to ignore her, or slam her, because she's not war-centric: that person is none other than Hawaii's own Tulsi Gabbard, now a Representative in the House.

Female, a Military Vet, so far squeaky-clean, geopolitically, and an Ethnic Minority (of Samoan and European Descent), with a Catholic dad and a practicing Hindu Mom?!?

HELLO, DNC?!?!?

And I will make a prediction here; by the 2020 election, Americans will be so completely fed up with the wars and destruction around this planet, primarily created courtesy of the US government, that are going to want something completely different in a President this time around; Tulsi Gabbard may well be just the ticket here.

Feb 08 10:29

PENTAGON EXPECTS AFGHAN WAR TO COST $45 BILLION IN 2018 — 16 YEARS AFTER IT STARTED

(ANTIWAR.COM) Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.
This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost for US troops already committed, $5 billion to prop up Afghanistan’s own struggling military, and other funding for logistics, aid projects, and other assorted expenses.

That’s a lot of money to throw at the war in its 16th year, and there is a lot of questioning of the merits among senators of both parties, concerned that yet another doubling down on a war long since lost may not be the most prudent of courses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific waste of money, 16 years on, with a war which cannot be won, is just thoroughly immoral, when there are so many real needs back here at home which are desperately in need of attention.

There can be no military metric by which the US government and NATO can say that they are "winning" this war; and with all the cost of blood and money spent, it has been a real catastrophe for both the Afghani people, and for an American government with the hubris and idiocy to start it in the first place.

It was, morally, and militarily, unjustafiable, and will remain an horrendous stain on the character of US governmental leadership in Washington.

And President Trump, and NATO high command, I will tell you precisely how to end this war; evacuate all troops as safely as is possible, and negotiate with whatever government which is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights; that is what this was all about in the first place, as Bush's operatives in DC thought the Taliban's price was "too high", so decided to "win" the rights to those pipelines through a quick war.

This continued occupation of Afghanistan does not make Americans more safe; on the contrary, these mass extrajudicial assassinations, a favorite tactic of both President Obama and President Trump, both here and other places when the US military has been deployed, has "inspired" younger wanta-be jihadis to do damage to Amercian soldiers, and American assets around the world.

Feb 08 10:10

BIG LAS VEGAS SHOOTING UPDATE: "JUDGE RULES THAT ALL DOCUMENTS FROM LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT'S INVESTIGATION OF 1 OCTOBER MUST BE RELEASED WITHIN 30 DAYS."

Judge rules that all documents from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's investigation of 1 October must be released within 30 days.

The documents include all video evidence and body camera footage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a "there" here, but it is unclear what the real purpose or agenda was for the attack.

Add to that the reality that some people who were either witnesses, or saw something they should not have seen, from the perspective of the perpetrators, have been found very mysteriously dead after the incident.

Perhaps the submission of this evidence will make things more clear.

Feb 08 10:06

Speculation Swirls Around Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal as Source for Second Trump Dossier

Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s name is cropping up again, but this time, as a potential key figure involved with the Trump dossier and the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
Republican congressional investigators appear to be zeroing in on Blumenthal, and the role he may have played in feeding information that Trump dossier author Christopher Steele later presented to the FBI in its investigation of the Trump campaign.

The prospect of Blumenthal — a long-time Clinton operative — feeding information for an FBI investigation on the Trump campaign has caused alarm among Republican lawmakers in charge of oversight of the FBI and the Justice Department.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that Steele gave the FBI a report in October 2016 that he received from a State Department employee about Trump and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the whole, glamourous, treacherous, deadly, financial and ego-fed chimera known as The Clinton Effect, is being slowly torn apart, lie by lie.

And the "Big Reveal" of who these people really are, and evils they have done to protect themselves, and that world, at all costs, will be extraordinarily ugly.

Feb 08 09:55

'Germany will lead Europe AGAIN!' Schulz hails coalition and vows 'FUNDAMENTAL EU change'

MARTIN Schulz has promised Germany will lead "fundamental EU change" after forcing his way into Angela Merkel's cabinet as part of the controversial coalition agreement.

Feb 08 07:39

Anyone not demanding .01% arrests is under mind-control: normalizing OBVIOUS rogue state empire crimes annually killing millions, harming billions, looting trillions. Nunes memo reveals multiple felonies, AND is .01% ‘business as usual’

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty. But we must move on.” ~ Martin King, Beyond Vietnam, April 4, 1967

Martin King’s two-minutes to you (full 1967 speech to end their version of our forever wars on so-called communism terrorism):

If you’re not up-to-speed on the Nunes memo, I document here.

If you’d like an hour in-depth analysis, I recommend Dr. Jerome Corsi’s discussion with Lionel:

Feb 07 11:33

Mattis: Sea-Based Nukes Needed as ‘Leverage’ Over Russians

Speaking at the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was in a foul mood, again lashing the committee and Congress in general for not offering a more stable assurance of the Pentagon’s record budgets.

The comments were mostly focused on the Nuclear Posture Report, and in particular the establishment of a whole series of different types of nuclear arms that might be more useful to the administration, and certainly much more expensive.

Mattis in particular was keen on the establishment of new sea-launched nuclear cruise missiles in his comments, insisting those in particular would give the US great leverage over the Russians, and that the US could force the Russians to make all sorts of concessions in return for not developing such weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a quiet, polite word here.

I would imagine that someone, at least a minor official, in your office knows who and what I am; a Christian pacifist activist, who is constantly advocating her government to use any and all moral, hard-won negotiations as a a method of resolving this country's geopolitical differences, rather than resorting to war.

I never advocate violence of any kind, and definitely not here home, because I understand this this government has both the means and the will to destroy any such violence with extreme prejudice.

With that being said, sir, you need to cast a wider net of understanding of what is going on here. This country is broken; its government is broke and corrupt belief. The wars with which the US military are already entangled appear to be without end, and perhaps, you and those involved with our military want to keep it that way. After all, war is said to be "good for business."

We have kids in this country who are living in extreme poverty, and who barely have enough to eat; We have have Vets sleeping rough in the streets, and those who need the best of medical care, are, many times, denied the care they are due.

We have schools that propagandize rather than teach, and many students, when they finish high school (IF they finish) are unable to read, write, or reason. This is a form of criminal neglect of the future of this country, sir.

The GMO additives to our food, coupled with medications which are touted as "safe' by the big pharmaceutical companies, but are not really safe, and have intense nasty side-effects, are making people ill, to the point of dying. We have some of the most intensely costly medical service in the world, but rank miserably, in terms of international outcomes from that medical service.

These sea-launched nukes will only "keep the party going" for the elites, in terms of threatening Russia or China, but only for a very limited period of time; but there will come a point where, if the issues I have mentioned, are not resolved, intelligently, and morally, when this country will be in grave danger of literally falling apart, and balkanizing.

This is not what I want for this country; but it will the result of the logical progression of decay I am seeing here.

Feb 07 11:23

Twitter Refuses To Verify Bill Clinton Rape Victim Juanita Broaddrick

Despite having almost 100,000 Twitter folliwers, Juanita Broaddrick can't get Twitter to verify her identity after 6 months of trying.

Feb 07 11:07

Grassley-Graham Memo: Dossier Author Christopher Steele Lied to FBI, FBI Didn’t Tell FISA Court

Trump dossier author Christopher Steele lied to the FBI about his contact with Yahoo News, and the FBI misled a court to obtain a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser, according to a less-redacted version of a memo by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Their memo, which was released Tuesday evening after the FBI withdrew some of its previous redactions, also reveals a number of other bombshells, and backs up assertions made in the House Intelligence Committee memo.

A newly-unredacted portion of the memo says that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley, ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Graham all saw the FISA warrant application and renewals for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

This government's inner workings have become corrupted past the point of any "banana republic" you can name.

I am thouroughly disgusted with the US government, in its current state. And if there was a civilized foreign country which DIDN't believe in supporting other country's war crimes (as the US is doing with the Saudis in Yemen), that would take Mike and me, we most probably would be gone in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately, we are both too old, and too poor, to make that happen.

Feb 07 11:01

US Has ‘No Plans’ to Meet With North Korean Officials at Olympics

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics," Nauert said. "There is no shift in US policy regarding this."

Earlier, however, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not rule out a possible meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean representatives during his upcoming trip to South Korea.

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
© AP PHOTO/ AHN YOUNG-JOON
Lack of US Ambassador to South Korea Could Signal Fear of Imminent Attack - Expert
"With respect to Vice President’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for him to have a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see, we’ll see what happens," Tillerson said in a joint press conference with Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovin in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why the hell is Pence going here?!? What is he doing, except potentially attempting to "shake down" other countries which might still be trading with North Korea?!?

That there is no intention of speaking with North Korean officials by the US officials traveling here, means that this is another wasted opportuntiy; and the US cannot afford many more wasted opportunities here with which it could potentially avert the military confrontation it has been threatening to use, most likely drawing Russia and China into the fray as well.

This country's leadership has managed, to work with nuclear armed countries it sometimes loves, like Israel, and sometimes, grudgingly, has a "frenemy" relationship with those countries it doesn't particularly like; Pakistan comes to mind here.

But a military option, which will potentially leave thousands upon thousands of both North and South Koreans dead, or maimed for life, is absolutely not the road of moral high ground here, simply because it is something the US government can do.

Someone needs to politely remind the President of this reality, and soon; because I don't believe that his unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster is making this side of the military equation clear to him at all.

Feb 07 10:49

IG poised to reignite war over FBI’s Clinton case

Few people have heard of Michael Horowitz, but that’s about to change.

Horowitz, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI, President Trump and the Russia investigation.

With little fanfare, he has been conducting a sprawling probe of the FBI’s handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. His full report, which could set off shockwaves, is expected by the early spring.

A political appointee in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Horowitz’s yearlong investigation already reportedly contributed to the early resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And his work has been felt in other ways.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this happens... it couldn't happen to a more deserving woman than Hillary Clinton.

Feb 07 10:45

Beijing's 'island fortresses': China's aggressive militarization of diusputed South China Sea is revealed in new photos showing the communist nation's 'unrestrained' show of power

Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea has been revealed in new aerial photos obtained by a newspaper in the Philippines.

In what the news organisation described as an 'unrestrained' show of power China has apparently transformed seven reefs in the Spratly islands into military island fortresses featuring runways and observation towers.

The dramatic military build-up is shown in pictures taken from a height of 1,500m (4,920 feet) in the last six months of 2017, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One of the fortresses is situated on Panganiban, a reef which a United Nations-backed court has previously ruled belongs to the Philippines, it is reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government would not be so keen to arm these islands to the teeth, if they didn't believe that a potential US attack against it, at some point, is a dead moral certainty.

And Paul Craig Roberts, in whose credibility I have more than a little faith, has already warned those who can handle the truth of the following:

Washington planning a preemptive strike against Russia and China

The article then goes on to state:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion."

Many Chinese speak very excellent English. If I have read this, it is obvious that many Chinese officials, both government and military have read this as well.

What we are seeing here is an "early response" if you will, to any potential harm or threat they see coming from this country.

Feb 07 10:23

BAILED-OUT RBS SYSTEMICALLY FORGED CUSTOMER SIGNATURES: WHISTLE-BLOWERS

The Royal Bank of Scotland, the UK mega-lender that has already cost British taxpayers over £90 billion in bailouts, losses, fines and legal fees, could be about to face its biggest scandal yet following allegations staff were routinely “trained” to forge customer signatures.

First, managers were taught how to fake the names on key customer documents, according to whistle-blowers at the bank, cited by the Scottish Mail on Sunday. Staff were then allegedly shown how to download authentic signatures from the bank’s online system, trace them on to new documents by holding them against a window and to photocopy the paperwork a number of times, to “obscure the image somewhat” and thus avoid detection — a blatantly criminal practice that allegedly became commonplace throughout the bank to speed up processing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but now that these revelations have come into broad daylight, why is this bank allowed to continue to operate, and why are the executives who signed off on these practices not in jail?!?

The only logical answer is, the rich rarely eat their own.

I cannot imagine, for the life of me, why people keep banking with this establishment, and do not take their money and financial transactions elsewhere.

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Feb 07 10:19

DOD Issued a $7 Million Cloud Support Contract To a Company With One Employee

The Defense Department awarded a sole-source contract to Eagle Harbor Solutions, an Alaska-based small business with a single employee, to consult in its major cloud acquisition.

A two-year-old company with one employee and little past performance will play a supporting role in one of the Defense Department’s most important tech acquisitions of the year.

In late January, the Defense Department awarded a $7 million sole-source contract to Eagle Harbor Solutions LLC, an Alaska Native-owned 8(a) small disadvantaged business, to support the Pentagon’s enterprise cloud initiative. For months, the Defense Department has been laying the groundwork to bid out a contract for enterprisewide cloud computing services that could be worth billions.

Yet the decision to hire a consultancy to provide support services in the Pentagon’s execution of its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud initiative is less surprising than who it was awarded to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but how can this little Alaskan company do all they are expected to do with only 1 employee?!?

And no discernable track record or proven expertise in this area?!?

What about professional references?!?

This is rather akin to throwing darts blindfolded, and hoping that some of them will actually hit the target!!

Feb 07 10:13

TWILIO DEMONSTRATES WHY COURTS SHOULD REVIEW EVERY NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER

The list of companies who exercise their right to ask for judicial review when handed national security letter gag orders from the FBI is growing. Last week, the communications platform Twilio posted two NSLs after the FBI backed down from its gag orders. As Twilio’s accompanying blog post documents, the FBI simply couldn’t or didn’t want to justify its nondisclosure requirements in court. This might be the starkest public example yet of why courts should be involved in reviewing NSL gag orders in all cases.

National security letters are a kind of subpoena that give the FBI the power to require telecommunications and Internet providers to hand over private customer records—including names, addresses, and financial records. The FBI nearly always accompanies these requests with a blanket gag order, shutting up the providers and keeping the practice in the shadows, away from public knowledge or criticism.

Feb 07 09:18

Pat Buchanan: "If Americans Are Losing Faith In The FBI, Whose Fault Is That?"

The memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud.

The critical charge:

To persuade a FISA court to issue a warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page, the FBI relied on a dossier produced by a Trump-hating British spy, who was using old Kremlin contacts, while being paid to dig up dirt on Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Not only were the Clinton campaign and DNC paying the spy, Christopher Steele, for his dirt-diving, the FBI put Steele on its own payroll, until they caught him lying about leaking to the media.

In their requests for search warrants, the FBI never told the FISA court judge their primary source was a 35-page dossier delivered by Steele that their own Director James Comey described as “salacious and unverified.”

Feb 06 07:57

Rand Paul To Hold Hearing On Govt Waste This Week- U.S. Wasted $500,000 To Study If Taking Selfies Made People Happier

One of the outrageous wastes featured in Rand Paul's latest report was a federal government agency spending $500,000 of our tax dollars to study if taking selfies makes people happier.

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.

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