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May 04 07:56

US Commander Asks for More Troops in Europe to ‘Counter Russia’

Speaking with the Senate Appropriations Committee, top US commander in Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti pushed for more funding for “long-term investment” in US military facilities in Europe, able to support further escalations of US deployments of both ground troops and combat equipment onto the continent.

Gen. Scaparrotti played up the continued false narrative of “Russian aggression,” which has been securing the Pentagon so much extra funding in recent years, suggesting that the US needs more permanent deployments of combat troops around the Russian frontier to counter them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Scaporotti's "proof" that such alleged "Russian aggression" exists is....completely non-existent.

May 04 07:47

Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

A new privacy-busting technique that tracks consumers through the use of ultrasonic tones may have once sounded like the stuff of science fiction novels, but today it's reality.

These near-silent tones can't be picked up by the human ear, but there are apps in your phone that are always listening for them. This technology is called ultrasonic cross-device tracking, and it works by emitting high-frequency tones in advertisements and billboards, web pages, and across brick-and-mortar retail outlets or sports stadiums. Apps with access to your phone's microphone can pick up these tones and build up a profile about what you've seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you've visited.

May 04 07:43

BEXALERT!: Iran fake news prepares the ground for assassination

This article is a not so subtle attempt to frame up Iran for something they didn't do in anticipation of an attack on Iran. It has the stinky smell of Israel on it!

The IRGC are the main backers of Bashar al-Assad's bloody civil war in Syria, the brutal Shi'ia militias in Iraq, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and the terrorist Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is talk in Washington that the United States may shortly designate the IRGC as an international terrorist organization. Meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and particularly exporting terrorism and fundamentalism, represents a strategic pillar for Tehran's survival and endurance.

May 04 07:42

Palestinian Journalists Tear Gassed Demonstrating on World Press Freedom Day

During the Israeli state crackdown, journalists Ashraf al-Nibali and Amin Alariya were detained.

Marching on World Press Freedom day, Palestinian journalists were dispersed with tear gas, while two journalists were detained during the march.

Organized outside the Ofer prison in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah Wednesday, the strike was also held in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners hunger-striking in Israeli cells, as they enter their 17th day of the historic struggle.

During the Israeli state crackdown, journalists Ashraf al-Nibali and Amin Alariya were detained by police.

Last month, Reporters Without Borders condemned Israeli forces for violating the rights of Palestinian journalists, particularly those that cover demonstrations against the apartheid regime, in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by the organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The degree to which the Israeli government hates a truly free press is matched only by the revulsion the US government has for it.

May 04 07:34

President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

The Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.

During his final year in office, President Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security. A court affirmed his order.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised by this?!?!

May 04 07:30

HOW ANAND GOPAL DIRECTED PEOPLE TO JOIN ISIS - SHILLS FOR "REGIME CHANGE" IN SYRIA

Anand Gopal built his career as a writer with on the ground reporting from Afghanistan where he embedded with the Taliban. He gave some insight into their motivations.

Anand Gopal is now a shill for the U.S. "regime change" crimes in Syria. He is also attempting to justify the existence and crimes of ISIS by attributing those to a "legit" motivation. That is a convenient excuse for those who join ISIS.

People joined ISIS because of the "sheer brutality of the Assad regime" Gopal asserts. They joined ISIS in Iraq, in Libya, in Mali and Afghanistan for the "sheer brutality of the Assad regime"? They blew themselves up in Paris, London and elsewhere for the "sheer brutality of the Assad regime"? That claim is obviously not only simplistic but utter nonsense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient to be bought and paid for, courtesy of the US government!!

May 04 07:26

UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY SAYS EU OFFICIALS ARE MEDDLING IN UK ELECTIONS

Speaking outside Downing Street on Wednesday, after notifying the Queen of the dissolution of Parliament, Theresa May took a tough stance towards EU Oligarchs, saying Brussels eurocrats do not want the Brexit talks to succeed and for Britain to “prosper” after Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May accused European officials of trying to influence the result of Britain’s general election with threats of harsh Brexit terms.

The UK PM suggested that Britain’s negotiating position has been misrepresented in the European press.

“In the past few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be. Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press.

“The European commission’s negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on June 8.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU, at this point, is behaving like a wounded animal; and the most dangerous animals are those which have been wounded.

And even though the wounds are economic in nature, the bureaucrats in Brussels understand that they are fighting for their professional lives.

May 03 15:40

UK Cops Can Now Remotely Disable Phones Even If No Crime Has Been Committed

UK police have quietly acquired a new power. Last Friday, the Digital Economy Act became law, much of which focuses around restricting access to online pornography, and what sort of sexual acts can legally be included in porn. But with the legislation's passing, law enforcement agencies can remotely disable or restrict a mobile phone if it is suspected of being used for drug dealing or related to it, and in some cases regardless of whether a crime has actually been committed, according to legal commentators.

May 03 15:20

America : Freedom to Fascism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the caller into the radio show.

May 03 12:46

American Democracy: A Dead Man Walking

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

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

May 03 09:29

All the Plenary's Men


The Bank Cartel have their own secret 'laws’ and ‘legal’ system which supersede all national and international laws!
How George Osborne and Mark Carney used these to stop the DOJ from prosecuting bankers.
Eye-opening, even for those who think they know how it works.

May 03 09:28

Alarm Grows in Washington as Saudi Coalition Attack on Yemen Port Appears Imminent

The Saudi war in Yemen has already been a humanitarian disaster, and nowhere has that been more apparent than in the nation’s Shi’ite north, where a naval blockade and the fall of all but one Houthi-held port have dramatically limited access to food aid. And it’s about to get a lot worse.

With signs that a Saudi attack on that last port, Hodeidah, the Pentagon has made clear they’d very much like to join the Saudi invasion, seeing the conquest of that last aid port as a hugely decisive moment in the war. Congress, however, isn’t nearly so supportive.

A new open letter from a bipartisan group of Congressmen has called on Defense Secretary James Mattis to “reconsider” the push for involvement, warning that support for the war was never authorized by Congress, and that the US shouldn’t participates in the “senseless humanitarian tragedy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This statement from Congress is not going to deter the Pentagon from pressing forward with this US-militarily enabled, Saudi war crimes and genocide in Yemen; The US government has allowed the Saudis to buy weapons and has (allegedly) provided "guidance" for their air assaults.

Fact: the Saudis have been killing and maiming Yemeni children in these bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Fact: the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports has resulted in children dying horrifically from the effects of malnutrition and starvation.Images: Yemeni children slowly,
horrifically dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades

Fact: the Saudi military are using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen.

Images: Saudi military using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Fact: the use of depleted uranium is having precisely the same effect on Yemeni babies in the womb as it did in Fallujah, Iraq, which means that in Yemen, doctors whose hospitals have not yet been bombed into rubble by the Saudis are seeing a massive spike in cancers, birth defects, and stillbirths. Warning: these images are very graphic.

Images: Yemeni children born with profound birth defects, courtesy of Saudi use of depleted uranium

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

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

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

May 03 09:05

Armed Agents Raid Park, Destroy Food, Seize Food Carts — Over Improper Permitting

Government agents have again let their true colors shine, in a latest attempt to fight one of the most pernicious and brutal crimes embattling far too many communities across the nation — a lack of permit.

Never fear, code enforcers raided street food vendors outside Sacramento’s Southside Park, where they have long made food and beverages available to the public and attendees of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church each Sunday.

These fearless agents of the State, peace officers, not only seized the food supposedly so in need of a permit, they dumped punch into storm drains and confiscated coolers, tables, chairs, canned soda, and literally everything in the vendors’ possession — the entire raid, captured on Facebook Live video.

May 03 09:05

Big Oil Now Has Authority to Arrest You for Protesting a Pipeline on Your OWN Property

If you’re a resident of Huntingdon County unfortunate enough to have your property in the path of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, you can forget protesting — unless arrest and jail time aren’t an issue for you.

Common Pleas Court Judge George Zanic signed a rare and factious “writ of possession” order last week in favor of Sunoco, which had sought an “emergency measure” to thwart landowners protesting pipeline construction by occupying trees — on their own property.

In short, protesting encroachment of this pipeline on one’s own property will earn an arrest.

May 03 08:59

North Korea Ratcheting Up Sub Missile Launch Program, Satellite Images Suggest

New satellite images indicate that North Korea could be expanding its submarine-launched ballistic missile program (SLBM), as photos show the presence of Pyongyang’s second submersible test-stand barge.

The barge was spotted on North Korea’s west coast in aerial photos taken of the Nampo Naval Shipyard, 38 North, a North Korean watchdog site hosted by Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea institute, noted in a Monday analysis.

The report, written by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., suggests that "Barges such as these are used by navies to conduct underwater tests of new and modified submarine missile launch tubes and launch systems, as well as to conduct initial missile test launches before these systems are installed in a submarine."

Since 2014, Pyongyang has conducted at least six test launches of the KN-11 (Pukguksong-1) missile from its other barge at the Sinpo South Shipyard on the country’s east coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the North Koreans can actually hit what they are targeting, (at which they have been officially horrible to date) I frankly wouldn't sweat this!!

May 03 08:56

UK Cops Can Now Remotely Disable Phones Even If No Crime Has Been Committed

UK police have quietly acquired a new power. Last Friday, the Digital Economy Act became law, much of which focuses around restricting access to online pornography, and what sort of sexual acts can legally be included in porn.

But with the legislation's passing, law enforcement agencies can remotely disable or restrict a mobile phone if it is suspected of being used for drug dealing or related to it, and in some cases regardless of whether a crime has actually been committed, according to legal commentators.

May 03 08:53

POWER IN MILITARY BLACK BUDGETS

The top five military contractors by sales are Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumann, General Dynamics and Raytheon. In addition to the Department of Defense allocations, the top five intelligence agencies that often provide military use applications are the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Program and the General Defense Intelligence Program. The actual amount of monies that go into funding off the books secret projects, estimated by Bill Sweetman as cited in the Economic Crisis and the Pentagon`s Black Budget, exceeds rational comprehension. "The Pentagon’s ‘black’ operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside it, are roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets of the UK, France or Japan, and ten percent of the total."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The amount of money spent, and untracked here, is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Americans deserve better of their government, but are highly unlikely to get it.

May 03 08:48

PRIVATE PRISON CORPORATION WROTE TEXAS BILL EXTENDING HOW LONG IMMIGRANT CHILDREN CAN BE DETAINED

A BILL WRITTEN by a private prison operator to assist its immigration detention business could advance through the Texas state Senate this week, despite vocal protest from civil rights groups. The legislation would allow family detention centers to be classified as childcare facilities, enabling Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to detain women and children for longer periods.

The bill aligns with the Trump administration’s punitive immigration policies and helps it navigate a challenge to federal detention policy.

blocked the designation. So Geo Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison operator, went to work assembling legislation that would countermand the judicial ruling. The bill would lower state childcare standards for family detention centers, excluding the facilities from regulations such as ones that prohibit housing children and unrelated adults in the same room.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Immediate repatriation would be the most cost-effective way to solve the problem here; but then, Geo Group wouldn't be making its money from holding illegal aliens.

May 02 19:00

EU leaders 'plan to hike Brexit bill to £85 BILLION thanks to demanding France & Germany'

THE European Union has reportedly increased its Brexit bill to an eye-watering £85billion (€100bn) after France and Germany made stricter demands on how much the UK should pay.

May 02 15:27

The Basket of Acceptables

Many have offered that Trump gave the people an opportunity to give the middle finger to the establishment. Trump so far is proving relatively incompetent at the task. Angelo Codevilla suggests that if Trump supporters don’t get what they want via Trump, just wait to see what they will do next time. The rioters, marchers, supporters, basket of acceptables – they are giving almost daily reason for more people of goodwill to consider even stronger options in the future. There will be an even stronger backlash; two such diametrically opposed value systems cannot survive in one political body.

May 02 15:23

SAUDIS HIRE CONTROVERSIAL PR FIRM TO PUSH LEGITIMACY OF 34 NATION ‘MUSLIM NATO’

With plans to step up its grotesque war in Yemen and the first major meeting of defense ministers for the 41-nation military alliance it leads fast approaching, it’s no wonder the Saudi government has called upon public relations firm Burson-Marsteller for its services.
The New York-based company, known as one of the world’s most controversial public relations firms, has now become the latest Western PR firm to land on Saudi Arabia’s payroll. They’ve been hired with the specific intent of improving the image of the so-called Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism – an alliance occasionally referred to by the nickname “Muslim NATO,” as it is modeled after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the House of Saud, and the Saudi government: gentlemen (because you refused to allow women to be part of your government), in the words of my late grandmother, the horse is already out of the barn on the issue of your consistent, atrocious war crimes in Yemen.

1. You are are consistently killing and maiming Yemenite children with your bombing raids:

Images:
Yemeni Children killed and maimed for life by Saudi Airstrikes

2. Through the blockade of Yemeni ports, aided and abetted by the US military, you are causing the agonisingly slow death from malnutrition and starvation of Yemeni children.

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, caused by Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

3. Your troops are using depleted uranium in Yemen.Images: Saudi military are using DU weapons in Yemen

4. This is having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as did the bombing of Fallujah in Iraq: massive spikes in deformities, cancers, and still births are being reported in what hospitals have not been bombed to the ground in Yemen.

Images: Yemeni children with huge birth deformities due to exposure to Saudi DU weapons (warning: very graphic)

So, in summation, to the House of Saud and the Saudi government; there is no PR company in this world that can cause the people of the world, and particularly in the Middle East, to "unsee" these images.

And until the Constitution and Bill of Rights are suspended in this Country,
I will continue to post these images (and worse) to let people know what you are really doing in Yemen, and how this slow-motion genocide against the Yemeni people is being conducted.

May 02 15:05

Ever wonder why hawks push a psychotic military agenda?

War hawks at the highest levels of U.S. government have in recent years increasingly advocated for ratcheting up military tensions between the U.S. and countries capable of striking the homeland. Why advocate such foreign policy recklessness? Why Not? The taxpayers have them covered. -- The remedy to most of the problem is the much maligned idea of the U.S. government backing off of its role as world policeman and doing what its founders intended: Protect the nation’s borders and the life, liberty and prosperity of its citizens.

May 02 14:59

Stanley Milgram

In Milgram's basic paradigm, a subject walks into a laboratory believing that s/he is about to take part in a study of memory and learning. After being assigned the role of a teacher, the subject is asked to teach word associations to a fellow subject (who in reality is a collaborator of the experimenter). The teaching method, however, is unconventional—administering increasingly higher electric shocks to the learner. Once the presumed shock level reaches a certain point, the subject is thrown into a conflict. On the one hand, the strapped learner demands to be set free, he appears to suffer pain, and going all the way may pose a risk to his health. On the other hand, the experimenter, if asked, insists that the experiment is not as unhealthy as it appears to be, and that the teacher must go on. In sharp contrast to the expectations of professionals and laymen alike, some 65% of all subjects continue to administer shocks up to the very highest levels.

May 02 14:45

US Deploys High Altitude Drone To Spy On North Korea

The US Air Force deployed an RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance drone at Yokota Air Base on Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, Japan Times reports. The drone, the first of five to arrive in Japan, is tasked to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, and is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1. Global Hawks do not have offensive capabilities.

Its mission is to provide near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website. Four more Global Hawks are slated to be deployed to the base, and a total of 110 staff members, including mechanics, are set to be stationed there in a related move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an act of war, perpetrated by the United States Government against North Korea.

And I have to wonder about the public nature of the announcement of this deployment; are they giving North Korea the "opportunity" to shoot the drone down,or is there a false flag planned, to down one of these over North Korea, and claim North Korea actually did this?!?

Either way, the lack of discretion in this announcement, plus the timing, telegraphs that something may well not be right here.

May 02 14:25

The Ignorance, Intolerance, and Violence of the “Climate Crusaders”

Some intolerant protesters may be delicate snowflakes, too easily intimidated, offended or made to feel “unsafe” by conservative or other contrarian thought. However, the near-constant intimidation and threats of expulsion or violence have become a deliberate tactic, used repeatedly to impose speech codes and political agendas – and too often ignored, acquiesced in or supported by professors, administrators and politicians who welcome the silencing of opposition voices or lack the courage to confront it.

May 02 14:10

Trump, Putin Hold Phone Call, Discuss North Korea, Syria; Agree To Set Up Meeting

As the White House announced late on Monday, today shortly after noon. Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone conversation in which they agreed to try to meet in July and work together to try to strengthen a shaky ceasefire in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“Vladimir Putin has called for restraint and decreasing of the level of tensions on the Korean peninsula" the statement said. “It has been agreed to work jointly on a diplomatic solution that will settle the crisis.”

The Kremlin called the talks between Putin and Trump business-like and constructive, and said the two leaders had emphasized coordinating their actions to fight international terrorism, the traditional cop out when the real topic of discussion is something entirely different.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me (slightly) cautiously optimistic on this; more communication always leads to less of a tendency to escalate military threats. I would hope that this brings a better level of trust between these two leaders.

May 02 12:47

The real reasons why Trump has flipped on his campaign promises

The record setting flip-flop by Trump should not be taken lightly or simply treated as aimless schizophrenia on the part of the White House. While the Obama administration flipped on numerous campaign promises, they did so subtly while maintaining their lies in a strategic way for two full terms. This is not what is happening today. Trump’s dramatic change, in my view, should be taken as a signal that a much greater game is afoot, with far higher stakes. It should also be treated as a sign that if a crisis is on the verge of being engineered, then it will be happening rather soon, perhaps before 2017 is over.

May 02 12:01

This Is Why Government Is Dangerous: Man Who Dared To Point Out Red Light Camera System Flaw Is Fined And Silenced

Mats Järlström noticed a flaw in the mathematical formula used to regulate the timing of traffic lights.

His interest was sparked back in 2013, after his wife received a red light camera ticket after driving through the intersection of Allen Boulevard and Lombard Avenue in Beaverton, Oregon. Mats explored how yellow lights are timed. He began writing and speaking publicly about how red light cameras misuse the standard mathematical formula for timing traffic lights, which leads to unsafe driving conditions and unfair tickets when drivers slow down to turn.

People wanted to hear Mats’s ideas. Local news outlets covered his story, and he shared his research at a national conference of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remind me to NEVER travel to Oregon again this lifetime!!

May 02 11:55

30Y Treasury Yield Drops Back Below 3.00% As Economic Data Implodes

Following the recent trail of disastrously disappointing 'hard' and 'soft' macro data...Today's slew of narrative-crushing auto-sales misses has hit stocks and bonds, sending 30 Y Yields back below the all-important 3.00%...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about the mainland, but car sellers here on Oahu are doing ridiculous deals to try to get product moving, which - by the prices for purchasing, or leasing, a new car - they are not able to do.

People are just tapped out, and trying to keep their old jalopies working for just a little longer, when things are supposed to get better.

The problem is, looking at the economic analyses I have posted from zerohedge.com this morning, things seem to be getting worse for most Americans, and it is a disturbing trend.

May 02 11:49

Is This The Scariest Chart In The World Now?

The scariest chart in the world this week, indeed this month, comes from the US... and plots U.S. real GDP growth.

But... the really scary stuff is longer-term trend in U.S. growth. And that is illustrated in the chart below:

Look at the grey bars: these take periods of expansion in the U.S. economy and average rates of growth over these periods. Notice the pattern? Why, yes, the average expansion-consistent rates of growth have fallen, steadily, since 1975 through today. Worse, controlling for volatile growth (average rates) in pre-1975 period, an exponential trend for average expansion-consistent growth rates (the yellow line) is solidly trending down.

The latest period of economic expansion is underperforming even that abysmal trend. And 1Q 2017 is underperforming that worse than abysmal average.

May 02 11:36

America’s Rapacious Aristocracy and World War III

What America’s aristocrats, the individuals who control the U.S.-headquartered international corporations, are more concerned about than anything else, is dominating the world. This motivation is consistent with the empirical findings in Social Psychology and Personality Psychology, that the richer a person is, the more psychopathic he/she tends to be.

If you’re a billionaire, then getting tax-write-offs and university buildings named after you for ‘philanthropy’ will be fine, but your real obsession will be to win, to dominate everything — by hook or by crook, and no matter what, but this is for real, it is none of the mythology. It’s no different in today’s America than it was in Nazi Germany.

It’s an international gangland operation, and the local aristocracy has adjudged that its best chances for being with the winner will be for their country to buy U.S. weaponry and otherwise to be allied with the U.S. gang.

May 02 11:30

America’s Financial War Strategy

The three theatres of war that offer the best prospects for further escalation are Syria, Korea, and Iran. They are in two regions where significant quantities of dollars are owned and invested, offering the potential for capital flight, which should be kept in mind, when reading this article.

Trump is also seeking congressional approval for an increase in defence spending totaling $54bn, a massive increase which, to put it in perspective, compares with Russia’s total defence budget of $66bn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in nature, he was as serious as is a heart attack.

Major-General Liang's analysis appears to be bang spot-on here.

May 02 11:17

GEORGE SOROS FIXES EYE ON NEW ENEMY

George Soros appears to have fixed his eye on a new enemy – a proposed Article V Convention.

Operatives from Soros-funded organizations have been caught on camera lobbying state legislators in at least two states to oppose an Article V Convention resolution.

Anthony Gutierrez of Common Cause Texas, a Soros-funded group, testified against Article V Convention legislation before the Texas legislature, and Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sponsored by Soros’ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, lobbied against such legislation in the Mountain State.

Common Cause and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities have also put out policy papers attacking the effort to call an Article V Convention.

May 02 11:01

Records Show Girl Begged for Her Life as Officers Dehydrated Her to Death

They murder, by torture, white people too.

Days passed with Jensen not receiving any medical treatment until, finally, it happened. She was found dead in her jail cell, the result of a jail which didn't attempt to meet her physical or medical needs, according to the family.

The Salt Lake City Tribune uncovered internal documents which declare her death attributable to natural causes. A Utah medical examiners report the family classified the 21-year-old woman's death as "natural” a result of cardiac arrhythmia caused by opiate withdrawal and dehydration.

While opiate withdrawal isn't preventable in a jail were opiates aren't given to inmates, dehydration is certainly something which could have been addressed by a trained and licensed medical doctor, who would have most certainly ordered fluids be given intravenously. That basic level of care wasn't given to Jensen and she succumbed to her illness.

May 02 10:57

McMaster Threatens North Korea

Trump, Tillerson and now National Security Advisor McMaster threatened war on North Korea - madness if Washington launches it.

The USS Carl Vinson strike group is conducting military exercises with South Korean and Japanese warships in international waters off the Korean peninsula - a reckless provocation Pyongyang believes is preparation for war.

Given Trump’s rage for waging them, it’s justified in fearing possible US aggression. Last week, Tillerson said “(d)iplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”

No DPRK aggression occurred any time throughout its history. No evidence suggests it plans any now or ahead.

Tillerson and other US officials represent Washington’s rage for unchallenged global dominance - color revolutions and naked aggression its strategies of choice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gentlemen, a word, please: would one of you kindly explain to the American people just HOW North Korea is a threat, because it is developing its nuclear weapons program as a deterrent against invasion, and there is absolutely no history of aggression toward other countries in its history?!?

Yes, they bluster and threaten, and make horribly infantile videos about blowing up the US; but do you think that North Korean leadership would actually attempt to do that, understand that the US's military response would be to turn their country into a sea of molten glass?!?

So the short answer is, they would not.

May 02 10:56

Jury recommends Milwaukee jail staffers be charged for inmate dehydration death

The Sheriff runs the jail. In the end this death is on him. He is not a hero.

A jury recommended Monday that charges be brought against seven Milwaukee County jail staffers in the dehydration death of an inmate who was allegedly denied water for seven days.

The Associated Press reported the jury heard jail staff testimony and considered evidence from county prosecutors during a six day inquest. Jury members ultimately decided there was probable cause that 38-year-old Terrill Thomas was abused before his death on April 24, 2016.

May 02 10:47

North Korea says U.S. bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war

North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength.

The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States.

The flight of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the right circumstances, and as his CIA director landed in South Korea for talks.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing in Seoul that Monday's joint drill was conducted to deter provocations by the North.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American Deep State is hungry for war; and in light of the fact that the demonisation of Russia appears to be somewhat subdued, at least at the moment, North Korea made itself a convenient target when it resumed its bombing tests.

I would like to hope that South Korea is able to, peacefully, elect its new president one week from today, but that remains to be seen.

IF North Korea holds off on any testing until well after the elections in the south, hoping for a "dove" who favors the Sunshine Policy with the north, the only way the US government can get its war going is through a false flag; and if South Korea gets its peace candidate elected, look for a US-generated false flag, to be blamed on North Korea to get the war well and truly moving.

And looking at the predilections of the American Deep State, I would not put it past the US government to do just that.

May 02 10:14

Hamas accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Hamas has presented a new political document that accepts the formation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, without recognising the statehood of Israel, and says that the conflict in Palestine is not a religious one.

The positions were made official on Monday in Qatar's capital, Doha, by Khaled Meshaal, the leader-in-exile of the Palestinian group that runs the besieged Gaza Strip.

"We shall not waive an inch of the Palestinian home soil, no matter what the recent pressures are and no matter how long the occupation," Meshaal said as he revealed the document to the public after two years of work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Meshaal, a word, please. This document does not take into account the current, and most probably permanent, facts on the ground here.

For many years, at this blog, I warned Fattah and Hamas, that unless they spoke with one voice representing the Palestinian people, that they would ultimately not prevail against the Israeli government, and that the Palestinian state, if it ever was ever allowed to come into being, would be smaller than Lichtenstein or Andorra.

Recent history has proven me correct on this warning.

And now, the Jewish-only settlements have been engineered in such a way, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, that a contiguous State of Palestine is now impossible.

Israel announces plans for 15,000 more settlement homes in East Jerusalem

And after two years of work, this document was the best you could do for the situation of the Palestinian people?!?!? I am, sir, frankly, thoroughly appalled.

This document has utterly no basis in reality; no Middle Eastern country would, singly, or in concert, dare to take on Israel militarily, although many in leadership roles in the Middle East talk a" good game".

May 02 10:01

South Korean media is warning about 'Trump's mouth' threatening US alliance

South Korean media on Monday warned of a "Trump risk" threatening the alliance between Washington and Seoul amid high tensions over the North's weapons ambitions.

The two countries are bound by a defence pact and 28,500 US troops are stationed in the South.

But the new US president has said in recent interviews that Seoul should pay for a "billion-dollar" US missile defence system being deployed in the South to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North.

He has also pushed for renegotiation of what he called a "horrible" bilateral free trade pact that went into effect five years ago, calling it an "unacceptable... deal made by Hillary".

The remarks stunned Seoul, with South Korean politicians immediately rejecting his push for payment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can understand that South Korea is nervous at the way President Trump appears to be "bundling" the issues of the trade deal and defense against North Korea.

This may well be enough to push the South Korean electorate to elect the Presidential candidate who is a "dove" on North Korea, and favors a sunshine policy toward it, which is peace, and trade.

As reported this March by AP, via ctv news:

Many conservatives are seen as toxic because of their past association with Park, so some political pundits believe South Korea's next leader will be determined in the primaries of the liberal Democratic Party, the largest of the country's opposition parties. And the party's two leading presidential contenders have remarkably different tones on major issues, including the country's approach to belligerent North Korea.

Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012 but is now the clear presidential favourite, argues that Seoul should pursue dialogue, not just the use of sanctions, to try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions. He vows to reopen an industrial park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong that was jointly run by the Koreas before Park's government closed it last year following a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by the North.

Moon has also shown a willingness to challenge the United States, the country's main ally, saying Seoul should reconsider its plans to deploy THAAD, an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, to cope with North Korean threats. Moon argues that THAAD's security benefits would be curtailed by worsened relations with China and Russia, which see the system's powerful radar as a threat. Moon's strongest challenger in the primaries will likely be An Heejung, the centrist governor of South Chungcheong Province.

So President Trump, a word here. The issue of "face" is very important in Asian countries, and South Koreans getting dissed by your bundling of trade with defense issues, is not helpful, and particularly not now.

That May 9th election is one week from today, so please; a little, genuine diplomacy here would not be a bad move; and if you cannot do it yourself, please outsource it to someone in your administration who can!!

May 02 09:47

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque

Soon after Clinton’s defeat, top strategists decided where to place the blame. “Within 24 hours of her concession speech,” the authors report, campaign manager Robby Mook and campaign chair John Podesta “assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

Six months later, that centerpiece of the argument is rampant – with claims often lurching from unsubstantiated overreach to outright demagoguery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given Clinton's pathological inability to take responsibility for where she had screwed up, ever, the Russia bashing was almost inevitable; but the traction it got from there to today, is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

The Deep American state got whatever Russophobic response it thought it could from beating the dead horse of Russian interventionism in November's elections, and the further demonisation of Russia and Putin; but at the end of the day, the utter absurdity of the charge was completely laughable.

May 02 09:36

Texas Police Officer Uses Rifle In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed 15-Year-Old

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this keeps happening in this country is absolutely, completely intolerable.

I cannot imagine what it must be like for a parent to waive goodbye to their kid, going off to school, and not knowing, with any certainty, that they will come home safe and sound.

May 02 09:21

"THINKING IS HARD": THE HORROR OF THE DEEP STATE'S PLAN EXPOSED

I’ve watched with disgust over the last month as the promises of non-interventionism by a presidential candidate have been broken by the third consecutive president. George W. promised a humble foreign policy with no nation building. He had criticized the Clinton-Gore Administration for being too interventionist:

“If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road. And I’m going to prevent that.”

There seems to be a common theme when it comes to how all presidents end up doing the bidding of the military industrial complex as soon as they settle into the Oval Office, no matter what they said during their campaigns. Trump is the latest example of talking diplomacy, no nation building, non-interventionism, and not putting boots on the ground, and then doing the exact opposite within weeks of taking office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Mr. Quinn!!

And yes, the sense of betrayal, from the time that Trump was the candidate, to the moment he assumed the Presidency, is palpable, and deeply painful.

May 02 09:14

VACCINE INDUSTRY GOES “NUCLEAR” IN PUSH FOR NEW LAW THAT WOULD DENY YOU YOUR JOB IF YOU AREN’T VACCINATED

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a Republican, has introduced new legislation that, taken to its logical end, might eventually provision for employers to force their employees to be vaccinated under the guise of “wellness.”

House Resolution 1313, known as the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” contains certain provisions for “disease prevention” that, should employees refuse them, might end up costing them their jobs. That, or employees could face penalties in the form of ostracization or even higher insurance rates.

Based on the legislation’s open-ended language, employees could one day be refused the option of rejecting whatever their employers decide is appropriate for wellness and disease prevention, including government-recommended vaccines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Am I ever glad, right now, that I am an entrepreneur with very happy clients!!

I am not anti-vax, per se, but think that individuals need to know the benefits/risk ratio of what they allow to be placed in their bodies, and make the decision to vaccinate or not, on the basis of sound fact.

Getting this right taken away from employees is draconian in the extreme, and deplorable.

May 02 09:06

BOSTON BOMBING: US PROSECUTORS SHIELD 'CLASSIFIED' DOCS FROM TSARNAEV LAWYERS

Attorneys for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have told a federal court that they "will not be able to meaningfully" appeal Tsarnaev's death sentence without accessing 13 secret documents which federal prosecutors refuse to share.

The government filings pertain to the US District Court case that resulted in a 30-count conviction and death sentence for Tsarnaev, who planted a bomb that killed three marathon spectators and injured many others. The bombing sparked a massive manhunt for the 23-year old and his older brother, Tamerlan, in 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police a few days later.

Tsarnaev's attorneys are appealing the conviction and sentence, but they have yet to file a brief doing so, according to the Boston Herald.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is happening here is very simple; the US government wants Tsarnaev dead, because this was a false flag, from beginning to end.

If this was NOT the case, the government and Judge O'Toole (who has obviously been given his "marching orders") would have no problem in sharing these 13 documents.

May 02 08:56

SENATE QUIETLY DROPS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL, FOCUSES ON IRAN CRACKDOWN

Much to the likely chagrin of the mainstream media, and Democratic Party blame narratives everywhere, Politico reports that the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached a decision that’s sure to disappoint Russia hawks: They’re not taking up a Russia sanctions bill anytime soon.

Instead, Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have agreed to move forward on a measure to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe without using sanctions as well as an Iran sanctions bill.

“The ranking member and I are in strong agreement on a pathway forward and that's what we're going to do. We're going to do an Iran sanctions bill. It'll be done toward the end of this work period. We're also working together on a bill to push back against Russia in Europe and what they're doing, and those are the two courses of action that we're taking.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Russia is doing... precisely WHAT, please, in Europe which needs to be pushed back against?!?

Do these men not understand the degree to which NATO has surrounded Russia with their troops?!?

Is it, possibly, that European countries are angry about the sanctions against Russia, placed there by the US for what it ABSOLUTELY DID NOT DO, i. e., the alleged "annexation of Crimea", which, in the spirit of UN-sanctioned peaceful self-determination, decided to leave Ukraine after the 2014 US/EU/IMF/Soros-sponsored putsch left the corrupt kleptocrat Poroshenko in charge of the country?!?

Such anger at the economic strictures places on European businesses by these US and EU sanctions is both reasonable, economically, and completely justifiable.

And sanctioning Iran " in retaliation for Iran’s ballistic missile development, support for U.S.-designated terrorist groups and human rights violations."?!?!?

Precisely what are these US-designated terrorist groups they allegedly support?!?

Iran and state-sponsored terrorism

Yes, I can see the list; but where is the proof of such activities, which should be here?!?

And why in the world is Israel here, as a "victim" of alleged Iranian aggression?!? Israel has nuclear weapons, which Iran does not. Iran is a signatory to the NNPT, which Israel is not, but that's not the point.

In creating this bill, Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have done the work requested of them by their Israeli masters, and that is to attempt to further demonise Iran in the eyes of Americans, as well as the world.

But gentlemen, a word, please; this is not working at all, and further cements the perception in both your states and of your brother and sister Americans, that you are completely under the thrall and control of a foreign government.

Israel consistently calls out Iran as its existential threat in the region; one which the US military must "regime change", and soon; but of course, this, in the eyes of the government of Tel Aviv, should only be done with American blood and money.

Both Bob Corker and Ben Cardin understand that Russia's support for Syria and Iran, is unwavering, and believe, cynically, that they can demonise Russia in the eyes of Americans by luring them into conflict with US troops in both countries; that is precisely what they want to see happen.

But I would like to strongly caution both Senators that this is an officially horrible idea; at this moment in its history, the American military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

May 02 07:34

Tomahawk missile strike on Syria was ‘after-dinner entertainment’ – US commerce secretary

Wilbur Ross is the guy who bailed Trump out in the early 90's with Rothschild money. Sounds like a real sicko IMHO!

The 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles the US launched against Syria last month was just “after-dinner entertainment,” which “did not cost the president anything,” the US commerce secretary said, while President Trump called the attack a “tough decision.”

While the estimated cost of the strike ranged from roughly $60 million to $100 million depending on which Tomahawk missile modification was used, Ross stated that it “didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.”

May 02 06:17

Dr. Martin King assassinated by US government: 70-minute full walkthrough of facts by Martin’s friend and family attorney of civil trial verdict. Corporate media, .01% political ‘leaders’ ongoing criminal accomplices after the fact to hide US rogue state

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Dr. King’s 2-minute message to you (full 1967 speech to end the Vietnam War):

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of Martin's assassination/wrongful death. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King Center fully documents the case, with full trial transcript (to more fully explain the following summary of trial evidence, here is the best article I've found).

May 01 22:33

Records Show Girl Begged for Her Life as Officers Dehydrated Her to Death

Duchesne County, UT — Madison Jensen’s death could be used as an indictment on America’s love affair with opioids or one of badge abuse or both. At any rate, another inmate has died while in the care of the Duchesne County Jail.

According to the Tribune, authorities have “declined to release surveillance video that would show Jensen’s care during her time in jail. The Duchesne County attorney and Uintah County Sheriff’s Office each has declined to release records that would shed more light on Jensen’s treatment.”

May 01 22:30

Milwaukee jury: Charge staffers in inmate dehydration death

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A jury on Monday recommended criminal charges against seven Milwaukee County jail staffers in the dehydration death of an inmate who went without water for seven days.

The jury's recommendation came after a six-day inquest that included testimony from jail staff and evidence from county prosecutors. The jury found probable cause for "abuse of a resident of a penal facility" in the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas on April 24, 2016.

"This isn't the first time this happened. This is a pattern," Assistant District Attorney Kurt Bentley said.

The jail is overseen by conservative firebrand Sheriff David Clarke, but the inquest did not target him. Clarke, who has been frequently mentioned as a possible Trump administration appointee, has declined to comment on Thomas' death but did issue a statement in March noting Thomas' criminal background.

May 01 20:12

‘You Won’: US Journalist Barrett Brown Freed Following Re-arrest

After four days of being held without reason at a federal detention facility in Seagoville, Texas, journalist Barrett Brown has returned home.

"I got to go back to Seagoville and see some of my old buddies," Brown told D Magazine. "They came in and told me, 'You won. Get your stuff ready,'" he said of his Monday release.

Formerly an "agitator" with hacktivist group Anonymous, Brown received a 63-month sentence in January 2015, after initially facing more than 100 years locked up.

May 01 12:27

Donald Trump slams 'archaic' US constitution that is 'really bad' for the country

Donald Trump has blamed the US constitution for the problems he has encountered during his first 100 days in office.

In an interview with Fox News to mark the milestone, the Republican called the system of checks and balances on power “archaic”.

“It’s a very rough system,” he said. “It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, CRAP!

May 01 11:50

Trump is Running Out of Bombs

Good news for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Not so good for civilians in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Afghanistan.

May 01 11:17

CIA chief in South Korea for ‘internal visit’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has traveled to South Korea for what the US embassy there described as an “internal meeting,” as North Korea remains defiant in the face of US threats to drop its development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

“The CIA director and his wife are in Seoul for an internal meeting with the United States Forces Korea and embassy officials,” an embassy official said Monday.

The confirmation of the unannounced visit came hours after the South’s largest daily Chosun Ilbo first reported the weekend visit.

According to the newspaper, Pompeo held back-to-back closed-door meetings with the head of the South's spy agency and senior presidential officials.

The spymaster briefed Korean officials on US President Donald Trump’s policy against Pyongyang, the report stated.

The future of South Korea’s leadership and the May 9 presidential vote in the country were also on the agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Pompeo is "testing the waters" to see how the election on May 9th could give the US government the kind of candidate it wants to see elected, and they do NOT want a candidate winning in South Korea who favors a "sunshine policy" there, which calls for engagement with the North.

At the moment, unless there is a massive alleged "false flag" against South Korea, engineered by the US military, or there is another North Korean nuclear test by 9 May, there is no rationale for the US, South Korea, and Japan to attack North Korea.

Therefore, the US government may well be hedging its bets (and doing everything possible, including the hacking of South Korean voting machines) to insure they get the candidate they want, voted into the office of the South Korean presidency.

The ease with which this can be done has been very well documented in the following film:
Hacking Democracy, by Bev Harris

May 01 11:05

Al-Qaeda says fighting alongside US-, Saudi-backed militia in Yemen

The leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says his forces have often fought alongside US- and Saudi-backed militia and supporters of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against the Yemeni army and the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Qasim al-Rimi, the ringleader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), made the remarks to the terrorist group's media arm al-Malahem from an undisclosed location in war-torn Yemen on Sunday, adding that his militants had teamed up with an array of other "factions," including Salafist groups and the "Muslim Brotherhood," who are both key militias on Hadi's side.

The AQAP is perceived as the most active branch of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and has been considered by the Pentagon as the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. Washington has already offered a $5 million prize for al-Rimi's capture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; the US government has a bounty on this guy's head, yet element of US troops are fighting with his troops in Yemen?!?

This is nothing short of bizzare!!

May 01 10:48

A Chinese Factory Slave Explains Why Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back To America No Matter What President Trump Says by Mac Slavo

While we all loved President Trump’s campaign pledge to bring jobs back to America, there are powerful economic forces at work that suggest the shift to cheap labor is pretty much irreversible. Yes, Trump has spoken with the leaders of some of America’s biggest companies and he’s been successful at getting those chief executives to commit to creating or keeping a few thousands jobs here and there, but when you consider that the competing foreign labor force primarily responsible for manufacturing America’s consumer goods numbers in the hundreds of millions of people, the notion that we’re somehow going to see explosive manufacturing growth over the next four or eight years is nothing more than a pipe dream.

But don’t take it from us. A Chinese factory worker explains exactly why we have absolutely no way to compete with the near slave-like conditions found in foreign factories:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some jobs are coming back, but many will not come back to the US, or if they do, will be handled by robots.

May 01 10:43

Trump Declares Today “Loyalty Day” To Remind Americans To Never Question Government

How can any leader expect to enjoin a nation to patriotism, much less loyalty, when a furious sequence of executive orders and proposals erase the basic American principles of freedom and equality for all who seek Lady Liberty’s once-embracing arms.

May 01 10:35

Ron Paul Warns "We Are In The Last Stages Of The Welfare-Warfare State"

Congress ended the week by passing a continuing resolution keeping the government funded for one more week. This stopgap funding bill was designed to give Congress and the White House more time to negotiate a long-term spending bill. Passage of a long-term spending bill had been delayed over objections to Republican efforts to preserve Obamcare's key features but give states a limited ability to opt out of some Obamacare mandates...[ZH: that longer-term bill has been agreed with the Democrats]

May 01 10:31

Economic Reality: Bottom 50% Of Americans No Longer Matter

As long as the Fed can keep stocks and home prices elevated, there is no concern about the food-stamp, rent-subsidized, Medicaid-supplement, disability-income, Obamacare-subsidized 50% of Americans struggling paycheck-to-paycheck.

That money rolls in guaranteed, month after month!

That 50% cannot afford a house is irrelevant as long as suckers keep paying $500,000 to two-bedroom shacks in LA.

The game is to keep asset prices up so that the top 50% keep spending. The bottom 50% are taken care of by government (taxpayer) subsidies noted above.

Here’s the real deal: Fed Expects a Second Quarter Rebound, Higher Equity Prices.

Repeat Performance

The Fed needs to keep asset prices elevated even though it’s pretty clear concerns are mounting over bubbles.

Can the Fed save the world again?

Previously, the bottom third did not matter. Then the bottom 40% did not matter. Now the bottom 50% do not matter.

May 01 10:03

No, the NSA Has NOT Stopped Spying On Americans’ Emails

Specifically, we asked Binney:

Do you buy it? https://www.yahoo.com/tech/us-nsa-spy-agency-halts-controversial-email...

Or do you think they’re just collecting under a different authorization/program?

Binney responded:

Short answer, NO.

May 01 10:00

Priebus: The President Is Eyeing Changes to Press Laws

Thanks CNN fake news. In an effort to fight the scourge of ‘fake news’, the President is eyeing making changes to the libel laws, which would target news agencies with lawsuits for publishing fake news. Some of you on the right might be celebrating this now, considering that there is just one center right leaning network and zero relevant newspapers on the right. By placing a standard, which would be enforced by a ‘Fake News” Tsar, the government will, essentially, eliminate freedom of the press.

May 01 10:00

Cold War 2.0: There will be No Russophobia Reset

In the end, there was hardly a reset; rather a sort of tentative pause on Cold War 2.0. Interminable days of sound and fury were trudging along when President Trump finally decided NATO is “no longer obsolete”; still, he wants to “get along” with Russia.

Just ahead of meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin had stressed on Russian TV that trust (between Russia and the US) is “at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn’t improved. On the contrary, it has degraded.” Emphasis on a pedestrian “workable,” but most of all “degraded” – as in the National Security Council releasing a report essentially accusing Moscow of spreading fake news.

May 01 09:56

What The Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know.

While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon.

For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy? They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bilateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.

Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won’t the US talk to North Korea??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know precisely when such an attack against North Korea may be coming; but all indications are that it is coming.

I will breathe a heavy sign of relief, and I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely, dead wrong in my assessment of what is happening here, but don't think I am.

One does not place the kinds of military assets as the US government has placed just off the Korean peninsula, and not use them.

May 01 09:52

Video: US Armored Vehicles Arrive in Northern Syria. Is It An Invasion?

US armored vehicles arrived in Northern Syria with US convoy stationed near Darbasiyah Village.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the short answer to the question posed by the title of the article is, yes.

The Trump administration has gone full-metal-jacket toward a regime change in Damascus, and it is only a matter of time before we are looking at direct confrontation with Russian ground troops, which are soon to be deployed there.
Russia ready to send ground troops to Syria, 25 April,
2017

May 01 09:47

The Numbers are Staggering: U.S. is ‘World Leader’ in Child Poverty

America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.

Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said,

“People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.”

The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it’s like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working.

“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).

The callousness of U.S. political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking. Hunger is just one of the problems of our children. Teacher Sonya Romero-Smith told about the two little homeless girls she adopted:

“Getting rid of bedbugs, that took us a while. Night terrors, that took a little while. Hoarding food..”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and should be totally unacceptable to an allegedly civilised society!!

May 01 09:42

McMaster says US must be prepared for military operations in North Korea

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to make clear Sunday that President Trump is seeking international support in trying to stop North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, reasserting Trump’s vow that the U.S. will no longer be the world’s policeman.

“It’s an open defiance of the international community,” McMaster told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”

From essentially the start of Trump’s winning presidential campaign, he has criticized previous administrations about the financial and geo-political consequences of leading efforts to police or overthrow foreign regimes. He even threatened to resign from NATO unless other countries started paying their fair share for such efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These comments were not made for international effect but specifically for domestic consumption, as the American people are being mentally "groomed" toward the inevitability of military conflict with North Korea.

May 01 09:36

Trump Not Ruling Out Attacking North Korea

After weeks of mounting international concerns about the possibility of the United States attacking North Korea, President Trump appeared extremely non-committal about the possibility of him ordering such an attack, insisting he wasn’t going to rule it out.

“I don’t know, I mean, we’ll see,” Trump insisted on CBS’ Meet the Press. This was a surprisingly mild response after weeks of talking about “taking care of” North Korea and bragging about dispatching a “armada” to the Korean Peninsula with an eye toward such a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the elements are now in position for such an attack, and if, in fact, President Trump greenlights it, that has to come soon; South Korean elections happen next Tuesday, 9 May, and the man favored to win the election is an advocate of the "sunshine policy" toward North Korea, which is one of engagement.

May 01 09:31

Tensions Grow Between US, Turkey Along Syrian Border

The US responded to last week’s Turkish attacks on allied Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria by deploying a growing number of US troops in armored vehicles along the Syria-Turkey border, aiming to provide some sort of buffer and to prevent more Turkish attacks.

It doesn’t seem to be working, and if anything, tensions are now growing between the Turkish government and the US, with Turkish officials unhappy that the US is getting in their way, and seeing it as amounting to the US taking the side of the Kurds against them.

Turkish President Erdogan insisted he was “deeply saddened” to see the US flag flying alongside “terrorists” from the Kurdish YPG, saying he intends to demand President Trump stop supporting the Kurds in an upcoming White House visit, adding “this needs to be stopped right now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now becomes, just how far is the US government prepared to go, in preventing Turkey from interfering in the creating of an independent Kurdistan?!?

May 01 09:15

Ron Paul Warns “We Are In The Last Stages Of The Welfare-Warfare State”

The breakdown of the congressional appropriations process, combined with hyper-interventionism via the Federal Reserve and foreign policy, suggest we are in the last stages of the welfare-warfare state. Whether this system’s inevitable collapse completes our descent into authoritarianism or leads to a restoration of limited, constitutional government and free markets depends on how effective those of us who know the truth are in spreading the ideas of liberty.

May 01 09:09

Julian Assange - This is out of control ! Even routers ! This is insanity !


Apple hardware completely compromised
Installed at the time of manufacture

May 01 09:04

At least 352 civilians killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State group

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This number appears astonishingly low to me.

May 01 08:59

US REPEATING SAME WAR CRIME IN SYRIA THAT STARVED 500,000 CHILDREN TO DEATH IN IRAQ

The Associated Press states that “any property or interest in property of the individuals’ sanctioned must be blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.” Also according to AP, “Three U.S. officials said that the sanctions are part of a broader effort to cut off funding and other support to Syria’s President Bashar Assad and his government amid the country’s escalating civil war. The U.S. blames Assad for a recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians, and responded earlier this month by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since taking the Oath of Office in January, President Trump has changed his position on so many issues, that he is giving me a severe case of intellectual whiplash; Syria is one of those issues, and I see more US troops on the ground here soon, to attempt regime change against Al Assad.

May 01 08:53

ROTHSCHILD BANK NOW UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AFTER BARON DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD INDICTMENT

Last year, Baron David de Rothschild was indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled large sums of money from British pensioners.

It has taken many years to bring this case against Rothschild and his company the Rothschild Financial Services Group, which trapped hundreds of pensioners in a bogus loan scheme between the years of 2005 and 2008.

One by one the pensioners lost their money and pressed charges against the notorious banker, beginning a case that would take many years to get even an indictment.

In June, Paris-based liaison judge Javier Gómez Bermudez ruled that Rothschild must face a trial for his crimes, and ordered local police to seek him out in his various mansions that are spread throughout the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By now, Baron David de Rothschild is probably living it up in yet another mansion he owns, in a country which does not have an extradition treaty with France.

May 01 08:49

JAPAN DEPLOYS WARSHIP TO SUPPORT US 'ARMADA', AUTHORIZES "NECESSARY USE OF WEAPONS" FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

In a post-World War II precedent-setting move (under the country’s expanded military doctrine), the Japanese Navy has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier (and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary), to escort and protect a US supply vessel.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, I can see nothing which is moving away from military action against North Korea and very soon.

The South Korean elections will be held next Tuesday, 9 May. If the attack does not happen by that point, and with a political "dove" who favors the "sunshine policy" apt to become the President of South Korea, this will have to happen quickly, or not at all.

May 01 08:44

The Rise of the Generals

Who is behind the seeming conversion of Trump to hawk? The generals, Bibi Netanyahu and the neocons, Congressional hawks with Cold War mindsets, the Saudi royal family and the Gulf Arabs — they are winning the battle for the president's mind. But before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders — George Bush's invasion of Iraq.

May 01 08:43

THIS IS WHAT A BANK RUN LOOKS LIKE: HOME CAPITAL LOSES 70% OF DEPOSITS IN ONE WEEK

In the beginning it was a slow pace, then it became a casual jog. Then, starting early last week, the jog morphed into a full-blown run, and - as of the past 3 days - the withdrawal of deposits at Home Capital Group's high interest savings accounts has mutated into a full blown mad dash not to be the last person to have their money at what is now an effectively insolvent alternative lender.

According to HCG's latest press release this morning, the "less than prime" Canadian mortgage lender held HISA deposits of only $391 million as of Monday, May 1; this is down C$130 million from Friday, or a reduction in the total amount by 25%. It is also down 72% from the C$1.4 billion reported one week ago.

For those who need to think all the way back to the third Greek bailout of 2015 to recall what a bank run looks like, here is what the deposit situation at HCG has looked like over the past month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well be the proverbial "canary in the the coal mine" for other lending institutions in Canada, and may be the start of a contagion which cannot be contained.

May 01 08:27

Economic Reality: Bottom 50% Of Americans No Longer Matter

The Fed likes to brag about the “We saved the world” recovery. However, the unfortunate truth of the matter is a record Half of American Families Live Paycheck to Paycheck. Does it Matter? Let’s investigate.

May 01 08:13

The Relentless Push Towards War: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong… How About EVERYTHING?”

It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in office in the US — Republican/Democrat, conservative/liberal — there’s a war machine constantly running. My concern is that there’s a building risk that one day that war machine is going to bust apart. And when it does, the long relative peace that the US and Europe have enjoyed (even as they’ve visited a lot of death and destruction elsewhere) will be shattered.

May 01 07:58

The resurgence of police power

Police power is government power and vice versa. It is the police who enforce the liberty-stealing laws passed by government criminals. That’s why I hold police in such contempt. Politicians sit in ivory towers removed from the people they oppress. Police look the people in the face as they oppress them.

May 01 07:47

A Tax Cut Big Enough To Save the Economy (May kill it instead, says Peter Schiff)

Donald Trump has made good on one of his most audacious campaign promises by submitting what he describes as the biggest tax cut in U.S. History. For once, at least, this does not appear to be Trumpian braggadocio. It really may be the mother of all tax cuts. But if passed, what may this bunker buster do to the economy? While I have rarely met a tax cut I didn’t like, this one just may be more likely to send the economy into a downward spiral than it is to send up to orbit.

May 01 06:43

Vaccine industry goes “nuclear” in push for new law that would deny you YOUR JOB if you aren’t vaccinated

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a Republican, has introduced new legislation that, taken to its logical end, might eventually provision for employers to force their employees to be vaccinated under the guise of “wellness.”

House Resolution 1313, known as the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” contains certain provisions for “disease prevention” that, should employees refuse them, might end up costing them their jobs. That, or employees could face penalties in the form of ostracization or even higher insurance rates.

Apr 30 07:22

US approves another hundreds-million-dollar arms sale to Israel

The United States has approved a proposal to sell Israel more weapons, including naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Friday that the State Department agreed to allow the possible sale of 13 76mm naval guns to Tel Aviv.

The Pentagon agency said it had notified the Congress about the State Department’s decision

“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability," said the agency.

It also said that the equipment "will improve Israel’s capability to meet current and future threats in the defense of its borders and territorial waters.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT borders?!? Israel refuses to declare where, precisely, its borders are, in order for the Zionists to fulfill their dream of "Eretz Israel", which will need to "munch" territory from neighboring territories to achieve their goals of enlarging the country so that it runs from the Nile to the Euphrates.

map: Eretz Israel

Apr 29 08:52

Israel Announces Plan for 15,000 More Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem

The Israeli Housing Ministry today announced plans to build 25,000 homes across metro Jerusalem, and within this announcement were 15,000 new settlement homes within occupied East Jerusalem areas, a massive expansion of settlement in the area.

Israeli officials don’t present expansions in the East Jerusalem settlements as “settlement” expansion, however, as they insist the area, occupied since 1967, is part of the “eternal” capital of Israel, and will never be given back to the Palestinians at any rate.

The latest move sparked a lot of international criticism, with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat declaring the move an attempt at “deliberate sabotage” of the peace process, and noting that all settlement construction in the occupied territories is illegal under international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I mentioned on this blog, years ago, that if the Palestinian leadership didn't get its act together, and present themselves as the unified voice of the Palestinian people, the land they would get for an independent Palestine wouldn't even be the size of Lichtenstein.

I hate having been right on this, but it is apparently the case.

And please remember; Zionist Israelis see their country as the original "Eretz Israel", stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates, which means a number of neighboring countries will have to give up some of their territory, to make that happen.
map: Eretz Israel

Apr 29 08:38

U.S. SIGNALS POSSIBLE AIRSTRIKES IN SOMALIA BY ASKING AID GROUPS FOR THEIR LOCATIONS

U.S. OFFICIALS THIS WEEK requested the geographic coordinates of aid groups working in Somalia, according to a document obtained by The Intercept — a move that could indicate an escalation of military action against the Shabab. The notice to NGOs comes a month after President Trump declared portions of the country an “area of active hostilities,” giving the military wider scope to launch strikes that could potentially kill more civilians.

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.

Apr 29 07:59

Ongoing .01% ‘Crime du jour’ analyses + Big Picture context of US rogue state empire requiring arrests: BOTH REQUIRED or ‘We the People’ will have ‘leadership’ under Prescott Bush’s motto, Karl Rove’s promise, and Ben Franklin’s prediction

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“Claim everything. Explain nothing. Deny everything.” ~ Prescott Bush, 1966 (oligarch, father and grandfather of US Presidents)

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” ~ Three weeks before W. Bush’s election for a second term in 2004, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, chiding Pulitzer-winning journalist, Ron Suskind.

Among soooo many warnings of the fragility and rareness of freedom, on September 18, 1787, just after signing the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin on what kind of government America would have:

Apr 28 12:00

When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula

Before South Korea’s conservative presidents severed ties with North Korea from 2008, their liberal predecessors Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun promoted peaceful engagement and rapprochement, an approach called the “sunshine policy.”

The name stemmed from an ancient Greek fable where the wind and the sun competed to remove a man’s cloak. No matter how strongly the wind blew, the man only wrapped his cloak more tightly to keep warm. But when the sun shone, the warmth made him take his cloak off. The wind symbolized unsuccessful coercive policies toward North Korea and the sun stood for an approach able to persuade North Korea to take off its anachronistic and uncomfortable cloak, changing at last.

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 10:10

Fox News Poll: 53 percent favor military action to stop North Korea nukes program

It will take military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, a majority of voters believe -- and they tend to favor the U.S. taking that action.

That’s according to the latest national Fox News Poll of registered voters.

Fifty-one percent say that U.S. military action will be required to keep the rogue nation from continuing its nuclear weapons program, while 36 percent think diplomacy alone can stop it.

By a 53-39 percent margin, voters favor the U.S. using military force to keep North Korea from making further advancements on nukes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME, understanding the horrific loss of life such an attack would create, on both sides?!?

Either FAUX news was "push-polling", i.e., working through zip codes where they knew what the general answer would be before they conducted the poll, or they were polling the criminally insane!!

No thinking person I know believes that a US military "solution" should be employed, not one!!

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?

Apr 28 10:02

Mounting Incitements to War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia. When later asked which of these allegations was the most dangerous, Cohen responds, in this installment, that their number is increasing and with them the risk of war. He itemizes the Cold War narratives, or allegations, now propounded by the US political-media establishment:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "blame Russia for everything not going right for American geopolitics" is both disingenuous in the extreme, and completely, utterly wrong.

But just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And a war with Russia right now would be idiotically suicidal for the American government to do, and I say this as someone who cares very much about the future of her country.

The reasons are painfully obvious; right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And secondly, Americans have become very war-weary, and war-skeptical, in evaluating the horrific messes the US military has left in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya.

And that fact that Americans understand, incontrovertibly, that they were lied to in order to start the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, means that they can never, ever trust anything agents of the US government say ever again.

So to all those who seem to have gone foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog mad, in terms of both government officials and their presstitutes, attempting to "sell" your Russophobia, a word, please; you have utterly flushed your credibility with your lies, and have therefore become completely irrelevant in terms of moving the American geopolitical process forward.

Apr 28 09:46

Obama scores ANOTHER $400K speaking fee amid criticism…

Even as President Obama faced criticism for getting $400,000 for a speech to a Wall Street bank, he pocketed the same amount of money for a second speech, The Post has learned.

Apr 28 09:42

FORMERLY IMPRISONED JOURNALIST BARRETT BROWN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY BEFORE PBS INTERVIEW

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary.

Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear WikiLeaks defenders and progressive activists.

Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to five years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an absolute moral outrage, and I hope that the intercept keeps the unblinking eye of the net on this case until Brown is released.

IF the Federal BOP actually HAS a policy on interviews, post-incarceration, I was certainly unable to find it on the web; and I am not precisely a slouch at research.

Apr 28 09:22

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsTillerson: US Won’t Attack North Korea So Long as Threat ‘Manageable’

After weeks of speculation that a US attack on North Korea could be imminent, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who played a substantial role in the rhetoric that fueled that belief, sought to play down the idea of an immediate attack, saying that the US is willing to be patient and will not strike so long as the threat is considered “manageable.”

This is in stark contrast to official statements in the past month, with Tillerson having declared diplomacy to have failed, and Vice President Mike Pence having declared the era of patience “over” weeks ago. The US continues to add warships, and anti-missile systems to the theater of operations too, with the Pentagon having just warned Congress of the potential for large-scale consequences for a new Korean War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please: what does "manageable" even mean in the context of North Korea?!?

I don't think that Tillerson's comments, coupled with the statements of Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris on this issue, are any kind of "deliberate ambiguity"; I think this sharp, and painfully clear, difference of opinion on the path forward, demonstrates a very schizophrenic split in the American Deep State as to how to go about getting North Korea to do what the US government wants it do do.

And that is a very dangerous state of affairs for American foreign policy toward North Korea.

Apr 28 09:01

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlement

Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.

Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin and Abe are behaving like the adults in the room right now.

However, that being said, I cannot imagine on what the Vegas odds are of talks restarting at this moment in time.

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson rejected talks with North Korea until they stop their nuclear weapons program, which is absolutely a non-starter for North Korea, because such weapons have been developed as a deterrent to an American strike against it.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

The 9th of May, the date when South Korea holds its elections, is coming up quickly; it's one week from this Tuesday.

IF, in fact, the US is going to engineer a false flag to blame against North Korea as the "justification" for an attack against it, they are going to have to do it very, very soon, unless the US government is determined to bend the South Korean election results to its liking; and it appears that this is very much the case.

Because all of a sudden, out of no where, we have a "dark horse" candidate, Ahn Cheol-soo, who is "surging" in the polls. As reported at the New York Times on 14 April, 2017:

Mr. Ahn, a boyish former medical doctor and relative neophyte in politics, calls himself a champion of “new politics” who would heal a country disillusioned with what he describes as a corrupt and out-of-touch elite. But his detractors call him a “stooge” for old politics, beholden to conservative allies of former President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment and ouster last month led to the election. Polling experts say that Mr. Ahn owed his recent popularity to people who shunned conservative candidates after Ms. Park’s corruption scandal but did not trust Mr. Moon either, especially in dealing with North Korea’s advancing military abilities. Mr. Ahn has wooed those people by attacking Ms. Park’s government while promising to honor its decision to allow the United States to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the country against the North, a decision that has infuriated China.

So, if this guy is able to pull off a "come from behind" win (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) the US will have a little more latitude in terms of timing on a military campaign, or taking other steps, against North Korea.

Rigging foreign elections is nothing new to the American deep state.

So the question becomes, will the American deep state take the chance that this man can actually win the South Korean election, or will the possibility he may not be able to, drive them to a pre-emptive strike?!?

We'll know very soon, I predict.

Apr 28 08:50

An attack on all journalism

The Trump regime and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III are n the process of shutting down what's left of the news media.

Here's how they're going to do it...

After smearing Wikileaks in every possible way (with even Wired Magazine is involved), they're going to go after their Wikileaks' methods in court.

What's their method?

Apr 28 08:37

ANTIFA AND THE POLICE STATE

As we now know, the FBI is engaged in creating terror plots and using them to frame patsies, amounting to “a form of pre-emptory prosecution where vulnerable individuals are targeted and manipulated not for any criminal acts they have committed but rather for the bad political views they have expressed,” according to Glenn Greenwald.

It’s in the state’s best interest to stir up trouble between the so-called alt-right and its opponents on the left, especially violence-prone groups on its periphery. As the violence escalates, the state will move to further enable law enforcement to go after nonviolent and legitimate protesters and provide a rationalization for further expansion of its high-tech surveillance apparatus.

It took a formal investigation to uncover the dirty secrets of Operation Gladio. If not for activists taking files from a Philadelphia FBI office in 1971, we would not know about COINTELPRO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course; further violence becomes the "justification" for more invasive, and intrusive, surveillance into all our lives, even if we are the polar opposite from violent, as Mike and I are.

In fact, we think that any surveillance on us by any of the "alphabet soup" intelligence agencies is pure punishment duty. :-)

Apr 28 08:31

TRUMP: "I'M A NATIONALIST AND A GLOBALIST"

President Donald Trump was prepared to end the North American Free Trade Agreement deal, which had governed trade relations for the past 23 years, with a dramatic announcement Saturday at a Pennsylvania political rally marking his 100th day in office.

As rumors spread of the possible action, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called the president urging him not to pull out of the accord. "Let me think about it," Mr. Trump said. Within a half hour a call came in from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a similar request.

After the talks, Mr. Trump was convinced "they're serious about it and I will negotiate rather than terminate," the president said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is neither a nationalist, or a globalist; he is simply a willing puppet for the American Deep State.

Apr 28 08:28

TRUMP IS PUPPET OF US ‘DEEP STATE,’ HAS NO ‘OWN’ FOREIGN POLICY – ASSAD

US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of US corporations, military and intelligence, and who serves their interests, Syrian President Bashar Assad has told the Latin American TeleSUR TV network.
Trump pursues “no own policies” but only executes the decisions made by the “intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions,” the Syrian leader said in an exclusive interview with TeleSUR.

"As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime," Assad added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, al-Assad's assessment is absolutely correct.

Apr 28 07:42

‘Information warfare’ is a scare term sent to kill free speech

The lawmaker added: “Ultimately, we will continue to struggle with cyber-enhanced information operation campaigns until we address the policy and strategy deficiencies that undermine our overall cyber posture.” -- That’s a lot of jargon to say basically that the government is very, very interested in deciding what type of information from who should be permitted to reach mass audiences. That, of course, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Apr 28 07:31

BEXALERT: GOP Lawmaker: U.S. Won’t Spray Opium in Afghanistan Because Crops ‘Might Be Too Close to a Mosque’

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States had the ability to use aerial spraying to destroy the opium crops in Afghanistan used by the Taliban to fund their terrorist activities after 9/11 but refused to do so out of concern that the plants “might be too close to a mosque,” declared Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during a congressional hearing.

We all know why they wont spray the poppies. Cuts into the CIA's profits!

www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/dyinginafghanistan.php

Apr 28 07:13

President Duterte kicks globalist Rothschilds out of the Philippines

The Philippines just made the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list!

Apr 28 06:56

The first shall be last, and the last shall be first: Upon public demand, .01% psychopathic parasites shall be arrested & buried in Truth, ‘We the People’ will launch a world that works for all Earth’s inhabitants

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"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces." - Étienne de La Boétie

“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” ~ Matthew 19:30

All who become educated in real-world objective factual existence discover our Orwellian existence of living under ongoing rogue state empire run by a psychopathic and parasitic class of looting liars. With Trump reneging on campaign promises, Americans approach the tragic-comedy of imperial Roman Empire.

The good news, the news of fairness and justice, is that We the People face an Emperor’s New Clothes simple solution whenever enough of us are ready to voice and point to the obvious.

Apr 28 06:50

REVEALED: Brussels moves to INCREASE Britain's exit bill to plug EU's budget black hole

Senior EU officials today revealed that member states were “unanimous” on the fact that the UK must settle up on its financial commitments before trade talks can start and appeared to increase the potential scope of the final amount to be paid.

At a briefing to the Brussels press corps eurocrats said they had been “really surprised” by the determination of the other 27 member states to ensure that getting Britain to cough up was included as a top priority in the negotiations.

And they hinted that the “global amount” that the UK will be billed will now include “political” commitments the UK has signed up to, which includes programmes like the Turkey refugee package which could run for years or even decades to come.

Apr 28 05:57

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

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As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.

Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.

Thanks for the confirmation Paul, we are ruled by psycho-sociopaths! UP NEXT: The "CHARLIE MANSON - JEFFREY DAHMER COMMUNITY-FAMILY-CHILD-HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT" and how it will effect you.

Apr 28 04:45

Free speech is free

Free speech is free, not a luxury to be bestowed upon the masses by left wing thugs. Howard Dean, The New York Times, The Washington Post and/or every snowflake on the Berkeley campus are free to despise Ann Coulter and free to make a public stink about it. And she’s free to tell them to get bent.

Apr 28 04:11

Why Politicians Win (and Workers Lose)

The United States is not fully socialized, but already we see the disastrous effects of a politicized society as our own politicians continue to encroach on the rights of private property owners. All the impoverishing effects of socialism are with us in the U.S.: reduced levels of investment and saving, the misallocation of resources, the over-utilization and vandalization of factors of production, and the inferior quality of products and services. And these are only tastes of life under total socialism.

Apr 28 02:55

Visualizing The Epic Collapse Of Obamacare

...But sure, Republicans are trying to ‘ruin’ healthcare in America.

Apr 28 02:52

Bad Idea : Trump Warns There Is A Chance Of “A Major, Major Conflict” With North Korea

While emoting sympathy for Kim Jong Un's situation, President Trump told Reuters, during a lengthy interview ahead of his 100th day in office, that he'd "love to solve things diplomatically," but warned that "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea."

Apr 28 02:32

The US Will Break Its Teeth on Iran If Trump follows Netanyahu’s lead

Iran could prove more than the US can handle. President Trump does not know this yet and is still having fun with his new military toys. Problem is, he just can’t decide where to attack first.

Apr 27 22:35

Delta passenger kicked off flight after bathroom emergency

If ve order you to pee on yourself you vill obey!

Video has emerged of a Wisconsin man who said he was forced off a Milwaukee-bound Delta Air Lines flight after he used a bathroom while the plane was delayed on the tarmac.
Video posted to YouTube shows the man, later identified as Kima Hamilton of Milwaukee, as he argues with a Delta crew member who asked him to exit the plane on April 18.
Fellow passenger Krista Rosolino, who recorded the video, described the incident in an open letter published to a blog.

She said Hamilton got out of his seat to quickly use the bathroom as the plane sat on the runway.
She said he was told that he couldn't use the bathroom the first time he asked to go. After waiting 30 minutes, Hamilton said it was an emergency and went to the restroom, according to Rosolino.

When he returned to his seat, however, a Delta employee told him to exit the plane.

Apr 27 21:24

Oregon Man Fined for Talking About Traffic Lights Sues

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) – An Oregon resident trained in engineering in Sweden says he’s developed a safer method for timing traffic lights, and the state engineering board fined him for talking about it.

Mats Jarlstrom says Oregon laws make it illegal for anyone who isn’t a licensed engineer to criticize the state’s methods for timing traffic lights. Jarlstrom calls that an unconstitutional prohibition on free speech.

On April 25, Jarlstrom filed a new federal lawsuit. This time, he says the board not only regulates professional engineers, it also “restricts and punishes ordinary people for their most basic acts of civic engagement and political speech.”

Apr 27 15:16

FORMERLY IMPRISONED JOURNALIST BARRETT BROWN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY BEFORE PBS INTERVIEW

Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary.
Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear WikiLeaks defenders and progressive activists.

Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to five years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Brown simply embarrassed the government with what he wrote, and for that embarrassment, he is paying the price in this trumped-up set of charges. I hope his attorney makes absolute mincemeat of his prosecutors in court, and that he walks out a free man.

Apr 27 15:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Syria continues apace, in preparation for war.

The war against North Korea will have an incredibly horrific cost in blood and money.

The war against Syria will almost certainly lead to war against Russia, which is readying ground troops for Syria as I type this, and most probably the reinstatement of the US draft for both our young men and our young women.

But there is one factor the American Deep State is not considering; Americans have become war-weary, and war-skeptical, and may well not be willing to "buy into" war against either country, no matter how dramatic a next false flag the US creates to sell their wars may be.

Apr 27 14:59

US Pacific Commander: Pyongyang’s Actions Could Justify Invasion of North Korea

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday, US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. refused to take an American invasion of North Korea off the table, as Pyongyang has already “provided provocation” to justify such an invasion, the District Sentinel reported.

In an exchange charitably describable as awkward, Harris was asked by South Carolina Republican and SASC member Lindsey Graham, "Is it fair to say, we do not have any intention of invading North Korea at all? Nobody has told you get ready to invade North Korea."

"That is not fair to say, sir," Harris answered, probably not the reply Graham was hoping for. "I believe the president has said that all options are on the table."

Harris: "I don't want to get into what we could or couldn't do."

"Well North Korea thinks we're going to invade at any moment. Do you think that's part of our national security strategy – without provocation to attack North Korea?" Graham asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost of such an invasion of North Korea, in blood and money, would be horrific; I would like to hope that the US government is not seriously thinking about doing this.

Apr 27 14:00

It’s Different This Time…

While investors insist the markets are currently NOT in a bubble, it would be wise to remember the same belief was held in 1999 and 2007. Throughout history, financial bubbles have only been recognized in hindsight when their existence becomes “apparently obvious” to everyone. Of course, by that point is was far too late to be of any use to investors and the subsequent destruction of invested capital. This time will not be different. Only the catalyst, magnitude, and duration will be.

Apr 27 12:32

Who’s in Trump’s Head?

For those who voted Trump into office, his complete indifference — as demonstrated by him playing golf all day while the neocons completely infiltrate his administration to make important decisions on his behalf — is nothing more than a giant slap in the face.

Apr 27 12:10

FORMERLY IMPRISONED JOURNALIST BARRETT BROWN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY BEFORE PBS INTERVIEW

Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary. Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear WikiLeaks defenders and progressive activists.

Apr 27 11:48

Formerly Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview

Journalist Barrett Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom. Now he has been re-arrested.

Apr 27 11:48

Democrats Threaten To Shut Down Government If GOP Repeals Obamacare

Once again Republicans have managed to box themselves in. Just as the GOP has reportedly found enough votes among conservative Republicans to pass the latest iteration of the proposed Healthcare bill, with Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows saying "republicans will have the votes to pass" Obamacare repeal, Democrats realized that they once again have the leverage to bring this whole process to a grinding halt halt. And they are using it.

Apr 27 11:47

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath.

Apr 27 11:45

Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel barred from moving to the U.S., though his wife is an American citizen

Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel apparently wanted to move to the United States from Germany. (I say apparently because the decision on which I’m reporting, just posted on Westlaw but decided March 31 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Administrative Appeals Office, referred only to one E.C.Z., but both the initials and the facts described in the decision fit Zundel and likely no one else.) He would normally get an immigrant visa, because his wife of 16 years — who is about 80 years old — is a U.S. citizen. But he was classified as inadmissible because he has been convicted of foreign crimes for which the sentence was five years or more:

[I]n 2007 the Applicant was convicted in Germany of 14 counts of incitement to hatred and one count of violating the memory of the dead. The Applicant was sentenced to an aggregate of five years in prison.

Apr 27 11:25

Poll Reveals Los Angeles Residents Fear Major Riots Are On The Horizon

We’ve seen a lot of riots and protests in recent years over police violence and the election of Donald Trump. While these events certainly don’t bode well for the future, relative to the rest of American history they’ve been pretty tame (at least for now). They only look really serious to us, because many of us have forgotten about just how nasty a riot can get.

For instance, these events hardly compare to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which raged for days, caused over a billion dollars in damages, and weren’t stopped until the military arrived. 55 people died and over 2,000 were injured. By comparison, the vast majority of the riots that have happened since then haven’t resulted in any deaths at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This time around, I am concerned that it may just not be riots in Los Angeles, but in other major cities around this country, like perhaps, Detroit; Chicago; and Cleveland, where economic stresses are pushing people to the edge of both despair and survival.

Apr 27 10:54

Trump Now a Captive of the Deep State — Paul Craig Roberts

Why do Western peoples believe the US government, a well proven liar, who blocks an investigation and asserts that everyone must believe Washington or else be put on a list of Russian agents?

Apr 27 10:53

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

The powers that be are intent on having a war, regardless of the consequences and effects on noncombatants. A war would also be a way to prop up the administration’s flagging ratings. Domestically we have not emerged from the “soft” police state and liberal “legislative” powers of the Courts to remake Constitutional law and circumvent Congress and the President through selective interpretation of anything and everything: These things are the true “legacy” of Obama.

Apr 27 10:50

The United States of… False Flags

The United States government is the world leader in purveying false flags and propaganda stunts. Or, more generally, downright, systematic lies. To justify the outrageous violation of international law, wars and aggression.

Apr 27 10:36

Trump has Major Trip to Saudi Arabia Planned, will Discuss Massive Weapons Deal for Saudis

Bowing to pressure from the H.R. McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn coalition, President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia, multiple sources confirmed after Steve Holland of Reuters first reported rumors of the trip. This decision has split Trump’s base, which views the Saudis as the largest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism.

During the visit Trump will discuss a proposed arms package for the Saudis, which would include a massive missile defense system as well as civilian nuclear technology. Behind the scenes McMaster will be seeking Saudi support for a ground war in Syria, which Mike Cernovich first reported in an article whose reporting was confirmed by Eli Lake of Bloomberg.

“Trump doesn’t want to go,” one person with knowledge of the trip said, “but Powell and Cohn are making him.”

When asked how Powell and Cohn could force President Trump do to anything, the source replied,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, now we know who's calling the shots on American foreign policy, and that's the "unholy trinity" of McMaster, Powell, and Cohn.

The offensive weapons will be used to finish the Saudi genocide in Yemen, which is an appalling mass of war crimes, which just gets worse by the hour.

And the defensive weapons are designed to put Saudi Arabia on defense and nuclear parity with Iran.

But getting Saudi Arabi to sign off on a ground war in Syria?!? This most probably means two things; direct military confrontation with Russia here, and most probably the return of the draft.

The reuters article about it indicates that such a meeting will most probably happen in late May, when President Trump will be Europe for meetings, or perhaps early June:

Trump is already planning to attend a NATO summit in Brussels on May 25 and travel to Sicily for a Group of Seven leaders' summit scheduled for May 26-28.

Even if the US really backs off on its aggressive posture against North Korea, we are still then looking at yet another massive military intervention in the Middle East. And frankly, I am expecting that to go just as well.... as have the US military interventions in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Syria.

Apr 27 10:09

Julian Assange: The CIA director is waging war on truth-tellers like WikiLeaks

Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as director of the CIA, chose to declare war on free speech rather than on the United States’ actual adversaries. He went after WikiLeaks, where I serve as editor, as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” In Pompeo’s worldview, telling the truth about the administration can be a crime — as Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly underscored when he described my arrest as a “priority.” News organizations reported that federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against members of WikiLeaks, possibly including conspiracy, theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WikiLeaks has never, to my knowledge, in it's history, put out information which was subsequently and logically refuted as untrue.

So this is NOT about telling the truth, which the US government does only sporadically, and rarely, but about the reality that the information disclosed by WikiLeaks has been unfailingly embarrassing for the US government by exposing many of its foul-ups and blunders.

Apr 27 10:02

Pentagon Warns of Heavy Casualties in a New Korean War

While the content of a high-profile White House meeting in which the entire US Senate was briefed about North Korea has not been totally made public, official attempts to emphasize the non-military efforts being made appear to be just one aspect of the story, as the consequences of a military conflict appear to also have been discussed.

Military officials emphasized the increased naval buildup around the Korean Peninsula, and preparations being made for a new Korean War, while also offering some frank warnings that North Korea would certainly retaliate against an American attack, and that such a retaliation would include major attacks against US forces in South Korea, and the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost, in blood and money, for such an attack would be monumental on both sides.

What the US government should be doing is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to get North Korean leadership back to the negotiating table, as well as South Korea, and put together a true peace treaty, which would replace the existing armistice (which is simply the cessation of hostilities), with the quid pro quo that for the peace treaty, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, this...would be logical.

Apr 27 09:55

Trump Will Let Pentagon Decide Troop Levels

Ongoing efforts by President Trump to delegate more and more of his war-making powers directly to the military leadership took a major new step on April 20, when he signed a classified memo delegating all decision-making on US troop levels in the global war against ISIS to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis has subsequently ordered a full audit of current troop levels in the ISIS war, along with the process by which the military will decide troop levels and the extent to which they will inform the American public when they send more ground troops abroad.

That could be a particularly important aspect of this delegation, as the Pentagon has long misreported troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and just a few weeks ago announced that they would no longer provide any troop numbers to the public at all, insisting that the American people didn’t need to know that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully expect this government to bring back the draft, under President Trump's watch.

Sec-Def Mattis has to understand, by this point, that we don't have anywhere near the troop strength to pursue all the wars which are already in play, let alone the future wars the Pentagon wants to see pursued.

Apr 27 09:49

Lavrov: Heavy-Handed Stance on N Korea ‘Fraught With Catastrophic Consequences’

The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday warned that military options in resolving the North Korean issue are fraught with disaster in the region, reiterating Moscow’s concerns with the deployment of the US missile system in South Korea.

“It is obvious that heavy-handed approaches that are beginning to be mentioned publicly are fraught with catastrophic consequences for the Korean Peninsula and the whole of Northeast Asia,” Lavrov said.

Speaking at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security, he expressed concern about the degrading situation in the region with North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear missile program.

Lavrov also voiced Moscow’s disapproval “with the disproportionate build-up under the pretext of the North Korean threat of the US and its regional allies’ military activity.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a great deal of respect for Lavrov, and his assessment of the situation is absolutely correct.

I am very concerned about the amount of hardware and personnel the US has packed on those warships off the Korean peninsula. One miscalculation, one stupid mis-judgement, and we are off and running into a shooting war - not just with North Korea, but with China as well.

I am hoping - and praying - that nothing goes "bang" in the region before the South Korean election on 9 May, and if the favored candidate does exercise the "sunshine policy" with regard to North Korea, which is a policy of engagement and rapprochement with the North, that tensions will ratchet down.

Unfortunately, however, there are those in the "deep American state" who believe that war is the only way to turn the fragile US economy around, and they are still cheer-leading for it to happen.

And also, unfortunately, the state of Hawaii may well be the "sacrificial lamb", as it was to get World War II going, to get a new war going against North Korea.

Apr 27 09:40

Senators Leave White House Briefing On North Korea Unsure About Why It Took Place

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; was this simply a PR stunt, or, upon receiving the information on North Korea, was the general response of the Senate not to the White House's liking?!?

Apr 27 09:35

TRUMP DECIDES NOT TO WITHDRAW FROM NAFTA

Donald Trump has decided not to pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, agreeing instead with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to “proceed swiftly” with negotiations to update the deal, according to the White House.
According to the Financial Times, the move came in hastily arranged calls between the three leaders after news leaked that the White House was considering unveiling an executive order on Saturday that would have laid the groundwork for a US withdrawal.

In a statement, the White House said Trump had agreed with Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in separate calls on Wednesday to pursue the “renegotiation of the Nafta deal to the benefit of all three countries”.

“It is my privilege to bring Nafta up to date through renegotiation,” the statement quoted the president as saying. “I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another complete about face on trade makes me wonder; who is really in control of this government?!?

Because right now, from where I am sitting, it appears that President Trump is little more than a figurehead, and not at all in control of the government.

These flip-flops on campaign promises are giving me mental whiplash; please stop this, President Trump!!

Apr 27 09:31

Reports Uncover Jared Kushner's Business Ties With One of Israel's Richest Families

Two leading U.S. news outlets reported on Wednesday on business ties totaling tens of millions of dollars between the family of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and the Steinmetz family, one of the richest families in Israel which made most of its fortune in the diamond industry in recent decades.

According to reports published in Bloomberg and in the New York Times, the ties between the two families include high-stake real estate deals in Manhattan worth more than $150 million. Bloomberg says at least 15 different buildings in downtown Manhattan are co-owned by Raz Steinmetz, nephew of diamond dealer Beny Steinmetz, and by Kushner family's Kushner Companies. The two also invested together in a project bearing President Trump's name in New Jersey, according to the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The business deals, in and of themselves, do not bother me; wealthy people collaborate all the time on business.

But what does bother me is that now, though Kushner, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has, if you will, "a seat at the table" from which to dictate American foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond.

And that bothers me greatly.

Apr 27 09:29

With Mistrial Declared in First Bundy Trial, Federal Land Policies Remain the Real Issue

The land policies of the federal government, which commandeers about 640 million acres nationwide (28% of the 2.27 billion acres of the overall U.S.), do indeed call into question the very nature of such massive land control. The concentration of federal land ownership in the American West is especially staggering, with over 80% of Nevada falling under federal jurisdiction.

Behind the façade of the prosecution’s rather tedious, misleading courtroom arguments, that’s the real issue in the first trial of the landmark Cliven Bundy property-rights case—in which the jury deadlocked on April 24.

Apr 27 09:26

FEDS SAY IT’S TOO DANGEROUS TO SHARE DAKOTA ACCESS OIL SPILL REPORT

A federal agency won’t release a study about the potential effects of a Dakota Access Pipeline oil spill because it claims information in the report could put lives at risk. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the claim while rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request from MuckRock, a journalism website that collects and publishes government documents.

Apr 27 09:14

The Looting Machine Called Capitalism

Capitalism is the Banksters economic system they have imposed on the Planet.
America's Original economic system was free enterprise. When the Brits tried to impose an early form of capitalism on America known as Mercantilism they got a Revolution. The Banksters eventually got us back into their Satanic Economic System. PCR is 100% right. Capitalism and its handmaiden fractional reserve banking also known as Usury are nothing but a Gigantic Looting and Killing Machine!
The Looting Machine Called Capitalism
Paul Craig Roberts

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity.

Apr 27 08:47

Former Obama DHS Secretary Napolitano Busted For $175 Million California Univ Slush Fund

state auditor -- “I’ve never had a situation like that in my 17 years as state auditor

Apr 27 08:13

Americans are being primed for war

On Monday night, President Donald Trump had dinner with war weasels Senator Lindsey Graham and John McCain to talk about North Korea. McCain and Graham came away from the affair enthused, meaning the rest of us should be wary of things to come. Both McCain and Graham championed Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase earlier this month despite the president’s previous insistence that he had no intention of further involving the U.S. in that country’s ongoing civil war. The hawkish duo continues to urge Trump to intensify U.S. action against the Assad regime—and, no doubt, it’ll happen.

Apr 27 08:05

Trump’s first 100 days are not promising if you’re concerned about personal privacy

President Donald Trump has fought to ensure his own freedom from intrusion, acutely aware of what information could prove politically damaging, such as the release of his income tax returns. But under the rubric of rolling back regulations or enforcing immigration laws, Trump has taken actions that critics say will erode privacy for U.S. citizens, along the country’s borders and in the privacy of their homes.

Apr 27 08:01

Tyrannical Leftists at UC-Berkeley once again cancel Ann Coulter’s speech – where’s that coward, Gov. Jerry Brown?

I'm not a huge fan of Ann Coulter, but for all the Left’s breathless claims that President Donald J. Trump is a tyrant hell-bent on ruling with an iron fist -- it is THEY who continually behave as authoritarians, violently opposing and shutting down any political point of view they don’t agree with. Free speech is dead in California. Brown and his Brown Shirt thugs killed it.

Apr 27 05:05

Assange: CIA has declared war on the truth

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the federal government’s renewed interest in bringing charges against him for publishing leaked material is the latest development in a growing war on free speech in the U.S.

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