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Jun 19 09:30

Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch

Senate Republicans are clamoring to hear from Loretta Lynch after former FBI Director James Comey raised concerns about her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a "matter," which resembled the Clinton campaign line.

The move could allow Republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into Russia's election meddling — which top GOP lawmakers have signaled belongs to the Intelligence Committee — and focus on Lynch, who has long been a target of Republicans.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican who is a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said it “would be very helpful” for Lynch to testify before the Judiciary panel, which oversees the Justice Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Couldn't happen to a more deserving human being!

But if Congressional Republicans think, for one second, that they can get her to testify without a subpoena, they're dreaming.

And she might very well ignore a Congressional subpoena, and be looking for a long-term stay in a country with which the US has no extradition treaty.

In fact, were I her, that is precisely what I would be doing, and right the heck now!!

Jun 19 09:25

RADIOACTIVE WASTE FLOWING FREELY INTO COLUMBIA RIVER BECAUSE THERE’S NO MONEY TO STOP IT

A member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently informed the public that radioactive waste from the decommissioned Hanford nuclear power plant is ‘flowing freely’ into the Columbia river.

The mighty Columbia river is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of America, flowing down from Canada, winding through eastern Washington state and along the border between Oregon, ultimately moving through downtown Portland and into the Pacific. The Hanford site, located near Kennewick, WA is up river from a million or so people, not to mention the wildlife.

Constructed in the 1940’s as part of the Manhattan Project, the plant was decommissioned after the Cold War, leaving behind some 53 million gallons of high level radioactive waste. Proposed as a Superfund site in 1988, Hanford is an uncontrollable ecological and public health disaster.

As noted in the list of national Superfund sites:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The poisoning of this nation goes on unabated, and no one in DC seems to give a damn!

I have to wonder what the cancer rates are in the areas affected, but I believe some cancer clusters have been classified, due to the sensitive nature of what polluters were creating to fulfill defense contracts.

Where the hell is Erin Brokovich when you really, really need her?!?

Because right now, for people in the Pacific Northwest, they need her like crazy!!

Jun 19 09:13

REPORT: LEAST PEACEFUL NATIONS ON EARTH WERE ALL GIVEN ‘DEMOCRACY’ BY THE US

The United States has a pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations, while ignoring the consequences. One major result from the list of countries the U.S. has invaded this century is that they make up the top of the “least peaceful” nations in the 2017 Global Peace Index.

The 2017 Global Peace Index is another reminder that the United States’ seemingly endless pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations that have done nothing to the U.S. has indeed resulted in a significant amount of blowback—most of which will be misrepresented, if not ignored by the mainstream media.

Jun 19 09:09

GULF TENSIONS FLARE AS SAUDI ARABIA SHOOTS IRANIAN FISHING BOATS, KILLS FISHERMAN

An Iranian fisherman was shot and killed on Saturday by the Saudi coastguard, which accused him of entering Saudi waters, Iran's interior ministry said, fuelling tensions between the regional rivals.

"Two fishing boats were in the Persian Gulf and strayed due to high waves. The Saudi coastguard say the boats entered Saudi waters and killed one of the fishermen," Majid Aghababaie, head of border affairs at the interior ministry, said in a statement published by Iranian media.

"We are pursuing this matter to determine if the Iranian boats had crossed the Saudi border or not, but the action of the Saudis does not comply with humanitarian and navigational principles," Aghababaie said.

"Even if the boats had entered Saudi waters, the coastguard were not authorised to open fire," Aghababaie added.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghastliness issued a similar statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is uncertain that the Saudi Coast Guard was given orders to shoot to kill, no matter what, this assassination of an Iranian fisherman is not going to improve relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Jun 19 09:03

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Wants to Put a Bigger Blindfold on Consumers

Wall Street’s fingerprints are all over the Treasury recommendations

Jun 19 09:00

Two women feared dead in Grenfell Tower were 'threatened with legal action' after questioning fire safety

Two women feared dead in the Grenfell Tower tragedy were allegedly threatened with legal action after they campaigned for improved fire safety.

Mariem Elgwahry, 27, and Nadia Choucair, 33, reportedly received letters ordering them to stop their campaign for improved safety.

Both women were fighting the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for building improvements, with help from the Radical Housing Network, The Mirror reports.

Pilgrim Tucker, who works for the group, told the paper: “The TMO’s response was to threaten tenants with legal action and send out letters. Nadia and Mariem would have received them too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever signed off on the decision to use totally flammable cladding on the building, and not improve the horrific fire safety issues here should spend the rest of their miserable lives in prison.

Jun 19 08:56

HOW THE U.S. TRIGGERED A MASSACRE IN MEXICO

We have testimony from people who say they participated in the crime. They described some 50 trucks arriving in Allende, carrying people connected to the cartel. They broke into houses, they looted them and burned them. Afterward, they kidnapped the people who lived in those houses and took them to a ranch just outside of Allende.

First they killed them. They put them inside a storage shed filled with hay. They doused them with fuel and lit them on fire, feeding the flames for hours and hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great; now, the DEA can cause "collateral damage" in other countries, just by taking a gamble with intel.

Jun 19 08:56

Ontario Law Allows Gov to Seize Children from Parents who Oppose Gender Transition

Cultural Marxist Canada: ‘We’ve Entered an Era of Totalitarian Power’:

Jun 19 08:50

FEARS OF A GRENFELL TOWER COVER-UP AS LABOUR MP WHO LOST ARTIST FRIEND URGES POLICE TO CARRY OUT RAIDS TO STOP FIRMS AND COUNCILS FROM DESTROYING EVIDENCE

Fears of a Grenfell Tower cover-up has led to calls for raids to take place on businesses and authorities at the centre of the investigation into the deadly inferno.

The Prime Minister and the Metropolitan Police have been urged to seize any potentially-incriminating evidence before it can be destroyed.
Council chiefs and building firms could face manslaughter charges over the disaster, in which at least 58 have been killed, a former Director of Public Prosecutions has said.

And Labour MP David Lammy demanded urgent action, claiming contractors were expunging details of their work on the tower from their websites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the pattern of decision making which lead to this inferno could possibly be covered up in such a way as to prevent getting to the bottom of what really happened here, is an horrific insult to those who died as a result of this blaze, and their families.

Jun 19 08:44

Theresa May condemns 'sickening' attack on Finsbury Park Muslims

A man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London, in the latest terror attack to hit the UK this year.

Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.
A 48-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as "every bit as sickening" as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.
Latest developments:

-- Police say they believe there was only one man in the van.
-- An imam stopped the crowd from hitting and kicking the attacker.
-- Witnesses saw a man underneath the van.
-- Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim.
-- Van appears to be a hire vehicle from a company in Wales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is as sick and senseless as are the wars for resource domination which drive them.

My first cousin is an exceptionally bright person, a professor emeritus of Constitutional Law at a prestigious university.

We frequently talk about countries like the US and UK investing in their universities to create usable, workable alternative energy, then patenting it, as a a revenue stream.

I cannot fathom that the "deep state" in both countries does not recognise how critical this is to preventing further wars for resources, and will not move forward with this, with all the blood and money spent on battlefields - and beyond - as in this case of terror - which, ultimately, would not have to happen.

Jun 19 07:56

Israel’s Jewish Nation-State bill ‘declaration of war’

New legislation to cement the definition of Israel as a state belonging exclusively to Jews around the world is a “declaration of war” on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the minority’s leaders warned this week.

Jun 18 16:16

What does it take to move from pseudo-democracy to real participation?

Graham Peebles considers the illusion of democracy in countries that consider themselves democratic, and argues that only with mass participation, and an electorate well informed by a truthful media, can there be real democracy.>>

Jun 18 09:47

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says tensions rise in Nagorno-KarabakhMore:http://tass.com/world/951981

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported on rising tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday.

Azerbaijan president calls for soonest resumption of Karabakh talks
"The adversary is continuing to shell from high-caliber weapons and artillery guns the positions of Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces and settlements located in the immediate battle area," the defense ministry said in the statement.
"On June 15, in an attempt to bring up short another provocation of Armenian armed units Azerbaijan’s army suffered casualties," the ministry said, noting that in retaliatory fire "on June 15 and 16, six soldiers of Armenian Armed Forces were eliminated," some were wounded.

On Friday, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported its soldier’s death

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is no the brink again of creating an horrendous,regional war.

To all parties involved: there needs to be a political resolution to this standoff, and I sincerely hope that Sergei Lavrov can do some shuttle diplomacy between Baku and Yerevan, to get tensions reduced here.

Jun 18 09:41

THE BLOCKADE OF QATAR MAY HAVE MORE TO DO WITH PALESTINE THAN WE THINK

The bill, which sets out to authorise sanctions on any foreign entity or government that provides support to Hamas, goes on to say that, “It shall be the policy of the United States to prevent Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), or any affiliate or successor thereof from accessing its international support networks.”

Jun 18 09:34

IN RHODE ISLAND, STUDENTS AND PARENTS MUST LET SCHOOLS SPY ON THEM DAY AND NIGHT THROUGH THEIR LAPTOPS

A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with "1-1" programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing.

The schools analogize this to school locker searches, in which students are denied any Fourth Amendment protections. But that (very dubious) principle is being stretched beyond the breaking point, as school lockers are in schools, whereas these laptop searches are being carried out remotely, everywhere, anywhere.

This isn't so different from the policies asserted by employers who require workers to take devices home, then assert the right to spy on them using those devices, installing their own certificates so they can stage "man-in-the-middle" interceptions of private sessions between employees and their email providers, financial institutions, etc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "1984" of Rhode Island!!

Were I a parent with a kid in school where these devices are mandatory, I would immediately pull that kid out of that school, and put them in a private school where such policy does not exist.

Failing that, because of the cost, I would "vote with my feet", and move to another state where this policy is not pursued.

Jun 18 09:32

Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon

"Again, I fall hard in the best interest of large corporations. I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of its Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.

"I did my research and only submitted the facts in my cartoon.

"That's okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the county."

Jun 18 09:04

THE GREAT MARIJUANA DEBATE -- YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT

Good people don't smoke Marijuana" - *Attorney General Jeff Sessions

"Mr Sessions stands against an overwhelming majority of Americans and even, sadly, against veterans and other people who we now know conclusively are helped dramatically by Medical Marijuana". - *Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

"Medical Marijuana in it's natural form is one of the safest, therapeutically active substances known to man."- *DEA Judge Francis Young- 1988

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two possibilities here.

Either Jeff Sessions is a complete, blithering idiot on the subject of marijuana safety, or his opinion has been "purchased" by the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries.

There is no middle ground here.

Jun 18 06:19

How is London’s Grenfell Tower Still Standing?

Yesterday’s news about the Grenfell Tower in London going up in flames has me a bit confused.

On September 11th, 2001 the Twin Towers in New York City both sustained a great amount of fire damage and each building collapsed at near free fall speed. They disintegrated into dust!

It is interesting how this did not happen with Grenfell Tower in London despite the entire structure being engulfed in flames.

I guess the laws of physics were just suspended yesterday, because any time a building catches fire it should collapse at free fall speed. The Twin Towers proved this!

Jun 18 04:30

Grim Echoes for Families: An Officer Shoots and a Jury Acquits

Since 2005, when Mr. Stinson began his tally, just 29 nonfederal law enforcement officers have been convicted in on-duty shootings. Fourteen pleaded guilty, and 15 were convicted by juries. In that time, more officers — 33 — have been arrested or charged with murder or manslaughter but not convicted. In many of these cases, questions of guilt do not hinge on who fired the fatal shot, but on what officers were thinking when they pulled the trigger. “As soon as the officer gets on the stand and subjectively says, ‘I was fearing for my life,’ many juries are not going to convict at that point,” Mr. Stinson said. “We’ve seen it over and over again.”

Jun 17 15:16

Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World

Thousands of American soldiers and civil servants have lost their lives in the War on Terror. Innocent citizens of many nations, including Americans killed on 9/11, have also paid the ultimate price. While the US government claims to stand against terror, this same government refuses to acknowledge its role in creating what has become a deadly international quagmire. Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World sets the record straight by laying the blame on high-ranking US government officials.

Jun 17 12:43

Trailer The Uncertainty Has Settled

Soon to be released documentary about the economic impact of climate hysteria on farmers in Europe, mainly Germany. Once highly praised Dutch filmmaker is now ostracized and demonized for being objective about the "wrong" subject.

Update: oops no English subtitles, my bad, had not noticed. There will be though once the doc is released. Sorry!

Jun 17 10:42

The War on Yemen and the Senate Vote on the Saudi Arms Sale

The good news from Tuesday’s vote is that there is now much broader opposition to selling weapons to the Saudis when there is every reason to expect that those weapons will be used in Yemen. Sens. Murphy, Paul, and Franken have done great work in persuading many more of their colleagues to oppose such sales, and if they can continue to bring more senators over to their side the Senate may well block one of these sales before long. A close vote on this issue makes it much more likely that there can be a real debate over U.S. support for the atrocious and unnecessary Saudi-led war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no good news for the people of Yemen, and the Unhinged Surveilled States of America's "deep state"is still supporting Saudi Arabia's attempt to push back against the Houthi rebels, and forcefully reinstall the US government's puppet, Mansour Al-Hadi, by whatever means necessary.

This has translated into the following for the Yemeni people.

1. Yemeni children are getting killed and maimed for life.

Images: Yemeni children getting killed and maimed for life by Saudi air strikes

2. Because Saudis, with US military assistance, are blocking Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen's forgotten war.

3. Because of this malnutrition, Yemeni children are dying of cholera, and other preventable diseases.

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

Oh, and did I mention that Saudi Arabia is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudi Arabia using chemical weapons in Yemen

These depleted uranium weapons are having the same effect that the use of these weapons did on pregnant women, and their children (and on US service members and their families) did in Falluja, Iraq, which meant massive stillbirths, cancers, and horrific physical mutations:

Image: massively deformed baby whose mother was poisoned through exposure to depleted uranium weapons.

When the intended consequences of a military campaign is the deliberate slaughter of children, through direct shelling; creating malnutrition and disease; and chemically poisoning them in the womb, as is happening through the joint US/Saudi war crimes in Yemen, you destroy the future of that country; ask the Palestinians, they are pretty familiar with that.

2016 'deadliest year' for West Bank children in decade

I am frankly appalled at just how morally comfortable the Royal House of Saud, the US Government, and the Saudi Government, collectively, appear to be with this genocide.

I, however, am very morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country which is actively, and aggressively, colluding in war crimes,and particularly war crimes of this magnitude.

Jun 17 09:50

KIDS HORRIFIED AFTER COPS HOLD MOCK CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING DRILL, WITHOUT SAYING IT’S A DRILL

The Florida Highway Patrol is reviewing its presence at the Girls State Program after troopers conducted a kidnapping/human trafficking drill which went “horribly wrong” according to WFTV News Channel 9.

The girl’s program is attended by some of best and brightest high-schoolers Florida has to offer. “Everyone who’s going is at the top of their class,” Cameron Carlyle said describing the high-quality candidates who attend the elite leadership camp. But no amount of education could have prepared the girls for what happened on the last night of their training.

The Girls State director along with six Florida State Troopers, all female, pulled an attendee aside and told her she would be participating in a kidnapping drill, one which highlighted the real-world problem of sex trafficking. Under the cover of secrecy, the volunteer named “Katrina” was taken to a safe place. Thereafter, roll call was taken with the remaining girls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a parent of one of these young women, I would have pulled my daughter out of that program, and their school, so quickly that it would make heads spin.

Sexual trafficking is a serious problem.

That being said, what the State Troopers should have done was to educate these young women about how they can avoid getting into situations where something like this could happen, and how to fight back, if they are abducted.

Jun 17 09:44

SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER IS A POLITICAL HACK

The New York Times characterizes special prosecutor Robert Mueller as being independent and fair:

Robert S. Mueller III managed in a dozen years as F.B.I. director to stay above the partisan fray, carefully cultivating a rare reputation for independence and fairness.
Let’s fact-check the Times …

ANTHRAX FRAME-UP

Mueller presided over the incredibly flawed anthrax investigation.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says the FBI’s investigation was “flawed and inaccurate”. The investigation was so bogus that a senator called for an “independent review and assessment of how the FBI handled its investigation in the anthrax case.”

The head of the FBI’s anthrax investigation says the whole thing was a sham. He says that the FBI higher-ups “greatly obstructed and impeded the investigation”, that there were “politically motivated communication embargos from FBI Headquarters”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Mueller has been hired to attempt a political assassination against President Trump.

With his vile track record so publicly revealed, however, this may not be as easy as Democrats may hope.

Jun 17 09:36

SWAMP CRITTERS GALORE: DEATH MERCHANT GUY TO HEAD UP TRUMP’S BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY

And creatures from the corporatist black lagoon just keep on coming.

In May, the Donald nominated Richard Ashooh to head up the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Commerce for Export Administration.

Here’s a little background on Ashooh:

In 1995, Ashooh joined New Hampshire defense contractor Sanders, which manufactured electronics for the military, working his way up to be vice president of government relations—a lobbyist. Sanders was purchased by Lockheed, which later spun it off to BAE Systems, with Ashooh remaining with the company. In 2001, he was director of public affairs in BAE Systems North America’s Information and Electronic Warfare Systems division. In January 2003, he moved from New Hampshire to Maryland as BAE’s vice president of legislative affairs to take advantage of his lobbying experience. Back in New Hampshire, he was the company’s vice president of strategic relations and homeland security.

Remember Trump’s lobbying ban?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These nominations are profoundly disappointing.

Jun 17 09:31

WHY MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPRESENTS THE VIEW OF BILLIONAIRES … INSTEAD OF AVERAGE AMERICANS

We noted yesterday that the Washington Post is owned by one of the world’s richest guys, worth $72.8 billion … and who may soon become THE world’s richest.

And you probably won’t hear it from the New York Times, but the largest shareholder of the Times is the sixth wealthiest guy … worth $54.5 billion. He used to be THE richest person, but he’s slipped a little in the rankings.

It’s not just the Post and the Times …

Noam Chomsky points out that big status quo-loving corporations own the media, cater to other big status quo-loving advertisers, and filter out stories which question the status quo. Extreme media consolidation has made the problem worse than ever before. And see this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the independent media is more critically important than ever; we tend to examine those issues which are 100% Kryptonite to the presstitutes of the corporate media, and their financial vested interests.

Jun 17 09:26

QATAR-SAUDI CATFIGHT UNVEILS WESTERN TERRORIST PROPAGANDA

The Saudi paper Al-Arabiya identifies Kareem as Qatar supported Al-Qaeda member. Smearing Qatar is now the favorite Saudi past time. That Kareem is al-Qaeda member is not news to anyone who reads beyond CNN and other main stream outlets. Just watch his interview (vid) with the al-Qaeda in Syria chief ideologue Muhaysini and you know what he is about.

Richard Barrett and especially Charles Lister were his discussion partners. Both are long known to be (well paid) propagandists for the Jihadis. Brooking Institute with its Qatar paid Doha outlet wrote the U.S. strategy for overthrowing (with the help of Jihadis) the Syrian and Iranian governments: WHICH PATH TO PERSIA? Options for a New American - Strategy toward Iran (pdf).

CNN produced the propaganda piece for the "Syrian rebels" aka al-Qaeda with the help of al-Qaeda's Bilal Abdul Kareem and with Clarissa Ward staring in an al-Qaeda bridal.

Those are several cakes flying into many deserving faces.

Jun 17 09:24

Civil Rights Commission Launches Investigation into Trump Admin.

unanimously approved the investigation.

Jun 17 08:55

Watch: Anti-CNN Protest In Atlanta

Demonstrators in Atlanta protested CNN and fake news

Jun 17 08:40

US GENERAL WANTS 20,000 ADDITIONAL GROUND TROOPS SENT TO AFGHANISTAN

The US is definitely going to be sending more ground troops to Afghanistan soon, but the exact number is yet to be determined, with the Pentagon today backing away from media reports yesterday that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, saying no final decisions have been made yet on numbers.

That might suggest they’re leaning toward an even bigger number, with influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggesting that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war, saying he believed the 4,000 figure was not likely to change the direction of the war.

Defense Secretary James Mattis conceded in testimony to the Senate this week that the US is “not winning” in Afghanistan, and President Trump has since given him unilateral authority to decide on troop levels and strategy. Mattis was seen as leaning toward the high end of escalation proposals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is Afghanistan for the pipeline routes, with which to checkmate Russia; the embarrassment of riches provided by its mineral wealth; and the opium poppy trade.

IF NATO, or US leadership were smart, they would leave Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for all of the above.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 17 08:32

THE BLOCKADE OF QATAR MAY HAVE MORE TO DO WITH PALESTINE THAN WE THINK

Israeli officials must have been tripping over each other in their rush to endorse the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar. “The Sunni Arab countries, apart from Qatar, are largely in the same boat with us since we all see a nuclear Iran as the number one threat against all of us,” said Israel’s former defence minister Moshe Ya’alon. The blockade represented a “new line drawn in the Middle Eastern sand,” tweeted US-born former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, while revelling in the regional turmoil. “No longer [is it] Israel against Arabs but Israel and Arabs against Qatar-financed terror,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Never let a good crisis go to waste" - Rahm Emmanuel

Jun 17 08:23

Michael Scheuer: Intel Agencies Don’t Care About National Security

Jun 16 17:59

College Degrees Are Becoming Useless

These trends are unsustainable. The higher education system seems to be suffering from both economic and cultural issues, but these two types of problems often cause each other in a feedback loop. The ultimate cause for both of them is political.

Jun 16 17:56

The Government Is Violent

Why are politicians – left and right – increasingly despised by reasonable people? Could it have anything to do with the fact that they will not leave people alone? That all they do – at great expense (to us) and with great pomposity – is decree how we will be allowed to live, what we must do and what we may not do? Most of these things being precisely none of their business to so order? -- But they believe that it – that everything – is their business, which endows them with an effrontery so great they’ve lost all of the normal restraints that bind ordinary people. We have arrived at a point in our history that absolutely nothing is off the table, beyond the grasping control of these professional grifters – which is what they are. These are not people who earn an honest living by free exchange of value for value, as most of the rest of us do. These are people who take vast sums of money and then dispose of vast sums of money – none of it theirs by right.

Jun 16 13:23

Forget the Russian ‘Threat’: Mexico Is Our Real Problem: The cartels control our southern neighbor

we hear almost nothing about the one country where journalists who report on official corruption are routinely killed, and in such numbers that the death toll makes Russia look like a utopian paradise – Mexico, where more than one-hundred reporters have been slaughtered by the drug cartels and their collaborators inside the Mexican government. The killers are rarely found, let alone punished: as of 2012, 98% of homicides in Mexico went unsolved. I doubt the impunity rate has improved much since then.

Jun 16 13:16

Tillerson: US Working for Regime Change in Iran

Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asked about whether or not the Trump Administration’s policy is one of trying to impose regime change on Iran. While Tillerson insisted that the specifics of administration policy on Iran are still under development, he did confirm that the goal remains regime change.

Exactly how they expect to pull that off remains to be seen, but Tillerson said the US policy as it stands is to rely on “elements inside of Iran” who can be supported toward the end goal of regime change, with the hope it would be a “peaceful transition of that government.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does there seem to be such a huge blood lust, on the part of the Deep State of the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, to go to war with Russia, to which an attack against Iran will almost inevitably lead?!?!?

Because it is on Israel's "US to-do list"?!?

Israel wants to see Iran regime changed, but constantly insists that this only happen through American blood, and American money.

Jun 16 13:10

US may attack Syrian troops with multiple rocket launchers — Russian Defense MinistryMore:http://tass.com/defense/951642

The United States may attack Syrian government troops with the HIMARS multiple rocket launchers moved to the al-Tanf military base in Syria from Jordan, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"The Russian Defense Ministry has been keeping an eye on the situation along the Syrian-Jordanian border," the statement said.

The US earlier relocated two High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems from Jordan to the military base located near the city of al-Tanf, 18 kilometers from the Jordanian border.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, "the deployment of any foreign weapons to Syria’s territory should be agreed with the country’s government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move appears to indicate the US desiring a wider war against the Syrian government, which will most probably mean war against Russia.

Jun 16 13:02

Yemen cholera toll nears 1,000 as 'humanity loses out to politics'

The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", a senior UN official said Thursday.

"Time is running out to save people who are being killed or being starved and now you have cholera as well adding to that complication," said Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen.

"We are struggling because of the lack of resources. We need some action immediately," he said at a press briefing in the Jordanian capital.

McGoldrick gave updated figures of more than 130,000 suspected cases of cholera and over 970 deaths, with women and children accounting for half of the numbers.

"What is heartbreaking in Yemen is that humanity is losing out to the politics," said McGoldrick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Saudi bombings have killed and maimed Yemeni kids for life:

Images: Yemeni kids killed and maimed for life,
courtesy of Saudi bombings

Because of US assistance for Saudi Arabia in their blockading Yemeni ports, meaning food cannot get through, Yemeni children are dying from malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from starvation due to malnutrition

Oh, and did I mention that Saudi Arabia is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Saudi Arabia using depleted uranium in Yemen

The use of these weapons is causing a predictable massive uptick in horrific physical and mental deformities in Yemen's newborns:

Massive birth defects expected in Yemeni children, courtesy of the Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons.

There is a brutal ugliness in this criminal Saudi war of attrition in Yemen, one which barely gets whispered about.

But as a Christian witness to this immoral and illegal war, which is deliberately murdering and maiming Yemeni children; which is deliberately starving Yemeni children to the point of malnutrition, disease and death; and deliberately poisoning Yemeni children in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, I feel compelled to speak the truth about what has been going on here.

And President Trump is so completely, absolutely, and horrifically on the wrong side of history here, I cannot begin to articulate it. His "bromance" with Saudi royals, on his first foreign trip, as a way to push more American weapons on them, just sickened me.

That he, and the US and Saudi governments are so morally comfortable with this genocide of Yemeni children reminds me very strongly of the statement made by the Papal Legate at the Catholic Church's siege of the Cathars at Montsegur. When information reached him that women and children were also in attendance where the men were being besieged, he responded: "Kill them all: God will find his own."

Jun 16 12:06

Leafly Interview: Dirty Trickster Roger Stone Talks Cannabis Legalization & Trump

Stone filed paperwork earlier this week with the Internal Revenue Service to create the United States Cannabis Coalition, a nonprofit political organization with the same tax-exempt status as super-PACs that influence politicians and elections.

Stone is scheduled to detail the USCC's plans in a keynote speech today at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York.

He spoke with Leafly on Thursday about his legalization advocacy and his new group.
For Trump, but Against Sessions
Stone said he's troubled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent request to Congress to grant him authority to prosecute medical cannabis patients in states in which the botanical drug is legal in direct opposition to a 2013 memo from President Barack Obama's Attorney General upholding states rights. Stone called Sessions request devastating.

Jun 16 12:02

United States, China to Meet Wednesday on North Korea

U.S. and Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs will meet Wednesday for a security dialogue that Washington says will focus on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The talks in Washington will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, as well as China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People's Liberation Army, the U.S. State Department said.

It will be the inaugural session of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a framework launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a summit in Florida in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that something concrete comes of these talks, and that Chinese President Xi Jinping has made good use of those "hundred days" he requested of President Trump to work things out with North Korea.

Report: Xi asked Trump for 100-day grace period on North Korea

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jun Un's rhetoric has not softened against the United States, but in fact, over the last several months, appears to be becoming more threatening, rather than less; this has not been helpful.

But if there is no real resolution with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program at the end of the 100 days for which Chinese President Xi Jinping asked, we may well be looking at a war scenario against North Korea. President Trump may believe that not going ahead with some sort of a regional consortium, including South Korea, and Japan, and perhaps, Australia, may cause him to "lose face", a very critical concept in Asian diplomacy.

Jun 16 09:53

Arms giant BAE sold powerful mass surveillance equipment to oppressive regimes – report

Global arms firm BAE Systems sold powerful mass surveillance equipment to six Middle Eastern nations with repressive human rights records, investigators claim, while warning that the technology could be used to track and hack dissidents.

The BBC report appears to show that the powerful and invasive hacking technology, which was made by a Danish firm that was bought by BAE in 2011, was sold to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, as well as North African states Morocco and Algeria.

Jun 16 09:48

HARVARD ANALYST ACCUSES THE CLINTONS OF 'LARGEST CHARITY FRAUD IN HISTORY'

An investigation into The Clinton Foundation by a financial analyst from Harvard University has revealed fraud on a "monumental scale", according to reports.
Charles Ortel claims to have evidence that Bill and Hillary Clinton have committed the largest case of charity fraud in American history.
Ortel, one of the world's leading financial experts, claims that the Clintons are also part of a global fraud networks that have acquired billions in fraudulent profits.

Wall St On Parade reports: In a 9-page letter dated yesterday and posted on his blog, Ortel calls the Clintons’ charity the "largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted," adding for good measure that the Clinton Foundation is part of an "international charity fraud network whose entire cumulative scale (counting inflows and outflows) approaches and may even exceed $100 billion, measured from 1997 forward."

Ortel lists 40 potential areas of fraud or wrongdoing that he plans to expose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just hope Ortel is wearing his Kevlar undies these days; doesn't plan on flying in small planes; and isn't getting "depressed".

People who get too close to the ugly reality of what the Clinton Cartel is doing, or has done, have a tendency to wind up quite dead.

Jun 16 09:45

GEORGIA GOP CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE IS SENT WHITE POWDER WITH A NOTE SAYING 'RESIST THE FASCIST TAKEOVER' VIA MAIL

A suspicious note with white powder was delivered to the home of Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel.

Georgia police confirm they are now investigating a total of five calls after Handel and her neighbors received envelopes containing a powdery substance and a note labeling her a 'dirty fascist' on Thursday.

According to Roswell Police spokesperson Lisa Holland, police received a call around 1.30 pm that someone had received an envelope in a mailbox that contained an unidentified powdery substance in the suburban neighborhood of Roswell.

Currently, it is unknown if anymore envelopes have been delivered, but the US Postal truck that was involved has been notified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is THIS the level to which political discourse has sunk in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America?!?

I swear; I do not recognise this country any more!!

Jun 16 09:39

ALEX JONES GETS JUMP ON MEGYN KELLY - LEAKS RECORDINGS TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT

After NBC's Megyn Kelly lied to Alex Jones about the scope and purpose of an upcoming Father's Day airing of his sit-down interview for Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, the Infowars host set the record straight on Thursday night - preempting Kelly's segment with 'leaked' recordings of their conversations before she could smear Jones on Sunday.

The Setup

As Jones and Kelly began to discuss the details of the NBC interview, Kelly played the part of earnest lawyer turned plucky journalist - batting her eyelashes and insisting her new show was about profiling 'interesting people' so the public can get to know them better.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever one may think of Alex Jones, Ms. Kelly discovered the following yesterday; she was not going to be allowed to conduct "ambush journalism" against him, as she tried with Vladimir Putin.

Jun 16 09:36

ADVANCED CIA FIRMWARE HAS BEEN INFECTING WI-FI ROUTERS FOR YEARS

Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices. That’s according to secret documents posted Thursday by WikiLeaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

The Unhinged Surveillance States of America have morphed from "The land of the free... and the home of the brave" to "the land of the surveilled...and the home of the cowed.

Jun 16 09:33

WHISTLEBLOWER: "ALL MISERY ON EARTH IS A BUSINESS MODEL"

Dutch banking whistleblower Ronald Bernard is back

Jun 16 09:33

LAWSUIT ACCUSES PRIVATE PRISON COMPANY OF ILLEGALLY FUNDING A TRUMP SUPER-PAC

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been very good for private prison executives. After the Justice Department announced earlier this year that it would continue using private lockups—a reversal of an Obama policy announced in 2016—prison companies’ stock prices soared. Now, a campaign finance watchdog is suing to figure out whether one of these prison companies influenced the Trump administration’s policy reversal by donating large sums to a pro-Trump super-PAC during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is troubling.

But the worst part of this is, neither public nor private prisons work; that is because, conceptually, they are based on failed, stupid, and broken notions of what prisons are supposed to do, which cannot possibly prepare former prisoners for returning successfully to the outside world. Therefore, the lack of rehabilitation causes US recidivism to skyrocket.

The American penal system has never quite been able to distinguish between "punishment" and "rehabilitation".

Other, much more enlightened countries, like Sweden, are thoroughly focused on prisoner rehabilitation, so when they are released, there is far less recidivism in the former prison population.

Jun 16 09:19

3 REASONS AMERICA SOLD MILITARY JETS TO QATAR

Unlike Iran which has the mightiest military in the wider Middle East, arguably even more disciplined than that of Turkey, the military might of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for all the money they lavish on arms, is broadly incompetent and incapable. The average citizens of the small State of Qatar let alone the larger Saudi Kingdom are simply not equipped for serious, let alone long term military combat.

The United States just completed a sale of military hardware, including fighter jets to the pseudo-isolated Qatari state in a deal worth $12 billion.

This comes shortly after Donald Trump called Qatar a terrorist sponsoring state. Of course both Qatar and Saudi Arabia sponsor terrorism and for that matter they sponsor many of the same terrorist groups including ISIS.

Why then did America go through with its lucrative transaction that will see top-notch military hardware placed into the hands of a country that the US President called a terrorist supporting regime?

Jun 16 08:36

WHEN GENERALS MAKE POLICIES - FROM TACTICS TO STRATEGY TO POLITICAL DECISION

The U.S. has a problem with the former Marine General Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis thinks tactics, not strategy.

It makes little sense to send additional troops when one does not what strategy they will have to serve. There is so far no other way to end the war in Afghanistan other than to simply pull out of it. The racket that the war has become can only be stopped by such a grand strategic decision. Sending troops before deciding on the strategy practically guarantees that the choice of a pull-out will be excluded from the evaluated possibilities. The tactical decision of sending more troops will drive the strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very deeply concerned that the goal of the Deep State in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America,is actually getting into
wars against China and Russia, to check the rise of the Yuan and Ruble in the international monetary world.

The problem is, at this point in its history, the US military does not have the money; the troop strength; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to effect a positive outcome with a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

The culture of American weapons manufacturers gives the heads of these corporations the luxury of believing that weapons and planes delivered so late, as to be obsolete, when delivered, is perfectly fine, coupled with mass cost overruns.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I abhor war as a way to resolve geopolitical differences, and always advocate for clean, clear, hard-won negotiations. That being said, if America is to be successful at war, this has got to change.

The Russian and Chinese governments are spending far less on their weapons and related systems than does the USSA, but definitely getting infinitely more bang for their weapons buck.

And what do Americans get for their tax dollar?!? I give you Lockheed Martin's F-35.

F-35s grounded due to oxygen problems

Pentagon tester: F-35 still has serious problems

How the Navy Plans to Fix the F-35's most troubling problems

From ejector seats that could kill to a computer system pilots can't log into: Pentagon F-35 fighter jet report reveals massive problems still facing 'most expensive weapon in history'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3430571/From-ejector-seats-kill-computer-pilots-t-log-Pentagon-F-35-fighter-jet-report-reveals-massive-problems-facing-expensive-weapon-history

Jun 16 07:41

Justice or revenge: Relatives demand punishment after US troops shoot dead Afghan father & 2 sons

The US Military,poorly trained,poorly disciplined. When they get into a fight with a modern military they will have their heads and butts handed to them. Allowing themselves to be enveloped and flanked in Syria shows how unprofessional they are. As does this incident.

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country's Nangarhar province, told RT they demand the American troops be punished. The US military says it's unaware of civilian casualties.

Zir Gul and his sons were basically torn apart by the US gunfire, with his uncle Ghulam Ahmad saying: It was horrible what the Americans did to them. Even I couldn't recognize their bodies.The tragedy left 12 of Zir Gul's children, six sons and as many daughters, without their provider.

The kids who are now facing a struggle for survival, are both shocked by their father's death and full of anger.

Jun 16 01:22

Seattle gun tax misfires

A tax on guns on and ammunition in Seattle ostensibly designed to reduce the number of shootings and generate revenue for the “study of the root causes of gun violence” is misfiring. Shootings in the city are up, tax revenues are falling far short of predictions and gun and ammunition business in the city is tanking.

Jun 15 16:21

A Long History of Leftist Hatred

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left.

Jun 15 16:15

$240,418,000,000: Feds Collect Record Taxes in May… Still Run $88,246,000,000 Deficit…

The U.S. Treasury hauled in $240,418,000,000 in total taxes in the month of May, setting a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released this week. Despite these record revenues, however, the federal government still ran a deficit of $88,426,000,000 in May—because it spent $328,844,000,000 in the month.

Jun 15 15:03

Mueller was made Director of the FBI one week before 9/11 ...Then he proceeded to help cover it up.

HE IS THE SWAMP.

9/11 Whistle-blower Rowley on Mueller’s History of “Cover-up”

Jun 15 12:28

Iran condemns Tillerson's accusations of seeking hegemony

Iran has condemned US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's accusations that the Islamic Republic had "aspirations of hegemony in the region," saying the remarks violate international law.

The top US diplomat’s remarks are “interventionist, in gross violation of the compelling rules of international law, unacceptable and strongly condemned,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in Tehran Thursday.

In a statement to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Tillerson said the Iranian government “continues activities and interventions that destabilize the Middle East.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that Tillerson made these remarks, because it is the deep state within the Unhinged Surveilled State of America, which is provoking other countries through its participation in war crimes, and illegal and immoral wars, such as the war in Afghanistan; the war against Syria; and partnering with Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen.

Jun 15 12:22

Putin announces plans to reinforce Syrian army

President Vladimir Putin has announced Russia's "medium-term" plans to beef up the Syrian army that is battling foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Speaking at a live question and answer session with citizens in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said the reinforcement of the Syrian army would allow Russian troops in the Arab country to return to their home bases.

Russia's air force, however, will continue helping Syria where necessary, Putin said, even though he expressed his keenness for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria.

"We aim to establish a process a political settlement (in Syria) between all the sides involved," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe that the American military will give Putin the luxury of being able to fend off the "foreign terrorists" (which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America is supporting) only via the use of air power.

And that has me very, very worried.

Jun 15 12:17

Brandon Smith Warns: “We Are Already In The Midst Of An Economic Collapse… The Data Points Show An Economy In Severe Deterioration… Not Recovery”

In my article ‘The Trump Collapse Scapegoat Narrative Has Now Been Launched‘, I discussed the ongoing and highly obvious plan by globalists and international financiers to pull the plug on their fiat support for stock markets and portions of the general economy while blaming the Trump Administration (and the conservative ideal) for the subsequent crash. Numerous economic shocks and negative data which had been simmering for years before the 2016 elections are rising to the surface of the normally oblivious mainstream. This recently culminated in a surprise stock dive that stunned investors; investors that have grown used to the Dow moving perpetually upward, while the economic media immediately began connecting the entire event to Trump and the “Comey memos”, which likely do not exist.

Jun 15 12:13

Unable To Pay Bills, Illinois Sends "Dear Contractor" Letter Telling Firms To Halt Road Work On July 1

The state of Illinois has not passed a budget for close to three years.

Arguably it’s just as well because Illinois budgets for decades have been nothing but a moth-eaten collection of lies, one time deficits repeated endlessly, and financial wizardry statements designed to disguise Illinois’ real problems: failure to rein in spending coupled with a very business unfriendly environment.

As Illinois’ bond rating careens towards junk, Illinois Unpaid Bills Jumped to $14.3 Billion. Today, the state told contractors to halt roadwork other than that required for safety.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the first of many economic "canaries in the coal mine", in the USSA (the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America), and I am reasonably sure that other states, and cities, will be going down this same road, and for precisely the same reasons.

Jun 15 12:08

Israeli and international groups warn of looming Gaza disaster

Israeli and international NGOS joined the UN on Wednesday in warning of a "total collapse" in Gaza if Israel goes ahead with plans to further cut power supplies to the enclave.

A joint statement of 16 groups, among them Israel's B'Tselem, Peace Now and Rabbis for Human Rights along with Amnesty International, said they has asked Israel's attorney general to intervene.

Gazans currently receive only three to four hours of mains electricity a day, delivered from the territory's own power station and others in Israel and Egypt.

Senior Israeli ministers decided on Sunday to reduce the amount of electricity supplied to Gaza by between 45 and 60 minutes a day after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas cut funding for it by his West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

The move was widely seen as an attempt by the Palestinian leader to step up pressure on his rivals in the Islamist movement Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But you see, these are just the kinds of outcomes the Israeli government in Tel Aviv wants to see happen; epidemics; diseases; and the death spiral of the entirety of Gaza.

It's one factor in a multi-component Israeli "final solution" to their "Palestinian problem." And it is not helping that a number of Israeli Rabbis are encouraging outright violence against Palestinians:

Israeli Rabbis come under fire amid Settler violence

Top Israeli Rabbis advocate Palestinian genocide

State Funded Israeli Rabbi calls for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

Jun 15 11:53

Netanyahu wants the UN out of the way to be able to achieve his objective

Israeli and US officials are in the process of jointly pre-empting Donald Trump’s supposed "ultimate deal" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They hope to demote the Palestinian issue to a footnote in international diplomacy.

The conspiracy – a real one – was much in evidence last week during a visit to the region by Nikki Haley, Washington’s envoy to the United Nations. Her escort was Danny Danon, her Israeli counterpart and a fervent opponent of Palestinian statehood.

Mr Danon makes Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu look moderate. He has backed Israel annexing the West Bank and ruling over Palestinians apatheid-style. Ms Haley appears unperturbed. During a meeting with Mr Netanyahu, she told him that the UN was "a bully to Israel". She has warned the powerful Security Council to focus on Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hizbollah, instead of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haley has obviously become completely co opted by the Israeli government and AIPAC, on the issues of Palestinian rights, and a Palestinian nation; she is simply behaving as her masters in Tel Aviv and DC wish her to behave on this issue.

Jun 15 11:47

Syria: From ‘no boots on the ground’ to (not so secret) forward operating bases

It’s a familiar pattern by now. From “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” And on and on it goes.

As of this week the public is getting a rare glimpse of more US boots on the ground in southern Syria. Not just boots, but a US Special Forces Forward Operating Base, along with evidence of US operational control of a sovereign country’s border crossing.

Caleb Weiss reports the following for Long War Journal:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The collective insanity of this ongoing war, on the part of the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America against Syria, is right out there, on display in this move.

This is a monstrously illegal act, by a foreign government against the sovereign state of Syria, and I have to wonder just when US fighting forces in Syria are going to find themselves fighting Russian troops, on the ground.

Because it looks as though that is the state of affairs to which the US military appears to be headed at the moment.

Jun 15 11:40

Bahrain Begins Jailing People for Not Endorsing Anti-Qatar Policy

Following moves to further criminalize public dissent, the island nation of Bahrain has arrested at least two people today on charges of being “Qatar sympathizers,” based on public comments in which the two men were seen as opposed to the Saudi-led blockade on nearly Qatar.

One of the two men was identified as Issa Faraj Arhama al-Burshad, a human rights lawyer who filed a lawsuit attempting to challenge the blockade, accusing it of breaking up families in Bahrain by expelling Qatari citizens. The lawsuit will not happen, and Burshad has been thrown in jail for even trying to do so.

The other man was not publicly identified, but was only said to have been a social media user who was accused of making postings that “opposed the decision of the kingdom” to move against Qatar. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have both threatened to jail anyone expressing “sympathy” for Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

This is all about the money, and those natural gas reserves Qatar shares with Iran.

Jun 15 11:06

US Airstrikes in Raqqa Causing ‘Staggering’ Loss of Civilian Life

An independent commission of UN war crimes investigators have denounced a “staggering loss of civilian life” that has resulted from the escalation of US airstrikes against the ISIS-held city of Raqqa since the beginning of the Kurdish invasion of the city last week.

The Kurdish YPG has been advancing on Raqqa for months, and the US airstrikes in the course of that operation have killed a lot of civilians too, but its grown precipitously in the past week, and the UN inquiry said US airstrikes in Raqqa had killed at least 300 civilians.

Human Rights Watch also chimed in, faulting the US for the use of toxic incendiary white phosphorus inside the city, saying it was unacceptable to use the chemical in populated areas, and that the US should show more care with such attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being a citizen of a country which believes it can regime change any government, anywhere in the world, and by every and any means necessary, including using banned weapons (like white phosphorus in a heavily populated area) is not making me very happy right now.

This dovetails with another very disturbing article, also found at antiwar.com:

US Deploys Rocket Artillery to Southern Syria in Latest Buildup

And I have to wonder; at what point is Putin going to need to decide that either Russian, and/or Syrian troops, will have to fight back?!?

Because from where I sit, it is looking as though the US is planning a decap strike against Al-Assad, and it's looking like it will happen sooner rather than later.

Jun 15 09:39

After 100 years, the Espionage Act is still a threat to transparency

June 15, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Espionage Act. Earlier this year, as if to commemorate the centennial, President Trump suggested to then-FBI Director James Comey that he extend the Act into new territory—that he use it to prosecute journalists.

Jun 15 09:36

Liberalism is a mental disorder: This isn’t the last bloodshed that’ll come from preying on weak minds

The left claims that there’s a massive violent right-wing movement in the U.S. today. But the army of confused leftists is far more troubling. It’s not that right-wing extremism and mental illness doesn’t exist, just look at the recent stabbings in Portland. But the right isn’t actively calling for violence and uprisings. The right isn’t preaching perpetual victimhood and hopelessness. The left argues that the right– even that President Trump– preaches hate. They argue that it will lead to violence against minorities. But if you look at the headlines from the past couple of years, it isn’t the right that has grown increasingly unruly and unreasonable. And things are only going to get worse as the Democratic Party continues to push the myth that conservatives stole the presidential election.

Jun 15 09:15

THERE WILL BE BLOOD: THE ALEXANDRIA SHOOTING AND CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA

The state will exercise it monopoly of violence and terror. It’s the defining characteristic of the modern state. The endgame is an authoritarian police and surveillance state.

The shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s the result of months of establishment agitprop. From Kathy Griffin posing with Trump’s severed head to a Trump-like Julius Caesar killed in Central Park play, the media has fixated on strife between the two establishment parties.

This isn’t an accident. It’s designed to keep Americans distracted and at each other’s throats as the economy slowly implodes and the wars expand with horrific toll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to be able to say with a straight fact that Nimmo is absolutely wrong in his characterisation of what is happening; unfortunately, however, my sense of logic indicates that he is 100% correct in his assessment.

Right now, I feel very blessed that Mike and I live in Hawaii; yes, people have geopolitical differences, and perhaps it is because of the wonderful diversity of people living here, but we all understand, at the end of the day, that we are Americans first.

Jun 15 09:08

PEAK ECONOMIC DELUSION SIGNALS COMING CRISIS

In my article 'The Trump Collapse Scapegoat Narrative Has Now Been Launched', I discussed the ongoing and highly obvious plan by globalists and international financiers to pull the plug on their fiat support for stock markets and portions of the general economy while blaming the Trump Administration (and the conservative ideal) for the subsequent crash. Numerous economic shocks and negative data which had been simmering for years before the 2016 elections are rising to the surface of the normally oblivious mainstream. This recently culminated in a surprise stock dive that stunned investors; investors that have grown used to the Dow moving perpetually upward, while the economic media immediately began connecting the entire event to Trump and the “Comey memos”, which likely do not exist.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only alleged "recovery" has been for the one percenters, and not for the rest of the nation.

As we have counseled at WRH many, many times; don't panic - plan.

Have only what you need to pay your bills in the bank, and find a way to keep the rest of it under your personal control. Invest in physical gold and silver but only for its face, and not numismatic, value. And remember: the IRS and your bank can already take your money, regardless of whether you have been convicted of a crime:

Could the IRS empty your bank account?!?

US banks can already take your money

Make sure that you have potable water, and long-term storage food around. If you, your loved ones or your pets, are on any medication, make sure you have extra around, to protect yourself from shortages.

Find a way to protect what is yours in a way with which you feel morally comfortable, because those who didn't prepare may well want to rip you off, and they will be armed.

If you need to bug out, have a plan. And if you need to get your kids out of school early, find out what your school district's policy is on releasing them early from school.

Find people around you with whom you can build community, and identify those skills with which you can barter.

Jun 15 08:53

GALLUP FINDS STUNNING DECLINE IN AMERICANS’ RESPECT FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT

On June 9th, Gallup’s Editor-In-Chief, Frank Newport, headlined “Americans Want More Than Just Budget Cuts” and reported that, “Gallup’s latest update shows that 28% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, while 55% have an unfavorable opinion. That’s the lowest rating for any business or industry sector we tested.” Here are the details on that net minus 27% (55% minus 28%) favorability-rating by Americans for “The federal government”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Government has earned every bit of contempt most Americans feel about it.

The lies and blatant corruption of its members have been laid bare, and it is a wonder that there is any respect for it whatsoever.

Jun 15 08:47

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS A RACKET

Yesterday the Secretary of Defense Mattis was asked during a Congress hearing what "winning" in Afghanistan would mean:

The idea, [Mattis] said, would be to drive down the violence to a level that could be managed by Afghan government forces with the help of American and allied troops in training their Afghan counterparts, providing intelligence and delivering what Mr. Mattis called “high-end capability,” an apparent allusion to air power and possibly Special Operations forces.
The result, he said, would be an “era of frequent skirmishing,” but not a situation in which the Afghan government no longer faced a mortal threat.
Winning in Afghanistan is an "era of frequent skirmishes" in which the proxy government is continuously endangered? That does, of course, not make any sense. It is a holding strategy that will only work as long as the general framework stays the same. Should the Taliban change their strategy or a new actor come in the "holding" strategy will be finished.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US and NATO should have done a long time ago, in this horrifically unwinnable war, is to have their troops leave as quickly as it is safe for them to do so, then negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul over the pipeline and mineral rights.

But of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 15 08:42

SWEDISH RAILWAY USES MICROCHIP IMPLANTS

Sweden's state-owned rail operator SJ is allowing passengers to use microchip implants rather than conventional tickets.
The idea is currently being trialed just among some SJ members. It means all they need to travel is their left hand and the small microchip implanted in it. Authorities believe implanting the microchip will make the train journey more convenient.

SJ claims to be the first travel company in the world to enable passengers to use microchip implants to validate their tickets. The small implants use Near Field Communication technology, the same tech used in contactless credit cards or mobile payments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, NO!!!

Jun 15 08:39

ARMS GIANT BAE SOLD POWERFUL MASS SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT TO OPPRESSIVE REGIMES – REPORT

Global arms firm BAE Systems sold powerful mass surveillance equipment to six Middle Eastern nations with repressive human rights records, investigators claim, while warning that the technology could be used to track and hack dissidents.

The BBC report appears to show that the powerful and invasive hacking technology, which was made by a Danish firm that was bought by BAE in 2011, was sold to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, as well as North African states Morocco and Algeria.

The technology, known as Evident, can be used to track individuals using their mobile phones and is said to be capable of boring through sophisticated encryption.

Evident, which was developed by Denmark-based BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, can reportedly also collect, collate and analyze massive amounts of personal online data.

One former employee told the BBC: “You would be able to intercept any internet traffic. If you wanted to do a whole country, go ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BAE doesn't give a damn about to whom they sell this kind of technology; this is just another in-your-face demonstration that for weapons manufacturers, its "profits uber alles!"

Jun 15 08:27

Judge bans pro-life media from exposing abortion workers

A judge has banned media from identifying abortion center workers who testified in court against pro-life activist Mary Wagner.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer granted the temporary ban after a closed “emergency” hearing with the Liberal government’s lawyers Monday.

LifeSiteNews has been fighting the Ontario Crown’s application for a publication ban since last month, but was prevented from arguing the Crown’s emergency motion because of the last-minute notice.

Meanwhile, the lead witness, whose name cannot be identified under the emergency ban, testified in Wagner’s trial Tuesday that she forcibly removed Wagner from the abortion facility even though the police had been called.

“I don’t believe I am breaking the law, I am upholding the law,” Wagner, 43, told the court.

Jun 15 05:57

2,000 Advanced Placement Economics teachers: how many will engage and respond to ~$1 million benefits per average US household for monetary reform and public banking? How many political ‘leaders’? How many citizens?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

There is literally no other topic more valuable for public consideration. Given the following data, do you agree?

To be fair, let’s assume 10% of the ~2,000 Advanced Placement (AP) Macroeconomics teachers pay attention to the discussion board where interested teachers engage in improving teaching and learning. Since 2009, I’ve shared data on monetary reform and public banking with zero positive responses to date, and perhaps a dozen non-academic and non-professional responses insulting my character, hit-and-run denial, and fear-mongering claims of inflation with failure/refusal to explain or discuss the data and history I provided.

Here’s the latest I offered in response to a question from a colleague:

Jun 15 02:33

The Consent of the Governed

These are perilous times for men and women of goodwill and intellectual honesty who are charged with enforcing our laws and running the government. The government should not be terrifying. But it must be fair and transparent. And it must always enjoy the consent of the governed. For without that consent, it is illegitimate.

Jun 14 22:33

when the usa goes bankrupt..

i'm convinced that corporate zionism has swallowed america whole. in order to express my disgust of what we have been become, i am writing in all lower case to protest against corporate/capitalism..the computer does'nt care. our american republic has turned into a killing machine for america's largest oil corporations. the real owners of america are the american indians..

the united states of America inc. is purposely being driven into bankruptcy.. when this happens the share holders of u.s.a.stock will will put the nation's assets at auction. they will now own all the land and infrastructure that we built.. i would rather give the entire country back to the american indians .. to whom it all belongs anyways.

Jun 14 18:19

The Drumhead - TNG

Jun 14 15:07

Democrats Are Already Using The Shooting Of Steve Scalise To Call For More Gun Control

The left never lets a good crisis go to waste. Within hours of the shooting of U.S. Representative Steve Scalise and other Republicans at a baseball field in Virginia, top Democrats were already calling for more gun control. Of course the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, is from a state that already has some of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation. And the largest city in Illinois, Chicago, is plagued by rampant gun violence on a daily basis. Alternatively, crime rates tend to be very low where rates of gun ownership are very high. Up here in north Idaho, anyone that would dare to break into homes at night would have a very, very short criminal career. Gun owners are the number one crime deterrent, but liberals still don’t understand this.

Jun 14 15:04

Lawmaker urges gun reciprocity for Congress following shooting

Washington D.C.’s tough gun laws are putting lawmakers who want to carry personal firearms for self-defense at risk, a GOP lawmaker argued on the heels of the Alexandria Va., shooting that shocked the nation Wednesday. Lawmakers introduced legislation in both legislative chambers, Rep. Richard Hudson’s (R-NC) Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, and Senate, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, earlier this year in an effort to eliminate confusion. Both bills would require states to honor outside concealed carry permits, protecting the right of law abiding Americans to concealed carry self-defense firearms across state lines without fear of politically motivated prosecution.

Jun 14 12:10

Dirty Open Secret: US Created and Supports ISIS

Most Americans are unaware of Washington’s diabolical agenda in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and elsewhere in their name – a bipartisan conspiracy against world peace, stability and security no matter the human cost.

Jun 14 12:01

Don’t Touch Those Confederate Statues — Ignore the tyrants and the busybodies, says Walter Williams.

The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.

Jun 14 11:20

Our Dishonest Media and Guns

The media would have us all believe that modern guns are so poorly designed that they are prone to “accidentally going off” (all by themselves, of course). Thus, no one should be allowed to own one. That is ever their predictably dishonest, politically-motivated conclusion.

Jun 14 10:55

US NURTURED AL-QAEDA & SUPPORTED TERRORISTS IN CHECHNYA – PUTIN

The US is to blame for the rise of Al-Qaeda and its late mastermind Osama bin Laden, which it empowered to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, Vladimir Putin told Oliver Stone. Putin also said there is proof the CIA supported terrorists in Russia’s Chechnya.

In the first episode of Stone’s hugely anticipated Showtime series, which aired Monday night, the Russian leader reflected on the origin of Islamic extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda.

“Al-Qaeda is not the result of our activities. This is the result of activities of our US friends. This all started in the times of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, when the US security services supported different movements of Islamic fundamentalism in their struggle against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan,” Putin told Stone, adding that the “US side has nurtured both Al-Qaeda and [Osama] bin Laden.”

Washington should have foreseen that backing Islamists will backfire, with extremists eventually getting out of control.

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Why am I thoroughly unsurprised by these revelations?!?

Jun 14 10:52

CALIFORNIA MAYBE REPLACING ITS ‘PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’ WITH SOMETHING FAR WORSE

Since 2006, California’s inmate population has gone down by nearly a quarter, due in part to a Supreme Court mandate that found conditions in California’s notoriously overcrowded prisons to be ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’ The inmate population further declined after California passed a proposition in 2014 that reduced sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. Still, the annual corrections budget has continued to increase, with current costs now double what they were in 2005.

But the very same budget report that allocates $11.3 billion to corrections also predicts an additional population decrease of 11,500 inmates over the next four years.

So what gives?

Part of the answer, at least, comes down to prison unions.

“It’s an example of how powerful public-sector unions keep the state from getting spending under control, even when the need for such spending plummets,” wrote Steven Greenhut in an op-ed for the California Policy Center.

Jun 14 10:47

STUDY: US ONLY ADMITS TO ABOUT ONE IN FIVE LETHAL DRONE STRIKES

A new report compiled by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies has found that the United States only admits officially to about one fifth of their drone strikes which end up killing someone, saying this hurts accountability.

That the US has been deliberately evasive about its drone program is hardly news, but this appears to be the first study aimed at specifically figuring exactly how many lethal drone strikes have been officially acknowledged.

This has been a growing problem with US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as well, with official Pentagon figures on civilian death tolls dramatically lower than those recorded by private NGOs, with the difference often a factor of ten or more as the US downplays the tolls.

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The Federal Government believes it has only two functions; to continue to lie to the American people about what they are really doing, with these military operations, and rob them blind.

That, unfortunately, is all it is good for, currently.

Jun 14 09:21

Macron govt shows ‘worrying signs’ of hostility towards media independence, French journalists warn

Unions representing journalists at more than 20 French media outlets including AFP, BFMTV, Libération and Le Monde say the government of President Emmanuel Macron is showing “extremely worrying” signs of hostility towards media independence.

“Faced with the freedom to inform, the new government has chosen to pressure [media outlets],” read a statement by the chapters of the Societe des Journalistes (SDJ) association, released by AFP on Tuesday.

The government of the newly-elected French president is sending “worrying signals” concerning “media independence” and “protection of sources,” the commentary added.

Jun 14 07:54

HOW I MANAGE MY SLAVES

“If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. Then give them money to earn, count and spend and they will be too busy to notice the slavery they are in.”

Jun 14 07:10

Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

Officials from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will discuss next month plans to force tech companies to break encryption on their products.

The so-called Five Eyes nations have a long-standing agreement to gather and share intelligence from across the globe. They will meet in Canada with a focus on how to prevent "terrorists and organized criminals" from "operating with impunity ungoverned digital spaces online," according to Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the most forthright call yet from a national leader to break encryption, Turnbull told Parliament: "The privacy of a terrorist can never be more important than public safety – never."

Jun 14 05:46

May is essentially being forced to either reverse Article 50 or seal a 'Soft Brexit' deal for Britain

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May is being encouraged to either reverse Article 50, and cancel Britain's plan to leave the European Union, or seal a "soft Brexit" deal that is less harsh than what she was pushing for before the snap general election.

May triggered Article 50 in March, which kickstarted the official two year period where Britain has to negotiate its deal to leave the EU. Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019 - unless she calls to reverse it and all other 27-EU member states vote unanimously to allow her to cancel Brexit.

Who hasn't seen this coming?

Jun 13 12:27

Putin Warns America "Has A False Sense That It Can Do Anything Without Consequences"

In the first episode of Stone’s hugely anticipated Showtime series, which aired Monday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled no punches claiming US is to blame for the rise of Al-Qaeda and its late mastermind Osama bin Laden, which it empowered to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, adding that there is proof the CIA supported terrorists in Russia’s Chechnya.

Jun 13 12:18

Video: Syrian Army Reaches Border with Iraq, Strategic Implications, Failure of US Plan to Create a Buffer Zone Controlled by Western Backed Militants?

On June 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allied militia groups reached the border with Iraq in the area north of the US-led coalition garrisons at the village of At Tanf and Al Zquf. This advance dramatically changed the strategic situation in southeastern Syria and de-facto allowed the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance to win the race for the border with Iraq.

The key goal of the US-led coalition actions near the border was to prevent the SAA from linking up with the allied Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) operating in Iraq and to build a buffer zone controlled by Western-backed militant groups between the two countries.

The PMU is a major power in Iraq and an official part of the Iraqi Armed Forces. It’s currently conducting a large-scale operation against ISIS terrorists at own side of the border. The June 9 advance destroyed the US-led coalition’s plans.

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One has to wonder; in light of this debacle, what is the US government and military are really prepared to do now to regime-change Damascus?!?

The following, very troubling article appeared yesterday in sputniknews.com:

Poster bearing a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad: Is US Preparing for Assad's Removal Amid Strikes on Damascus' Allies?

The article goes on to state:

"Washington is harboring a plan for a new "color revolution" in Syria, seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replace him with a pro-American submissive government, Russian Senator and intelligence veteran Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti.

The US is preparing a large-scale operation aimed at toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replacing him with a pro-American puppet regime, Russian Senator Igor Morozov, a member of the Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, believes.

"The United States is making efforts to seize the strategic initiative in Syria by carrying out a 'color revolution' with the assistance of the armed forces; [they] are preparing an attack on Damascus to oust the current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and install a submissive leadership in [Syria's] government," Morozov told RIA Novosti."

I hope to heck that Russian Senator Morozov is absolutely wrong on this; but unfortunately, just because a move is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move the US government can make, us utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Such a move will most probably lead to war with Russia.

Jun 13 11:57

Israeli DM: Al-Jazeera Is ‘Nazi-, Soviet-Style Propaganda’

Israeli officials have been eagerly backing regional hostility toward Qatar, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has doubled down on that, accusing the Qatar-funded al-Jazeera network, the most popular news media outlet in the Middle East, of being “Nazi-, Soviet-style propaganda.”

Lieberman’s evidence for this was that al-Jazeera has often run stories critical of Israel, saying that such behavior doesn’t rise to the level of journalism. Ironically, al-Jazeera is historically the only Arab media outlet that has allowed Israeli officials on to tell their side of the story at all, with most outlets banning Israelis as a matter of course.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli DM Lieberman, a word, please.

Your rant appears to be borne from desperation on the cusp of madness.

I have always found Al-Jazeera (English version) to be a reasonable, and responsible, voice for the Arab world, and the quality of its journalism is generally quite elevated.

Israel has, most generally, treated Palestinians in the occupied territories quite horrifically, and that reality cannot be disproven, even by such vicious, and logic-challenged, rants such as this.

Jun 13 11:51

Israel Cuts Gaza Electricity at Abbas’ Request

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ effort to cut electricity to the Gaza Strip as a means of “pressuring” Hamas to hand over control of the region to him is finally getting support from Israel’s security cabinet, which today signed off on a plan to cut exports to the Gaza Strip by 40%, meaning about 45 minutes less of electricity per day in a strip that already is in a state of blackout more than three-quarters of the time.

Abbas had originally sought a 100% cut in Gaza’s electricity, but Israel refused, citing humanitarian concerns. Even with this smaller cut, Israeli military advisers are warning a mounting humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip will likely escalate the level of violence along the Israeli border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has shown his true colors, and they are those of a monster, as someone who would ask that this electricity be cut to Palestinians for purely political purposes.

The following, related story from haaretz.com is deeply worrying:

Hamas warns: Israel's 'disastrous' new power cut would spark an explosion in Gaza

But perhaps, this kind of "explosion" is precisely what Tel Aviv wants to happen as the "excuse" for massive assassinations of Palestinians, as happened in Operation Cast Lead.

Fatalities: Operation Cast Lead

Jun 13 11:45

5,000+ NATO troops to take part in ‘Iron Wolf’ drills in Lithuania

NATO troops have begun a 10-day military exercise, Iron Wolf 2017, in Lithuania, as part of a broader series of maneuvers aimed at deterring Russian “aggression.” Around 5,300 troops from 10 NATO countries are set to take part
The maneuvers began Monday with opening ceremonies at military training grounds in Pabrade and Rukla (near Kaunas). The drills, which will last until June 23, are meant to test the capabilities of the German-led Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group, also comprising soldiers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. In July, Luxembourg will also contribute its forces to the group.

The exercises will be supervised by Lithuanian troops from the Iron Wolf Mechanised Infantry Brigade and the Žemaitija Brigade Motorized Infantry unit, who will plan and arrange defensive and offensive operations. The forces will practice coordination efforts and operating in populated areas.

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Look for a possible false flag, to be blamed against Russia, when NATO does those exercises in the Suwalki Gap.

The timing (starting one week from Saturday, and ending next Monday), are absolutely perfect for the US 24 hour news cable, and the location is also absolutely perfect for some kind of "military mishap", to be blamed on Russia.

Jun 13 11:32

SYRIAN TROOPS MOVE CLOSER TO RAQQA AS THE US DROPS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON THE CITY

RECENT VIDEO HAS EMERGED OF THE US DROPPING WHAT APPEARS TO BE TOXIC WHITE PHOSPHORUS MUNITIONS ON THE CITY.

The Syrian Arab Army has captured villages in Al-Raqqa Governorate for the first time since ISIS forced Syrian troops to abandon the region to terrorists in 2013.

Syria’s elite Tiger Forces have been making remarkable progress in the race to Raqqa while the United States is also trying to get a piece of the largely symbolic self-proclaimed capital of the so-called Islamic State.

Just as they had done in their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, ISIS fighters in Raqqa have been fleeing the city with Deir ez-Zor being their primary destination.

This comes as the US planes have been filmed dropping what appears to be the illegal chemical weapon white phosphorus on the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, according to the current regime in DC, the infliction of hot, flaming death, by bombing with white phosphorous, which eats and devours flesh to the bone, is only a war crime when other countries do it.

I don't know about you, but I am very emotionally and morally tired of being a citizen of a country so thoroughly comfortable with committing war crimes around the planet.

I can assure you that the next set of images are horrifically, stomach-churningly graphic, but I think you really need to see some real-world examples of what is being done in your name, and with your tax dollars, in Syria.

Images: injuries from white phosphorous bombing

Jun 13 11:22

Sessions Asks Congress To Undo Medical Marijuana Protections

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking Congressional leaders not to renew a current federal law that prevents the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.
“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership. “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”

The letter, sent to Capitol Hill last month, was shared with MassRoots by a Congressional staffer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what Deep Throat said, during the Watergate debacle?!?

"Follow the money!!"

This does make me wonder what a forensic accounting analysis of Session's financial statements would reveal about support from the tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical industries has been for him, over the years, that he is making these bone-headed pronouncements about marijuana.

He is also doing an horrific disservice to our Vets, struggling with PTSD, where at has been shown that marijuana alleviates their symptoms far better, and with far less complications, than do prescription drugs.

There is absolutely no research I have read, indicating that marijuana, in any way, makes people violent.

Jun 13 11:01

RUSSIA WARNS THE US TO NOT LAUNCH ANOTHER MILITARY STRIKE ON SYRIAN FORCES

According to Reuters, Russia has warned the U.S. not to attack Syrian-aligned troops again in the war-torn country. Reuters reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov relayed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Saturday — a phone call the U.S. reportedly initiated.
“Lavrov expressed his categorical disagreement with the U.S. strikes on pro-government forces and called on him to take concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in future,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, as reported by Reuters.The U.S. has struck pro-Syrian troops numerous times in recent weeks and just recently shot down a Syrian drone — blatant acts of war against a sovereign nation. A Russian general also claimed that the U.S. may even be colluding with ISIS, allowing them safe passage to leave Raqqa as the U.S. military besieges the Syrian city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope President Trump understands that he is playing with Russian fire, with this illegal intrusion on the war in Syria; but perhaps, that is just the point, to engage Syria and Russia so recklessly that Putin will have no choice but to respond militarily.

Unfortunately, just because a move isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Jun 13 10:56

FDA QUIETLY BANS ANOTHER CHEAP CANCER TREATMENT: INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C

It would be naive to think that the FDA endeavors to protect the public’s health as its primary focus. Indeed, that would be a conflict o...

It would be naive to think that the FDA endeavors to protect the public’s health as its primary focus. Indeed, that would be a conflict of interest, as it serves its master, the pharmaceutical industry. Has the Food and Drug Administration engineered a shortage of intravenous vitamin C as part of an overall attack on natural and non-toxic approaches to healing that compete with prescription drugs? An analysis by Natural Blaze would suggest that the answer is yes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable, courtesy of the FDA.

The FDA has long since abandoned any pretense of existing to promote wellness on the part of US citizens, but only pharmaceutical corporate profit; and at this point, it's unrestrained "profit uber alles!!" for the big pharmaceutical companies it protects.

Jun 13 10:47

FOUR MEMBERS OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER’S TEAM INVESTIGATING RUSSIA-TRUMP COLLUSION EXPOSED AS HILLARY CLINTON DONORS

It’s hard to believe how long an wide Hillary Clinton’s tentacles stretch across Washington, but the former Presidential candidate who hatched the Russia election meddling story in order to deflect away from her pathetic loss to Donald Trump, has her fangs firmly dug into Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel team.

The Hill reports that four members of Mueller’s independent team investigating Trump-Russia collusion (whatever that even means) have all been contributors to Hillary Clinton’s and/or Barack Obama’s previous campaigns.

Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.

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The vengeful, hateful, despicable Clinton is nearly spitting blood to achieve a geopolitical assassination of Trump by the hands of others; but all that will do is put Mike Pence in the White House as President.

Call me silly, but I think that this attempted robo-recall of a duly elected President is going to bite her in a very tender part of the human anatomy, and soon.

Jun 13 10:41

THE DEAD GIVEAWAYS OF IMPERIAL DECLINE

Nothing is as permanent as we imagine--especially super-complex, super-costly, super-asymmetric and super-debt-dependent state/financial systems.

Identifying the tell-tale signs of Imperial decay and decline is a bit of a parlor game. The hubris of an increasingly incestuous and out-of-touch leadership, dismaying extremes of wealth inequality, self-serving, avaricious Elites, rising dependency of the lower classes on free Bread and Circuses provided by a government careening toward insolvency due to stagnating tax revenues and vast over-reach--these are par for the course of self-reinforcing Imperial decay.

Sir John Glubb listed a few others in his seminal essay on the end of empires The Fate of Empires, what might be called the dynamics of decadence.

Jun 13 10:37

VIDEO SURFACES OF SETH RICH NEIGHBOR’S TESTIMONY AS TO WHAT HE SAW THE NIGHT OF THE MURDER

Scott Roberts claimed to be Seth Rich’s neighbor…a neighbor who also identified Seth Rich moments after he was shot.

The Gateway Pundit reports…

Mueller says police walked Seth Rich past him after he was shot to identify him and said that Rich ‘didn’t even know he was shot’. He tried to comfort others at the vigil saying Seth Rich didn’t feel physical pain.

A vigil was held for slain DNC staffer, Seth Rich where Debbie Wasserman Schultz was also in attendance.

An eyewitness came forward saying, “I was there when he (Seth Rich) got shot and they walked him past me so that I could see him and identify him because I knew him in the neighborhood, and the police officer said, ‘he didn’t even know he was shot’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a political assassination, pure and simple, in retaliation for the DNC understanding that Rich was the leaker to Wikileaks, and make others in the party realise that the penalty for "snitching" was sure and certain murder.

Jun 13 10:35

This is why the EU wants an Army.

EU begins punishing Hungary, Poland, & Czech Republic for not destroying their own country w/ "refugees."

Jun 13 09:55

Special Counsel Mueller has been compromised from Day One,

and only a fool would think he is objective enough to lead a fair investigation.

Jun 13 09:08

US SEIZE DOTCOM’S ASSETS, DESPITE HIM NEVER STEPPING FOOT IN THE US

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has effectively abandoned all hope of retrieving millions of dollars of capital, real estate and luxury goods after the US Justice Department formally filed an asset-forfeiture with the Supreme Court on Friday. The case is unprecedented as Dotcom has never once stepped-foot on US soil. The US claim jurisdiction over Dotcom because his site Megaupload operated some servers from the US.

Jun 13 08:39

WHISTLEBLOWER: "ALL MISERY ON EARTH IS A BUSINESS MODEL"

Jun 12 14:37

Jarrett: Are Mueller and Comey ‘colluding’ against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?

“Proudly Announcing The Newly-Formed Law Firm of Mueller & Comey. We Specialize In Bungling Cases, Ignoring Legal Standards, And Bringing Down Presidents.”

Jun 12 14:30

MORE THAN JUST ONE? Trump's legal team may show months-long trail of Comey leaks

Comey admitted single Trump leak, but were there others?

Jun 12 12:31

Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment or Regional War: 4 Scenarios for Qatar Crisis

The Russian International Affairs Council, a powerful Moscow-based think tank, estimates that there are four scenarios for resolving the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Qatar and other Arab and Muslim states. Written by renowned Middle East observer Vitaly Naumkin, the report outlines what Russia and its regional allies should be prepared for.

Under the first scenario, the parties resolve their differences as a result of mediation by regional and world powers. Doha will be forced to make some concessions, but will not be asked to sacrifice its key foreign policy initiatives, including friendly relations with Iran, and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The second scenario sees mediation efforts fail, and pressure on Qatar escalate. Amid threats of even more severe struggle, the emirate's leadership is forced to resign, and is replaced in a soft change of power scenario.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing Naumkin does not take into consideration here, is the absolute blood lust shared by Israel; Saudi Arabia; and the US government for regime change in Tehran, and soon.

And the US government and military are very excellent at maintaining wars which should have been over months and years ago, save for US military involvement; Naumkin should ask Syria's Bashar Al-Assad about that.

Regime changing Qatar's government, and making it more antagonistic toward Iran, and using the 11,000 US troops serving there, together with Saudi troops, plus the US Navy's 5th Fleet, stationed in Bahrain, could mount up to a formidable fighting force against Iran.

But the big question which people in Riyadh; DC, and Tel Aviv need to be asking themselves is, if the US goes up against Iran militarily, what will Russia do?!?

In this case, I am not of the opinion that the Duma is just going to sit around and sing "Kumbyah", but will authorise immediate military action on Iran's side, should the US and Saudi Arabia attempt to invade Iran, supported by Israeli intelligence.

Jun 12 12:10

Bratton thinks Europe-like terror attacks are headed for the US

Recent acts of terror in Europe are the “new normal” — and surely coming soon to the United States, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton ominously warned Sunday.

Evildoers have stepped up attacks on soft targets — such as London Bridge, Manchester Arena and Bastille Day in Nice — in the past 12 months, making a similar terrorist strike on American soil inevitable, Bratton told “The Cats Roundtable.”

“(European-style terror attacks are) going to be the new normal in our world,” Bratton told interviewer John Catsimatidis on AM 970. “The pace of terrorist attacks, certainly in Europe, has been increasing.” Bratton warned: “That type of attack is quite likely to occur in the United States at some point in time.”

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Bill Bratton, a word, please; Heaven forbid, should such attacks happen in the US, they will demonstrate, incontrovertibly, and conclusively, that all the surveillance which has been put into place; all the gropedowns by TSA goons at the airports; and all the alleged "security" which has been put into place, has been impotently useless, and a complete, utter waste of taxpayer time and money.

Jun 12 11:57

Trump Just Dropped Chemical Weapons in a Major City, 100,000 Civilians Trapped

President Trump is now doing the unthinkable – in his war on terror, he has resorted to the use of chemical weapons.

Multiple reports are confirming that a US-led Coalition used white phosphorus-loaded ammunition in heavily populated cities of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of civilians are known to be in the areas where the weapons were used according to The Washington Post.

Use of such weapons violates international humanitarian law due to the types of injuries it can cause when other weapons are available to do the job. While white phosphorus isn’t exactly outlawed by the Geneva Convention, it is still illegal to use in densely populated areas. And, here’s why:

“When a white phosphorus shell explodes, the chemical inside reacts with the air, creating a thick white cloud. When it comes in contact with flesh, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone.”

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Mr. President, has anyone happened to mention to you that the use of such weapons, particularly against heavy concentrations of civilians, is a war crime?!?

Well, Mr. President, I JUST DID!!!

And I must tell you also; I am profoundly unhappy about being a citizen of a country whose leadership is very comfortable committing war crimes!!

Jun 12 11:51

Israeli soldiers shoot from towers across fence into Gaza protest, killing Palestinian

Israeli soldiers kill one Palestinian, injure ten others, in Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, those IDF members are SUCH "manly men"; they love assassinating unarmed Palestinians, peacefully protesting, who live literally caged in Gaza.

Must be like shooting fish in a barrel!

And they know that there will be absolutely no negative outcomes from their government from these assassinations and wounding of Palestinians.

This is just one component of Tel Aviv's multi-faceted "Final Solution" to the "Palestinian Problem."

Jun 12 11:43

Russian FM Warns US Not to Strike Syrian Pro-Government Forces

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in a phone call Saturday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, warned that Russia considers the recent US attacks on pro-government forces in southern Syria categorically unacceptable, and said the US must take steps to prevent any further clashes of this sort.

The US had multiple recent incidents in which they’ve attacked Shi’ite militia forces in southern Syria, accusing them of getting too close to a rebel base which has US personnel stationed in it. The indications, however, are that the Shi’ite militias in the region have been attacking ISIS and al-Qaeda forces, not the US-backed rebels at al-Tanf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope Trump's administration is listening, here; one more (deliberate) slip up, and the US government and military could well find itself at war with Russia over Syria; or, has that been the plan all along?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds are here of the US and Russia going to war in Syria against each other might be, but I would suggest that we may be looking at a "when" issue here, rather than an "if" issue right now.

Jun 12 11:38

Israel, Saudis, UAE Lobby Congress for Anti-Qatar Legislation

While Israel has been unable to directly join the Saudi-led move to “blockade” Qatar, having very limited contact with them in the first place, that hasn’t stopped them from throwing their substantial lobbying support behind a move already backed by Saudi and Emirati lobbyists to see the US Congress pass anti-Qatar legislation.

The HR 2712 bill, the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017, faults Qatar for its support for the Hamas Movement, The bill’s sponsors in the House include a number of lawmakers who have received substantial donations from pro-Israel lobbyists, and donations from pro-Saudi lobbyists as well.

This is part of an ongoing allegation that Qatar’s charitable contributions are going to terrorist movements. Qatar denies that this is the case, saying that the government has been very successful in ensuring that the charities they support actually do charitable work, and don’t simply end up laundering the money to terrorist movements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The threat of an imminent invasion into Qatar may have been stayed for now, thanks to the rapid action of both Turkey and Iran, pledging troops for Qatar.

However, that being said, look for Israel and the US government to conjure up some horrific false flag to blame on Iran (the real target, here), in the not too distant future, as a "justification" for invading it.

And Iran's "real crimes" here?!? Oh, let me count them for you:

1. Not having a private central bank, which loans money at interest, instead of for a fixed fee, which creates no compound interest.

2. Having a Constitutional Islamic Republic (Israel has no constitution whatsoever)

3. Doing a great job of educating their kids to become competitive on the world stage. In Iran, around 70% of science and engineering students are women

Jun 12 11:24

"Burn Them And Their Families": As ISIS Crumbles, Vigilantes Run Amok in Iraq

Authored by Daniel Lang via SHTFplan.com

It’s hard to appreciate the effect ISIS has had on ordinary Iraqis and Syrians who wanted nothing to do with the terror group.

There are cities in these countries that have been ruled by these monsters for several years. Monsters whose cruelty and depravity knows no bounds. Most people in the West can’t imagine what that must be like, because the vast majority of us have never lived under those conditions.

So what does happens to people who have been living under ISIS for so long?

Well, try to imagine what you would do if a bunch of lunatics had been running your community for several years. Imagine if they had cut you off from the outside world, tortured and killed family members and neighbors, sold female relatives into sexual slavery, and indoctrinated your children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a direct result, and consequence, of the both US military's invasions of Iraq and the current strikes against the Syrian army, loyal to Al-Assad.

Jun 12 11:13

Putin warns IS plans to destabilize southern Russia and Central AsiaMore:http://tass.com/politics/950688

The Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia) plans to destabilize the situation in southern Russia and Central Asia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting between the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America is using ISIS to destabilise southern Russia and Central Asia.

Jun 12 11:04

SAUDI ARABIA’S ATTACK ON QATAR UNRAVELS

A week into the crisis Saudi Arabia instigated when it broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a land and air blockade of the tiny Gulf state, it is becoming clear that it is failing to bring Qatar to heel.

Instead Qatar has successfully secured pledges of support from Turkey and Iran – the two military giants in this region – appears to have the tacit support of Kuwait, and is gaining diplomatic traction with Russia.

As for the US, though US President Trump has seemed to tilt to Saudi Arabia’s side in this quarrel, US Secretary of State Tillerson – who as a former oil executive must know this region well – seems intent on taking a more conciliatory line towards Qatar, calling for the blockade on Qatar to be lifted. I have no doubt it will be his counsels which in the US will eventually prevail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!!

Jun 12 11:01

Did James Comey Cover Up a Massive and Illegal FBI-CIA Spying Operation?

he Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.

Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a “close friend” memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump. But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.

Dennis Montgomery, the former contractor, reportedly passed his findings on to the FBI and is now alleging that the intelligence agencies buried the follow-up investigation, according to a report from Circa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Mike and I have concluded that any surveillance by any of the US's "alphabet soup" agencies on us must be punishment duty; our emails and our texts are very vanilla, because we understand that this goes on all the time, and understand that the 4th Amendment has been well and truly eviscerated, courtesy of succeeding presidencies, during and after the Bush era.

Jun 12 10:56

Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost

The U.S. military used the expanded authority President Donald Trump granted to the Pentagon in March to strike a terrorist outpost in Somalia on Sunday, officials said.

Together with Somali partners, the Pentagon used a drone to target a command and control and logistics hub 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu — the nation’s capital — to kill multiple fighters with al-Shabab, a terrorist organization aligned with al-Qaeda, according to the Pentagon.

The outpost was described by a military official as a mid-level operation, not a high value target.

According to Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana W. White, the bombing was in response to al-Shabab’s recent attacks on the Somali military and used the new authority the Department of Defense received from Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are told, by the presstitutes, that the US military is in Somalia to, allegedly "fight terror".

However, the painfully honest reasons for the US intervening in Somalia are the same for all other US military interventions; to regime change a government if it is not to the US government's liking (or protect it, if it is); expropriating that country's resources to which neither the US government, nor its minion multinational corporations have any moral right; and make sure that those resources are only sold in American dollars.

And if you don't believe me, please take a good, long look at the following article from indexmundi.com:

Somali natural resources

Jun 12 10:46

IRAN CLAIMS PROOF OF 'DIRECT US SUPPORT" FOR ISIS DAYS AFTER CONGRESSMAN DANA ROHRABACHER FLOATS THE IDEA

Last Thursday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher praised ISIS for coordinated terrorist attacks in Tehran which left 17 civilians dead - then suggested that the United States should support the terrorist organization in their endeavors to bring regime change to Iran, comparing the situation to working with Stalin's Russia to get Hitler.

Rohrabacher: Isn't it a good thing for us to have Untied States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn't that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another considering that you have terrorist organizations.

Maybe it's a good idea to have radical Muslim terrorists fighting each other?

Dr. Asher: Having coordinated the economic warfare plan against the Islamic State, I would not condone an attack by the Islamic State. I would be determined to destroy them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Izadi is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And it is a damned shame that there is no Congressional equivalent to the 25th Amendment, when congress critters can no longer perform their jobs for their alleged constituents.

Because when Congressman Rohrabacher lauds an assassination attack against innocent Iranians, he is not doing his job for his constituents; all violence, as a way to resolve geopolitical issues, must be universally condemned, period, end of discussion.

And I really want to know; what is this alleged "Shiite threat" to which he alludes in these statements?!?

To the best of my knowledge, Iranians just want to be left alone, compete for business, fairly, in the world marketplace, and raise their children to be intellectually capable, and land decent, well-paying jobs.

When in the name of heaven did these desires become a "threat", except to Israel and Saudi Arabi, which consider Iran an alleged "existential threat", and wants regime change to happen here in the worst way, but insists that this only be brought about with American blood and American money, but not their own?!?

And does Congressman Rohrabacher remember which Middle Eastern country had an election recently?!? (Hint: it was NOT Saudi Arabia, sir!!)

Jun 12 09:47

THE DEA’S WARRANTLESS CASH GRAB

Do you want to know the dirty secret about how the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confiscates suspected drug traffickers’ money? The truth is, it’s not hard: Agents just go to an airport and wait for cash to drop into their laps.

A March report by the Justice Department’s inspector general (I.G.) found the DEA seized a whopping $4 billion in cash over the past decade using civil asset forfeiture, mostly from airports, train stations, and bus terminals.

Contrary to DEA rhetoric, these seizures have little to do with ongoing criminal investigations and everything to do with bringing in money. In 81 percent of the cases the I.G. reviewed, there were no accompanying criminal charges.

A 2016 investigation by USA Today found the DEA regularly mines American citizens’ travel information and relies on a network of confidential informants in the travel industry, who often get kickbacks for snooping on suspicious passengers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Be very careful about the amount of money you are carrying when you travel; the DEA could steal all of it from you, even if there is no real probable cause that the money was dirty, or to be used for evil intent.

Jun 12 09:37

SAUDI ARABIA BECOMES PRO-KURDISH AFTER TURKEY SIDES WITH QATAR

This could be the beginning of a new alignment that will elevate the Russian position in the region while diminishing the influence of the United States.

The new and seemingly prolonged row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is having some curious and almost shocking knock-on effects.

The most interesting is that Syrian media has been reporting that attacks and even mobilisations from many Gulfi funded terrorists in Syria have declined.

Likewise, state-run Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has suddenly discovered the extent of Saudi war crimes in Yemen after ignoring the story until last week when Qatar’s exit from the Saudi coalition was formalised.

But by far the most strange development thus far is the newfound Saudi love for the cause of Kurdish nationalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These re-alignments remind me of the phrase, very common in the Middle East, that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend!"

Jun 12 08:23

Macron, not Le Pen, to turn state of emergency into common law

Emmanuel Macron very quickly made it official: He will introduce a bill which will transform extraordinary state of emergency powers into regular police practice.

According to Le Monde, which saw a leaked copy of the bill: “…almost all the measures of the state of emergency will be found in common law.”

What this means is that the post-Charlie Hebdo war hysteria has not only never stopped, but will have become the new, permanent normal: Anyone can be arrested, searched and detained with just a simple accusation. Judges simply need to be “informed”; police have carte blanche.

Jun 12 08:12

Did the FBI have evidence of a breach larger than Snowden? A lawsuit says yes.

A former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden's now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

Jun 12 07:29

We've Lost All Sense Of The Common Good

The theory of American civics is that the competitive process of every group advocating for its narrow self-interests will magically generate the Common Good, that is, a political and social order that serves everyone's common/shared interests.

Unfortunately, that's not how civic life functions in real-world America. We have completely lost any sense of a Common Good. All we have now is a cut-throat competition between entrenched special interests for a fatter slice of the pie while the bottom 95% have essentially no political voice and a rapidly diminishing say in the economy.

Jun 11 09:53

Israeli academics barred from expressing political opinion in class

As part of new ethical code promoted by Education Minister Bennett, lecturers would not be allowed to discuss political issues in class or publicly support academic boycotts; many lecturers come out against move.

Lecturers at academic institutions in Israel will be barred from expressing political opinions during class as part of a new ethical code.

The ethical code on political activity in academia was written by Prof. Asa Kasher —who also wrote the ethical code for the IDF—at the request of Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Bennett, who also chairs the Council for Higher Education, plans on bringing the new ethical code for approval at the council so it could be implemented in all universities and colleges in Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

What an absolute,complete, and bad joke!!

Jun 11 09:36

CrowdStrike, The DNC’s Security Firm, Was Under Contract With The FBI

Claims of “Russian interference” have been ubiquitous in U.S. political discourse for almost a full year now; these often amount to a melange of allegations ranging from “hacking” to “influence campaigns” to “online trolls” sent by the Kremlin to harangue unsuspecting Midwestern voters. “Hacking,” however, remains the centerpiece of the narrative?—?the idea that Russian state actors “hacked” the Democratic National Committee and exfiltrated emails is routinely cited as the centerpiece of the overall “interference” thesis. After the alleged hacking, the DNC retained a private security firm?—?CrowdStrike?—?which made the determination that the Russian government was responsible, setting into motion a chain of Russia-related events that continue to unfold even now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I so singularly unsurprised by this revelation?!?

Jun 11 09:29

Qatar's Al Jazeera TV says it has come under cyber attack

DOHA: Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera is combating a large-scale cyber attack on its media platform, but all its entities remain operational, a company source said on Thursday.

"There were attempts made on the cyber security of Al Jazeera but we are combating them and currently all our entities are operational," said a senior employee who declined to be named.

Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states which accuse it of ties to terrorism, in a row that is endangering stability in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell, "1984".

I, for one, appreciate the English language edition of Al Jazeera, and respect the general integrity of its reporting.

So hang in there, IT people at Al Jazeera; as was said during World War II, if you're catching flack, you know you're over the target.

Jun 11 09:23

Qatar Will Pay John Ashcroft $2.5 Million To Defend Against Terrorism Accusations

As a reminder, Ashcroft was U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush from February 2001 to February 2005, years in which US policies and laws were reshaped by the so-called war on terrorism that followed the 2001 al Qaeda attacks. Under Ashcroft the US spawned the "Patriot Act", trampling over civil rights everywhere, and made pervasive spying on virtually everyone the norm, courtesy of the NSA.

Perhaps relying on the assumption that Qatar can simply bribe its way again into America's good graces - recall Qatar give Bill Clinton a $1 million "present" for his Birthday, and was one of the biggest foreign "donors" of the Clinton Foundation even when Hillary was still at the State Department...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe, for a moment, that Saudi Arabia and the US will give Qatar the "grace period" for which it has asked; if, in fact, both countries are looking at war against Iran, things have to move swiftly, and without delay.

So look for some very terrible false flag to happen very soon to be blamed on the Qatari government, and then we are...off and running into a war against Iran, which will most probably mean a war with Russia.

Jun 11 08:50

U.S. Weeks Away From A Recession According To Latest Loan Data

While many "conventional" indicators of US economic vibrancy and strength have lost their informational and predictive value over the past decade (GDP fluctuates erratically especially in Q1, employment is the lowest this century yet real wage growth is non-existent, inflation remains under the Fed's target despite its $4.5 trillion balance sheet and so on), one indicator has remained a stubbornly fail-safe marker of economic contraction: since the 1960, every time Commercial & Industrial loan balances have declined (or simply stopped growing), whether due to tighter loan supply or declining demand, a recession was already either in progress or would start soon.

This can be seen on both the linked chart, and the one zoomed in below, which shows the uncanny correlation between loan growth and economic recession.

Jun 11 08:48

Israel bans Heinz Ketchup because it’s linked to liver, pancreas, immune system, and brain issues

The food industry only allows it to be sold as “tomato seasoning”, not “tomato ketchup”. Triggered by a series of tests conducted by an Israeli food company also selling ketchup. The tests revealed that, although Heinz boasts over 60% tomato as an ingredient, there was only 21% tomato concentrate in each bottle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Credit where credit is due; so this is one time in my life that I can thank the Israeli government for noticing the disconnect between the advertising... and the reality in a food product.

Staying away from unnecessary sugars is key for health and longevity.

Jun 11 08:40

Cool Qatar: Riyadh plan backfires after Trump flip-flop & Turkey ruse

Saudi Arabia’s standoff against Qatar was fraught with miscalculations and comically ill-conceived notions from the start. But now the crisis is becoming a threat to Riyadh’s own prominence and security in the Middle East.

Jun 11 08:33

Pakistan Hands Down First Death Sentence for Social Media Blasphemy

What happens when high technology meets harsh religious traditions? That’s right: death sentences for digital blasphemy.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Pakistan has sentenced a man to death for sharing "blasphemous content about Islam" on social media, according to a report by Dawn.
The 30-year-old convict, who reportedly belongs to the Shia community, was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), in Bahawalpur city in eastern Pakistan.

According to the court, the offender posted derogatory content about prominent Sunni religious figures and the Prophet Muhammad and his views on Facebook.

The man faced charges on two sections of the law, one of them covering the use of derogatory remarks towards the Prophet Mohammad, and the other involving inducing sectarian hatred.

The death penalty is the harshest of cyber-crime sentences in Pakistan so far. If it is implemented, it would be the first time Pakistan has officially executed anyone for blasphemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, a word, please.

As reported at Wikipedia.com:

At least 241 people were sentenced to death in Pakistan in 2005, and at least 31 were executed – the fifth highest number in the world. Pakistan ranked fifth (total cases – not per capita) after the People's Republic of China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States.[7] The moratorium expired on 30 June 2013 and the government announced it had no plan to extend it. The government stated there will be no general amnesty for the convicts waiting for execution.[8] As of 4 July 2013, Amnesty International estimated there are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row.[9] The European Union (EU) has sharply reacted over lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan, and has demanded its immediate restoration, which had been in place since 2008.[10]

Execution for ...blasphemy?!?

President Hussain, would you like to remind me, please, in what century the world finds itself right now?!?

Sir, I believe, by all reasonable accounts, we are in the 21st century.

And if this man is, in fact, executed by hanging for his alleged 'blasphemy', this act is going to make the Pakistani government, even with its nuclear weapons capability, look mentally medieval, and thoroughly unhinged; is this, please, how you want Pakistan to be viewed at this portion of the 21st century?!?

There are many stories about the compassion of Mohammed:

Stories about the compassion of Mohammed

Perhaps some compassion, translated into a commutation of his sentence, coupled with religious dialogue, might be a better answer than execution here.

President Hussain, the world will be watching on this case.

Jun 11 07:46

US State Department Reviewing Mishandling of Classified Info by Hillary Clinton

The US State Department in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said it is reviewing the mishandling of classified information that passed through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server.

"The Department initiated a review of the handling of classified information in this matter," the letter, released by Grassley on Friday, said.

The letter said the investigation was ongoing and could result in the loss of security clearances if any violations took place.

The department, the letter added, waited to begin its review until after the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded its own probe into the matter, "in order to avoid prejudicing the FBI's investigation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could, potentially, get interesting; that is, of course, unless one of the investigators finds a horse's head in their bed, or disappears, as has, apparently, Clinton's tech guru, Bryan Palmiero, to avoid testifying in response to a Congressional subpoena.

Clinton campaign operative defies subpoena to avoid testifying on emails

I would be reasonably certain that the Clinton Cartel have people who make others permanently "disappear" on speed dial.

Jun 10 20:13

Theresa May's Plan To Regulate The Internet Won't Stop Terrorism; It Might Make Things Worse

While May's desire for a strong response is easy to understand, her call for more expansive internet regulation and censorship is wrongheaded and will make it harder to win the war against violent extremism.

May didn't specify the details of her proposal, but to many observers it was clear that she's asking for sweeping new powers to compel tech companies to help spy on citizens and censor online content. Unfortunately, this isn't simply a knee-jerk response to horrible circumstances, but reflects a longstanding ambition of May's Conservative Party to impose draconian controls on cyberspace.

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