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Mar 16 15:13

Are Soros and the Deep State Updating an Old PSYOP to Depose Trump?

Revisiting the Vietnam Era: Are Soros and the Deep State Updating an Old PSYOP to Depose Trump?

Mar 16 12:40

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Mar 16 12:05

Drums Along The Potomac

The amateur psychologist in me suspects that the more the USA heaps Russia with censorious opprobrium and punishments, the closer this floundering polity actually is to completely losing its shit. Friday morning’s front-page headline in The New York Times appears to have been written by Pee Wee Herman:

"Finally, Trump has something bad to say about Russia."

I can just hear Vlad Putin blowing a raspberry out of the Kremlin: “Nyah, nyah, nyah… I know you are, but what am I…?” We’re also informed today by that august journal that U.S. Accuses Russia in Cyberattacks on Power Plants. (Oh, wait a second, they changed the headline at 8:02 to Russia Wormed Its Way Into Access at Power Plants, U.S. Says.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The hunger for a war against Russia is reaching a very intense place in the Bowels of Power in DC; not because it is morally right, but it might be something with which the US government wants to distract us. There is a financial collapse coming, and one might say, relatively soon.

But the US government is having one hell of a time, because this time, the American people are very skeptical, as they have every right to be, when it comes to its leadership declaring war, or just starting to attack, the allegedly bad government it doesn't like.

But the lost credibility of this government is causing its people to never believe anything it says, ever again. Credibility is delicate; and once it has been broken, and shown to be a sham, that goverment loses it forever.

Mar 16 11:47

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms Over Trump White House

John Bolton as National Security Adviser, with Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. and fundamentalist Christian dominionist Mike Pompeo moving from CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, means that the neocons — never happy with the prospects of a Trump administration – will, once again, be in the driver’s seat of American foreign policy after a nine-year hiatus. Bolton’s tenure at the U.N. was punctuated by his own undiplomatic outbursts, as well as those of his spokesman, Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Germany. Bolton strenuously pushed the neocon foreign policy line, as spelled out in the charter for the movement founded in 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this happen, this will be officially horrible.

Mar 16 11:39

Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen’s Houthis

Publicly, Saudi Arabia has shown no sign of looking for a negotiated end to the war in Yemen. Behind the scenes, however, they’ve been in secret talks with the Shi’ite Houthis for the past two months.

Three years into the Saudi invasion, signs are that there is some war weariness, and that they’ve been making secretive approaches to the Houthis, by way of neighboring Oman, for the past two months. Diplomats say the Houthis are eager for a diplomatic agreement.

One senior Houthi confirmed that the talks have been underway, with spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam repeatedly traveling to Oman for meetings with Saudi officials, and trying to carve out a “comprehensive political solution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, there may be a reason for hope in Yemen.

Mar 16 11:33

Return of the Neo-Cons: Mike Pompeo and the Death of Diplomacy

Secretary Tillerson was far from an ideal choice, but his anointed successor at the State Department – Mike Pompeo – may ditch diplomacy all together and start a war!

We both attended West Point. That’s where the commonalities end. I’ve been a soldier opposed to (endless) war; he’ll be a statesman opposed to peace. That should give us cause for pause.

So who is Mike Pompeo? The short answer: a startlingly hawkish Tea Party Republican oilman with a penchant for combative rhetoric and a near hysterical hatred for Iran. But he’s smart – valedictorian of his West Point class and a graduate of Harvard – and that makes him even more dangerous. His primary qualification, though, is his loyalty and propensity for mind-melding with his boss, Donald Trump. For the last year, he often personally delivered Trump’s presidential daily briefing (PDB) at the White House each morning and they agree on just about everything; as Trump says of Pompeo: "we’re always on the same wavelength."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Pompeo's watch, we may well be looking at more wars, until we wind up in a war with Russia.

I would not be surprised at seeing an attempt at the reinstitution of the draft in this country, this time, coming for our young women as well as our young men.

Mar 16 11:24

GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

Some leaders are arguing the issue is too “divisive,” and that the matter should be sent back to a committee for closer study. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), by contrast, endorsed the Pentagon’s argument, saying the US does so much military engagement around the world that it would be dangerous to think the War Powers Act could apply to all of it.

But of course the whole point of the War Powers Act is that it does apply to any commitment of US forces overseas. It’s just that in recent years, presidents have relied on catch-all authorizations with vague limits to join some wars, and other times simply assumed Congress wouldn’t mind, as they generally have not minded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality of this situation is, having armed, and provided guidance and mid-air refueling to the Saudi military, the US government has colluded in Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

There is nothing "divisive" about this; it is as real a statement of fact as are all the other horrible facts about this sordid military campaign in Yemen, 3 years on, and with no resolution in sight:

Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Because Yemen cannot grow its own food, and it has to be imported, the Saudis, with US military assistance, have blockaded the ports, meaning that malnutrition is causing death, and a massive health crisis for the country.

Cholera (perhaps weaponised?!?) and diptheria now haunt Yemen:
Images: Yemen malnutrition has generated a cholera crisis

The skyrocketing increase in massive fetal abnormalites, cancers and stillbirths in Yemen indicate that the Saudis have used depleted uranium, with the predictable results on Yemen's children:

Image: Yemeni child exposed to du in the womb (image courtesy of RUPTLY

In my world, the poisoning of a child in the womb with this atrocious weapon, is criminal and inhuman beyond belief. And what gets me, is that the man who ordered this campaign, is not at all an uneducated man; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is very bright, university educated, has a law degree, and wound up 2nd in his class.

But could his hatred of the Iranian Shiias, who are acting as advisors to the Houthi rebels, be so great as to compel him to order the death, by direct military assaults; starvation, and disease, of non-combatants, and Yemen's children?!?

Sadly, the short answer here is "Yes"; and as a Christian pacifist activist, I will have to continue to bear witness to these atrocities on this site as long as I have breath.

When you destroy the children of a country, you destroy that country's future.

History will not be kind to this man; I understand that he is known by many honorifics in Saudi Arabia, because he is Saudi royalty.

History, however, will remember him as the Butcher of Yemen.

Senator Corker, the US government has to stop this madness; as you are perfectly aware, according to our Constitution, only Congress can declare war. It has not done so in Yemen.

I don't know what your portfolio holds in terms of weapons stocks, but I do know approximately, your net worth: Google has scrubbed the articles on this, but there are always other places to go to find such facts:

Senator Corker Undervalued his Wealth by Millions The story, from 2015, stated the following:

And Senator Schatz, whose office I called last week, to encourage you to vote for this bill, you, sir, owe me a return phone call!

Or have your alleged constituents with a point of view on this war different from that of your own, become....expendable and irrelevant in the State of Hawaii?!?

Just checking, sir.

Mar 16 10:46

McMaster: US Troops Will Stay Until Syria Is Stabilized

Despite conceding that the US and others had effectively liberated “100%” of ISIS-held territory in Syria, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster dismissed the idea that US forces might withdraw from the country any time soon.

“We have more work to do,” McMaster insisted, saying the US will stay “until ISIS is fully defeated, population centers are stabilized, and refugees can safely return home.” This vision of stability also appears to depend heavily on imposing a regime change in Syria.

Underscoring the focus on regime change, McMaster demanded that “all civilized nations” come together to punish both Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian government. He warned Assad would not have impunity, and neither would Russia or Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of McMasterese: the US is going to "neutralize" Syria before it tackles regime change in Tehran, even if that potentially means war with Russia.

Mar 16 10:40

Syrian army captures key rebel stronghold in Eastern Ghouta as 12,500 civilians evacuate

The Syrian army captured the Hamouriyeh district in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside after the withdrawal of the Failaq al-Rahman rebel group as 12,500 people evacuated that area on Thursday, a monitor group reported.

The Syrian government forces have started deploying in Hamouriyeh and set up their positions in that area amid an ongoing evacuation process of civilians from that area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This comes amid heavy shelling from the government side on the remaining posts of Failaq al-Rahman in the towns of Jisreen, Zamalka, Kafar Batna and Saqba, said the London-based watchdog group.

The observatory added that 12,500 civilians have left the areas of Failaq al-Rahman rebels through Hamouriyeh on Thursday, marking the largest wave of evacuation from civilians since the Russian-backed humanitarian pause for the civilian evacuation started two weeks ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syria, with Russia's help, is winning this on the ground, and the Western/US jihadis are being expunged.

This is why you can most probably expect to see yet another chemical attack against civilians, to be blamed on the Syrians and Russia, as the US pretext for going in, full bore, and invading the country.

This means that we will most likely wind up in a shooting war with Russia in Syria, and it may well be a war that the US military cannot win; they don't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria.

Mar 16 10:33

Obama DOJ Ordered 500,000 Fugitives Deleted From Background Check Database

The Obama administration ordered the removal of over 500,000 fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in late 2016, according to testimony from Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

Bowdich confirmed a November report from the Washington Post which set the figure at "tens of thousands," after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked him if more than 500,000 names were dropped from the database.

The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

This is one of the things about Obama, besides his faux populism, which used to drive me up the wall; he was sneakily enormously punitive to people he didn't like.

And how better to welcome an incoming president, not YOUR choice, he thought, than make sure that 50,000 or more criminal fugitives were still on the streets, and not getting arrested for their crimes?!??

This idea must have given him great pleasure.

After all, he massively increased the number of extrajudicial drone assassinations committed by US forces overseas way beyond those of his predecessor; it must have given him a real sense of power over life and death itself, even when he had to realize that the drone assassinations were creating more radicalized individuals among the survivors, leading to a nearly perpetual state of war in the Middle East and Africa, as we are seeing now.

Mar 16 10:22

Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

In his first public reaction to the UK measures against Russia in ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK.
A “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added.

It was Putin’s first public reaction since the UK announced steps against Moscow on Wednesday. Accusing Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was expelling 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempted poisoning certainly does not have what I would characterize as a "Putin signature" on it.

Why would he order it done, and so sloppily that it hit over 20 people more than the intended victims, Skripal and his daughter?!?

What in heaven's name would he - or Russia - have gained by it, when the damage Skripal inflicted on the Russian intel infrastructure happened years ago?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

But we have a very embattled British Prime Minister, perhaps, intending to deflect some very real British rage and frustration about how she is handling the Brexit issue with the EU; perhaps she thought that blaming and shaming the Russian government for something it may well not have done was "just the ticket".

And what is that old phrase of Rom Emanuel's "Never let a good crisis go to waste"?!?

There are a large number of people who might have wanted to see Skripal dead.

We don't know enough about what really happened to lay the foundation for an evidence chain yet; that may only come about when Skripal and his daughter are conscious enough to give investigators a timeline about when they became ill, and what they noticed right before that happened.

But the dismissal of diplomats, coupled with sanctions, can be a very nasty prelude to a potential shooting war with Russia, which would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing in the world for the west to do right now, for innumerable reasons.

I am hoping Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg's refusal to "drink the Koolaid" on this issue yesterday, by NOT invocing Article 5 of the UN Charter, as May begged him to do yesterday, will through heaping amounts of ice-cold water over this whole "Russia did it" thing.

Article 5 of the NATO Charter

Mar 16 10:03

The Democrats are Running CIA Agents as Candidates

Mar 16 10:03

Facebook ‘Hid Webpages’ And Bragged About Ability To Influence Elections

While many leftists in the United States are still screeching about “election meddling” by Russia, they may want to take a long look at Facebook. The social media giant actually hid webpages and bragged about its ability to influence elections.

According to The Intercept, when Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder, and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had, in fact, an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of political campaigns that used the social network to influence electoral outcomes. That page, however, is now gone, even as the 2018 congressional primaries get underway.

Mar 16 09:59

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement: The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Amazon has turned over a record amount of customer data to the US government in the first-half of last year in response to demands by law enforcement.

The retail and cloud giant quietly posted its latest transparency report on Dec. 29 without notice -- as it has with previous reports -- detailing the latest figures for the first six months of 2017.

The report revealed 1,936 different requests between January and June 2017, a rise from the previous bi-annual report.

The company received:

1,618 subpoenas, of which the company fully complied with 42 percent;
229 search warrants, of which the company fully complied with 44 percent;
89 other court orders, of which the company fully complied with 52 percent.
It's not clear why there was a spike in requests during the half-year period. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's simple, doing business with Amazon; just consider it a 4th intelligence arm of the US government, in its "disclosures" to them, ,and that should govern your buying habits and decisions in using them.

Mar 16 09:56

HOTEL AND MOTEL STAFF SPY ON HOW MUCH YOU DRINK AND HOW YOU DRESS

Since at least 2016, hotel and motel staff have been spying on guests and notifying law enforcement of anyone that dresses inappropriately for their age or has lower quality clothing.

Unfortunately, asking for extra towels or having lots of alcohol in your room is only the tip of the iceberg.

Hotel & motel staff will contact police for almost anything

Welcome to police state America 2018, where hotel and motel staff will notify law enforcement for almost anything.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting, how the hospitality industry has been turned into the "spyspitality" business, courtesy of the DHS; I don't travel all that well at 68, but upon reading this, I think we will arrange to only stay with trusted family and friends, henceforward.

Mar 16 09:50

US REVIVES DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT RUSSIA HACKING THE ELECTRICAL GRID

While they always stopped short of official allegations in the past, US officials have, since 2016, repeatedly insinuated that Russia had been trying to hack the US electrical grid. Thursday say the Trump Administration directly making those allegations for the first time.

This new report appears to be timed to come out with new US sanctions against Russia, which cited “malicious cyberattacks” as one of their justifications. The allegations, however, stem from accusations which have been out since the Obama Administration-era, and have long since been discredited.

The report itself is largely just a whitepaper on how hacking in general works, with scant mention of what Russia is even alleged to have done. The report dates the incidents to “since 2016,” however, and the description clearly mirrors the much vaunted Burlington Electric hack in Vermont in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that the Trump administration has "jumped the proverbial shark" with this accusation, which absolutely cannot be proven.

IF this was a trial balloon to get the American public to buy in to an actual shooting war with Russia, it was way too weighted down with the lead of illogic and massive inconsistencies to succeeed.

That the Administration would actually think the American people would buy in to this, is more than a little terrifying.

Mar 16 09:45

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech crusaders typically — and quite tellingly — fail to mention is that the most potent such campaigns are often devoted to outlawing or otherwise punishing criticisms of Israel. The firing by the University of Illinois of Professor Steven Salatia for his “uncivil” denunciations of the Israeli war on Gaza — a termination that was privately condoned by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin — is merely illustrative of this long–growing trend.

Mar 16 09:45

'YOU SHOULD BE FIRED, NOT REWARDED': WARREN SLAMS SCANDAL-RIDDEN WELLS FARGO CEO FOR 35 PERCENT RAISE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a longtime outspoken defender of consumer rights and critic of Wall Street banks, condemned Wells Fargo on Thursday for giving its CEO a 35 percent pay raise following several scandals at the bank, and slammed executive Tim Sloan when he criticized her remarks.

Warren tweeted her outrage after regulatory documents revealed Sloan's 2017 pay rose significantly from the previous year, even as Wells Fargo was facing rebuke after its employees opened millions of fraudulent accounts in customers' names. The bank has been forced to pay nearly $200 million in fines due to its actions.

The bank was also sanctioned this week by regulators over another scandal in which it signed up and charged customers for auto insurance that they didn't need or request. Wells Fargo will have to give refunds to about 570,000 consumers.

In January, Sloan admitted that the bank was unsure whether it was operating without continued widespread fraudulence by its employees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose Warren must be congratulated for her magnificent grasp of the obvious; but what is she actually doing in Congress to make actions by financial institutions like Wells Fargo stop?!?

Were I a current customer of Wells Fargo, after all these scandals, I would make sure to close my account, taking my money elsewhere, and be very politely vocal about why this was happening.

But Sloan behaved as all the one percenters nearly always behave; creating illegal schemes to scam money out of customers, and getting pretty much away with it with impunity.

He knows that having most likely "greased the wheels" of both parties to lay off him and his practices, by way of significant, overt and covert donations, he had purchased immunity for any crimes which he may have committed, or upon which he had personally signed off.

Mar 16 09:44

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, “Free speech is threatened on campus.” The debate concerned higher education generally, not just the host institution. And at the event’s conclusion, having heard arguments on both sides of the question, 66 percent of the crowd agreed: free speech is threatened. That represented a 17-point shift from a poll taken as the event began. The evidence is that persuasive.

One of the losers in the debate was Professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania, who heads its Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. He began by noting that “there has been a significant increase in the demand for our campus climate work” since last semester’s protests. In fact, he added, “this past December, we brought together 8,000 college presidents and other senior leaders who came to us for guidance on how to respond to racism on their campuses.”

Mar 16 09:43

U.S. Trying to Criminalize Free Speech - Again

The resolution refers to hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, Hindus, and Sikhs and was sponsored by Senator Kamala Harris and co-sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Susan Collins.

On April 6, almost the exact same text was introduced as House Resolution H.Res. 257, "Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States". A House Resolution can be reintroduced as legislation.

Mar 16 09:36

SLOVAK PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER MURDER OF JOURNALIST KUCIAK AND FIANCÉE

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Rico resigned Thursday after widespread outrage in reaction to the murder of a journalist who reported on potential links between organized crime and government officials.

“Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic,” Fico told reporters. “If the president accepts it, I am ready to resign tomorrow.”

The journalist, 27-year-old Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot to death in Kuciak’s apartment on February 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Rico to resign so abruptly, rather than cling on to power, may hint that he already knew of massive improprieties in the Slovakian government, and wanted to distance himself from it; but I have to reserve judgement here until all the facts are truly known.

Mar 15 15:19

High School Teacher Placed on Leave after Questioning National School walkout

The teacher says all she did was open up a debate about the politics of the protest in her classroom.

Mar 15 15:04

Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud as Biggest Scandal in US History

Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the reason for all the crime and treason at the FBI and DOJ all boils down to one thing – the Clinton's so-called “charity.”

Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton was running and is running a global financial criminal syndicate. She was using these secret servers to conduct Clinton financial money laundering business."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is true.... one has at least an explanation for why these crimes have been whitewashed for all these years. It is the interconnection between all these people, at the highest levels of the 1%, which has prevented Hillary from having to account for these actions.

Mar 15 14:10

The Next Big Republican Spending Bill Is Packed With Liberal Priorities

Republicans may have majorities in the House and Senate, but the only group they seem to care about pleasing are the Dem minorities.

Mar 15 14:01

BREAKING: Unlawful FISA Spying Widespread Under Obama Administration

Led by Comey’s & McCabe’s Out-of-Control FBI

Mar 15 13:59

Youtube Reveals Plan to Erase Conspiracy Theory Videos From Platform

You have to understand what we're dealing with here, an extreme tyrant by the name of Susan Wojcicki.

Who is she?

Her sister is Anne and Anne is married to Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Susan is also worth ~$400 million -- and she's very smart, and she's been the CEO of Youtube since 2014. However, after the elections, the free speech mood over at YT changed and Susan promised to do something about it. She promised to crack down on fake news and also demonetize hate speech. Because the platform is so big, she deployed machine learning idiot robots to do this. The subsequent result was the complete destruction of the Youtube community. People who've made their lives on YT, professional vloggers, went from making hundreds of thousands to almost nothing at all. The iBankCoin channel, which is now suspended for posting "hate speech" in the form of a CNN interview, went from netting monthly revenues of $4,000 to a few hundred bucks. Lucky for me, I don't need that money.

Mar 15 13:16

SPAIN CONFISCATES PROPERTY OF BASHAR AL-ASSAD’S UNCLE

The French customs service, in cooperation with its Spanish counterpart, confiscated the property of the current Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s uncle, which amounted to 600 million Euros. Quoting the French newspaper Le Figaro, the Russian news agency Tass reported that around 503 facilities worth 600 million Euros, owned by Rifaat Al-Assad and his relatives in the Spanish city of Marbella, were confiscated.

Mar 15 12:38

Supreme Court draws criticism for shielding police against wrongful-shooting claims

It all happened in less than a minute. Three police officers arrived outside a small house with a chain-link fence near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. They were responding to a “check welfare” report of woman hacking at a tree with a knife. They saw a young woman emerge from the house holding a large kitchen knife and walk down the driveway toward Sharon Chadwick, who owned the home.

The officers called out, “Drop the knife!,” but Amy Hughes did not acknowledge them and kept walking. Cpl. Andrew Kisela dropped to his knees and fired through the fence, hitting her with four shots. Hughes was wounded but survived, and later sued Kisela, claiming unreasonable seizure and an excessive use of force.

But the Supreme Court will decide whether she can take her claim before a jury. Lawyers for the Police Department have appealed a 9th Circuit ruling that allowed Hughes to sue, arguing her case should be tossed out because there is no proof of a “constitutional violation.”

Mar 15 11:04

A student walked out without saying a word peacefully put up his sign which said “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” he was escorted off the property

he was escorted off the property by the principal and threatened to be put into a police car.

Mar 15 10:53

THE BATTLE FOR A FREE INTERNET IN AFRICA

Earlier this year, Valery Colong Nyiwung lost $10,000 in just three months — almost 10 times the annual per capita income of Cameroon. And it wasn’t from playing the ponies. The only bet the tech entrepreneur made seemed to have winning odds: co-founding ActivSpaces, one of Cameroon’s leading technology hubs and an enterprise — naturally — that’s heavily reliant on reliable internet service. Nyiwung’s bad luck was to establish his company in a West African country where the government “requests” that telecommunications companies shut down the internet whenever it wants to stifle political dissent in certain parts of the country.

Mar 15 09:08

POLITICIANS CAMPAIGN ON FREE SPEECH WHILE VOTING TO PENALIZE BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL

POLITICIANS AROUND THE country are seizing upon highly publicized episodes of conservatives faced with harassment and heckling on college campuses by responding with a wave of legislation supposedly aimed at preserving free speech rights for campus speakers. But that commitment, while draped in the mantle of a principled defense of the First Amendment, does not always extend to speakers who criticize Israel and its policies.

This renewed concern about free speech comes after a number of high-profile incidents in which students interrupted conservative speakers, and in a few cases, even used violence at protests. At a hearing on campus free speech in October, U.S. senators expressed bipartisan support for the First Amendment on college campuses, but lawmakers around the country are demanding free speech with one hand, and passing laws that punish boycotts of Israel with the other.

Mar 15 09:07

Forced Government Indoctrination Camps

“Plans are underway to replace community, family, and church with propaganda, education, and mass media….the State shakes loose from Church, reaches out to School … People are only little plastic lumps of human dough.”

Edward A. Ross, “Social Control,” 1901

“Each year the child is coming to belong more to the State and less and less to the parent.”

Ellwood Cubberley, “Conceptions of Education” 1909

Before 1852 American education consisted of one-room school houses, independent teachers, and students of all ages attending of their own free will. Curriculums and funding came directly from local communities without a federalized bureaucracy ruling over every facet like today. From 18521918 things changed as the government began pushing to enforce compulsory schooling laws all across America.

Mar 15 08:54

Ray McGovern of VIPS explains how the CIA infiltrated the Media - Bill Casey 1981 quote

Mar 15 08:51

Baker fined for 'working too hard' after keeping his business open seven days a week

A BAKER in France has been fined the equivalent of £2600 for "working too hard" for loyal customers who expect fresh bread every morning.

Cedric Vaivre, 41, received the punishment for keeping his business open seven days a week during the summer of 2017.

This broke strict employment laws in a country that still views a day of rest as being essential for everybody.

But those who rely on Mr Vaivre for their baguettes and croissants said it was ‘disgusting’ that he was being treated so shoddily.

Mar 15 08:39

Italy’s Financial System Will COLLAPSE and the ECB and EU Will Rule the Nation!

Mar 14 15:26

Our new Secretary of State Pompeo may become Jerusalem’s new darling

With anti-Iran, pro-Israel stances, Pompeo may become Jerusalem’s new darling

Mar 14 14:51

Trump Just Renominated a Social Justice Warrior on Steroids to Head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

For all practical purposes, this renomination ensures the Frankfurt School influence will be the primary driver of EEOC policy.

Mar 14 12:09

Democrats Furious Over Hillary Clinton's Latest Comments

Nobody's talking about it, but President Trump appears to have kicked his habit of rehashing the 2016 election. The same, however, cannot be said for Hillary Clinton, and some Democrats have just about heard enough.

Last night we reported that Clinton's own former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle slammed Hillary over her bizarre recent comments. This morning, the Hill reports that some of Clinton's former aides, surrogates and ideological peers are echoing this, and saying the former presidential contender should maybe tone down the carping about the 2016 election. Many, are in fact angry, and believe it's harmful to the party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Democrats who are serious about mid-term wins, and 2020 Presidential elections, need to detach from Clinton as though she were Kryptonite; because she is!!

Mar 14 12:04

Navy Medics Get Prepared for Combat—With Tour of Duty in Chicago

Konrad Poplawski, a 22-year old Navy hospital corpsman, is about to be deployed as a battlefield medic with the 2nd Marine Division, which has served in deadly battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But first, he is making a pit stop at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, which the Navy says is among few places here in the U.S. that provide experience treating the types of wounds he will inevitably see on the battlefield.

For so long “the first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,” said Captain Paul Roach, a U.S. Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center north of Chicago. “We don’t want that to happen anymore,” said Capt. Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chicago's Mayor Emannuel should be utterly chagrined that his city was chosen as the "battlefield" for this military education; however, any possibilty of shame in this man was surgically removed long ago.

Mar 14 12:00

Company that Paid Hillary Clinton $335K for Speech Slapped With SEC Bribery Suit

A tech company that paid Hillary Clinton $335,000 to give a speech in 2014 settled a dispute last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims the corporation repeatedly bribed foreign political officials to promote its products and gain a business advantage.

Qualcomm, a wireless telecommunications company based in San Diego, paid $7.5 million to settle the SEC probe. In a statement announcing the settlement last week, the commission accused the company of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act between 2002 and 2012 by hiring unqualified relatives of Chinese officials and providing them with luxury gifts that had "no valid business purpose."

These allegations were echoed in a civil lawsuit filed by Qualcomm’s shareholders last month, which also accused the company’s executives of defrauding investors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Con people like the company of other con people; it just makes them more...comfortable.

Mar 14 11:50

Amazon’s Initiative: “Digital Assistants”, Home Surveillance and Data

Dolls connected to the internet; sex toys linked to the world wide web; and, of course, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos haunting you in the home with Alexa, a talking digital assistant connected with the speaker Echo. Alexa, this happy searching missionary, scouring and gathering intelligence for that weighty mother ship, Amazon, all used in the name of profit and customer experience.

For one thing, Alexa shows how sources of inspiration, entertainment and variety have shifted. Like the search-hungry connected doll, Amazon’s Alexa, after being woken from digital slumber via Echo, conveys material through Amazon’s servers, where the audio is analysed. The command is thereby sent back to the Echo device. Both the voice audio and the response, is stored and linked to the user’s account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would never have such a device in our home, although I understand that cell phones can still record, even when they are not in use, but I haven't quite figured out how to break my reliance on it as a business tool.

Mar 14 11:44

World War III Is Approaching

Of course, there has not been any chlorine gas use unless by the Washington-supplied mercenaries. But facts are not important to Washington. What is important to Washington is Israel’s demand that Washington destroy Syria and Iran in order to get rid of Hezbollah’s supporters so that Israel can seize southern Lebanon.

No doubt that other interests are in on the plot. Oil companies that want to control the location of oil and gas pipelines, the crazed neocons married to their ideology of American World Hegemony, the military/security complex that needs enemies and conflicts to justify its massive budget. But it is Israel’s determination to expand its boundaries and water resources that set all of the Middle East conflict in motion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fear that Paul Craig Robert's "Curse of Cassandra Logic", (the prophetess, in classical Greek mythology, who always got her visions right, but was constantly being ignored by the very people those visions were supposed to help) is right on target here.

There is a certain aura of inevitability about how this is shaping up, and I suspect that it will be a question of when, not if, the US and Russia lock horns over Syria.

I also fear that the outcome of such a conflict may not go well for this country.

Mar 14 11:29

NEWS/GAZA White House summit on Gaza aims to 'end Palestinian cause'

As the White House prepares to hold a conference aimed at resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the besieged enclave say the summit is an attempt at erasing the Palestinian cause and turning it into "an aid project".

Palestinian representatives, who declined the White House's invitation to attend, were absent at the conference happening on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

However, representatives from some 20 countries are among the attendees who will discuss Gaza's health challenges, its chronic contaminated water and electricity problem, as well as poverty and food security.

Countries and international bodies who attended the conference include Bahrain, Egypt, the European Union, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations, Japan, Cyprus, Canada and Israel.

The United States was expected to unveil several proposals that tackle some of these issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but without any Palestinian representatives whatsoever, this conference is merely "sound and fury, signifying nothing",and is merely attempting to wallpaper over the horrific treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government.

But then, what can one expect of a wretchedly apartheid, self-declared theocracy with nuclear weapons, and its enablers, the US government now being the worst of the lot?!?

Mar 14 11:24

Mattis: US Seeking Victory in Afghanistan, Just ‘Not a Military Victory’

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, arriving at the Kabul Airport with little fanfare before offering rare public comments on the Afghan War. Mattis focused on what ‘victory’ would look like, and offered a glimpse into US strategy for achieving it.

Mattis confirmed in his comments that any victory in Afghanistan would be “not a military victory.” Rather, he sees victory coming in the form of political reconciliation. That’s not going to involve major peace talks, however, as Mattis called that “a bridge too far,” reflecting Trump’s opposition to such talks with the Taliban.

Instead, Mattis suggested that the strategy would mirror something that’s been tried repeatedly in Afghanistan, “peeling away” some Taliban factions by drawing them into talks. Mattis said the US has seen “interest” in such talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Mattis.... a word, please.

Continuing to attempt to do something entirely the same way as one has been doing it before, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

The US government continues to do this in Afghanistan for two, very obvious, reasons; first, to demonstrate that it hasn't lost this war, 16 years on, and secondly, for US alphabet soup agencies to benefit from the huge amount of money which is made through the opium/heroin business, which is booming under US/NATO occupation.

Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production

Sir, thinking Americans, and the world, know, that this is the truth here.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US/NATO occupation can be adjudged to have "won" this war.

The most intelligent thing the US government could possibly do at this point in time, is withdraw troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul, for the oil pipeline rights, and the involvement in opium production rights.

Of course...THAT... would be logical.

Sir, as politely as I can say this, our country does not need one more American military person crucified, and killed, upon the cross of an insane US foreign policy which ignores both logic, and the best thing for our American, and NATO'S military, and ultimately, for the Afghani people.

Mar 14 11:15

The path to total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government and its silent coup

“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state….

Mar 14 11:08

Russia Destroyed Stocks of Nerve Agent UK Claimed Was Used to Kill Ex-Spy - MP

- Russia not only stopped the production of the Novichok nerve agent, but also destroyed all its reserves, as confirmed by international observers of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), security services veteran, Russian upper house lawmaker Igor Morozov told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Russia has not only stopped the production of nerve agents, including Novichok, but also completely destroyed all their reserves. This was done in accordance with international agreements under the control of OPCW international observers," Morozov said.

The statement comes after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Russia was "highly likely" responsible for suspected poisoning of former officer of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Sergei Skripal in the UK, adding that the substance, used in the poisoning, was identified as a military-grade nerve agent of the so-called Novichok group developed in Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this article is true, then the UK's accusation against Russia for the attempted assassination of Skirpal, is beginning to fall apart at the seams, if a thorough documentation exists on such a destruction of this nerve agent exists.

So one has to ask; cui bono, who benefits from such an attempt?!?

It sure as heck is not Russia; I am still reserving judgement here, as I am beginning to see this as yet another demonisation of Russia, engineered to "play to the rafters" in the UK and beyond, and give people incapable of logical, critical thought, an alleged "justification" for more nasty steps against it.

Mar 14 10:59

LEAD EXPOSURE LINKED TO 412,000 PREMATURE DEATHS IN U.S. EACH YEAR

Up to 412,000 deaths a year in the U.S. can be attributed to lead exposure, according to a new study published Monday in The Lancet Pubilc Health.

Of that figure, exposure to the toxic metal may be an "important, but largely overlooked" risk factor behind the 256,000 annual cardiovascular disease deaths in the country, the authors found.

“Our study findings suggest that low-level environmental lead exposure is an important risk factor for death in the USA, particularly from cardiovascular disease," the paper states. "It is not surprising that lead exposure is overlooked; it is ubiquitous, but insidious and largely beyond the control of patients and clinicians."

New research from @TheLancetPH: Historical #lead exposure may be linked to 256000 premature deaths from #CVD in adults the #USA each yearhttps://t.co/vGWjsnEhQk pic.twitter.com/Pq73QokDOa

— The Lancet (@TheLancet) March 12, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are completely insane; why, in the name of heaven, is this epidemic of poisoning allowed to continue in this country?!?

I will tell you why; infrastructure decay in the water systems in the US is being allowed to continue because there is no money with which to fix it.

Unfortunately, the people of Flint, Michigan, are not at all alone in their water quality problems, which is continuing to cause health issues with its kids.

How much have you heard in the corporate presstitute media regarding the continuing problems with Flint?!? Very little, if anything at all.

I found the following article from January of this year:

Even after Flint, lead-free water lines may be a pipe dream in Michigan

Mar 14 10:52

RUSSIA'S HYPERSONIC MISSILES DIDN'T SURPRISE AMERICA BUT THEY AWED THE WORLD

This dramatic announcement came during his annual State of the Nation address which this time included multiple videos showcasing each of the weapons systems that he described in his speech. President Putin was clear, however, that these armaments are for defensive purposes and were created in response to the US pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 and thereby completely upsetting the erstwhile parity that had hitherto stabilized their relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF American intelligence knew about the development of these weapons, why does the US not have the weapons at least one step ahead of what the Russians have at present?!?

There is no real excuse here, if that was the case.

This "J'accuse" I lay squarely at the feet of the culture of the leadership in the military industrial complex; the last two administrations; and the Trump administration.

Knowing that this was going on, but doing nothing to improve America's weaponry strength, makes the leadership of this country, and that of the military industrial complex here, appear to be collectively stupid.

Not that I am for using such weapons, as a Christian Pacifist Activist; St. Petersburg, and the Hermitage, are very much on my bucket list, and there is much positive that Putin has done for Russia.

It is apparent that the Russian government is getting far more "bang" for its weaponry buck than is the US government.

But not having such weapons in the US's military arsenal?!?

Just plain dumb, and a really bad call.

Mar 14 10:38

BRITAIN EXPELS 23 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS OVER CHEMICAL ATTACK ON EX-SPY

Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian former double agent in southern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding it was the biggest single expulsion in over 30 years.

May said Britain would also introduce new measures to strengthen defenses against hostile state activities, freeze Russian state assets wherever there was evidence of a threat and downgrade its attendance at the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.

Russia, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack, said Britain should expect retaliation for its actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of act is generally a prelude to war; a war Britain is ill-equipped to fight, even with US military assistance.

Remember; there were a number of individuals who would have wanted to see Skirpal dead, and not all of them were necessarily Russian.

Mar 14 10:25

Trump Thinks a Militarized ‘Space Force’ Is a ‘Great Idea’

During a speech delivered at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he was interested in establishing a “Space Force” to protect American military interests in outer space.

“My new strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump said. “You know I was saying it the other day, because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space. I said, ‘maybe we need a new force, we can call it the Space Force,’ and I was not really serious, and then I said, ‘what a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To SOMEONE in President Trump's Administration who has his ear: please remind him that such a move will break innumerable treaties to which the US is a signatory, about not weaponising, but exploring, space.

Mar 14 10:22

A NEW BACKDOOR AROUND THE FOURTH AMENDMENT: THE CLOUD ACT

There’s a new, proposed backdoor to our data, which would bypass our Fourth Amendment protections to communications privacy. It is built into a dangerous bill called the CLOUD Act, which would allow police at home and abroad to seize cross-border data without following the privacy rules where the data is stored.

This backdoor is an insidious method for accessing our emails, our chat logs, our online videos and photos, and our private moments shared online between one another. This backdoor would deny us meaningful judicial review and the privacy protections embedded in our Constitution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On Facebook or on line, I never state anything that isn't pure vanilla; I use Mike's website for what may be considered the more controversial stuff, but I back it up with as much fact as I can find.

The truth of the business is, we are all constantly surveilled, and the reality of the protections for speech, which used to be guaranteed by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, has been eviscerated.

Because of this reality, meaningful 21st century communication has been reduced to sign language under a completely opaque tent.

Mar 14 09:17

Investigation Into Mexican Government Surveillance With Israeli Software Hits Roadblock

An investigation into the use of software manufactured and sold to the Mexican government by the Israeli company NSO Group, has stalled following alleged interference by corrupt officials and a refusal to cooperate by the US.

Mar 14 08:54

“No Russia – No World!” – FULL MOVIE: WORLD ORDER 2018

“World Order 2018” is a new documentary movie by TV host, Vladimir Soloviev, in which he discusses with Russia’s President Putin all the major events of the past few years; the Syrian situation, the destruction of the Middle East, the expansion of NATO, the immigration crisis in Europe, the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the situation in Crimea, US-Russian relations, and of course the nuclear arms race. They also touch on topics rarely answered by world leaders – the eradication of national identities, the re-writing of history, and the essence of the Holocaust.

The film is 1.5 hours long, so make sure you put some time aside, instead of your next Netflix doco! If you’re specifically looking for the quote in the title – it’s at 1:22:00.

Mar 14 08:52

The West’s Final Throes: This Is What Collapse Looks Like

Societies in states of collapse begin to cannibalize the very institutions which once made them livable. Fort Russ News has become a major target of slander and censorship. There is a huge upswing in censorship over the last 24 months, and it is enforced by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and now European governments.

Mar 14 08:19

ISRAELI DRONES TEAR-GAS GAZA PROTESTERS IN LATEST UNMANNED WEAPONS ‘EXPERIMENT’

Israeli unmanned innovations include the Guardium armored robot car; miniature pistol-wielding tanks; and the “Spot and Shoot” system of remote-controlled machine-gun turrets on the walls enclosing Gaza, which are operated with videogame-style joysticks by distant female soldiers.

Mar 14 07:01

What Secretary of State Tillerson’s Firing Means

Trump will go down as the Man who destroyed America and maybe the Planet.

The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gin...), indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia.

Mar 13 18:05

British Government Is Trying to Censor the Internet by the Back Door

The Times reported that government minister; Matt Hancock is pushing for all social media websites to verify the age of anyone using their services. Matt Hancock wants for everyone to have to use their passports in order verify their age but one big issue with this proposal is that many people don’t have a passport, especially children. This would to many people no longer being able to use social media websites due to a lack of a passport.

Basically, Matt Hancock wants everybody to have to use a passport to sign into social media, for this, he is using the classic think of the children argument.

Mar 13 14:09

CENSORSHIP CONFIRMED By Investigative Journalist: It’s A Conspiracy FACT - Mac Slavo

It isn’t new news that YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have taken their censorship to a whole new level in recent weeks. But investigative journalist Ben Swann has now proven that alternative media sites have been laying out conspiracy facts, not theories about what’s being done to them to silence their dissent.

In many instances, the social media sites weren’t just censoring content they disliked. They went as far as taking down entire YouTube channels, such as Mike Adams’ Health Ranger. They removed complete video and content libraries that often contained hundreds or thousands of programs all under the guise of “combating hate speech” and “fake news.”

Mar 13 14:05

The Trade War Escalates: Trump Demands Broader Tariffs Against China

Update: Reutersis reporting that Trump is planning to impose tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports. The tariffs will primarily target technology and telecommunications imports - but would not be expressly limited to these sectors, according to one source.

Politico reported earlier that Trump rejected a plan for imposing $30 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, saying they weren't big enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jon-Luc Picard double face-palm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Mr. President, you really need the Chinese government and business structure to be as sympathetic to your peace talks with Kim Jung Un as humanly possible.

The timing and optics of such tarrifs COULD possibly be worse... but I honestly cannot tell how.

Mar 13 13:50

US Commander: ‘US Troops Prepared to Die for Israel’ in War Against Syria, Hezbollah

Such a war is likely to be ignited by the unrest destined to follow the U.S.’ imminent move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move, set to take place in May, led Hamas to call for a third intifada, or uprising, in response to the U.S.’ unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of the international consensus.

Beyond the fact that Israel is preparing to go to war with several countries simultaneously is the fact that U.S. ground troops are now “prepared to die for the Jewish state,” according to U.S. Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark.

“We are ready to commit to the defense of Israel and anytime we get involved in a kinetic fight there is always the risk that there will be casualties. But we accept that, as in every conflict we train for and enter, there is always that possibility,” Clark told the Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'U.S. ground troops are now “prepared to die for the Jewish state,” according to U.S. Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark.'

Oh, really, General Clark?!?

I would seriously doubt that.

I would respectfully suggest that you ask your troops if this is, in fact, the honest truth as they see it.

And I will venture one relatively safe bet here; the Israeli government wants to see these wars go forward; but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

Mar 13 13:22

Myanmar building military bases over Rohingya villages: Amnesty

Myanmar is building military bases over flattened Rohingya villages, an international rights group said.

Security forces have bulldozed houses and started constructing at least three new security facilities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, said Amnesty International's Remaking Rakhine State report, which was published on Monday.

The report, which said construction of the three army outposts began in January, is based on satellite imagery and witness statements from Rohingya refugees.

"What we are seeing in Rakhine state is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale. New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya," Tirana Hassan, Amnesty's crisis response director, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I never thought I would, this lifetime, have to use the phrase, "Watch out for millitant Buddhists, tearing up Muslin minority settlements with impunity!!"

Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening in Myanmar.

Mar 13 13:19

Israeli troops enter Burin to 'confiscate' more land

Israeli troops have used tear gas to disperse dozens of Palestinian villagers, including several schoolchildren, near the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, according to a local official.

Israeli forces have also arrested 16 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the army said in a Monday statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Teargassing schoolchildren?!?

Wow, every time the IDF sinks to a new low, and I cannot imagine it sinking lower, it manages to surprise me yet again!!

Mar 13 13:16

US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files

The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

The calculations cover eight months under President Donald Trump, the first hints about how his administration complies with the Freedom of Information Act.

The surge of people who sought records but ended up empty-handed was driven by the government saying more than ever it could not find a single page of requested files and asserting in other cases that it would be illegal under U.S. laws to release the information.

People who asked for records under the Freedom of Information Act received censored files or nothing in 78 percent of 823,222 requests, a record over the past decade. When it provided no records, the government said it could find no information related to the request in a little over half those cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet perfectly predictable from an Administration drunk on its own power to deceive, and not tell the truth.

Mar 13 13:13

Hawaii declines requests for records on false missile alert

Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency's leadership as the main cause for a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast. But efforts to find out more about what other top officials did that day have been stymied at the highest levels of state government.

Hawaii law says opening the government to public scrutiny "is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public's interest."

But for nearly two months, Gov. David Ige's office has refused to provide information requested by The Associated Press that could show how he and other officials handled the crisis.

Citing open records law exemptions, Ige's office has declined to release phone logs, text messages, instant messages and calendars related to the missile alert, even as the state moves forward with recommendations to implement a new missile alert system .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pure and utter codswallop, Governor Ige!!

The Hawaiian people don't believe it for a second, either; because of the massive corruption in this state's government, they have grown utterly cynical about any statement from most Hawaiian politicians.

And hey, Governor, talking about corruption and a hideous waste of taxpayers' money in this state, let's talk about about the "Light Rail to Nowhere", which is in a constant state of construction and repair, with roads so torn up in cities like Aiea, that it is nearly a death-defying experience for both a car's suspension, and human spines.

When is that forensic accounting of this project going to happen, demonstrating where the hell the money went, sir, andy why the horrific cost over-runs here?!?

Mar 13 13:02

They’re Still Pulling Bodies Out of ISIS’ Capital

An investigation by Airwars.org shows that Coalition-inflicted casualties were vastly higher than acknowledged, and the Trump administration doesn’t want to know.

In the weeks after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State at Raqqa, a woman named Ayat Mohamed—her black clothing covering burns on her body—led a French TV crew to the ruins of a building in the Al Badou neighborhood. Here in late September Ayat’s husband Khaled al Salama, their four children, along with her mother, sister and niece, had all been killed by an alleged strike by the U.S. led coalition. Their bodies remained trapped below.

Mar 13 12:58

The CIA’s new nominee director Gina Haspel once ran a torture site and destroyed evidence

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it.

In 2002, she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand that tortured two terrorism suspects. That torture took place within the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which suspected terrorists are sent to US allies, and interrogated in “black sites” on their soil.

One of the men, known as Abu Zubayda, was waterboarded 83 times in one month and was slammed into walls by the head. He was deprived of sleep and kept in a coffin-like box. Interrogators later decided he didn’t have any useful information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My bet will be that her nomination will be accepted, because this is what the US government believes is needed right now in the head of the CIA; someone with unrestrained bloodlust, who, robotically and unfailingly, hates all the enemies of the American Deep State, without ever asking why they are enemies, and is absolutely fine with having them tortured and killed to appease her Warlord Masters.

Mar 13 12:49

US slams Russia at the UN and warns it will strike Syria again if airstrikes against civilians continue

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed Russia for its support of Syria's Assad government, which she accuses of gaming the UN system to continue to kill civilians, possibly with chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France would launch attacks on any Syrian facilities used to launch chemical weapons attacks.
Haley ended her statement by saying that if the UN couldn't stop violence in Syria, then the US would act on its own.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, slammed Russia and laid down a heavy warning for the UN Security Council on Monday, saying that if the international community can't come together to stop the bloodshed in Syria, the US will.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of heaven can Ambassador Haley keep churlishly dumping these threats against Russia, when it is a documented reality that it is the rebels who have used, and are plannning again to use, these chemical weapons, not the Russians or Syrians?!?


News Feed
Chemical weapons workshop found in Eastern Ghouta — Syrian military brass


Islamists in E. Ghouta plan to stage false flag chemical attack – Damascus

24 tonnes of toxic substances found in areas in control of militants

Madam Ambassador, I would like to politely suggest to you that some Americans can still read; and worse for you, still have the capacity for critical thinking.

The world knows you are lying, to support and forward the agenda of US troops going into Syria, in order to partition it, and create regime change in Damascus.

This will put us head to head with Russia in Syria, and this is not a place thinking Americans want us to be.

Russia has just demonstrated the capabilities of their hypersonic planes, outfitted with maneuverable warheads.

Russia Successfully Launches New Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile

Do we seriously want to be messing with a country with these capabilities, when the US military and defense complex have found themselves behind the proverbial 8-ball of not having these capabilities?

I think that the short, logical answer is, HELL, no!!

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

I would like to remind you of how "well" our military interventions are continuing to go in Libya, Niger, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and other areas of the world where the US military is assisting in the expropriation of resources to which this country - and its corporate minions, have no moral right.

Mar 13 11:33

FLASHBACK: Elliott Abrams and Gina Haspel – ghastly choices

From the frying pan into the fire! Your new CIA director.
Gina Haspel, CIA Deputy Director
https://www.rt.com/usa/421168-haspel-cia-director-profile/

The other uninspiring appointee that unfortunately made it through the vetting process is Gina Haspel, who was named as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on February 2nd. She was reportedly involved in the rendition and torture programs ca. 2003-4 and actually was senior officer in charge of one of the overseas prisons located in Thailand, which was the epicenter of the “enhanced interrogation” program and the site where al-Qaeda prisoner Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times, “tortured so brutally that at one point he appeared to be dead.” In 2005 she also ordered the destruction of the video tapes made of the interrogations to avoid providing evidence to any congressional inquiry into what had gone on.

Mar 13 11:21

BIG PHARMA PAID MILLIONS IN SECRET SETTLEMENTS AFTER ANTIDEPRESSANTS LINKED TO MASS MURDER

Every time there are reports of a mass shooting, there are a number of people who automatically question whether the suspect had mental health issues or was taking prescription medications such as antidepressants.

While history has shown that the most notorious mass shooters in this century were taking antidepressants or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) before they carried out the deadly rampages, there are a number of killings that have been linked directly to the dangerous drugs. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies behind the most popular SSRI’s have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in damages:

ELI LILLY PAID SECRET SETTLEMENTS TO SURVIVORS AFTER MAN ON PROZAC WENT ON SHOOTING RAMPAGE IN 1989

GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAID $6.4 MILLION TO THE FAMILY OF A MAN WHO MURDERED THREE FAMILY MEMBERS HOURS AFTER TAKING PAXIL IN 1998

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Presidents of these large pharmaceutical companies, who know the risks, but do not inform doctors or patients of these substantial risks, should be prosecuted for selling unsafe products, and should be doing hard jail time - not in a Club Fed.

That should begin to cure the problem.

Unfortunately, that will only happen in this country when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic, as Big Pharma handsomely pays off candidates for high office, overtly, and covertly, to look the other way, when their products cause grevious harm to end users

Mar 13 11:13

Theresa May could order a cyber attack against Russia in retaliation for the nerve-agent strike as part of a secret package of measures to hurt Putin

Theresa May will decide on a range of sanctions over the next 24 hours
She will also draw up a secret package of measures against Russia
This could include targeting the Kremlin’s propaganda machine

Theresa May could order a cyber attack against Russia in retaliation for the attack after examining her diplomatic, economic and military options.

She will decide on a range of sanctions over the next 24 hours after urgent talks with Nato, the United Nations, EU and US.

The Prime Minister will also draw up a secret package of measures against Russia which will never be revealed.

This could include targeting the Kremlin’s propaganda machine. Whitehall sources said yesterday they were accelerating their offensive cyber programme and could hit select targets for a specific effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double face-palm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

And this morning comes news of the following, also in London:

Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov found dead in ‘unexplained circumstances’ with ‘strangulation marks’ at London home

The article goes on to state:

"COUNTER terror police are investigating the death of exiled anti-Putin Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov at his London home.

Cops say the 68-year-old's death is "unexplained" after his body was found with 'strangulation marks' just before 11pm last night.

What we know so far:

Anti-Putin Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov was found dead with 'strangulation marks' at around 10.46pm last night
Met Police confirmed the 68-year-old's death at his home in New Malden, South West London is being treated as 'unexplained'.
Glushkov was a close friend of Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was discovered dead in 2013 in an apparent suicide.
He was former deputy of Russian state airline Aeroflot and spent five years in jail due to money laundering and fraud.
It comes after ex Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury using a nerve agent manufactured in Russia."

I have to, honestly reserve judgement here, because neither the Skirpal attempted poisonings (which hit a lot of people, other than the intended victims) and this apparent strangulation, have any signature sense of Putin's touch on them. In fact, both look like clumsy attempts to get the UK and Russia at each others' throats.

And remember: from a story posted at blacklistednews.com this morning:

SKRIPAL CRISIS: RUSSIA REJECTS UK ULTIMATUM; DEMANDS CHEMICAL SAMPLES

The story goes on to state:

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed Britain’s claim of Russia’s involvement in Skripal’s poisoning as “nonsense”. He has also said that Britain has refused Russia’s offer of cooperation to solve the case, and has also refused what he called Russia’s “legal request” for samples of the chemical used to attack Skripal so that Russia can carry out its own tests.

Latest reports also say that the Russians have summoned the British ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

That the Russians have rejected yesterday’s British ultimatum will surprise no-one. I would however point out how completely bizarre this whole situation has become.

The Russians are being asked to provide proof of their innocence – already a bizarre request – whilst being denied the evidence which supposedly ‘proves’ their guilt.

Would Putin be demanding samples of the nerve agent if the Russians had actually done this attempted poisoning?!?

Logic says, NO.

I just hope that cooler heads prevail in both Moscow, and London.

I have to ask, cue bono?!? What international players benefit from such actions?!?

Mar 13 11:09

Julian Assange's latest tweet directly implies the CIA has infiltrated CNN and NBC talking heads

For the past 3 days Julian Assange has tweeted that the CIA is pouring into the democratic party in advance of 2018/2020 elections

Mar 13 10:14

Clinton Blames Her Loss on White Women Listening to Their Husbands

Hillary Clinton on Saturday partly blamed her 2016 presidential loss on white women and said that they voted for Donald Trump because their husbands told them to vote that way.

Clinton spoke at the India Today Conclave in Mumbai, India over the weekend, where a journalist introduced her as the "woman who should have been the president of the United States of America."

The event's host, India Today Editor Aroon Purie, asked Clinton how 52 percent of white women could vote for Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released in the final weeks of the campaign, which featured Trump making crude sexual remarks about women.

"Democrats, going back to my husband and even before, but just in recent times going back to Bill and our candidates and then President Obama, have been losing the vote, including white women. We do not do well with white men and we don't do well with married white women," Clinton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will we never be rid of Clinton's perpetual, whining, shrill and now global, perpetual victimhood tour?!?

Clinton still doesn't "get it", as to why she lost the election. She had a lackluster campaign at best, and couldn't connect with the voters she desperately needed to create a decisive victory, and put her over the top

Additionally, she will take utterly no responsibility for her actions as Secretary of State, with her much-vaunted destruction of Libya, brought about by the assassination of Ghadaffi, for which she fiercely advocated.

This is not even to mention the dead bodies list she and Bill left in their wake.

The Clinton Dead Body List

This woman, coupled with her husband, have more intense baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

Mar 13 09:58

HAPPY PERJURY ANNIVERSARY, JAMES CLAPPER

Today is an important anniversary for former intelligence chief James Clapper. No it is not his marriage anniversary or conventional milestone. Clapper can celebrate the running out of the statute of limitations on his alleged perjury before Congress — five years and Clapper is now beyond the reach of the law.

I recently wrote a column on the approaching anniversary and how it reaffirms the widely held view that powerful people in Washington are immune from laws used against the rest of society.

Clapper appeared before the Senate to discuss surveillance programs in the midst of a controversy over warrantless surveillance of the American public. He was asked directly, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

There was no ambiguity or confusion and Clapper responded, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” That was a lie and Clapper knew it when he said it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely horrific, but perfectly predictable for people in power in this country!!

And then, we have this little gem, courtesy of Sarah Carter, today:

Former DNI James Clapper Allegedly Leaked to CNN, investigation revealed

A bunch of excrement in a stylish suit; that is what the US political class has become, serving their own interests, but definintely not those of We the People!!

Mar 13 09:50

SKRIPAL CRISIS: RUSSIA REJECTS UK ULTIMATUM; DEMANDS CHEMICAL SAMPLES

Russia has now publicly responded to the British government’s ultimatum – set out in Theresa May’s statement yesterday – that unless Russia provides a ‘credible response’ to the British enquiry about Russia’s custody of Novichok chemicals by close of business today, then the British government will treat the attack on Skripal as the action of the Russian state.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed Britain’s claim of Russia’s involvement in Skripal’s poisoning as “nonsense”. He has also said that Britain has refused Russia’s offer of cooperation to solve the case, and has also refused what he called Russia’s “legal request” for samples of the chemical used to attack Skripal so that Russia can carry out its own tests.

Latest reports also say that the Russians have summoned the British ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out that there are a lot more people than just the Russians who may well wanted to see Skirpal dead.

Perhaps people who knew that he was associated with Christopher Steele, who wrote the ficticious dossier with which the Democrats tried to prove Trump collusion with the Russians:

POISONED RUSSIAN SPY LINKED TO TRUMP-RUSSIA DOSSIER AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER STEELE THROUGH SECURITY CONSULTANTs

The article states:

"The former Russian double agent authorities believe was poisoned with a nerve agent in the U.K. reportedly has links to the former British intelligence officer who authored the infamous Donald Trump–Russia dossier that has overshadowed the U.S. president throughout his time in office.

Sergei Skripal, who, along with his daughter, Yulia, was discovered unconscious Sunday at a Salisbury shopping center in England, had a close relationship with an unnamed security consultant who worked for Christopher Steele’s Orbis Business Intelligence, The Telegraph reported Wednesday."

After all, it is rumored by many that the Clintons have assassins on speed dial!!

Mar 13 07:13

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.

Mar 13 06:20

Questions for TSA after reports of laptop and phone searches on domestic flights

There are a growing number of reports of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searching the electronic devices of passengers on domestic flights in the US, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has sued the federal agency for records.

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed a lawsuit against the TSA on Monday demanding that the government disclose its policies for searching the computers and cellphones of domestic travelers, arguing that anecdotal accounts have raised concerns about potential privacy invasions.

“We’ve received reports of passengers on purely domestic flights having their phones and laptops searched, and the takeaway is that TSA has been taking these items from people without providing any reason why,” the staff attorney Vasudha Talla told the Guardian. “The search of an electronic device has the potential to be highly invasive and cover the most personal details about a person.”

Mar 12 16:22

Microsoft again forced upgrades on Win10 machines specifically set to block updates

When Microsoft released Win10 Pro Creators Update, version 1703, it included the ability to control updates. Some would argue (and I still do) that the ability to readily block updates is the most important feature of 1703 — and the single reason why individual Window 10 customers should spring for Win10 Pro, instead of Win10 Home.

Now, for the third time since its release in April 2017, Microsoft has simply ignored those blocks and moved machines on to the Fall Creators Update, version 1709, without warning or explanation.

Confirmation of the latest fiasco arrived last Friday evening, as part of a note appended to the end of a Knowledge Base article, KB 4023814.

Mar 12 16:17

SESTA Bill Will Not Prevent Sex Trafficking But Will Silence Online Speech

House Bill 1865, known as FOSTA, passed with an overwhelming majority last week. The vote on Senate Bill 1639, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), is expected this week. While the sponsors of these bills contend that they are aimed at stopping sex trafficking, neither bill actually helps sex trafficking victims confront their abusers and instead both focus on curtailing online speech. Even sex workers oppose the bills, which are likely to make consensual sex work more dangerous. The National Coalition Against Censorship joins with our allies in the free speech community to oppose this bill.

The goal of the SESTA bill–preventing the exploitation of children and adults by abusive traffickers–is laudable. Unfortunately that is not what this bill will actually do. The bill centers on internet communications and applies overly broad restrictions that will chill protected free speech online.

Mar 12 10:02

Dr. Ron Paul On U.S. Military Coup: Pentagon To Ignore Congress On Yemen

Dr. Paul speaks about the "arrogance" of the Pentagon to ignore the people and the Congress, when the U.S. shouldn't be involved with Yemen in the first place. He also notes that all the attention focused on Trump's meeting with the president of North Korea might just be a convenient distraction from Yemen.

Mar 12 08:00

Two Free Speech Activists Released After 72 Hour Detention By British Authorities for “Incorrect Thoughts”…

I was waiting to see where this story went, and to hear first-hand from the two people arrested and detained in British prison for daring to want to interview Tommy Robinson, before coming to a conclusion. In essence two people were stopped, arrested and detained in U.K. prison for having incorrect thoughts as defined by the British government.

The story was such an Orwellian outline; my initial skepticism told me there had to be more to these second and third-hand accounts. Alas, unfortunately the facts are as disturbing as initially outlined.

Mar 10 10:13

GOP Senator Long Critical Of Yemen War Now Helping Trump Block Debate On It

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) spent much of 2017 urging greater accountability for the American role in the civil war in Yemen ? presenting himself as one of few GOP critics of the Trump administration’s policies and aligning with prominent critics of U.S.-backed Saudi-United Arab Emirates operations in Yemen, like Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and a bevy of national security experts on the left and right.

Now he is trying to undercut the clearest shot war skeptics have of forcing the U.S. to change course.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, this is the legislation which will probably be voted into law; and I would strongly suspect that it is utterly no accident that this legislation has been introduced shortly after the "AIIPAC Convention came to DC.

Young just apparently got "turned" to support the Israeli notion of a US proxy war against Iran, staged from Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

And precisely what this legislation is engineered to do IS to create an outright proxy war with Iran, which may well lead to an actual, physical attack by the US against Tehran.

Mar 10 08:18

We Were Warned In 2014 – United Nations Global Internet Censorship – Living Under UN Control.

In 2014, Fox News warned us of what was to come, but that was in 2014. Now it is 2018, and Internet Censorship is indeed occurring. There is much more to this story, and I have gone back in time to research the many facets of this complex manifestation. It is shocking, but we should have seen it coming. The two instigators and partners are Barack Obama and the United Nations, and they have accomplished a completion in global governance.

The first aspect is the present censorship, which has now encompassed Alternative Media. It has been in the works since Obama became President. We have been aware that Obama has a very close relationship with the United Nations. That relationship was in fact preplanned and forged in global governance by the United Nations. You could call it the New World Order, Agenda 21/30, Mark of the Beast, or the Deep State take over of the United States. They are all one in the same.

Mar 10 08:07

BRITAIN SET TO SELL 48 NEW TYPHOON JETS TO SAUDI ARABIA - DESPITE PROTESTERS ACCUSING THE STATE OF WAR CRIMES

Britain is set to sell 48 new Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia, despite campaigners accusing the country of war crimes. A 'memorandum of intent', which aims to finalise the deal, was signed today between the government and the nation's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he completed a three-day visit to the UK.

Mar 10 07:20

58-minute video: National school safety expert who trained 43 of 67 Florida counties including Parkland HS class-action lawsuit: no trauma helicopters, medical first responders/police ordered to stand down, teachers/students saw police shooters

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Lift the Veil’s powerful 58-minute interview of National School Safety expert, Wolfgang Halbig, who trained 43 of Florida’s 67 counties in active school shooter safety protocol, including Parkland High School:

I wrote on this last week with more detailed facts and interview with Mr. Halbig that include these points:
The school’s CCTV system is designed for school security to have visuals for school safety, obviously. However, this school claims to have chosen to create a 27-minute delay in the visual feed that is obviously criminal negligence defeating the primary purpose of instant visuals.
Three sheriffs and one armed security guard waited outside the school during gunfire (here, here) in criminal negligence and failure to perform their primary duty of their jobs.

Mar 10 06:46

THE POLICE AND MILITARY YOU DON'T KNOW AT WAR WITH ‘WE THE PEOPLE’

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By Jack Murray (bio below)

Most people are law abiding and support their police. Most assume that they have the protection of the laws defined in the US Constitution, state constitutions and codified by legislatures. You may not realize that a person in church or your neighbor is actually part of the Gestapo: the one who tells you he is a “federal agent,” and exhibits a secretive and strange sort of friendly demeanor. He isn't there to protect your rights. He is protecting the ancient rights of the King.

Local and state laws are enforced by local and state authorities, with federal laws by Federal agencies, such as the FBI.

Mar 09 09:33

The President Wants To Execute Drug Dealers. Will That Include Those Convicted Of Cannabis Crimes?

While Attorney “good-people-don’t-smoke-marijuana” Jeff Sessions wants to amplify the war on drugs, don’t forget who appointed him: Donald Trump.

Although President Trump has, for the most part, stayed silent on drug policy, one of his alarming stances has recently been revealed, with five sources confirming to Axios that Trump has privately discussed being in favor of the death penalty for drug dealers.

Indeed, Trump has been ranting and raving about Singapore’s drug policies, with an Axios source claiming of the US president, “He says, ‘When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] ‘No. Death penalty.’”

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