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February 13, 2018

Feb 13 12:52

Household Debt Rises By $572 Billion, Ends 2017 At All Time High

it should not come as a surprise that according to the just released latest quarterly household debt and credit report by the NY Fed, Americans' debt rose to a new record high in the fourth quarter on the back of an increase in virtually every form of debt: from mortgage, to auto, student and credit card debt (although HELOCs posted a tiny decline).

Feb 13 12:52

US drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria in 'self-defense,' officials say

An American drone destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank operating in eastern Syria on Saturday, according to the U.S. military's command unit responsible for forces in the Middle East -- which added the strike was in "self defense."

No U.S or allied troops were hurt in the incident, but three people inside the tank were killed by a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, a defense official told Fox News on Tuesday.

The strike was the second by the U.S. against “pro-regime” forces since Wednesday, according to the U.S. military’s Central Command.

Feb 13 12:51

Liberal group with ties to Obama, Hillary calls to restrict overseas U.S. military voting

After years of accusing states of “voter suppression,” the Center for American Progress wants to make it tougher for overseas military to vote in the name of election security.

The left-wing public-policy group issued Monday a report, “Election Security in All 50 States,” that called for stricter standards to prevent cyber-meddling in elections by foreign governments, including banning military stationed abroad from submitting ballots via email or fax.

Feb 13 12:50

Turkish Warships Block Cypriot Drilling Rig In Dispute Over Mediterranean Gas Field

Amid escalating tensions between Cyprus and Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, the two countries could be headed towards a resource war.

On Monday, the Cypriot government released a report according to which Turkish warships continue to heavily restrict one of its deepwater drilling rigs from reaching its intended site off the Cyprus coast, where Italian energy company Eni is planning to conduct a drilling operation.



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Feb 13 12:49

BofA Survey: Fund Managers Panic-Buy Downside Protection, Rush Out Of Equities

According to the latest BofA Merrill Lynch February Fund Manager Survey (163 participants with $510BN in AUM responded), active managers finally got reacquainted with gravity and were not happy with the experience, or as BofA puts it, investor anxiety is palpable, "but does not give the all clear to buy the dip."

Here are the survey highlights

A record one-month jump in net % of investors indicating they have taken out protection against a sharp fall in equity markets in the next 3 months, at net -30% in February from net -50% in January

Feb 13 12:49

Pat Buchanan Asks: "Is US Being Sucked Into Syria's War?"

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed...

Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran’s hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter.

Israel seized upon this to send F-16s to strike the airfield whence the drone originated. Returning home, an F-16 was hit and crashed, unleashing the most devastating Israeli attack in decades on Syria. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu says a dozen Syrian and Iranian bases and antiaircraft positions were struck.

Monday’s headline on The Wall Street Journal op-ed page blared:

“The Iran-Israel War Flares Up: The fight is over a Qods Force presence on the Syria-Israeli border. How will the U.S. respond?”

Feb 13 12:48

Venezuela To Accept More Crude Oil From Russia As Production Falters

Russian Urals crude is now entering Venezuela at a rate of 335,000 barrels per day to supply PDVSA’s refinery in Curacao.

So far this year, Caracas has purchased 3 million barrels of Urals crude from Swiss trader Glencore.

Four tankers are scheduled to reach Curacao from Russian ports just this month, trading sources said.

PDVSA has been the contractual operator of Curacao for many years, but the contract is set to expire in 2019. Shell, the facility’s owner, has said PDVSA will not be the facility’s operator beyond the existing contract due to its failure to meet contractual obligations to perform upgrades.

Feb 13 12:43

CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS | Obama Portrait Artist Paints Black Women Severing The Heads Of White Women

Can you imagine if Donald Trump’s portrait artist painted white women holding the decapitated heads of black women? America would burn, instead we get media silence.

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Feb 13 12:30

Meghan's 'secret visits to Grenfell': Prince Harry's fiancée meets inferno survivors 'during two undercover trips to mosque' that are helping families who lost everything

Actress made appearances alone, on two occasions, to comfort those affected
She visited Al Manaar community mosque in North Kensington, West London
'She has a special place in our hearts,' said leading Grenfell community membe

Feb 13 12:24

Senior congressman says a US-UK trade deal will be struck 'as quickly as possible' after Brexit as he warns it would be a 'mistake' for Britain to stay bound to EU regulations

A Washington police department has come under fire after turning an immigrant who called police for help over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The Tukwila Police Department said officers were not acting "with malice" when they arrested the man after they mistook an administrative warrant issued by ICE for a judicial warrant.
The man had called police with concerns over a "suspicious person" trespassing onto his property at around 5:30a.m. on Thursday, police said in a Facebook post.

Feb 13 12:23

'Love your beard, well done!': Harry compliments a red-haired hipster in the Edinburgh crowds as Meghan reveals plans are all set for her hen do

Harry made the comment as he took Meghan on a royal walkabout in Edinburgh on their visit to Scotland
Crowds gathered on esplanade in city today to meet the prince and his fiancee as they greet well-wishers
Couple are also going to sandwich shop which supports homeless and has been visited by George Clooney
Trip to Scotland is the couple's fourth public appearance after visits to Nottingham, Brixton and Cardiff

Feb 13 12:17

Catherine Herridge | Obama Implicated By Susan Rice

Catherine Herridge drops the hammer...

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Feb 13 12:09

DHS DESTROYS NBC For Fake News On Russia Meddling...

This is completely irresponsible from NBC. And DHS let them have it with guns blazing.

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Feb 13 12:04

FLASHBACK - Surgeon who exposed Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti found dead in apartment with stab wound to the chest

A well-known surgeon who exposed major inadequacies in medical trauma care promised to the Haitian people by the Clinton Foundation after the non-profit raised over $30 million dollars in donations following the devastating 2010 earthquake was found dead in his upscale apartment Sunday with a stab wound to the chest.

Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was found lying dead on the bathroom floor of his apartment by his 11-year-old daughter with a knife sticking out of his chest.

The predominant surgeon gained notoriety after operating on U2’s frontman Bono and former running back Michael Cox but had also worked overseas in Haiti where he discovered an almost non-existent medical effort backed by the Clinton Foundation.

Feb 13 11:56

The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii

When the Hawaiian islands were formally annexed by the United States in 1898, the event marked end of a lengthy internal struggle between native Hawaiians and white American businessmen for control of the Hawaiian government. In 1893 the last monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani, was overthrown by party of businessmen, who then imposed a provisional government. Soon after, President Benjamin Harrison submitted a treaty to annex the Hawaiian islands to the U.S. Senate for ratification. In 1897, the treaty effort was blocked when the newly-formed Hawaiian Patriotic League, composed of native Hawaiians, successfully petitioned the U.S. Congress in opposition of the treaty. The League's lobbying efforts left only 46 Senators in favor of the resolution, less than the 2/3 majority needed for approval of a treaty. The League's victory was shortlived, however as unfolding world events soon forced the annexation issue to the fore again. With the explosion of the U.S.S.

Feb 13 11:39

BUSTED | 60 Minutes Exposes Kirsten Gillibrand…

Senator blames ‘White People' for her previous Conservative positions on guns and illegal immigration. And she wants to be President. You gotta see this nonsense. Credit to 60 Minutes for busting her.

I've included a transcript.

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Feb 13 11:30

How Our Dependence on Global Shipping Will Come Back to Bite Us

If the general public understood how vulnerable our reliance on global shipping made us, they’d all become preppers overnight. Trucks, planes, and cargo ships are responsible for just about everything modern life depends upon. This reliance on global goods and long-distance shipping puts us all at risk.

Here are just a few of the things that could go wrong.

Feb 13 11:29

If Europe arms Ukraine - Lavrov hints at Russia's help to Donbass

The United States is trying to "connect" European countries who share Russophobic tendencies, in order to arm the Ukraine further.

This was stated in an interview with Russia 1 television channel, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, answering the question on why Europe is silent given the United States is supplying arms to Ukraine.

"Europe is not silent, it objects, but is quiet and unpublic. According to our information, they, in our conversation with the United States, express disagreement in response to Washington's urgent demands that Europe should join these initiatives of arming the Ukraine.

But the US is trying to lure the countries marked by their Russophobic tendencies into these projects. These are our Baltic neighbors. . .">>>
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At the same time, he added that Russia can not prohibit Americans from supplying anything to anyone.

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Owl 1
Feb 13 11:19

What Does Ukraine Need? Dictatorship For The Sake Of Democracy

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"I understand that my provocative thesis will not be fully accepted by all, but with regarding democracy: what we have now in the state, I can not call a democracy, even a weak one. And the only way that I see possible is, on the contrary, a dictatorship for the sake of a future democracy. Unfortunately, the swamp that now exists in Ukraine is the weak state, that many people spoke about today, but without calling things by their right names," Tuka said.

Speaking about the situation around Donbass, Tuka noted that Moscow constantly and persistently urges Ukraine to have direct dialogue with the Donbass, but the Ukrainian authorities do not intend to even discuss "dialogue with militants".

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Feb 13 11:10

DHS pushes back on NBC, 'no evidence' Russians 'manipulated' elections

The Department of Homeland Security made the rare move Monday to officially discredit an NBC News report that claimed a top Trump official found that “Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.”

In a statement, DHS said the “breaking news” report was not only wrong and hyped but is also being ripped by other media.

Feb 13 11:09

Germany has no budget for its elderly, but will spend 93 billion on migrants

We’ve heard a lot of stories from Germany’s elderly. Some have to pay thousands of euros a year on healthcare, amounts they either cannot pay or amounts that lead to family struggles.

It’s a crippling shame how Germany treats the people who reconstructed the country after World War II. Here is just one of many examples of how the country treats its elderly:



Feb 13 11:05

FLASHBACK - Hawaiian Kingdom Complaint filed with U.N. Security Council against the United States regarding American occupation of the Hawaiian Islands

Thursday afternoon, July 5, the Agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom, H.E. David Keanu Sai, Acting Minister of Interior, filed with the Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York a Complaint against the United States of America concerning the prolonged occupation of the Hawaiian Islands since the Spanish American War of 1898.

The Complaint was filed with the Security Council in accordance with Article 35(2) of the United Nations Charter, which provides, "a State which is not a Member of the United Nations may bring to the attention of the Security Council or of the General Assembly any dispute to which it is a party if it accepts in advance, for the purpose of the dispute, the obligations of pacific settlement provided in the present Charter."

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Feb 13 11:04

Huge US military force arrives for exercises in Thailand

The biggest US force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand today despite controversy over the Thai junta's invitation to neighbouring Burma's army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing.

Feb 13 11:04

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.

The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please:

There has GOT to be a company in the US with the knoweldge base, the expertise, and the will to get electricity restored to Puerto Rico, and not break the bank with charges for their services.

And there have GOT to be someone in your administration who knows how to find these people, and put them to work.

Mr. President, the two operative words here, are "NOW, PLEASE!!!!"

Even though Puerto Rico is out of the headlines from the storm, and the damage it did, these people absolutely deserve our real help here, even if it will not necessarily translate as positive press for you right now.

I am thanking you in advance, President Trump; I do believe you have the heart to do the right thing here.

Feb 13 11:04

Record Amount Of US Spy Planes Recorded Near Russia's Borders

A US Air Force plane has conducted reconnaissance at the western border of Russia. This is reported by the monitoring resource Mil Radar .
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Since early 2018, American reconnaissance planes have been spotted 14 times from Russia's western borders, >>>



Feb 13 11:03

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT $175K FOR BRAVE COP FIRED BY DEPT. FOR REFUSING TO KILL A MAN

eirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help.

It was reported this week that Mader will be receiving $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met

“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family but now drives trucks for a living, according to WPXI.

As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cop did absolutely the right thing here, and HE GETS PUNISHED BY LOSING HIS JOB FOR IT?!?

In my world, this former officer deserves a medal, and a position with any local police department whose superviser wants their peace officers to "do the right thing", and learn to "talk people down" when it is humanly possible.

I have (retired) police in my own family, and know them to be loving, devoted family people, who would never want to hurt or kill somebody if there was a fraction of hope that there another possible way out of a bad situation, but would never allow themselves or their partners get hurt.

I frankly think this country could do well to have more police officers who have been trained in the concept of "talking people down", when they are agitated, and can tell the difference between someone who is a real threat in their agitation...and who is not.

Feb 13 11:01

Young teacher on life support from getting the flu? Dr. Suzanne Humphries explains on her Facebook...that teacher was already vaccinated.



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Feb 13 11:00

The NRA Really Wants You To Stop Making Fun Of Trump Now, OK?

The NRA really doesn’t like it when people don’t show enough respect to President Donald Trump.
A new spot from the gun lobbyists features an angry guy stewing as a TV shows clips of the media criticizing Trump and the National Rifle Association. Some of the clips are of comedy shows, including “Saturday Night Live” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”

Feb 13 10:59

EON caught wrongly telling customers they NEED to upgrade to smart meter

BIG SIX energy firm E.on is falsely sending letters and texts telling their customers they “need” to upgrade their gas and electricity meters to a smart meter.

The messages sent out by the energy provider ask some of its customers to install the smart meters into their homes as part of a nationwide upgrade programme, despite not being compulsory.

While all Big Six energy providers are obliged to offer a smart meter to all eligible customers by 2020, according to a government target, customers do not have to take up the offer.

Feb 13 10:59

PROOF that vaccines target blacks for depopulation: Published science paper identifies infertility chemical secretly spiked into vaccines for African women

Call it the Age of Transparency, if you wish, but the dark secrets behind almost every once-trusted institution are now being exposed for all to see. Public trust in already shattered in the treasonous FBI, the corrupt CDC, the “fake news” mainstream media and the farce of conventional medicine. On the heels of all that, we now learn that a published science paper has identified and named the genocidal infertility chemical that was secretly added to World Health Organization-approved vaccines administered solely to black women in Africa.

Feb 13 10:59

New York Times CEO: Print Journalism Has Maybe Another 10 Years

The newspaper printing presses may have another decade of life in them, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC on Monday.
"I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. for our print products," Thompson said on "Power Lunch." He said he'd like to have the print edition "survive and thrive as long as it can," but admitted it might face an expiration date.



Feb 13 10:58

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner Kept Laptops Open Around Sex Worker He Was Seeing Regularly for Nearly Two Years

The investigation into Clinton’s email scandal was reopened prior to the election when thousands of State Department emails were found on Weiner’s laptop. Earlier this month it was revealed in text messages between agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page that outgoing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew about the emails at least one month prior to the information being made public.

The 30-year-old California woman has asked that her identity be protected so that her current clients would not be spooked. She told GWP that she would meet Weiner, 53, at his apartment while Abedin was away and their son was at day care or preschool, which he went to roughly three days a week.

Feb 13 10:57

REVEALED: ANOTHER Top Mueller Investigator OUTED As Diehard Liberal & Democrat Donor

Can anyone point to an investigator on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe who isn’t either hostile towards President Trump or a bonfire Democrat?

A new report by the Daily Caller reveals an attorney on Mueller’s team, Aaron Zelinsky, was not only a Huffington Post blogger, but has donated to Democrat candidates.

Feb 13 10:57

Judge Napolitano: Susan Rice Email Likely Sent To Cover-Up Obama Role In Plot To Sabotage Trump

Judge Napolitano joined Fox News host Martha MacCallum Monday night, suggesting the bizarre email Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent to herself was done in an effort to cover-up her former boss’s role in the plot to sabotage President Trump.

Feb 13 10:57

Susan Rice Memo Implicates Obama, the DOJ and FBI in Spying on Opposition Candidate Trump – Using Dirty FISA Warrants

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley uncovered an unusual email former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent herself on January 20th 2017–Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day.

Rice wrote the email to herself on her last day in office to document a January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting between President Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding the spying operation on Donald Trump.

The Obama administration used dirty FISA warrants based on DNC opposition research to spy on the Republican candidate and his entire team during the 2016 election and transition period.

The opposition research dossier was a crazy document based on complete lies fed to the DNC by Russian spies. And the Obama administration were all in on this criminal activity.



Feb 13 10:56

Declassified Susan Rice Email: Obama Contemplated Hiding Russia Intel from Incoming Trump Administration

The Senate Judiciary Committee obtained the email from the National Archives as part of its investigation into potential political bias and influence in the FBI’s handling of the “Russia investigation” and the infamous Fusion GPS “dossier” that was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on one-time Trump associate Carter Page.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee chairman, announced their discovery of the email Monday when they released a letter they addressed to Rice on February 8. The two senators tell Rice:

Feb 13 10:55

Evidence Suggests Former FBI Head of Counter Intelligence, Bill Priestap, is Obamagate’s ‘Deep Throat’!

More and more evidence is beginning to suggest the Former FBI Head of Counter Intelligence, Bill Priestap, is Obamagate’s ‘deep throat’ – the insider providing information to government investigators about the Obama crime syndicate!

As reported earlier by TGP, Rep. Chris Stewart joined Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night to discuss the latest developments from the Congressional deep state investigation. Stewart sits on the House Intelligence Committee and told Judge Jeanine he did not want to make any headlines. Bill Priestap came up in the discussion.

Feb 13 10:54

Left-wing media refuses to cover FBI / FISA corruption scandal; instead tries to recycle nearly year-old “Russia collusion” story as “Breaking News”

The second that President Trump won the election, conservatives across the country knew that the liberals were going to do whatever they could to take him down. This was to be expected, because that’s just how liberals are – if they don’t get their way, then they whine and complain until they do. What we didn’t expect, though, is how repetitive and downright pathetic the liberals would be in their resistance movement.

Earlier this month, NBC News interviewed Obama era Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity chief Jeanette Manfra, and then proceeded to publish a “BREAKING” news story on something that was already covered eight months ago. To make matters worse, not only was this “breaking news” already covered, but it was and continues to be rather insignificant.

Feb 13 10:53

Newsweek top executives FIRED after propaganda rag exposed for running Monsanto lies as “news”

The money is running out and readership is plummeting at the propaganda rag known as Newsweek. Recently exposed for publishing Monsanto’s lies as “news,” Newsweek Media group is currently imploding from the top down. Top executives were fired this week and the entire staff was told to go home without pay.

The rapid implosion began with Newsweek’s editor-in-chief Bob Roe and executive editor Ken Li, both fired last Monday. Veteran investigative reporters Celeste Katz and Josh Saul were also terminated, along with Josh O’Keefe, a reporter for International Business Times (IBT), an affiliate of Newsweek. With everything falling apart, veteran political reporter Matthew Cooper also resigned the same day. Company CEO Dev Pragad installed an “acting editor” from IBT to keep Newsweek crippling along.

Newsweek pushes Monsanto propaganda, hastening the demise of their credibility



Feb 13 10:53

BOOM! Judicial Watch President: CIA Laundered Clinton-DNC Dossier Into White House Intel Briefing – It’s Time to Question Obama

Chairman of the House Intel Committee, Devin Nunes plans to investigate former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama officials for their role in promoting Hillary’s phony dossier.

According to investigative reporter, Paul Sperry, Chairman Nunes is also investigating whether Brennan perjured himself in a public testimony about the dossier.

Feb 13 10:52

US-led strikes kill 100 RUSSIANS in first armed conflict between nations since Vietnam War

US-BACKED strikes killed scores of Russian soldiers who were attempted to attack an American base in eastern Syria last week.

The shock claim comes from a US official who reported the deadliest confrontation between the former foes since the Cold War, with the death toll is estimated at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured.

Most of those who died in the failed attack on the base held by US and US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor, east of Euphrates River, are thought to be Russian soldiers fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

US Colonel Thomas F Veale, a military spokesman, said: “Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack.

Feb 13 10:52

Former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney: Entire Media Missing Most Important Point About Steele Dossier

We spend a lot of time talking about Steele’s credibility and it’s certainly worth doing that because it certainly appears that the Justice Department and the FBI concealed major courts of his bias. Simply the fact that he was working for the opposition campaign is something that clearly should have been disclosed. But, that’s not the principle problem with his work product. The principle problem with the dossier is that courts don’t care what the investigative agent’s credibility is. What they want to know is the sources of the factual information that you are asking me, the judge to grant a warrant based on to say there’s probable cause on. I need to know that those sources are believable. You gotta give me something that tells me why I should credit them.


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Feb 13 10:51

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.

The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please:

There has GOT to be a company in the US with the knoweldge base, the expertise, and the will to get electricity restored to Puerto Rico, and not break the bank with charges for their services.

And there have GOT to be someone in your administration who knows how to find these people, and put them to work.

Mr. President, the two operative words here, are "NOW, PLEASE!!!!"

Even though Puerto Rico is out of the headlines from the storm, and the damage it did, these people absolutely deserve our real help here, even if it will not necessarily translate as positive press for you right now.

I am thanking you in advance, President Trump; I do believe you have the heart to do the right thing here.

Feb 13 10:51

Ex-Secret Service Agent Reveals John Brennan ‘In a World of Trouble’ Over Dossier Testimony

“My sources on this are telling me John Brennan is in a world of trouble right now,” Bongino told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program.

“Back in August of 2016 he gives a private briefing to Sen. Harry Reid, Democrat, of course. He gives that briefing to Reid. Reid fires off a letter to the FBI. In that letter is information that clearly came from the dossier.”

That means that at that point, Brennan was aware of the dossier, but in May of 2017, under oath, he denied knowing who commissioned it, said Bongino, a frequent Fox News commentator and owner of “The Dan Bongino Show” podcast.

“The CIA has a central role in the verification of foreign assets and information we get from foreign assets,” Bongino said. “It is not plausibly deniable that John Brennan did not know who commissioned that dossier he is in a world of trouble because he raised his right hand and he said the exact opposite.”

Feb 13 10:51

US airstrike in Syria kills former defender of Donbass

An activist of the "Other Russia" political organisation, Kirill Ananyev was killed in Syria during the air strike of the international coalition led by the United States. This was stated by the coordinator of the political organization, Alexander Averin.

He added that earlier, Ananiev fought as a volunteer defending the Donbass, after which he left for Syria. He was not an official soldier in the Russian military.

Ananiev leaves behind a wife and children.

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Feb 13 10:51

Is Rosenstein’s Firing Imminent? Number 3 at DOJ Quit Over Fear She May be Asked to Oversee Russia Witch Hunt

The New York Times reported last week:

Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, plans to step down after nine months on the job as the country’s top law enforcement agency has been under attack by President Trump, according to two people briefed on her decision.

NBC is now reporting sources say Rachel Brand left her post out of fear she would have to oversee the Russia witch hunt if Rod Rosenstein were to be fired:

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s No. 3 attorney had been unhappy with her job for months before the department announced her departure on Friday, according to multiple sources close to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

Brand grew frustrated by vacancies at the department and feared she would be asked to oversee the Russia investigation, the sources said.



Feb 13 10:51

Local public access channels can intervene in Comcast suit

Afederal judge has ruled that Vermont’s public-access cable channels have a big stake in the outcome of Comcast’s suit against the state of Vermont, and can intervene in it.
Judge Geoffrey Crawford, sitting in the U.S. District Court in Rutland, ruled last week that the public access “stations depend on networks maintained by cable operators like Comcast to reach their viewers. Any change in the conditions under which Comcast must carry their programming affects them greatly.”

Feb 13 10:50

BREAKING: Grassley Uncovers Bizarre Susan Rice Email to HERSELF on Secret Meeting with Comey, Yates and OBAMA on Spying on Trump

Ambassador Rice appears to have used this email to document a January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting between President Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. In particular, Ambassador Rice wrote:
“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’. The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”

Grassley said in a letter to Susan Rice:

Feb 13 10:49

Ex-Prosecutor Reveals REAL REASON Schiff Memo Blocked: People at FBI & DOJ Are Under “CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION”

“We’re going to see the [Democrat memo]. It will be heavily edited by the FBI and the Department of Justice and the CIA. The most important part of this story is that on Friday, February the 9th, Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray wrote a letter to the White House counsel Don McGahn that they could not agree to the publication of the Schiff memo because it contained national security and law enforcement concerns. It was actually the FBI and the Department of Justice says no [to releasing the memo]. The most important part of that letter is when it says… law enforcement concerns. What does that mean? It means, that there is a criminal investigation underway and release of some of the information in the memo by Mr. Schiff will affect that criminal investigation.

Feb 13 10:49

Sarah Sanders TORCHES Liberal Press Pool ‘Look Around This Room, You’re the Ones Who Publish Classified Information’

Fearless warrior Sarah Huckabee Sanders torched the liberal press pool on Monday after they showed faux outrage over which White House aides have security clearance.

All of a sudden the liberal media is concerned about White House leaks?



Feb 13 10:48

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

“Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)? And does the state need more active duty military personnel (168,000, according to Governing magazine) than public elementary school teachers (139,000)?”

Feb 13 10:48

Underwater supervolcano could erupt without warning and kill 100 million people after scientists find a 6-mile wide lava dome growing off the coast of Japan

A submerged volcano off the coast of Japan that erupted 7,300 years ago could be preparing to make a comeback.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a giant dome of lava in the Kikai volcano's collapsed magma chamber.

They believe it contains about 32 cubic km (7.68 cubic miles) of magma, and distortions on its surface suggest the dome is growing.

Currently the dome is around 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) wide and 1,968 feet (600 meters) tall.

Scientists say an eruption could take place without warning, and if it does, it could kill as many as 100 million people and trigger a 'volcanic winter'.

Feb 13 10:48

WHITE HOUSE Fingers CIA’s Brennan and John McCain for Leaking Anti-Trump Intel & Waging Deep State Smear Campaign

The newest sieve in town is former CIA Director John Brennan, according to well-placed sources inside the White House and federal law enforcement.

Brennan, shortly after President Donald Trump was elected — and before he was sworn into office — participated in a series of leaks and lies to damage the Trump administration even before it was officially up and running, according to White House and federal law enforcement sources.

A Deep State smear campaign to damage the incoming Republican administration.

Brennan, who at the time was CIA Director, teamed with Sen. John McCain to plant negative stories in the mainstream press to discredit Trump and undermine the results of the 2016 election, sources confirm.

Feb 13 10:47

FBI Informant: Russians Bragged Clintons Had Influence Over CFIUS in Uranium One

A confidential information for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) testified about what he witnessed undercover during the period leading up to the controversial Uranium One deal. William D. Campbell gave hours of testimony when he met staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight and House Intelligence Committees on Wednesday.

His explosive allegations can now be heard only because the Trump Administration lifted an unprecedented non-disclosure agreement, allowing him to testify about what he witnessed undercover surrounding Russia’s efforts to corner the global uranium market.

“He recounted numerous times that the Russians bragged that the Clintons’ influence in the Obama administration would ensure CFIUS (pronounced CIFIUS) approval for Uranium One,” said Victoria Toensing, a partner at the firm DiGenova & Toensing who is representing Mr. Campbell. “And he was right.”



Owl 3
Feb 13 10:46

Report: CNN Laying Off Dozens Of Employees After Missing Revenue Goals

CNN is preparing to lay off dozens of employees after missing projected revenue goals, a new report reveals.

Up to 50 CNN employees are going to be out of work this week, Vanity Fair reports. The cuts will target “employees who work in premium businesses including CNN Money, video, product, tech and social publishing,” according to the report.

The cuts are the latest indication that CNN executives plan to seriously downgrade their digital operations. (RELATED: 7 Times CNN Botched The News In 2017)

CNN is also scaling back the company’s investment in its business app, CNN MoneyStream, BuzzFeed reported earlier this month.

In December, CNN pulled the plug on their daily Snapchat show, “The Update,” The Wall Street Journal first reported. The show lasted just four months before getting the boot.

Feb 13 10:46

The White House Cries Crocodile Tears Over 'Due Process'

“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the president tweeted on Saturday. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

Feb 13 10:45

CNN, DESPITE TRUMP BUMP, PREPARES FOR DOZENS OF LAYOFFS

A year ago, CNN was positioning itself as ready to take on Vice and BuzzFeed in the digital space. Now, the company is rightsizing as it prepares for AT&T’s embrace.

Feb 13 10:45

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse

You might say, having read some of my recent essays, “Umair! Don’t worry! Everything will be fine! It’s not that bad!” I would look at you politely, and then say gently, “To tell you the truth, I don’t think we’re taking collapse nearly seriously enough.”

Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones I’ve never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever “numbers” we use to represent decline?—?shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on —we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the “human toll”, but which sensible human beings like you and I should simply think of as the overwhelming despair, rage, and anxiety of living in a collapsing society.



Taboola
Feb 13 10:45

Duterte slammed over threat to shoot rebels in the genitals

Human rights groups condemned the Philippine president on Tuesday for saying that troops should shoot female communist rebels in the genitals to render them "useless," which they said could encourage sexual violence and war crimes.

The left-wing group Karapatan said President Rodrigo Duterte "has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law."

Duterte's remarks "are but the latest of the series of this madman's display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said the remark last week was the latest in a "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourage state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflicts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Philippine people have elected their own Caligula, one who delights in visualising bloodshed, horrifically brutal physical incapacitation, and destruction, but orders other people do the actual dirty work.

The Madness of Caligula

Whatever happened to the concept of peaceful, moral, hard-one negotiations to give more people a "seat at the table" in the Philippine government, without violence?!?

Apparently, these concepts have completely vanished from the workings and desires of the Philippine government, and particularly with Duterte, a man who obviously loves, and most probably lives, on fantasies of bloodlust, and female mutilation.

I am sorry, but the Philippine people deserve far better than this guy; there's GOT to be someone out there on the political scene with some shred of sanity, dignity, and morality who could do one heck of a lot better for them then this guy.

Feb 13 10:44

Was Clinton attack dog Sidney Blumenthal involved in launch of Russia collusion investigation?

A name long associated with the Clinton machine has surfaced as a behind-the-scenes figure in the Trump-Russia collusion story, prompting some to speculate that the investigation began at least partly as a dirty tricks operation.

Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton loyalist from the days of Bill Clinton’s presidency up through Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, was identified by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as a source of anti-Trump information passed to the FBI through the State Department. The information is believed to have played a role in the FBI’s launching of the collusion probe that is now in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Blumenthal has long been known as an attack dog for the Clintons, so ferocious a defender that he earned the nickname “Sid Vicious.” As Dick Morris, former adviser to the Clintons (although he has since become a critic) puts it, “If [Bill Clinton] is caught shoplifting for the tenth time, Hillary would have Sidney blame the store’s cameras.”

Feb 13 10:43

Steele Dossier an MI6 Operation Backed by Anti-Trumper Theresa May?

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Indeed, it’s not even clear the Russiagate investigation itself will be impacted. After all, the narrative may have flipped on one variable – from Trump campaign collusion to Democratic and FBI collusion – but the constant remains the same: Russia. Trump’s defenders are as insistent as his detractors that the real culprit is Russia! Russia! Russia!

Sean Hannity of Fox News has been particularly hyperventilative that the entire Steele Dossier lying at the black heart of the mess consists of “phony, fake-news Russian propaganda” and “Russian intelligence lies” from British MI6 (supposedly “former”) spymaster Christopher Steele’s “Russian sources.” Even level-headed observers like Paul Sperry and Patrick Buchanan characterize the file as a “Kremlin-aided smear job” and “Russian dirt [that] Steele was spoon-fed by old comrades in the Kremlin’s security apparatus.”

Christopher Steele is not Russian

Sure, maybe Vladimir Putin personally whispered every word of the dossier into Steele’s ear.>>>

Feb 13 10:43

Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care

The budget that President Trump proposed Monday takes a hard whack at the poorest Americans, slashing billions of dollars from food stamps, public health insurance and federal housing vouchers, while trying to tilt the programs in more conservative directions.

The spending plan reaches beyond the White House’s own power over the government social safety net and presumes lawmakers will overhaul long-standing entitlement programs for the poor in ways beyond what Congress so far has been willing to do.

Feb 13 10:43

Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn't think Michael Flynn lied

In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation. One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser who resigned under pressure on Feb. 13 after just 24 days in the job.

There were widespread reports that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about telephone conversations that he, Flynn, had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition in late December 2016. On Jan. 24, 2017, two of Comey's FBI agents went to the White House to question Flynn, and there was a lot of speculation later that Flynn lied in that interview, which would be a serious crime.

"The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy," the Washington Post reported in February. "Lying to the FBI is a felony offense."

Feb 13 10:42

Justice Minister: Israel Must Keep Jewish Majority Even at the Expense of Human Rights

Minister Ayelet Shaked addressed the proposed nation-state law, contending that Israel as a Jewish state must administer equal civil but not national rights

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